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Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:27

Jackson passes revised cell tower ordinance

Two years after the planning board first began reviewing the document, Jackson County has adopted a revised ordinance governing cell tower placement.
Shining Rock Classical Academy, a new charter school in Haywood County, has not given up on the idea of building a school in the Francis Cove area of Waynesville, despite a groundswell of opposition from residents in the community.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:24

Jackson opts to pay for landslide mapping

Jackson became the first North Carolina county to take landslide mapping into its own hands when the board of commissioners voted unanimously to fund the $143,000 project last week.
The construction cost for a new fire and rescue training center at Haywood Community College has clocked in more than $1 million higher than expected, prompting soul searching among college leaders and county commissioners over whether to go ahead with…
After hearing numerous complaints about the enormous potholes plaguing the county administrative building parking lot, Swain County commissioners agreed it was time to repave it.
Beginning Sept. 1, Swain County Sheriff’s Office will have the authority to issue citations and fines for residents who have faulty alarm and security systems.  Swain County commissioners approved a False Alarm ordinance several months go to address the timely…
A month after the sudden death of Maggie Valley Mayor Ron DeSimone, longtime alderwoman Saralyn Price has decided to seek the mayor’s seat as a write-in candidate in the fall election.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:13

Shining Rock students settle in

With only three days of school under their belts, students attending Shining Rock Classical Academy were already settling into their routine on Monday morning.
While most kids are just getting their new backpacks stocked or suffering through the first days of shift from summertime sleep schedules, students at Blue Ridge School in Cashiers are in the midst of their third week of the new…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 16:24

A second look at Williams classic

In recent years, I have been surprised to learn that it possible for books to win prestigious awards, honors and endorsements of major literary critics only to abruptly disappear long before they reach the shelves of a bookstore. However, sometimes literary…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:51

Balsam Range in, well, Balsam

The 2014 IBMA “Entertainer of the Year” Balsam Range (bluegrass/gospel) will perform during the open house and barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Balsam-Willets-Ochre Hill Volunteer Fire Department on Mount Pleasant Church Road in Sylva.  Barbecue begins at 3…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:50

‘Granny D’ meets Reverend B

Acclaimed actress Barbara Bates Smith will bring her performance of “Granny D” to North Carolina NAACP President Reverend Barber at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Harris Chapel A.M.E. Zion in Canton.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:49

Open Air Indian Art Market

The Open Air Indian Art Market will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual in Cherokee.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:48

Haywood County Fair returns

The Haywood County Fair will be held through Aug. 31 at the Haywood County Fairground in Lake Junaluska.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:47

Joan Jett to rock Harrah’s

Rock legend Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:46

Balsam Range gets IBMA nods

Acclaimed bluegrass act Balsam Range recently received eight nominations by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:44

Stuart, Smith bring country to Franklin

Country music stars Marty Stuart and Connie Smith will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:43

This must be the place

My eyes fluttered open and, for a moment, I didn’t know where I was. The room was familiar. The sheets and blankets were the same. But I wasn’t. As I got out bed at my parent’s house, I realized it…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:32

The Road to Rock — The Freeway Revival

Manic, menacing and mesmerizing. That’s how rock-n-roll is supposed to make you feel. It’s meant to be a bit jarring, a little sinister, with the slightest touch of magic — just enough to pull you in, making you aware that…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:16

My ‘year of lasts’ is officially underway

I was watching my son’s soccer game last night and the old Al Stewart tune, “Time Passages,” kept running through my head: Well I’m not the kind to live in the pastThe years run too short and the days too…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:14

Shining Rock was not prepared for hearing

To the Editor: The August 17 Town of Waynesville Planning Board meeting provided first-time meeting participants a crash course in the government planning process. To the credit of the board, its chair and town staff, the special-use permit hearing for…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:13

Don’t mix faith with government

To the Editor: In Man for Himself, Erich Fromm gave us this valuable observation. He wrote, “Because of the fact that faith and power are mutually exclusive, all religious and political systems which are originally built on rational faith become…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:00

Chief candidate Lambert lays out platform

If Patrick Lambert wins his bid for principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, he expects to be looking a monstrous political version of a honey-do list when Election Day is over.
Mary Crowe isn’t a councilmember, but when a Tribal Council session starts up in Cherokee, hers is one face you might expect to see — whether in the audience, at the podium or back in the TV room watching the proceedings…
Driven crazy by the barking dogs of neighbors, Judy West says she is pulling up her life-long stakes in Haywood County and abandoning her farm, but not without sounding a warning to her fellow county residents: it could happen to…
Lowell Monteith, pastor of The Father’s House ministry, says the shelter has many needs right now. However, Macon County’s only homeless shelter’s most pressing need is community support.
There was barely room to breathe in Bryson City Town Hall on Monday night.
Jackson County is looking for the public’s help with an ongoing audit of its Permitting and Code Enforcement Department. The audit, which commissioners ordered in response to questions that surfaced earlier this year about whether the department was carrying out…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:49

Funding likely for sidewalk on U.S. 441

The future is looking bright for plans to build a sidewalk along U.S. 441 where Jackson County meets Cherokee, with funding recently approved from state contingency funds.
Nearly 30 people have put their names in the hat for election to Cherokee’s 12-member Tribal Council this fall, and depending who you ask, a lot is at stake.
A dozen hotels, motels and tourist accommodations in Haywood County will have to open their books to auditors in coming months to prove they aren’t pocketing some of the room taxes they collect.
A nonprofit nature center ensnared in a foreclosure saga at Balsam Mountain Preserve is one step closer to being evicted.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:42

Round-the-clock vet clinic to open in Haywood

Plans are in the works to open a 24-hour emergency clinic at Junaluska Animal Hospital in Waynesville next year, a first for the mountains west of Asheville.
Shining Rock Classical Academy was sent back to the drawing board Monday night on its proposed location, continuing a nearly three-month saga on where the new charter school will go.
The Charlotte developer behind a 488-bed student apartment complex planned for Cullowhee could face criminal charges, pending the outcome of an Aug. 27 hearing.
Jackson County’s steep slope ordinance made one last stop at the planning board before heading to a public hearing, but it went out with a bang as some members took issue with the version commissioners would ultimately consider for adoption.
Doris Mager returned from her most recent doctor appointment with some grim marching orders. Her instructions didn’t have anything to do with blood pressure problems, cardiac health, nutritional deficiencies or an impending diagnosis. In fact, the doctor said, for 89…
A rehabilitation project for the aging amphitheater at Mount Pisgah Campground will get some funding thanks to a fundraising ride by the Asheville BMW Riders.  Earlier this year, a plan to repave the amphitheater, replace sagging seating and upgrade the…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:16

Parasitic gill lice found in Haywood waters

A new parasite has been confirmed on rainbow trout collected from the West Fork Pigeon River in Haywood County, as well as Watauga County’s Boone Fork Creek and Watauga River.  The parasite, gill lice, is a tiny, crustacean that attaches…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:15

Smokies telethon to support park projects

A fundraising broadcast to support Friends of the Smokies will air 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, on WLOS Channel 13.  The 21st annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon — the only telethon to support a national park…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:14

Audio tour brings the Smokies to life

A new audio tour for the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee will give visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park a trip back in time.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:13

Smokies visitation high at Cherokee

Visitation has been strong in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this year, with numbers for the first six months of 2015 up 8 percent over last year.
Ever looked at a six-legged creature and thought of dinner? A program by “bug chef” Zack Lemann will explore the possibilities at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, at The Village Green Commons in Cashiers.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:10

Paddle tour of Lake Junaluska offered

A paddle tour of Lake Junaluska will tell the history of the 200-acre lake and information about the ecosystems contained within it from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:06

We need to darken the way

perseids fallingperseids burning white hotperseids flame out I made sure to keep an eye out for falling stars last week on my pre-dawn delivery route since it was during the peak of the annual Perseids meteor shower. One morning was…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:14

Bernie Sanders excitement builds

To the editor: July 29 Bernie Sanders spoke to the entire country using the Internet. It was an incredible event. Our tiny group of Bernie supporters suddenly exploded, in much the same way support for Bernie has exploded all over…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:14

The Democrats’ war on babies is in trouble

To the Editor: Now Democrats have once again dredged up the fabricated notion that Republicans are waging a war on women. That claim is as old and worn as Hillary Clinton, the leading Democrat candidate for President. What we do…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:12

Thoughts on my Southern heritage

To the Editor: The controversy in South Carolina revolving around the Confederate Flag has made me think about my Southern heritage. I grew up in Georgia and spent most of my working life in South Carolina. The rationale offered by…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:08

Pay attention to new charter school

To the Editor: Every person who pays taxes in Haywood County needs to be aware of, and pay attention to, the creation of Shining Rock Classical Academy, a charter, public school about to begin classes in our community. The school’s…
I would wager that I despise politics just about as much as you do. Whatever your political affiliation, we would probably agree that the system is broken, that politicians on both sides of the aisle are too beholden to special…