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Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:29

Fairchild gets elected into Bluegrass Hall of Fame

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Acclaimed banjoist Raymond Fairchild was recently elected into Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame in Bean Blossom, Indiana.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:20

This must be the place

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So, you’re Canadian? Not quite, y’all. During my three years living here in Western North Carolina, I’ve lost count of…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:17

The Tale of Two Bands

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Variety is the spice of life. Within the realm of music, those spices can range from the hot heat of New…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:08

Let’s avert another shutdown

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To the Editor: If Congress fails to reach a federal budget resolution by midnight, September 30, the Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:08

GOP has too many contradictory views

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To the Editor: I am not much of a religious scholar, but I did have 16 years of excellent Catholic education.…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:07

Telling Washington just what we will do

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To the Editor: Tried to take a nap but couldn’t get my mind off of some of the enormous problems…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:07

Skip the theatrics and let’s debate issues

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To the Editor: Recent letters have presented opposing views on the future funding for Planned Parenthood. Some are based on…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:03

Legislature pushes state into a freefall to the right

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Just a few more dollars, that’s all. When you get your car fixed or a new dishwasher installed, now you’ll…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:49

SCC’s annual Health Fair is Oct. 1

Representatives of more than 40 different vendors from throughout the area – as well as all 15 of SCC’s Health Sciences programs – will be in the Burrell Building on Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:49

Good Samaritan receives $80,000 grant

The Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County is the recipient of an $80,000 grant from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation that will help fund the clinic’s Nurse Case Management Program over the next two years.   This…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:45

Shining Rock adjusting to growing pains

Operating a new charter school can be a learn-as-you-go process, and the Shining Rock Classical Academy board of directors is already adjusting to the expected growing pains as it moves into its second month of classes.
A public walking tour of Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesville with living history talks will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 10. The walking tour will feature re-enactments of famous or storied people buried in the cemetery with graveside tales…
Historians in Waynesville are building a case to get Green Hill Cemetery listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Members of the U.S. Motto Action Committee have been making their way around the state asking county commissioners and town boards to display the national motto, “In God We Trust,” prominently on government buildings.
From permit fees to lease agreements to equipment purchases, many costs accompany the launch of a new business. And while a rookie entrepreneur might not calculate water and sewer fees among them, in Jackson County businesses can find themselves forking…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:37

Rhonda Cole Schandevel to run for NC House

Haywood County School Board member Rhonda Cole Schandevel, 51, of Canton announced her 2016 candidacy for the North Carolina House of Representatives.
When the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority sat down this spring to review applications for its advertising grants, it wound up facing a slew of existential questions: What is the grants’ purpose? Should the money go toward long-standing events or…
Southwestern Community College is in the business of dreaming big as it works through the preliminary stages of a master plan to guide its development over the next five to 10 years. 
Most people have had the inclination at some point in their lives to just pack it up and hit the road without a finite destination in mind — to just feel the wind on their face with nothing but highway…
Haywood County commissioners have endorsed a plan to run sewer lines out N.C. 209 to Interstate 40, pledging $300,000 toward the $3 million project should state grant funding for the new sewer line come through.
Officer Dave Clancey has a dicey job, perhaps the most dangerous of any cop in Haywood County. But instead of dodging bullets, Clancey dodges cars.
In the words of Principal Chief Michell Hicks, it’s been “a whirlwind year” for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:24

Why Murphy?

At first blush, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is competing with itself by opening a new casino in Murphy just 55 miles from its main casino and resort in Cherokee. But those 55 miles make a huge difference.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:22

Opening day draws a crowd to new Murphy casino

Mary Anderson didn’t have much time to stop for an interview. It was just after 1 p.m., and the Atlanta resident had been up since 6 a.m. in her quest to experience opening day at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:17

New casino likely to transform Murphy

The new Valley River Casino and Hotel built by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on the outskirts of Murphy will have far-reaching impacts on the far western corner of the state, forever changing the economic and cultural landscape of…
An explosion of campaign signs so large they could pass for miniature billboards cropped up seemingly overnight in Waynesville last week, creating a tizzy over what’s legal and what’s tasteful.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 16:01

Book explores persecution of early Japanese Christians

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In 1549, Jesuit priest Francis Xavier, two companions, and a Japanese translator entered Japan, seeking to bring the Gospel into…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:48

Taste of Sylva returns

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Featuring local food, music and children’s activities, the sixth annual Taste of Sylva culinary tour will run from 1 to…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:45

Molding a passion

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Standing in her Dillsboro studio, potter Zan Barnes can’t help but smile. “If you told me in high school that this…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:43

This must be the place

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The blazing Knoxville sun was quickly falling to the west, heading further down the road to Memphis and points beyond.…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:24

Valuing the process more than the outcome

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This is one tradition that could just die and I don’t think many will care. I’m talking about the recently…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:15

Asheville baristas’ behavior a sad commentary

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I had never heard of “The Red Pill Theory” or the “manosphere” until I saw references to them in the…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:14

Smart action on cell towers in Jackson

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By Craig Pendergrast • Guest Columnist I am writing to applaud the Jackson County commissioners for recently completing a difficult re-write…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:12

Dealing with the dreaded writer’s block

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In the June 14, 2004, issue of The New Yorker magazine, there is an essay titled “Blocked! Why Do Writers…
When National Park Service officials increased Seasonal Law Enforcement Training from 400 hours to 650, they decided to use Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center in Franklin as the pilot program for the new regimen. “SCC-PSTC consistently demonstrates a…
Starting Sept. 28, employees and visitors to the Jackson County Justice and Administration Building will no longer have their choice of doors through which to reach their destination. Instead, the building will become a one-entrance-only building, with a security guard…
Do visitor centers still have a role in the new world of travel intel? That’s the question Haywood County tourism leaders have been pondering for the past year. And it’s not been an easy one to answer.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:51

Nonprofits line up for Franklin funding

Each year, Macon County organizations stand before the Franklin Board of Aldermen to ask for a piece of the nonprofit grant funding the town sets aside in the budget.
An outbreak of the highly contagious intestinal bug known as norovirus has been raging through North Canton Elementary School over the past two weeks, but illness now seems to be on the downswing — to the relief of parents and…
Six years ago, Becky Ramey and Terry Frady started a little festival in the parking lot of their Maggie Valley restaurant with improv performers on the back of a flatbed truck and one keg of beer.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:42

SCC gets input on future of Swain campus

What should the future of Southwestern Community College look like in Swain County five to 10 years from now?
Its future has been envisioned as an agricultural center, a recreation facility, a Cherokee cultural site, a farming co-op and an empty field. Now there’s a new twist in the plot toward settling the future of a defunct county-owned factory…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:36

Where art meets architecture

Sam Olbekson has never met a duality he couldn’t reconcile. As the lead architect for the $110 million Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel opening near Murphy next week, Olbekson’s design will make a lasting impression of the region on…
Spirits were high last week as Lumpy Lambert made his morning lap around the floor of the new casino. The count down was on, with just a week to go until the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians would open its new…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:29

Savannah community could get its first park

If the details work out, Jackson County’s Savannah community could soon have a park to call its own. 
Waynesville leaders have granted a free pass on many of its aesthetic development standards to pave the way for a large warehouse facility being built by Giles Chemical, the Waynesville-based company that is the largest North American manufacturer of Epsom…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:20

Waynesville rolls out the red carpet for riders

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It’s all hands on deck this weekend as Waynesville prepares to welcome more than 1,100 cyclists and their families to…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:16

Haywood wants a share of cycling tourists

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Since the first wheels starting turning in 2010’s inaugural Blue Ridge Breakaway bike ride, cycling has been picking up speed…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:07

Signs pinpoint greenway opportunities in Haywood

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The results of a plan to install signs demystifying Haywood’s disjointed collection of greenway paths will be unveiled at a…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:06

Kid-friendly event celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day

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A family-friendly event celebrating fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26,…