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Jackson County’s health department is gearing up to start millions of dollars of construction for its animal shelter and health buildings, but before those projects get off the ground leadership will change with the coming of a new health director. 
At least one local property owner plans to take advantage of a new law allowing for withdrawal from Waynesville’s Municipal Service District.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:17

New DSS director hired in Jackson

After 20 years with the department, Jackson County’s director of social services will be retiring from county employment at the end of the month, but the department won’t want for experienced leadership going forward.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:15

Charters of freedom coming to Sylva

After months of fundraising, cash is now in hand to get a monument to the country’s founding documents in place at Mark Watson Park in Sylva.
Swain County residents will get to decide whether the county can levy an additional quarter-cent sales tax when they vote during the Nov. 8 general election.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:13

November election lineup complete

Ballots have been finalized in Haywood County for November’s General Election, and while a number of national and state campaigns have thus far overshadowed local races, that won’t last much longer.
Arguments were heard in Haywood County Superior Court July 19 in the matter of Melrose v. The Haywood County Board of Education, at the center of which is the closing of Central Elementary School.
The pungent aroma of morning dew was still in the air and Kelly Sutton had just opened the Big Creek Country Store for the day when the cowbell mounted on the outside of the screen door issued an assertive and…
Waynesville utility crews will no longer donate labor to run power, water and sewer connections for community projects on a handshake agreement.
Bear hunters on the Qualla Boundary may be able to run their dogs through tribal reserve land for a full half year following contentious discussion and a divided vote in Cherokee Tribal Council this month. 
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:35

It’s raining cats and dogs (quilt blocks)

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Inspired by the popular Haywood County Quilt Trail and the “Adopt Me” quilt block located at the Waynesville Animal Hospital,…
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:35

The true story of Sparklehorse

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The documentary “The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparklehorse” will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the…
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:33

Canton Labor Day schedule announced

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The 110th Canton Labor Day Festival schedule released on July 11 shows that organizers have been working just as hard…
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:31

J. Creek Cloggers win top honors

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The J. Creek Cloggers picked up wins at the Appalachian Clogging Classic at Haywood Community College and ShinDig In The…
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:19

This must be the place

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You can’t ignore it. That little voice in the back of your head, always interrupting your daily train of thought,…
Taking a right off East Main Street, just before crossing the bridge into downtown Franklin, you pull onto Lakeside Drive…
Monday, 18 July 2016 17:14

Ghana, Romania denied Folkmoot visas

Earlier today it was announced that Ghana and Romania will not be joining in on the Folkmoot festivities as planned.
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:51

New tuition plan holds great promise for NC

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Tuition just got significantly cheaper at Western Carolina University, and as long as the legislature keeps its promises to fill…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:51

Not perfect, but not all gloom and doom

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To the Editor: Reading two letter writers in the June 29 issue, I immediately remembered Ronald Reagan’s famous campaign retort,…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:50

The staggering true cost of HB2

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To the Editor: North Carolinians know about the immediate economic fallout from HB2 — the so-called bathroom bill — as…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:47

False dichotomies play out in black and white

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There are people who believe that the reason black men seem to keep getting shot and killed by police officers…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:38

Lungwort used for making beer, bread

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Lungwort is the leaf-like lichen common on tree trunks several feet or more above ground level. It resembles liverwort but…
Native Americans will soon be allowed to gather plants on national park land for traditional purposes following the National Park…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:26

Ginseng lottery open

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The lottery is open for permits to harvest one of Western North Carolina’s most valuable plants. 
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:25

LEGO masterpieces celebrate the natural world

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Nature-inspired LEGO creations will add an extra incentive to hit up the N.C. Arboretum the next few months, with the…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:25

Sylva teen to compete in national angling competition

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A Sylva teen is preparing to prove himself on the national stage of fly-fishing after qualifying for the U.S. Youth…
Clingmans Dome Observation Tower will get a makeover thanks to a $250,000 grant that supporters of the Great Smoky Mountains…
By Jamie Arnold • Contributing writer It’s a 95-degree Sunday afternoon. Most folks are at the lake, or lounging on the…
In her novel Under The Influence (William Morrow, 2016, 321 pages, $25.99), Joyce Maynard makes her title do double duty…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 14:50

Dogwood Crafters celebrates 40 years

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The Dogwood Crafters Cooperative will be celebrating 40 years of creating space for local crafters at 1 p.m. Saturday, July…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 14:43

This must be the place

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It’s when you know you’re home. Those places and faces, those sights and lights that truly signal the arrival back…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 14:40

Between the fingers lies the soul

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They all do something with their hands. Meandering around Western North Carolina and greater Southern Appalachia, one thing becomes apparent…
If a rising tide lifts all boats, it only makes sense for organizations with common goals to work together, but cooperation hasn’t always come so easy for the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority.…
As three members of the Maggie Valley Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors rotate off the board next month, the business community has another opportunity to vote in new leadership.
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 14:16

The value of a Maggie chamber membership

Businesses in the valley have varying views on whether being a member of the Maggie Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is worth the annual dues, but Chamber Chairman Joe Moody said it’s a great value for the many benefits provided…
Cherokee Tribal Council is closer to finalizing a decision to revoke part of a former vice chief’s will, following its July meeting last week.
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 14:12

Food truck ordinance passed in Cashiers

Cashiers recently completed its own effort to address food trucks with an ordinance approved by the Jackson County Commissioners last month. 
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 14:09

Sylva to revisit food truck rules

After seeing the showdown over food truck rules playing out in Waynesville, Sylva is gearing up to take a look at its own code of ordinances, hoping to forestall any such drama in its neck of the woods. 
The lack of high-speed internet in Western North Carolina has been more than just an annoyance to Netflix binge-watchers — it’s also seen as one of the region’s largest economic development challenges.
Kimberly Michelle Bishop, the former director of Macon County’s Board of Elections, was recently sentenced to six months in prison for embezzling public funds.
After a June 9 accident that left a man dead and a community grieving, the effort to address a road that’s long been seen as dangerous is seeing a renewed surge of focus.
On July 11, Dave Angel’s plan to operate a 10,000 square-foot whiskey distillery on 1.7 acres at 3732 Soco Road in the heart of Maggie Valley got a boost from the Town Board and the Maggie Valley Sanitary District.
Mike Withers loved Ghost Town in the Sky so much that in Spring 2015 at the age of 72, he still held out hope that the troubled amusement park would reopen for the summer.
A lawsuit over the historic sawmill that burned down at Haywood Community College nearly four years ago was settled last week in a ruling by the N.C. Court of Appeals.
Drivers who use a section of U.S. 74 in Haywood County will be taking a slightly different route starting on Monday, July 11. An N.C. Department of Transportation contractor will close the exit ramp off U.S. 74 East at mile…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Most of Europe’s aristocracy didn’t think the infant United States would last a decade, and…
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 16:10

Doing business with your neighbors

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In not every town do the children of doctors and lawyers go to the same schools as the children of…
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 16:08

We are going to have to all help push the wagons

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To the Editor: I recall some 65 years ago when citizens were often complaining about their governments, primarily about their…
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 16:05

Combination science lab and amusement park

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Weightless for two seconds is not a moonwalk but at the top of the Space Shot at Huntsville, Alabama’s (Rocket…
A growing collection of roadside signs has been popping up along rural drives and main thoroughfares in Western North Carolina…