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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 15:26

Wit, wisdom and a walk around New York City

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It is 1926, and Lillian Boxfish, mid-20s and ambitious, arrives in Manhattan, where she lands a job working for the…
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 15:14

Play me that mountain music

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With Memorial Day right around the corner, the fun in the sun of summer in the mountains is here, ready…
The roaring of the plane engine shook me awake. Coasting into the skies over Newark, New Jersey, the flight was…
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 14:36

Samuel Smith receives Governor’s award

Gov. Roy Cooper recently presented a Medallion Award for Volunteer Service to Samuel Smith of Waynesville at the State Capitol in Raleigh.
The town of Franklin Board of Aldermen will now officially be referred to as the Franklin Town Council after the board voted 3-2 to change its charter.
When Franklin starting working on its 2017-18 budget, Town Manager Summer Woodard warned councilmembers that there was little wiggle room in the $8.6 million fiscal blueprint.
As a writer, it’s easy to feel that one’s ability is never quite good enough; as a writer in the American South — long a befuddled region characterized by ugly stereotypes highlighting ignorance and violence — even more so.
More than a century ago, the state of African-American education in the antebellum South was so utterly deplorable that it took the combined forces of a civil rights pioneer and a department store magnate to make lasting improvements that continue…
Things are happening in Waynesville’s historic African American community along the Pigeon Street corridor; the town is pursuing a grant to identify historic structures, has demolished a problematic former church and is planning a park of some sort for the…
From a geographical prospective, Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva is strategically located to serve as a health care hub for the most western counties in the region, but hospital leaders know it will take more than a convenient location for…
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 14:13

Public art set for Hazelwood

The Town of Waynesville has selected an artist and an art piece for its latest public art installation.
When most people think about Folkmoot, they doubtlessly think about the huge 10-day international folk dance festival that has taken over Western North Carolina each July for more than three decades. 
A federal judge has dismissed Swain County’s breach of contract lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior to collect $39.2 million owed to the county from the 2010 North Shore Road settlement agreement.
Two conservative activists in Haywood County have been banned from Republican Party functions under the threat of trespassing charges from state party officials.
An 83-year-old women died after falling 150 feet from an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Graveyard Fields in Haywood County last Friday (May 19).
The N.C. Department of Transportation is working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to advise drivers from the Knoxville area heading to Asheville and beyond that taking an alternate route is advisable.
Macon County Public Health Animal Services, along with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, responded to an animal cruelty complaint on Radio Hill Road May 9 that resulted in the removal of 41 animals. 
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:33

Individuals are Christian, not nations

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To the Editor: The United States of America never has been, is not now and never will be a Christian…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:32

Help pets live a good life

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To the Editor: On a recent Friday night two 3-week-old kittens were dropped off at the side pen of the…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:32

The chickens are coming home to roost

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To the Editor: By now, everyone in Macon County and the surrounding counties knows that Angel Medical Center in Franklin…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:31

Rep. Meadows wants to roll back protections

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To the Editor: I found the article in the May 10 edition citing Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, as advocating “high-risk…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:31

Morality is relative; ignorance is not

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To the Editor: This is a response to the letter written by Colton Bailey titled, “Festival is Immoral,” that was…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:27

Burr may be second N.C. senator to make history

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Martin A. Dyckman • Guest Columnist A hero is, almost by definition, someone who didn’t set out to be one.…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:23

We don’t really ‘do’ camping

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When my wife brought up the possibility of camping at this year’s Merlefest — a four-day and three-night music festival…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:13

Drought disappears

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Drought has officially disappeared from the mountains.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:10

Haywood Waterways announces T-shirt design winners

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Heather Grant of Bethel Middle School will see her artwork on 700 T-shirts after winning this year’s T-shirt design contest…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:06

Trio of trails get a makeover

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Rainbow Falls Trail: The Rainbow Falls Trail is the next trail in line to get a complete rehabilitation through the Smokies…
Dealing with the aftermath of two major storms while preparing for what could be another record-breaking visitor season, trail crews…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:02

New book revives Hazel Creek history

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A new book has hit the shelves exploring the history of the Hazel Creek community, which is now one of…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:00

Poll shows support for conservation funding

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A poll commissioned by the conservation coalition Land for Tomorrow showed wide support for land and water conservation, with mountain…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:59

Cherokee unveils trail system

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A new 10.5-mile mixed-use trail system is complete in Cherokee, with trails open to the public following a ribbon-cutting ceremony…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:52

The honest little bird

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On one level, the natural history of a region consists of its terrain, habitats, plants, animals and how they interrelate.…
The key element of bluegrass music is the “unspoken” — in practice, in performance and in personality.  Whether you’re 8…
It came as a shock that has had a ripple effect within music circles around Western North Carolina and beyond.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:27

Mountain Heritage Day named one of Southeast’s best

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Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day has been named as one of the top 20 festivals in the Southeast by…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:13

A memoir written in songs and poems

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In his Preface to Love Songs For A Country Lane, country music icon Chris Gantry writes: “Grant King was a…
If Canton’s legendary Labor Day festival – the oldest in the south – is to survive, it’s going to have to become self-sufficient.
Each year, counties and municipalities must pass their upcoming year’s budget by July 1.
A recovering economy and low unemployment along with a 30 percent increase in tourist spending since 2011 has kept Haywood County in decent financial shape, but a few large expenses — married with the everyday needs of a 60,000-resident county…
Thanks to Kiwanis International and Landscape Structures Inc., one lucky community will walk away with $25,000 in free playground equipment this summer.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:46

Emissions testing scrapped in Haywood

Offering “credit where credit is due,” Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, congratulated Gov. Roy Cooper for recently signing a bill that will do away with vehicle emissions testing in Haywood County. 
The strange saga of a shuttered school still casts a shadow over Haywood County, but it may turn out that opponents of the school’s closing were exactly right. 
A complaint filed in Haywood County Superior Court late last month alleges that several defendants committed battery and inflicted emotional distress on two children in 2015.
Karen Williams only had a handful of students in her beginner class when she first took the band director position for Swain County Schools 14 years ago, but today she has an average of 50 beginner students a year and…
While many local school districts are struggling to make ends meet these days, Swain County Schools is facing a much steeper battle to qualify for state and federal funds the district feels its students deserve.  “We’re struggling as most boards…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:34

Lawmakers reach classroom size compromise

Local school districts will have one more year before they have to abide by much stricter classroom size requirements thanks to a legislative compromise, but even the compromised deal for the 2017-18 school year will force some schools to hire…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:33

South Painter Road development approved

A Georgia developer hoping to build a 388-bed student housing complex in Cullowhee has cleared two of three major hurdles to starting construction.
Cherokee’s only bail bondsman is facing federal charges for allegedly having sex with female clients in lieu of loan repayment, and for allegedly sexually abusing a teenager younger than 16.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:16

Mapping conflicts of interest

On Monday, May 22, the Cherokee Tribal Council will preside over a hearing to consider impeachment charges against Principal Chief Patrick Lambert. Afterward, Council will vote on whether to remove him from office.
With nearly two years of prep work already under their belts, developers have cleared the first major hurdle for bringing a $20 million, 56,000-square-foot retail project that will include a Publix to Waynesville.