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Obamacare is one step closer to repeal as the U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation that would provide a drastic overhaul of health insurance for millions in America and hundreds of thousands in Western North Carolina. “From the earliest…
On Wednesday, May 3, a male student assaulted another student at approximately 9:30 a.m. at Tuscola High School. The assault lasted about 20 seconds according to a press release from Haywood County Schools, and law enforcement and the parents of…
Thursday, 04 May 2017 15:00

Weigh in on WNC transportation planning

The N.C. Department of Transportation wants your feedback on its Draft 10-Year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which identifies the construction funding and scheduling for transportation projects. 
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:32

Let commissioners hire tax collector

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To the Editor: I read the recent letter by Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, and would just like to say…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:32

Mental health should be covered

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To the Editor: While the ACA is being re-considered I am asking why did we allow the insurance industry to…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:32

Party fracturing not necessarily bad

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To the Editor: We know that the modern newspaper, in fact all media, feeds on controversy, some of it made…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:30

‘Born in Franklin’ may never be heard again

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At some point in the future, here’s something you might never hear again: “I was born in Franklin.” Look no…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:27

This just isn’t going to get any better

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“What? Over? Did you say ‘over’? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans…
By Martin A. Dyckman • Guest Columnist Russian paratroopers dropping on the White House lawn could scarcely do more damage…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:21

Moonshine stills weren’t the only stills

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All this spring, golden birch catkins were dangling throughout the woodlands of the Smokies region. These are the male, pollen-carrying…
My pack was plenty heavy as I set out north on the Appalachian Trial from Carvers Gap, but with my…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:03

Drought beats a retreat

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Severe drought is nearly vanquished in North Carolina, with the number of counties in that designation the lowest it’s been…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:01

The new local food guide is here

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The new Local Food Guide from the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project is here, including more than 800 listings of places…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 14:57

Smokies trails see status changes

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Closures and openings have resulted in status changes for some trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
So, you have the talent, imagination and output of an artist. But, do you also have the drive, business savvy…
It was during the first sip of my second beer when it struck me. “Let’s go see Dave Davies.”
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 14:23

Need I say more? The power of wit

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When verbally attacked and left speechless by an assailant, who among us has not long afterwards pondered the mot juste…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:58

Cavy-crazed crowd convenes, competes

The stakes were as high as the hopes last weekend as competitors from across North America came together at the Haywood County Fairgrounds to see whose luxuriously-locked little rodent would be deemed best in breed by a discerning panel of…
Lake Junaluska residents opposed to a new Waynesville Fire District in their neighborhood will get one anyway, after a 2-1 vote by the Haywood County Board of Commissioners May 1.
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:54

Haywood County may dip into fund balance

Haywood County commissioners have set a date for the required public hearing in advance of passing next year’s budget — an especially important one, considering County Manager Ira Dove’s prediction that the county could see itself forced to use over…
With an eye to improving student performance and employee retention, Jackson County Public Schools has upped its budget ask to the Jackson County Commissioners — by 25 percent over the allocation given the past seven years.
Jackson County Schools has found itself at the back of the line to get a piece of the quarter-cent sales tax voters passed last year.
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:43

Baby deliveries to cease at Angel Medical

A difficult decision for Mission Health will now present a difficult decision for expecting mothers in Macon County.  With Mission’s announcement that labor and deliveries at Angel Medical Center in Franklin will cease by July 14, pregnant women will have…
Along with the announcement to stop labor and delivery services at Angel Medical Center, Mission Health also announced plans to build a new, state-of-the-art $43 million hospital for the Franklin community.
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:40

Harris prepared to deliver more babies

With the current expansion of its New Generations Family Birthing Center, Harris Regional Hospital couldn’t be in a better position to handle an anticipated influx of patients for labor and delivery services.
Macon County residents have made a clear statement that they oppose Mission Health’s decision to discontinue labor and delivery services at Angel Medical Center in Franklin. 
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:10

A big thank you to Rep. Mark Meadows

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All citizens of western North Carolina owe a big “thank you” to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, and the Freedom Caucus…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:09

Thanks for the help with Panthertown

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To the Editor: Friends of Panthertown and Mainspring Conservation Trust would like to thank all of our donors, including Jackson…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:09

Corporations are not U.S. citizens

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To the Editor: Are you sick of government ignoring the people it was meant to represent? Do you want your…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:09

Votes will help Haywood Schools

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To the Editor: The Haywood County Schools Foundation is a participant in “A Community Thrives” project sponsored by Gannett, USA…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:08

The solution is to destroy all nukes

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To the Editor: Back in 1979, then National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski received a middle-of-the-night phone call with the alarming…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:08

Haywood GOP does battle with anarchists

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To the Editor: It was odd to be reminded of the Spanish Civil War when reading your article about the…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:07

Don’t throw baby out with bathwater

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To the Editor: In a recent Q&A in The Mountaineer, Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, seemed very light on specifics related…
A large-scale rescue effort involving multiple animal welfare agencies resulted in the removal of more than 400 animals from a puppy mill in Clarkesville, Georgia, last week.
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:45

Thankful to have been a teacher

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At 37, I’m still sorting out what I want to be when I grow up.  When I was 8, I…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:39

The Naturalist's Corner: Overwhelmed

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There are bucket lists and then there are bucket lists. As parents, the bucket lists we envision for our kids…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:36

Mountain bikes roll into Swain High

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A fleet of new mountain bikes has come home to roost at Swain County High School, thanks to a donation…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:33

Donation will help fire recovery

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A $25,000 donation from the National Park Foundation will help the many Tennessee residents who lost their homes following the…
The Great Smoky Mountains Association had its best year every for sales and membership in 2016, allowing the organization to…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:31

Panthertown land purchase finalized

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A 16-acre property adjacent to Panthertown Valley Backcountry Area has been conserved following Mainspring Conservation Trust’s April 21 closing on…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:30

Sylva passes renewable energy resolution

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Sylva’s commissioners unanimously passed a resolution calling for a statewide commitment to eliminate fossil fuels during their meeting Thursday, April…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:08

A desperate tale, beautifully written

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“And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry And satisfy the needs of the oppressed, Then your light will…
Over the course of the six Cultural Conversations sessions I participated in at Folkmoot, our diverse little group — sitting in one big circle — learned a lot about ourselves, and each other.
Advanced manufacturing and machining in Western North Carolina just got a huge boost from a Fortune-500 multinational conglomerate with more than $127 billion in yearly revenue.
After a busy week of rallies around the country, the state and the county, progressives gathered at the Historic Haywood Courthouse April 23 to speak out on healthcare and welcome Asheville Republican Congressman Mark Meadows’ first Democratic challenger.  • Democrats welcome…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 13:38

A short break with Coffay

Born in Florida but raised in tiny Blue Ridge, Georgia — just a few miles outside of Murphy and not far from where Tennessee borders Georgia and North Carolina — Matt Coffay, 30, has spent a little over a decade…
Members of several progressive groups concerned over the moral and monetary implications of Affordable Care Act repeal in rural Western North Carolina say that although their congressman isn’t listening to them now, maybe he’ll hear them in 2018.
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 13:31

Harnessing the progressive tide

A progressive tour de force has emerged across the mountains since the election of President Donald Trump.
Thousands of pop-up progressive activist groups have emerged around the country since November’s election.
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 20:58

Hazelwood Public Art finalists

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The Waynesville Public Art Commission has selected three finalists from a field of eight applicants for its upcoming project in…