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Wednesday, 09 September 2015 16:12

WNC’s African-American history

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This is a monumental work. Ann Miller Woodford has gathered an astonishing amount of information, including old letters, church records, unpublished…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:44

Fall harvest festival returns to Cherokee

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The annual Mountain Life Festival in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:43

Cherokee festival in Hayesville

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The Cherokee Heritage Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Cherokee…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:42

Youth Art Festival coming to JCGEP

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The Youth Arts Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Jackson County Green…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:41

Mountain Faith ‘Welcome Home Parade’

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There will be a “Welcome Home Parade” for acclaimed bluegrass act Mountain Faith at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:39

This must be the place

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It’s funny, isn’t it? When you cross paths with folks you haven’t seen in years, and yet you are all still…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:31

Three’s Company: Sylva welcomes third craft brewery

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John Duncan won’t forget Aug. 19 anytime soon. “It was damn scary,” he chuckled. That day not only marked the…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:19

Friday night lights still shining bright

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“So, you’re a band parent, huh? Boy, is your life about to change.” My wife and I heard that a…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:15

A bag of stories and an oil can

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By John Beckman • Guest Columnist Forty-two years ago a very interesting man moved into the broken, haunted brick mansion two…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:08

Despite Sanders’ rhetoric, nothing is free

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To the Editor: Such a nice man, this Bernie Sanders, we just love him, he just wants to help everyone!…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:57

Jackson signs jail health contract

When John Buchanan first took the jail captain job at the Jackson County Detention Center, one assignment quickly rose to the top of his to do list: figure out a better option for inmates’ health care.
Any day now.  That’s what Robbie Inman has been telling himself for weeks as he cruises Raleigh news sites, trying to cipher out when an end to the budget logjam in the General Assembly would end.
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:54

SCC jumps the gun on building start

Southwestern Community College broke state policy this summer when it launched a construction project before securing final contract authorization from the state.
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:44

YO offers support to LGBTQ youth in Franklin

The world can be a confusing and lonely place when you don’t know where you fit in to it and you don’t have a support system. It’s hard enough being a teenager today, but the added difficulties of struggling with…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:42

Swain County working toward securing trash site

Beginning in January, Swain County residents will no longer have 24-hour access to the county’s trash and recycling convenience center. 
Alaska Presley has talked for years about her vision of having the tallest cross in the western hemisphere placed on top of her Buck Mountain property in Maggie Valley, but now it seems that plan will not come to fruition…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:37

Landslide win makes Lambert new Cherokee chief

There was nothing ambiguous about Patrick Lambert’s win in the race for Cherokee Principal Chief last week. His victory came in a landslide of 71 percent.
A protracted tug-of-war over the 95.3 FM radio frequency is finally over, setting the stage for Western Carolina University’s campus-run radio station to expand its reach well beyond Jackson County’s borders.
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:31

Recovery rally aims to offer hope

It takes a village to combat a drug addiction or mental illness, and Richie Tannerhill is hoping to see a multitude of villages turn out when the inaugural Western Regional Rally for Recovery comes to Lake Junaluska Sept. 19.
Waynesville candidates running for the town board and mayor got an audience with the business community last week at the monthly Issues and Eggs breakfast hosted by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce.
People on food assistance can make their money go further when buying produce at the Historic Haywood Farmers Market in…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:07

Bird flu fears cause farm tour cancellation

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Fears of introducing the bird flu to North Carolina farms prompted the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project to cancel its annual…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:05

Peek into camping trips past

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A showcase of restored vintage camping trailers will raise money for Haywood Waterways Association’s youth education programs, 11 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:03

All hail the monarch butterfly

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Throughout the United States, monarch butterflies are an iconic sight. Their striking orange-and-black pattern, their annual 3,000-mile flight south to…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:02

Eagle eye

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A pair of young archers recently earned bragging rights at the 4-H West District Shooting Sports Tournament.
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:01

Lake J’s Inspiration Point unmasked

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Inspiration Point — a garden on the grounds of Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center tucked away near the Lambuth…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 13:59

New land conservation projects completed in Haywood

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More than 200 acres in the Sandy Mush area — located at the convergence of Haywood, Buncombe and Madison counties…
Bill Bryson and Steven Katz didn’t really know what they were getting into when they began their Appalachian Trail journey,…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:54

Tourism figures point to a post-recession recovery

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Recently released figures on the impact of tourism in Western North Carolina are encouraging. More visitors are spending more money,…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:52

Lawmakers simply need to do more for education

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Editor’s note: The following letter was recently sent to all members of the North Carolina General Assembly As students and…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:52

We need more veggie options in schools

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To the Editor: With the new school year just starting, parents’ attention is on school clothes, supplies and lunches. Yes,…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:51

Sanders has unique vision for U.S.A.

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To the Editor: Like many across America, I’ve become very tired of politicians of both parties talking out of both…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:46

Of bears and bees

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I am not nearly so frustrated with my black oil sunflower seed-addicted bruin neighbor as I was after his little…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:36

“A Walk in the Woods” movie hits theaters

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A movie chronicling the adventure of a pair of middle-aged men attempting to hike the Appalachian Trail hits the theaters…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:34

Spectacular fall color predicted for WNC

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Drier-than-normal conditions during 2015 will translate into one of the best shows of fall color in years, according to Western…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:32

Hiker’s death likely a suicide, autopsy says

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The death of a prominent Sylva hiker whose body was found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in June…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:30

Give litter the boot

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Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:29

Fundraiser to support Cullowhee River Park

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A fundraiser to support the effort to create a river park along the Tuckasegee River in Cullowhee will be held…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:26

Paddling competition coming to Cullowhee

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A family-friendly paddling competition featuring a variety of categories will be held on a flatwater portion of the Tuckasegee River…
I’ve never been a huge fan of any sport that hinges on an ability to run swiftly or handle a…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:12

Collection manages to combine horror and comedy

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There aren’t many successful horror fiction writers who are described as comical and/or whimsical. The terms seem incompatible. You don’t…
There are few places in Waynesville folks are afraid to go after dark. But the sagging blue canopy slung beneath the trees at the far end of Chestnut Park is one of them.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:56

Jackson ABC board set to buy Cashiers store

It’s been just over a year since the Cashiers ABC store opened its doors, but the store’s renting days are almost over. ABC Board chairman David Noland paid a visit to both the Jackson County and Sylva town commissioners last…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:56

Meadows addresses grant workshop

Representatives from three dozen fire departments, rescue squads, law enforcement units and emergency service operations convened in Waynesville Monday for a grant writing workshop, hoping to find the key to unlock coveted state and federal funds. They came from the…
Ideas surrounding the fate of a vacant factory building in Whittier have been swirling since Jackson County commissioners started taking a serious look at its future earlier this year. Turn it into an agriculture center? Make it a recreation park?…
Shining Rock Classical Academy’s continued hunt for somewhere to temporarily house the fledgling charter school come Jan. 1 has inevitably landed on the doorstep of the Folkmoot Friendship Center, a seemingly natural choice since the Folkmoot Center was originally an…
A bid to make the Cherokee police chief’s position an elected one isn’t dead, but Tribal Council has voted to complete a study examining the pros and cons of such a move before making a choice. Following a lengthy discussion…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:49

Bryson City under new management

When Josh Ward was earning his bachelor’s degree in environmental health, he never thought it would lead him to running a small town government.
A grandiose plan to remake Waynesville’s Russ Avenue commercial corridor into a tree-lined boulevard has gotten a little less grandiose.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:41

SWC initiatives give unified voice to the region

Less money and stiffer competition for grants means that Western North Carolina needs to have a solid plan in place to show the need in the region and stay competitive.