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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:19

This must be the place

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What are you afraid of?
The year was 1966; “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” was on the big screen, “Bonanza” was on the small screen, and an Irish guy from Philly had just arrived in Maggie Valley to open Joey’s Pancake House. SEE…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:53

The Book of Joe

Brenda O’Keefe has dozens, if not hundreds, of stories about the people who have passed through her life at Joey’s Pancake House since 1966.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:49

9-1-1 texting soon available in Haywood

The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office will soon have full 9-1-1 text message capabilities.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:47

Maggie to begin charging trash fee

Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen adopted a budget in June that includes a new $5 solid waste fee for all households.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:46

Greenway use rising in Jackson County

The greenway in Jackson County has now been fully open for a month, and use is skyrocketing on the one-mile path along the Tuckasegee River in Cullowhee. From May to July, monthly use more than doubled to 5,485 visitors — that…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:45

New manager arrives in Jackson

Jackson County’s new county manager is now on the job, and commissioners are looking forward to start working with him on goals and tasks for the years ahead.
For Tony Campolo, spending last week amid a gathering of senior citizens from across the Southeast was just about the most exciting thing imaginable. And that’s even taking into account that he views “exciting” as an overused word that’s best…
The town of Maggie Valley has been working on cleaning up the U.S. 19 corridor for more than a year, but it needs to beef up its enforcement ordinance to make further progress. 
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:34

Canton economy keeps on truckin’

The recent announcement of one business’s relocation plans in Canton may lead to other Asheville-area corporations — and residents — considering the town as a convenient, affordable alternative to living and working in Buncombe County.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:33

Model airplanes take to the sky for charity

The Macon Aero Modelers Club members are looking forward to showing off their flying skills to the public this weekend during their annual National Model Aviation Day.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:31

Franklin gets answers on new Ingles project

Many rumors were put to rest Monday night as Ingles Market representatives laid out the plan for its newest grocery store in Franklin.
A second decision made during last week’s Cherokee Tribal Council meeting could affect how council’s decision to order a third-party investigation into Principal Chief Patrick Lambert’s administration fares on veto. 
Some members of the Cherokee Tribal Council are saying that something’s amiss in how hire-fire decisions are being made in tribal government, and in a narrow decision the council voted to order a third-party investigation into those issues. 
Haywood County’s Central Elementary School has been declared “surplus” school board property and will be disposed of according to proper procedures. 
Some surprising statistics regarding drug testing in Haywood County schools have raised questions about the policy’s cost and effectiveness.
Even though Londa Bohl had the summer off from teaching in Swain County, she spent most of her vacation learning the ins and outs of telecommunication laws in North Carolina.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:51

Waynesville hires new town manager

After a seven-month search that included more than 40 candidates, the Waynesville Board of Aldermen selected former Pittsboro, Southport and Lumberton town manager Robert William Hites as Waynesville’s new town manager.
When Christopher Holt contacted me in March about a trip he was about to embark on to Cuba, I was…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 16:26

Keep life simple and family close

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I’ve always felt this in my gut, but I’ve learned with keen certainty lately that things we think matter actually…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 16:25

Ron Mau: the commissioner we need

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To the Editor: My dad, Ron Mau, is running for Jackson County Commissioner. I am voting for my dad because…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 16:17

A real can of DNA worms

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A new whole-genome (the entire genetic makeup) study published in Science Advances on July 27 is giving the already muddied…
The air on the Cataloochee Divide Trail is heavy with humidity and the promise of an afternoon storm, but the…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:58

Wildlife education offered in schools

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Mountain Wildlife Days, a weekend of wildlife-oriented fun, raised $2,600 this summer to go toward wildlife education programs in Western…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:56

National Trails Day breaks records

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The numbers are in, and this year’s National Trails Day, organized at locations across the country by the American Hiking…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:55

Meteors galore are on the way

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A high-intensity meteor shower will light up the sky next week, and the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute will host an…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:53

Get your gleaning on

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The harvest is coming in, and for a contingent of growers and volunteers in Haywood County, that means gleaning season.
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:50

Kids get out for a day on the farm

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Kids spent a day learning about gardening and raising animals — while also enjoying swimming, fishing and hay rides — with a…
Following the Little Tennessee River miles away from modern civilization in Franklin — past the pavement and subdivisions and through the grassy pastures that line the Cowee Valley — a large piece of Cherokee history remains.
While most people come to Macon County in the summer for a relaxing mountain vacation, Kathryn Sampeck makes the trip down south with a more important mission in mind. SEE ALSO: Mounds hold key to understanding Cherokee history With a wide-rimmed…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:39

WCU donates equipment to Haywood mission trip

When Western Carolina University alumnus Greg Boothroyd of Haywood County issued a call for donations of soccer equipment for a church mission trip to Jamaica, the women’s soccer program at his alma mater answered.
Beginning Sept. 1, Swain County residents will notice some big changes when they go to drop off their trash and recycling at the convenience center. 
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:35

Key personnel change at Waynesville City Hall

After almost three years with the town of Waynesville, Amie Owens is out as administrative services director.
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:32

Swain left off SCC priority funding list

Southwestern Community College is receiving $7.17 million from the Connect N.C. bond to make major infrastructure improvements to its three campuses, but none of that money will be going to SCC’s small Swain County campus.
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:31

Council shortens term of casino board member

Tribal Council narrowly passed a resolution last month that would shorten the term of embattled Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise board member Angela Kephart, but when council reconvenes on Aug. 4, Kephart will be asking its members to reconsider. 
The former director of an organization charged with spurring community development on the Qualla Boundary has pled guilty to embezzling nearly $1 million from the institution she once led, bringing almost three years of investigation and prosecution to a close.
Evening is suspended over Lake Junaluska as doors open for the 8 p.m. Taizé service, its coming fall foretold by the soft-sided clouds gathered over the sinking sun.
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:21

Animal advocates get a boost in Jackson County

A newly purchased cargo van has animal advocates in Jackson County applauding — and rolling up their sleeves to load dogs and cats for travel toward pastures green with adoptive families and no-kill shelters.
It’s been more than a year since the Swain County commissioners charged a newly formed ad hoc committee with tackling a longstanding controversial issue — the county’s lack of animal control.
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:18

Sylva mulls public art program

There’s something missing from the streets of Sylva, the town’s board has been noticing, and lately they’ve been talking about how to fill the dearth of public art downtown. 
Spirits were high in Dillsboro last week as Steam Engine No. 1702 chugged noisily to a stop on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:13

Voter ID law struck down in N.C.

Ruling that North Carolina’s 2013 voter identification law purposely targets African-Americans with “almost surgical precision,” the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down the measure last Friday, stating that there was evidence that “because of race,…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:10

Tale of the tape

If you find yourself charged with a crime and can’t afford an attorney, one will be provided to you; if you can’t afford your utility bills, support programs exist; if you can’t work, unemployment assistance is available.
A new state law calling for more competition and transparency in how Municipal Service Districts are managed sent shudders down the collective spines of some on the Waynesville Town Board when they learned that the contracts to manage such districts…
The same 2015 law that robs local governments of control over how and for how long they can contract with the organizations that manage their Municipal Service Districts also dictates that local governments now formally address requests from property owners…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 13:59

Getting what you give up

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In a 12-round heavyweight professional boxing match, at the beginning of the twelfth round there is a bell and the…
The presence of breathtaking topography, ancient native lore, and centuries of American history makes the Great Smoky Mountains a mystical,…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park requires permits for a number of activities beyond simply camping — getting married, holding…
Miles and miles of film have been shot in Haywood County, but it’s not just about national recognition or local…
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 20:56

This must be the place

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As I enter my fifth year living and thriving here in Western North Carolina, I’m also sliding into a space…