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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 15:50

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…
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 20:39

Green Energy Park wins grants

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The Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro was recently the recipient of two new grants, both intended to further…
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 20:36

What’s life in Cuba like right now?

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You can get answers to that question and more first-hand information about the island nation during a symposium and art…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 18:12

Trumpeting fear to a gullible electorate

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To the Editor: After listening to Donald Trump’ s speech, I got the feeling that the earth was spinning out…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 18:12

I’ll be calling, and you might want to listen

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To the Editor: About those phone calls -— you know the ones I mean — an unknown person is calling,…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 18:00

School closing lawsuit should move forward

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I hope the lawsuit by Mark Melrose against the Haywood County School System has its day in court, and was…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:56

If neither candidate suits you, well, we can help

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On our way back from the coast on Saturday in bumper-to-bumper traffic just outside Charleston, I saw a billboard that…
Cloud cover keeps the summer morning cool as Mark Hopey makes the rounds below Cowee Mound. By 8:30 a.m., he…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:40

Local naturalist releases hiking guide

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Naturalist Ken Czarnomski — in partnership with the the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority — has released the third installment…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:37

High schoolers conquer the Rockies

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After biking more than 300 miles through the Rocky Mountains, the group of five high schoolers involved in Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:34

Fatalities prompt caution when visiting waterfalls

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Two fatalities related to waterfalls occurred in the Pisgah National Forest last week.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:32

Bradbury created a genre all his own

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Last year a storm of controversy erupted over the destruction of writer Ray Bradbury’s home in Los Angeles. Architect Thom…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:05

Folkmoot moments

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Peru: We travel to different countries. It’s our fifth festival this year, already two in France. We like a lot of the people, so friendly.…
After talking with staff, volunteers and last year’s groups, Folkmoot Executive Director Angie Schwab decided that this year, she wanted to give performers more of…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:00

Sam Love Queen and the values of Folkmoot

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In May, the auditorium in the Folkmoot Friendship Center was dedicated to a man instrumental in establishing Waynesville and its environs as one of the…
Just prior to the 2016 Folkmoot Wanderlust Gala, Folkmoot staff, sound technicians, photographers and performers scurried about behind the stage.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:18

SCC launches ‘PEAK’ initiative

PEAK, which stands for “Professional Expectations, Attendance and Knowledge,” is the name of Southwestern Community College’s new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) — an essential element in the re-accreditation process through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:18

New beer to benefit conservation trust

Mainspring Conservation Trust will benefit from a collaboration with Lazy Hiker Brewing Company to create Needmore Ale, which will be released at 5:30 p.m. on July 28 at the brewery.
The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College in partnership with The Support Center and the Western Women’s Business Center will offer a free Hispanic Latino Business Start Up series in August.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:11

Ethics rules passed in Cherokee

Tribal government is expected to gain on openness and accountability following passage of a pair of laws in Cherokee Tribal Council this month. After more than a year of work, the tribe now has a code of ethics and a…