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Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:23

Concerts on the Creek returns to Sylva

The 6th annual Concerts on the Creek season begins on May 22, and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday through Labor Day at the Bridge Park Pavilion in downtown Sylva.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:19

This must be the place

So, what’s it like out there? That was a recent question posed to me by an older friend, one who has been happily married for the better part of 30 years. He wondered what it was like these days. You…
Taking a left off U.S. 64 onto Settawig Road in rural Clay County, the busy commercial thoroughfare transforms into lush farmland. The mountain air gets sweeter, soothing late spring sunshine spilling into the open windows of your vehicle.  A few…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 17:18

Shelving books is a very personal task

For awhile everything was in control. But that didn’t last. It never does. Once again my books are in total disarray. I can spend hours looking for a book I should find in a few minutes. The only good thing…
A two-year trail restoration project began this week on Alum Cave Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, meaning that the trail and associated parking areas will be closed on weekdays through Nov. 19.
A contaminated property next to Land Trust for the Little Tennesse’s office in Franklin could have a brighter future now that the land conservation organization has purchased it.  “I never paid that much attention to this part of town until…
Backpackers in several popular areas of Pisgah National Forest are now required to use bear canisters when staying overnight, following a recent policy change by the U.S. Forest Service.  Reports of bears accessing food from improperly stored gear and, most…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:00

Park gets new deputy superintendent

With Superintendent Cassius Cash now settled into his new role, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a permanent deputy superintendent too.
Close to 175 people tackled the inaugural Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon in Waynesville this weekend, coming from as far as Colorado and as close as Waynesville itself.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:57

Break-ins reported along the Parkway

A rash of break-ins to cars parked along the Blue Ridge Parkway on its way through Asheville has rangers asking the public to pay extra attention to securing their vehicles.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 16:55

Parkway weather now online

A new website aims to help Blue Ridge Parkway visitors better plan their attire for a day in the high country.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:51

Farmers market season launches

Growing season is upon us, and that means farmers of all stripes are harvesting produce to sell. Farmers markets around the region are starting up, with outlets for fresh food and locally made products in every county.
The Haywood Historic Farmers Market hopes to open its selection to an even larger portion of the population by exercising its new ability to accept food assistance money from the SNAP program — and use $14,000 worth of grants to…
Back in the days when I still believed in Santa Claus (well, actually I still believe, I just no longer feel comfortable sitting on his lap), Mother’s Day rolled around one year, and I asked my mom why there was…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:11

QuickDraw art benefit at Laurel Ridge

The WNC QuickDraw will be from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:04

A night of games, fun at Casino Royale

Casino Royale Night, a benefit for the Haywood Healthcare Foundation's Drug Abuse Coalition, will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Maggie Valley Club and Resort.
Entrepreneurs and owners of existing small businesses from around Western North Carolina shared $7,000 in prize money to help launch or grow their companies during the inaugural LEAD:Innovation conference on April 22 at Western Carolina University.
The Russ Wilson Quartet will host an evening of jazz standards, swing and blues at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:56

Youth talent contest winners announced

The 18th Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest was held at the Greening Up the Mountains Festival on Saturday, April 25, in Sylva.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:54

This must be the place

I don’t get it. I woke up this morning (April 28) and listened to the news. I heard of the overnight chaos and madness ablaze on the streets of Baltimore, as we all have been paying attention to, and for…
It’s a recent Saturday afternoon at Nantahala Brewing Company in downtown Bryson City. With bluebird skies overhead and the mountains of Southern Appalachia in the distance, brewery co-owner Joe Rowland scans his surroundings. There are children and dogs running around…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:48

Baltimore and the failure of liberalism

To the Editor: As events unfold in Baltimore, the failure of liberal ideologies becomes clear. We’ve also seen the failures in Ferguson and even going back as far as Watts. In spite of all the high minded speeches about the…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:46

FOX News has been bad for the country

To the Editor: Imagine that in 2015, you, as an American citizen, don’t feel at home in your own town. You go out for pizza or to get braces for your child, and the TV blames you for all the…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:45

GOP is the party of higher taxes

To the Editor: The people have been told for years, particularly by Republican candidates running for the General Assembly, “We will cut your taxes.” They have cut your taxes if you made over $88,000 per year. If you have made…
Dozing in and out of sleep on the flight home from Leon, Nicaragua, I was thinking about circles. More to the point, I was contemplating the work of my father-in-law, Bill Sullivan, at the hospital in Leon, the Hospital Escuela…
Bradley Letts will have to keep his day job, but the Superior Court Judge will soon begin serving as a temporary judge for the Cherokee Supreme Court. 
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:21

Swain forms animal control committee

Swain County commissioners are moving forward with their plan to address the lack of animal control by putting together an ad hoc committee to explore possible solutions.
Swain County Commissioners are moving forward with a false alarm ordinance with the understanding that the sheriff’s office will enforce it with “common sense” in mind. 
In a mere four years, Jackson County Planner Gerald Green has wrestled with just about every controversial land-use issue you could possibly come across in the mountains.
After a solid three-year run in Canton, Sid’s on Main is closing, leaving a huge vacancy in downtown.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:07

Franklin approves Siler road apartments

Plans for a 60-unit apartment complex in Franklin are moving forward after Workforce Homestead received approval for a special permit from the Franklin Board of Aldermen.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:06

Franklin mayor warns of tough budget year

Now that town aldermen have a preliminary budget in front of them, the Franklin leaders are ready to begin an arduous process. Mayor Bob Scott read a prepared statement to the public during a Monday night town meeting. He said…
As the Macon County budget process gets under way, education spending will be one of the meatier items up for discussion.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:00

Fracking regulators served with lawsuit

A section of legislation giving the Mining and Energy Commission the authority to decide which local ordinances are OK and which are not when it comes to fracking could be struck down, if a state court sides with a lawsuit…
Leaking roofs, technology needs and impending state cuts prompted Jackson County Schools to put out a hefty ask to the county at the beginning of its budget talks, but it’s looking like the school system will wind up with only…
Haywood County Schools will cut its budget by $900,000 next year, plus tap its cash reserves to the tune of $1.5 million to soften the blow of what would otherwise be even larger cuts. “This is a draft. We may…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:45

Bringing the past to life

When Kim Sutton puts on his Civil War attire, he’s immediately transported to an era when a national conflict held court in the rural landscape of Haywood County.
For 10 years, museum curator Jackie Stephens has prepped The Shelton House for Civil War commemorations.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:40

Take a Civil War tour in Haywood County

With the help of Civil War enthusiasts in Haywood County, The Shelton House Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts has put together a full weekend of events to commemorate the last shot fired in the Civil War east of the Mississippi.…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:38

The Fall of Will Thomas

William Holland Thomas, a self-made, prominent businessman, a revered chief in the Cherokee tribe, a politician and a colonel in the Confederate Army, spent the final 20 years of his life fighting mental illness. He passed those years, as he…
Not all the Eastern Cherokee supported the Confederacy. Several served with the Union army during the Civil War and were ostracized by the Confederate Cherokees after hostilities ceased. Some evidence exists that one of these Union soldiers brought smallpox back…
Union Col. William Bartlett tried to keep his cool as he watched his bitter, battle-hardened Confederate enemies riding down Main Street that May morning of 1865. SEE ALSO:• Like a Good Neighbor: The Eastern Cherokee and the Confederacy• Take a Civil…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:08

Chief candidates weigh in on issues

It’s election season in Cherokee, and with the long-time chief Michell Hicks opting not to seek re-election, five candidates are vying for the tribe’s top office.
Things are back to normal at Tuscola High School after an emailed threat prompted a complete evacuation of the school April 30.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:55

Cumberland Island National Seashore

Cumberland Island, which is composed of Great Cumberland Island (the national seashore) and Little Cumberland Island (private), is one of the largest barrier islands along Georgia’s coast. Cumberland Island is about 18 miles long and about 3 miles wide —…
A discussion on falconry and the importance of birds of prey to a healthy ecosystem — as well as a chance to meet those birds — will be the centerpiece of Trout Unlimited Cataloochee’s next meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May…
The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will kick off its annual lineup of eco tours to ecologically important areas throughout the region with a wildflower hike to Whitewater Falls Thursday, April 30, led by botanist Gary Wein.
The time is drawing near for synchronous fireflies to once more light up the night in the Smokies, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has announced this year’s dates for up-close firefly viewing at the park’s Elkmont Campground.  The…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:39

National forest sites open for spring

With warmer weather comes the opening of a lengthy list of campgrounds and recreation sites in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests that had been closed for the winter.  Newly reopen recreation areas include: • Nantahala District: Nantahala River facilities…