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A cadre of curious animals gathers at the gate as Joe Moore, owner of Indian Springs Farms in Bethel, approaches…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:14

Locals take top spots in Harvest Half

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Local runners came out high in the rankings with completion of the Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon last weekend. 
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:10

Judge orders Fish and Wildlife Service to halt red wolf plan

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A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to halt its plan to transfer the reintroduced population…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:09

Burn project proposed for Jackson County

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A 956-acre prescribed burn is being proposed for the Nantahala National Forest in southeastern Jackson County, aiming to reduce wildfire…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:01

Bryson City and the widow Cline

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Before the settlement named Charleston became the village named Bryson City in 1889, it was a tract of land known…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:52

A story about coping with loss

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Sometimes loss and death give little or no warning of their arrival. The doorbell rings at two in the morning,…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:48

WCU’s handling of Koch gift a model for others

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Western Carolina University’s faculty has wrestled through months of both tedium and spirited debate in devising how best to manage…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:41

Remember talking ‘to’ people, not ‘at’ them

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We are still near the dawn of the Internet age. We can get just about any information we desire in…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:40

Vote for Luker and Mau in Jackson County

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To the Editor: I attended the debate on Sept. 29 at Southwestern Community College between the four candidates running for…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:40

Sen. Davis was big fracking supporter

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To the Editor: The rivers are low, and so are the springs. As we face a drought, Sen. Jim Davis,…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:32

WCU to host conference on economy, environment

A conference at Western Carolina University on Friday, Oct. 7, will focus on the intersection of the environment and the economy in Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:31

Bryson City receives $10,000 Wi-Fi grant

Bryson City was one of 10 downtown communities to receive funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to offer free Wi-Fi access in their downtown areas.
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:22

Mountain Faith wins big in Raleigh

Western North Carolina played a big role in this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association awards held last weekend in Raleigh. Waynesville songwriter Milan Miller was nominated for “Songwriter of the Year,” Haywood’s County’s own Balsam Range was nominated for several…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:11

The path to the polls

The two-year journey from the primaries to the polls is almost over – but not until you cast your vote! Follow along with this handy guide to make sure you have what it takes to make your voice heard.
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:05

Animals rescued from Korean dog meat farm

Two small animal shelters in Western North Carolina have made national news this week as they’ve opened up their facilities to 11 dogs rescued from an illegal backyard dog meat farm in South Korea.
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:04

Feds file motion to dismiss Swain’s lawsuit

The federal government waited until the 11th hour to issue a response to Swain County’s North Shore Road lawsuit — and the response was not surprising. 
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:02

Casino board member loses fight to keep seat

After a yearlong tug-of-war, Angela Kephart has vacated her post as a Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise board member following the Cherokee Tribal Council’s razor-close decision to uphold July legislation shortening her term by a year to end Sept. 30.
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:59

High-speed internet project plods along

The all-important push to bring high-speed internet to Western North Carolina generated a lot of optimism earlier this summer when the town of Waynesville and the Land of Sky Regional Council entered into an agreement with the goal of expanding…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:46

SMN candidate forum Oct. 20

Although Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have overshadowed nearly every other political campaign in the country, that doesn’t mean that those other campaigns aren’t important.
When the days get short and the nights get cold, a collection of Jackson County organizations comes together with the shared goal of getting the county’s less fortunate safely through the winter. Called Jackson Neighbors in Need, the group works…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:38

Waynesville songwriter nominated by IBMAs

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Although he resides in Nashville these days, songwriter Milan Miller is never too far away from his Waynesville roots. As…
Though they walked away empty-handed at last week’s International Bluegrass Music Association award show in Raleigh, acclaimed group Balsam Range…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:32

Mountain Faith wins big in Raleigh

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What a year. That is about all you can say about the past 12 months for Jackson County bluegrass act…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:29

This must be the place

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I underestimated it. Stepping into the grand ballroom at the Raleigh Convention Center last Thursday morning, I really didn’t think…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:26

‘Fear No Art’ Exhibit

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The Jackson County Arts Council in Sylva announces a new exhibit entitled "Fear No Art" by Isabella Jacovino, an artist…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:21

American Pickers to film in North Carolina

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Mike Wolf, Frank Fritz and their team are excited to return to North Carolina. They plan to film episodes of…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:08

Kephart collection at WCU

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A showcase on the life and times of Horace Kephart will be on display from Oct. 11-March 31 in the…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 16:22

Big and wild

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Big and wild can’t be big and wild if your mind and heart are small.  A “real” public meeting —…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 16:18

Parks and Rec master plan seeks input

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Area residents who avail themselves of Waynesville’s recreational facilities and programs have a chance to shape their respective futures —…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 16:17

Grant dollars protect Haywood farmlands

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Local acres were among those covered by $3.8 million the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently awarded…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:53

Burke spins complicated tale full of violence

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In House Of The Rising Sun (Simon & Schuster, 2015, 435 pages, $27.99), James Lee Burke tells the story of…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:24

Craft students win national awards

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Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Fiber students Abigail Ahlberg and Tony Embrey both were recently recognized with national awards.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:18

This must be the place

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Why do you write? I write because I was told at a very young age, at some point in elementary…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:17

Brews news

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Bryson City welcomes second brewery With the former brewmaster for Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin), Noah McIntee, at the helm, Mountain Layers…
Surrounded by piles of debris, old wood and gravel, Joe Rowland sees opportunity. “This is the inevitable next step for…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:57

Pound your chest and punch your neighbor

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There were two primetime spectacles Monday evening. One was the first presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:54

Pockets of happiness have become lifelines

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For a week I’ve been thinking about what to write in this week’s column, and very little clarity came until…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:54

Sen. Davis and reverse Robin Hood tactics

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To the Editor: The N.C. Republican Party sent out a flyer stating Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, voted for a middle-class…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:52

Sen. Jim Davis’ mailers make false claims

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To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and his surrogates in Raleigh recently sent out a series of expensive glossy…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:51

Sen. Jim Davis raised taxes on farm families

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To the Editor: If you are like many residents of Western North Carolina, you probably cut hay, raise a few…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:50

Yes, there are some bikers for Clinton

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To the Editor: I am a female motorcyclist who actually rides my motorcycle across the country, not one who hauls…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:48

We need a senator who is for the people

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To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, has unleashed a series of negative flyers against his opponent, Jane Hipps. His…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:29

The Wait of War

It is known by many names.  Some call it the Second Indochina War. Some call it the Resistance War. Some call it the American War.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:13

WCU seals the deal on $1.8 million Koch gift

A year in the making, Western Carolina University has sealed a deal with the Charles Koch Foundation for a $1.8 million gift to set up an economic research center on campus with a focus on economic development and free market…
Few if any universities have made the Charles Koch Foundation jump quite so many hurdles before opening its wallet as Western Carolina University has.
After months of talking, planning and producing, Jackson County is set to unleash a new ad campaign and website showcasing the county’s best to a deep bench of potential visitors, and tourism director Nick Breedlove is enthusiastic about the results. 
The Tennessee Valley Authority leadership fielded some tough questions from members of Congress last week in Washington, D.C., during a Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing. 
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 13:52

Canton improvements on the horizon

The town of Canton has scored several small victories of late in its effort to diversify its economic base and improve services and amenities available to residents. 
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 13:50

USDA loan hang-up: Blessing in disguise?

Another of Canton’s highly anticipated capital improvements on the horizon is a new municipal pool to replace the leaky aging one that has served residents for more than 70 years. 
Thursday, 22 September 2016 17:07

This must be the place

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I teared up immediately.