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A Jackson County detention officer was fired this summer after firing a Taser gun on a coworker.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:23

Murphy casino on track for September open

A new casino under construction outside of Murphy is coming along on schedule and on budget, according to General Manager Lumpy Lambert.
It’s been 10 years since the Lake Logan Triathlon made its debut in Haywood County, drawing a field of 162 people to tackle the 1,500-meter swim, 24-mile bike ride and 10K run. 
Neighbors who live near the proposed site of a new charter school in Haywood County plan to oppose a special use permit that would allow the school to be built in their community.
A damaged corn crop and a no trespassing order from a farmer’s lawyer could thwart Shining Rock Classical Academy’s goal of finding a permanent home for the new charter school by December.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:18

Plant gall formation is somewhat of a mystery

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When it rains it pours. Within the past week or so, I received two emails about plant galls. That’s two…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:07

Race Waynesville’s Main Street Mile

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A 1-mile race through downtown Waynesville on Friday, Aug. 21, will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville, S.C.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:07

Franklin gardens a home for wildlife

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Several Franklin property owners have made it a priority to garden with wildlife in mind, earning recognition from the National…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:05

Feds decide to put hold on wolf program

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Reintroductions of endangered red wolves in eastern North Carolina will cease for the rest of 2015 following a decision by…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:04

Have a wild time at the library

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The animals of Balsam Mountain Trust will make the rounds next week in a pair of library programs in Waynesville…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:02

Celebrate solar at Innovation Brewing

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Fans of solar are invited to toast the success of a solar energy initiative launched in the mountains this spring…
North Carolina has a bear problem, and wildlife officials hope hunters can help. The population of black bears has been…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:41

Harper Lee’s ‘Watchman’ hits the mark

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So, Scout (Jean Louise) comes back home to Maycomb — where “everyone is either kin or almost kin”— at age…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:37

Davis to spin yarns at Lake J

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Renowned storyteller Donald Davis will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:32

Sarge’s Dog Walk celebrates 10 years

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The 10th annual Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation “Dog Walk” will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:31

BBQ and classic cars roll in Franklin

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The seventh annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show will be held Aug. 7-8 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:27

Richard’s Run returns to Cataloochee

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The second annual Richard’s Run 5K will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Cataloochee Guest Ranch…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:26

Sylva library presents Through the Hills

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Americana/bluegrass act Through the Hills will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, in the Community Room of the Jackson…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:24

Charlie Daniels to play Franklin

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Legendary group The Charlie Daniels Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Smoky Mountain Center for…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:22

Zoe & Cloyd come to the strand

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Merlefest songwriting contest winners Zoe & Cloyd will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at The Strand at 38…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:17

This must be the place

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I stopped going. For the better part of the last decade, my life during the summer was music festivals. From…
Sitting at a table at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, Brittney Raby knows exactly what’s going to walk through…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:01

Meaningful gun control deserves passage

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To the Editor: House Speaker John Boehner boasted in a mass e-mail that he had gotten ahead of President Obama…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:59

It seemed like a great idea at the time ...

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It looked so good on paper, the way terrible ideas always do. Instead of boarding our miniature dachshund as we…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:56

Tribal council takes the wrong stand on openness

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The Tribal Council kicked us out again. Holly Kays, a reporter for The Smoky Mountain News, was told on July…
Three grants have been awarded by The Fund for Haywood County, totaling about $7,000.  This fund is an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and is a permanent endowment intended to meet the needs of local nonprofits.…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:20

Haywood veteran honored at pinning ceremony

Francis “Jack” James was recognized on June 26 by the “We Honor Veterans” program for his years of military service.  He served overseas in the Army from 1944 to 1946. This program is a partnership of the Veteran’s Administration and…
An algal bloom on Waterville Lake in northern parts of Haywood County has tested positive for a toxin with potential to cause skin rashes and affect liver function.
Shining Rock Classical Academy, a new charter school opening in Haywood County next month, will pull in more than $2 million in state and county tax dollars its first year if the current enrollment of around 230 students holds.
As a public entity receiving public dollars, Shining Rock Classical Academy — Haywood County’s first charter school — is required to follow the state’s Public Records and Open Meetings laws.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:09

Bryson City alderman running for Congress

Rick Bryson, a current alderman in Bryson City, has his eyes on Washington, D.C., as he plans a run to represent North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District.
A new program will enable a limited number of Macon County residents to seek primary medical care at the health department beginning this fall.
It’s been two-and-a-half years since cash flow problems forced Jackson County’s domestic violence and sexual abuse resource center to close its doors, and REACH of Jackson County has remained a dead organization ever since.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:02

Chief candidates to debate in Cherokee

Candidates for the two chief offices up for election this year will square off in a pair of debates at the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center in Cherokee next week.  Sponsored by the Junaluska Leadership Council and the Cherokee…
A candidate for mayor in Waynesville is dropping out of the race, although his name will still be on the ballot.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 13:57

Canton celebrates keeping its clinic

Within six months, a primary care medical clinic for Evergreen Packaging employees went from being on the chopping block to expanding its services.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:41

Finding common ground

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Standing in the back of The Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley last week, several languages could be heard in every…
There’s a secret ingredient behind the bright lights, splashy costumes and glossy programs of Folkmoot: for every two parts planning,…
Each year international groups from all over the world travel abroad to share their traditional folk dances and songs with…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:05

Old steel should be used for footbridge

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To the Editor: I have an idea for reducing the cost of the footbridge at the end of the Cullowhee…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:05

The Battle Flag was indeed about slavery

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To the Editor: To get past the emotionality regarding the Virginia Battle Flag, we need to examine its history and…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:04

Hillary has way too much baggage

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To the Editor: When Bill Clinton was president, Hillary assumed authority over health care reform. Even after threats, she couldn't…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:04

Parents should teach children to drive

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To the Editor: The problem of how to fund driver's ed could be easily solved. Since when did it become…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:03

How can we be proud to be Americans?

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To the Editor: USA Today has reported that on average there were 96 cases of a white police officer killing…
By Gibbs Knotts & Chris Cooper A longstanding social science finding holds that collective public opinion is fairly sticky on…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:43

Summer skies

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My family and I made a quick run up to Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway around dusk last…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:39

Sunday hunting now OK in North Carolina

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Sunday hunting with firearms will now be legal on private property following passage of the Outdoor Heritage Act by the…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:38

New guide highlights the best of Haywood’s homemade

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The new agritourism guide for Haywood County is out, highlighting farmers markets, plant nurseries, pick-your-own farms, roadside produce stands, Christmas…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:37

Hendersonville woman becomes 50th person to hike the MST

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The tally of people who have hiked the entire 1,150-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail reached 50 when Lorie Hansen, of Hendersonville, took…
“Hey buddy, you about ready to come out?” Michael Skinner asks the juvenile broadwing hawk standing in the back of…