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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:29

Books from different ends of the spectrum

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Opposites attract, so the old saying runs. We’ve all known friends, husbands and wives, and lovers who match this adage,…
I decided to not wear the hardhat. Standing underneath the magnificent 215-foot high ancient rock arch at the Natural Bridge…
They are the bridge. In the bluegrass world these days, it seems there are two camps of thought and performance…
With the last Macon County Airport runway extension project barely in the rearview, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has approved another $4.5 million airport project to make the runway even longer.  The last expansion project in 2011 extended the…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:28

Dilapidated structures plaguing Franklin

Overgrown brush, rotting floors, collapsing roofs, vermin and asbestos. Dealing with deteriorating structures isn’t a new issue for the town of Franklin, but the slow legal process has the town board wondering if there is a more efficient way to…
Downtown Franklin will be undergoing plenty of changes in 2017 and for the next few years as the town works to improve sidewalks and traffic patterns and the state begins new road projects.
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:24

Honor MLK with day of service

Citizens recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day since it was established in 1986, are encouraged to volunteer on the third Monday every January to honor King’s vision of service.
Haywood Habitat for Humanity is seeking qualified homeowners for homes located in Haywood County.
Haywood County Special Olympics officials are forming a Local Program Committee so that the program can reach more potential athletes and volunteers.
Western Carolina University’s Ben Steere, assistant professor of anthropology and co-director of Cherokee Studies Programs, is recipient of the Principal Chief Leon D. Jones Award for Archaeological Excellence, presented by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. 
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:18

Focus groups needed to discuss Swain ER changes

Swain Community Hospital is looking for small groups of residents to be part of ongoing focus groups to discuss changes occurring in the hospital emergency department.
It isn’t often that citizens avail themselves of the public comment session offered by local governments.
Although work on the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s proposed improvements to Russ Avenue won’t begin until 2022, Waynesville residents have already been persistent and vociferous in their opposition to the Walnut Street segment of the project.
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:12

Canton dives in to pool project

Town of Canton officials faced a “sink or swim” moment Jan. 3 when, in a special public hearing, they had to decide whether or not to move forward with plans to seek commercial financing for the town’s beleaguered pool project.
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:10

Neglected Canton dogs still need homes

In a case that stunned Western North Carolina residents last November, 137 dogs were found being kept in varying states of neglect on a property outside the town of Canton. 
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:08

Sequoyah Fund embezzler sentenced

Embezzling nearly $1 million from The Sequoyah Fund in Cherokee will land the organization’s former executive director in federal prison for more than two years, U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger decided at a Dec. 15 sentencing hearing.
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:07

Jackson commissioner drops lawsuit

Recently elected Jackson County Commissioner Mickey Luker has dropped a lawsuit he filed in June contesting a permit denial handed down from the Jackson County Department of Public Health.
Mill Street in Sylva will go from two lanes to one when a 2016 decision from the Sylva Board of Commissioners goes into effect. However, the timeline will depend on the town’s ability to fund the plan in the upcoming…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:02

Downtown vacancies prompt concern

An unusual number of “for rent” signs have been cropping up in downtown Sylva lately, and the vacancies have town leaders and business owners wondering what this forebodes in the year ahead.
Two hikers lost in the Shining Rock Wilderness area in Haywood County were rescued Saturday evening thanks to the efforts of helicopter crews and nearly 100 ground based rescuers from over two dozen local, state, and federal agencies.
Swain Community Hospital is looking for small groups of residents to be part of ongoing focus groups to discuss changes occurring in the hospital emergency department.
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:42

It’s 2017, let’s talk about something else

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Now that it’s 2017, I can’t bear the thought of continuing to fixate on politics and its atmosphere of pomposity…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:35

A heavy but hopeful heart for the new year

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Throughout my entire life, I’ve awoken on New Year’s Day energized to be more, do more, see more. This year…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:34

Another side of the Cuban revolution

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To the Editor: I very much appreciated your comments about Castro and Cuba, particularly your childhood experience at Guantanamo. I…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:24

Cattle working equipment available for community use

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New cattle working equipment will soon be available for community use in Swain and Jackson counties.
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:24

Red wolf killed in wildlife refuge

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A reward of $5,000 is being offered in the case of a red wolf that was shot and killed around…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:20

Three dead in Smokies plane crash

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Three people have died in a plane crash that occurred Monday, Dec. 26, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:18

Trout restoration project coming to Cataloochee

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A Smokies biologist will give a glimpse of plans for a brook trout restoration project in the Great Smoky Mountains…
January is universally recognized as the time to make a fresh start, throw away last year’s used-up calendar and dream…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:03

Book about artist is itself a work of art

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In mid-October I attended the second lecture of three at my local library on the Italian artist Caravaggio (1571-1610). A…
It ain’t dead. Rock-n-roll. In an era when sugar-coated pop stars and polished country acts are atop the charts, one…
Through the strewn lights I could see the Empire State Building.
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:33

Quilting group donates to sheriff’s office

Members of the Blue Ridge Mountain Quilt Guild in Canton stopped by the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office recently to drop off some unique gifts to help kids caught in tough situations.
Bryson City Bicycles will use a $20,000 grant to expand its online presence and to provide a fleet of bicycles for Swain County High School.
Lake Junaluska has announced new leadership of the Lake Junaluska Singers, a choral group that has been part of Lake Junaluska’s history for more than 60 years. Mary Wannamaker Huff began as the interim director of the Lake Junaluska Singers…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:28

WCU to form school for primary grades

Western Carolina University will soon be opening a school serving primary grades — likely in Jackson County — after a state mandate passed this summer goes into effect.
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:27

Sylva appoints public art committee

Sylva’s town leaders were so excited to see the number of applications they received from prospective members of a public art committee they’ve spent the last half year working to form that they considered expanding the number of seats available…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:25

Community Health Center to open in Sylva

Health services emanating from the Good Samaritan building in Sylva are set to expand this year as Good Sam moves under the umbrella of Hendersonville-based Blue Ridge Community Health Services.
As the drought of 2016 progressed, flows of streams and rivers dwindled region-wide — and the Tuckasegee River, water source for most of Jackson County, was no exception.
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:20

By the numbers

From the control room of Canton’s water plant, a steady barrage of numbers flash across the computer monitors.
As days slid by without rain last fall, and the days stacked into weeks, Neil Carpenter watched the water gauge on Jonathan Creek like the ticking hands of a doomsday clock. SEE ALSO:• Haywood water systems join forces to aid…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:11

Showdown looms over Russ Avenue project

News of a historic portion of Walnut Street’s inclusion in the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s plan for the widening of Russ Avenue in Waynesville went over with property owners like a ton of the bricks in Charles McDarris’ 90-something…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:10

Mountain legislator to be sworn in

It took Bryson City Republican Mike Clampitt three tries over six years to finally become a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives.
As voters cast their ballots each Election Day, judicial races are often overlooked — they’re the least publicized, least funded and least understood of the lot.
For those who love the outdoors, it’s not hard to list the reasons why Western North Carolina is a spectacular…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 17:03

Smokies trails reopen after fire

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Seven trails and one road that have been closed since the Chimney Tops 2 Fire are now open in the…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 17:03

Campfire ban lifted in the Smokies

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Campfires are now legal in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the first time since Nov. 15.
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:58

Smokies benefit from license plate sales

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License plate sales raised nearly $815,000 to support the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this year, with the grand total…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:57

Former plant site now part of state forest

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More than 30 years after the first piece of property was donated toward the creation of DuPont State Recreational Forest,…