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Danielle Bishop only cries when she’s mad. “And was I mad,” she said. Sitting in a booth at the Papertown Grill in downtown Canton, Bishop’s eyes light up when asked if her aspirations of becoming a touring musician were ever influenced…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 00:00

This must be the place

One of the beauties of music is that it is the gift that keeps on giving. When a band releases an album, it’s a melodic present eager for the listener to unwrap. When someone hands you a record, it’s the…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:24

Consortium of docs could do house calls

To the Editor: If you are over 65 (and maybe even younger) you will remember a wonderful phenomenon of the good old days. And what was this marvel? The doctor who made house calls! What a source of comfort he…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:22

Too many people a big part of problem

To the Editor: Religious folk love to talk about Armageddon and the Apocalypse with almost all major religions predicting some sort of end times. Who knows, maybe there’s some sort of ESP subconsciously telling us that eventually life, as we…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:22

Both parties are destroying our country

To the Editor: Political parties have almost destroyed our country. The greed and self-interest of both political parties have consciously eroded the rights granted to us by God and protected by our Constitution. This document is unique in history and…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:22

We need Marshall Plan for Middle East

To the Editor: If we really want to defeat ISIL, restore calm, and some semblance of peace in the Middle East, we would take one third of what we are spending on war in the whole region and spend it…
It must have been 20 years or more since I heard a futurist telling a skeptical crowd the extent to which technology would be changing the way we live. He said that we would eventually — probably in our own…
The Lake Junaluska community will make a renewed bid to merge with the town of Waynesville this year, this time with the added measure of a formal vote.
Four arrests were made yesterday (March 3) in connection with a Halloween party last fall that allegedly involved underage drinking and resulted in the alleged statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:59

Franklin asks state for annexation exception

To accommodate potential future growth, the Franklin Board of Aldermen passed a resolution asking the North Carolina General Assembly to relax certain requirements for voluntary annexations into its town limits.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:56

Franklin considers allowing street banners

Larry Hollifield, owner of American Computer Repair in Franklin, has been tasked with forming a committee and coming up with a plan to allow for street banners in downtown.
Waynesville’s old town hall on Main Street could be converted into a garrison for tourism, business and economic development agencies — a move that would save each of the entities money and promote teamwork.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:50

Jackson planning board gets new leadership

With a slate of issues including steep slope development, cell phone tower construction and zoning rules for fracking facing the county, Sarah Thompson — formerly Sarah Graham — will be taking the helm as chair of the Jackson County Planning…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:48

Jackson grapples with fire tax question

Jackson County’s elected leaders will be have a big decision to make over the coming month: to levy a fire tax forcing property owners in lower-value areas of the county to pay higher bills or watch local fire departments continue…
When Haywood County’s long-time tax collector David Francis was narrowly ousted by a younger, inexperienced opponent in last fall’s election, county commissioners decided to keep Francis around anyway as a mentor for his successor Mike Matthews.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:43

Welcome to the better side of the Smokies

The new Smokies superintendent got his introduction to the North Carolina side of the park amid plates of snacks and the homey trappings of a bed and breakfast in Bryson City last week.
A dispute between Haywood County neighbors could result in one couple shutting down a nonprofit operation that is near and dear to their hearts — or another couple selling a home where they’ve farmed for 40 years.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:38

Neighbors keep close eye on Nantahala

Ami Shinitzky, developer of Mystic River, understands why all eyes are on him as he works to develop lots for luxurious homes along the banks of the Nantahala River.  As someone who bought the property to enjoy the natural beauty…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:34

Landowners sue Nantahala River developer

When they bought up prime lots in the Mystic Lands development in Swain County, property owners envisioned living in a peaceful setting as close to nature as they could get.
When the sun sets in rural Fines Creek, the little community library gets bumping. It may be after-hours, but any given evening, a steady stream of cars comes from miles to sit in the parking lot. It’s the newest take…
The gap between the haves and have nots in the world of high-speed Internet will get a little smaller this spring thanks to a start-up Internet company that will soon be beaming Internet service from towers in Jackson County.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:16

First novel by local writer strikes a chord

Eighteen-year-old Jacob McNeely, a shy high school dropout from Walter Middleton High School in Jackson County, North Carolina, seems resigned to a bleak future: As the son of Charlie McNeely, the biggest drug dealer in Cashiers Valley (and Laura, a mother who is…
Sipping hot tea while swaddled beside a propane heater, warmth beaming as wind whips snowflakes around the mountaintop outside. A stack of books beside the bed, well-worn titles alongside new adventures, a self-replenishing treasure trove of stories illuminated by kerosene-fueled…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:01

A Golden secret

There is one winter visitor to our North Carolina Mountains that is probably happy the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed and is not burgeoning with sightseers and thrill-seekers like it is the rest of the year. That visitor would be…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:56

WNC conservationists honored

Several Western North Carolina conservationists earned a spot in Wild South’s annual list of nominees for the Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards, an honor that recognizes outstanding work to protect wild places and wild things in the South.
A new invasive plant species is springing up in moist, nutrient-rich soils across eastern North America and has been spotted in six North Carolina counties, including Swain.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:48

Smokies visitation sets records

January was a record-setting month for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 351,670 visitors, achieving a lifetime visitation of 500 million — more than any other national park service unit aside from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Golden Gate…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:46

WNC farmers expand business through grants

Farmers in Western North Carolina will branch out with new crops and alternative growing methods, thanks to 31 grants totaling $168,000 given out by WNC AgOptions.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:44

Fees increase at Glenville campground

For the first time in more than 18 years, fees at the Ralph J. Andrews Campground on Lake Glenville, which is owned and operated by Jackson County, will go up, but Jackson County residents won’t feel the bite.
Waynesville was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, keeping running a streak that began in 2008. The designation recognizes a town’s commitment to keeping healthy trees a prominent part of the urban environment. 
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 20:52

Chili cook-off in Highlands

The Highlands Annual Chili Cook-off will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Highlands Community Building. There will be live music, dancing and, of course, great chili, salsa and cornbread to sample. Prizes will be $100…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 20:51

Simon’s ‘Plaza Suite’ at HART

Neil Simon’s comedy hit, “Plaza Suite” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. March 5-7 and at 3 p.m. March 8 in the Feichter Studio at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 20:51

Cullowhee teen wins film contest

The National Coalition Against Censorship announced Anne Wade of Cullowhee as the winner of the 11th annual Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest, which asked teen filmmakers to explore censorship issues of the past, present and future.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 20:47

STYX to play Harrah’s

Legendary rock group STYX will be performing at 9 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 20:45

This must be the place

Just as I took my first sip of beer I was told to turn around. Outside the Tipping Point Brewing windows on Main Street, heavy snowflakes cascaded upon downtown Waynesville last Wednesday night. Cars cautiously cruised through the intersection, with…
David Joy doesn’t look like your typical writer. Then again, Joy isn’t your typical writer. Stepping into Innovation Brewing in Sylva last week, I bellied up to the counter, ordered a drink and looked around for the whereabouts of my…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:44

Medicaid expansion equals economic growth

To the Editor: A recent letter suggested that its author does not believe in economic projections. He may not realize “estimates” of future economic outcomes is a vital part of planning that any organization — whether private businesses or governments…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:44

N.C. loses by not expanding Medicaid

To the Editor: An earlier letter requires concrete proof of the success of the Affordable Care Act. Those truly interested in facts need to research the impact of expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in the Republican dominated states…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:44

Jackson votes supports real free speech

To the Editor: Thank you, Jackson County Commissioners for your courage in passing a resolution calling on the North Carolina General Assembly to petition Congress for the creation of the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will end corporate…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:42

N.C. GOP leadership likes to bully opposition

By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Whether they strut across schoolyards or along the polished halls of a state capital, all bullies are alike. They have to be the boss of everything. They can’t stand anyone who talks back. But they…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:39

Time for universal, free pre-K is long overdue

“… the long-term benefits of a high-quality pre-K program can be substantial. These include higher high school graduation rates, lower rates of juvenile delinquency, less substance abuse, and higher adult earnings. Thus, many studies show that high-quality pre-K programs can…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:17

Franklin plans for water and sewer improvements

Engineers for the town of Franklin are recommending the town spend $15.1 million over the next 10 years to make water and sewer infrastructure improvements.
Haywood County commissioners debated this week whether to make volunteers who serve on appointed boards and committees undergo a background check.
When Haywood County gets stiffed on property taxes, it carries a big stick of last resort: the foreclosure. But since the real estate bust, it’s not been as handy as it once was.
A draft plan to revamp the old Drexel furniture factory property in Whittier into an agricultural center will be presented at a community meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at Smoky Mountain Elementary School.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:05

Lawyers involved in Sylva’s bar noise dispute

Attorneys for the Town of Sylva and No Name Sports Pub are busy trying to hash out the legal road forward for the town’s noise ordinance and sound levels at the music-oriented bar.  Following a Feb. 5 town meeting during…
County and university officials had a sit-down last week over the question of whether Western Carolina University should fall under Jackson County’s revised subdivision ordinance.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:02

Canton moves forward with expanded Labor Day

Canton has decided not to spend upwards of $60,000 to bring in a nationally known headlining music act for Labor Day, but town aldermen feel like they’ve reached an agreement that will make everyone happy.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:00

Hydropower plant proposed in Highlands

The town of Highlands may not be interested in investing millions to rebuild a hydropower plant along the Cullasaja River, but a private corporation out of Atlanta does want to make it happen.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:59

Haywood tourism authority to hire new position

The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority plans to grow its staff to five as it dives into reviewing applications for a new group sales manager.