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For Danny Bernstein and her husband Lenny, trips south to visit Lenny’s family in Miami Beach are a regular feature…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:35

Work beginning on access trails along the Chattooga

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Work has started on new trails and signs along the Chattooga River aimed at improving access for paddlers.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:33

Learn to use a stand up paddleboard

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People wanting to get in on the stand up paddleboard craze will have a chance to learn the basics at…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:27

Ironwood is piquing the interest of WNC residents

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There seems to be an upsurge of interest in ironwood in Western North Carolina of late. It’s curious how reader…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:16

A look at religion and the ‘misfits for Jesus’

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Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founder of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. She defines herself as…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:09

Brewing success, crafting a brand

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Thirty-eight is Noah McIntee’s favorite number these days. “For a lot of folks, we’re not the sleeper hit anymore,” he said.…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:07

This must be the place

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The alarm went off on my phone. Monday morning. 6:45 a.m.
In a long-awaited strategic move, Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City will soon be putting the final touches on the purchase…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:05

HART to present Ephron hit, new café

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The production of the Nora Ephron play “Love Loss and What I Wore” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Jan.…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:02

Events honor legacy of MLK

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Waynesville Town Manager Marcy Onieal was fired Tuesday night in a 3-2 split vote by the town board following a nearly two-hour closed-door discussion among board members.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:19

Friday last day to apply for Maggie board

Maggie Valley is still accepting applications from potential candidates to fill a two-year unexpired term on the board of aldermen.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:18

Man’s body found near Dry Falls

Rescue crews recovered the body of Sean Kasey around 1:30 p.m. Sunday from the Cullasaja River after conducting a search for nearly 24 hours.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:16

Macon flood damage exceeds $1 million

Heavy rains and high waters in December have resulted in more than $1 million in flood damage in Macon County.
Since 1940, the Federal Government has provided Impact Aid Funding to assist school districts that have lost a portion of their local tax base because of Federal ownership of property. 
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:13

Animal shelter advocates make their case

Jackson County’s animal lovers had a message for county commissioners last week, and it couldn’t have been clearer: We need a new animal shelter, and quickly, speaker after speaker told the board. 
Last week wasn’t the first time since the new tribal leadership took office that the issue of separation of powers has cropped up. During the December budget hearings, things got heated in council chambers when Chief Justice Bill Boyum came…
When the Cherokee Tribal Council voted to create the Office of Legislative Support last week, it was doing more than ramping up tribal staffing.
Defendants in a lawsuit stemming from raises and backpay the Cherokee Tribal Council voted itself in October 2014 are hoping to convince a judge to dismiss the case against them.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:05

Jackson County manager announces retirement

For Jackson County Manager Chuck Wooten, the time has come to shift his professional focus from managing a county to playing with the grandkids. After five years at the center of county operations, Wooten plans to make June 30 his…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:01

Cashiers cell tower approved

A proposal to build a new cell tower outside Cashiers got the OK from Jackson County Commissioners last week, a decision that came after months of public discussion and heated debate.
Barring any unexpected circumstances, Howell Mill Road should be open to vehicle traffic in a couple of weeks. The $11.7 million North Carolina Department of Transportation project began back in May 2015 with road closures beginning in July. The original…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 17:02

Wilderness for all, all ways, always

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To the Editor: Two happenings in the past 12 months led me to some end-of-the-year musings. The happenings were related,…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:57

And the 2015 award winners are ...

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The idea to start handing out annual spoof awards instead of the traditional year-in-review that most newspapers do was the…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:50

A man addicted to reading and writing

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My name is Joe Ecclesia. On a recent December Saturday, when I interviewed Jeff Minick about his new novel, Dust…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:38

Folkmoot reflects on 2015, celebrates the New Year

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Dear Friends: It’s New Years Eve and I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all that you contribute…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:35

Waka Flocka Flame to play WCU

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Acclaimed rapper Waka Flocka Flame will hit the stage at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in the Ramsey Regional Activity…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:34

This must be the place

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Throwing my father’s old Dodge Dakota into park, I stepped out of the truck and felt the crunch of snow…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:31

Keep On Getting Lost — Scott Low

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It is quite the conundrum, ain’t it? In an era where mainstream radio hits are shellacked in “sugar and spice…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:55

New Mountains-to-Sea guide available

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A new trail guide covering the Balsams section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is out, meaning that the trail’s route through…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:54

Program to prepare preschoolers for sports leagues

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A sports development league aiming to teach preschoolers the skills they’ll need to succeed in the world of athletics is…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:53

Emissions from new vehicles decreasing, report says

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Vehicles are getting greener, according to a pair of reports recently released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  In model…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:51

Plateau land trust conserves record number of acres

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With more than 400 acres of land conserved through purchase and conservation easements in 2015, the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust is…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:49

CBC double-dipping

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They say great minds think alike, and who am I to argue with “They?” The Franklin Bird Club and Carolina…
Fifteen years ago, a herd of 52 elk set foot in their new home — the Great Smoky Mountains National…
Rob Hawk’s been trying since spring to find a landing place for the grant he’d helped get for a cattle loading facility, but in his search through Jackson County, the Cooperative Extension director came up short.
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:32

Franklin approves plans for new subdivision

Plans for a brand new residential subdivision in Franklin will move forward after the town board of aldermen approved a special-use permit for Scenic Ridge Properties.
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:31

Franklin cops to begin using body cameras

As allegations of police brutality continue to dominate the news all across the country, many law enforcement agencies have turned to body cameras as a possible solution.
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:29

Three candidates run for U.S. Representative

Incumbent Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, will face a challenger in next year’s election to represent the 11th District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:28

Female suspect sought in stabbing incident

Two Haywood County men have been apprehended while one woman is still at large in connection with the stabbing of a 33-year-old Clyde man on Jan. 3.
Pet owners in the western counties will soon have a shorter drive to tackle when their furry charges are in need of emergency medical care. Junaluska Animal Hospital plans to open the first after-hours clinic west of Asheville in Waynesville…
Voters in Western North Carolina have barely taken down the Christmas tree but will soon find themself in the throes of the primary election countdown.
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:22

Jackson schools consider artificial turf field

School officials in Jackson County will be crossing their fingers over the next few weeks, hoping to get a low number back from a study looking at the cost of putting artificial turf on the football field of Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:20

Macon County Health takes over animal services

As of Nov. 1, 2015, Macon County Public Health took on the additional responsibility of overseeing animal services in Macon County, including animal control services, the animal shelter and rabies control programs.
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:17

Swain animal control ordinance takes shape

After conducting research and gathering public input for several months, an ad hoc committee finally has a working draft for what might be Swain County’s first animal control ordinance. 
Members of a tranquil farming community with deep roots in Haywood County fear their way of life will be ruined by a massive indoor shooting range and gun store proposed in their midst.
Haywood County commissioners aren’t likely to intervene in the controversy over a proposed indoor firing range and gun store coming to the Francis Farm community, despite pleas for help from the residents.
The plan to convert the old hospital in Haywood County into low-income apartments isn’t a done deal. It’s contingent on both historic preservation and low-income housing tax credits to make it financially viable.
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:08

Abandoned hospital to find new purpose

A new plan is the works to convert the abandoned old hospital in Haywood County into an affordable housing apartment complex.
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 17:02

Weather doesn’t trip up traditions

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When we wake up on Christmas Eve, it is nearly 70 degrees and raining so hard that when our miniature…