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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…

Anyone who’s driven through Jackson County in the last several months is likely well aware that there’s an election underway for two county commissioner seats.

Born and raised in Swain County, Mike Clampitt is a sixth-generation Western North Carolinian with roots in the area dating back to the Revolutionary War.

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.

It’s been 17 years since voters in North Carolina’s four westernmost counties have chosen a new representative for the state House of Representatives, but following the retirement of Roger West, R-Marble, that will change on Election Day. 

On Tuesday Nov. 8, voters in Haywood County will decide from amongst a slew of candidates seeking election to the Haywood County Board of Education in a non-partisan race. 

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.
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:53

Water was not always taken for granted

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Old-time mountaineers often picked their home and church sites according to the location and purity of springs. They were connoisseurs…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:49

Dreaming of Toyko: A conversation with Michal

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Since the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Michal Smolen has been hopping continents to finish out the post-Rio racing season,…
Much of America spent Aug. 5-21 with eyes glued to a television, cheering on athletes from all corners of the…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:39

Protect your beehive

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Mosquito spraying for Zika virus in other states has led some North Carolina beekeepers to ask what they can do…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:31

Red wolf reintroduction to cease in southeast N.C.

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Red wolves will be removed from the majority of the five-county area of eastern North Carolina where they now exist…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:29

Woman dies following fall in the Smokies

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A woman perished following a fall at the Newfound Gap parking lot in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:26

Sales strong for Smokies plates

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Sales of North Carolina Friends of the Smokies license plates brought in $118,240 to support the Great Smoky Mountains National…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:10

A rollicking debut novel with a Hemingway twist

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In December 1922 Hadley Hemingway set out from Paris to join her husband Ernest, then a newspaper reporter and an…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:54

Remember when you were ‘16 going on 17?’

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When I was 16 years old — going on 17 — I had a poster of Stevie Nicks, the mystical,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:48

There are plenty of good reasons to vote for Hillary

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have their liabilities, but his are so much more…
When it comes to HB2, our state’s Republican leadership will eventually prove to be on the wrong side of history.…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:33

Wrecker service denied location in Sylva

A vacant lot along the gateway to Sylva from Dillsboro will stay empty for a while longer following the town board’s decision to deny a request from Whittier-based C&D Towing and Wrecker Service to use the property for an impound…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:30

Engineers say burn building needs to be replaced

Last month Macon County commissioners said they wanted a second opinion on the remaining lifespan of the first responder training center at its Southwestern Community College campus.