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Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:39

WCU ‘haunted walking tours’

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Halloween might be over, but the scariness continues at Western Carolina University with a series of “haunted walking tours” on…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:37

Mountain Faith to play WCU

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Jackson County-based bluegrass/gospel act Mountain Faith will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the John W. Bardo Fine…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:35

This must be the place

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“Some may never live, but the crazy never die.” It’s a quote by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, a writer whose influence…
One gets hungry strolling downtown Sylva these days. For a town of around 2,600 residents, there sure are a lot of…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:27

Lake Junaluska to host Peace Conference

Jews, Muslims and Christians will gather at Lake Junaluska next week to promote peace. The Lake Junaluska Peace Conference is four days of workshops, yoga, prayer, lectures, worship, meditation and music, with the goal of advancing the work of reconciliation…
With guidance from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, Southwestern Community College has instructed ECS Carolinas, LLP, to develop an action plan to address elevated lead levels downhill from the firing range that the college operates off River Road in…
Franklin beat out 47 other small towns this year for the title of “2015 Top Small Town” in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. 
Two newly completed infrastructure projects in Swain County are welcome additions for the emergency services staff.
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:22

World War II monument rededicated in Webster

Webster will hold the biggest Veterans Day celebration it’s had for 64 years when it rededicates the World War II monument that Webster High School students erected in 1951 to honor their fallen classmates.
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:21

Veteran’s Day events

Macon County • Macon County Art Association will hold a reception and portrait presentation event for the Annual Veterans Portrait Project at noon, Nov. 11, at the Uptown Gallery, 30 E. Main St., Franklin. The public is invited to watch family…
A year’s worth of time and a shakeup in leadership haven’t been enough to take the pay raises Cherokee Tribal Council voted itself last year out of the public eye. With a lawsuit already filed in the tribe’s court system,…
When inmates of the Jackson County Detention Center committed suicide on Nov. 21, 2014, and March 13 of this year, the same two male jailers were on duty both days. One of those jailers has taken a voluntary demotion.
Construction is now underway for a new emergency department at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, an $11 million project that will replace the existing emergency department, nearly 30 years old.
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:14

Cherokee to consider marijuana legalization

Cherokee will take a look at legalizing marijuana on the Qualla Boundary, Tribal Council decided in a unanimous vote last week.
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:12

Distillery sets its sights on Maggie building

A brand new craft distillery is looking to set up shop in the former Carolina Nights dinner theater building in Maggie Valley, but the owner will first have to get special permission from town aldermen.
The conversation about wilderness and how it should fit into the next management plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests will continue with a pair of public meetings this month.
A recycling sorting plant proposed in Haywood County has encountered a hitch following an 11th-hour revelation that it would be exempt from paying county property taxes.
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:02

Opponents rally against recycling proposal

Haywood County commissioners took another volley of criticism this week as they continued to weigh the pros and cons of selling land in the county industrial park to a recycling business venture.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:37

Little-known Cherokee history, from the archives

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When I used to work for the Cherokees, there were occasions when there was little to do. When that happened,…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:37

Reelected Hamlet, Mull to Canton board

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To the Editor: I am writing to express my support for Ralph Hamlett and Gail Mull for Canton aldermen.  …
Jackson County commissioners are going to pass a smart steep slope ordinance that will help as this region shakes off…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:28

More than one way to skin environmental regulations

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According to Steve Ford, in a piece for NC Policy Watch called “Policies, power, pride divide the NC House and…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:26

The Eagle Lady says goodbye to Blue Ridge School

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Nearly 200 people gathered at Blue Ridge School this month to hear a parting presentation from Doris Mager, known around…
Thanks to some fortunate happenstance and a lot of hard work from the staff at the Land Trust for the…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:23

Long absent lake sturgeon returned to North Carolina

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Absent for more than half a century, lake sturgeon returned to North Carolina waters as more than 3,000 fish were…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:21

Nominees sought for new Forest Service committee

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A new committee focused on revisiting recreation fees in national forests in 13 southern states and Puerto Rico is seeking…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:21

Forest Management Plan informational meetings scheduled

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A pair of public meetings outlining the next steps of the plan revision process for the Nantahala and Pisgah national…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:20

Be bear aware

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It’s a scarce year for the fall foods such as acorns and grapes that bears depend on to prepare for…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:18

Bat week in the park

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It’s bat week in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and park rangers are celebrating by setting up bat information…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:59

Women writers who took me by the hand

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Many readers — and I am one of them — are fascinated by books lists. There are scores of these…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:52

Jamison to discuss mountain dance, new book

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Warren Wilson College professor Phil Jamison will present his new book Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:39

This must be the place

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I got it. Growing up outside of Burlington, Vermont, I came out of the womb with a Phish album in-hand. Founded…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:23

Luxury hotel opens in Bryson City

The Bryson City Cork & Bean, one of the town's favorite eateries, has added luxury lodging to its menu of hospitality services.  The restaurant's owners recently completed renovation of the top two floors of the 1908 Bryson City Bank building,…
Jackson County could have a tourism director in place closely following the new year if the field of five that bid for the position — currently offered as a one-year contract — proves to contain any winners.
High Country Tire Shop is an extra-busy place these days. Ever since Mountain Faith, the bluegrass family band whose members all work at the shop, made a splash on the national stage with their performances on America’s Got Talent, fans…
Girl Scout Elizabeth Martin has remained quiet and humble for the last couple of weeks as local leaders shower her with accolades.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:16

Ingles makes a few tweaks to expansion plans

Ingles Markets has gotten approval for a few minor changes to its site plan as it moves forward with a $7.5 million expansion project off Russ Avenue, which includes a Chick-fil-A, gas station, car wash, a parking lot makeover and…
After a week of rain, the sun rose brightly over the new Cherokee Indian Hospital and the crowd attending its opening day.
“All OK — but it could be better” seemed to be the message from a report the Jackson County Board of Commissioners ordered after suspicion surfaced this spring that the county’s Permitting and Code Enforcement Department wasn’t adequately carrying out…
In his 38 years at the helm of Haywood Vocational Opportunities, George Marshall has seen his share of change in the regulations and trends surrounding the intersection of worlds in which HVO deals.  HVO, a not-for-profit social enterprise that produces…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:03

LTLT becomes Mainspring Conservation Trust

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee has outgrown its name.
Some candidates running for office in Waynesville are accusing the town of running off businesses and claim the town’s development rules are hampering development.
After a three-year saga of writing and rewriting and elections and public hearings, Jackson County is likely to adopt a revised version of its 2007 steep slope ordinance at the Nov. 5 commissioner meeting. 
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 17:00

Observing the outside world with inward eyes

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Looking back I can remember that 1975 was a wildflower sort of year.   1980 was a tree sort of year. 1984 was…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:49

Little T basin honored for aquatic diversity

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The Little Tennessee River Basin got national attention last week when it was named the first Native Fish Conservation Area…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:40

Renovations at Max Patch Pond complete

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Anglers at Max Patch Pond have better fishing opportunities now that the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Forest…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:38

N.C. on track to meet new ozone standard

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North Carolina is on track to meet the new ozone compliance standard, with the entire state currently meeting the new,…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:37

New guides demystify elk viewing, road biking in Haywood

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A pair of new guides to the outdoors in Haywood County, produced by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, will…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:35

Prescribed burn planned near Cataloochee

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A 600-acre prescribed burn near Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will start soon, perhaps as early…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:35

Share the woods during hunting season

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Hunting season is underway in Western North Carolina, with bear season opening Oct. 12. Bear season opened last week and…