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Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:17

This must be the place

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It’s like losing your virginity and seeing the Apocalypse at the same time.
A fiery inferno blasts through the sheet metal like a hot knife through butter. The screeching sound of a grinder…
A new public art sculpture will be unveiled in downtown Waynesville this week by renowned Western North Carolina metal sculptor…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:09

Wrong priorities causing problems

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To the Editor: The 50th anniversary of the “March on Washington” and Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:09

Gov. McCrory, GOP have turned business loose

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To the Editor: We live in the greatest country the modern world has ever known. Our president has not been…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:08

New attempt to help domestic abuse victims

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To the Editor: Domestic abuse, according to statistics, has increased. Although the exact reasons cannot be pinpointed, the latest analysis…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:05

War-weary Americans don’t want to get involved in Syria

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By Doug Wingeier • Guest Columnist It doesn’t seem to matter which political party a president belongs to: if he…
Passion, love, hate and violence — are all very human. But the best way of understanding these and other human attributes might not be by studying humans at all. The animals around us, says Western Carolina University Psychology Professor Harold…
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington, D.C., political activists in Western North Carolina celebrated a dream of their own.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 13:59

Kayaking Worlds kicks off in downtown Bryson City

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A cacophony of voices and cheers echoed across Bryson City as a sea of humanity overtook the small town, a…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 13:55

Clyde police chief suspended for unknown reasons

Clyde Police Chief Gerard Ball was suspended last Friday for five days without pay until the town board was able to meet and further discuss his employment status.  The Clyde town board will hold a specially-scheduled meeting Wednesday, Sept. 4,…
With September’s tropical storm season gearing up, residents living downstream of large Duke Energy dams in Western North Carolina may spend the fall on high alert, wondering when and if Duke will open the flood gates to release pent-up water…
Sweepstakes-style video gambling is making bold forays into the rural communities of Western North Carolina, back for yet another skirmish in the decade-long war against the betting devices.  State lawmakers have tried to ban them. Police have tried to bust…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 13:47

Waynesville theater closes suddenly

Smoky Mountain Cinemas in Waynesville shut its doors last week, leaving Haywood County residents with no full-sized movie theater playing current releases on a local screen. “We have put forth every effort to keep operating the theater. Unfortunately we were…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 13:46

Busking becomes Waynesville

Waynesville leaders as expected lifted a de facto ban on street performers last week, opening the door for musicians to play on the sidewalks of town as long as they get a permit first. “We have already received our first…
Waynesville police discovered a homemade pipe bomb in the bed of a pickup truck in the early hours of the morning Sunday.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 13:44

WCU record enrollment, open house

Western Carolina University announced an enrollment milestone this week — enrollment for the fall semester topped the 10,000 mark for the first time in school history. University officials said the record-breaking enrollment was due in large part to a 5…
When it comes to a high-speed chase, law enforcement must constantly ask the question: is it worth it? A 23-year-old Franklin man took police on a chase through Macon County in August reaching speeds of nearly 125 miles per hour.…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:55

Deep Creek offers a great taste of the Smokies

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We are attracted to water. Mountain paths always wind down to water — springs, branches, creeks and rivers. Water is…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:48

Dangerous levels of sewage found in WNC creek

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State and local officials are advising people to avoid contact with Long Creek in Graham County after recent water quality…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:46

Movie touts benefits of local food

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A movie showing in Waynesville is asking folks to think hard about their food choices. The documentary-style movie “Fresh: New…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:46

Lend your voice to trail plan vision

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Time is running out for trail users to offer input on a regional trail plan for the seven western counties…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:45

Grants to help imperiled wildlife

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Nearly $800,000 in grants will fund research in North Carolina that investigates threats to various aquatic species and habitats in…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:43

Learn ins and outs of seed saving

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Seed expert Keith Nicholson will cover the what, why and how of vegetable seeds and seed saving at 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:42

Input sought for park at Hall Mountain

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Community members are invited to attend upcoming public meetings to learn more about the use of the Hall Mountain Tract…
A storied estate in Cashiers, preserved for future generations, will be the destination of an upcoming ecotour.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:39

A bird of two tales

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Roger Tory Petersen called it, “one of the most breathtaking of the world’s weirdest birds,” and it was John James…
By Tyler Norris Goode • Contributor Rowan Stuart’s favorite kayak maneuver is called the “Phonics Monkey” and involves spinning the vessel…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:31

Carden’s new book depicts Appalachian bestiary

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By Newton Smith • Contributor Gary Carden, local bard, playwright, host of the Liars Bench and reviewer for The Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:16

What is freestyle kayaking?

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Combining an array of difficult tricks, precision paddling and finely tuned choreography, freestyle kayaking can be described as aquatic gymnastics.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 02:27

Meet the athletes

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Peter Csonka Age: 28 Country: Slovakia Awards: 2012 World Cup Champion Day job: Kayak retailer I was 12 when I…
A destination for paddlers around the world, the Nantahala River is known for its complexity of rapids and consistent waters…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 02:17

Students food insecure as school starts

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As children return to school this week, the joy of seeing their friends, sharing summer stories, wearing new shoes or…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 02:17

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers

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To the Editor:  I volunteer with Jackson County Meals on Wheels, and I also serve on the volunteer committee.  I…
I’ve always loved school. Consequently, I detest what the General Assembly is doing to education. As a kid, I knew…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 02:11

Better signals may mean uglier views

The Jackson County Planning Board is delving into a review of cell tower regulations and discussing changes that could ultimately allow for taller towers on mountaintops and ridges.
A communications tower in Macon County is expected to bring better wireless phone coverage to a remote region but has environmentalists concerned over its visibility from the Appalachian Trail.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 02:08

Greenway starts taking shape in Jackson

Construction could start in September on a paved 1.2-mile section of greenway along the Tucksegee River in Cullowhee.
While political candidates are usually quick to point out their differences, this election season Maggie Valley residents are calling on them to come together.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 01:58

Sweepstakes: never say die

Despite a statewide ban on video sweepstakes machines, the video gambling industry is taking advantage of yet another apparent loophole to introduce the machines back into Western North Carolina, apparently emboldened after local district court judges have dismissed a series…
A group of veterans in Haywood County lodged a formal complaint claiming that the hiring process of the county’s veterans service officer was discriminatory.
Jackson County commissioners turned down a start-up Internet provider asking for a $1 million economic development loan to bring high-speed internet to rural areas.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 01:54

Donation centers open for Coats for Kids

The Coats for Kids clothing drive in Jackson County is accepting donations of clothing and shoes starting Sept. 1. Drop-off sites will be at the Cullowhee United Methodist Church, Walmart, Sylva First Presbyterian Church, Pathways thrift store, The Sylva Herald…
Jackson County has extended the application deadline for a new economic development director after the first round failed to attract a large pool of applicants from Western North Carolina.
The Appalachian Women’s Museum finally has a home to call its own. Dillsboro town council members agreed Monday to lease a section of the historic Monteith farmstead to the organization, whose members have sought a brick and mortar place to…
U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, sporting an Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians button, hosted a town hall meeting last Thursday in Cherokee that he said was the “most vocal” he has held in the district.
When Rodney and Lorraine Conard took the keys to the shuttered Strand movie theater two years ago, the hulking shell was like a blank canvas full of promise — a tad dusty, worn and tattered, but it was loved once…
There’s only one feasible option for what to do with the abandon Haywood Department of Social Services building: turn it into apartments.
Preliminary sitework on a new Cherokee Indian Hospital could start as early as December. The hospital has entered contract negotiations with a construction management company that would oversee construction of a new hospital, estimated to run between $50 to $65…