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One of life’s great unsolved mysteries will soon be settled thanks to an official survey of the murky border between Jackson and Macon counties.
Jackson County commissioners signaled support this week to change the way volunteer fire departments are funded, although the plan is not without its critics.
An old closed-down elementary school in the rural Cowee community in Macon County will soon reclaim its role as a community focal point and gathering place.
The chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians wants the town of Franklin to relinquish ownership of the historic Nikwasi Mound, but town leaders may not let it go.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:58

Rally to bring King’s dream to Sylva

The Moral Monday protests that started  in Raleigh and made national headlines are now making the rounds in North Carolina with a stop scheduled in Sylva next Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Waynesville officials will hold a public hearing next week on an ordinance that would pave the way for street performers, known colloquially as “buskers,” to play in the town’s public spaces in hopes of making a buck or two from…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:09

Rabbit gums and cold, windy mornings

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While perusing the shelves in a used bookstore recently, I spotted a title that was irresistible: From the Banks of…
Plants are most commonly harvested for their food or appreciated for their beauty, however many plants in the Southern Appalachians…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:04

Grant provides internships and science education

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Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is expanding the park’s high school science internship program with the help of…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:03

Smokies association throws a big party

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Moonshine tasting, auctions, hikes, talks, hunts, barbecue, dancing and star gazing are just a few of the activities planned for…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:02

Panthertown party thanks volunteers

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Friends of Panthertown is hosting their annual picnic and concert this year Tuesday, Aug. 20, on Lake Fairfield at Camp…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:01

Friends of the Smokies telethon seeks donations

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Friends of the Smokies will host a telethon to benefit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:00

Support the Highlands Botanical Garden

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Residents of Highlands established the Highlands Botanical Garden in 1962, to display the diverse array of Southern Appalachian plants. But…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:58

Dillsboro to host ‘River Rescue Rodeo’

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In September, Dillsboro will host the Western North Carolina River Rescue Rodeo, a whitewater rescue competition.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:57

A pistol of a shrimp

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Once again, through the gracious hospitality of a dear friend the Hendershot family found itself on the Isle of Palms…
This year’s Aug. 17 Blue Ridge Breakaway is hoping to attract nearly 600 cyclists to Haywood County, and leading those…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:50

Tragic realism makes for a riveting read

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Let me begin by saying that this is a remarkable novel, and I suspect that it will be around for…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:49

Mountain momma

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The scramble is on across WNC to pack in a few last drops of quality family time before school starts…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:47

Donate to Cullowhee Mountain ARTS

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“Drawings for Art” fundraiser is currently going on to benefit the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS. The drawings will take place during…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:43

Off-beat romantic comedy hits the stage

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The Highlands-Cashiers Players present the off-beat romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” Aug. 22-25 and Aug. 29-Sept. 1, at the Highlands Performing…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:42

Summer bike rally in Maggie Valley

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The Maggie Valley Summer Rally will be Aug. 16-18 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:39

Balsam Range to play Franklin 

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Acclaimed bluegrass/gospel group Balsam Range will play a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Cowee School…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:39

Haywood County Fair returns, Balsam Range headlines

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The Haywood County Fair will run Aug. 20-26, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. With an array of food and craft…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:37

Jeff Little Trio brings Americana to Stecoah

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The Jeff Little Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:36

American Idol singer at Harrah’s

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American Idol singer Lauren Alaina will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug 22, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:33

This must be the place

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This might get loud. I tend to say that to anyone who finds themselves in the passenger’s seat of my…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:29

Skating the Smokies for a good cause

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Don’t mess with a mountain girl, especially one on roller skates. “We’re a tough bunch, and we stick together,” said…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:28

Specialty plate renewal a victory for everyone

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To the Editor: We won! The vibrant green bear Friends of the Smokies specialty license plate has been rescued from…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:28

Poor leadership will drag down the state

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To the Editor: Once again Jim Mueller, vice chair of the Jackson County Republican Party enlightens us with his Tea…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:27

Judicial hearings should remain open to public

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To the Editor: When sponsors can’t give a good reason for proposed legislation, it usually means there are bad ones. It’s…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:26

You can’t take a ‘pig in a poke’ to the bank

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It’s difficult for me to believe that the new leadership in Raleigh would purposely sacrifice development in the state’s rural…
St. John the Evanglist Church in Waynesville will host a special seminar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. Featured speakers include Rev. John Rausch, the director of…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:24

Blurred boundary leads to permit, tax problems

Whether you live in Macon County or Jackson County may depend on which one you ask.
The town of Canton is not out of the woods yet in its fight to keep Camp Hope, a public recreation area in Cruso.
The building sector in Jackson County has continued its upward swing in 2013.
North Carolina is reverting back to paper ballots, forcing Haywood, Jackson and 29 other counties in the state to purchase completely new voting equipment by 2018.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:18

No bailout for Lake Junaluska

Lake Junaluska community leaders gave residents a first look at how its service fees will increase since its merger with Waynesville was thwarted, at least temporarily.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:16

The tricky terrain of Native American labels

Diamond Brown has perfected the art of bait and switch. He hooks his unsuspecting subjects with an eye-catching spread of indigenous tools — arrows and adzes, bone awls and baskets, pelts and pestles.
In addition to food, shelter and medical care, access to a phone is one of life’s bare necessities — at least according to the American federal government.
One man’s mission to bring to light an obesity epidemic in Macon County has offended many in the community, prompted threats from some and even prompting a response from the sheriff.
Back to school essentials have always been a familiar list of pens, pencils, fresh notebooks, new sneakers and a calculator, but a changes in the state law might be adding one more thing to that list: a gun and carry…
Western Carolina University students will open their textbooks this year with a livelier Cullowhee awaiting them after the class bell rings, one with more dining options, hangout spots and beer on tap.  ALSO: WCU program teaches women football tacticsALSO: New law to…
Female fans of Western Carolina University athletics know three things — which player the quarterback is, when a touchdown is scored and, more importantly, how to tailgate.
A public hearing on the future of Haywood Regional Medical Center will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the MedWest-Haywood Health & Fitness Center on the hospital campus.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:55

Regional DOT chief demoted to new position

The regional head of the N.C. Depart-ment of Transportation has been demoted after nine years at the helm of road building decisions in the mountain’s far western counties.
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:28

The ultimate revenge: yellow jacket soup

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The yellow jackets are back. They inundated my home office this morning. First they gnawed through the ceiling from a…
Haywood County is kicking off its first-ever adult kickball league. The co-ed league games will be played at 2 and…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:21

Forest-goers get new recreation map

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An updated recreation map of the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests is now available online. The U.S. Forest Service map…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:18

Forest Service warns of deadly high waters

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The U.S. Forest Service is urging visitors to the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests to avoid swimming in the creeks,…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:17

Catamounts gather for Volunteer Day

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Western Carolina University students, as part of a July 20 volunteer day, hauled loads of trash from the banks of…