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The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen have been mired in gridlock for nearly nine months. With only four town board members at the moment — instead of the typical five — stalemates have ruled the day. From major issues to…
Macon County is weighing whether to relax its existing rules that ban fill dirt in the flood plain. The county’s planning board is split on the issue and struggling to find mutual ground to stand on.
Jackson County wants to bring high-speed Internet service to a greater number of residents, but doing so means convincing an Internet service provider there’s enough potential customers to make it worth their while.
Signs are businesses’ equivalent to nuclear weapons. “Everybody wants them, but you have to agree to live with them,” said Waynesville Town Planner Paul Benson. “I think what we need is a consensus on what is a reasonable approach.”
From the outside, Sandy Cloer’s office doesn’t look like much — not even a real office, in fact.  The three double-wide trailers strung end-to-end and plopped at the back of a barren parking lot hardly seem cut from the same…
The number of homeless school children in Haywood County has risen by nearly 20 percent this year compared to last. The county uses the definition of homelessness contained in the McKinney-Vento Act — any individual who lacks a fixed, regular and…
What’s it going to be for Jackson County — Just Do It; Got Milk?; A Little Dab’ll Do Ya?  That is the $50,000 question as tourism leaders edge closer to an official marketing message and tourism brand used to lure…
Canton leaders are already asking how they can do better making Camp Hope available to the public after a lawsuit threatened to seize the 100-acre forested tract and rustic camp quarters away from the town.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

WNC duo star on reality TV show

Lights, camera … Haywood County?  During the past two years, a local reality show has become a phenomenon that’s being broadcast into homes across the country and beyond. The program is “Hillbilly Blood: A Hardscrabble Life,” and it features Western North…
Financial challenges faced by rural hospitals show no sign of a turnaround, prompting MedWest hospital leaders to consider what was once a last resort. MedWest hospitals are entertaining the idea of selling or merging with a larger hospital system that…
The Haywood County historic courthouse in Waynesville will be completely re-landscaped by the end of this week, just in time for the official launch of the summer tourist season marked by Memorial Day weekend. The county cut down all the…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Haywood room tax hike deep-sixed

Even though an “overwhelming majority” of community leaders in Haywood County support a lodging tax increase, a state bill that would have done just that died in the state legislature last week.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Online historic photo archive flourishes

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Western Carolina University has joined forces with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the latest addition to its digital…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Champagne brunch to benefit animal rescue

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A benefit for PAWS will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Fryemont Inn in…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Putting a twist on movie and Broadway classics

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The Georgia Symphony Orchestra will present their “Symphonic Spectacular” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Smoky Mountain Center…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Ring of Fire opens at HART

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The Broadway musical “Ring of Fire,” honoring the work of Johnny Cash, will open at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Celebrate Appalachian heritage in Swain

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The Swain County Heritage Festival will be May 24-25 at Riverfront Park in Bryson City.
A day of craft beer and music will be had at BearWaters Brewing Company as they celebrate their first anniversary…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Want to learn how to carve leather?

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Artisan in the Mountains will host a leather carving demonstration featuring local artist Martin Carter from 1 to 4 p.m.…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Shady Ladies quilt show to make a splash at Lake Logan

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The Shady Ladies quilt league will unveil their latest artistic creations during their annual quilt challenge showcase running May 31…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Cashiers festival creates ultimate trifecta May 25

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Blues, Brew and BBQ will be filling bellies at the Village Green in Cashiers from 5 to 8 p.m. on…
Aaron Lewis has always seemed to be on the outside. Founder and lead singer of hard rock group Staind, Lewis…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:28

Identifying birds

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Although bird identification can be perplexing — baffling at times for even the most accomplished birders — the principles of…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:24

Youth soccer camps

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The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department is offering British and Brazilian soccer camps for youth this summer. The Brazilian soccer…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:24

Book turns hikes into scavenger hunts

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A book that aims to make hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park fun and educational for kids, Scavenger…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:23

Win a gem at the Ruby Run

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The Ruby Run 5K and 10K will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 1, in Franklin. The annual race…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:20

Star gazing event at Purchase Knob

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a star gazing event at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the…
A guided trip down the Little Tennessee River aims to teach paddlers about the area’s cultural and biological history and…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:17

A record-breaking weekend (part one)

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What could be more fun than a weekend of fellowship and great birding? Maybe setting a new record for total…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:15

Segway tours make debut in Waynesville

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The train was the first to arrive in Waynesville back in 1886; then, the rise of the automobile; but, this…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:11

Dobyns novel reveals small town underbelly

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Stephen Dobyns has written 20 novels and more than 10 volumes of poetry; however, he is difficult to “classify.” His writing…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:59

Wedding Day chaos in Bryson City

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The wild romantic comedy “Perfect Wedding” will hit the stage at 7 p.m. May 24-27 and May 31-June 2 at…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:59

Highlands to showcase Ephron play

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The romantic comedy “Love, Loss & What I Wore” will take the stage this month at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:58

Art camps conjure creativity in WNC youth

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Several summer youth art camp workshops will be held by the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS at the Fine Arts Building at…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:56

Sony gifts state-of-the-art camera to WCU

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The film program at Western Carolina University scored a professional $100,000 motion picture camera from Sony, presented during the recent…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:49

Artists open their studios in Caney Fork

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The Cullowhee Studio Tour will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. May 25-26 in the Caney Fork community of…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:48

Stecoah Valley bluegrass celebration

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A bluegrass festival will showcase the sounds and tastes of Southern Appalachia at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:47

Learn the secret of home cooking

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The Taste of Home Cooking School will demonstrate live recipes and cooking tips on stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:46

Cherokee bonfire opens for summer

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Community Cherokee bonfires will kickoff for the summer season on Friday, May 17, at Ocoaluftee Island Park in Cherokee.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:40

Heart of the matter

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It’s the sound of the ancient mountains, the unique people and rich culture of Southern Appalachia. It’s the sound of Soldier’s Heart. Filled…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:40

PCs for grads program thanks supporters

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To the Editor: A little over a year ago, the concept of annually awarding donated and refurbished PCs to Haywood…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:39

Predator beetles work for all hemlocks

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To the Editor: Congratulations to the National Park Service for getting the word out about the predator beetles being used…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:39

State GOP decimates public education

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To the Editor:  North Carolina’s once proud public education system is under siege by the radical Republican gang in control…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:38

This time I’m sure of it; at least I think so

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When I sat down to write a piece for this week’s paper my topic was already chosen. I was going…
Out of all the problems each county faces, how do you one narrow them down to focus on just three?
The Haywood County Board of Education has concluded that the cost of putting officers in elementary schools is not worth raising property taxes.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:28

Remembering Fontana’s sacrifice

The Proctor Revival Organization is hosting its third annual month long remembrance and celebration of the Proctor, Judson, Bushnell and Japan communities, which were flooded during the creation of Fontana Dam during World War II. The power generated at Fontana…
Franklin Town Board members have decided to put off action on whether to allow an indoor shooting range in town limits. The request came in April from gun dealer and former Macon County commissioner Bob Simpson. The town board was…
A Sylva gun storeowner was given special permission to fire weapons in the town limits by town leaders this month.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:25

Tuscola dominates WNC welding competition

Tuscola High School students placed first and second in the Western High School Welding Competition May 11 at Tuscola. Keith Wyatt placed first, earning himself a full tuition scholarship to Tulsa Welding School, which has campuses in Florida and Oklahoma.…