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Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:26

Drive a hard bargain with railroad

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To the Editor: I’d like to ask the Jackson County Commissioners why, in the midst of high unemployment and a…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:26

Rep. Presnell violates oath of office

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To the Editor: There are conflicting lights in which to view the co-sponsorship by Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, of the…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:24

Legislators should support Haywood room tax hike

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The room tax hike being sought by Haywood leaders needs to pass and deserves the support of the legislative delegation…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:12

Students to share ideas at Discovery Forum

Western Carolina University will host its inaugural Discovery Forum, an event designed to encourage students to share innovative ideas for making their communities a better places to live, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 22, in Blue Ridge…
Seniors around the region are gearing up for Senior Games during the month of May. In Haywood County, registration will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17-19 at the Haywood County Parks and Recreation office at 1233 N.…
Barium Springs, a nonprofit that serves troubled youth, is hosting its first Giving Them Hope Breakfast at 8:30 April 25 at the new conference center in the Burrell Building at Southwestern Community College in Sylva. The free, hour-long breakfast will…
A Swain County social worker pleaded guilty in court this week to doctoring and fabricating records two years ago following the death of a 15-month-old baby.
The town of Waynesville has hired a consultant to help create mandatory design standards for buildings in historic districts.
Macon County commissioners narrowly voted last week to buy a 50-acre tract for $550,000 to create a sprawling baseball and recreation complex. It would take another $550,000 to put in the first two baseball diamonds and a parking lot.
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:59

Building freedom through mobility

It was a moment that forever stuck with Don Schoendorfer. While on vacation in Morocco several years ago, the southern California engineer/inventor witnessed a disabled woman dragging herself across a busy street. She had no wheelchair. Nobody seemed to even…
What if a tornado ripped through Western North Carolina? What if a tanker hauling dangerous chemicals overturned on Interstate 40? What if a blizzard caused power outages and trapped people in their homes?
Macon County government employees will have a fatter paycheck now, thanks to a new pay plan approved last week by commissioners. Three of the five commissioners voted in support of the pay raises.
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:55

Robbery ring targeting vacation homes busted

Ten suspects have been charged in connection with a rash of property crimes in the Cashiers and Glenville area.
A new cell phone tower in the Pigeon River Gorge could mean fewer dropped calls as motorists cruise down Interstate 40.
Swain County commissioners said they have fielded queries lately about why jail inmates aren’t put to work picking up trash along the roadsides or Tuckasegee River, and so in turn they posed that question to Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran…
A state bill that would bring Lake Junaluska into Waynesville’s town limits has cleared the N.C. Senate and is now headed for passage in the N.C. House of Representatives. The Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center and the 760-home residential…
County commissioners across the state are protesting proposed state budget cuts and bills that they say pass the buck and put more burdens on counties.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians could open a new $110 million casino in Murphy as early as spring 2015, with a temporary gambling operation up and running on the site in just a year from now.
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:48

Trial by dirt

While sunlight, water and good soil may seem a simple enough equation for getting a plant from seed to fruit, like anything it becomes a lot more complicated when people are involved. During the past decade, community gardens have been…
Western Carolina University is open to suggestions — from students, faculty and the general public — as it undergoes a campus-wide planning process that will steer infrastructure at the institution for the coming decade.
Landslide repairs to U.S. 441 through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were completed early this week — reopening the primary tourist corridor through the park nearly a month ahead of schedule.
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:38

Empty Bowl: a meal and music with a cause

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The Empty Bowl fundraiser will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, at The Community Table in…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:37

‘Greening Up the Mountains’ in Sylva

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 The 16th annual Greening Up the Mountains street festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27,…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:37

Dramatic comedy embraces small town life

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Haywood Arts Regional Theater in Waynesville will kick off its 29th main stage season this month with a stage adaptation…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:36

Mom’s Music Fest returns to Waynesville

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The outdoor Mom’s Music Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, in Waynesville, featuring…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:36

Celebrate ‘Record Store Day’ in Sylva

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A “Record Store Day Celebration” will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at In Your Ear Music Emporium in…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:35

Liars Bench to showcase Carolina Dusk

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The Liars Bench presents music group Carolina Dusk at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Mountain Heritage Center auditorium…
Renowned Appalachian writer Gary Carden will perform “Madison,” a monologue about the life of Dr. Robert Lee Madison, at 7…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:33

Acclaimed Georgia artist featured at The Bascom

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The work of Linda Anderson, a prolific artist whose pieces depict her life in rural North Georgia, will be on…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:31

‘Dead Man Walking’ opera hits Cullowhee

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A concert production of “Dead Man Walking” will come to the stage at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the…
The 2013 Jazz Festival will take place from April 27 and 29 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, featuring jazz…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:29

Mélange puts culinary excellence on display

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Haywood County Chamber of Commerce held their annual “Melange of the Mountains” culinary gala at Laurel Ridge Country Club on…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:28

The luck of the draw

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All bets are on in Cherokee. The first major poker tournament held at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort has lured…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:45

Serviceberry is recurring harbinger of spring

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I have two options when driving back and forth from home to town. One is along a river and the…
In the buildup to a large environmental demonstration in Raleigh, a climate change rally will be held at 11 a.m.…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:39

Arboretum to host Mountain Science Expo

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When science meets the mountains you get: The Mountain Science Expo. The expo will take place from 10 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:36

News from the A.T.

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Gotta love that A.T. A program on the importance of the Appalachian Trail and ways to promote and conserve it…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:33

Springtime cleanup opportunities

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In an effort to clean up Scotts Creek in Jackson County, a coordinated workday will be launched by volunteers from…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:32

A.T. license plate money awarded to local trail workers

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The Carolina Mountain Club has been awarded $2,200 through the North Carolina Appalachian Trail License Plate Grant Program to help…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:29

Big-time lumberjacks saw off in Haywood

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Professional and collegiate lumberjacks from around the East will soon converge on Haywood County to compete in a top-notch woodsman…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:27

Love was in the air

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Love may be a little anthropogenic for toads, but the eons old “urge to merge” was quite prevalent last Sunday…
Do you consider yourself an environmentalist or an environmental activist? Do you feel frustrated with the way issues dear to…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:20

Movies, book explore travails of Memphis Three

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They were known as the West Memphis Three: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr., three teenagers who were accused…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:39

Serving up a taste of Appalachia

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When Doug Weaver looks around Haywood County, he sees potential.  “We’re on the fence, right in the middle of where…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:38

Recent charm offensive will influence Obama legacy

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We have been hearing a lot lately about President Barack Obama’s charm offensive. He has been traveling a short distance…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:36

Prescription drug industry needs to be reined in

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What’s deadlier than a crazed maniac in a kindergarten class with a loaded assault weapon? In the most horrifying massacre…
Without support from the Maggie Valley Lodging Association, a bill to increase the room tax in Haywood County could die in the N.C. General Assembly.
It’s been said that people are more afraid of public speaking than they are of death, but for Donald Davis, he couldn’t imagine doing anything else. 
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

Sylva faces tough budget choices

Sylva town officials are staring down three unsightly options to balance the upcoming year’s budget: tax increases, budget cuts or both.   None of the choices have much appeal to board members, but it’s understood that something must be done…
Main Street merchants are used to answering tourists’ questions: how do you get to the parkway, what’s the best place for dinner, and where are the public restrooms? But lately, Waynesville’s downtown store keepers have also become purveyors of news.