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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 15:37

This must be the place

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I awoke with a bit of a chill in the air.
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 15:06

Sociologist got it wrong; religion is on the uptick

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In 1968, Peter Berger, a Boston University sociologist, told the New York Times that by “the 21st century, religious believers…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:48

Maggie Chamber elects new board, awards volunteers

Maggie Valley Area Chamber of Commerce recently elected three new members to the board of directors: Dave Angel, owner of Elevated Mountain Distilling Company; Scott Neilson, co-owner of Cabbage Rose Gifts; and Tammy Brown with Cataloochee Ski Area.
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:37

Tourism economic impact growing in WNC counties

Allen Alsbrooks serves on the Maggie Valley Zoning Board, and used to serve on the town’s planning board; he’s also been the owner of the Hearth and Home Inn on Soco Road in Maggie Valley since 2007, so it’s safe…
If all goes according to plan, by this time next year Jackson County will have been declared the trout capital of North Carolina, and county commissioners are already starting to talk about how to plan for the resulting increase they…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:33

Great outdoors rakes in tourism dough for Macon

As outdoor recreation tourism continues to climb upward in Macon County, community stakeholders are trying to do a better job of tracking their visitor feedback and providing better services. 
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:27

Charters of Freedom dedication delayed

Dedication of a new Charters of Freedom monument in Sylva originally planned for Sept. 17 — Constitution Day — is being pushed back to allow the county more time to plan the Freedom Park area to be constructed around the…
It’s been almost a year since Cornerstone Assisted Living in Bryson City was closed down and more than 30 senior citizens had to be relocated to assisted living facilities outside of Swain County.
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:23

Western breaks enrollment records

Western Carolina University saw its previous high-water mark for enrollment blasted away this year as final student counts for 2016 came in, with new records set for both total enrollment and freshman class size.
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:21

Maggie Valley to regulate outdoor sales

Although the closure of Ghost Town in the Sky several years back has left many Maggie Valley businesses struggling just to keep their doors open, others like the half-century-old Joey’s Pancake House and the 15-year-old Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:20

Open houses for forest plan

National forest users who want to share their thoughts on issues and projects, including the forest plan revision, will have a chance during a slate of upcoming meetings.
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:16

Wilderness advocates criticize congressman

A meeting to talk about wilderness started off with a bang last week when a group of pro-wilderness folks who had showed up hopeful of putting a bug in Congressman Mark Meadows’, R-Cashiers, ear were asked to leave.
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:15

Swain sheriff proposes gun range at Alarka School

Swain County commissioners are considering possible locations for a law enforcement gun range after Sheriff Curtis Cochran explained the inconvenience of having to rely on the availability of ranges in other counties.
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:14

Haywood County to build animal shelter

Dr. Kristen Hammett had just left the current Haywood County Animal Shelter when she appeared before the Haywood County Board of Commissioners Sept. 6, clad in her familiar teal T-shirt emblazoned with the Friends of the Haywood County Animal Shelter…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:13

Charter schools a mixed bag, statewide and locally

Charter schools have long been touted by proponents as an innovative and enticing option for parents of children in low-performing schools, but according to numbers recently released by the North Carolina State Board of Education, charters had both a higher…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:11

Haywood schools improve in state rankings

School performance indicators issued last week paint a picture of a very good Haywood County School System that continues to improve but is still haunted by a few troubling issues.
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:10

Libertarian Party gaining momentum

It’s a great time to be a Libertarian, according to Brian Irving, the party’s North Carolina chairman.
A request by Gov. Pat McCrory to reinstate North Carolina’s 2013 voter identification requirement and shortened early voting period was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court last week.
Orange barrels have been flying out of the Pigeon River Gorge on Interstate 40 near the North-Carolina Tennessee border. On Wednesday morning, N.C. Department of Transportation officials removed the final orange barrels that had closed one lane in each direction…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 15:12

Democrats need to learn their history

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To the Editor: A recent letter-writer states, “most Republican politicians will continue to tell you that tax cuts are the…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 15:12

A little perspective is in order, please

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To the Editor: There are those who would have us fear going about our daily lives due to possible terrorist…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 15:10

We must deal with affordable housing problems

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If you don’t think there is an affordable housing problem in the mountain region, you’re just not paying attention. In…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 15:09

The before and the after — living with grief

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There are only a handful of life experiences that result in a definitive before and after. I now know that…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 15:07

Where are all the women?

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As my siblings and I became more interested and engrossed in politics growing up, my father always tried to impress…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 15:03

The best way to learn to write is simple – write

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This one’s for students, especially those of you in secondary school and college. Let’s get right to the point. Reading,…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:56

Can’t see the forest for the webs

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From what I gather from Facebook and overhear in the checkout line, the view I encounter every morning on my…
It’s not unusual for Waterrock Knob, which boasts some of the best views on the Blue Ridge Parkway, to see…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:37

Fall color forecast a waiting game

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September temperatures will make or break fall color quality this year, according to Western Carolina University’s new fall foliage forecaster…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:36

Emerald ash borer found in the Pisgah

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An infestation of destructive emerald ash borers has been confirmed in the Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:34

Telethon for the Smokies

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Friends of the Smokies raised $205,562 at its 22nd annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon last week, with the hundreds…
When President Woodrow Wilson scrawled the signature that brought the National Park Service into being — 100 years ago, on Aug. 25, 1916 — many of the parks now integral to America’s national identity had yet to be created.  SEE ALSO: Thousands of…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:19

Drug use in Cherokee to come with a price

Possessing drugs on the Qualla Boundary will get a lot more expensive following a decision this month to ratchet up fines for anyone — enrolled and non-enrolled people alike — caught with illegal substances. 
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:16

Group plans Second Amendment protest

Haywood County political activists hope to hold a gun rights rally on the grounds of the Historic Haywood County Courthouse just days before the General Election in November.
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:15

Sylva endorses one-lane Mill Street

Mill Street in Sylva will likely become a one-lane road in the future following a vote from the town board last week.
While the Tennessee Valley Authority seems unwilling to reconsider its decision to sunset all lake houseboats within 30 years, houseboat owners on TVA’s reservoirs aren’t giving up yet.
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:09

Harris provides new scoreboard

Harris Regional Hospital has provided a new scoreboard for the Carr Hooper Stadium and Babe Howell Field at Smoky Mountain High School as part of its longstanding commitment to Mustangs athletes, families and fans. 
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:03

Chamber director earns certified status

CeCe Hipps, president of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, was designated by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives as a Certified Chamber Executive. The CCE is the only national certification for chamber professionals.
With the purchase of 8 acres in Bryson City, Swain County will now have an outdoor event area to host county fairs, kids carnivals and more. 
The clock is ticking to get a new library constructed in Swain County before the land donation reverts back to the owner, but the fundraising committee says it can’t move forward without some kind of commitment from county commissioners.
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 13:50

Canton awarded $350K pool grant

The Canton Board of Aldermen was in high spirits Aug. 25 even before Town Manager Seth Hendler-Voss walked in to the meeting five minutes late.
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 13:47

Shining Rock seeks annexation

The future site of Shining Rock Classical Academy at 1023 Dellwood Road isn’t in the town limits of Waynesville, but that hasn’t stopped the Lake Junaluska Assembly from asking town aldermen to annex the parcel so it can receive municipal…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 13:46

New charter school campus behind schedule

Shining Rock Classical Academy leaders were hoping students would start classes this year at a new campus on Dellwood Road, but a delay in getting the modular classrooms installed forced them to change the plan. 
It’s been about five months since Swain County filed a lawsuit against the federal government for $38.2 million, and commissioners are still waiting for a response. 
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 13:42

Jackson County goes down on hospital value

Harris Regional Hospital saw its tax value slashed by 36 percent in the minutes before Jackson County’s Board of Equalization Review adjourned for the year, and while its new $27.2 million value is still more than twice the $13 million…
A high water table wreaking havoc with aging septic systems that has left some residents in one Waynesville neighborhood seeking creative answers to nature’s call is finally drawing attention from the town, while at least one homeowner watches his pipe…
A task force studying the issue of affordable housing in Haywood County since March recently issued findings presenter Dona Stewart called “sobering” and “multi-faceted.”
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 13:33

No charges filed in Macon child death

No charges will be filed following a District Attorney Office investigation into the death of 2-year-old Mason Lee Powell of Franklin.
Where to from here? It’s the lingering question within bluegrass and string circles nowadays. Amid the traditional pickers and grinners,…
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 20:41

This must be the place

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The instant the guitar chords echoed from the Mexican restaurant speakers, a slight grin emerged on my face. Immediately, the…
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 20:36

Youth Talent Contest winners

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The annual Mountain Youth Talent Contest was held at the Franklin Area Folk Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the…