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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:37

Schools weigh cost of increased safety

Officer Michael Harrison has confiscated everything from buck knives and Airsoft pistols from students at Swain High — but never a real gun. Until last week. Harrison and the principal discovered a .22 Remington rifle and assorted ammunition in the…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:35

Veteran apartment proposed in Canton

An empty eyesore in Canton’s downtown could get a new lease on life. The former Jackson’s Appliance store, at the corner of Depot and Main streets in Canton, has lived several short lives during the last several years, but owner…
Beer had been flowing from the taps of Headwaters Brewing Company in Waynesville for just a few months when the bad news arrived — a cease-and-desist letter from another brewery claiming rights to Headwaters’ name. Victory Brewing Company out of…
As government aid shrinks and church groups step up to fill the void, the thin and sometimes fuzzy line between church and state has gotten even more complicated.
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Looking out on a busy day in Bryson City

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For some, graveyards are morbid places. When I was a boy, I never liked to pass by or walk through…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Global warming series aims to inspire change

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A six-week discussion course on climate change called “Global Warming: Changing Course” is being put on by the Western North…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Lake Junaluska a top spot for winter birding

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The Highlands Plateau chapter of the Audubon Society will go birding at Lake Junaluska on Monday, Jan. 21, to mark…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Haywood Waterways to launch endowment fundraising campaign

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The Haywood Waterways Association has named their endowment fund the “Joetta Rinehart Endowment Fund” in honor of one of the…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Deputy superintendent retires from GSMNP

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Kevin FitzGerald, deputy superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park since 2006, retired this month after 34 years with…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Freeze your icicle off at winter bike race

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Riders are invited to compete and spectators are invited to watch at the Icycle Mountain Bike Race at Fontana Village…
Proposed logging below Devil’s Courthouse in the Pisgah National Forest is being widely decried among outdoor recreation groups and environmental…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Up in flames?

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I sit this morning being bathed in luxurious rain. The kind of life-affirming, life-giving rain the Smokies are noted for.…
Its bolts are rusting, floor planks are rotting, and its windowpanes shattered. The roof is pocked with holes that let…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

An America divided by class

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For the past 80 years more and more Americans have linked themselves economically to the machinations of the federal government.…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

WCU events to commemorate legacy of Martin Luther King

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Western Carolina University will be hosting a week of events from Jan. 21 to 26 celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

One-man comedy show at HART in January

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The comedy “21A” will be hitting the stage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19 and 3 p.m. Jan. 20 in the…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Folk duo comes to Sylva

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Bryson City husband/wife singer-songwriters Liz and AJ Nance will be performing at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and Friday, Feb.…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

All friends were strangers at one time

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John Driskell Hopkins was driving in his truck when it struck him. It was a song. Radiating from his satellite…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Loosening development regulations a bad idea

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To the Editor: I am adamantly opposed to the rescinding or changing of the current steep slope and mountain-top ordinances…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Something strange is haunting our dreams

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The teenage cashier at the grocery store is conversing with a customer. “That’s right,” she says. “The only thing that…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Are the ‘possums adapting to headlight glare

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Where have all the opossums gone? People worry about cerulean warblers and frogs and honeybees and ash trees and hemlocks…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

New soil and water expert named

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Waynesville native John Ottinger has been named District Conservationist for the Haywood and Madison counties Soil and Water Conservation District.
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Food cables help backpackers ward off bears

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has provided $800 from its specialty license plate funds to help secure backpackers’ food from bears…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

A closer look

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Only you can apply the brakes to slow down the Courthouse Timber Sale and get everyone to take a closer…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Carrying the torch through history

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It’s all started with a phone call. A lifelong thirst for adventure led Ronald R. Cooper to a love of…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Half-price sale at Friends of the Library bookstore in Sylva

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A half-price book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 and from noon to…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Uncompromising, dark and a worthwhile read

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A couple of years ago, I blundered into something called “The Bottom Dog Appalachian Writers Series.” Published in Ohio, this…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Marijuana in national forests is out of control

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To the Editor: Since the mid 1990s, Mexican criminals have been growing marijuana in our national forests. In recent years…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Let’s do the hard work on mental illness

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To the Editor: Almost everyone has an opinion about how to combat violent, mass killing. My hope is that we…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Our state's priorities have gone askew

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The swearing in of new Gov. Pat McCrory this past weekend brought to mind a conversation at a recent holiday…
By Becky Johnson & Andrew Kasper • Staff Writers For two years now, Jackson County’s planning board has systematically combed over and rewritten some of its development rules once hailed as the most protective — yet restrictive — in the…
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will establish a local field office in Haywood County where veterans who are new to the system can register and qualify for medical benefits in a more expedited fashion.
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Help-wanted: new top lawman for Haywood County

Those vying to be the next sheriff of Haywood County have until 2 p.m. Jan. 17 to get their applications turned in. Haywood Sheriff Bobby Suttles is stepping down with two years left to go on his term. Because Suttles…
Western Carolina University has agreed to a $600,000 out-of-court settlment in a civil suit brought by the family of Ja’Quayvin Smalls, a junior defensive back from Mount Pleasant, S.C. who died during an off-season football practice in July 2009.
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Canton to bid farewell to long-time town anchor

Canton Town Manager Al Matthews has announced his impending retirement, and while his last day won’t be for months yet, he’s already plotting ways to spend his new-found free time after a long career in town government.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is hitting domestic violence abusers in their pocketbooks. People convicted of domestic violence-related charges must now pay a $1,000 fine, in addition to other penalties handed down by tribal court. Tribal council approved of…
Carol Anthony sat at in the back corner of a sweepstakes parlor in Maggie Valley one afternoon last week, getting her last fix of video gaming in before the next day’s ban took away what she claimed was her sole…
Singer/songwriter Ben Wilson will be featured at the Friday Night Live music series from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday,…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Christian comedian/songwriter hits Franklin

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Renowned performer Tim Hawkins will be taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Smoky Mountain Center…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

‘80s rock takes the stage in Cherokee with STYX

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Legendary rock group STYX will be performing at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Tommy Shaw,…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

WNC group releases electropop album

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Electropop trio Stereospread, based in Waynesville, is releasing their highly-anticipated first album, The Heart & the Thief, this month.
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Artist showcase

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An opening reception for “Ball Mason Jar Art” by Brent Martin will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11,…
Haywood County Rev. Lamont Foster still remembers the day he learned what it meant to be black. It was the…
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 04:11

Indian words add color to our language

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Tuckaseigee, Oconaluftee, Heintooga, Wayah, Cullasaja, Hiwassee, Coweeta, Stecoah, Steestachee, Skeenah, Nantahala, Aquone, Katuwah, and on and on. Our place names…
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 04:10

Local food on the rise

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Last year was a promising year for local food production and farm education in WNC, according to the Appalachian Sustainable…
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 04:03

Contest captures state’s natural beauty

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced the winners of the eighth annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine outdoor photo…
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 04:01

Friends, feathers and fellowship

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Friday, Dec. 28, was the date of the eleventh annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC) — 11 dates but 10…
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 03:59

Forests and water could be doomed in 2060

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A comprehensive U.S. Forest Service report released last month examines how expanding populations, increased urbanization, and changing land-use patterns could…
Nestled deep in the mountains between Sylva and Cashiers, the scenic U.S. Forest Service Balsam Lodge is celebrating its 30th…
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 03:45

Novel explores the woes of rich white trash

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Let me take a deep breath and see if I can get this out in one long ugly sentence:  A…