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Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:41

Chavez did some real good in Venezuela

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 To the Editor: With the recent death of Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, there has been much speculation in the…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:40

Voter ID law a waste of time, money

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To the Editor: The voter suppression monster has reared its ugly head again in Raleigh. Although details are not known…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:37

My journey to the center of the Earth, and back

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By Stephanie Wampler • Columnist Our Saturday morning cave adventure started out innocently enough. We would need flashlights. Check. I had…
The Jackson County Planning Board last week approved a preliminary plan for the Cullowhee River Club housing development proposed along the Tuckasegee River near Western Carolina University. Planning department staff gave a report saying the master plan for the large…
Sweepstakes establishments in Jackson County may be getting the boot from the U.S. 441 Corridor leading to Cherokee. Although sweepstakes-style gambling was outlawed by a recent N.C. Supreme Court ruling, County Planner Gerald Green believes it doesn’t hurt to have…
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-Cashiers) has opened 18 offices throughout the 11th Congressional District. “Constituents can set up meetings at any of the district office locations to receive help with anything from navigating the federal government to assistance with their Social…
In honor of Sunshine Week in North Carolina, Carolina Public Press will hold a “Full Disclosure” workshop in the Cardinal Conference Room at Western Carolina University from 2:30-6 p.m. on April 4. The event will give journalists, students, public information…
Law enforcement officials in Haywood County are stepping up to keep a watchful eye on schools as leaders plot their next steps toward increasing safety. Parents have probably already noticed one simple and cost-free solution to better school security: deputies…
The Jackson County Planning Board voted last Thursday to eliminate a pivotal component of the county’s steep slope building rules. The planning board wants to do away with a controversial limits on how many homes can be built on steep…
Howard Brown doesn’t sleep well when there’s rain in the forecast. His trout farm in Nantahala — teaming with $400,000 worth of rainbow trout at any given time — has twice been victim of near miss landslides from a road…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:11

Swain school leaders set bar low on budget

Despite a big wish list, Swain County school leaders won’t be asking the county for more money next year. Swain school officials instead have posed a quite modest request — just don’t cut our budget. 
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:10

Cherokee bear zoo debate roars on

As the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ leaders mull the fate of bear zoos on the reservation, representatives from two of Cherokee’s three bear zoos have said they are being unfairly harried because of one bad egg.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:09

SCC wants money for building plan

A contingent of administrators from Southwestern Community College made a pitch to Jackson County commissioners Monday to help pay for a campus building plan.
The mountains are an undeniable tourist magnet, but with so many WNC destinations to chose from, the crusade to stand out from the pack is prompting county tourism agencies to constantly refine and redefine their message. What will entice a…
Ed Green has plenty of time for contemplation during his 15 mile runs on the paths circling Lake Junaluska. One of his recurring thoughts turns to what’s underfoot: how lucky he is to run in such a beautiful place.
Janie Sinacore-Jaberg has run a lot of hospitals — small hospitals, financially precarious hospitals, turf-war embattled hospitals, hospitals in the midst of a merger, even hospitals in the midst of hostile take over.
Jackson County is one step closer to giving money to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to outfit the scenic rail line with a refurbished steam engine in hopes of getting a tourist boost in return.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:59

Service with a smile

If you want a seat at one of Bobby Harracks’ tables, you better get to Clyde’s Restaurant early. A steady crowd of customers makes a beeline for Harracks’ section of the mainstay hometown diner in Waynesville, filling in the booths…
A seemingly endless array of mountain music and dance will be showcased at the Dr. Ann R. Wilke Memorial Scholarship…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:27

Celebrate Easter in WNC

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Communities across the mountains are rolling out the green carpet for the Easter bunny over the next two weekends. Check…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:25

Alicia Keys hits Harrah’s

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With her unmistakable blend of soul, hip-hop, jazz and classical music, superstar Alicia Keys will be performing at 8 p.m.…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:24

Liars Bench to host Sheila Kay Adams

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The Liars Bench will present storyteller/musician Sheila Kay Adams at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Mountain Heritage Center…
It was a decade in the making, but its origins are hundreds of years old. Partnering with the Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:20

Lorca, Neruda and the beautiful game

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By Ted Olson • Contributing writer New Native Press, a small independent book publisher based in Tuckasegee in Jackson County, recently…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:15

Magic in a bottle

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If you build it, they will come.  If you brew it, they will come and party. Celebrating the fourth release…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:10

My cousin the Keynesian and his mistaken ideas

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By Kenn Jacobine I have this cousin, let’s call him Giovanni. He is a great guy – industrious, hospitable, great…
“The pen is mightier than the sword.” For years I had ascribed those words to Thomas Paine, the fiery British-American…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:45

Booth display class for the farmers market

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Farmers market vendors can get tips on how to set up their booths at a free seminar called “Booth Display…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:40

In the land of water and rock

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Like Old Esdras in the Bible, some live in a land of milk and honey. Here in the Blue Ridge,…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:38

And now for something completely different

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So what’s in the news nowadays? Any bad news for the environment? Let’s see. Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in the…
Like New York is known for its basketball legends, and Texas is known for its football stars, Western North Carolina…
Walmart has asked Sylva leaders for a pass on local sign regulations as it prepares to replace its older signs with a new design and logo.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:26

Riverside development proposed in Cullowhee

A large residential development proposed near Western Carolina University could boost Cullowhee’s revitalization movement and cater to the region’s professional crowd seeking an outdoor lifestyle, but its proximity to the Tuckasegee River has also attracted criticism from area environmentalists.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:24

MedWest asks patients: What do you want?

The new CEO of MedWest-Haywood is rounding on the county, asking residents about the hospital’s past performance and how to improve in the future. “I really want to engage your community,” said Janie Sinacore-Jaberg, who came on board with the…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:21

Nonprofits struggle to win back funding

It’s been five years since the recession hit, and nonprofits in Haywood County are still struggling to get by after losing their monetary contributions from the county. Before the recession hit, Haywood County gave about $472,000 to nonprofits, among them…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians became the first tribe in the nation to receive a Presidential Declaration of Disaster for damages to tribal lands from severe rainstorms in January.  The designation means that the Eastern Band is eligible for…
State funding cuts for magistrate judges are taking a toll on rural counties and the judges themselves. Long hours, a growing workload and a shrinking workforce are changing the way this staple position in the state justice system does business.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:04

Cherokee becomes first tribe in space

It’s 20 degrees outside and Spencer Thomas is standing on a Cherokee soccer field holding a balloon. “Hopefully, everything goes according to plan,” he said.
Cherokee Tribal Council was asked to green light the construction of a second $110 million casino and hotel near Murphy last week but instead voted to table the issue for further study. The new casino could add about 800 jobs…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 16:04

Rash’s Appalachia is both rich and flawed

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Ron Rash’s latest collection of short stories echos a theme that runs through all of his works: an awareness that Appalachia…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 16:00

Getting the 'word' out

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It’s a sunny, crisp afternoon in the high hills of Tuckasegee and Thomas Rain Crowe throws another log into the…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:50

Angelina Ballerina comes to Franklin

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The musical “Angelina Ballerina” will be onstage at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:49

Roller girls host ‘Spring Fling’Her’ bout

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Smoky Mountain Roller Girls “Spring Fling’Her” bout against G-Force (Gastonia) is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:48

Wheels Through Time to be featured on TV cable show

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Wheels Through Time Museum, one of America’s most famous motorcycling destinations located in Maggie Valley, will be featured on the…
Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band will be highlighted next week at the national convention of the…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:45

Textile art exhibit opens in Waynesville

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The exhibit “Textures” featuring the work of nine textile artists will open next week at the Haywood County Arts Council’s…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:28

Don’t be in a rush to cut courthouse trees

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To the Editor: I am concerned that the decision to remove the trees at the courthouse was hasty and ill-judged.…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:27

Once again, we need to save Needmore

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To the Editor: After all the time and effort put forth by the citizens of Macon and Swain counties, the…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:26

The roots of the U.S. gun culture

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To the Editor: In all the current commentary about gun violence in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:25

A great night of music at the Bardo Center

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To the Editor: What a wonderful evening recently at the Bardo Arts Center. Western Carolina University School of Music presented…