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Cherokee took another step along the road toward legalizing medicinal marijuana with a vote last week to start drafting legislation that would let the drug be produced and prescribed on the Qualla Boundary.
After years of sitting empty, the old Drexel Furniture factory in Whittier will now enter a new phase of useful life as home to the recently formed Thomas Valley Growers, LLC.
An undercover investigation into illegal gambling resulted in the seizure of more than 300 gaming machines from convenience stores across the state last week.
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 14:07

TVA gives houseboats a 30-year sunset

Opposition from local, state and federal politicians, a petition with 3,500 signatures and more than three hours’ worth of poignant testimony from the public wasn’t enough to sway the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors from imposing a 30-year sunset…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 14:06

Surgery successful for WCU chancellor

David Belcher may not have appeared at Western Carolina University’s commencement ceremonies last week, but the university’s chancellor was there in spirit after undergoing brain surgery May 4.
Shining Rock Classical Academy is considering legal action against a modular building company for not being able to honor its lease agreement with the charter school.
Budget cuts are forcing Haywood County Schools to lay off 10 teachers and staff at the end of this school year.
Haywood County school leaders went on record this week patently disputing the allegations in a lawsuit filed last week questioning the motives for closing Central Elementary School.
A bomb threat was called into 911 during the 11 a.m. hour this morning, with a male voice claiming bombs had been planted at the Jackson County, Swain County and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians justice centers, Jackson County Manager…
Haywood County commissioners passed a resolution this week adding their two-cents to the debate over whether floating houseboats on Fontana Lake should stay or go.
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:38

Top 100 in Smokies history named

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Throughout its journey from concept to reality to regional treasure, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has drawn the support…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:34

Tour the best of Haywood’s gardens this summer

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The best blooms and greenery in Haywood County will be on display with this year’s Haywood County Garden Tour Saturday,…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:33

New maps ‘unlock’ Tsali’s epic trail system

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Newbies to Tsali Recreation Area in Graham County will have an easier time navigating the 37-mile trail network thanks to…
Joel Harrington has always been a fan of turtles. Of all animals, really — he is a veterinarian — but Harrington has…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:24

32 years and counting for birding expedition

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This past weekend marked the occasion of the 32nd annual Great Smokies Birding Expedition. Fred Alsop, the ornithologist at East…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:21

Crazy little thing called love

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Love. What a loaded word. Let’s skip the love of country, the love of family, the love of nature, the love…
It’s not the 1960s in terms of political activism, but recent episodes at Western Carolina University and across the country…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:13

No negative connotation in resignation

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To the Editor: As a founding member of the Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council, I offer for readers the following…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:13

Wallet issues and the legislature

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To the Editor: They’re baaaaaaaaack. Yes, your N.C. Legislature is back in session and talking tax cuts. Hold on to…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:10

A music nut makes the Merlefest pilgrimage

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Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I am a complete nut about music. There are people for…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:07

Vaccines important for pets

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By Kristen Hammett • Guest Columnist As a pet owner, there are many things we do to keep our fur babies…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 01:53

YMCA camp gets ready to open in Swain

A little more than a year ago it was nothing more than an open grassy field surrounded by forest, but by next month it will be an impressive, state-of-the-art YMCA summer camp.
An alliance of business owners opposing Maggie Valley’s proposed town center master plan is growing stronger and becoming more organized as it tries to derail the project. 
Ambulance service in Jackson County could more than double in cost to taxpayers if commissioners decide to fund the full $1.4 million budget requested by Harris Regional Hospital.
The interview process will soon begin in the search to replace Chuck Wooten, who will retire from his position as Jackson County manager on July 1. County commissioners are feeling good about the pool of applicants vying for the post. 
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 01:44

Animal shelter estimate tops $5 million

When a report estimating cost and space needs for a new animal shelter came back with a staggering price tag — the report estimated a cost of $5.4 to $6.6 million — Jackson County commissioners had to catch a breath…
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 01:41

Large tax rate increase likely for Sylva

Sylva’s leaders have known for a year that taxes would have to go up in 2016, but it’s unlikely any of them expected to be discussing a budget featuring a 41.7 percent tax rate increase.
The Haywood Healthcare Foundation managed to generate enough funding to have a major impact on the health needs of Haywood County during 2015 and their goal is to surpass last year’s donations.
The tourism industry doesn’t always agree on much. They argue over the best logos and ad campaigns, whether to fund this festival or that one, and who has the best continental breakfast.
Busy season is coming at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, and management there is working to get all hired up for summer. 
Melanee Lester has been sorting through a 4-inch-high stack of applications on her desk for the last couple of weeks, trying to get Mast General Store fully staffed for the long tourism season ahead.
It happens like clockwork every year. As the calendar creeps toward May, the roads get crowded, lines at the grocery store get longer, and the wait for a table on Friday night mounts. Right on cue, tourist season arrives, seemingly…
It’s a conundrum the best minds in tourism have been trying to crack for decades.
A lawsuit was filed this week against the Haywood County School Board alleges ulterior motives were at play for closing Central Elementary School and that school officials engaged in a concerted, secretive effort to keep the impending closure of the…
Tennessee Valley Authority officials have confirmed that its board of directors will make a decision on May 5 regarding the future of houseboats on all of its 49 lakes and reservoirs.
With the quiet evening sun fading behind the Great Smoky Mountains last Thursday evening, a single building glowed bright at…
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 20:39

This must be the place

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America has never been great. Let’s just get that out of the way. Sure, we’ve had plenty of high points,…
Heading up the stairs at the historic Imperial Hotel, there’s an electricity in the air, a vibe that’s familiar, yet…
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 20:35

Greening Up Youth Talent winners

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The 19th annual Mountain Youth Talent Contest was held at the Greening Up the Mountains Festival in Sylva on Saturday,…
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 20:29

Art exhibit at Canton Library

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The Canton Library Visual Arts Exhibit is currently featuring work by Denise McCullough, a 94-year-old acrylic artist.
Jackson County is on its way to becoming the trout capital of North Carolina after county leaders unveiled a plan…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:34

Whitewater club gets a boost from grants

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The Nantahala Racing Club has landed nearly $45,000 in grants for the 2016 season, encouraging the Swain County nonprofit in…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:33

Bear baiting rules loosened

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Bear hunters can now use unprocessed food as bait for a larger part of the hunting season, according to temporary…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:29

Firefly lottery opens

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A lottery to see the synchronous fireflies light up the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will open at noon Friday,…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:28

Fire danger high

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Fire danger is high in North Carolina, with low humidity and lack of rain over the past few weeks resulting…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:26

Elkmont building in Smokies burns

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Nature knocked an item off the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s to-do list when a fire sparked a structure in…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:25

Ozone season is here

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It’s ozone season in North Carolina again, that time of year when warm weather and pollution can combine to result…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:16

Watershed moments

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Elizabeth Vickery, a senior at Western Carolina University, peers into a dip net along with Cullowhee Valley Elementary School student…
A Swain County fishing guide has left his rod behind to embark on an Appalachian Trail thru-hike, aiming to raise…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:12

Waynesville men come out on top in Alaska motor adventure

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A pair of Waynesville men are home after a third-place finish in the harrowing Alcan 5000 motor vehicle race across…