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Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:46

Ashamed of Cherokee Bear Zoo

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To the Editor: I am a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee who has not lived in Cherokee since…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:44

Some concerns about charter school

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To the Editor: Since the proposed Shining Rock Classical Academy Charter School has been in the news lately, I would…
I’m sure the founders of Haywood County’s new charter school — Shining Rock Classical Academy — never imagined a week…
It’s been more than 10 years since Alen Baker decided, while recuperating from surgery, to pass the time by writing…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:05

A look inside the museum

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Step inside Cherokee’s newest museum, and the scent of freshly cut wood and tranquil lighting will immediately greet you with…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:04

From pies to model planes, Haywood Fair calls entries

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It’s that time again — get together your best garden produce and crafty handiwork to enter in the Haywood County…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:03

Smokies offers hands-on science for high school interns

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Several local teenagers were among those who recently completed a six-week internship in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:59

Bird flu fears trigger precautionary measures

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Fears that the bird flu could spread to North Carolina have prompted the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:59

Ash killer arrives in WNC, firewood must stay put in Graham

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Emerald ash borers recently found in a Graham County trap mark the invasive insect’s first appearance in Western North Carolina…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:58

Panthertown gets improved parking area

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Improvements to the crowded trailhead parking on the east side of Panthertown Valley, a recreation area in the Nantahala National…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:56

Public comment open for state wildlife plan

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A plan to guide wildlife management in North Carolina for the next 10 years is being developed and public input…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:47

Company for coffee

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Due to the generosity of great friends Bill and Elaine Cave of Asheville, my family has enjoyed a summer respite…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:40

Missing Haywood man found dead

The body of a missing Haywood County man was found in Richland Creek near Lake Junaluska on Aug. 3. Johnnie Rathbone, 67, of Mauney Cove Road in Waynesville, was reported missing by family members Monday morning after not having heard…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:39

La Crosse Encephalitis case confirmed in Macon

A child from Macon County has been diagnosed with La Crosse Viral Encephalitis according to Macon County Health Director Jim Bruckner. The child is home and recovering from symptoms, but Bruckner said it is important for everyone to take necessary…
A new plaque coming soon to the Jackson County Sports of Hall Fame will no doubt raise some eyebrows of those who pass it in the entry foyer of the justice center.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:36

Sylva considers fencing in Scotts Creek

To build a fence or to not build a fence?  It might not seem like such a portentous question, but as Sylva Town Commissioner Mary Gelbaugh found out when she asked her Facebook friends whether the town should look at…
The rising tide of triathlons, foot races and cycling events in Haywood County is stretching the capacity of spare deputies to provide security on the long-distance routes without a better pay incentive.
The mood was somber at Maggie Valley town hall last Wednesday as Alderwoman Saralyn Price called a special board meeting to order.
Allowing indoor gun ranges within the Franklin town limits is still on hold as the town planning board has been asked to re-examine its recommendations to the town board.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:30

Gas station annexation approved in Franklin

Plans for a new gas station on the outskirts of Franklin will be moving ahead now that the town board approved a satellite annexation for the property.
A former Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing justice following an Oct. 25 party that involved underage drinking and led to charges of statutory rape against two other men.
A Jackson County detention officer was fired this summer after firing a Taser gun on a coworker.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:23

Murphy casino on track for September open

A new casino under construction outside of Murphy is coming along on schedule and on budget, according to General Manager Lumpy Lambert.
It’s been 10 years since the Lake Logan Triathlon made its debut in Haywood County, drawing a field of 162 people to tackle the 1,500-meter swim, 24-mile bike ride and 10K run. 
Neighbors who live near the proposed site of a new charter school in Haywood County plan to oppose a special use permit that would allow the school to be built in their community.
A damaged corn crop and a no trespassing order from a farmer’s lawyer could thwart Shining Rock Classical Academy’s goal of finding a permanent home for the new charter school by December.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:18

Plant gall formation is somewhat of a mystery

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When it rains it pours. Within the past week or so, I received two emails about plant galls. That’s two…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:07

Race Waynesville’s Main Street Mile

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A 1-mile race through downtown Waynesville on Friday, Aug. 21, will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville, S.C.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:07

Franklin gardens a home for wildlife

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Several Franklin property owners have made it a priority to garden with wildlife in mind, earning recognition from the National…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:05

Feds decide to put hold on wolf program

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Reintroductions of endangered red wolves in eastern North Carolina will cease for the rest of 2015 following a decision by…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:04

Have a wild time at the library

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The animals of Balsam Mountain Trust will make the rounds next week in a pair of library programs in Waynesville…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:02

Celebrate solar at Innovation Brewing

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Fans of solar are invited to toast the success of a solar energy initiative launched in the mountains this spring…
North Carolina has a bear problem, and wildlife officials hope hunters can help. The population of black bears has been…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:41

Harper Lee’s ‘Watchman’ hits the mark

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So, Scout (Jean Louise) comes back home to Maycomb — where “everyone is either kin or almost kin”— at age…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:37

Davis to spin yarns at Lake J

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Renowned storyteller Donald Davis will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:32

Sarge’s Dog Walk celebrates 10 years

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The 10th annual Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation “Dog Walk” will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:31

BBQ and classic cars roll in Franklin

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The seventh annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show will be held Aug. 7-8 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:27

Richard’s Run returns to Cataloochee

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The second annual Richard’s Run 5K will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Cataloochee Guest Ranch…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:26

Sylva library presents Through the Hills

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Americana/bluegrass act Through the Hills will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, in the Community Room of the Jackson…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:24

Charlie Daniels to play Franklin

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Legendary group The Charlie Daniels Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Smoky Mountain Center for…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:22

Zoe & Cloyd come to the strand

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Merlefest songwriting contest winners Zoe & Cloyd will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at The Strand at 38…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:17

This must be the place

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I stopped going. For the better part of the last decade, my life during the summer was music festivals. From…
Sitting at a table at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, Brittney Raby knows exactly what’s going to walk through…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:01

Meaningful gun control deserves passage

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To the Editor: House Speaker John Boehner boasted in a mass e-mail that he had gotten ahead of President Obama…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:59

It seemed like a great idea at the time ...

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It looked so good on paper, the way terrible ideas always do. Instead of boarding our miniature dachshund as we…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:56

Tribal council takes the wrong stand on openness

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The Tribal Council kicked us out again. Holly Kays, a reporter for The Smoky Mountain News, was told on July…
Three grants have been awarded by The Fund for Haywood County, totaling about $7,000.  This fund is an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and is a permanent endowment intended to meet the needs of local nonprofits.…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:20

Haywood veteran honored at pinning ceremony

Francis “Jack” James was recognized on June 26 by the “We Honor Veterans” program for his years of military service.  He served overseas in the Army from 1944 to 1946. This program is a partnership of the Veteran’s Administration and…
An algal bloom on Waterville Lake in northern parts of Haywood County has tested positive for a toxin with potential to cause skin rashes and affect liver function.
Shining Rock Classical Academy, a new charter school opening in Haywood County next month, will pull in more than $2 million in state and county tax dollars its first year if the current enrollment of around 230 students holds.