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The healing power of forgiveness is at the top of the list of things in which I believe strongly. It’s…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Unexpected guest

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There are almost as many reasons for watching birds as there are birders. Whether you are a backyard birder content…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Taking back America for Christianity

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God’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America by Hanna Rosin. Harcourt, 2007. 304 pages Every once…
By Julia Merchant With its CEO gone and a new consulting group on board, Haywood Regional Medical Center is working around the clock to regain its Medicare and Medicaid funding.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

DOT takes input on N.C. 107 project

Jackson County residents weighed in on proposed road improvements for N.C. 107 at a citizens informational workshop Feb. 25 at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Nurses at HRMC caught in downward spiral

Over-worked and underpaid. It’s a complaint most in America could wage against their boss. But at Haywood Regional Medical Center, it was just the tip of workplace complaints.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Marchers protest Canton mill’s discharges

“Keep it clean! We’re downstream!” was the rallying cry for protesters at a demonstration held Saturday (March 1) demanding that Evergreen Packaging clean up the Pigeon River.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

An early account of Western NC

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While crossing the Blue Ridge north of present Asheville in the early 1540s, Hernando de Soto’s scribes entered some brief…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

In the studio...

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You start a band. The band writes material, rehearses, and plays some shows. What’s the next step? Merchandising? A world…
The National Forest Service is trying to hash out a new policy for building wind towers on public lands. The…
By Michael Beadle Sara Tramper can take you to the powwow at end of the world.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Haywood doctors open for business

The first stop for sick people in Haywood County should still be their local doctor.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 19:06

Second election primary results

Mark Meadows won the second primary on July 17 by a sweeping majority. The conservative Republican candidate for U.S. Congress garnered 76.3 percent of the vote Tuesday.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:15

Schedule of Events

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:08

The countries of Folkmoot USA

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New Zealand — Whitireia Performing Arts Whitireia Performing Arts is affiliated with New Zealand College of Performing Arts. This school…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:06

Guides serve as ambassadors to visiting performers

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For many teens growing up in Haywood County, becoming a Folkmoot guide is a dream come true. The job means…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:04

Serbian performers return to Folkmoot

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The Serbian group Talija Art Co., crowd pleasers at the 2009 Folkmoot, will make a return appearance at this year’s…
By George Ivey • Contributing writer What in the world would bring together the Great Smoky Mountains and the country…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:54

Homeward bound

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After Jersey and the Big Apple (see last week’s Naturalist’s Corner —, it was time for a leisurely trip…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:54

The dam is gone, so how’s the Tuck doing?

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Learn about biological changes afoot in the Tuckasegee River since the removal of the Dillsboro dam two years ago during…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:52

Canoe trip to explore the Little Tennessee

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A guided canoe float trip down the Little Tennessee River will be held on July 19 as part of the…
The fast growing sport of Open Water Swimming has been added to the Lake Logan Multisport Festival held Aug. 4…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:51

Girls on the Run to increase presence in Macon County

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Girls on the Run is reaching out to elementary and middle school girls in Franklin to get involved in a…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:50

Bringing back the native river cane

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River cane, a native type of bamboo that once grew in large stands along mountain rivers, has gotten a helping…
A special guided hike to the Ridges of Cedar Knob in the Highlands area will explore a high-elevation granite dome…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:48

Get off the eaten path with guided wild mushroom hunt

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Join a renowned mushroom forager for a guided mushroom hunt from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday July 29.…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:46

A measure of hope for the hemlock forests?

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A scientist fighting to save the dying hemlock forests of the Southern Appalachians will give a talk on ongoing efforts…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:46

Smokies workshop to engage teachers

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An all-day workshop on July 31 will explore the ethics and ethos behind ecology and conservation in the Great Smoky…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:45

Land a hand for the Smokies’ historic cabins

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The historic cabins, churches, school houses and farmhouses that date back to the times of early Appalachian settlers in the…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:41

Looking for carnivorous plants in WNC

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Some plants like Jack-in-the-pulpit and Dutchman’s-pipe have evolved methods of entrapping insects in their flowers so as to assure pollination.…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:28

Big Haywood Friends book sale begins July 28

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The Friends of the Haywood Library annual book sale begins at 9 a.m. on July 26 and runs through Saturday,…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:28

Mystery writer to appear at Shakespeare & Co.

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Frank Foster will sign copies of his recently published thriller, Catch a Falling Knife, at Shakespeare & Co. Books from…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:26

Martin earns mention alongside Tolkien

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I apologize. About a month ago, when I concluded my review of Clash of Kings, I noted that I would…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:23

Wealthy are gaining too much political power

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To the Editor: OccupyWNC, an affiliate of, along with groups all across the United States, has worked diligently to…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:23

Obama was in over his head from day one

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To the Editor: Election time is approaching and we are facing a promise gap. In 2008 when vice presidential candidate…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:22

Looking forward to our own Hunger Games

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To the Editor: Have you heard the latest about our local sportsmen? Well, it’s been reported that three elk were…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:20

Can the dream stay alive for another generation?

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“You know, this is really the only thing I know I’ve wanted to do my whole life.” That was my…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:05

Where’s Waldo craze infiltrates Sylva

By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Waldo fans take heed. The gauntlet has been thrown down. Are you up to the challenge? Tiny Where’s Waldo figures have been cleverly hidden on the shelves and racks of stores throughout downtown Sylva, and…
More than 40 historic photographs of Canton will be on display at Canton library from July 9 through Aug. 31, and reception of the exhibit will be held at the library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9.…
A clothes swap to benefit children of Haywood County will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 at Keller Williams Realty’s Waynesville office. The event, which is sponsored by the real estate company, will allow parents and…
A Tuscola football player charged with a felony cross burning targeting a biracial classmate will remain on the team, at least for now. Ben Greene, a rising junior and running back on the varsity football team, will have to sit…
Four teenagers in Haywood County were recently charged with burning a cross in the yard of a biracial classmate. The act is considered a hate crime, a severe form of intimidation that is classified as a felony. All four students…
The popular Folkmoot international festival will become a shadow of its current self in 2014 if its financial outlook doesn’t take a quick turn for the better.
A burley crowd wearing their long lineage of Appalachian ancestry proudly on their sleeves stared down Jackson County commissioners this week, decrying the idea of an ordinance that would muzzle their hunting dogs.
Haywood Community College has named five finalists for president of the college, and candidate interviews will begin July 23. A 17-member search committee consisting of people from the community selected the finalists, which include Douglas W. Allen, Barbara Beebe, John…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:39

Open house at farm for those with autism

There will be an open house at Full Spectrum Farms, a Jackson County-based farm serving people with autism, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19. Full Spectrum Farms features a renovated farmhouse, barn, chicken house and garden. It is located…
A debate over whether the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office racially profiled Latinos and used a traffic checkpoint as an excuse to ensnare illegal immigrants is not over yet.
A pending sale of 19 miles of fiber lines capable of delivering high-speed internet in the greater Sylva area could once again give internet customers there a third option. If the sale goes through, Jackson County and the town of…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:33

Get involved in the food conversation

The Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University will host a meeting to determine community needs and support for a Far West North Carolina Local Food Policy Council at 7 p.m. July 30 in the Cardinal Room of the Western…
By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Tim Hall relishes in the history and folklore of the mountains but also knows when a little embellishing is in order — especially when it comes to ghost stories.