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When the North Carolina Audubon Society announced its campaign to install 10,000 small-holed bird boxes to bolster the population of brown-headed nuthatches, Russ Regnery was intrigued. But, like many environmental issues coming down from Raleigh, the plight of the little…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:45

Political rhetoric reaches a new low

To the Editor: It was very sad to witness all the hateful rhetoric tossed around during elections this year. I don’t think I’ve seen such a display of lies and distortions, and we have sunken to a new depth of…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:44

Make Lake Junaluska annexation more fair

To the Editor: Your opinion piece from the summer titled "Changing mind now won't undo the damage" left out a more common solution to the annexation of the 775 homes in Lake Junaluska with its woefully and poorly maintained Lake…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:44

There is no moral equivalent to ISIS

To the Editor: A recent letter to the editor states a moral equivalence between ISIS weird beards who behead journalists, crucify Christians, drive crosses into the throats of children in front of their parents, and turn young girls into sex slaves…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:44

Big mistake not to return Nikwasi Mound

To the Editor: I am writing in regards to the Nikwasi Indian Mound. I am concerned for the community of Franklin and the image it is giving off to the rest of this country. Franklin has a lot of part-time…
Every attentive person knows there is a revolution occurring in language, and much of what was once communicated by words is now communicated by images. Texting is quicker than calling, snap chatting quicker than texting, and emoticons quicker than either.…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:37

Give Cullowhee a chance to fulfill potential

Cullowhee rising. Sounds like a fitting name for some aspiring college band, but it best describes what’s happening at Western Carolina University and the community surrounding it. It’s one of the fastest growing places in the region whose potential is…
With 10 candidates coming out for four seats on the Haywood County School board, the races was certainly a contested one, but there will be only one new face on the school board in the next term. Bobby Rogers, senior…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:43

Cochran wins a third term

Three candidates were aiming for the top prize in Swain’s sheriff race. The contest pitted the status quo against the notion of change, as well as featuring the third candidate wildcard.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:42

Hall wins sheriff’s seat

Chip Hall closed out a grueling race for the Jackson County sheriff’s seat with a landslide victory against his opponent, Curtis Lambert. The Democrat took 64 percent of the vote compared to Lambert’s 36 percent. 
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:41

Welch wins DA race decided by a landslide

After a hard-fought and hotly contested race, the job of top prosecutor for the seven western counties was won by Ashley Welch, with a huge margin, carrying 60 percent of the vote.
The fate of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners rested with this election. With six candidates on the ballot — aligning themselves neatly into two teams of three — voters were asked to decide if they were satisfied with the…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:37

Haywood commissioners back for another four years

By Becky Johnson Staff writer Voters gave their seal of approval to the current Haywood County commissioners, returning all three sitting commissioners to their seats. Commissioners Mike Sorrells, Kirk Kirkpatrick and Bill Upton — all three Democrats — won re-election. …
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:36

Bushyhead, Burns demand ‘change’

Smart money had the contest for the Swain commissioners race locked down in the primary. The board’s chairman, Phil Carson, had held on to his seat and the top four Democrats would assumably come out on top in the general…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:34

Haven ousted; Shields top vote-getter

The Macon County Board of Commissioners will soon see a new face at the table, and it will be that of the top vote-getter in the four-way race for the Franklin seat — Gary Shields will replace incumbent Ron Haven…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:32

Presnell holds onto state seat

Rep. Michele Presnell , R-Yancey, retained her seat for the N.C House, narrowly defeating fellow Yancey resident Dean Hicks in the 118th District, which includes part of Haywood County and all of Madison and Yancey.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:32

Queen shuts down Clampitt, again

After winning re-election in the N.C. House District 119 race, Rep. Joe Sam Queen sounded more glum than one might expect.  “It’s a mixed night for me,” Queen said.
N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, pulled out a sizeable win over Democratic challenger Jane Hipps. Davis has represented the mountains in Raleigh for four years, an historic era of newfound Republican control.
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:44

Benefit concert aids WNC veterans

It’s been two years since Bruce Yarrington and his Knights of Columbus buddies started volunteering at the Veterans Restoration Quarters in Asheville. Twice a month the crew makes the trip from Waynesville to cook for the veterans at the center.
The folks spearheading the effort to expand broadband access in Haywood County are thinking big. Gigabyte big.  “Our goal is to make Haywood County a gigabyte community,” said Ron DeSimone.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

WCU adopts sophomore residency requirement

It’s official. Starting with the 2016-17 academic year, sophomores attending Western Carolina University will be required to live on campus. “We have a philosophy of students learning better by growing into their responsibilities. First-year students need that residence hall experience,”…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Signs of a new cell tower rush on the horizon

After a several-year lull in new cell towers being built in the mountains, a new wave of tower construction could be on the horizon as cell companies race to accommodate the surge in digital data moving on wireless networks.
The newly minted Haywood County Economic Development Commission has hit the ground running in its first three months following a structural revamp that placed it under the umbrella of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce.    “We are giving the…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00

News in Business

WCU to host tourism conference  The impact of successful festivals and events on the economy of the 26 westernmost counties of North Carolina will be the subject of a daylong tourism industry conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

HCC awarded forestry grant

Haywood Community College was recently awarded a Tennessee Valley Authority Ag & Forestry Fund Grant through the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The grant, Improving Technological Innovation of Forest Management Students, will fund $13,800 of hardware and software…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Iranian-born journalist to speak Nov. 20 at WCU

A native of Iran who is a former Rotary Peace Fellow and past editor of publications now banned or shut down by the Iranian government will present the keynote address for International Education Week at Western Carolina University on Thursday,…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Dockie Brendle bridge now official

A dedication ceremony last week, held by the N.C. Department of Transportation, officially named a bridge at the intersection of U.S. 74 and Alarka Road in Swain County to honor Dock T. “Dockie” Brendle, a Swain County native who earned…
When Katie Messer first presented her plan to improve water quality and generally spruce up a little-used park in Waynesville, she was just trying to pass a class. The report was intended as her capstone project for the low-impact development…
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:30

Franklin residents debate Nikwasi

Of the shoppers polled while coming and going from the Bi-Lo parking lot in Franklin on a recent Thursday, none had to be told what Nikwasi Mound was, and nearly all were aware that the town of Franklin and the…
Construction along N.C. 209 — locally called Crabtree Road — near its exchange with U.S. 74 will cause the state road to close for three consecutive weekends between Old Clyde Road and Carley Road as a new sewer line is…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Copper hammering workshop in Sylva

A copper hammering workshop with William Rogers will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Art After Dark returns to Waynesville

Art After Dark continues from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in downtown Waynesville. Enjoy a stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street and Depot Street. Festive Art After Dark flags denote participating galleries.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Museum receives N.C. Arts Council grant

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian has received a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council for $56,905 for the year beginning July 1, 2014 through June 2015. The Arts Council has designated the museum a State Arts Resource organization…
The 2014-15 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series will get underway with a performance by the Boys from Tuckasegee at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University The group includes…
To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, there will be two special events Nov. 8-9 at The Museum of the Cherokee Indian. 
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

This must be the place

Dave Mason has seen it all. As co-founder/guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Traffic, Mason, alongside band mate Steve Winwood, found himself at the forefront of the music industry in the 1960s. With iconic hits like “Dear…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

‘42nd Street’ to hit WCU stage

The musical production of “42nd Street” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13-15 and at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

In search of the perfect word

The beauty of literature is its solely unique power of transportation. That beauty lies in the meticulous arrangement of words, phrases and sentences on a simple black and white page, where upon decoding the message you conjure endless colors, scents and…
Friday, 31 October 2014 19:44

Davis vs. Hipps debate video

On Oct. 30, Sen. Jim Davis and challenger Jane Hipps squared off in a debate at Southwestern Community College. It was the Senate 50 candidates’ third and final debate prior to the Nov. election. 
Friday, 31 October 2014 19:43

Winter weather causes Parkway closures

The first winter weather closures of the season will be in effect on the Blue Ridge Parkway this weekend. 
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

YMCA camp coming to Swain County

Swain County will soon be home to a YMCA camp.  The camp — called YMCA Camp Watia — will be on land located near the Almond Boat and RV Park. “Probably 5 miles from the highway,” said Swain County Manager…
A small section of the Blue Ridge Parkway,  between Milepost 420 (near Black Balsam Road) and Milepost 423 (at Hwy. 215), will be closed from Nov. 3 through May 2015. 
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:10

Celebrating the ever-popular essay

This week it’s time to break out the champagne, pop that cork, and raise a flute of bubbly to the essay. Once the property of magazines and newspapers, the essay is now the vehicle of choice for thousands of online…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:52

Culinary weekend returns to Highlands

The 8th annual Highlands Culinary Weekend will be Nov. 6-9 at participating restaurants and businesses. The four-day destination event, created by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, is one of the highlights of the fall season, which combines…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:50

Daughtry to rock Harrah’s

Acclaimed rock act Daughtry will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:46

WNC Halloween: where to go, what to do

Bethel • The Cold Mountain Corn Maze. Open 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8 for ages 4 and older, ages 3 and younger free.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:46

Davis to spin yarns at HART

Renowned storyteller Donald Davis will be performing “Our Stories Take Us Home” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:45

Opera, ballet on the Highlands big screen

The Live in HD Series will continue with “Carmen and The Legend of Love” at the ML Performing Arts Center in Highlands.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:44

Professor, actor to receive state award

The North Carolina Literary and Historical Association will present Broadway star Terrence Mann, Western Carolina University’s Phillips Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre, with the Hardee-Rives Award for the Dramatic Arts on Friday, Nov. 7. The annual award honors notable contributions…
The Beautiful Offerings Tour featuring Big Daddy Weave, with special guests Chris August, Dara Maclean and Group 1 Crew will perform an evening of contemporary Christian music at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the…