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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:11

This must be the place

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It’s the most important job outside of the home. Teachers. Those folks in front of the classroom trying to make sense…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:08

Cruisin’ the road of creativity

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The 14th annual “Stecoah Arts & Crafts Drive About Tour” will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 27-28…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:50

In the end, Haywood leaders make the right call

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Hindsight is indeed 20-20, and this time Haywood County commissioners very likely saw things exactly as they should have. The…
Veterans Day is a time set aside each year to honor the people who have put their lives on the line to protect the freedom of others. Each veteran, whether they served in World War II or Iraq, have a…
When Bobby Rathbone came home from Vietnam over 40 years ago, joining a veterans group was the last thing on his mind. Drafted into war, fighting in Vietnam was hardly something to celebrate or wear on his sleeve.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:23

Military icons in our midst

Three military relics on display in the mountains honor the nation’s long and fabled history of duty and service to country.
Jerry Wolfe is a storyteller. Whether he’s telling a story of his people at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian or retelling his years spent in the U.S. Navy, the 91-year-old remembers every detail.
When 91-year-old Gertrude Mashburn tells strangers she’s a World War II veteran — a topic she usually brings up early in a conversation — she’s often met with skepticism. 
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:16

County OKs fee waiver for apartment complex

River Walk Apartments, an eight-building complex in Cullowhee, will get a waiver on the $16,500 it paid in solid waste fees this year, Jackson County commissioners decided unanimously last week.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:14

Macon bus driver showered with honors

Alice Bradley says she’s just an old country girl who isn’t used to the applause and compliments that come with being in the spotlight.
With a report looking at the ins and outs of work in its planning and permitting/code enforcement departments now finished, Jackson County is ready to start implementing the report’s recommendations.
After years of debate and meetings and public input, Jackson County’s steep slope ordinance is complete.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:08

Sylva election comes down to flip of a coin

The Sylva Board of Commissioners election came down to the flip of a coin — literally.
As the municipal elections were coming to a close last Tuesday night, it became clear that the race in Bryson City would be too close to call. 
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:03

New initiative to provide winter assistance

Macon New Beginnings, a new nonprofit in Macon County working to address homelessness, has been hard at work trying to come up with a plan to shelter people in need through the winter.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:00

Franklin homeless ministry seeks new home

Lowell Monteith is tired of hearing “No.” It seems like everywhere he turns for help, the answer is always the same.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:58

Jackson looks to future government space needs

Jackson County is moving ahead with an effort to free up more space in its Health Department.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:56

Three compete for House seat

Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, has announced her intentions to run for a third term, but two Democrats have stepped up to challenge her for the chance to represent the 118th District of North Carolina.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:54

Recycling clearinghouse nixed in Haywood

A controversial proposal to sell a 55-acre tract in a county-owned industrial park near Canton to a private recycling sorting plant is dead.
Neither Webster nor Forest Hills will have vacancies when the new town government terms begin in December, according to official election results. In both elections, write-in votes showed a strong enough consensus to overcome the dearth of candidates to sign…
Thursday, 05 November 2015 18:39

Information sought in national forest vandalism

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Vandalism in the Nantahala National Forest has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to offer a monetary reward for information about…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:05

Pisgah High Millennials ready to voice their opinions

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Somewhere at this very moment, a political science major is writing a dissertation on why young people these days are…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:03

Some capitalism not so admirable

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To the Editor: In 2008, the CEO of BBT, John Allison, gave $1 million to Western Carolina University. Some have…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:01

Don’t succumb to fears in Beaverdam

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To the Editor: I would like to elaborate on the comments I made at the hearing on Oct. 19 on…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:59

Duke profits take precedence over state’s public interest

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By Avram Friedman • Guest Columnist By proposing to replace its Lake Julian coal plant in Asheville with a new…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:55

A post-apocalyptic world fuels sci-fi novel

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Back in the ‘60s, I went on a science fiction bender that lasted a decade.
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:42

Ferns stand out this time of year

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One of my favorite times to observe ferns is in winter when they stand out in the brown leaf-litter. Of…
For Tim Petrea, it was a truck and a red box that launched a lifetime affinity for the outdoors. Growing…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:16

Haywood students to get creative with trash

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A competition challenging students to take their best stab at trash sculpture aims to get Haywood County teens thinking about…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:14

Take a guided hike to Chimney Tops with its trail engineer

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A strenuous hike to one of the most unique peaks in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will also include…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:12

Tuck accesses to close for construction

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The Barkers Creek and Locust Creek River access points in Jackson County will close over for construction over the coming…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:10

WNC’s biggest bear

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One of the most unique leaf-looking experiences in the country — the Shadow of the Bear — is now visible…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:09

Game land management plans available online

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Final versions of management plans for seven North Carolina game lands, including Sandy Mush Game Lands in Madison and Buncombe…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:06

New Bryson City fishing pier finds easy popularity

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A handicapped-accessible fishing pier along the Tuckasegee River in downtown Bryson City was dedicated this fall. It is located beside…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 04:39

Bryson City election may be too close to call

Bryson City’s town election may be too close to call given that there were eight provisionary ballots left to count on election night.
Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown pulled off a resounding victory against his challenger Jonnie Cure — a landslide of 1,394 to 216 votes that can only be interpreted as a voter mandate for the vision for the town Brown has carried…
It looks like a shortage of candidates for town board in Webster and Forest Hills won’t mean empty seats in town hall over the next term.
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 04:19

Franklin incumbents replaced with new faces

The Franklin Board of Aldermen will soon have some new blood leading the town into the future.
The race for Sylva town board has been crowded since filing began, and the election remained close all the way to the ballot box. 
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 03:44

Clyde leadership remains steady

Clyde voters gave Mayor Jerry Walker the thumbs-up to add four more years to the 35 he’s served on the town’s board, 11 of those as mayor. Walker, 79, won the election by a landslide, earning 110 votes to challenger…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 03:42

Canton incumbents to carry on

After a long day at the polls, Ralph Hamlett and Gail Mull were heading to The Imperial on election night to celebrate their re-election to the Canton Board of Aldermen.
Maggie Valley had the opportunity to select new leadership in this election, but residents voted for incumbents to continue the progress made over the last four years. 
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:40

Lake Junaluska Peace Conference begins Nov. 12

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World Music artist, composer and peace activist Yuval Ron will appear in concert with his international ensemble of musicians at…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:39

WCU ‘haunted walking tours’

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Halloween might be over, but the scariness continues at Western Carolina University with a series of “haunted walking tours” on…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:37

Mountain Faith to play WCU

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Jackson County-based bluegrass/gospel act Mountain Faith will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the John W. Bardo Fine…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:35

This must be the place

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“Some may never live, but the crazy never die.” It’s a quote by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, a writer whose influence…
One gets hungry strolling downtown Sylva these days. For a town of around 2,600 residents, there sure are a lot of…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:27

Lake Junaluska to host Peace Conference

Jews, Muslims and Christians will gather at Lake Junaluska next week to promote peace. The Lake Junaluska Peace Conference is four days of workshops, yoga, prayer, lectures, worship, meditation and music, with the goal of advancing the work of reconciliation…
With guidance from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, Southwestern Community College has instructed ECS Carolinas, LLP, to develop an action plan to address elevated lead levels downhill from the firing range that the college operates off River Road in…
Franklin beat out 47 other small towns this year for the title of “2015 Top Small Town” in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine.