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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:25

Tug-of-war continues in Maggie over tax hike

Maggie Valley leaders on opposing sides of the tourist tax hike both claim to have the majority in their corner. Maggie Mayor Ron DeSimone presented a stack of letters of support from hotel owners to state legislators during a trip…
Joyce Porter had just finished cleaning her house in Jonathan Creek and was planning to hop in the shower, but when she turned on the faucet, no water came out.
Haywood Community College trustees cited leadership, community rapport and deep local roots as key factors when naming Dr. Barbara Sue Parker the next college president last week.
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:20

Indoor shooting range proposed in Franklin

All loaded up and no place to shoot — such is the plight of gun owners in Macon County, especially when its raining or snowing outside. That’s because the closest indoor shooting range to Franklin is as far as Asheville…
After struggling through a year of poor fundraising, the veterans’ memorial in Franklin desperately needs to sell some bricks.
The great Dillsboro train debate rolled on in Jackson County Monday with a public hearing this week on whether the county should give the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad $700,000 in exchange for the promise of more riders and tourists.
The numbers are unforgiving. One in three unexpected deaths in Haywood County are likely prescription drug overdoses. This year alone, there have been eight drug-related deaths — out of 25 unexpected deaths in all. And that doesn’t include two deaths…
All 12 seats on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Tribal Council are up for grabs this year.
U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows told Haywood County business leaders this week that the federal government should borrow a page  — or perhaps a whole chapter or two — from the private sector playbook when it comes to financial problem solving.
Police across Western North Carolina have been stamping out the last bastions of illegal video gambling machines in recent weeks, calling the bluff of defiant operators who refused to go quietly.
Thursday, 28 March 2013 13:50

HCC named new president

Barbara Sue Parker, a native of Haywood County, has been appointed president of Haywood Community College this morning.She most recently served as assistant superintendent for Rutherford County Public School System. Before that, she worked in Haywood County schools for 20…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:01

Walk, run, get out, get active

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Sarge’s dog walk and run at Lake Junaluska The friends of Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation are putting on a one-mile…
Several organizations have won a $214,195 state grant that will allow Macon County landowners improve water quality in the Little…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:58

Local river outfitters sponsors elite paddler

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The Nantahala Outdoor Center has launched its own elite paddling team and signed whitewater slalom paddler Michal Smolen as its…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:56

Green Oscars V

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Wild South held its fifth annual Green Gala celebrating the 2012 Roosevelt-Ashe Society’s Conservation Award winners last Friday, March 22.…
The painstaking process of outlining a clear mission for the U.S. Forest Service and how it will manage its expansive…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:51

Saved by the appearance of a tree swallow

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Earlier this morning (Tuesday, March 26) I gazed wishfully through my office window here in Bryson City. About all I…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:41

The unforgettable life of Nancy Silver

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Recently, when I was surfing through a depressing collection of nighttime TV programs — religious rants, psychics, cooking shows and…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:41

Consider safety issues related to steep slopes

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To the Editor: I once again would like to bring up the safety issues regarding fire, rescue and sheriff’s department…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:40

Dillsboro will welcome railroad back

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To the Editor: There seems to be some confusion as to the withdrawal of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad from…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:40

Return train to Dillsboro, but not as proposed

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To the Editor: Let’s remember when talking about the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR), we are talking about two different…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:39

Voter ID issue just keeps getting better

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To the Editor: The radical Republican regime in Raleigh has a new pretext for the voter ID scheme North Carolina…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:38

Investing in the region’s creative minds

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When the city of Asheville decided that this year’s Bele Chere street festival would be the last it funded, little…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:32

From the holler to Hollywood

Catapulting classic cars and blowing up helicopters just isn’t enough for Lance Holland. “You’ve never had fun until you’ve wrecked a freight train,” he chuckled.
After years of stops and starts, construction is now imminent on a long-awaited skateboard park in Waynesville.
A study that revealed that most Macon County government employees were underpaid compared to counterparts in other North Carolina counties is catching flack from some critics for alleged design flaws, as well as calling into question the worth of a…
In late February, a Macon County youth was checked into the local emergency room in need of psychological care. Because the hospital, Angel Medical Center, does not provide that type of service, he spent the night in the ER while…
The story is all too familiar. A property developer buys a large swath of land with grand plans to build high-end homes and sell them for a substantial profit. But the housing bubble bursts. The lots don’t move. The property…
Ivan Abrahams didn’t come to hold the top spot in the World Methodist Council because he abided by the rules. At more than one point in his spiritual career, he was a bit of a thorn in the clergy’s side.
The Canton Police Department is considering selling two 80-year-old submachine guns and using the proceeds to pay for new and better equipment for the force — before the federal government possibly bans such weapons.
MedWest hospital leaders have hired an outside consulting firm to help them analyze the pros and cons of staying together versus dissolving their fledgling partnership. Also at stake: whether Carolinas HealthCare System will stay on as the hospitals’ management company.
Employees at Western Carolina University are distilling the recently released results of a Harvard University study to see if regional comprehensive universities have lower faculty satisfaction rates.
Every three years, Western Carolina University gets a report card. It does not prescribe the university an A, B, C or even F, but the report does tell WCU what it does right and where it needs to improve. Then,…
A faction of lodging owners in Maggie Valley is hoping to derail a tax increase on overnight accommodations. The money brought in — roughly $450,000 a year — would be dedicated solely to building tourism attractions or improving existing ones.
The prospects of Haywood County’s tourism development tax increase making it through the General Assembly in Raleigh this year is highly likely — or perhaps highly unlikely. It depends on whom you ask.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

April activities on tap at Heinzelmännchen

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April is the first-ever “North Carolina Beer Month” and Heinzelmännchen Brewery in Sylva taps into the fun with four initiatives…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

Trout and ramp festival in Cherokee March 30

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Mountain trout and wild ramps take center stage at the annual Rainbow and Ramps Festival from 10 a.m. to 2:30…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

'The Medium' comes to HART

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Western Carolina University’s School of Music, in collaboration with the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

Vince Gill comes to Franklin

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Country music star Vince Gill will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at The Smoky Mountain Center for…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

Mountain Heritage Center jam series continues

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The 2012-13 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series will conclude with Phil and Gaye Johnson at 7 p.m. Thursday,…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

Woodcarving demo held in Clyde

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Artisan in the Mountains will host a woodcarving demonstration featuring the Pigeon River Woodcarvers Club from 1 to 4 p.m.…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

Taking matters into his own hands

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When he didn’t have the money to purchase a banjo, Joshua Grant took matters into his own hands. “I couldn’t…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:22

I once was lost, but now I’m found

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The directions said turn left, so naturally I turned right. I was still an hour drive from Sugarland Visitors Center…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:14

Cubs on the Run 5K kicks off spring

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The family-friendly Cubs on the Run 5K will be held on Saturday, March 23, at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Canton,…
Lake Junaluska will host the Friends of the Lake 5K, Family Walk, and Children’s Fun Run at 9 a.m. Saturday,…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:11

Smokies backcountry fee taken to court

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A lawsuit has been filed over a new backcountry camping fee imposed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Southern Forest…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:10

A.T. hiking season kicks off in Franklin

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Franklin will celebrate its love for Appalachian Trail hikers with the annual April Fools Trail Days festival on Saturday, March…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:09

Graveyard Fields overlook to get makeover

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will provide $740,000 for projects and programs on the Parkway this year, including children’s education,…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:07

I have seen the light

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I have seen the light, and I don’t like it. I have seen the light emanating from strip malls; from…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:04

Paddling springs eternal

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Whitewater fanatics wait in line for their chance to do tricks, flips, spins and somersaults with their play boats on…