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The far-flung Nantahala School in the remote reaches of Macon County is putting a financial drain on local coffers, prompting county leaders to ask the state for extra money to cover the cost of operating such an isolated school. Nantahala…
The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen got an earful from hotel and motel owners Monday during a nearly three-hour meeting held specifically to hear views about a proposed increase to the overnight lodging tax. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority…
When LeRoy Roberson and his wife, Gale, opened an optometric business on Waynesville’s Main Street 35-years-ago, about a quarter of the storefronts sat empty.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Potters unite to help feed the hungry

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The annual “Empty Bowl” fundraiser will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at The Open Door…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

The twists and turns of wood bending

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The exhibit “Torqued & Twisted: Bentwood Today” will be running through March 22 at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Little Big Town hits the stage in Cherokee

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Country group Little Big Town will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Watch a portrait master in action

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Multimedia artist and teacher Mark Menendez will demonstrate oil portrait painting techniques for the Art League of the Smokies at…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Age is but a number on your dance card

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Darkness enveloped the vehicle as soon as it exited Interstate 40. Cruising around sharp S-curves in the mountain community of…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:15

Be(ar) careful in the Smokies

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In the natural world there are certain experiences that rivet our attention and remain stored in our memory banks. Through…
The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee recently helped the town of Andrews protect and conserve its 930-acre watershed in…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:09

Smokies Association pushes for membership

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The Great Smoky Mountains Association is launching a membership drive in honor of its 60th anniversary this year.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:08


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Translation — Great Backyard Bird Count at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge; the tradition continues. Since a spur-of-the-moment GBBC…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:07

Last call for Polar Plunge

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Wade, dash, splash or take the full plunge into Lake Junaluska from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:07

Bear Creek Lake on upper Tuck gets boat ramp, dock and pier

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A boat ramp on Bear Creek Lake in the Tuckasegee area of Jackson County has been renovated by the N.C.…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:04

Float, boat or fish the Tuck

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This spring, rolling down the Tuckasegee River will be, for the most part, as it has been in years past…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:01

1967 novel sheds light on obscure mass drowning

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In recent years, I have become interested in an obscure incident that occurred in Jackson County in 1882 — the…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:56

Sample chocolate, support Bryson City’s library

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Cooks of all things chocolate will square off at the “Sixth Annual Chocolate Cook-Off” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Feb.…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:54

Whimzik wows with eclectic music, performance art combo

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Whimzik will be having a DVD release performance at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Jackson County Public Library in…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:53

Is your pet Haywood’s next top model?

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Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation has launched its annual pet photography contest.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:52

WNC flipping for pancakes

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• The 56th annual “Pancake Day” will be from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the First…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:52

Artists/vendors sought for regional festivals

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Several festivals around Western North Carolina are encouraging local artists and vendors to sign up for celebrations and events throughout…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:48

Jungle king swings into WCU

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A cold wind howls through the campus of Western Carolina University as the screams of a young woman echo from…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:35

We have to decide which side we’re on

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To the Editor: Well over a half century ago, the infringements, abridgments and usurpations of government against our liberties ordained…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:34

Ball fields bad use of tourism money

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To the Editor: Why on earth tap the tourism development funds in Haywood County for a ballpark that won’t result…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:34

Weakened slope laws could prompt lawsuits

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To the Editor: This is an open letter to the Jackson County Planning Board and county commissioners. Things to consider: …
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:32

Beware plastic power strips, and many thanks

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To the Editor: It is hard to believe it was a month ago that our little house in Waynesville burned.…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:30

We need sanity in gun debate

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To the Editor: As a gun owner, parent, teacher and American, I believe that there is no legitimate reason for…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:29

Macon County may need second pay study

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To the Editor: I believe Macon County’s commissioners need to closely analyze and thoroughly discuss the results and proposals made…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:27

Obamacare will drag down health care

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To the Editor: Recently, after a serious falling accident, I experienced medical treatment from our local health care system at…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:24

Downtown Sylva needs some help

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To the Editor: Tourism, tourism and tourism are the three most important words to line the struggling businessmen’s pockets and…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:20

By chance, by sea, bye bye

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By John Beckman • Columnist Thirty-five years ago, I moved into my first dorm room and this small-town lad had…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:18

Cherokee entertains idea of bear sanctuary

Tribal Council for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has postponed any action that would ban bear zoos from the reservation for good. A few tribal members called on Tribal Council last week to revoke the business licenses for any…
A woman was sent to jail for nine years this week for her role in the death of toddler who likely succumbed to hypothermia on the floor of a single-wide trailer one bitterly cold night in Swain County two years…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:12

Clear sailing ahead for Haywood room tax hike

If anyone opposes an increase in Haywood County’s overnight lodging tax, they did not make their enmity known at Monday’s board of commissioners meeting.
A heated argument and near fight between two Maggie Valley residents — one of whom is banned from town hall — disrupted the town’s board of aldermen meeting last Tuesday.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:07

New logo captures essence of Haywood Chamber

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce debuted a new logo this week, showing off more than a year of work to craft a design that represents the business organization’s role in the county.
After spending $200,000 to build a new parking lot shared by five downtown Sylva businesses, the property owner lost a state grant she was initially promised to help with the cost.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office made a pitch to commissioners this week for four additional sheriff’s deputies to be placed in four of the county’s elementary schools — Fairview, Cullowhee Valley, Scotts Creek and Smokey Mountain Elementary.
In a new state of high alert, schools face tough choices when confronted by a threat from a student: is it a precursor to real violence or simply the empty words of imprudent children?
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:54

Countdown to decision time

Several boards and bodies will formally vote in coming weeks on whether Lake Junaluska should become part of Waynesville, form its own town or continue as a sophisticated homeowner’s association. Here’s a look at who will be weighing in and…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:52

The players

Property owners: A survey was mailed to all 811 Lake Junaluska property owners last week, with a robust response rate so far. There are 765 homes at Lake Junaluska. About half are lived in year-round by their owners. Surveys also…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:48

Junaluska’s choices: the abridged version

Option 1: Join the town of Waynesville Pros: • Financial savings — This is the cheapest option, thanks to economies of scale. Residents would fork over town property taxes, but it would buy them all the services and amenities they…
When Ken Zulla hung up his IRS badge and retired to the well-groomed mountain hamlet of Lake Junaluska more than a decade ago, monthly sojourns to the local feed-and-seed store weren’t on the radar for his Golden Years. SEE ALSO:…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:39

Jackson salutes its new flag

Jackson County is no longer a banner-less government. County commissioners selected an official county flag this week from a pool of a dozen designs submitted by high school, community college and university students. The chosen design is by Southwestern Community…
Swain County School administrators began an internal investigation Friday after videos surfaced of a “fight club” among ninth grade boys in the gym locker room at Swain County High School.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:35

So long, courthouse maples

The Haywood County Board of Commissioners voted to cut down the stately maples trees that grace the grounds of the historic courthouse on Main Street in Waynesville this week, citing concerns that the trees are on their last leg.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:33

New defibrillators carry big price tag in Macon

Macon County emergency vehicles will soon be equipped with new state-of-the-art cardiac defibrillators. Commissioners voted 3 to 2 this week to spend nearly $400,000 on 12 pieces of the live saving equipment. One will be placed in each of the…
About once a year or less, I work up the nerve to publish poems in this space. Head for cover.…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:04

Wild game on the grill at wildlife club dinner

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The Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College is hosting a wild game dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:02

Parkway chief to retire

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Parkway Superintendent Phil Francis has announced that he will retire on April 1 after 41 years in the National Park…