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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 15:02

The appropriately named 'blue darter'

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When I was a boy my favorite sport was baseball. I was a pitcher. I didn’t have any idea where…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:59

Little Tennessee heralded for wildlife spotting

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The Little Tennessee River in Macon County landed a spot on the N.C. Wildlife Federation’s “top nine” list of spots…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:58

Is the chestnut making a comeback?

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Volunteers and scientists planted 200 American chestnut seedlings in the Nantahala National Forest that are hopefully blight resistant in efforts…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:57

Land trust protects entrance to protected area

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In November the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy purchased 89 acres at the southern end of the Yellow Mountain State Natural…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:51

Over the fiscal cliff – and into the abyss

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First Mate McConnell: “Cap’n the ship is headed straight for that iceberg and there’s no way we kin stop her…
The mountains rising above the valleys have long been the main attraction for tourists planning a trip to Western North…
As the poet Yvan Goll lay in a hospital in Paris dying of leukemia, a continuous line of some of…
Downtown Waynesville will be hosting “A Night before Christmas” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The event…
From WWII Christmas memories to an audience sing-along, the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts is bringing a full…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:22

A cappella holiday show comes to WCU

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Vox Audio takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:20

'A Christmas Carol' hits HART

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Charles Dickens’ classic work “A Christmas Carol” is coming to the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville this month.
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:19

‘Nutcracker’ ballet to grace WCU’s stage

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Holiday classic “The Nutcracker” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the John W. Bardo Fine and…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:16

WCU art majors stage year-end exhibit

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Art students from Western Carolina University will exhibit their work through Friday, Dec. 14, at the WCU Fine Art Museum.…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:12

Christmas, craft beer & charity

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For Clark Williams, it’s all about giving back. Owner of Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville, Williams is celebrating not only…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:06

HCC appreciates fire response

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To the Editor: The following letter was sent to firefighters, first responders, and law enforcement personnel for all those who…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:05

Displaying Confederate flag is not illegal

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To the Editor: It is apparent that history is still being written and revised by the victors and their descendants.…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:05

North Carolinians have it right

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To the Editor: BINGO! Most North Carolinians caught on that Barack Obama’s economic failures are not so much ineptness but…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:03

New writer launches a promising literary career

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Since the publication of Wiley Cash’s debut novel A Land More Kind Than Home earlier this year, I have been…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:59

A small but important investment in public transit

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It may seem a relatively unimportant issue, but in truth it is very symbolic because it recognizes a reality that…
Some schools are thinking twice about the long standing practice of passing out fast-food coupons to children as rewards.
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:53

Confederate group refuses to surrender

The ongoing Confederate flag tug-of-war in Haywood County took an unusual turn last week.
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:51

Heating assistance applications needed

One-time assistance with heating expenses is now available for low-income disabled or senior citizens through county social services departments. The funding provides for a one-time payment for heating assistance for qualified low-income households that include disabled persons or at least…
Maggie Valley’s ABC Board has put any plans to close one of its two liquor stores on the backburner for now. “It is doing better than we thought it was initially,” said Colin Edwards, an ABC Board member.
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:49

ABC store diverts money that schools once got

Haywood County Schools will lose about $30,000 in yearly revenue now that the Waynesville ABC Board has decided build a second liquor store. The town shares a cut of profits from liquor sales with the county and law enforcement. Haywood…
Construction on a new ABC store in Waynesville could begin as early as January at the cost of $1.3 million, including the land.
Twice a year, Dorothy Posey arrives for her job at Mountain Credit Union in Cherokee knowing one thing: the lines will be long. Not the sort of long by normal bank standards, like the 10-person-deep line that might form during…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:42

Nonprofits getting creative for funds

From charity golf tournaments to bluegrass concerts to spare change jars, nonprofits lending a helping hand with heating costs for the needy use a variety of means to get people to pitch in for the cause.
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:38

Struggle to afford heating costs hits new ­high

It looked like any wood yard, piles of tree trunks in various stages of processing: long logs still bearing their bark, shorter stacks cut into rounds and neatly split triangles of firewood ready to be shoveled into a piping stove.…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:36

New Jackson tourism agency launches

After more than a year of wrangling, a new Jackson County tourism authority was finally created this week, its board members officially named, and formal marching orders handed down. The overhaul of tourism operations in Jackson County are intended to…
When a strange man approached an 11-year-old girl in Waynesville’s Walmart more than a week ago and asked her to take off her clothes, police say the young girl did the right thing — she refused.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 21:01

Candler man arrested in Walmart stalking case

Ryan Scot Davis, 48, was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child following an incident at the Waynesville Walmart on Saturday, Nov. 24.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:16

Birds of a feather stay warm in bad weather

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Because they seem so delicate and vulnerable, we go out of our way to feed birds that overwinter here in…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:15

Christmas bird count is counting on you

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Tune up your listening ears and wipe down the binoculars: the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is calling all birders to…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:12

Red wolf exhibit gets upgrades at WNC Nature Center

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A $50,000 grant will fund improvements to the red wolf exhibit and build a covered pavilion at the Western North…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:11

Hometown biologist honored for saving quail

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A biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, who hails from Haywood County and has played a leading role in…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:10

Mingus Creek and more on guided hike

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A guided hike of the Mingus Creek Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held Saturday, Dec.…
After four endangered red wolves were killed by hunters who possibly mistook them for coyotes while night hunting, a North…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:03

Park bracing for devastation of ash trees

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The first backcountry emerald ash borer infestation has been confirmed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:01

Power birding at Tessentee (again)

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Don’t know why, but the last two birding trips to Tessentee Bottomland Preserve in Macon County — one last Sunday…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 13:56

Sweet single-track coming to WCU

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Outdoors enthusiasts and diehard mountain bikers are waiting in anticipation the winter opening of a seven-mile mountain biking and hiking…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 13:51

Books for holiday gifts can be a risky business

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Think of the times someone has said to you: “You’ll love this book!” This well-intentioned person then shoves a book…
Congressman Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, who is stepping down this year after spending six years in D.C., announced his next career move this week: directing the lobbying arm of Duke Energy in Washington. As senior vice president of federal affairs with…
Although college for many is an oasis of learning, fun and social interaction, it is also a sprawling crime scene for everything from drug busts to rape. Despite its idyllic mountain setting, Western Carolina University is no exception. Last month,…
A group of Western Carolina University students are leading a charge to get N.C. 107 from Cullowhee to Cashiers designated as a scenic byway, but they first must appeal to skeptical county commissioners for their backing.
Jackson County is crafting a new long-range recreation master plan to set priorities and guide spending for its parks, open spaces and recreation centers during the next five years. But, the process can be a tug-of-war between residents with varied…
For the elderly, disabled and carless residents of Haywood County, the public transit bus is an indispensable resource that keeps them mobile.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Political events

Governor-elect to headline holiday dinner North Carolina Governor-elect Pat McCrory (R) will be the keynote speaker at the 20th annual Charles Taylor Holiday Dinner at 7 p.m. Dec. 8, at Grove Park Inn in Asheville. The event will be McCroy’s…
Patty Atkinson took a short break from helping the constant flow of customers at a local family pharmacy in the heart of Hazelwood to talk about the evolution of the community around her — from a bustling blue collar factory…
She is every Main Street merchants’ dream. With a penchant for the eclectic and a passion for supporting independent businesses, Carolyn Phinizy worked downtown Waynesville’s shopping district during the post-Thanksgiving spending days like it was her civic duty, not calling…
Before the gravy had turned cold and the Thanksgiving Day turkey had been packed away in Tupperware, shoppers were already lining up at the Walmart in Waynesville for one of the earliest Black Friday door busters ever — Thursday night.