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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:08

Nation’s best paddlers to compete at NOC

The Nantahala Racing Club’s Whitewater U.S. Open will keep the river churning at Nantahala Outdoor Center March 27-29.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:07

Prescribed burn planned for Cataloochee

A 550-acre prescribed burn will start soon near Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
It’s been nearly 20 years since Burt Kornegay first started looking into land along Hickory Knoll Road in Macon County, but dirt is finally moving on the Bartram Trail Society’s vision of routing a piece of the long-distance trail away…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:00

Is Sen. Tom Tillis some kind of traitor?

To the Editor: Sen. Tom Tillis, R-N.C., is probably not a traitor, but he surely is an embarrassment to the state of North Carolina. About as soon as his hand came down from swearing in, he allowed as how restaurant…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:00

Waynesville smoking ban just a bad idea

To the Editor: For years I have promoted downtown. I tell my friends to shop locally, eat at our local restaurants and enjoy our festivals. If the smoking ban goes into effect, I won’t be doing any of those things…
Over the past few months, my 10-year-old son, Jack, has developed an insatiable appetite for all things basketball. We spend hours out in the driveway playing “around the world” or “pig” (an abbreviated version of “horse”), where he unveils a…
I spent a week reading this novel, and each time I laid it down, I expected to find a damp spot under it when I picked it up again. Rivers is about rain — unrelenting, unforgiving rain. This novel begins, “It had…
Nicole Dexter and Chip Owen haven’t been able to sleep well lately. “I think all I’ve been feeling the last couple days is anxiety,” Dexter said.  Tucked away last week in a booth at Innovation Brewing in downtown Sylva, the…
Haywood Community College’s Creative Arts Professional Crafts and Continuing Education departments recently participated in the American Craft Council show March 13-15 in Atlanta.  This initiative is designed by the American Craft Council to bridge the gap between educational curriculum in…
The film adaptation of the Ron Rash novel The World Made Straight will make its Western North Carolina big-screen premiere at 3 and 7 p.m. Monday, March 23, in the A.K. Hinds Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:26

Diffie brings country hits to Franklin

Country star Joe Diffie will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:24

Rollergirls season opener is March 21

The Smoky Mountain Rollergirls and their junior league The Lil’ Nemesisters will open the 2015 home season with a doubleheader at 4:30 p.m. March 21 at the Swain County Recreation Center in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:21

This must be the place

Great people. Beautiful music. Endless outdoors. Delicious beer. Simply put, those are the exact reasons I moved to Western North Carolina from Upstate New York almost three years ago. And everyday, I’m constantly justified in that decision by those reasons…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:12

Overnight tourism spending strong in Haywood

The Haywood tourism industry is on a winning streak.
Elected government leaders in Haywood County have lined up behind a state bill to add Lake Junaluska to Waynesville’s town limits.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:09

Food truck trend traveling to Canton

Downtown Canton could have more food options if the town board approves allowing food trucks to set up shop. 
A lofty vision to build a 220-foot cross on the mountaintop above Maggie Valley has been downwardly revised to 125 feet, but it could still run afoul of the state ridge law.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:03

Tribe gains ability to prosecute non-Indians

Proponents of domestic violence prevention are cheering following the launch of a federal law that will allow tribal courts to prosecute non-Indians who commit domestic violence on tribal land.    “It’s going to be a really good thing for the…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:01

New Haywood animal shelter on the fast track

The Haywood County Fairgrounds is being eyed as the possible site for a new county animal shelter. The fairgrounds was identified as a potential site by county leaders unbeknownst to the Haywood County Fair Board, who may have reservations about…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 13:58

Elections board threatens Swain with lawsuit

“We’re not on trial here,” said Swain Commission Chairman Paul Carson.  But the commissioners’ meeting room did feel more like a courtroom once Board of Elections Chairman John Herrin took a seat in front of the board last week and…
Haywood County commissioners aren’t convinced a designated smoking area is needed after receiving little feedback on proposed changes to the county’s tobacco use policy.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 13:55

Franklin Main Street Program takes a break

Without much warning, the Franklin Main Street Program board of directors decided last week to suspend the program. The board voted to place the program in “inactive status” for the time being until it could regroup and reorganize. The decision…
After allegedly depositing money meant to purchase emergency rescue equipment in a personal account, Cullowhee resident Addam Carl Holdorf, 21, is free on $20,000 bond.
Western Carolina University has held steady on its rate of tenured and tenure-track professors over the last decade, keeping numbers of permanent faculty that far outstrip the national average.
When Bruce Henderson first came to Western Carolina University back in 1978, he was just happy to have a job. The market was tight when he finished his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, so he took what he was…
A new guard sewed up its takeover of the Haywood County GOP at the party’s annual convention last weekend.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:55

Celebrating the odiferous ramp

Purple rhododendron is the most admired flowering plant in the Southern Appalachians. Ginseng is the most celebrated medicinal plant. And ramps are the most sought-after culinary plant — a fact that has led to its overharvesting in the wild.
Gardeners can get a head start on the growing season by renting greenhouse space for their seed trays at the Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville.  You pay only $5 for a tray and greenhouse space, but plant your own…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:35

Celebrate the diversity of the Smokies

The public is invited to mingle with researchers from around the world March 19-21 during the annual conference of Discover Life In America, whose mission is to inventory every species that makes its home in the Great Smoky Mountains National…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:34

Jump on the solar train with Solarize WNC

A campaign to introduce homeowners and businesses to the option of solar energy is underway in Jackson, Haywood, Macon and Swain counties. The first in a series of forums exploring the viability of small-scale solar will be held at 7…
Les Saucier, a professional nature photographer, will speak at the Sylva Photo Club at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Cullowhee Methodist Church.
A U.S. Forest Service project aiming to improve wildlife habitat and forest health will allow logging, fire, thinning and other forest management techniques in a small area of the Nantahala National Forest on the Swain and Macon county line.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:30

WNC gear builders to show their stuff

Outdoor lovers will get a chance to see some of the best locally made gear during Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina’s inaugural Get in Gear Fest, slated for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at RiverLink Park…
Brevard-based SylvanSport has been named a finalist in the internationally renowned Edison Awards for its product GO, a lightweight pull-behind trailer that functions as a camper and versatile outdoor gear hauler. The awards, inspired by revered inventor Thomas Edison’s persistence…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:26

Waynesville pursues bike-friendly roads

Big white stencils of helmeted bikers now adorn a growing number of streets throughout Waynesville.
The plans are set: Waynesville’s getting invaded this fall, and the army will be 1,000 strong.  Semi trucks will haul luggage and portable showers, tents will dominate the lawn of the Waynesville Recreation Center and, most importantly, the soldiers, adventurous…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:17

Raleigh does a job on senior citizens

To the Editor: You're 83 years old, on a fixed income of out-of-state retirement and Social Security, living in Franklin. Your 2013 North Carolina state tax was $37. You get your 2014 state tax done by AARP as usual, and…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:04

All information is not created equally

Google is a wonderful thing, but it sometimes makes things harder for journalists. That’s why a new emphasis on transparency among newspapers and news sites may be one of the measures that helps save real journalism and differentiates it from…
Maggie Valley is attempting — for the third time — to put together a plan to improve the town’s image, aesthetics and economy.
Campus dining is headed for an upgrade at Western Carolina University, with renovation toward a new and improved Brown Building due to start this fall.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 14:39

Tailgating zone expands at WCU

The decision to expand the tailgating area at Western Carolina University boiled down to one simple thing, the university’s attorney Mary Ann Lochner told the Board of Trustees’ Administration, Governance and Trusteeship Committee last week.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 14:37

False alarms could cost Swain residents

A proposed ordinance could cost Swain County residents money if they don’t make sure their alarm systems are working properly.
A long-awaited showdown in the internal power struggle for control of the Haywood County Republican Party will play out this Saturday during the party’s annual convention.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 14:31

Fire tax likely for Cashiers, Highlands

A fire tax for Sylva and Cullowhee is off the table, at least for now, but Jackson County Commissioners told county staff to keep going on the Cashiers and Highlands fire districts.
The proposed development of a 60-unit apartment complex in Franklin may be another sign that the economy is recovering, slowly but surely.  The new apartment complex could also be good news for those looking for affordable and high-quality housing.
“Where will the smokers go?” has been the question on many people’s mind since the town of Waynesville and Haywood County commissioners both announced proposed smoking bans.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 14:19

Forest Service backs off planning timeline

It wasn’t long before the management planning process for the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests got heated and emotional, eventually causing the U.S. Forest Service to ease up on its original goal of releasing a draft plan this June.  
A movement to create new wilderness areas in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests has met resistance in the seven western-most counties. County commissioners have gone on record in recent months opposing new wilderness areas, claiming it would limit recreation…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 14:15

Evergreen clinic prepares to close

Evergreen Family Medical Center in Canton is no longer making new appointments for patients as it prepares to shutter its doors March 31.
For the second year in a row, Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, has introduced a bill to de-annex property from Maggie Valley without consulting town officials.