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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:44

Drone operators navigate strict laws

Drone operators have found that navigating the Federal Aviation Administration’s regulations is more complicated than navigating their unmanned aircrafts.
Though it can make certain aspects of life easier, technology often has unintended consequences.
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:20

Arrest made in Lake Junaluska home invasion

A man accused of breaking into an occupied home at Lake Junaluska a week ago was arrested Monday night after allegedly breaking and entering into a Cove Creek home. The resident of a house on Cove Creek Road reported to…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:16

The Panthers’ role in a cathode ray tube crisis

In the days leading up to the Super Bowl, avid Panthers’ fan David Francis came up with a novel approach to quantifying local interest in the big game this year, which hit a fever pitch given a home-state team in…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:12

Cherokee shoots down U.S. motto display

Since launching the U.S. Motto Action Committee, Rick Lanier has gotten his pitch to government leaders pretty well dialed in. After the group won a lawsuit in 2005 challenging Davidson County’s display of the national motto on its county building,…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:08

Fired WCU worker will return to work

While most people are mourning the coming of another Monday, Rob Russell will be rejoicing as he returns to his job at Western Carolina University Feb. 15. 
Construction on the 0.7-mile connector road through Southwestern Community College has come to a halt after the contractor working on it defaulted on its $15.9 million contract this week.
A three-way finger-pointing contest over cracks in Southwestern Community College’s biggest building — and their relation to construction work on the R-5000 connector road project — could result in a lawsuit if the parties involved aren’t able to decide who…
A $15,000 contribution from Jackson County Commissioners will ensure that housing for the county’s homeless continues through the winter.
Fears that a controversial economics policy center coming to Western Carolina University will be a vehicle to advance conservative, laissez-faire market theories have been partially quelled with the creation of a rigorous and robust faculty oversight board.
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 17:01

We believe war is never the answer

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To the Editor: Any who frequent Main Street Waynesville on Wednesday afternoons will know that a group calling ourselves Neighbors…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:59

Lopez’s role in Koch gift, center is fair game

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To the Editor: I would like the economics professors who wrote a letter in last week’s Smoky Mountain News (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/17086)…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:53

Happiness now, not in the ever after

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There was a time in my life where I thought being wild would lead to a sense of freedom and…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:50

GOP policies to blame for Central closing

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By Jimmy Rogers • Guest Columnist If Central Elementary in Waynesville is forced to close because of budget cuts and losing…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:46

Let’s ease off the throttle on Central closing

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By John Sanderson • Guest Columnist I have hesitated to make a comment about this issue, because I know personally…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:41

Don’t fall for that 5-planet crap

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It’s been awhile since The Naturalist’s Corner’s chief investigative journalist, Kuteeng Satire, has been called upon to help us clarify…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:27

Algal invader found in Jackson County

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A nuisance algae capable of harming stream habitats has come to Jackson County, and water users will have to help…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:26

Happy ending for man stranded at Mount Pisgah

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Deep snow in the mountains last week stranded a transmission tower repairman near the summit of Mount Pisgah Jan. 25,…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:24

Cullowhee students get creekside dose of science and math

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A section of Cullowhee Creek in Jackson County will turn into a laboratory — with elementary school students as its…
As national champion Karen Tripp likes to say, cyclo-cross is a sport that you win by seconds. And that’s just…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:05

Florence King took no prisoners

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During a recent discussion in the AP Literature class I teach, I mentioned that the actor Alan Rickman had died…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:47

An award-winning nap

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‘Cat on a Ledge’ by acclaimed Waynesville painter Jenny Buckner was recently named an “Honorable Mention for Artistic Excellence 2015”…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:45

This must be the place

It’s a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Suicide. The one societal topic that makes everyone squirm, conjuring traumatic memories as we think back on those familiar faces no longer with us, but dearly missed.
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:41

The ingredients of the good life

Ricardo Fernandez is a renowned chef, master gardener and also a former national diving champion, but there’s one thing he can’t do. “I’ve tried to get my hair to grow back, but it doesn’t work,” he laughed.
Many of the speakers at a public hearing on whether to close Central Elementary School in Waynesville urged Haywood County School board members to think outside the box and find another way to solve the budget shortfall.
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:16

Central on the chopping block: who’s to blame?

Central Elementary School has become a rallying cry for advocates of public education across the state.
A public hearing on an outdoor shooting range moratorium in Haywood County got off to a dicey start this week.
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:03

Haywood mulls rules on outdoor shooting ranges

Outdoor shooting ranges could soon be under the microscope in Haywood County.
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:01

Tourism board contemplates firing web manager

Every month, the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority shells out $2,650 to keep its website updated, get it to show up prominently in search results and analyze digital traffic.
Members of the African American community in Waynesville hope to rename a major street for Martin Luther King Jr., not only to honor his legacy but also to serve as symbol of acceptance and inclusion for the historically shunned black…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 14:57

WCU faculty members discuss Koch funds

Western Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher had a heart-to-heart with university faculty last week about the controversy over a politically charged financial gift to WCU from the conservative Koch Foundation.
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 14:53

Interim manager starts work in Waynesville

The new interim town manager of Waynesville has pledged to sustain the town’s momentum and not let it idle or backslide during the months-long transition to come.
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 14:49

Steam engine project still on track

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad officials say they will make their deadline for getting a steam engine back up and running in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 14:46

Franklin town board plans for 2016 projects

With a few fresh faces, the Franklin Board of Aldermen met last Saturday morning to make plans and set priorities for 2016.
What’s the best way to spend $55 million? As far as the leadership at Southwestern Community College is concerned, the answer is simple — build, build, build until the lengthy checklist returned from its recently completed master plan is all done.
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 14:37

Conditions improving at Sequoyah golf course

The new management at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Cherokee had hoped to start turning a profit within a year of taking the helm in the fall of 2014 — and while the course is still operating at a loss,…
Waynesville’s youngest public demonstrators — along with their parents and teachers — took to the streets last week to show their love for Central Elementary School, a Waynesville institution that could shut down to as a result of a massive…
Around 300 supporters of Central Elementary School in Waynesville packed into the school cafeteria Wednesday evening and made a heart-wrenching appeal to the Haywood County School Board not to close the school. SEE ALSO: • ‘Save Our School’ crowd marches in…
Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:41

Saturday school on tap for Haywood County kids

Haywood County Schools have pulled the trigger on Saturday school, announcing that this Saturday (Jan. 30) will be a snow make-up day. School will dismiss at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 19:47

Bachelor auction to raise funds for WOW

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With less than two weeks to go, the Women of Waynesville (WOW) are eager with excitement to bring to Haywood…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:28

Colleagues dismayed at attacks on Lopez

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To the Editor: We the undersigned, Western Carolina University’s economics faculty, wish to express support for our colleague Dr. Ed…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:27

Consider spending more on our schools

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To the Editor: Regarding the school district’s budget shortfall, rather than the proposed drastic reductions in the public schools programs…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:23

Jonas swept in with a hammer-like hello

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I was dreaming, I can’t say exactly what. It was that kind of dream you have that floats away like…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:20

N.C.’s laws should be changed to provide accountability

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist People generally don’t care to hear how things are done better elsewhere, but there…
As the sun goes down on the snow-covered mountain at Cataloochee Ski Area, anticipation spikes among the enlightened few who…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:55

Rewards offered for poaching tips

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A new program rewarding people who turn in poachers aims to crack down on illegal wildlife harvest.  “Despite our constant…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:54

Gallery: A winter wonderland

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When I transplanted myself from Wyoming to North Carolina, I assumed that part of the deal would be relinquishing access…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:52

Falcons, wolves and bears, oh my!

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An exhibition highlighting the return of North America’s wolves and peregrine falcons from the brink of extinction will be on…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:51

Reflections on walking the Camino Primitivo

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An avid local hiker will share the story of her pilgrimage along the 208-mile Camino Primitivo in Spain at 7…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:41

Hogs have long been an Appalachian staple

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Hog Holler, Hog Branch, Hog Camp Branch, Hog Cane Branch, Hog-eye Branch, Hogback Gap, Hogback Holler, Hogback Knob, Hogback Ridge,…