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Tuesday, 19 April 2016 20:07

This must be the place

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I stepped out of the airport and into the afternoon sunshine.
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:38

Call the hunting of bears what it is

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To the Editor: I would like to request of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission that you stop referring to the…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:37

Manage forests for wildlife, too

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To the Editor: With recent news stories of elk doing damage to farms and the surprising number of bear living…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:36

Who would want to lead Waynesville?

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To the Editor: I read your article on the hiring of a new town manager with some amusement and dismay.…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:34

N.C. conservatives go off the deep end

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist There are two major strains of conservatism in American politics, economic and social, and the…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:26

My adopted state is an embarrassment

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By Stephanie Wampler • Guest Columnist As a North Carolina woman who may or may not have a vagina (NOYB), I…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:21

Stuttering, understanding race and Merle Haggard

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When I was a little girl, I had a stuttering problem. The memories of struggling with words that started with…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:18

Help build a community that fights child abuse

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By Julie Schroer • Guest Columnist As April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, I want you to hang in…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:56

Hike week returns to Fontana Village

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A week of guided hikes and educational programs will celebrate all that’s great about hiking with Spring Hike Week April…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:55

Shoot the Smokies

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A crash course in outdoor photography will give shutterbugs an excuse to explore the Smokies’ beauty in a four-week program…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:52

Synchronous firefly viewing goes to lottery system

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Those wanting to get a peek at the famous synchronous fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will have…
All he heard was the sound of an engine. “I came over the rise, a place I’d ridden hundreds of…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:41

Mystery solved

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I was having my morning coffee on the small floating dock in the narrow, clear Weeki Wachee River about three…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:33

Chaos erupting into beauty

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Stephanie Storey’s Oil and Marble, which was released this spring, is not only a page-turner but an eye-opener.
A small group of parents had been working quietly for about three years to get the first charter school established in Haywood County, and they were beginning to think they would make it through the process without experiencing the backlash…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:24

Franklin hires new fire chief

Kevin Rohrer, a captain with Morrisville Fire and Rescue Department, has been hired as Franklin’s fulltime fire chief to replace former interim chief Warren Cabe.
As Sylva’s leaders work toward a new budget for the new fiscal year, there’s one big question on everybody’s mind — how much will taxes increase?
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:14

Casino board member under investigation

A member of Cherokee’s Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise board is under investigation following a public uproar surrounding her alleged behavior at a Jennifer Nettles concert Feb. 6 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:06

Cherokee debates captive bear laws

Days after a judge ruled that conditions at Cherokee Bear Zoo, while “not ideal,” fall within federal regulations, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians began to talk about legislation that would make the concrete, shadeless enclosures illegal under tribal law.
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:04

Cherokee Bear Zoo survives lawsuit

After two-and-a-half years of litigation, the verdict is in on the Cherokee Bear Zoo — the case is dismissed, and business may continue as usual at the controversial menagerie.
It’s been a year since the Haywood County commissioners agreed to make changes to the county’s emergency management ordinance to tone down some overbearing language that didn’t sit well with an adamant group of civil liberty watchdogs.
Local election officials say the March 15 primary election ran fairly smoothly despite having to implement the new voter ID law for the first time.
During their meeting last week, Jackson County commissioners granted additional funds needed to help replace the football field at Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva.
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 13:57

Sylva OKs outdoor alcohol sales

This year’s Crawfish Boil at Greening Up The Mountains will offer local brews to wash down the shellfish following a vote last week to start allowing alcohol at some special events in Sylva.
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 16:51

Mural unveiling in Asheville

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A 6x12-foot interpretive art mural showcasing the cultural heritage of the “Shindig on the Green” at Pack Square Park will…
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 16:50

Country Western Show returns to Tuscola

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The Tuscola High School Summit Choir will present the 34th annual Country Western Show at 7 p.m. April 15-16 and…
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 16:48

WCU jazz festival returns

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Western Carolina University’s 14th annual jazz festival will feature an afternoon and evening of music, special guests and celebration from…
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 16:46

This must be the place

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That space between freedom and responsibility.
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 16:44

Get in the tub

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One of the true beauties of living in the mountains of Western North Carolina is the sheer fact that you…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:40

Greening Up The Mountains welcomes spring

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Drawing thousands of visitors each year, the 19th annual Greening Up The Mountains Spring Festival will be held from 10…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:52

Opening Day brings renewed sense of hope

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I have turned off the talk shows, put down the newspapers, avoided barbershops and changed the subject at family gatherings.…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:50

Community involvement is the key

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To the Editor: I won’t be voting for Michele Presnell, but it seems silly for this newspaper and local elected…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:37

Board split on future of Franklin property

The town of Franklin has been sitting on about 13 acres of pristine greenway space for about 12 years with no concrete plans for how to utilize it.
Eric Messer only has one complaint about the health and wellness initiatives the town of Waynesville has been pushing with its employees. The fitness tracking bracelets passed out by the town weren’t designed with sewer plant workers in mind.
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:31

Canton preps for economic success

Piece by piece, Canton is setting the stage for future economic success through a number of new initiatives.
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:28

Bryson City to keep Fry Street open

Alderwoman Heidi Woodard’s motion for the town to abandon the right-of-way on Fry Street was met with silence at Monday night’s Bryson City board meeting, but town leaders say that doesn’t mean the issue is dead.
The lead-contaminated shooting range at Southwestern Community College in Webster is in for another round of testing after the state called for further sampling to determine levels of several other potentially toxic substances in the soil.
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:25

Bowling alley coming to Cherokee

A family adventure park is not the only project in the works on the Qualla Boundary. In February, Tribal Council approved a resolution from Principal Chief Patrick Lambert to build a $13 million bowling facility adjacent to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:22

Cherokee re-examines adventure park idea

After four years of hibernation, Cherokee’s plan to build a one-of-a-kind family adventure park is back on the table.
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:20

Sylva considers loosened alcohol ordinance

Alcohol could start showing up at some downtown Sylva events if town commissioners approve an ordinance slated for public comment on April 7.
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:17

Some say Sylva’s sign fees are too high

For some people, spending free time cross-referencing town fee schedules would be as boring as watching paint dry. But for Tyler Watras, a sign painter by trade, watching paint dry isn’t so bad, and delving into the world of sign…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:16

Haywood residents favor land-use planning

Haywood County residents support land-use planning by a large margin, according to the results of a recent telephone survey.
When David Young pulled a food truck onto the lot of Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop & Beer Garden in downtown Waynesville this winter, he launched the first salvo in a tangled tug-of-war testing the old adage: is it better to…
Town manager hopefuls wanting to run one of Western North Carolina’s largest, most progressive towns will need more than budget know-how and political savvy — they’ll need stage presence, improv skills and nerves of steel to make it past the…
Principal Chief Patrick Lambert bore the look of a man on a mission when he presented Tribal Council with a first look at results of an ongoing forensic audit on Tuesday. The results he held in hand may have been…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:06

New light on Salem Witch Trials

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Back in 1954, when I was a freshman at Western Carolina Teachers College (now WCU), the college’s drama department launched…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 15:01

Graceful ferns a fiddling

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“Marvel for a moment at the fern fiddlehead. It stands like a watch spring coiled and ready to unwind ……
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 14:56

A day in the life of a mountain bike guidebook author

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By Jim Parham • Contributing writer People have all kinds of preconceived notions of what it’s like to write a trail…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 14:53

Long live the hard copy trail guide

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Google the name of almost any trailhead in Western North Carolina, and you’re likely to come up with pages of…
The outdoors have been a powerful force in the lives of Jim Parham and MaryEllen Hammond.  The Nantahala River was…