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Go back in time 25 years, and a town with a website — any website, no matter how terrible the fonts or funky the navigation — would have been seen as glitzy and ahead of its time. But these days,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:06

Haywood school board responds to lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by a Waynesville parent and attorney in May regarding the closure of Central Elementary School is beginning to see some action.
Rods, reels, and wader-clad teenagers dotted Big East Fork’s meander to Lake Logan through the warm summer mornings last week,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:28

Comments sought on A.T. campsite construction

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Fifteen new tent sites could go in along the Appalachian Trail on its route through the Standing Indian Basin in…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:26

Croquet group starts in Waynesville

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A croquet group has formed in Waynesville, meeting 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at Vance Street Park.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:25

Insect affecting WNC white pines

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A tiny insect is being blamed for declining health in eastern white pine trees in six North Carolina counties including…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:23

Severe drought comes to WNC

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For the first time since September, severe drought is affecting North Carolina — including portions of Haywood, Jackson, Macon and…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:22

Greenway bridge open in Jackson

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A new bridge allowing access to the Jackson County greenway’s terminus at Locust Creek is now open to pedestrians, marking…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:20

Land conserved on Cold Mountain

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The Cold Mountain Game Lands in Haywood County will likely get larger following a 162-acre purchase by the Southern Appalachian…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 03:11

Backyard weed merits deadly respect

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“Seeds of this common weed do indeed contain an hallucinogenic component, but, as is so often the case, the same chemical…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 03:08

Sylva movie’s author is famed British playwright

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Back a few months ago, when Hollywood came to town, I was fascinated and when I heard that for a…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 02:12

This must be the place

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I could see it in their faces. It was something I felt before, and also had seen in pictures taken…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 02:09

The world through your fingertips

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It’s about speaking with your hands. For guitarist Joe Taylor, his lifelong passion and career as a musician is one…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:59

Join the new movement or die

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To the Editor: I read with interest the editor’s op piece (Even today, our republic is on shaky ground,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:58

This country needs Donald Trump

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To the Editor: I was reading Scott McLeod’s piece last week ( with interest when suddenly I felt like I…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:56

In praise of passionate, civic-minded teachers

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As they say, the devil is in the details, and in this case the details are simply ridiculous. A bill…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:55

We have to teach boys how real men act

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Because when she dresses like that, she is just asking for it. Because saying “no” is part of the game,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:46

Shooting suspect wanted in Haywood

Haywood County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for an armed and dangerous suspect involved in a June 26 shooting incident in Canton.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:45

Jackson names interim manager

With a one-month gap between the retirement of Jackson County Manager Chuck Wooten and the arrival of his successor Don Adams, Jackson County Commissioners voted this week to choose an interim manager to bridge the gap. County Attorney Heather Baker…
When teen members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians come of age, they find themselves in sudden possession of a six-figure bank account. But the overnight windfall comes with risk, many tribal leaders believe, and Tribal Council took a…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:42

Canton a ‘workplace of first choice’

Canton’s new budget includes a provision making it the first living wage certified government in Western North Carolina, but at the town board meeting June 23, aldermen took that measure one step further. 
Students pursuing health careers at Western Carolina University will soon have ample chance for hands-on learning right on campus if plans for a new medical office building on Little Savannah Road move forward as expected. 
Suspicions that people are concealing old sofas and worn-out mattresses over state and county lines to dump on the sly in Jackson is irking county commissioners, but stopping the illicit trash smugglers could be tough.
When Travis Lewis was hit with a $600 charge for going over his monthly cell phone data allotment two years ago, he was taken aback to say the least.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:31

SkyFi aims for 11 new wireless towers

Jackson commissioners were put in a tough spot this month by county staff seeking special treatment for wireless internet towers that would exempt them from the typical oversight and public hearing process for erecting towers.
In late October 2015, Gov. Pat McCrory signed the “Protect North Carolina Workers Act,” requiring state and local governments to verify the immigration status of potential employees and to prohibit interference in the relationship of local law enforcement with federal…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:29

State budget agreement reached

The North Carolina General Assembly reached the finish line a bit earlier than expected in their race to present GOP Gov. Pat McCrory with a budget before the long Independence Day holiday weekend.
CULLOWHEE – Chili’s Grill and Bar, a popular national chain restaurant, will be open for business on the campus of Western Carolina University this fall as the full-service dining establishment is the latest tenant announced for Noble Hall, the mixed-use…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:40

Even today, our republic is on shaky ground

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 “What really shaped me was doing all of those community programs and talks, where you could really make a connection…
If I described my childhood, it may sound to some like I was raised by a band of gypsies. And…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:38

Moral Monday event made me proud of WNC

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To the Editor: I’d like to thank the community of Western North Carolina for so cooperatively hosting the historic Moral…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:37

Cox column promoted his brand of politics

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To The Editor: Chris Cox’s opinion column concerning “trying to make sense of Orlando” in the June 15 edition of…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:14

Zahner lecture series kicks off

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The Zahner Conservation Lecture Series at the Highlands Nature Center kicks off its initial program on July 7
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:09

Adopt a stream

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Volunteers are wanted to help keep Haywood’s streams free of trash by adopting a section to clean once per year. 
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:08

New water slide is higher, faster

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A new slide has been installed at the water park at the Waynesville Recreation Center.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:06

Arboretum works on pollinator hospitality

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The nation holds only seven Bee Campus USA gardens, and now the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville is one of them.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:04

Man finishes lap of the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Ray Russell recently finished nearly a month of running with his arrival at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s end in Cherokee.…
The wilderness is where one can find peace and clarity while also finding inner strength and determination.  That is the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:50

Peregrines once again at Devil’s Courthouse

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A couple of Saturday’s ago Bob Olthoff and I made a quick trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:35

Jim Harrison lived in servitude to words

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In March, Jim Harrison, age 78, died of a heart attack. Harrison was among the most prolific of American writers,…
Stephen Metzger was like a kid in a candy shop as he clambered over a massive mound of behemoth tree trunks piled high in the wood salvage yard behind Moose Crossing, a woodworking studio on the outskirts of Waynesville.  “Ashe,…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:16

Balance sought in Howell Mill rezoning

As the $11.6 million Howell Mill Road project was winding down in late 2015, the Waynesville Planning Board began to take a look at zoning within the burgeoning corridor; what the board found was commercial development encroaching on formerly rural…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:14

The Raleigh roundup: Budget battle brewing

The North Carolina General Assembly continues to haggle over specific provisions in the proposed 2016-17 state budget as they race to present a compromise spending plan to GOP Gov. Pat McCrory before the long Independence Day holiday weekend.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:11

Jackson County picks a new manager

Jackson County commissioners last week unanimously named a new county manager with a long and successful local government track record in the mountains.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:10

Fight not over for Fontana houseboats

Houseboat owners on Fontana Lake aren’t quite ready to give up their investments without a fight even after the Tennessee Valley Authority made the decision last month to ban all floating houses in 30 years.
Nick Breedlove has been brushing up on his astronomy lately — studying maps and learning the science behind the total solar eclipse that is set to occur on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:05

Mountain Projects eyes new facility

For more than 50 years, Mountain Projects has been known for helping the most vulnerable in the community, but with a resolution passed by the Haywood County Board of Commissioners on June 20, they’ll be helping themselves — and the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:04

Downtown Waynesville wins planning award

Downtown Waynesville has racked up another accolade with the Great Places in North Carolina award — an honor that carries a little more clout and honor than the typical online poll or best-of list.
Citing recent news stories about mosquitoes transmitting the Zika virus, Haywood County Director of Health and Human Services Patrick H. Johnson presented information to the Haywood County Board on Haywood County’s mosquito populations, the risks the insects pose, prevention measures,…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 13:59

Haywood County taxes steady, but fees rise

Although the Haywood County Board of Commissioners passed a 2016-17 budget June 20 that was 3.1 percent higher than 2015-16, the board was able to do so without budging from its previous 56.61 cents per $100 assessed value property tax…