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It’s a land with a rich past and a hopeful future.  As YMCA employees, volunteers and future campers walked the Watia Creek Farms property along the western corner of Swain County last Friday, they could see the future. They could…
After years of education and learning the pharmaceutical ropes, Jacob Reiche had just about reached the end of his.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:11

Sales tax shuffle

What the bill says: The method of doling out sales tax to towns and counties would be changed to give more to rural counties and less to towns and cities than under the current formula.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:06

Statewide issues

Hunting on Sundays What the bill says: The Sunday hunting ban would be lifted on private land. (House bill 640)
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:03

Local Issues

Lake Junaluska annexation What the bill says: Lake Junaluska would become part of the town of Waynesville pending approval by voters of both Lake Junaluska and the town.
State lawmakers unleashed a torrent of proposed bills in the halls of the General Assembly this year — more than 1,650 bills in all, from possum drops and bobcat mascots to abortion restrictions and coal ash rules. SEE ALSO:• Local…
The give-and-take of crafting a budget is in full throttle in Haywood County, but what will be cut and what will come out on top is a close-to-the-vest affair until next week.
Haywood County commissioners are contemplating a property tax increase to pay for raises for county employees.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:38

Macon library to screen Front Porch Interviews

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The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County will show some more of their DVDs of past Front Porch Interviews with…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:34

Rickman Store welcomes Owenby, music jam

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Writer Nita Welch Owenby and the SouthEast Bluegrass Association will perform on Saturday, May 16, at the Rickman Store in…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:29

Brannon to host paper-making class

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A paper-making Creating Community Workshop will be held at noon Saturday, May 16, at the Jackson County Public Library in…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:28

Waynesville Ingles ‘Taste of Local’

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Ingles Markets will host a “Taste of Local” event from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at their Waynesville…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:26

New brewery, bars in WNC

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There will be a handful of new nightlife businesses popping up around Western North Carolina in the coming weeks.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:23

Concerts on the Creek returns to Sylva

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The 6th annual Concerts on the Creek season begins on May 22, and will run from 7 to 9 p.m.…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:19

This must be the place

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So, what’s it like out there? That was a recent question posed to me by an older friend, one who…
Taking a left off U.S. 64 onto Settawig Road in rural Clay County, the busy commercial thoroughfare transforms into lush…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 17:18

Shelving books is a very personal task

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For awhile everything was in control. But that didn’t last. It never does. Once again my books are in total…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:03

Trail work at Alum Cave results in temporary closures

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A two-year trail restoration project began this week on Alum Cave Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, meaning…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 17:03

Land conservation organization restores next-door land

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A contaminated property next to Land Trust for the Little Tennesse’s office in Franklin could have a brighter future now…
Backpackers in several popular areas of Pisgah National Forest are now required to use bear canisters when staying overnight, following…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:00

Park gets new deputy superintendent

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With Superintendent Cassius Cash now settled into his new role, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a permanent deputy…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:58

Runners take the streets in Waynesville half marathon

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Close to 175 people tackled the inaugural Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon in Waynesville this weekend, coming from as…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:57

Break-ins reported along the Parkway

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A rash of break-ins to cars parked along the Blue Ridge Parkway on its way through Asheville has rangers asking…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 16:55

Parkway weather now online

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A new website aims to help Blue Ridge Parkway visitors better plan their attire for a day in the high…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:51

Farmers market season launches

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Growing season is upon us, and that means farmers of all stripes are harvesting produce to sell. Farmers markets around…
The Haywood Historic Farmers Market hopes to open its selection to an even larger portion of the population by exercising…
Back in the days when I still believed in Santa Claus (well, actually I still believe, I just no longer…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:11

QuickDraw art benefit at Laurel Ridge

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The WNC QuickDraw will be from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:04

A night of games, fun at Casino Royale

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Casino Royale Night, a benefit for the Haywood Healthcare Foundation's Drug Abuse Coalition, will be held from 6 to 11…
Entrepreneurs and owners of existing small businesses from around Western North Carolina shared $7,000 in prize money to help launch or grow their companies during the inaugural LEAD:Innovation conference on April 22 at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:58

Wilson brings jazz, swing to Classic Wineseller

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The Russ Wilson Quartet will host an evening of jazz standards, swing and blues at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 16,…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:56

Youth talent contest winners announced

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The 18th Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest was held at the Greening Up the Mountains Festival on Saturday, April…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:54

This must be the place

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I don’t get it. I woke up this morning (April 28) and listened to the news. I heard of the…
It’s a recent Saturday afternoon at Nantahala Brewing Company in downtown Bryson City. With bluebird skies overhead and the mountains…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:48

Baltimore and the failure of liberalism

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To the Editor: As events unfold in Baltimore, the failure of liberal ideologies becomes clear. We’ve also seen the failures…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:46

FOX News has been bad for the country

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To the Editor: Imagine that in 2015, you, as an American citizen, don’t feel at home in your own town.…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:45

GOP is the party of higher taxes

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To the Editor: The people have been told for years, particularly by Republican candidates running for the General Assembly, “We…
Dozing in and out of sleep on the flight home from Leon, Nicaragua, I was thinking about circles. More to…
Bradley Letts will have to keep his day job, but the Superior Court Judge will soon begin serving as a temporary judge for the Cherokee Supreme Court. 
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:21

Swain forms animal control committee

Swain County commissioners are moving forward with their plan to address the lack of animal control by putting together an ad hoc committee to explore possible solutions.
Swain County Commissioners are moving forward with a false alarm ordinance with the understanding that the sheriff’s office will enforce it with “common sense” in mind. 
In a mere four years, Jackson County Planner Gerald Green has wrestled with just about every controversial land-use issue you could possibly come across in the mountains.
After a solid three-year run in Canton, Sid’s on Main is closing, leaving a huge vacancy in downtown.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:07

Franklin approves Siler road apartments

Plans for a 60-unit apartment complex in Franklin are moving forward after Workforce Homestead received approval for a special permit from the Franklin Board of Aldermen.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:06

Franklin mayor warns of tough budget year

Now that town aldermen have a preliminary budget in front of them, the Franklin leaders are ready to begin an arduous process. Mayor Bob Scott read a prepared statement to the public during a Monday night town meeting. He said…
As the Macon County budget process gets under way, education spending will be one of the meatier items up for discussion.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:00

Fracking regulators served with lawsuit

A section of legislation giving the Mining and Energy Commission the authority to decide which local ordinances are OK and which are not when it comes to fracking could be struck down, if a state court sides with a lawsuit…
Leaking roofs, technology needs and impending state cuts prompted Jackson County Schools to put out a hefty ask to the county at the beginning of its budget talks, but it’s looking like the school system will wind up with only…
Haywood County Schools will cut its budget by $900,000 next year, plus tap its cash reserves to the tune of $1.5 million to soften the blow of what would otherwise be even larger cuts. “This is a draft. We may…