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Wednesday, 02 March 2016 15:05

Swain sees Hepatitis B cases skyrocket

The Swain County Health Department is concerned about the number of Hepatitis B cases confirmed in 2015.
With $120 million at stake, higher education leaders in Western North Carolina have taken every opportunity in the last month to educate people about the Connect N.C. Bond proposal.
Jackson County Commissioners will vote this week on whether to approve a referendum vote for a quarter-cent sales tax increase to appear on the June 7 ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives primary.
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 14:57

How about them apples?

The Smoky Mountain News won more awards in the large circulation, non-daily newspaper category than all but one newspaper in the state during the recent N.C. Press Association Advertising and Editorial Contest.
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 14:56

NOC considering Dillsboro location

If discussions between Nantahala Outdoor Center and Jackson County continue to move forward, the outdoor recreation giant could start work this year on an adventure park and outfitter store in the tiny town of Dillsboro. 
Residents and business owners in Hazelwood have grown increasingly frustrated by the slow pace of water-and-sewer line work that has left their street torn up and blocked off since December.
Champion Credit Union donated $100,000 last week to nine local school systems in the communities it serves — including Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.
Meadowbrook Elementary in Canton is ending its long run as a year-round school.
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 20:51

Musical tribute to Civilian Conservation Corps

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Author Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about how the Civilian Conservation Corps camps improved the surrounding…
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 20:46

This must be the place

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Boo yah. That was my exact response (loudly) when I was informed last week I’d won a few awards from the…
It’s lunchtime in downtown Waynesville. Hungry bellies wander up the sidewalk in search of nourishment. It is the calm before…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:19

An oddly familiar photo brings back memories

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I hate having my picture taken. The simple truth is that I have found clever ways to avoid it for…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:19

Who changed words on Statue of Liberty?

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To the Editor: I have recently learned from a D.C. resident that the wording on the base of the Statue…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:17

Time for a little torture, a la Trump?

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Stephanie Wampler • Guest Columnist Good news, fellow citizens.  It’s only a matter of time before we can all sleep easily,…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:14

Apple or Uncle Sam? I don’t like my choices

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Who you going to trust, Apple or Uncle Sam? By deciding not to obey a court order to unlock the…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:47

Classic Hikes of the Smokies kicks off

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Exploration of the remote Little Cataloochee area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will kick off this year’s Classic…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:47

Poster contest winners announced in Jackson

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Students in Jackson County got a chance to show the artistic side of what it means to live in a…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:44

Agreement signed to protect rare fish

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The sicklefin redhorse is a rare fish found nowhere else in the world other than six Southern Appalachian counties, but…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:43

Boats banned from new Lake Glenville swimming area

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Starting in August, no boating vessels will be allowed at the new swimming area at the Pines Recreation Area on…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:41

Community leaders recognized in Haywood

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Before a roomful of dedicated citizens, Haywood’s Commission for a Clean County doled out its annual awards last week to…
“This is the ugliest fly I have,” says Mike Kesselring, pulling a battered-looking brown-bodied, black-feathered fly from a box marked…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:23

Katrina-spawned novel finally getting its due

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Hurricane Katrina spawned an awesome number of literary works, and it may be that, given sufficient time to determine the full…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:12

Animal hospitals donate pet oxygen masks

Country Lane Animal Hospital in Clyde and The Animal Hospital in Waynesville teamed together to address the issue of pet safety in the event of an emergency.  Dr. McCracken and Dr. Hammett launched a program in Haywood County to ensure…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:09

WCU chancellor to host forum on NC bond issue

Western Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher will host an educational forum at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, in the theater of WCU’s A.K. Hinds University Center to address the regional importance of the Connect NC bond proposal.  On Tuesday, March…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:07

Development could be in Cullowhee’s future

Phones in Jackson County’s planning department have been buzzing lately with people interested in developing property in Cullowhee, and that news has spurred county commissioners to work toward getting a planning council in place to handle requests that might come…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:06

Schools work through calendar challenges

Macon County teachers recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of adding 20 minutes to their school days in an effort to get testing done before the Christmas holiday and fit in additional teacher workdays.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:04

Tobacco-free ordinance on hold in Swain

Swain County Commissioners postponed a vote on whether to make the county recreation center a tobacco-free area after hearing feedback from a few residents.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:04

Homeless shelter planned for Cherokee

Work will begin on establishing a shelter for Cherokee’s homeless following passage of a resolution Principal Chief Patrick Lambert introduced this month.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:02

Artificial turf likely for Smoky Mountain High

A plan to replace the football field at Smoky Mountain High School with artificial turf is likely to move ahead following an engineer’s finding that the work could be done well within Jackson County Public School’s $715,000 cap for the…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 15:40

Oscar winners to film movie in Sylva

Sylva is going to hit the big screen next year, made over as the fictional town of Ebbing, Missouri, and home to a character portrayed by Oscar-winning actress Francis McDormand.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 15:38

Bishop back out on bond after failing drug test

Former Macon County Elections Director Kim Bishop recently had to appear before a federal judge for the second time to plead guilty to federal embezzlement charges after her first plea was rejected and her bond revoked for failing a drug…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 15:36

WCU preps for visit from new UNC president

Western Carolina University leaders are getting ready to roll out the red carpet for the impending arrival of Margaret Spellings, the incoming president of the state’s public university system, who will be touring WCU campus on March 10.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 15:08

Mountain Heritage Center selected for accreditation academy

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Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center is among 10 museums selected to participate in the American Alliance of Museums’ new…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 14:59

This must be the place

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It is for all special occasions.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 14:51

Veteran reflects on World War II, life and poetry

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He got to me before I could get to him. Turning into the large parking lot of the Canton Ingles…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:25

Florence King: a biting wit that took no prisoners

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In Withering Slights: The Bent Pin Collection (National Review Books, 2015, ISBN 978-0-9847650-3-4, 186 pages, $24.95), the recently deceased (she…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:12

Discounted Penland classes for WNC residents

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Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in a number workshops in its second summer session available at half tuition…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:59

This must be the place

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Editor’s Note: On Feb. 9, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire. Garret posted a photo…
Pulling off the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway onto the Cabin Flats Road, within an earshot of Waynesville, a cold wind…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:38

Say goodbye to stripper boobs

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“Out: so-called stripper boobs. In: a woman’s natural shape.”  I read that sentence a couple of months ago in a…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:38

We need more wilderness areas

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To the Editor: Here are three reasons why we should designate more federal land as wilderness to protect it from…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:38

Bond initiative would waste taxpayer money

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To the Editor: Voters should vote AGAINST the $2 billion “Connect NC” bonds on the March 15 ballot. Gov. Pat…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:37

Support Connect NC bond initiative

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To the Editor: One of the greatest resources our state has is the University of North Carolina System with its…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:31

No reason to believe N.C. will fix redistricting mess

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Maybe North Carolina will be a shining star of a state working to resolve petty partisanship, and maybe it won’t. …
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:19

Prepare to show photo ID at the polls

New voter identification laws are in effect for the 2016 elections, meaning voters should be prepared to show a valid form of photo identification at the polls during the March 15 primary election.
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:17

Free meal program going well at WNC schools

Half a year after launching a program that makes breakfast and lunch free for every child in school, the financials are looking good for Jackson County Schools’ child nutrition program.
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:11

Waynesville begins mobile vending discussions

The debate over when, where and how mobile vendors should be allowed to operate within the town limits has now made its way to Waynesville.
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:05

Haywood OKs outdoor shooting range moratorium

A moratorium on commercial outdoor shooting ranges took effect in Haywood County this week, temporarily halting any new shooting ranges from cropping up while the county crafts regulations to govern their safety and location.
With the help of Swain County commissioners, Mountain Discovery Charter School is about to begin a capital campaign to build a new gymnasium at the school that can also be utilized by the community at large.
Rev. Howard “Howdie” White, former rector of the Episcopal Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville, is being investigated in two states after being accused of sexual misconduct with minors.