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Weather Hazard: An Upper Low moving across our WNC Mountains, coupled with Hurricane Joaquin will produce heavy rain and wind gusts in Haywood County.  From now through Monday morning communities south of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Clyde and Canton can expect about…
Haywood County convened an emergency joint conference Friday to ensure response readiness in the event of flooding or mudslides triggered by the heavy rain expected over the next three days. SEE ALSO: Public advised to take precautions, be alert
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:28

Put a halt on whirling disease

With whirling disease confirmed in North Carolina, the Tuckaseigee River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is planning an informational session on how anglers can stop its spread at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the United Community Bank in Sylva.  Shannon…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:27

Loan program for agriculture storage

A program aimed at making it easier for farmers to upgrade their storage facilities — from barns to cold-storage to grain sheds — is expanding.  The Farm Storage Facility Loan Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:05

Smokies area closed to protect bats

The Whiteoak Sink area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is closed through March 31 to protect the bats living there from white-nose syndrome.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:04

$50K awarded to help save hemlocks

The Hemlock Restoration Initiative is hoping that the $50,000 worth of grants it recently awarded will help restore North Carolina’s hemlock trees to long-term health.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:03

Trout waters catch-and-release only until summer

Seasonal restrictions on trout harvesting will go into effect in the western counties on Thursday, Oct. 1, meaning that anglers can’t keep any trout they catch from delayed-harvest trout waters until a half hour after sunset June 3, 2016.  According…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:02

Emerald ash borer quarantine now statewide

Emerald ash borers have been found in more North Carolina counties, prompting Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler to place the entire state under quarantine.  North Carolina is the 15th state to issue a statewide quarantine for emerald ash borer. Adjacent Virginia…
There’s excitement in the air as the class, its members scattered across the Pigeon River under cloudy skies in Canton, hunches over the water in an enthusiastic search. Slightly encumbered by awkwardly bulging, oversize wader suits, class members turn over…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:42

Fabulous novel is rife with words of wisdom

In The Little Paris Bookshop (Crown Publishers, 2015, 400 pages), novelist Nina George, who lives in both Germany and France, has given readers a rare gem of a read.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:29

Fairchild gets elected into Bluegrass Hall of Fame

Acclaimed banjoist Raymond Fairchild was recently elected into Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame in Bean Blossom, Indiana.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:20

This must be the place

So, you’re Canadian? Not quite, y’all. During my three years living here in Western North Carolina, I’ve lost count of the amount of times folks have asked me that question. They want to know where I’m from, how did I…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:17

The Tale of Two Bands

Variety is the spice of life. Within the realm of music, those spices can range from the hot heat of New Orleans funk and the Chicago blues to the sweet taste of California sunshine soul and Nashville front porch singer-songwriters.  And…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:08

Let’s avert another shutdown

To the Editor: If Congress fails to reach a federal budget resolution by midnight, September 30, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and hundreds of other National Park Service sites in America will close to the public indefinitely  The Great…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:08

GOP has too many contradictory views

To the Editor: I am not much of a religious scholar, but I did have 16 years of excellent Catholic education. I did very well in my college Logic course. The Dominicans Fathers were gifted teachers. As a result I am…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:07

Telling Washington just what we will do

To the Editor: Tried to take a nap but couldn’t get my mind off of some of the enormous problems we face. Not the least of which is where we find ourselves in terms of foreign affairs and foreign aid. …
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:07

Skip the theatrics and let’s debate issues

To the Editor: Recent letters have presented opposing views on the future funding for Planned Parenthood. Some are based on factual information concerning the function and operations of that organization and others are based on a fabricated narrative created with…
Just a few more dollars, that’s all. When you get your car fixed or a new dishwasher installed, now you’ll have to pay the 7 percent sales tax on the labor provided by the mechanic or the repairman. As you…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:49

SCC’s annual Health Fair is Oct. 1

Representatives of more than 40 different vendors from throughout the area – as well as all 15 of SCC’s Health Sciences programs – will be in the Burrell Building on Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:49

Good Samaritan receives $80,000 grant

The Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County is the recipient of an $80,000 grant from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation that will help fund the clinic’s Nurse Case Management Program over the next two years.   This…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:45

Shining Rock adjusting to growing pains

Operating a new charter school can be a learn-as-you-go process, and the Shining Rock Classical Academy board of directors is already adjusting to the expected growing pains as it moves into its second month of classes.
A public walking tour of Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesville with living history talks will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 10. The walking tour will feature re-enactments of famous or storied people buried in the cemetery with graveside tales…
Historians in Waynesville are building a case to get Green Hill Cemetery listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Members of the U.S. Motto Action Committee have been making their way around the state asking county commissioners and town boards to display the national motto, “In God We Trust,” prominently on government buildings.
From permit fees to lease agreements to equipment purchases, many costs accompany the launch of a new business. And while a rookie entrepreneur might not calculate water and sewer fees among them, in Jackson County businesses can find themselves forking…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:37

Rhonda Cole Schandevel to run for NC House

Haywood County School Board member Rhonda Cole Schandevel, 51, of Canton announced her 2016 candidacy for the North Carolina House of Representatives.
When the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority sat down this spring to review applications for its advertising grants, it wound up facing a slew of existential questions: What is the grants’ purpose? Should the money go toward long-standing events or…
Southwestern Community College is in the business of dreaming big as it works through the preliminary stages of a master plan to guide its development over the next five to 10 years. 
Most people have had the inclination at some point in their lives to just pack it up and hit the road without a finite destination in mind — to just feel the wind on their face with nothing but highway…
Haywood County commissioners have endorsed a plan to run sewer lines out N.C. 209 to Interstate 40, pledging $300,000 toward the $3 million project should state grant funding for the new sewer line come through.
Officer Dave Clancey has a dicey job, perhaps the most dangerous of any cop in Haywood County. But instead of dodging bullets, Clancey dodges cars.
In the words of Principal Chief Michell Hicks, it’s been “a whirlwind year” for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:24

Why Murphy?

At first blush, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is competing with itself by opening a new casino in Murphy just 55 miles from its main casino and resort in Cherokee. But those 55 miles make a huge difference.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:22

Opening day draws a crowd to new Murphy casino

Mary Anderson didn’t have much time to stop for an interview. It was just after 1 p.m., and the Atlanta resident had been up since 6 a.m. in her quest to experience opening day at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:17

New casino likely to transform Murphy

The new Valley River Casino and Hotel built by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on the outskirts of Murphy will have far-reaching impacts on the far western corner of the state, forever changing the economic and cultural landscape of…
An explosion of campaign signs so large they could pass for miniature billboards cropped up seemingly overnight in Waynesville last week, creating a tizzy over what’s legal and what’s tasteful.
In 1549, Jesuit priest Francis Xavier, two companions, and a Japanese translator entered Japan, seeking to bring the Gospel into those islands. Within 30 years, some 150,000 Japanese had become Catholics. The Church continued to grow until the early part…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:48

Taste of Sylva returns

Featuring local food, music and children’s activities, the sixth annual Taste of Sylva culinary tour will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in downtown Sylva restaurants and in the pavilion at McGuire Gardens on West Main Street.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:45

Molding a passion

Standing in her Dillsboro studio, potter Zan Barnes can’t help but smile. “If you told me in high school that this is what I’d be doing, I’d have laughed in your face — absolutely not,” the 32-year-old said. A second-generation potter,…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:43

This must be the place

The blazing Knoxville sun was quickly falling to the west, heading further down the road to Memphis and points beyond. Rocketing down Interstate 40, I shot into The Marble City, merging onto Neyland Drive.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:24

Valuing the process more than the outcome

This is one tradition that could just die and I don’t think many will care. I’m talking about the recently announced plan by Haywood County Schools to do away with the time-honored ritual of naming a valedictorian and salutatorian. Haywood…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:15

Asheville baristas’ behavior a sad commentary

I had never heard of “The Red Pill Theory” or the “manosphere” until I saw references to them in the story that broke over the weekend concerning the co-owners of Waking Life Espresso, a coffee shop in West Asheville. By…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:14

Smart action on cell towers in Jackson

By Craig Pendergrast • Guest Columnist I am writing to applaud the Jackson County commissioners for recently completing a difficult re-write of the county’s cell tower code. Along with other interested property owners, I was an active participant in that process,…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:12

Dealing with the dreaded writer’s block

In the June 14, 2004, issue of The New Yorker magazine, there is an essay titled “Blocked! Why Do Writers Stop Writing?” (I can’t find the author’s name in the online edition). Therein one of the Romantic poets, Coleridge, is…
When National Park Service officials increased Seasonal Law Enforcement Training from 400 hours to 650, they decided to use Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center in Franklin as the pilot program for the new regimen. “SCC-PSTC consistently demonstrates a…
Starting Sept. 28, employees and visitors to the Jackson County Justice and Administration Building will no longer have their choice of doors through which to reach their destination. Instead, the building will become a one-entrance-only building, with a security guard…
Do visitor centers still have a role in the new world of travel intel? That’s the question Haywood County tourism leaders have been pondering for the past year. And it’s not been an easy one to answer.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:51

Nonprofits line up for Franklin funding

Each year, Macon County organizations stand before the Franklin Board of Aldermen to ask for a piece of the nonprofit grant funding the town sets aside in the budget.
An outbreak of the highly contagious intestinal bug known as norovirus has been raging through North Canton Elementary School over the past two weeks, but illness now seems to be on the downswing — to the relief of parents and…
Six years ago, Becky Ramey and Terry Frady started a little festival in the parking lot of their Maggie Valley restaurant with improv performers on the back of a flatbed truck and one keg of beer.
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