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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:05

Folkmoot moments

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Peru: We travel to different countries. It’s our fifth festival this year, already two in France. We like a lot of the people, so friendly.…
After talking with staff, volunteers and last year’s groups, Folkmoot Executive Director Angie Schwab decided that this year, she wanted to give performers more of…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:00

Sam Love Queen and the values of Folkmoot

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In May, the auditorium in the Folkmoot Friendship Center was dedicated to a man instrumental in establishing Waynesville and its environs as one of the…
Just prior to the 2016 Folkmoot Wanderlust Gala, Folkmoot staff, sound technicians, photographers and performers scurried about behind the stage.
Friday, 22 July 2016 15:16

GALLERY: Folkmoot “Wanderlust” Gala

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The annual Folkmoot USA The "Official" North Carolina International Folk Festival once again has touched down in Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:53

So this is who we are, and I didn’t see it

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Amidst a raucous crowd of nearly 600 runners — and probably just as many spectators — a couple of Saturday…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:49

God really does work in mysterious ways

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Until 18 days ago, the Bible had always been an afterthought in my spiritual journey. It was a book I…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:47

Lawsuit could bring about a more righteous process

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By David Teague • Guest Columnist Possibly the best perspective I’ve ever read about the importance of open government, and the…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:38

Planning begins for logging project in Haywood

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Round tables and large, neon sticky notes characterized last week’s kickoff of a planning process to cut timber and create…
Students and teachers from communities around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are starting six weeks of hands-on learning and…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:21

WNC angling to take over television

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Jackson County will be displayed on national television this week with the airing of Anglers & Appetites, a show that…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:10

Cowan’s writing could make you cry

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When Leo Cowan, Jackson County’s noted historian and author, died last February just after his second book was published, I…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:53

Schedule of Events

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:49

Meet this year’s performing groups

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Rolf Kaufman has been a fixture on the Folkmoot scene since before it even began, bringing people from foreign lands together and welcoming them to…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:46

New music director takes over at Folkmoot

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Dillon Ingle will only be the third music director in Folkmoot’s 33-year history.
Everyone in Western North Carolina knows that once the Smokies shed their winterwear and the trees begin to bud, summer’s coming. They also know that…
The Evergreen Foundation has provided $507,995 in funding to 13 agencies providing programs and services for individuals with behavioral health, substance use and intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:26

Western works to address low salaries

When Bill Yang decided to leave the world of private industry to join Western Carolina University’s School of Engineering and Technology eight years ago, he fully expected that the transition to academia would bring with it a slash in salary.
Franklin is one step closer to outlining a plan to provide better connectivity throughout the town for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Jackson County’s health department is gearing up to start millions of dollars of construction for its animal shelter and health buildings, but before those projects get off the ground leadership will change with the coming of a new health director. 
At least one local property owner plans to take advantage of a new law allowing for withdrawal from Waynesville’s Municipal Service District.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:17

New DSS director hired in Jackson

After 20 years with the department, Jackson County’s director of social services will be retiring from county employment at the end of the month, but the department won’t want for experienced leadership going forward.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:15

Charters of freedom coming to Sylva

After months of fundraising, cash is now in hand to get a monument to the country’s founding documents in place at Mark Watson Park in Sylva.
Swain County residents will get to decide whether the county can levy an additional quarter-cent sales tax when they vote during the Nov. 8 general election.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:13

November election lineup complete

Ballots have been finalized in Haywood County for November’s General Election, and while a number of national and state campaigns have thus far overshadowed local races, that won’t last much longer.
Arguments were heard in Haywood County Superior Court July 19 in the matter of Melrose v. The Haywood County Board of Education, at the center of which is the closing of Central Elementary School.
The pungent aroma of morning dew was still in the air and Kelly Sutton had just opened the Big Creek Country Store for the day when the cowbell mounted on the outside of the screen door issued an assertive and…
Waynesville utility crews will no longer donate labor to run power, water and sewer connections for community projects on a handshake agreement.
Bear hunters on the Qualla Boundary may be able to run their dogs through tribal reserve land for a full half year following contentious discussion and a divided vote in Cherokee Tribal Council this month. 
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:35

It’s raining cats and dogs (quilt blocks)

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Inspired by the popular Haywood County Quilt Trail and the “Adopt Me” quilt block located at the Waynesville Animal Hospital,…
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:35

The true story of Sparklehorse

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The documentary “The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparklehorse” will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the…
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:33

Canton Labor Day schedule announced

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The 110th Canton Labor Day Festival schedule released on July 11 shows that organizers have been working just as hard…
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:31

J. Creek Cloggers win top honors

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The J. Creek Cloggers picked up wins at the Appalachian Clogging Classic at Haywood Community College and ShinDig In The…
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:25

Concerts to feature mountain, hammer dulcimers

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Western Carolina University will host a pair of concerts featuring different types of dulcimers and musical styles in late July.
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:22

Country star Pickler in Franklin

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Kellie Pickler, a small-town North Carolina native who competed on NBC’s “American Idol” and then again when she won ABC’s…
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:20

Aaron Lewis to play Harrah’s

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Country/rock star Aaron Lewis will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:19

This must be the place

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You can’t ignore it. That little voice in the back of your head, always interrupting your daily train of thought,…
Taking a right off East Main Street, just before crossing the bridge into downtown Franklin, you pull onto Lakeside Drive…
Monday, 18 July 2016 17:14

Ghana, Romania denied Folkmoot visas

Earlier today it was announced that Ghana and Romania will not be joining in on the Folkmoot festivities as planned.
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:51

New tuition plan holds great promise for NC

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Tuition just got significantly cheaper at Western Carolina University, and as long as the legislature keeps its promises to fill…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:51

Not perfect, but not all gloom and doom

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To the Editor: Reading two letter writers in the June 29 issue, I immediately remembered Ronald Reagan’s famous campaign retort,…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:50

The staggering true cost of HB2

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To the Editor: North Carolinians know about the immediate economic fallout from HB2 — the so-called bathroom bill — as…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:47

False dichotomies play out in black and white

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There are people who believe that the reason black men seem to keep getting shot and killed by police officers…
Native Americans will soon be allowed to gather plants on national park land for traditional purposes following the National Park…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:26

Ginseng lottery open

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The lottery is open for permits to harvest one of Western North Carolina’s most valuable plants. 
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:25

Sylva teen to compete in national angling competition

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A Sylva teen is preparing to prove himself on the national stage of fly-fishing after qualifying for the U.S. Youth…
Clingmans Dome Observation Tower will get a makeover thanks to a $250,000 grant that supporters of the Great Smoky Mountains…
By Jamie Arnold • Contributing writer It’s a 95-degree Sunday afternoon. Most folks are at the lake, or lounging on the…
In her novel Under The Influence (William Morrow, 2016, 321 pages, $25.99), Joyce Maynard makes her title do double duty…
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