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The N.C. Department of Transportation is working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to advise drivers from the Knoxville area heading to Asheville and beyond that taking an alternate route is advisable.
Macon County Public Health Animal Services, along with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, responded to an animal cruelty complaint on Radio Hill Road May 9 that resulted in the removal of 41 animals. 
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:33

Individuals are Christian, not nations

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To the Editor: The United States of America never has been, is not now and never will be a Christian…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:32

Help pets live a good life

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To the Editor: On a recent Friday night two 3-week-old kittens were dropped off at the side pen of the…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:32

The chickens are coming home to roost

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To the Editor: By now, everyone in Macon County and the surrounding counties knows that Angel Medical Center in Franklin…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:31

Rep. Meadows wants to roll back protections

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To the Editor: I found the article in the May 10 edition citing Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, as advocating “high-risk…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:31

Morality is relative; ignorance is not

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To the Editor: This is a response to the letter written by Colton Bailey titled, “Festival is Immoral,” that was…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:27

Burr may be second N.C. senator to make history

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Martin A. Dyckman • Guest Columnist A hero is, almost by definition, someone who didn’t set out to be one.…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:23

We don’t really ‘do’ camping

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When my wife brought up the possibility of camping at this year’s Merlefest — a four-day and three-night music festival…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:13

Drought disappears

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Drought has officially disappeared from the mountains.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:10

Haywood Waterways announces T-shirt design winners

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Heather Grant of Bethel Middle School will see her artwork on 700 T-shirts after winning this year’s T-shirt design contest…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:06

Trio of trails get a makeover

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Rainbow Falls Trail: The Rainbow Falls Trail is the next trail in line to get a complete rehabilitation through the Smokies…
Dealing with the aftermath of two major storms while preparing for what could be another record-breaking visitor season, trail crews…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:00

Poll shows support for conservation funding

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A poll commissioned by the conservation coalition Land for Tomorrow showed wide support for land and water conservation, with mountain…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:59

Cherokee unveils trail system

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A new 10.5-mile mixed-use trail system is complete in Cherokee, with trails open to the public following a ribbon-cutting ceremony…
The key element of bluegrass music is the “unspoken” — in practice, in performance and in personality.  Whether you’re 8…
It came as a shock that has had a ripple effect within music circles around Western North Carolina and beyond.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:27

Mountain Heritage Day named one of Southeast’s best

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Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day has been named as one of the top 20 festivals in the Southeast by…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:13

A memoir written in songs and poems

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In his Preface to Love Songs For A Country Lane, country music icon Chris Gantry writes: “Grant King was a…
If Canton’s legendary Labor Day festival – the oldest in the south – is to survive, it’s going to have to become self-sufficient.
Each year, counties and municipalities must pass their upcoming year’s budget by July 1.
A recovering economy and low unemployment along with a 30 percent increase in tourist spending since 2011 has kept Haywood County in decent financial shape, but a few large expenses — married with the everyday needs of a 60,000-resident county…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:46

Emissions testing scrapped in Haywood

Offering “credit where credit is due,” Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, congratulated Gov. Roy Cooper for recently signing a bill that will do away with vehicle emissions testing in Haywood County. 
The strange saga of a shuttered school still casts a shadow over Haywood County, but it may turn out that opponents of the school’s closing were exactly right. 
A complaint filed in Haywood County Superior Court late last month alleges that several defendants committed battery and inflicted emotional distress on two children in 2015.
Karen Williams only had a handful of students in her beginner class when she first took the band director position for Swain County Schools 14 years ago, but today she has an average of 50 beginner students a year and…
While many local school districts are struggling to make ends meet these days, Swain County Schools is facing a much steeper battle to qualify for state and federal funds the district feels its students deserve.  “We’re struggling as most boards…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:34

Lawmakers reach classroom size compromise

Local school districts will have one more year before they have to abide by much stricter classroom size requirements thanks to a legislative compromise, but even the compromised deal for the 2017-18 school year will force some schools to hire…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:33

South Painter Road development approved

A Georgia developer hoping to build a 388-bed student housing complex in Cullowhee has cleared two of three major hurdles to starting construction.
Cherokee’s only bail bondsman is facing federal charges for allegedly having sex with female clients in lieu of loan repayment, and for allegedly sexually abusing a teenager younger than 16.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:16

Mapping conflicts of interest

On Monday, May 22, the Cherokee Tribal Council will preside over a hearing to consider impeachment charges against Principal Chief Patrick Lambert. Afterward, Council will vote on whether to remove him from office.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:14

Impeachment hearing scheduled for May 22

In the last minutes of a daylong session Thursday, May 11, the Cherokee Tribal Council voted to set a new hearing date for impeachment charges against Principal Chief Patrick Lambert. The vote scheduled the hearing for Thursday, May 18, but…
The Cherokee Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings last week that paved the way for impeachment efforts against Principal Chief Patrick Lambert to continue. However, the order left several key points of contention unaddressed, meaning the issue will likely…
With nearly two years of prep work already under their belts, developers have cleared the first major hurdle for bringing a $20 million, 56,000-square-foot retail project that will include a Publix to Waynesville.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:04

Franklin asks for face time with Mission

It’s been more than two weeks since Mission Health announced Angel Medical Center would stop delivering babies as of July 14, but the Franklin community still has many unanswered questions and concerns. 
Friday, 12 May 2017 12:55

Haywood County school bus rear-ended

On Friday, May 12, at approximately 6:50 a.m., Haywood County Schools bus 52 was making a passenger stop in the Dellwood area of Waynesville when it was hit in the rear by a pickup truck. There was no physical damage…
Thanks to Kiwanis International and Landscape Structures Inc., one lucky community will walk away with $25,000 in free playground equipment this summer. With your help, that community could be Waynesville.
Thursday, 11 May 2017 13:02

Cherokee court lifts impeachment stay

A court-ordered stay over impeachment proceedings against Principal Chief Patrick Lambert has been lifted following an order filed at 5:09 p.m. Wednesday, May 10.
Two days of hearings in the Cherokee Supreme Court wrapped up today, with the three-justice panel now charged with deciding whether to order a halt to impeachment proceedings against Principal Chief Patrick Lambert until the court can come to a…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:18

Trump right about Andrew Jackson

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To the Editor: In his incessant, sophomoric screeds to diminish Trump, Chris Cox fails once again. He attempts to ridicule…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:17

Sylva festival is a bad idea

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To the Editor: Thomas Jefferson once stated “I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple.” Yet, these wise words…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:17

Perhaps we need ‘climate ambassadors’

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To the Editor: The series of articles you have recently been publishing on “Folkmoot’s Cultural Conversations” have been most enlightening…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:15

Corporations are not people

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To the Editor: A recent letter writer opined that corporations function as groups of people. One single sentence in that…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:11

Tastes great, can’t take the smell

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When I read about Wicked Weed Brewing getting bought by AB InBev (formerly Budweiser) — one of the world’s largest…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:10

The first Mother’s Day without her

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I’ve tried hard to keep grief out of my columns lately. There’s only so much melancholy and broken-heartedness readers can…
When it comes to carnivorous plants, Darwin Thomas knows what he’s talking about. It doesn’t take much to get him…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:52

Learning at Graveyard Fields gets a boost

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New educational panels are now on display at Graveyard Fields, a popular hiking area along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:51

A.T. hikers get a warm welcome

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Thru-hiker season is just about over in Western North Carolina, with most folks who are attempting the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail…
This past weekend, May 6-7, was the 34th annual installment of the Great Smoky Mountains Birding Expedition (GSMBE.) The expedition…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:35

A fresh look into an enduring classic

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After finishing the last pages of Libertarians On The Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of…
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