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Thursday, 13 October 2016 17:18

Multiple school campuses on lock down

Around noon today, a telephone call was made to local law enforcement. The caller made threatening comments about Canton Middle School.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:41

Congressman sits down with wilderness supporters

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Congressman Mark Meadows (R-Cashiers) and a room of 30 wilderness supporters spent two hours discussing everything from ecology to U.S.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:36

Western Carolina recognized for energy savings

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Western Carolina University was among the 18 public colleges and universities recently honored by the state for leadership in reducing…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:26

Presidential power grows at an alarming rate

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“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:37

WCU professor receives Cherokee honor

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Brett Riggs, Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University, has received the 2016 Cherokee National Worcester Award…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:26

This must be the place

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What the hell, I figured. Sometime around midnight, and somewhere around my third beer, I decided to send her a…
It is the rhythm of life. When you hear the guitar mastery of Tim Reynolds, you’re listening to the joyous…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:47

Sen. Jim Davis, corporate lapdog

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To the Editor: From my mailbox recently I pulled a large political mailer from State Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, attacking…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:47

Negative flyers are a waste of money

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To the Editor: With the advent of the election season, my mailbox and my sensitivities are being assailed by political…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:46

Tax facts instead of Sen. Jim Davis’ spin

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To the Editor: Your income went down, but your N.C. income tax went up. Is this possible? You bet. If…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:46

Volunteer for school science laboratory

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To the Editor: Have you ever seen the light in a student’s eyes when they learn a new  concept? I…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:45

Local dogs need our help, not Korean dogs

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To the Editor I was astonished by your recent article about the HSUS bringing dogs from Korea to Western North…
There were left hooks and right uppercuts. The crowd couldn’t look away as they cringed with each blast and low…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:37

It’s called The Open Door, so come on in

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Lately I’ve been hanging out at The Open Door in Frog Level and I have to admit, it’s my new…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:27

Sorting out my aversion to Donald Trump

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Cruel. That was it, that’s the word that defines why I think Donald Trump is unfit to be president. Obviously,…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:20

FBI investigating tribal housing authority

A tribal authority tasked with helping tribal members find housing is under investigation by the FBI for “possible criminal conduct related to certain loans and loan applications, among other matters,” according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice…
Close your eyes and imagine this: It’s another picture-perfect Western North Carolina Wednesday morning with Chamber of Commerce weather and nary a cloud in the sky.
Some employees in the Haywood County school system will see more money in their paychecks this month, thanks to state legislators.
When Ricardo Nazario-Colon first stepped onto Western Carolina University’s campus to interview for the new chief diversity officer position, one thing stuck out to him above all else.
It was a sunny Constitution Day at Western Carolina University, and the colors shone brightly on the giant beach ball — dubbed the “free speech ball” — that the campus chapter of Young Americans for Liberty rolled from spot to…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 14:46

Women in Business 2016

Women climbing the corporate ladder or owning their own business is nothing new, and in fact North Carolina is among the nation’s leaders in this area. Still, those we interviewed for our annual series on women in business illustrate their inspiring success…
A cadre of curious animals gathers at the gate as Joe Moore, owner of Indian Springs Farms in Bethel, approaches…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:14

Locals take top spots in Harvest Half

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Local runners came out high in the rankings with completion of the Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon last weekend. 
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:10

Judge orders Fish and Wildlife Service to halt red wolf plan

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A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to halt its plan to transfer the reintroduced population…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:52

A story about coping with loss

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Sometimes loss and death give little or no warning of their arrival. The doorbell rings at two in the morning,…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:48

WCU’s handling of Koch gift a model for others

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Western Carolina University’s faculty has wrestled through months of both tedium and spirited debate in devising how best to manage…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:41

Remember talking ‘to’ people, not ‘at’ them

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We are still near the dawn of the Internet age. We can get just about any information we desire in…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:40

Vote for Luker and Mau in Jackson County

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To the Editor: I attended the debate on Sept. 29 at Southwestern Community College between the four candidates running for…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:40

Sen. Davis was big fracking supporter

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To the Editor: The rivers are low, and so are the springs. As we face a drought, Sen. Jim Davis,…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:32

WCU to host conference on economy, environment

A conference at Western Carolina University on Friday, Oct. 7, will focus on the intersection of the environment and the economy in Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:31

Bryson City receives $10,000 Wi-Fi grant

Bryson City was one of 10 downtown communities to receive funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to offer free Wi-Fi access in their downtown areas.
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:22

Mountain Faith wins big in Raleigh

Western North Carolina played a big role in this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association awards held last weekend in Raleigh. Waynesville songwriter Milan Miller was nominated for “Songwriter of the Year,” Haywood’s County’s own Balsam Range was nominated for several…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:05

Animals rescued from Korean dog meat farm

Two small animal shelters in Western North Carolina have made national news this week as they’ve opened up their facilities to 11 dogs rescued from an illegal backyard dog meat farm in South Korea.
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:04

Feds file motion to dismiss Swain’s lawsuit

The federal government waited until the 11th hour to issue a response to Swain County’s North Shore Road lawsuit — and the response was not surprising. 
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:02

Casino board member loses fight to keep seat

After a yearlong tug-of-war, Angela Kephart has vacated her post as a Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise board member following the Cherokee Tribal Council’s razor-close decision to uphold July legislation shortening her term by a year to end Sept. 30.
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:59

High-speed internet project plods along

The all-important push to bring high-speed internet to Western North Carolina generated a lot of optimism earlier this summer when the town of Waynesville and the Land of Sky Regional Council entered into an agreement with the goal of expanding…
When the days get short and the nights get cold, a collection of Jackson County organizations comes together with the shared goal of getting the county’s less fortunate safely through the winter. Called Jackson Neighbors in Need, the group works…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:38

Waynesville songwriter nominated by IBMAs

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Although he resides in Nashville these days, songwriter Milan Miller is never too far away from his Waynesville roots. As…
Though they walked away empty-handed at last week’s International Bluegrass Music Association award show in Raleigh, acclaimed group Balsam Range…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:32

Mountain Faith wins big in Raleigh

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What a year. That is about all you can say about the past 12 months for Jackson County bluegrass act…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:29

This must be the place

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I underestimated it. Stepping into the grand ballroom at the Raleigh Convention Center last Thursday morning, I really didn’t think…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 16:22

Big and wild

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Big and wild can’t be big and wild if your mind and heart are small.  A “real” public meeting —…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 16:18

Parks and Rec master plan seeks input

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Area residents who avail themselves of Waynesville’s recreational facilities and programs have a chance to shape their respective futures —…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 16:17

Grant dollars protect Haywood farmlands

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Local acres were among those covered by $3.8 million the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently awarded…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:53

Burke spins complicated tale full of violence

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In House Of The Rising Sun (Simon & Schuster, 2015, 435 pages, $27.99), James Lee Burke tells the story of…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:24

Craft students win national awards

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Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Fiber students Abigail Ahlberg and Tony Embrey both were recently recognized with national awards.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:18

This must be the place

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Why do you write? I write because I was told at a very young age, at some point in elementary…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:17

Brews news

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Bryson City welcomes second brewery With the former brewmaster for Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin), Noah McIntee, at the helm, Mountain Layers…
Surrounded by piles of debris, old wood and gravel, Joe Rowland sees opportunity. “This is the inevitable next step for…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:57

Pound your chest and punch your neighbor

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There were two primetime spectacles Monday evening. One was the first presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.…
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