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A dilapidated segregation-era high school in Canton purchased by a former student will become a $5 million community center by 2019 if the Reynolds High School Community Foundation meets its fundraising goals.  SEE ALSO: Q&A: Reynolds Community Center to be a…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:18

National Register possible for Pigeon Street

Special recognition could be coming to an overlooked quarter of Waynesville if a recently submitted grant application receives funding.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:12

Faces and places from Pigeon Street’s past

Standing in the parking lot of the Jones Temple AME Zion Church on Pigeon Street in Waynesville, Phillip Gibbs doesn’t look 71 years old.
An unusual number of building vacancies has peppered downtown Sylva this winter, and as town leaders have scratched their heads to figure out why, the fee structure of the Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority has come under fire as a…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:07

Haywood school board settles Central lawsuit

The Haywood County Board of Education and local attorney Mark R. Melrose have agreed to a settlement that brings an end to his lawsuit over the shuttering of a Waynesville school that left parents shocked and some students in tears.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:06

Franklin considers room tax hike

All of Franklin’s big plans for improving the appearance and infrastructure around town won’t be possible without some additional revenue.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:04

Franklin prioritizes 2017 projects

Every year before budget time, the Franklin Board of Aldermen likes to get together and figure out what the town’s priorities should be for the coming year.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:02

Chief vetoes impeachment resolution

Principal Chief Patrick Lambert has issued a veto against Tribal Council’s Feb. 2 resolution to begin impeachment proceedings against him.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 14:59

A new day for N.C. 107

The congested, five-lane drag through Sylva will soon meet its maker. A $36 million project to re-do the commercial thoroughfare of N.C. 107 is officially in the planning stages, and last week the N.C. Department of Transportation unveiled the long-awaited…
Consolidated Metco, a designer and manufacturer of commercial vehicle truck components, has announced that it will close its Bryson City plant permanently by Feb. 1, 2018.
The population of folks in need of overnight housing has been increasing in Jackson County, prompting Jackson Neighbors in Need to ask commissioners for $23,400 to help them shelter higher-than-expected numbers of people through the end of March. 
The newly hired principal of the newly formed Catamount School in Sylva won’t be new to the environment at Smoky Mountain High School, where the Catamount School is to be located. 
Newly elected Rep. Mike Clampitt was asked some tough questions during his first constituent meeting in Haywood County last Friday, and the crowd was not satisfied with his answers — or lack thereof.
Monday, 27 February 2017 22:35

ConMet plant in Bryson City to close

Consolidated Metco, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of commercial vehicle truck components, will close its Bryson City plant by February 2018.
Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:25

Opinions sought for Sylva improvements

State Transportation officials will host a public meeting Thursday, Feb. 23, on upgrading N.C. 107 through Sylva.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:45

The cracks are beginning to deepen

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There has never been a president like Donald Trump. There has never been a campaign like the campaign that Trump…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:40

Tax collector likely too easy on too many

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We reported last week that Haywood County Tax Collector Mike Matthews may have been showing favoritism to some local Republican…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:39

We were the original immigrants

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To the Editor: It is interesting that the U.S. is so outraged over Mexican illegal immigration when Mexico was actually…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:39

We deserve the truth from Trump

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To the Editor: In these days of political bickering, I believe that words we use must be precise in order…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:38

Remember the 1970s before gutting EPA

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To the Editor: We have made much progress in our long-term protections of air, water and the environment since President…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:38

We should all rally for the environment

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To the Editor: The right to clean air and clean water seems to have become a partisan issue in our…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:38

Listening can work magic

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To the Editor: Democrats might well consider that you can’t justify your actions based on the idea that, “we are…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:37

Why I still vote Democrat

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To the Editor: For the last decade, I have questioned my party allegiance, as well as the allegiance of others…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:37

Article’s premise was totally unfounded

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To the Editor: The article ”Unfair collection practices in tax collector’s office?” (Feb. 25 edition) wisely includes a question mark…
“The line runs down the meander of the ridge to where Bossy dropped her first calf.”  “The line runs to where…
When starting the hike, it’s not immediately obvious why the Chimney Tops Trail should be appointed for long-term closure. The…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:16

Firefighters combat Cold Mountain Fire

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A human-caused fire estimated at 132 acres is burning in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area about 20 miles south of…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:06

‘Casablanca’ one of the finest scripts of all time

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“Casablanca.” For some, that name evokes a city in Morocco, an urban center of four million people quartering one of…
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville is fortunate to be one of few theaters to have a talented scenic artist on staff. Not only does Lyle Baskin produce some of the most stunning backdrops for HART productions, but the backdrops…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:54

Bank robbery suspect caught

The Waynesville Police Department responded to the report of a robbery on Feb. 17 at Entegra Bank located at 2045 South Main Street in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:53

Gladys Knight, husband to host community event

A dilapidated segregation-era high school in Canton purchased by a former student will become a $5 million community center by 2019 if the Reynolds High School Community Foundation meets its fundraising goals. 
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:49

Sylva begins budget talks

Sylva is just starting budget planning for 2017-18, but this year’s process promises to be less arduous than last year’s, when revenue uncertainty and the need for a tax rate increase clouded the enterprise.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:48

Community ready for a fight

Macon County commissioners heard impassioned cries for help last week from families that have lost loved ones to addiction.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:46

Two elk found dead on Jonathan Creek dairy farm

A technician with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission was out for a routine check of an elk fence installed at the Ralph Ross and Sons Dairy Farm on Jan. 31 when he spotted two young bull elk dead on the…
A 2012 change to a law that lays out requirements for yearly school calendars has the Haywood County School Board weighing the pros and cons of switching from a daily to hourly format. 
Canton officials and town staff met for four hours Feb. 16 to discuss achievements and goals, but will have to spend even more time discussing revenues and expenditures.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:42

Outdoor adventure park proposed in Dillsboro

Construction on an outdoor adventure park offering everything from rafting to ropes courses could begin in Dillsboro as early as April if the Jackson County Commissioners give final approval to the project following a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Monday,…
Opponents of Principal Chief Patrick Lambert are crying foul over a $5.6 million contract between the Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise and the Cherokee Grand Hotel — which Lambert and his wife own — saying that its existence violates tribal ethics…
The rift between Haywood County commissioners and the last remaining elected tax collector in North Carolina — Mike Matthews — got a little deeper Feb. 20 when commissioners passed a resolution calling for an end to the practice of electing…
Budgeting for the 2017-18 fiscal year is underway across the state, but in Haywood County, a decrease in property tax value makes this year’s process more bitter than sweet.
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre is known for is top-rate shows and high-caliber acting not typical of community theaters. But HART…
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:39

HART’s scenic artist sets the stage for drama

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Lyle Baskin is a man of high places. He’s spent most of his life on a ladder.
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:37

Six life lessons from a backdrop artist

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The Smoky Mountain News asked Lyle Baskin, the scenic artist for Haywood Regional Arts Theatre, to share the secrets of…
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:29

Sylva welcomes fourth brewery

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Though exact details are unknown, BCNC Investments in Bryson City has announced the purchase of the building that formerly held…
It wasn’t the film that was shocking. It was the mere fact I had previously thought “I was aware,” and…
Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, in partnership with One Dozen Who Care, will host a display on the cultural…
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:13

SCC pottery chosen for NC Welcome Center

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Heritage arts instructors Susan Coe and Ed McIlvaine, along with Kari McIlvaine (Ed’s wife and a heritage arts student), recently…
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:49

Spikes found in Pinnacle Park, runner injured

In a bizarre discovery, over 50 intentionally placed spikes have been identified and removed from the popular trail system at Pinnacle Park in Sylva.
Within almost two decades together, Greensky Bluegrass has grown from a scrappy string band to one of the premier live…
According to the National Phenology Network, Punxsutawny Phil had it all wrong when he emerged from his hole this month…