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Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:08

Student film festival in Highlands

The second annual Best of Controlled Chaos Film Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:06

Blueberry lovers unite in Cherokee

The Blueberry Festival will be held fro 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Cherokee Indian Fair Ground.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:02

This must be the place

It’s the only place I feel at home. The open road. Once it gets into your system, you’ll spend the rest of your life trying to make sense of it. The highways, bi-ways and back roads in this country are the…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:59

All’s fair in beer and lore

Is Stacy J. Cox disliked by Western North Carolina craft beer lovers? “I think so, but I don’t know why,” she said. “There has been a lot of misconstrued thoughts out there. A rumor has been spread that I have…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:46

Another constitutional crisis for Obama

To the Editor: Dear House and Senate national representatives: Are you going to allow Obama to precipitate another constitutional crisis without some sort of consequences to himself? As reported widely — only after it was a done deal — U.S.…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:46

Ashamed of Cherokee Bear Zoo

To the Editor: I am a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee who has not lived in Cherokee since 2006. I now live in northwest Montana but am hoping the new leadership in Cherokee will bring transparency into Tribal…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:44

Some concerns about charter school

To the Editor: Since the proposed Shining Rock Classical Academy Charter School has been in the news lately, I would like to offer the following thoughts. I truly believe that the parents and organizers of the school want what they…
I’m sure the founders of Haywood County’s new charter school — Shining Rock Classical Academy — never imagined a week like the one they just had. Not only was our newspaper challenging them on what we feel sure were violations…
It’s been more than 10 years since Alen Baker decided, while recuperating from surgery, to pass the time by writing about what his Trout Unlimited chapter had been up to that year. Those 15 pages turned into a book, which…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:05

A look inside the museum

Step inside Cherokee’s newest museum, and the scent of freshly cut wood and tranquil lighting will immediately greet you with the knowledge that you’ve made the right choice.
It’s that time again — get together your best garden produce and crafty handiwork to enter in the Haywood County Fair, this year scheduled for Aug. 25 to 31.
Several local teenagers were among those who recently completed a six-week internship in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:59

Bird flu fears trigger precautionary measures

Fears that the bird flu could spread to North Carolina have prompted the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to take measures to prevent that happening.  All poultry owners — even those who keep just a few chickens in…
Emerald ash borers recently found in a Graham County trap mark the invasive insect’s first appearance in Western North Carolina since it was first discovered in the United States in 2002.  The finding triggered quarantine rules for the county: no…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:58

Panthertown gets improved parking area

Improvements to the crowded trailhead parking on the east side of Panthertown Valley, a recreation area in the Nantahala National Forest outside Cashiers, are underway. The main trailhead on the Transylvania side of Panthertown is limited to make-shift parking along…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:56

Public comment open for state wildlife plan

A plan to guide wildlife management in North Carolina for the next 10 years is being developed and public input sought. The plan outlines threats to species of concern and their habitats, as well as possible measures to address those…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:47

Company for coffee

Due to the generosity of great friends Bill and Elaine Cave of Asheville, my family has enjoyed a summer respite on Isle of Palms in South Carolina for a decade or so. We made it down around 5 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:40

Missing Haywood man found dead

The body of a missing Haywood County man was found in Richland Creek near Lake Junaluska on Aug. 3. Johnnie Rathbone, 67, of Mauney Cove Road in Waynesville, was reported missing by family members Monday morning after not having heard…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:39

La Crosse Encephalitis case confirmed in Macon

A child from Macon County has been diagnosed with La Crosse Viral Encephalitis according to Macon County Health Director Jim Bruckner. The child is home and recovering from symptoms, but Bruckner said it is important for everyone to take necessary…
A new plaque coming soon to the Jackson County Sports of Hall Fame will no doubt raise some eyebrows of those who pass it in the entry foyer of the justice center.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:36

Sylva considers fencing in Scotts Creek

To build a fence or to not build a fence?  It might not seem like such a portentous question, but as Sylva Town Commissioner Mary Gelbaugh found out when she asked her Facebook friends whether the town should look at…
The rising tide of triathlons, foot races and cycling events in Haywood County is stretching the capacity of spare deputies to provide security on the long-distance routes without a better pay incentive.
The mood was somber at Maggie Valley town hall last Wednesday as Alderwoman Saralyn Price called a special board meeting to order.
Allowing indoor gun ranges within the Franklin town limits is still on hold as the town planning board has been asked to re-examine its recommendations to the town board.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:30

Gas station annexation approved in Franklin

Plans for a new gas station on the outskirts of Franklin will be moving ahead now that the town board approved a satellite annexation for the property.
A former Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing justice following an Oct. 25 party that involved underage drinking and led to charges of statutory rape against two other men.
A Jackson County detention officer was fired this summer after firing a Taser gun on a coworker.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:23

Murphy casino on track for September open

A new casino under construction outside of Murphy is coming along on schedule and on budget, according to General Manager Lumpy Lambert.
It’s been 10 years since the Lake Logan Triathlon made its debut in Haywood County, drawing a field of 162 people to tackle the 1,500-meter swim, 24-mile bike ride and 10K run. 
Neighbors who live near the proposed site of a new charter school in Haywood County plan to oppose a special use permit that would allow the school to be built in their community.
A damaged corn crop and a no trespassing order from a farmer’s lawyer could thwart Shining Rock Classical Academy’s goal of finding a permanent home for the new charter school by December.
When it rains it pours. Within the past week or so, I received two emails about plant galls. That’s two more than I’ve received in the past 15 years of writing this column. Here goes.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:07

Race Waynesville’s Main Street Mile

A 1-mile race through downtown Waynesville on Friday, Aug. 21, will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville, S.C.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:07

Franklin gardens a home for wildlife

Several Franklin property owners have made it a priority to garden with wildlife in mind, earning recognition from the National Wildlife Federation as Certified Wildlife Habitats.  Following in the footsteps of the Franklin Garden Club at Clock Tower and Rankin…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:05

Feds decide to put hold on wolf program

Reintroductions of endangered red wolves in eastern North Carolina will cease for the rest of 2015 following a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to put a hold on the program. 
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:04

Have a wild time at the library

The animals of Balsam Mountain Trust will make the rounds next week in a pair of library programs in Waynesville and Sylva.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:02

Celebrate solar at Innovation Brewing

Fans of solar are invited to toast the success of a solar energy initiative launched in the mountains this spring with a celebration beginning 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Innovation Brewing in Sylva.  Solarize WNC has held seven community…
North Carolina has a bear problem, and wildlife officials hope hunters can help. The population of black bears has been on the rise for decades — it’s more than doubled in the past 20 years alone — and needs to…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:41

Harper Lee’s ‘Watchman’ hits the mark

So, Scout (Jean Louise) comes back home to Maycomb — where “everyone is either kin or almost kin”— at age 26 and after being “away” and living in New York City for several years. Sixteen years have gone by since…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:37

Davis to spin yarns at Lake J

Renowned storyteller Donald Davis will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:32

Sarge’s Dog Walk celebrates 10 years

The 10th annual Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation “Dog Walk” will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:31

BBQ and classic cars roll in Franklin

The seventh annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show will be held Aug. 7-8 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center in Franklin. Gates will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:27

Richard’s Run returns to Cataloochee

The second annual Richard’s Run 5K will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Cataloochee Guest Ranch in Maggie Valley. The event is named in memory of Richard Coker, a beloved member of the ranch family, who…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:26

Sylva library presents Through the Hills

Americana/bluegrass act Through the Hills will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:24

Charlie Daniels to play Franklin

Legendary group The Charlie Daniels Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:22

Zoe & Cloyd come to the strand

Merlefest songwriting contest winners Zoe & Cloyd will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:17

This must be the place

I stopped going. For the better part of the last decade, my life during the summer was music festivals. From Maine to California, Michigan to Arkansas, I was there, in an endless crowd, cheering on the greatest musicians of our…
Sitting at a table at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, Brittney Raby knows exactly what’s going to walk through the door shortly. “Pure chaos,” she said. “And that makes it all the better.”
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:01

Meaningful gun control deserves passage

To the Editor: House Speaker John Boehner boasted in a mass e-mail that he had gotten ahead of President Obama in ordering flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff in memory of the four Marines and a sailor…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:59

It seemed like a great idea at the time ...

It looked so good on paper, the way terrible ideas always do. Instead of boarding our miniature dachshund as we usually do when we go to the beach each summer, we were going to take him with us this year.