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Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:51

Sanders has unique vision for U.S.A.

To the Editor: Like many across America, I’ve become very tired of politicians of both parties talking out of both sides of their mouth. On the one hand, they promise voters that they will create jobs, bring about a better…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:46

Of bears and bees

I am not nearly so frustrated with my black oil sunflower seed-addicted bruin neighbor as I was after his little escapade last Friday morning around 2 a.m. I was trying to finish some writing before I left for my pre-dawn…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:36

“A Walk in the Woods” movie hits theaters

A movie chronicling the adventure of a pair of middle-aged men attempting to hike the Appalachian Trail hits the theaters this week (Sept. 2), and Western North Carolina’s tourism and environmental groups are preparing for the impact.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:34

Spectacular fall color predicted for WNC

Drier-than-normal conditions during 2015 will translate into one of the best shows of fall color in years, according to Western Carolina University’s prediction expert Kathy Mathews.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:32

Hiker’s death likely a suicide, autopsy says

The death of a prominent Sylva hiker whose body was found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in June was likely a suicide, according to an autopsy just returned from the Sevier County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:30

Give litter the boot

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:29

Fundraiser to support Cullowhee River Park

A fundraiser to support the effort to create a river park along the Tuckasegee River in Cullowhee will be held 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Tuck’s Tap and Grille, following the Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:26

Paddling competition coming to Cullowhee

A family-friendly paddling competition featuring a variety of categories will be held on a flatwater portion of the Tuckasegee River near Western Carolina University at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. 
I’ve never been a huge fan of any sport that hinges on an ability to run swiftly or handle a ball with any measure of skill, and for that reason I’ve managed to maintain a remarkably clean life record when…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:12

Collection manages to combine horror and comedy

There aren’t many successful horror fiction writers who are described as comical and/or whimsical. The terms seem incompatible. You don’t expect to discover that your vampire tale is full of snickers and puns. Besides, it is a rare gift to…
There are few places in Waynesville folks are afraid to go after dark. But the sagging blue canopy slung beneath the trees at the far end of Chestnut Park is one of them.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:56

Jackson ABC board set to buy Cashiers store

It’s been just over a year since the Cashiers ABC store opened its doors, but the store’s renting days are almost over. ABC Board chairman David Noland paid a visit to both the Jackson County and Sylva town commissioners last…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:56

Meadows addresses grant workshop

Representatives from three dozen fire departments, rescue squads, law enforcement units and emergency service operations convened in Waynesville Monday for a grant writing workshop, hoping to find the key to unlock coveted state and federal funds. They came from the…
Ideas surrounding the fate of a vacant factory building in Whittier have been swirling since Jackson County commissioners started taking a serious look at its future earlier this year. Turn it into an agriculture center? Make it a recreation park?…
Shining Rock Classical Academy’s continued hunt for somewhere to temporarily house the fledgling charter school come Jan. 1 has inevitably landed on the doorstep of the Folkmoot Friendship Center, a seemingly natural choice since the Folkmoot Center was originally an…
A bid to make the Cherokee police chief’s position an elected one isn’t dead, but Tribal Council has voted to complete a study examining the pros and cons of such a move before making a choice. Following a lengthy discussion…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:49

Bryson City under new management

When Josh Ward was earning his bachelor’s degree in environmental health, he never thought it would lead him to running a small town government.
A grandiose plan to remake Waynesville’s Russ Avenue commercial corridor into a tree-lined boulevard has gotten a little less grandiose.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:41

SWC initiatives give unified voice to the region

Less money and stiffer competition for grants means that Western North Carolina needs to have a solid plan in place to show the need in the region and stay competitive.
One day they were operating out of the community center building in Sylva and the next they were moving into a singlewide trailer in Bryson City. Some years federal grant money rolled in hand over fist, and other years they…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:35

Sylva business to close following owner’s arrest

After nearly 30 years in business, Sylva’s Jewelry Outlet on Main Street is scheduled to close Sept. 15.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:32

Mission Health expands footprint in Haywood

Mission Health opened a new $7 million medical complex in Haywood County this week offering an array of health care services in a jaw-dropping facility.
It is the heartbeat of a town and its people. While some communities pride themselves on their Christmas, 4th of July or Memorial Day festivities, the town of Canton showcases Labor Day — a time every year when any and…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:22

So, why Canton?

It’s a question I get a lot. “Why do you like Canton so much?”
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:21

In her own words

Strolling Main Street in downtown Canton mid-morning, the steam stacks of nearby Evergreen Packaging rise high into another bluebird sky day in Haywood County. Train cars shuffle to and fro in the rail yard surrounding the enormous paper mill.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:18

Memories for a lifetime

Sitting down next to each other, it’s pretty apparent that Pat and Zeb Smathers are father and son.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:10

Bluegrass, barbecue at Francis Mill

The Francis Mill Preservation Society will celebrate the preservation of the 128-year-old mill during the 10th annual Music at the Mill from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in Waynesville. The 1887 timber frame mill operated until 1976.…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:09

Seven Clans Rodeo rides into Cherokee

The Seven Clans Rodeo will be held Sept. 4-5 at the intersection of U.S. 19/441 in Cherokee. Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Rodeos begin at 8 p.m.  Between the broncos that will be…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:07

Dazzling Dahlias

The fourth annual Dazzling Dahlia Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Highlands Rec Park and Civic Center.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:06

Chinese acrobats onstage in Cullowhee

The Golden Dragon Acrobats will bring the 2,000-year tradition of Chinese acrobatics to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the John W. Bardo Fine & Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:05

Wildlife photo exhibit in Macon

There will be a wildlife photography exhibit showcasing the works of Ed & Cindy Boos through the month of September at the Macon County Public Library.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:03

Folk Festival returns to Lake Junaluska

Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display once again as the 45th annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival celebrates the culture and heritage of Western North Carolina Sept. 4-5 on the shores of Lake Junaluska.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 13:57

This must be the place

With the cornfields as high as an elephant’s eye, apples just ripe for the pickin’ and the last of the August sunshine still warming our glorious souls, it’s also time to harvest the innumerable records that have recently hit shelves…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:09

This is one ride I’m not gonna miss

Some of them arrive four or five days early, packed up and just sitting there on the Haywood County Fairgrounds like gigantic metal suitcases that won’t quite close all the way. The rest come later. The Scrambler, the Flying Bumblebees,…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:08

Macon citizens want to help the homeless

To the Editor: Thank you Macon County. It was truly humbling to see the community turnout for the Homeless Symposium. The interest, support and concern was evident in the questions, comments, and suggestions.   We discussed the need to rebuild…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:08

You can choose your own worldview

To the Editor: I am a human being, a member of a family, an American, and a Democrat, in that order. Notice what I didn’t list.  I could have been born in Asia, Africa, or Palestine, on a reservation, in…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:07

Trump may be best choice for president

To the Editor: Traditionally, Americans have sent lawyers to congressional offices in Washington. The assumption was that they would be able to make laws and regulations. What they actually did is cut deals and trade agreements that are killing American…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:59

Granting opportunity available for farmers

Grants to help famers offset the risk of trying something new are available through the WNC Agricultural Options program, which will distribute $178,000 in the 2016 grant cycle. A series of informational meetings across the region includes: 2-3 p.m. Thursday,…
The public comment period for a 1,000-page study of the effects of hydraulic fracturing — known as “fracking” — on drinking water is open through Aug. 28.  The Environmental Protection Agency study concludes that fracking can affect drinking water, through either…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:43

Monarch migration takes center stage

A talk on the migration of monarch butterflies at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Highlands Nature Center will close out the Zahner Conservation Lecture Series in Highlands for the year.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:42

Energy audit earns WCU students top prize

A student-conducted energy audit of Western Carolina University won first place at the Appalachian Energy Summit in Boone, marking the third year in a row WCU students took the top prize.  The team included 18 students, who undertook the project…
Haywood Community College recently got word that its fish and wildlife management technology program has received five more years of accreditation from the North American Wildlife Technology Association.  The only such associate degree program in North Carolina, the program earned…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:41

New members join land trust board

Four new members will join the 18-member board of Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, a Franklin-based nonprofit focused on land and water conservation.  Dave Ackerman is a Boy Scout Leader, board member for Cherokee County Schools and owner of…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:40

Smokies telethon a success

Hundreds of callers, online donors and private sponsors teamed up to raise $202,351 for work in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through the Friends the Smokies’ 21st annual telethon last week. It was the second year in a row…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:40

Stocking will resume in N.C. trout waters

Stocking will resume in North Carolina’s hatchery-supported trout waters now that testing for whirling disease in fish raised at Marion and Brevard fish hatcheries has come back negative.  Stocking had halted after the disease was confirmed in rainbow trout collected…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:39

Take fly tying to the next level

Budding fly tyers looking to get beyond the basics may enjoy a second-level fly-tying class at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, offered 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 29 at the center.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:38

Making way for rare juniper and locust species

A small study on Satulah Mountain near Highlands hopes to shed light on what might be responsible for poor reproduction in a pair of rare species.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:36

History lovers needed for mill volunteer force

An orientation for volunteers who’d like to tell visitors about the history of Mingus Mill in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
If Garrett Fisher had his way, he’d live on the side of a mountain with a glacier as his next-door neighbor.  Some people might consider his Wyoming home, located at 5,633 feet above sea level, to be close enough, but…
We Americans are noted for our ignorance of world geography. Few of us, I imagine, could distinguish Iraq from Iran on a map of the Middle East. Few of us could inform some inquisitive soul of the terrain of Afghanistan,…