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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 14:53

Music from inside the Great Pyramid

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Spring can be a scramble at the High Hampton Inn and Country Club in Cashiers. Every year, after a long and quiet winter, the business prepares to reopen its kitchens, its golf greens, its rooms and welcome back the guests…
With a bigger local labor pool and a tourism season that wraps around most of the year, hiring in Sylva is an easier proposition than it is for Cashiers businesses — at least, that’s how City Lights Café owner Bernadette…
Although Haywood County shares many economic similarities with Cashiers, it also sees challenges distinct from those of Jackson County.
The climate and topography of Haywood County make it a place that people want to live.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 14:26

TWSA rates to rise

Customers of the Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority will see their rates increase if the 2017-18 budget is adopted as proposed Monday, June 26.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 14:24

New Waynesville Publix development a go

A large-scale retail development featuring Lakeland, Florida-based grocer Publix as an anchor tenant moved forward without opposition after unanimous consent from Waynesville Aldermen June 13.
Emergencies like the Gatlinburg fires of 2016 and simulated emergencies like last week’s Operation Vigilant Catamount in Canton have brought disaster planning back to the forefront of many minds locally — perfect timing for Haywood County Emergency Services Coordinator Greg…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 14:22

Haywood extends manager contract

Despite hiring challenges that persist across the region, Haywood County Commissioners had no trouble re-engaging a key employee June 19. 
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 14:21

AMC earns awards for stroke care

Angel Medical Center in Franklin is the recipient of three prestigious awards given by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association in the critical effort to combat stroke.
By Kurt J. Volker • Contributing Writer Following a somewhat contentious debate leading up to final budget approval, Macon County Commissioners last week approved a $49.6 million spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, with no hike in…
Eminent figures have called for common sense, nonpartisan redistricting since even before Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry unwittingly lent his name to the unseemly practice of gerrymandering.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 14:14

Swain budget hearing set for June 22

Swain County commissioners will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 22, to hear feedback from the community prior to passing a proposed $15.6 million budget for 2017-18.
Since announcing its closure after 51 years in business, Joey’s Pancake House owner Brenda O’Keefe and her staff have been bombarded with well wishes and awards, including the highest honor in North Carolina — Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
A squat little cinder block shop tucked away in a quiet mountain cove on the outskirts of Waynesville caught fire 43 years ago, around suppertime one night.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 14:03

Haywood Chamber awards business leaders

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce recently presented its annual awards to business leaders who have gone above and beyond to make the community a better place to live, work and play.
It was weird. Driving around downtown Canton this past weekend, it was weird to have a hard time finding a…
I look forward to it these days. Calling my dad at the end of the day. With my parents still…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 13:33

BPR names new arts journalist

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Blue Ridge Public Radio (BPR) continues to invest in the development of local programming and content with the hiring of…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 13:31

Front Street a success

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Wonderful blue skies, great entertainment and over 60 multi-talented artisans brought out more than 3,000 people to Front Street Arts…
Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown hasn’t chaired a meeting of the Waynesville Board of Aldermen in more than a month now; earlier today, he issued a statement through the town explaining why. Although it was known that Brown had suffered occasional…
The September ballot could include a special election for vice chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, pending a decision by the Cherokee Supreme Court. 
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:48

Dad was old school, but he accepted change

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My dad’s been dead about 15 years now, and there’s still no fuzzy, larger-than-life, exaggerated memories that pop into my…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:41

She’s 16, and somehow it snuck up on me

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I should have been ready for it, but I wasn’t. My daughter’s sixteenth birthday couldn’t have come as a shock…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:39

Trump’s dismissal of hacking is the problem

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist It’s easy to make a mistake, particularly when relying on another person’s promises or character.…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:35

The best opportunity for health insurance

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To the Editor: How many people do you know who are old enough to be eligible for Medicare insurance but…
The snip of a ribbon declared the destination that mountain bikers are hailing as “amazing” and “world-class” to be open…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:16

Invest in WNC’s great outdoors

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The National Forest Foundation has named the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest as a Treasured Landscape, a designation that unlocks funding to…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:16

A.T. plates fund conservation

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Proceeds from North Carolina Appalachian Trail license plates resulted in $30,000 worth of awards to 12 projects intended to preserve…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:13

Parkway superintendent to retire

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Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods has announced his retirement from the National Park Service following four years in the…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:05

Perhaps ‘possums are figuring it out

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I bless my lucky stars that I’m a columnist assigned the pleasant task of writing about this region’s natural and…
By the dawn’s early light, about 300 members of the North Carolina National Guard along with a host of local law enforcement personnel and first responders gathered at Guion Farm in nearby DuPont State Forest, outside Hendersonville the morning of…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 14:19

Permit denied for Cullowhee development

A controversial request to build a 388-bed student housing complex on South Painter Road in Cullowhee was denied this week following a three-hour hearing before the Cullowhee Community Planning Council, but the decision could be tested if the developer opts…
An ambitious dream of expanding and remodeling the main Haywood County library in Waynesville has been abandoned, with sights now set on a renovation plan to improve and upgrade the library within the existing footprint.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 14:14

Haywood Dems hold spring rally

Several candidates announced their intent to run for office as Haywood County Democrats held their Spring Rally at the Maggie Valley Inn.
If all goes according to plan, within the week folks in Jackson County will have their choice of pools to soak in the summer as renovations finish up at the Sylva and Cashiers pools. 
Haywood County’s 2017 property revaluation was like a bucket of cold water in the face of every local government official in the county, but nowhere more so than Maggie Valley.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 14:10

Mom delivers baby on way to hospital

Expectant mother Caitlin Austin of Balsam never imagined giving birth to her second child in a car. 
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 14:08

Public not invited to meeting with Mission

Mission Health leaders finally agreed to hold a meeting in Franklin to discuss their controversial decision to close the labor and delivery unit at Angel Medical Center, but the public and the media were not allowed to attend.
Despite finishing first in an online contest with more than double the votes of its nearest competitor, Waynesville’s adaptive playground will not be funded by the annual Kiwanis “Legacy of Play” contest.
A strategic plan developed by a subcommittee of the Haywood County Affordable Housing Task Force that proposes 400 affordable housing units by 2028 makes a number of recommendations to help achieve that goal, including the passage of a general obligation…
Three Haywood County Schools will see new administrators this fall after the Haywood County Board of Education approved the personnel changes during a meeting the morning of June 13.
By Kurt J. Volker • Contributing Writer Broadband internet service is vital for future economic growth in Macon County, but it will take time.
The town of Franklin is considering how to become more environmentally friendly after being presented with a climate solutions resolution from The Canary Coalition.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 13:50

Calling all vets: Macon County wants you

By Kurt J. Volker • Contributing Writer A program designed to offer free I.D. cards to Macon County veterans for discounted goods and services by participating businesses should be underway shortly, according to Register of Deeds Todd Raby.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 13:49

Franklin wants to address noise complaints

Franklin Mayor Bob Scott was recently awoken at midnight on a Friday by a phone call from Franklin resident Janet Watson.
After two years of meetings, research and public input, the Jackson County Comprehensive Land Use Plan must go through one more round of public comment before commissioners can give it final approval. A public hearing is scheduled for 5:50 p.m.…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 13:15

Innovation Brewing to open Dillsboro location

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The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR) has announced that Innovation Brewing will be the new tenant of the GSMR Dillsboro…
If you want to understand the history of bluegrass music, you need to look at its entire spectrum — of…