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Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:55

‘Family Fun Night’ to feature Darren Nicholson Band

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Bluegrass/Americana act The Darren Nicholson Band will perform during the “Family Fun Night” fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 30, at the…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:53

Gibson Brothers at Cataloochee Ranch

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Acclaimed bluegrass act The Gibson Brothers will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Cataloochee Guest Ranch in Maggie…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:50

Carolina Chills

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As the leaves change and the air becomes crisp, the mountains of Western North Carolina transform into a landscape of…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:47

This must be the place

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It’s my favorite time of the year. There is nothing like fall. To me, this season isn’t about pumpkin lattes, pumpkin…
About halfway between Bryson City and the Nantahala Outdoor Center, a small, unassuming building sits alongside the road. The structure…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:38

Rep. Mark Meadows not a worthy congressman

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To the Editor: Politics is often described as the art of the possible. The recent resignation of Rep. John Boehner,…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:38

Signed letters better than mystery ads

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To the Editor: Letters to the editor in a newspaper illustrate the highest tradition of a free press. Letters represent…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:38

Letter writer was wrong about Republicans

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To the Editor: A recent letter writer has gone over the top with the surreal allegation that the Republican Party…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:36

War on men evidently is going strong

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To the Editor: Seventeen pages of your Oct. 7 issue (including the cover) were dedicated to “Women in Business,” more…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:35

Corporate charm rebuttal misses mark

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To the Editor: The BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at WCU has responded to my letter regarding BB&T bank’s practice…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:34

Support Gavin Brown for Waynesville mayor

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To the Editor: I am writing to express my support for the re-election of Gavin Brown as mayor for Waynesville.…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:33

Raymond Fairchild recognition long overdue

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To the Editor: Congratulations to legendary banjo player Raymond Fairchild for his induction into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, and…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:25

Pisgah-Tuscola rivalry is as good as it gets

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When my daughter, who is a freshman this year at Tuscola High School, made the Color Guard this summer, the…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:16

Waynesville needs Mayor Gavin Brown back in office

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I sincerely hope Waynesville citizens support Mayor Gavin Brown for reelection. Municipal elections carry more import than most people realize.…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:58

Franklin gets new wave of candidates

Franklin could potentially see a significant changing of the guard during this year’s election with three open seats on the board of aldermen.
Leaders of Western Carolina University, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital announced the expansion and formalization of a partnership focused on ensuring access to quality health care in North Carolina’s westernmost counties.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:55

Shining Rock finds long-term location

The entire staff was called into the Shining Rock Classical Academy’s board meeting Monday afternoon to hear the news — the charter school has finally secured a location for the next five years.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:52

Who’s most suited to move Maggie forward?

For a town that may only have 300 voters show up to the polls, the mayoral race in Maggie Valley has garnered plenty of interest this election year.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:49

Candidates answer call for change in Bryson

The five newcomers running for the Bryson City Board of Aldermen and mayor have made it clear they want to see some new faces on the board and some much-needed change to the town.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:47

Franklin mayor runs unopposed

Running unopposed for his second term, Franklin Mayor Bob Scott hopes to continue on his path toward a more open and accessible government while leading the town for the next two years.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:43

Potential mayors discuss Sylva’s future

Regardless of who emerges victorious from Sylva’s mayoral election, the town will have an experienced face at the center of the table. All three candidates for the seat currently serve as aldermen and hope to guide the town toward a…
With two of the three Sylva board members up for re-election jumping into the mayoral race, Sylva is guaranteed to get at least two new faces on the board after the November elections. The three open seats attracted a field…
Town elections aren’t always competitive affairs. For some municipalities, it’s a challenge just to get enough people to run to fill the empty seats — and that’s what happened to Webster and Forest Hills this go-around. Both towns will sport ballots…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:36

Canton board split on candidate support

The Canton Board of Aldermen has made major headway in the last two years by putting policies in place that will hopefully set the stage for a more prosperous future, which is why the incumbents up for election this year…
Jonnie Cure, a challenger in the Waynesville mayor’s race, has a history of liens, unpaid property taxes, foreclosures, small claims and personal bankruptcy over a 20-year span.
More than 160 people packed a heated public hearing over a proposed recycling sorting facility in Haywood County Monday night, pleading with county commissioners to turn down the project.
What to spend money on and what to pass up? The Waynesville town board faces this question month in and month out. Seemingly small budget decisions can have some of the biggest impacts on residents’ daily lives.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:10

Municipal Elections 2015

Small towns all over the region are in the midst of municipal elections and a majority of them are contested races. New candidates and incumbents have plenty of issues to discuss as they try to manage shrinking budgets, improve aging…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:39

Peak peeking

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The deluge we slogged through a couple of weeks ago certainly didn’t help this fall’s color palette. But not to…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:35

Pumpkin pursuit returning to NOC

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A celebration of all things fall will be held noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Nantahala Outdoor Center. 
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:31

NC ranks high in clean energy job growth

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North Carolina came in fifth nationwide in a recent ranking of states that added jobs in clean energy and clean…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:31

DENR blog keeps tabs on environmental news

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The N.C. Department of Environment Quality, formally known as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, now has a blog…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:31

North Carolina all caught up on rainfall

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After receiving more than three months’ worth of rainfall in the course of one week, North Carolina is not experiencing…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:30

Boxwood disease found in Jackson and Macon

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A serious boxwood disease known as boxwood blight, Calonec­tria pseudonaviculata, has been confirmed on the Highlands Plateau in Macon and…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:28

State solar tax credit to disappear

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The North Carolina Legislature did not renew the state’s solar tax credit, which will now expire on Dec. 31. 
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:27

New mile-markers at Lake J

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Thanks to an Eagle Scout project from 14-year-old Talbryn Porter, the Lake Junaluska walking path is now sporting new mile…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:25

Apple-picking for a good cause

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Kids who want to lend a hand toward feeding the hungry can help harvest the season’s left-over apples from a…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:23

See the Chimney at night

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A nocturnal, kid-friendly Halloween event will give visitors a rare glimpse of Chimney Rock State Park at night, 7:30 to…
Out of Ed Norris’ 68 years of life, Vietnam accounts for just one. Those months he spent deployed with the…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:15

Waynesville library slipping in quality

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To the Editor: When I moved to Waynesville in 1987 the library was the pride of the mountains. It was…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:15

The ugly truth about tribal politics

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To the Editor: As the tribal elections drew closer and closer, it became fairly obvious early on that Patrick Lambert…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:11

Free enterprise gives people the freedom to flourish

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In his Oct. 7 letter to the editor, Franklin political activist Dan Kowal cautioned readers not to “buy the corporate…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:01

In search of the uplifting and the ephemeral

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“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point,…
Clyde may be a tiny little two-stoplight town, but at a recent candidate forum, the panel of contenders for seats in the upcoming town board elections was full of ideas on how to grow the town while maintaining its close-knit…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:15

Cherokee officer dies from work-related injury

Anthony “Tony” Lossiah, a Cherokee Indian Police Department patrol officer, died at Mission Hospital in Asheville on Tuesday, Oct. 6, after succumbing to complications stemming from an injury sustained while performing his law enforcement duties. Lossiah served the Eastern Band…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:12

Candidates: Maggie Valley is moving forward

The four candidates vying for two seats on the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen can all agree on one point — the town is in much better shape than it was two years ago. 
Former Principal Chief Michell Hicks was all set to take over the tribe’s highest-paying job — director of the Tribal Gaming Commission — when his political term ended Oct. 5, but now that offer’s off the table.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:06

Chief Lambert’s personnel changes draw debate

Patrick Lambert didn’t waste any time making waves in his first full day as principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. That Tuesday morning, a handful of tribal employees received official letters stating their services were no longer…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:06

Lead testing continues at SCC firing range

After recently expanded testing continued to show elevated lead levels at Southwestern Community College’s firing range, college officials are going forward with the latest recommendations from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources to determine the precise project…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:03

Steep slope hearing on for Jackson

After two years of revisions, hearings and public debate, Jackson County’s steep slope ordinance is now approaching the finish line with a final public hearing scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Jackson County Administration Building in Sylva.