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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 13:55

Symposium to explore mountain plant lore

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The annual symposium “Rooted in the Mountains: Valuing our Common Ground” at Western Carolina University will be held on Thursday,…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 13:53

Smokies rangers battle graffiti

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With the fall season coming, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is gearing up to guard against graffiti — lasting…
Monday, 21 September 2015 14:41

Search continues for missing hiker

The search for an overdue Tennessee hiker in the Shining Rock wilderness area continues for a second day after Sunday’s search yielded no sightings.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:45

End of the bloody tetrad

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All the lunar-phobes out there, as well as many of the astronomically challenged – like me, will be praying for…
A half-hour into the morning, Carol Larson has the gleaning operation smoothly underway at Skipper Russell’s farm in Bethel. A…
Clad in his signature overalls, Joe Smiley leaned on his rake, taking in the tranquil late-summer scene: pie-pans strung among…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:28

Make hiking a family affair

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From Georgia to Maine, outings celebrating Family Hiking Day will provide opportunities to explore the Appalachian Trail the weekend of…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:26

Fall ranger programs start up in the Smokies

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It’s once more fall in the Smokies, and that means a reboot of ranger programs to reflect the season. The…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:25

Experience the elk rut

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An excursion to witness the peak of the elk rut in Cataloochee Valley will set out Wednesday, Sept. 23, part…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:20

Wild poses

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This great horned owl is among the stunning wildlife photography of Ed and Cindy Boos on display this month at…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:18

NOC closes out season with gear crazy GAF

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A weekend featuring games, music, rafting, bike competitions and plenty more will comprise Nantahala Outdoor Center’s annual Guest Appreciation Festival…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:13

Essays highlight breadth of Styron’s knowledge

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Some 30 years ago or so, William Styron — the acclaimed author of novels like The Confessions of Nat Turner…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:44

Roller derby slides into Bryson

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The Smoky Mountain Rollergirls will take on the Middle Georgia Derby Demons on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Swain County…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:43

Asheville Symphony, WCU team up

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Western Carolina University student musicians will join members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra for a performance of orchestral masterworks at…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:41

Mountain Heritage Day celebrates Appalachian culture

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The 41st annual Mountain Heritage Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Western…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:39

Galaxy of Stars opens with tribute to Groucho

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Award-winning actor and director Frank Ferrante will perform his acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx at 3 p.m. Sunday,…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:37

Highlands gala welcomes Three Tenors and a Diva

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The Three Tenors and a Diva Gala will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Highlands Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:36

Disco for a soulful cause

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The inaugural Mountain Disco Music Festival will be held from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Soul Infusion…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:34

This must be the place

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I just wanted to break 18 minutes. Taking a seat in Ms. Trudeau’s second period social studies class, all I had…
Standing behind the counter of High Country Tire, Summer McMahan is a long way from the bright lights of New…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:21

Community needs supporters to step up

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To the Editor: This past weekend I had the privilege of working beside my fellow students and colleagues in an…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:20

When faith and government collide

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To the Editor: In Rowan County, Kentucky, Kim Davis has been ordered to jail for contempt of court.  Her confinement…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:06

Canton can rebrand itself, but it won’t be easy

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With the right leadership, it can happen. If the national and regional economy continues chugging along for another few years…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:55

HCC students collaborate to commemorate 50 years

It isn’t often students in the creative arts program and the high-tech machinery program get to collaborate on a project, but Haywood Community College’s 50th anniversary has brought them together to create one-of-a-kind commemorative pieces. SEE ALSO:• 50 years forward:…
What better way to celebrate 50 years of education at Haywood Community College than to invite the community for a firsthand look at what the school has to offer?
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:50

HCC graduates find success

Not every success story starts with a four-year degree from an elite university, and there are many Haywood Community College graduates to prove it.
As Haywood Community College leaders look to the future, it’s import to reflect on how far the institution has come in its first 50 years. 
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:45

HCC President Parker looks forward 50 years

What is the significance of HCC’s 50th anniversary? The 50th anniversary celebration gives us an opportunity to reflect upon those who preceded us and had the vision and wherewithal to create the North Carolina Community College System and specifically Haywood…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:38

McMahan convicted in vehicle death

Christopher Harold McMahan was recently convicted of felony death by vehicle and felony serious injury by vehicle in Macon County Superior Court. McMahan will spend more than two years in prison. The crimes were committed on July 31, 2012, as…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:37

Stecoah man found guilty of sexual offense

Michael Lee White, 38, of the Stecoah community, was recently found guilty by a jury in Robbinsville of sexual offense on a child.   He was sentenced by Superior Court Judge J. Thomas Davis to no less than 300 months…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:35

Swain to dissolve outdated ordinances

Swain County commissioners will hold two public hearings at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, before deciding whether to dissolve ordinances regulating meat markets and campgrounds.
Some residents of the Yellow Mountain area near Lake Glenville are hoping Jackson County commissioners will step in to address the impacts of a shooting range that’s sprung up in the sparsely populated mountain neighborhood.
Hazy ownership of a de facto three-acre park in Waynesville has been resolved, allowing the town to remove a group of partiers who had more or less occupied a corner of the property as squatters.
Duke Energy has roped Waynesville in for another year even though the town hoped to quit buying its wholesale power from the energy giant by year’s end.
The final public hearing in the two-year-old saga of revisions to Jackson County’s steep slope ordinance was all set to take place Sept. 22, but last week county commissioners decided to cancel the hearing and reschedule for a later date. 
Sylva is likely nearing the end of a months-long debate over a recurring question: is there a better way to do traffic on Main Street?
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:03

Schools end traditional knighting of valedictorian

The senior with the highest grade point average will no longer be crowned valedictorian at high school graduation in Haywood County.
Swain County Board of Elections has retained an attorney to provide guidance on an ongoing dispute between the board and the county regarding retirement benefits for Elections Director Joan Weeks.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 13:58

Macon educators rally for more state funding

The state budget was 78 days overdue last Tuesday night when a group of more than 20 public education supporters packed the Macon County commissioners meeting in support of more state funding.
The day after Chief-Elect Patrick Lambert takes his oath of office, Principal Chief Michell Hicks will take over Lambert’s old job as executive director of the Tribal Gaming Commission.
Meeting a deadline five minutes ahead of time can be challenging, so after meeting an important enrollment goal five years early, leaders at Western Carolina University are celebrating.
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 20:09

Unstable rock causes I-40 closure

Instability in the rocky roadside caused by blasting along Interstate 40 in Haywood County has caused the second road closure in three days between mile markers 6 and 8.  On Saturday (Sept. 12), following blasting contractors noted an “unstable rock…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 16:15

My favorite literary opening paragraphs

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I don’t like to talk or write about writing — but when forced to do so by, say, an approaching…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 16:12

WNC’s African-American history

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This is a monumental work. Ann Miller Woodford has gathered an astonishing amount of information, including old letters, church records, unpublished…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:44

Fall harvest festival returns to Cherokee

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The annual Mountain Life Festival in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:43

Cherokee festival in Hayesville

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The Cherokee Heritage Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Cherokee…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:42

Youth Art Festival coming to JCGEP

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The Youth Arts Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Jackson County Green…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:41

Mountain Faith ‘Welcome Home Parade’

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There will be a “Welcome Home Parade” for acclaimed bluegrass act Mountain Faith at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:39

This must be the place

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It’s funny, isn’t it? When you cross paths with folks you haven’t seen in years, and yet you are all still…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:31

Three’s Company: Sylva welcomes third craft brewery

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John Duncan won’t forget Aug. 19 anytime soon. “It was damn scary,” he chuckled. That day not only marked the…