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Tuesday, 11 November 2014 21:40

Clark to present at the Rickman Store

A special presentation of Appalachian stories of the “unusual” with Gregg Clark will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Rickman Store in Cowee. A local resident of Macon County, Clark is constantly seeking the unexplained. He…
A madrigal dinner evoking the elaborate and festive flare of the Renaissance will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, in Waynesville by the premier youth choral ensemble Voices in the Laurel. The show, “A Knight to Remember,”…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

This must be the place

Why do you do it? Sitting in a tiny coffee shop in downtown Knoxville last week, I was posed this question by a high school kid. I knew the answer, at least in my head I did. But, to be…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

Working to preserve ‘Cherokee Traditions’

By Anna Fariello • Guest Editorial In writing the text for an exhibition on Cherokee culture a few years ago, I began with this opening line, “Chances are, where you are standing is part of the Cherokee’s ancestral lands.” While, perhaps,…
Monday, 10 November 2014 19:19

I-40 Canton-exit closure Nov. 10

Tonight (Nov. 10) at 7 p.m., the N.C. Department of Transportation will close the westbound on-ramp to Interstate 40 at Exit 37 (Wiggins Road/East Canton Exit). The ramp is expected to reopen at 6 a.m.  Tuesday morning.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:17

Greenery is a Southern Appalachian specialty

This region has been furnishing the eastern United States with quantities of various evergreen materials (trees, running ground cedar, mistletoe, galax, and so on) for well over a century. Of these, one of the most interesting is American holly. In…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:14

Spelunk with Jackson Parks and Rec

An expedition to Worley’s Cave in Bluff City, Temm., on Nov. 22 will give people of all experience levels a taste of the underground. The caving expedition will take in stalagmites, columns, flowstone and more cave features, but it’s not…
Public input gathered at a series of statewide hearings on fracking rules was supposed to be presented in a report to the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission last week, but the meeting was delayed to give hearing officers more time…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:07

Five-year plan guides future for the AT

A new five-year strategic plan from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will guide management of the Appalachian Trail over the coming years with an emphasis on reaching younger and more diverse populations, engaging partners and AT clubs and communities and keeping…
Nantahala Area SORBA, the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, will hold an end-of-year celebration 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Innovation Brewery in Sylva to recognize their contribution to the mountain biking climate in the far west.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:04

Lichen, ozone and trees, oh my!

Waynesville Middle School seventh graders got to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Purchase Knob Education Center last week.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:02

Fall burns planned for forest, national park

Prescribed burns are planned in the Nantahala Ranger District of Nantahala National Forest and areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park over the next few weeks. 
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:01

First tracks come early at Cataloochee

Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley had its third earliest opening day in history when a winter storm and chilly temperatures allowed for lifts to open at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. 
When the North Carolina Audubon Society announced its campaign to install 10,000 small-holed bird boxes to bolster the population of brown-headed nuthatches, Russ Regnery was intrigued. But, like many environmental issues coming down from Raleigh, the plight of the little…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:45

Political rhetoric reaches a new low

To the Editor: It was very sad to witness all the hateful rhetoric tossed around during elections this year. I don’t think I’ve seen such a display of lies and distortions, and we have sunken to a new depth of…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:44

Make Lake Junaluska annexation more fair

To the Editor: Your opinion piece from the summer titled "Changing mind now won't undo the damage" left out a more common solution to the annexation of the 775 homes in Lake Junaluska with its woefully and poorly maintained Lake…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:44

There is no moral equivalent to ISIS

To the Editor: A recent letter to the editor states a moral equivalence between ISIS weird beards who behead journalists, crucify Christians, drive crosses into the throats of children in front of their parents, and turn young girls into sex slaves…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:44

Big mistake not to return Nikwasi Mound

To the Editor: I am writing in regards to the Nikwasi Indian Mound. I am concerned for the community of Franklin and the image it is giving off to the rest of this country. Franklin has a lot of part-time…
Every attentive person knows there is a revolution occurring in language, and much of what was once communicated by words is now communicated by images. Texting is quicker than calling, snap chatting quicker than texting, and emoticons quicker than either.…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:37

Give Cullowhee a chance to fulfill potential

Cullowhee rising. Sounds like a fitting name for some aspiring college band, but it best describes what’s happening at Western Carolina University and the community surrounding it. It’s one of the fastest growing places in the region whose potential is…
With 10 candidates coming out for four seats on the Haywood County School board, the races was certainly a contested one, but there will be only one new face on the school board in the next term. Bobby Rogers, senior…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:43

Cochran wins a third term

Three candidates were aiming for the top prize in Swain’s sheriff race. The contest pitted the status quo against the notion of change, as well as featuring the third candidate wildcard.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:42

Hall wins sheriff’s seat

Chip Hall closed out a grueling race for the Jackson County sheriff’s seat with a landslide victory against his opponent, Curtis Lambert. The Democrat took 64 percent of the vote compared to Lambert’s 36 percent. 
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:41

Welch wins DA race decided by a landslide

After a hard-fought and hotly contested race, the job of top prosecutor for the seven western counties was won by Ashley Welch, with a huge margin, carrying 60 percent of the vote.
The fate of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners rested with this election. With six candidates on the ballot — aligning themselves neatly into two teams of three — voters were asked to decide if they were satisfied with the…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:37

Haywood commissioners back for another four years

By Becky Johnson Staff writer Voters gave their seal of approval to the current Haywood County commissioners, returning all three sitting commissioners to their seats. Commissioners Mike Sorrells, Kirk Kirkpatrick and Bill Upton — all three Democrats — won re-election. …
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:36

Bushyhead, Burns demand ‘change’

Smart money had the contest for the Swain commissioners race locked down in the primary. The board’s chairman, Phil Carson, had held on to his seat and the top four Democrats would assumably come out on top in the general…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:34

Haven ousted; Shields top vote-getter

The Macon County Board of Commissioners will soon see a new face at the table, and it will be that of the top vote-getter in the four-way race for the Franklin seat — Gary Shields will replace incumbent Ron Haven…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:32

Presnell holds onto state seat

Rep. Michele Presnell , R-Yancey, retained her seat for the N.C House, narrowly defeating fellow Yancey resident Dean Hicks in the 118th District, which includes part of Haywood County and all of Madison and Yancey.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:32

Queen shuts down Clampitt, again

After winning re-election in the N.C. House District 119 race, Rep. Joe Sam Queen sounded more glum than one might expect.  “It’s a mixed night for me,” Queen said.
N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, pulled out a sizeable win over Democratic challenger Jane Hipps. Davis has represented the mountains in Raleigh for four years, an historic era of newfound Republican control.
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:44

Benefit concert aids WNC veterans

It’s been two years since Bruce Yarrington and his Knights of Columbus buddies started volunteering at the Veterans Restoration Quarters in Asheville. Twice a month the crew makes the trip from Waynesville to cook for the veterans at the center.
The folks spearheading the effort to expand broadband access in Haywood County are thinking big. Gigabyte big.  “Our goal is to make Haywood County a gigabyte community,” said Ron DeSimone.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

WCU adopts sophomore residency requirement

It’s official. Starting with the 2016-17 academic year, sophomores attending Western Carolina University will be required to live on campus. “We have a philosophy of students learning better by growing into their responsibilities. First-year students need that residence hall experience,”…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Signs of a new cell tower rush on the horizon

After a several-year lull in new cell towers being built in the mountains, a new wave of tower construction could be on the horizon as cell companies race to accommodate the surge in digital data moving on wireless networks.
The newly minted Haywood County Economic Development Commission has hit the ground running in its first three months following a structural revamp that placed it under the umbrella of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce.    “We are giving the…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

HCC awarded forestry grant

Haywood Community College was recently awarded a Tennessee Valley Authority Ag & Forestry Fund Grant through the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The grant, Improving Technological Innovation of Forest Management Students, will fund $13,800 of hardware and software…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Iranian-born journalist to speak Nov. 20 at WCU

A native of Iran who is a former Rotary Peace Fellow and past editor of publications now banned or shut down by the Iranian government will present the keynote address for International Education Week at Western Carolina University on Thursday,…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Dockie Brendle bridge now official

A dedication ceremony last week, held by the N.C. Department of Transportation, officially named a bridge at the intersection of U.S. 74 and Alarka Road in Swain County to honor Dock T. “Dockie” Brendle, a Swain County native who earned…
When Katie Messer first presented her plan to improve water quality and generally spruce up a little-used park in Waynesville, she was just trying to pass a class. The report was intended as her capstone project for the low-impact development…
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:30

Franklin residents debate Nikwasi

Of the shoppers polled while coming and going from the Bi-Lo parking lot in Franklin on a recent Thursday, none had to be told what Nikwasi Mound was, and nearly all were aware that the town of Franklin and the…
Construction along N.C. 209 — locally called Crabtree Road — near its exchange with U.S. 74 will cause the state road to close for three consecutive weekends between Old Clyde Road and Carley Road as a new sewer line is…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Copper hammering workshop in Sylva

A copper hammering workshop with William Rogers will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Art After Dark returns to Waynesville

Art After Dark continues from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in downtown Waynesville. Enjoy a stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street and Depot Street. Festive Art After Dark flags denote participating galleries.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Museum receives N.C. Arts Council grant

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian has received a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council for $56,905 for the year beginning July 1, 2014 through June 2015. The Arts Council has designated the museum a State Arts Resource organization…
The 2014-15 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series will get underway with a performance by the Boys from Tuckasegee at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University The group includes…
To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, there will be two special events Nov. 8-9 at The Museum of the Cherokee Indian. 
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

This must be the place

Dave Mason has seen it all. As co-founder/guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Traffic, Mason, alongside band mate Steve Winwood, found himself at the forefront of the music industry in the 1960s. With iconic hits like “Dear…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

‘42nd Street’ to hit WCU stage

The musical production of “42nd Street” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13-15 and at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

In search of the perfect word

The beauty of literature is its solely unique power of transportation. That beauty lies in the meticulous arrangement of words, phrases and sentences on a simple black and white page, where upon decoding the message you conjure endless colors, scents and…