Macon County leaders will get their first real taste of how the public feels about a $64 million bond vote at a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in the Macon County courthouse. Macon residents will be voting…
Spray Paint Took a page from “Trading Spaces” and all those other home renovation/redecoration shows this past weekend and salvaged…
By Michael Beadle It’s 5:30 on a steamy Monday night at the Waynesville Recreation Park, and pairs of disc golfers…
By Arthur Hancock • Guest Columnist I had a dream that the following communication came into my hands. I read…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Swain County residents will vote November 6 on whether to enact a new tax on real estate transactions to bolster county coffers. The tax is equivalent to 0.4 percent of a real estate transaction,…
A new community group dedicated to revitalizing Cullowhee will host an open house at the Cullowhee Café from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22. “CuRvE, the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavour, is still in the initial planning stages, and now is…
A public hearing Monday on a $64 million bond for various construction projects in Macon County attracted relatively few naysayers. Voters in Macon will get to weigh in on the slate of construction projects in a countywide vote on Nov.…
In this day and age, as the gap between the rich and poor continues to widen and this country’s manufacturing…
Buxton, a consulting firm that analyzes a community’s demographics, has 60 some population classes that it uses to describe the population. The Jackson County Economic Development Commission disagrees with how the firm described the Sylva area. The analysis seems to…
The election for chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians came down to a mere 30 votes last week, and apparently isn’t over yet.
An $18,000 marketing study conducted for Jackson County by consultants from Texas fell short of what the firm promised, according to members of the Jackson County Economic Development Commission. So the economic development commission is asking for its money back.
Recreation at a four-wheel drive and ATV playground in the Nantahala National Forest could be curtailed after environmental and outdoor…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Sarah Rolland first connected with clay on an emotional level. With lunch plans to…
Angi West: Orange Thread In A Blue Sea Thoughtfully arranged tunes that wander through elements of folk, sun-dappled guitar and…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A petition by Maggie Valley Mayor Roger McElroy to re-zone a 90-acre tract of land to allow for higher density development is being met with vehement protests from town residents.
Four-wheel drive enthusiasts are prepared to defend their use of the Tellico Off-Road Area in the Graham County section of…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Much like a band-aid on a kid’s scraped elbow, No Child Left Behind was put in place to mend an educational system many claimed was in disrepair. An increasing number of critics, however, are…
A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas. Harcourt, 2006. 192 pages A blurb on the front cover of Abigail Thomas’…
It’s almost fall and the skies are beginning to fill with feathered vagabonds headed to their traditional southern winter habitats.…
Interviews with Cherokee voters exiting the polling booths last week revealed just how divided the tribe is over who will be their next chief. The race was decided by just 30 votes — representing less than 1 percent of the…
By S. Michael Hewitt • Guest Columnist Remember the game of 20 Questions? One person thinks of a thing. A…
“Come Early Morning” This is the kind of movie that gets past you, a small budget movie that didn’t get…
A few years ago, I received a letter from a reader that I have never forgotten. Upset over the suicide…
A public hearing on whether Duke Energy should be allowed to build a new coal-fired power plant in the Shelby area will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Forest City. Duke Energy must get an air pollution permit from the…
The walnut trees along the creek where we live are exhibiting a bumper crop this year. At night we are…
By David Curtis As a teacher in the public school system I have often heard teachers express their frustrations by…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Nearly two years after receiving a grant to study traffic issues on Russ Avenue, Waynesville is finally moving forward with the project. Town planner Paul Benson said the…
Jackson County leaders might be lending their tacit endorsement, albeit unintentionally, to the proposed Southern Loop, a controversial highway that would bisect Jackson County.
By Susan Leveille Editor’s note: This letter, which contains some updates, was sent by Susan Leveille to the Maggie Salas,…
Years of wrestling over a location for a new Jackson County library will come to a close next month. Jackson County commissioners pledged to pick a site for a new library at their next meeting on Oct. 1. There are…
Congress is likely to re-authorize the No Child Left Behind Act sometime this fall. If that is indeed the case,…
When Crystal Shuler posted an ad on Craig’s List this summer offering a full-service massage in Waynesville, she was flooded with email responses, more than 70 to be exact. Shuler, a Waynesville police detective, wasn’t actually surfing for action but…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Swain County’s first-ever planning board is nearly finished with its first project — drafting an ordinance to regulate road construction — and will send it on to county commissioners to review next week.
American Bloomsbury by Susan Cheever. Simon & Schuster, 2006. 240 pages Susan Cheever, novelist, critic, and writer of acclaimed memoirs…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer David Tripp’s workshop is piled head-high with wood. There are tree limbs here, locust…
By Chris Cooper Two things still stick in my mind about Darren Nicholson’s excellent self-titled 2006 release; state of the…
Jackson County commissioners sanctioned a feasibility study on whether a new library would fit on the hill behind the historic courthouse. McMillan Smith and Associates concluded it would work, based on the following rough plan.
Michael Buble In his four albums of the American Song bag series, Rod Stewart brought back many American classics from…
It’s mid-September ... late summer is sliding toward early autumn. The end of summer officially arrives with the autumnal equinox…
The Internet sex sting conducted by the Waynesville Police Department was part of an undercover operation dubbed “Summer Heat,” which captured headlines last week for the more prominent part of the sting — arresting men soliciting gay sex in the…
Riverwood Shops, a group of artisans’ studios overlooking the town of Dillsboro, will commemorate their 50th anniversary from 10 a.m.…
By Joel Adams • Contributing Writer Strong public interest in the aftermath of the dam break at Balsam Mountain Preserve has prompted Roger Clapp, executive director for the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River, to organize a public forum on…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Haywood County commissioners have agreed to pay for the creation of a farmland protection plan they hope will guide efforts to preserve the region’s farming tradition for generations to come.
One of those paradoxes of getting older: it seems you have more occasions to gather with friends and family, but…
The North Carolina State Board of Elections has concluded its investigation into allegations of voter fraud in Swain County, but a final decision on whether the activities amounted to wrongdoing is still pending.
The late summer wildflower season has arrived. Along roadsides and woodland edges some of our more robust native plants are…
The native garden located at the Bridge Park parking lot in the triangle surrounding the Jackson County Farmers Market sign…
The Speaking of Gardening symposium Aug. 24-25 at the N.C. Arboretum will bring some of the world’s finest gardeners to…
The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River is offering guided adventure tours from 9 to 11 a.m. each Saturday morning…
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