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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 21:34

National exhibit comes to Sylva

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A new traveling exhibition, “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness,” which examines concepts of health and medicine…
Principal Chief Richard Sneed laid out communication, collaboration and community as the guiding principles of his new administration in an address to tribal employees Tuesday, June 6. It had been one week since tribal offices reopened following Tribal Council’s decision…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 16:11

A few thoughts on immigration

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To the Editor: Immigration has been a reality for hundreds of years as people leave the safety of their homes…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 16:10

Welcome to Country Club America

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To the Editor: It has dawned on me that Trump’s vision for America is to make it into an exclusive…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 16:10

People need to take back the power

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To the Editor: Editor Scott McLeod’s thoughtful analysis (May 24 edition, described the formidable marketplace corporate control that permeates…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 16:09

Gerrymandering takes power from voters

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To the Editor: It’s no secret that gerrymandering has severely distorted representation in North Carolina and undermined the principle of…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 16:06

A world of wonder at a cheap motel

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When you’re a kid, there’s something magical about hotel pools.  I’ve written before about growing up in a dance studio.…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 16:05

GOP’s corrupt elections agenda meets its demise

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North Carolina’s efforts to change the elections process to help keep its GOP majorities in office have been declared illegal…
Ching Fu and Jerud Crandall had professional careers and a comfortable home when they left it all behind in 2015,…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:42

Students fight stormwater pollution

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Students from the Haywood Community Learning Center did their part to reduce stormwater runoff through a service project to mark…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:41

Parkway delivers $1 billion economic impact

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In 2016, Blue Ridge Parkway visitors spent $979.3 million in communities near the park, supporting 15,649 jobs for a cumulative…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:39

Franklin greenway could expand with land purchase

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A 13.9-acre land purchase in Franklin could help expand the Little Tennessee River Greenway. 
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:38

Kids plant trees for the future

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A tree planting in celebration of Arbor Day was held at Hazelwood Elementary School in Waynesville, using rooted cuttings of…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:35


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I was in Morganton over the Memorial Day Holiday chasing birdies in the Grandfather District of the Pisgah National Forest…
Joey’s Pancake House owner Brenda O' Keefe announced June 6 that the revered Maggie Valley landmark that served visitors and locals alike for more than 50 year will plate its last order on Tuesday, June 13. Fans of the eatery from…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:27

Hewson’s mysteries should come with a warning

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So a friend thrusts a book into your hands and tells you, “You gotta read this one. I know you’ll…
It took over 30 years, but Harold Sims can now show the world. “It’s been very rewarding,” he said. “I…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:06

HCC crafts Asheville exhibit

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The Folk Art Center in Asheville is currently celebrating Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Program graduate class of 2017. With…
I’m exhausted. I think y’all out there reading this can attest to the pure exhaustion — of body, mind and…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:53

Meister named Mountain Heritage Center director

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Pam Meister has been named director of Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, well known as a showcase for Southern…
Clay County residents joined with Western Carolina University representatives in celebrating the county’s African-American heritage with the opening of a…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:29

Naloxone saves people from overdose

Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office administered Naloxone twice over the weekend on individuals who were overdosing on opiates or opioids.
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:29

GSMP investigates two fatalities

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials released the names of two men who recently died in the park.
Some institutions are meant to last forever, while others have their place in time and then they’re gone.  After Tuesday, June 13, Joey’s Pancake House in Maggie Valley will be gone.
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:20

Public ignores county budget process

Revenues are down, costs are up and local conservative factions haven’t been silent in their criticism of the Democratic-majority Haywood County Board of Commissioners, which is about to approve a budget utilizing fund balance for the first time in around…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:19

Francis Farm landfill needs cover

A problematic landfill in Waynesville’s Francis Farm community will be seeing a lot of activity between now and 2019 — about $5 million worth.
On a rainy June Monday in Maggie Valley, wispy mists lick lush mountaintops that tower behind nearly every business in town, including the Cabbage Rose gift shop on Soco Road. 
To combat the rising cost of feeding inmates, Macon County commissioners chose to ditch a $360,000 food contract with Mission Health and Angel Medical Center for a less expensive option.
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:05

Macon County revenues up across the board

The Macon County commissioners have some challenges in balancing the proposed 2017-18 budget, but County Manager Derek Roland said those challenges are the same ones every local government is facing right now.
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:04

Important dates for Waynesville budget

The first draft of the Town of Waynesville’s proposed 2017-18 fiscal year budget was presented to the public on May 23, but citizens still have a few opportunities left to weigh in on it before adoption.
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:02

Public hearing slated for Publix site

A 56,000-square-foot, $20 million retail project that will bring a long-awaited Publix grocery store to Waynesville was unanimously approved by the town planning board May 15, but still has one more hurdle to face.
A multi-agency training exercise led by the N.C. National Guard meant to test and improve disaster response will result in roadblocks and an elevated level of police, fire and military activity in Canton on the morning of June 10.
One year after the town’s tax rate rose by 12.5 cents per $100, Sylva is considering a proposed $3.7 million budget that will keep tax rates level and cover the town’s operating needs — but will come up short on addressing…
Jackson County’s proposed $62.5 million budget for 2016-17 doesn’t include a tax increase, but it sets the stage for a $12 million upgrade to county facilities over the next five years.
Following a 43 percent voter turnout during the June 1 Primary Election, the field of 45 Tribal Council candidates has been whittled down to 24 contenders for 12 seats. The top four vote-getters in each community will advance to the…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:50

How they fared

Of the 12 current Tribal Council representatives, nine are running for re-election in this year’s race. The June 1 primary election saw one of the nine fail to advance to the general election, with several other incumbents finishing in weaker…
If the results of the June 1 primary elections are any indication, incumbent Tribal Council members could be in trouble come the General Election Sept. 7. 
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:44

New residence hall planned for WCU

Designs for a new 600-bed residence hall at Western Carolina University met approval from the WCU Board of Trustees June 2, putting the project on track to house students starting in the fall 2019 semester. 
A Haywood County woman has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges for filing bogus unemployment claims on behalf of unsuspecting victims, a scam that bilked the government for more than $29,000 in fake unemployment benefits over a two-year period.
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 12:55

Joey’s Pancake House to close next week

Some institutions are meant to last forever, while others have their place in time and then they’re gone.After Tuesday, June 13, Joey’s Pancake House in Maggie Valley will be gone.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:05

We need to keep Wright School open

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To the Editor: As most know by now, the House budget includes cuts to mental health programs including a cut…
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:05

Fighting against money in politics

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To the Editor: Scott McLeod’s opinion piece “If it’s all about money, we’re in big trouble” was right on target.…
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 17:54

Shouldn’t there be compassion before greatness?

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A friend of mine is in line at the drive-thru of a local fast food restaurant, and a guy with…
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 17:53

In redrawing districts, a chance to end gerrymandering

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist The people of North Carolina won a nationally significant victory in the Supreme Court last…
A new scientific tool developed at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont will allow salamander-studying scientists to trace the…
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 17:16

Drought-free in N.C.

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For the first time since March 2016, all 100 counties in North Carolina are free of drought or dry conditions.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 17:05

Smokies names Franklin woman employee of the year

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Franklin resident Lisa Brown has been named the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Employee of the Year.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 16:53

A blemish by any other name

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Systems of mature trees and shrubs are covered with blemishes that signal age: cankers, seams, burls, butt scars, sterile conks,…
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 16:37

A poem for D-Day

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“Normandy Invasion” By Paul Willis Across the sands of Normandy They came up from the sea. For many days and…
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 16:32

Understanding how to disagree and still respect

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Nineteenth century poet Walt Whitman once wrote “I hear America singing.” Ah, those were the days.