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Turning the steering wheel onto Johnson Street, one quickly leaves the unrelenting bustle of two-way traffic along N.C. 110. Immediately,…
North Carolina will hold a separate election on June 7 for the congressional primary, which means it’s not too late for new candidates to throw their hat into the ring.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:29

Time for spring migrants in the mountains

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The cove we live in has been alive with birds for several weeks now. As alive with birds as it’s…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:16

Stomach illness reported on the A.T.

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Stomach bugs, possibly norovirus, have been reported among Appalachian Trail thru-hikers in Georgia and the Great Smoky Mountains this season.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:11

Assault on BlackRock crosses the finish line

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Saturday dawned chilly and foggy at Pinnacle Park in Sylva, but that didn’t stop 73 people from completing the strenuous…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:10

Friends of the Smokies gets new director

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Friends of the Smokies has a new North Carolina director after Anna Lee Zanetti took the reins this week.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 16:06

Celebrate the A.T. season

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Every year, trail towns and businesses in Western North Carolina anticipate the influx of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers that stream through…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:01

Fake it till you make it

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“So, are you here as a reporter or as a biker?” asked one of the 100-plus shorts-wearing, bike-bearing people converged…
The parking lot at Tsali Recreation Area was full of bikes Friday evening — more than 100 of them, strapped…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:31

Tragedy at Frank Lloyd Wright’s house

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In this story, I am God. — Frank Lloyd Wright The title of this nonfiction work, Death in a Prairie…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:21

Me and your pet rabbit can now share a meal

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A few weeks ago, I suddenly developed a thirst that I could not seem to quench. No, this is not…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:17

Wilderness and recreation areas are good for WNC

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By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist Setting aside a modest portion of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest as Wilderness and National…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:16

Sometimes you wonder why

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To the editor: I wonder: • Why do people in the so-called “Bible belt” seem to trust guns more than God?…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:10

Let’s get the ‘dump Presnell’ train rolling

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Let the campaign to unseat Rep. Michele Presnell begin. During her two terms in office Presnell has been an obstructionist…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:59

Macon Commissioners honor Sunshine Week

In the spirit of celebrating Sunshine Week, the Macon County Commissioners announced a decision to support and encourage transparency and open government.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:58

Woman gets 70 months for trafficking meth

Jamie Lynn Swartz, 36, formerly of Sylva, will serve 70 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release on drug conspiracy charges.
It’s been a while since the old Mountain Credit Union building in Cherokee saw foot traffic from people looking to deposit checks or get financial advice, but its doors still swing open and closed with regularity — though for a much…
In the quest to replace the football field at Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva with artificial turf, Jackson County Schools is going public in the search for funds to finance its field of dreams.
Now that the North Carolina Department of Insurance issued the Canton Fire Department a Class 4 rating this week, Canton homeowners should see a little savings on their fire insurance premiums.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:22

Food truck fight coming to Waynesville

The sticky wicket of food trucks and food carts have taken center stage in Waynesville, with a public debate in full swing on where food trucks should be allowed to set up shop and for how long.
In an effort to bring together the artistic hearts and minds from around Western North Carolina, the “LEAD:Arts” summit was…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:10

Want to own a quilt block?

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If you have ever wondered what those giant, colorful blocks are on the sides of buildings and other structures throughout…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:04

Entries sought for Taste of Chocolate

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An open call for entries to the 17th annual Taste of Chocolate Plus is currently underway. The event will take…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:01

This must be the place

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Why should we care?
When the bell rang for the end of school Friday afternoon, Jeff Vamvakias’ room at Cullowhee Valley Elementary emptied a…
Complaints about overcrowding on the Nantahala River have led the U.S. Forest Service to consider limiting fishing permits for outfitters…
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:45

Scaled-down plans for Duke’s Asheville plant approved

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Duke Energy Progress’s plan to replace its coal-fired power plant in Asheville with natural gas has garnered partial approval from…
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:44

Volunteers needed in the Smokies

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As the green season inches closer and visitation ramps up, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is looking for volunteers…
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:39

Lake J – even when it’s bad, it’s good

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Waterfowl have been scarce across Western North Carolina this fall and winter. Traditional haunts like Lake Julian in Asheville, Lake…
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:21

Reading great books remains important

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Lent, which extends from Ash Wednesday to Easter, is for many Christians a time of fasting and prayer. Some believers…
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:06

This must be the place

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“They headed down south and they’re still running today…” As The Steve Miller Band blasted through the hit song “Take…
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:04

WCU reaches out to special needs students

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It was a year-and-a-half ago that Western Carolina University’s director of athletic bands, David Starnes, was asked by United Sound…
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:50

Donald Trump, you haven’t fooled me

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I’ve been watching the Trump shenanigans from afar, laughing it off as a collective momentary lapse in judgment, but as…
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:46

Maggie Valley should make town center happen

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When small towns think and act big, amazing things can happen. Anyone who has traveled has come across communities that…
Despite the stereotype of volunteer firefighters as Type A alpha males, knowing your Nascar drivers and driving a pick-up truck isn’t a prerequisite for being a volunteer firefighter.
Little boys worship them. Bruce Springsteen memorialized them. The helpless count on them.  Volunteer firefighters are a symbol of American strength and determination, pillars in their community who answer the call of duty when friends and neighbors need them most.…
Sylva’s town leaders spent a sunny Saturday indoors armed with pen, paper and heads full of ideas for bringing the small town toward a bright future. And while they may not have left the building with a perfect road map,…
Even though the money isn’t yet in place, the town of Canton is considering several options for economic development incentives for businesses willing to invest in the downtown corridor.
When Canton town officials were notified that the North Carolina Department of Transportation would be repaving all of Main Street starting in May, they knew it was the right time to complete some much-needed pedestrian improvement projects in downtown.
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:06

Public input wanted on Savannah park plan

A public meeting will gauge support for a plan to give Jackson County’s Savannah community its first public park at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Savannah Community Building.
Change is likely coming to the ordinance outlining preference rules for tribally owned businesses. The rules come into play when bidding contracts for everything from construction projects to office supplies.
It’s easy to spot the unstable embankments as you drive over Cowee Mountain between Macon and Jackson counties.
There’s another kink in the knot surrounding the ill-fated R-5000 road project connecting N.C. 107 and N.C. 116 in Jackson County — a legal battle raging between DeVere Construction, the company originally hired to build the road, and its bonding…
The community support behind getting a new public library in Swain County has been impressive, but the fundraising efforts have been slow-moving in the last couple of years.
After being at the helm of Region A’s Southwestern Commission, Executive Director Ryan Sherby tendered his resignation on March 1 to the board of directors.
The mood was jovial as Western Carolina University’s Faculty Senate waited over cookies and coffee for their hour with Margaret Spellings to begin. Small talk and light jokes made the minutes before her arrival feel less gravity-laden than they really…
Haywood County commissioners will hold a public hearing next Monday on whether to give away the “old hospital” to a developer who will turn it into an affordable apartment complex.
Students who attend Central Elementary School in Waynesville learned this week what their new school will be come fall. SEE ALSO: Map of new school districts
The primary visitor center for Haywood County will be moving this spring from downtown Waynesville to Maggie Valley.
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 20:53

2016 Election Primary Results

Preliminary results are current as of March 15. Look for more in-depth coverage of the local and state races online Wednesday, March 16.