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I remembered immediately. Scrolling through the Facebook stream on Monday afternoon, I came across a post from a dear high…
Stepping out of a large passenger van into the sunshine last Saturday afternoon, a group of around 10 people entered…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:15

Bryson City welcomes second brewery

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Although the official “Grand Opening” is May 20 for Mountain Layers Brewing in Bryson City, the newest brewery in Western…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:02

HCC crafts students in Atlanta

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Haywood Community College Professional Crafts students recently participated in the School-to-Market Program at the American Craft Council’s American Craft Show…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 14:43

School libraries install STEM stations

In many of Haywood County Schools’ media centers, including North Canton Elementary School, media specialists are working with teachers to create maker stations for students.
Sophia Calhoun was 9 years old the day the world changed. Her mother died, leaving her dad to care for Calhoun and her younger sister. When her father passed away four years later, the two girls were officially branded orphans,…
On virtually any college campus, they’re there — students who have recently exited foster care, are homeless, wards of the state, or orphaned. And most of the time, they’re invisible, blending in with the student body at large and keeping…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 14:29

Mystery Meadows challenger identified?

A “Mark Meadows Town Hall” meeting on health care in Waynesville April 23 doesn’t promise U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows will be there, but it does promise that an unnamed Democratic challenger will be. But who is it?
North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, is known as a staunch fiscal conservative, opposing expansive federal fiscal policy set forth by his Democratic colleagues — except when it comes to his own district.
“More for less” — that’s the message Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, is trying to send to Congress and President Donald Trump about the Affordable Care Act.
While rumors are flying around town about the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad looking to move its Polar Express event from Bryson City to Dillsboro, nothing has been confirmed.
The Swain County Board of Commissioners now has a vacancy after the sudden and saddening loss of longtime Commissioner David Monteith.
UPDATE:  House Speaker Tim Moore has said the “Uphold Historic Marriage Act” will not be heard in the North Carolina House of Representatives because of "constitutional concerns,” according to WNCN.   The enumerated powers of the federal government do not…
A shake up in the Haywood County Republican Party has pitted mainstream party members against an ideological “patriot” faction. The patriot faction recently lost its grip on the party, following a mass ousting from the party’s executive committee during this…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 14:12

Auto emissions testing in Haywood to go?

Residents of Haywood County stand to save at least $1 million a year if relaxed emissions standards become law — and there’s a good chance they will. 
Widespread inequality in the rates Haywood County residents pay for fire protection is about to come to an end.
Mainspring Conservation Trust has several cleanup projects in the works that once completed will transform East Franklin for the better.
Much of Western North Carolina’s native history is hidden in plain sight along the Tennessee River Valley from Otto to Bryson City.
Cultural bias and conflict aren’t new to Western North Carolina; chattel slavery and Cherokee removal still leave a deep and painful legacy for many in the region — something Folkmoot’s Cultural Conversations program seeks to remedy. 
Cycling enthusiasts who want to help steer the direction of Canton’s proposed Comprehensive Bicyclist and Pedestrian Plan may want to roll on in to The Colonial Theater to have their say.
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 16:10

One small step toward ending discrimination

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North Carolina and its citizens are better off with HB2’s repeal. It’s a giant step forward, and despite criticism from…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 16:05

Admit it Tar Heel fans, you were squirming

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I was all set to write another column on Donald Trump, who somehow seems more unhinged with each passing week,…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 16:01

We can’t trust anything Trump says

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By Norman Hoffman • Guest Columnist A guest column by Joseph Trisha in the March 22 edition ( makes a plea…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 16:01

Take the money out of politics

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To the Editor: We the people of these United States deserve a better way to put into power those who…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 16:00

Employers should provide benefits

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To the Editor: I have one thing to say to the business owners who feel that equal pay for equal…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:59

Why so much disrespect for Trump?

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To the Editor: From where comes all this hate and disrespect directed at the President?  I expect and respect differing…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:58

The president must be impeached

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To the Editor: It’s terrible that such a thing has come to pass, that the “so-called President” must be removed,…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:58

One day we may have healthcare for all

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To the Editor: Our Congressman Mark Meadows may have forgotten the needs of the voters who elected him. While Meadows…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:57

Get the money out of politics

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To the Editor: We are loudly and frequently reminded of the many things that we are supposed to be afraid…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:57

Freshmen legislators are led astray

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To the Editor: Like Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and others before them, Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, and Kevin Corbin,…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:56

A conservative wants to conserve

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To the Editor: I am a conservative. I conserve. A conservative wisely preserves, conserves and saves. A conservative secures and…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:56

Insubordinate public servants

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To the Editor: If you were the boss of three employees (let’s call them Mark Meadows, Thom Tillis, and Richard…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:55

Trump still holds the upper hand

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To the Editor: The media is crowing over this so-called big loss for Trump by having to postpone the elimination…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:52

A fox sighting is always a delight

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In the natural world here in the Blue Ridge, there are certain visual images that rivet the attention of human…
Ron and Chrissy Hill were all set for their retirement in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee, having bought a house…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:27

Museum receives historic donation

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The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians received the largest single donation it’s ever seen when Georgia resident Bob…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:15

An ancient story well told

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In Jennifer Frick-Ruppert’s statement of intent at the back of her book, The Legend of Skyco, she states “While this…
It was familiar, yet weird.  Over the last two weeks I’ve crossed paths twice with my immediate family. Once down…
When you’re in the presence of Terrence Mann, you find yourself within reach of an energy — a vibe, perhaps…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 14:24

Lake Junaluska wins six awards

Lake Junaluska has won six awards from the United Methodist Association of Communicators for video production, publications, social media, photography and campaign planning.
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 14:21

Haywood GOP leaders overthrown

A power struggle has embroiled the Haywood County Republican Party over the past several months, culminating in the mass overthrow of a conservative “patriot” faction by the mainstream branch of the party. SEE ALSO: Patriot faction of Haywood GOP blindsided by…
Eddie Cabe suspected something big was afoot in the weeks leading up to the annual precinct gathering of the Haywood County Republican Party. 
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 14:14

Resolution targets Presnell partisan bill

After expressing his outrage early last month over a bill that would make school board elections partisan in Haywood County, Chairman Chuck Francis and the Haywood County School Board have formally spoken out against it.
“What’s an alderman?” is a common question town officials hear when trying to explain what they do to members of the public.
An admittedly imperfect compromise that could end the tempest of controversy surrounding North Carolina’s HB2 has been reached, but not everybody’s seeing rainbows after the storm.
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 14:08

More Trump budget cuts hit home

Renewed concerns about the local impact of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts and his attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act could affect some of Haywood County’s neediest — and smallest — residents.
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 14:06

Jackson ponders $20 million health building

A new health sciences building at Southwestern Community College would allow an additional 288 students to prepare for in-demand health careers in Western North Carolina, and while the Jackson County Commissioners are excited about the project, paying the $19.8 million…
Hundreds, if not thousands of “civic ambassador” programs begin each month in cities and counties across the nation, including in Haywood County, where the Chamber of Commerce’s eight-session Leadership Haywood program yearly produces a dozen or more “civic ambassadors” armed…
Kim Albritton was visibly shaken up when she walked out of Bryson City Town Hall on Monday night.
The race for Cherokee Tribal Council will feature 45 candidates competing for 12 seats around the horseshoe table when the new session begins in October.