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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:10

HCC to take over business incubator space

It will be a bittersweet transition for Smoky Mountain Development Corporation executive director Allan Steinberg. On one hand, he has to watch the nonprofit he’s led for nine years dissolve, but on the other hand, he’s excited about the possibilities…
Rules governing where commercial outdoor shooting ranges can go in Haywood County would provide security and peace of mind for rural residents who fear the intrusion of a gun range in their midst, but shooting advocates fear the proposed regulations…
Old Town Bank shareholders overwhelmingly approved the sale of the start-up bank headquartered in Waynesville last week, ending its nine-year run as a small independent local bank in light of the changing landscape facing financial institutions in the post-recession world.
After being ousted from their jobs when the September elections brought a new Tribal Council and executive administration, the three people who had composed the Tribal Gaming Commission came before council last week hoping to convince councilmembers to give them…
Take a drive around the mountain roads of Western North Carolina and it probably won’t be long before a tight curve spits you out alongside a yard decorated with a few rusty old vehicles here, some extraneous car parts there…
When the state opened the doors for hydraulic fracturing — called “fracking” — in 2014, a flood of public opinion from the mountains told Raleigh that drilling would not be welcome in the western part of the state.
Gun supporters turned out en masse this week urging Haywood County commissioners to allow concealed guns on county property, from the historic courthouse to youth sports fields.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 13:50

When disagreeing could still be eloquent

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“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” — George Orwell, 1984 For the past year, Americans have endured…
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 17:27

WCU students join The Heritage Calendar project

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There will be Catamount paw prints on the next edition of a calendar highlighting North Carolina’s African-American heritage as Western…
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 17:25

Creative arts workshop retreats

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From the beginning Cullowhee Mountain Arts (CMA) has been committed to hosting high-quality workshops taught by instructors with national and…
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 17:22

Jackson celebrates NC Beer Month, Ale Trail

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Whether you enjoy sipping a smooth golden ale, something hoppy or a dark IPA, Jackson County’s craft breweries have you…
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 17:19

This must be the place

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I remember that guy.
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.