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For Tim Petrea, it was a truck and a red box that launched a lifetime affinity for the outdoors. Growing…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:16

Haywood students to get creative with trash

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A competition challenging students to take their best stab at trash sculpture aims to get Haywood County teens thinking about…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:14

Take a guided hike to Chimney Tops with its trail engineer

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A strenuous hike to one of the most unique peaks in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will also include…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:12

Tuck accesses to close for construction

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The Barkers Creek and Locust Creek River access points in Jackson County will close over for construction over the coming…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:10

WNC’s biggest bear

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One of the most unique leaf-looking experiences in the country — the Shadow of the Bear — is now visible…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:09

Game land management plans available online

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Final versions of management plans for seven North Carolina game lands, including Sandy Mush Game Lands in Madison and Buncombe…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:06

New Bryson City fishing pier finds easy popularity

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A handicapped-accessible fishing pier along the Tuckasegee River in downtown Bryson City was dedicated this fall. It is located beside…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 04:39

Bryson City election may be too close to call

Bryson City’s town election may be too close to call given that there were eight provisionary ballots left to count on election night.
Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown pulled off a resounding victory against his challenger Jonnie Cure — a landslide of 1,394 to 216 votes that can only be interpreted as a voter mandate for the vision for the town Brown has carried…
It looks like a shortage of candidates for town board in Webster and Forest Hills won’t mean empty seats in town hall over the next term.
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 04:19

Franklin incumbents replaced with new faces

The Franklin Board of Aldermen will soon have some new blood leading the town into the future.
The race for Sylva town board has been crowded since filing began, and the election remained close all the way to the ballot box. 
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 03:44

Clyde leadership remains steady

Clyde voters gave Mayor Jerry Walker the thumbs-up to add four more years to the 35 he’s served on the town’s board, 11 of those as mayor. Walker, 79, won the election by a landslide, earning 110 votes to challenger…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 03:42

Canton incumbents to carry on

After a long day at the polls, Ralph Hamlett and Gail Mull were heading to The Imperial on election night to celebrate their re-election to the Canton Board of Aldermen.
Maggie Valley had the opportunity to select new leadership in this election, but residents voted for incumbents to continue the progress made over the last four years. 
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:40

Lake Junaluska Peace Conference begins Nov. 12

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World Music artist, composer and peace activist Yuval Ron will appear in concert with his international ensemble of musicians at…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:39

WCU ‘haunted walking tours’

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Halloween might be over, but the scariness continues at Western Carolina University with a series of “haunted walking tours” on…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:37

Mountain Faith to play WCU

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Jackson County-based bluegrass/gospel act Mountain Faith will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the John W. Bardo Fine…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:35

This must be the place

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“Some may never live, but the crazy never die.” It’s a quote by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, a writer whose influence…
One gets hungry strolling downtown Sylva these days. For a town of around 2,600 residents, there sure are a lot of…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:27

Lake Junaluska to host Peace Conference

Jews, Muslims and Christians will gather at Lake Junaluska next week to promote peace. The Lake Junaluska Peace Conference is four days of workshops, yoga, prayer, lectures, worship, meditation and music, with the goal of advancing the work of reconciliation…
With guidance from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, Southwestern Community College has instructed ECS Carolinas, LLP, to develop an action plan to address elevated lead levels downhill from the firing range that the college operates off River Road in…
Franklin beat out 47 other small towns this year for the title of “2015 Top Small Town” in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. 
Two newly completed infrastructure projects in Swain County are welcome additions for the emergency services staff.
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:22

World War II monument rededicated in Webster

Webster will hold the biggest Veterans Day celebration it’s had for 64 years when it rededicates the World War II monument that Webster High School students erected in 1951 to honor their fallen classmates.
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:21

Veteran’s Day events

Macon County • Macon County Art Association will hold a reception and portrait presentation event for the Annual Veterans Portrait Project at noon, Nov. 11, at the Uptown Gallery, 30 E. Main St., Franklin. The public is invited to watch family…
A year’s worth of time and a shakeup in leadership haven’t been enough to take the pay raises Cherokee Tribal Council voted itself last year out of the public eye. With a lawsuit already filed in the tribe’s court system,…
When inmates of the Jackson County Detention Center committed suicide on Nov. 21, 2014, and March 13 of this year, the same two male jailers were on duty both days. One of those jailers has taken a voluntary demotion.
Construction is now underway for a new emergency department at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, an $11 million project that will replace the existing emergency department, nearly 30 years old.
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:14

Cherokee to consider marijuana legalization

Cherokee will take a look at legalizing marijuana on the Qualla Boundary, Tribal Council decided in a unanimous vote last week.
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:12

Distillery sets its sights on Maggie building

A brand new craft distillery is looking to set up shop in the former Carolina Nights dinner theater building in Maggie Valley, but the owner will first have to get special permission from town aldermen.
The conversation about wilderness and how it should fit into the next management plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests will continue with a pair of public meetings this month.
A recycling sorting plant proposed in Haywood County has encountered a hitch following an 11th-hour revelation that it would be exempt from paying county property taxes.
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:02

Opponents rally against recycling proposal

Haywood County commissioners took another volley of criticism this week as they continued to weigh the pros and cons of selling land in the county industrial park to a recycling business venture.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:37

Little-known Cherokee history, from the archives

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When I used to work for the Cherokees, there were occasions when there was little to do. When that happened,…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:37

Reelected Hamlet, Mull to Canton board

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To the Editor: I am writing to express my support for Ralph Hamlett and Gail Mull for Canton aldermen.  …
Jackson County commissioners are going to pass a smart steep slope ordinance that will help as this region shakes off…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:28

More than one way to skin environmental regulations

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According to Steve Ford, in a piece for NC Policy Watch called “Policies, power, pride divide the NC House and…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:26

The Eagle Lady says goodbye to Blue Ridge School

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Nearly 200 people gathered at Blue Ridge School this month to hear a parting presentation from Doris Mager, known around…
Thanks to some fortunate happenstance and a lot of hard work from the staff at the Land Trust for the…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:23

Long absent lake sturgeon returned to North Carolina

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Absent for more than half a century, lake sturgeon returned to North Carolina waters as more than 3,000 fish were…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:21

Nominees sought for new Forest Service committee

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A new committee focused on revisiting recreation fees in national forests in 13 southern states and Puerto Rico is seeking…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:21

Forest Management Plan informational meetings scheduled

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A pair of public meetings outlining the next steps of the plan revision process for the Nantahala and Pisgah national…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:20

Be bear aware

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It’s a scarce year for the fall foods such as acorns and grapes that bears depend on to prepare for…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:18

Bat week in the park

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It’s bat week in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and park rangers are celebrating by setting up bat information…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:59

Women writers who took me by the hand

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Many readers — and I am one of them — are fascinated by books lists. There are scores of these…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:52

Jamison to discuss mountain dance, new book

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Warren Wilson College professor Phil Jamison will present his new book Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:39

This must be the place

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I got it. Growing up outside of Burlington, Vermont, I came out of the womb with a Phish album in-hand. Founded…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:23

Luxury hotel opens in Bryson City

The Bryson City Cork & Bean, one of the town's favorite eateries, has added luxury lodging to its menu of hospitality services.  The restaurant's owners recently completed renovation of the top two floors of the 1908 Bryson City Bank building,…
Jackson County could have a tourism director in place closely following the new year if the field of five that bid for the position — currently offered as a one-year contract — proves to contain any winners.