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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:42

Canton a ‘workplace of first choice’

Canton’s new budget includes a provision making it the first living wage certified government in Western North Carolina, but at the town board meeting June 23, aldermen took that measure one step further. 
Although the upcoming general election has much of the nation’s attention focused on just two candidates — a controversial populist and a former Secretary of State under investigation for mishandling classified material — local races offer considerably more palatable choices…
Students pursuing health careers at Western Carolina University will soon have ample chance for hands-on learning right on campus if plans for a new medical office building on Little Savannah Road move forward as expected. 
Suspicions that people are concealing old sofas and worn-out mattresses over state and county lines to dump on the sly in Jackson is irking county commissioners, but stopping the illicit trash smugglers could be tough.
When Travis Lewis was hit with a $600 charge for going over his monthly cell phone data allotment two years ago, he was taken aback to say the least.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:31

SkyFi aims for 11 new wireless towers

Jackson commissioners were put in a tough spot this month by county staff seeking special treatment for wireless internet towers that would exempt them from the typical oversight and public hearing process for erecting towers.
In late October 2015, Gov. Pat McCrory signed the “Protect North Carolina Workers Act,” requiring state and local governments to verify the immigration status of potential employees and to prohibit interference in the relationship of local law enforcement with federal…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:29

State budget agreement reached

The North Carolina General Assembly reached the finish line a bit earlier than expected in their race to present GOP Gov. Pat McCrory with a budget before the long Independence Day holiday weekend.
The Great Smoky Mountains are known across the world for their beauty and the unique bluish haze produced in large part by local vegetation, but if N.C. Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, has her way, the Smokies may soon become a…
CULLOWHEE – Chili’s Grill and Bar, a popular national chain restaurant, will be open for business on the campus of Western Carolina University this fall as the full-service dining establishment is the latest tenant announced for Noble Hall, the mixed-use…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:40

Even today, our republic is on shaky ground

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 “What really shaped me was doing all of those community programs and talks, where you could really make a connection…
If I described my childhood, it may sound to some like I was raised by a band of gypsies. And…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:38

Moral Monday event made me proud of WNC

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To the Editor: I’d like to thank the community of Western North Carolina for so cooperatively hosting the historic Moral…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:37

Cox column promoted his brand of politics

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To The Editor: Chris Cox’s opinion column concerning “trying to make sense of Orlando” in the June 15 edition of…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:14

Zahner lecture series kicks off

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The Zahner Conservation Lecture Series at the Highlands Nature Center kicks off its initial program on July 7
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:09

Adopt a stream

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Volunteers are wanted to help keep Haywood’s streams free of trash by adopting a section to clean once per year. 
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:08

New water slide is higher, faster

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A new slide has been installed at the water park at the Waynesville Recreation Center.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:06

Arboretum works on pollinator hospitality

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The nation holds only seven Bee Campus USA gardens, and now the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville is one of them.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:04

Man finishes lap of the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Ray Russell recently finished nearly a month of running with his arrival at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s end in Cherokee.…
The wilderness is where one can find peace and clarity while also finding inner strength and determination.  That is the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:50

Peregrines once again at Devil’s Courthouse

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A couple of Saturday’s ago Bob Olthoff and I made a quick trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:35

Jim Harrison lived in servitude to words

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In March, Jim Harrison, age 78, died of a heart attack. Harrison was among the most prolific of American writers,…
Stephen Metzger was like a kid in a candy shop as he clambered over a massive mound of behemoth tree trunks piled high in the wood salvage yard behind Moose Crossing, a woodworking studio on the outskirts of Waynesville.  “Ashe,…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:16

Balance sought in Howell Mill rezoning

As the $11.6 million Howell Mill Road project was winding down in late 2015, the Waynesville Planning Board began to take a look at zoning within the burgeoning corridor; what the board found was commercial development encroaching on formerly rural…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:14

The Raleigh roundup: Budget battle brewing

The North Carolina General Assembly continues to haggle over specific provisions in the proposed 2016-17 state budget as they race to present a compromise spending plan to GOP Gov. Pat McCrory before the long Independence Day holiday weekend.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:11

Jackson County picks a new manager

Jackson County commissioners last week unanimously named a new county manager with a long and successful local government track record in the mountains.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:10

Fight not over for Fontana houseboats

Houseboat owners on Fontana Lake aren’t quite ready to give up their investments without a fight even after the Tennessee Valley Authority made the decision last month to ban all floating houses in 30 years.
Nick Breedlove has been brushing up on his astronomy lately — studying maps and learning the science behind the total solar eclipse that is set to occur on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:05

Mountain Projects eyes new facility

For more than 50 years, Mountain Projects has been known for helping the most vulnerable in the community, but with a resolution passed by the Haywood County Board of Commissioners on June 20, they’ll be helping themselves — and the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:04

Downtown Waynesville wins planning award

Downtown Waynesville has racked up another accolade with the Great Places in North Carolina award — an honor that carries a little more clout and honor than the typical online poll or best-of list.
Citing recent news stories about mosquitoes transmitting the Zika virus, Haywood County Director of Health and Human Services Patrick H. Johnson presented information to the Haywood County Board on Haywood County’s mosquito populations, the risks the insects pose, prevention measures,…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 13:59

Haywood County taxes steady, but fees rise

Although the Haywood County Board of Commissioners passed a 2016-17 budget June 20 that was 3.1 percent higher than 2015-16, the board was able to do so without budging from its previous 56.61 cents per $100 assessed value property tax…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 13:58

Shelter advocates turn out in force

Easily identifiable in their teal T-shirts with the “#buildtheshelter” hashtag emblazoned on the back, an estimated 100-plus person crowd turned up at the June 20 Haywood County commissioners’ meeting to show their support — both personal and financial — for…
The Franklin Board of Aldermen has yet to agree on what it should do with a 13-acre tract it owns just off East Main Street, but two proposals from the public are leaning toward utilizing the green space for public…
After further negotiations, Macon County Schools and the county commissioners will both have some skin in the game when it comes to making sure the schools have enough funding for the upcoming school year.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 13:53

Waynesville boosts fire protection

Waynesville’s 2016-17 budget includes funding for eight new full-time firefighters, effectively doubling staffing, shortening response times and increasing firefighter safety at a cost of about $530,000 per year over three years.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 13:50

Brown’s budgets warrant deeper look

After several public opportunities for comment resulted in sparse discussion, Waynesville’s 2016-17 budget passed June 14 with the largest tax hike of Mayor Gavin Brown’s tenure.
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 19:50

Open call for Folkmoot guides, volunteers

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Applications are now being accepted for Folkmoot USA Festival 2016 volunteers and guides. This year, Folkmoot is seeking volunteers for…
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 19:41

This must be the place

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It’s a rabbit hole. When one dives into a band, performer or genre, you find yourself swimming in the depths…
Friday, 17 June 2016 12:51

Jackson hires new county manager

The Jackson County Board of County Commissioners has selected Don Adams to succeed Chuck Wooten as county manager.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 16:07

Trying to make sense of Orlando

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I don’t know what to tell my children, so I don’t tell them anything. Not yet anyway. It is the…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 16:07

Jackson’s support for education appreciated

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To the Editor:  As an educator and your neighbor, I want to thank the citizens of Jackson County for voting…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 16:07

Righteous people take care of their animals

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To the Editor: In the article “Sound off: Haywood candidates talk animal shelter” from March 2016, Mr. Rogers wonders if other…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 16:02

Death in the afternoon, or my Hemingway day

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On the wall by the closet behind my desk is this quotation from Ernest Hemingway: “All good books are alike…
When Sarah Scott first started work at Haywood County Cooperative Extension in February 2015, planning for the 2016 Haywood County…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:39

Sylva earns national recognition as a green town

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Sylva earned recognition for its efforts to be clean and sustainable when the travel site Expedia.com named it the fourth…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:35

HCC qualifies for national championship

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Haywood Community College’s Bass Fishing Team recently competed in the 2016 Carhartt College Eastern Regional Bassmaster Tournament where teammates Ryan…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:33

Jackson declared Premier Trout Fishing Destination

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Jackson County won’t officially become the North Carolina Trout Capital this year, but legislators expressed their support of the county’s…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:27

Common ash tree deserves more attention

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“How many thousand-thousand of untold white ash trees are the respected companions of our doorways, kindliest trees in the clearing…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:23

A new voice for Southern Appalachian fiction

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To review a book or to write a “book review” is to pinpoint its particular presence and its peculiarities. To…