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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 15:21

Swain County to implement emergency alert system

When the wildfires were threatening structures in Swain County a couple of weeks ago, first responders had to knock on more than 200 doors to alert residents that they needed to evacuate. 
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 15:19

Highlands hires Josh Ward as town manager

Last September, the town of Bryson City hired Highlands’ town planner Josh Ward to serve as it’s new town manager, but as of Jan. 3, Ward is returning to Highlands to replace retiring Town Manager Bob Frye.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 15:17

Pickin’ Chicken

There are few things more American than fast food.  In the United States, fast food restaurants serve more than 50 million customers each day; on average, we each spend more than $100 a month on the salty, fatty fare and…
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 15:16

First indoor gun range to open in Haywood

When local businessman Jule Morrow proposed a gun shop and indoor firing range in the pastoral Francis Farm community last winter, not everyone was excited about it.
No one can accuse Canton town officials of not crossing their t’s and dotting their i’s.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 15:13

Canton rewards brewery owner

Even before BearWaters Brewing announced its intentions to leave Waynesville for nearby Canton, the town has touted itself as Haywood County’s most desirable place in which to locate a business. 
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 15:12

Sanitary District policy upsets landlords

Several Haywood County landlords are questioning the legality of a new policy adopted by the Junaluska Sanitary District that will require them to co-sign on their tenants’ water service agreement.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 15:10

Election do-over slated for 2017

Unless the U.S. Supreme Court steps in, some or all of North Carolina’s state senators and representatives will face re-election a year early, not even a year into their new terms. 
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 15:09

Two arrested for arson in Qualla wildfires

Two Cherokee men have been arrested in connection with wildfires set on the Qualla Boundary this fall. 
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 15:07

Two charged with starting Tennessee fires

Two juveniles have been arrested in Tennessee for allegedly starting the Chimney Tops 2 Fire, which ballooned to encompass more than 17,000 acres and led to the deaths of 14 people after hurricane-strength winds swept it through Gatlinburg and parts…
Approval of a 38-home subdivision in Cullowhee has served as a catalyst for the Jackson County Planning Board to revisit the county’s steep slope ordinance, a controversial piece of legislation that passed in 2015 after nearly three years of heartfelt…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:08

We must remain vigilant on environment

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To the Editor: As President Obama’s impressive term winds down and the focus shifts to speculation about an uncertain, perhaps…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:08

Media clueless to how it has killed itself

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To the Editor: The traditional news media (newspapers) have killed themselves through poor writing, a lack of balanced reporting, advocacy…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:07

A small-town weekend packed with big meaning

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After three months of internal darkness and coping with grief, this past weekend offered some soothing reprieve. Over the years,…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:04

Life in Gitmo was idyllic, but the danger was real

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Fidel Castro’s death should remind us that we are oftentimes more powerless and rudderless than our country’s leaders like to…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:42

Granddaddy of ‘em all

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This year will mark the 117th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC.) The CBC is the longest-lived and largest citizen-science…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:39

State burn ban lifted

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Steady rains over the past week have caused the N.C. Forest Service to lift burning bans for 32 counties, including…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:36

Bird the holidays away

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As December unfolds, birders across the globe will embark on a quest to tally as many birds and species as…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:35

New species named for Fontana

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A new-to-science lichen species discovered in March 2016 has been named after Fontana Dam due to its discovery in the…
Over the course of thousands of years lived in the Southern Appalachian mountains, the Cherokee people had pretty well developed…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:25

It’s OK sometimes to just take a dip

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Of course, we’re intended to read from cover to cover many books — novels, histories, biographies, and more. It would…
Novels written by a Western Carolina University professor and by his former student are among the 147 titles in the…
“I’m glad you’re here right now.” Standing in line at the Old Europe coffee shop in downtown Asheville, I said…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:05

When I sing: An interview with Bear Rinehart

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Heralding from just down the mountain in Greenville, South Carolina, Bear Rinehart is the front man for the rock group…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:02

Get on the ‘Appalachian Mural Trail’

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With the help of the Blue Ridge Parkway Association, the Appalachian Mural Trail Group began accomplishing its vision on Dec.…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 15:38

Haywood County wipes the dust off the bottle

The State of North Carolina has long had a conflicted relationship with alcohol; although largely unregulated during colonial times, it became an irritant to the agrarian, conservative majority of 19th-century voters who, like much of the nation, watched the ultimate…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 15:36

The alcohol permitting process

Although it is now legal to sell wine and beer outside of incorporated municipalities in Haywood County, businesses can’t just start slinging suds — a thorough permitting process is in place to ensure the responsible issuance of retail permits. 
Just after the secular American Revolution, many Americans also experienced a theological revolution; from the 1790s through the 1830s, a religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening saw Protestant denominations — especially Baptists and Methodists — rise to new…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 15:28

After the fire

When hurricane-force winds met burning, bone-dry forest, the city of Gatlinburg transformed overnight on Nov. 28-29 from lively tourist town to panic-seared disaster area. Gusts clocking in as high as 87 miles per hours blew balls of fire down from…
GATLINBURG — It started with an ember.  One single ember, falling from the sky into Michael Luciano’s front yard in Chalet Village in Gatlinburg. 
GATLINBURG — Just before hitting the McDonald’s along U.S. 321 east of Gatlinburg on Dec. 2, traffic slows to a crawl. Then, to all but a stop. Hundreds of homeowners, business owners and residents line up in anxious anticipation as…
GATLINBURG — Coaches and team jerseys were absent from Rocky Top Sports World Friday morning, but the sports-complex-turned-Red-Cross-shelter surged with activity as Dec. 2 began.
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 15:12

Rain quells wildfires across the region

It took mere hours for the Chimney Tops 2 Fire to escape the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and sweep down to engulf parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Monday, Nov. 28. But as wind fueled the roaring fire, rain…
Dec. 7, 1941. It’s a date that conjures numerous images and thoughts. The USS Arizona engulfed in smoke and flames. Fighter pilots zooming across the sky with the “rising sun” emblazoned on the sides of their aircraft. Machine guns blasting upwards,…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 15:07

Locals react to Japanese attack

On Thursday, Dec. 4, 1941, newspapers in Western North Carolina revealed cities in full holiday swing — ads for Philco tube radios, canned Christmas hams and silk stockings filled their pages, along with announcements for holiday parties and special sales.
Turning onto Qualla Road in Waynesville, the meandering route goes from pavement to gravel to dirt within a half-mile. By the time you realize it has been a little while since you’ve seen a mailbox, a small cabin appears in…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 15:02

Swain band performs at Pearl Harbor Anniversary

The Swain County High School marching band was noticeably absent from the annual Bryson City Christmas Parade last weekend, but they had a good reason.
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 15:00

Haywood Commission selects new chairman

In addition to welcoming newly-elected Commissioner Brandon Rogers and welcoming back newly re-elected Commissioner Kevin Ensley at its Dec. 5 meeting, the Haywood County Board of Commissioners selected Commissioner Kirk Kirkpatrick to serve as chairman.
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 14:59

Maggie Chamber restructures membership options

Maggie Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is responding to criticism in the community by restructuring its membership options for businesses.
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 14:57

Macon man admits to igniting small wildfires

A Franklin man is facing federal arson charges after admitting to setting fire to two separate areas in Macon County about a month ago.
Making their way around a room studded with tables, informational posters and documents for review, Jackson County residents took advantage of their first opportunity — Tuesday, Nov. 29 — to see where county leaders envisioned steering the county over the next…
Friday, 02 December 2016 13:23

Waynesville water safe despite discoloration

Although the water situation in the area seems to be improving thanks to the recent rains, the town of Waynesville Water Treatment staff discovered another unintended side effect of the low water levels.
Thursday, 01 December 2016 22:00

Untreated sewage discharged into Richland Creek

The Junaluska Sanitary District experienced a discharge of untreated sewage from a blockage in a line located Southeast of Loop Road in Clyde this afternoon.
Thursday, 01 December 2016 15:56

Jackson NAACP researching provisional ballots

With a high number of ballots being rejected from the Nov. 8 election, Jackson County’s NAACP branch is asking for testimony from voters who cast a provisionary ballot.
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 17:19

In a season of feasting, finding food for the soul

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I’ve always embraced change, perhaps to my detriment. I suspect it has something to do with a youth where we…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 17:11

Still can’t get my bearings in this alternative universe

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It has been a few weeks now since the election, and I feel like someone who just came out of…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 17:11

Social media is new ‘opiate of the masses’

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To the Editor: I would like to thank you for your excellent opinion piece in the Nov. 22 issue of…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 17:10

The media have always lied, so what’s new?

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To the Editor: While I agree with many of the concerns you have with fake news (, it didn’t start…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:59

Drought disaster declared in Haywood

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Haywood County has been declared a primary disaster area due to drought, making family farms eligible for federal assistance such…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:57

Waynesville Judo Club wins big

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Each of the Waynesville Judo Club’s six members came home with a medal from their Oct. 29 competition at University…