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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 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…
Nadia Dean has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to telling a story. It’s a historical account of…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:45

This must be the place

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It’s all about what you’re willing to sacrifice.
I was five minutes late. Trying to track down a parking spot outside the Hunter Library at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee last week, the task proved difficult, even with the students gone for the summer. Having never stepped foot…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:25

Rezoning request packs Maggie meeting

There wasn’t an empty seat in the house when the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen met for its public budget hearing on June 13, but it was a zoning issue that took up 90 percent of the three-plus hour meeting.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:24

Shelter at bear attack site now open

Nearly a month after an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker found his night interrupted by an attacking bear, the backcountry shelter in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where the incident occurred is open once more.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:22

Rev. Barber preaches love at Sylva rally

Following the recent shooting in Orlando that left 50 dead and more injured, Dr. Rev. William Barber’s keynote address to the crowd at the Mountain Moral Monday rally in Sylva was a bit different than expected, but the message was…
Although the closing of Central Elementary School was met with cheers, jeers, and even a lawsuit, its recent closure is already yielding positive results for the rest of the district’s budget.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:14

Waynesville board works to plug budget hole

A sparsely-attended special meeting held June 7 at the Waynesville Town Hall was meant to serve as a public hearing on the town’s proposed $29.7 million budget for fiscal year 2016-2017, but instead talk centered mostly around things much more…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:12

Business leaders honored at Chamber dinner

Each year the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce honors local businesses and leaders for their contributions to the community during its annual dinner and awards ceremony.
About 20 tribal members filled the audience benches in Cherokee Tribal Court last week, watching the first court hearing in a lawsuit decrying pay raises Cherokee Tribal Council gave itself in 2014. The suit’s defendants were asking Judge Sharon Barrett…
The Canton Board of Aldermen took another three hours June 9 to conduct a required public hearing on the 2016-17 budget. That’s in addition to the three hours that were spent discussing it May 26. And there’s still one more…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 13:59

Can bold proposals remake Canton?

The Canton Town Board is considering proposals that could boost Canton’s appeal to residents and tourists alike — especially those interested in festivals and fishing.
The finish line is in sight to choose a new county manager for Jackson County.
Friends of the Haywood County Animal Shelter will host a kickoff reception and informational session in support of the county’s new shelter proposal.
Work has begun on a controversial Haywood County indoor shooting range that had some residents at odds last winter.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 13:44

Sales tax to increase in Jackson

Nearly two-thirds of Jackson County voters who visited the polls last week said yes to a referendum question asking to raise the county’s sales tax by one-fourth of a cent. Education leaders are rejoicing at the outcome. 
A casino board member who came under fire for possible “conduct unbecoming” of a public official will keep her post, following conclusion of an investigation ordered by the Cherokee Tribal Council.