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While most kids are just getting their new backpacks stocked or suffering through the first days of shift from summertime sleep schedules, students at Blue Ridge School in Cashiers are in the midst of their third week of the new…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 16:24

A second look at Williams classic

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In recent years, I have been surprised to learn that it possible for books to win prestigious awards, honors and…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:51

Balsam Range in, well, Balsam

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The 2014 IBMA “Entertainer of the Year” Balsam Range (bluegrass/gospel) will perform during the open house and barbecue on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:50

‘Granny D’ meets Reverend B

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Acclaimed actress Barbara Bates Smith will bring her performance of “Granny D” to North Carolina NAACP President Reverend Barber at…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:49

Open Air Indian Art Market

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The Open Air Indian Art Market will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Qualla…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:48

Haywood County Fair returns

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The Haywood County Fair will be held through Aug. 31 at the Haywood County Fairground in Lake Junaluska.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:47

Joan Jett to rock Harrah’s

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Rock legend Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:46

Balsam Range gets IBMA nods

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Acclaimed bluegrass act Balsam Range recently received eight nominations by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:44

Stuart, Smith bring country to Franklin

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Country music stars Marty Stuart and Connie Smith will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:43

This must be the place

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My eyes fluttered open and, for a moment, I didn’t know where I was. The room was familiar. The sheets…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:32

The Road to Rock — The Freeway Revival

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Manic, menacing and mesmerizing. That’s how rock-n-roll is supposed to make you feel. It’s meant to be a bit jarring,…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:16

My ‘year of lasts’ is officially underway

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I was watching my son’s soccer game last night and the old Al Stewart tune, “Time Passages,” kept running through…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:14

Shining Rock was not prepared for hearing

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To the Editor: The August 17 Town of Waynesville Planning Board meeting provided first-time meeting participants a crash course in…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:13

Don’t mix faith with government

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To the Editor: In Man for Himself, Erich Fromm gave us this valuable observation. He wrote, “Because of the fact…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:00

Chief candidate Lambert lays out platform

If Patrick Lambert wins his bid for principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, he expects to be looking a monstrous political version of a honey-do list when Election Day is over.
Mary Crowe isn’t a councilmember, but when a Tribal Council session starts up in Cherokee, hers is one face you might expect to see — whether in the audience, at the podium or back in the TV room watching the proceedings…
Driven crazy by the barking dogs of neighbors, Judy West says she is pulling up her life-long stakes in Haywood County and abandoning her farm, but not without sounding a warning to her fellow county residents: it could happen to…
Lowell Monteith, pastor of The Father’s House ministry, says the shelter has many needs right now. However, Macon County’s only homeless shelter’s most pressing need is community support.
There was barely room to breathe in Bryson City Town Hall on Monday night.
Jackson County is looking for the public’s help with an ongoing audit of its Permitting and Code Enforcement Department. The audit, which commissioners ordered in response to questions that surfaced earlier this year about whether the department was carrying out…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:49

Funding likely for sidewalk on U.S. 441

The future is looking bright for plans to build a sidewalk along U.S. 441 where Jackson County meets Cherokee, with funding recently approved from state contingency funds.
Nearly 30 people have put their names in the hat for election to Cherokee’s 12-member Tribal Council this fall, and depending who you ask, a lot is at stake.
A dozen hotels, motels and tourist accommodations in Haywood County will have to open their books to auditors in coming months to prove they aren’t pocketing some of the room taxes they collect.
A nonprofit nature center ensnared in a foreclosure saga at Balsam Mountain Preserve is one step closer to being evicted.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:42

Round-the-clock vet clinic to open in Haywood

Plans are in the works to open a 24-hour emergency clinic at Junaluska Animal Hospital in Waynesville next year, a first for the mountains west of Asheville.
Shining Rock Classical Academy was sent back to the drawing board Monday night on its proposed location, continuing a nearly three-month saga on where the new charter school will go.
The Charlotte developer behind a 488-bed student apartment complex planned for Cullowhee could face criminal charges, pending the outcome of an Aug. 27 hearing.
Jackson County’s steep slope ordinance made one last stop at the planning board before heading to a public hearing, but it went out with a bang as some members took issue with the version commissioners would ultimately consider for adoption.
Doris Mager returned from her most recent doctor appointment with some grim marching orders. Her instructions didn’t have anything to…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:16

Bikers raise cash for Parkway Mt. Pisgah campground project

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A rehabilitation project for the aging amphitheater at Mount Pisgah Campground will get some funding thanks to a fundraising ride…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:16

Parasitic gill lice found in Haywood waters

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A new parasite has been confirmed on rainbow trout collected from the West Fork Pigeon River in Haywood County, as…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:15

Smokies telethon to support park projects

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A fundraising broadcast to support Friends of the Smokies will air 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, on…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:14

Audio tour brings the Smokies to life

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A new audio tour for the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee will give visitors to the…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:13

Smokies visitation high at Cherokee

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Visitation has been strong in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this year, with numbers for the first six months…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:11

Bug Apetit - a tasteful discussion about insects

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Ever looked at a six-legged creature and thought of dinner? A program by “bug chef” Zack Lemann will explore the…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:10

Paddle tour of Lake Junaluska offered

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A paddle tour of Lake Junaluska will tell the history of the 200-acre lake and information about the ecosystems contained…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:06

We need to darken the way

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perseids fallingperseids burning white hotperseids flame out I made sure to keep an eye out for falling stars last week…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:14

Bernie Sanders excitement builds

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To the editor: July 29 Bernie Sanders spoke to the entire country using the Internet. It was an incredible event.…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:14

The Democrats’ war on babies is in trouble

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To the Editor: Now Democrats have once again dredged up the fabricated notion that Republicans are waging a war on…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:12

Thoughts on my Southern heritage

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To the Editor: The controversy in South Carolina revolving around the Confederate Flag has made me think about my Southern…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:08

Pay attention to new charter school

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To the Editor: Every person who pays taxes in Haywood County needs to be aware of, and pay attention to,…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:01

GOP’s Trump problem won’t be easily resolved

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I would wager that I despise politics just about as much as you do. Whatever your political affiliation, we would…
Whether from a seat in the auditorium or at home on the couch, more than 1,000 Cherokee people blocked out Thursday night (Aug. 6) to see the people vying for their vote as the tribe’s principal chief talk about everything…
“It’s football time in Tennessee!” is what John Ward, the long-time announcer for the University of Tennessee, used to declare…
Summer’s not quite over, but emergency responders in Haywood County are already practicing their skills in preparation for rescue season,…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:54

Macon Heritage fest to feature Plott hound lore

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Learn about the fabled bear hunting dog — the Plott Hound — during a talk at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug.…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:53

Stocking suspended after disease found in trout

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Whirling disease has been confirmed in rainbow trout in the Watauga River in the Banner Elk area, and biologists are…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:52

Swain officer wins state boating award

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A Bryson City man has been honored as North Carolina’s Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  Brian Cookston, a…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:51

Experience life on the top

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A guided hike to the top of Mount LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will provide an opportunity…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:49

Get schooled in wilderness

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A fall schedule of classes covering the principles of emergency response and responsible behavior in the backcountry will soon kick…