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I didn’t know what to say. Standing in the doorway of the music venue, he said it so casually. 
It’s brutal honesty. Within the wide-spectrum of creative mediums, standup comedy may just be the most vulnerable and jarring of…
Susan Boyette and her mother Martha Drew drove down from Tennessee early Friday morning to Rose Creek Mine outside of Franklin in search of rare treasures.  They spent hours digging through 12 buckets of native dirt and sifting through unknown…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 14:43

Franklin museum a real ‘gem’

At first glance, the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum may seem like a hokey tourist attraction, but visitors willing to give it a closer look will discover the largest inventory of gems in the Southeast.
When Macon County residents joined together in 1971 to raise money to buy Angel Hospital and make it a community hospital, the effort was dubbed Operation Heartbeat.
The Affordable Health Care Act got a bit closer to repeal last week as the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that could drastically affect millions across the country and across Western North Carolina.
Among the various organizations involved in economic development, one often finds a Chamber of Commerce and some development organization.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 14:07

Distillery hopes to pack economic punch

If all goes well, Maggie Valley will soon be known as a place where some of the finest spirits in the world are crafted.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 14:07

Public hearing slated for new Publix site

Although speculation has been rife over the past year, plans for a Publix grocery store in Waynesville have finally been revealed in advance of an upcoming zoning hearing.
A recent debacle between the town of Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad has been a wake-up call for the local business community.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 14:01

Town board welcomes more community input

Bryson City aldermen are quite aware of the rift created in the community over the Fry Street closure issue, but say they welcome residents and businesses alike to participate in the local government process.
As summer approaches, Waynesville’s green spaces are getting greener, but they’re also getting greater — in size. 
From softball fields to health buildings to animal shelters, funding requests have been arriving hot and heavy to the Jackson County Commissioners’ desks as budget season heats up. As the deadline for the 2017-18 budget draws nearer, the pressure to…
Two years have passed since developers first got approval to build a student housing complex along South Painter Road in Cullowhee, though not a shovel of earth was ever turned. But the stalled project could move forward this summer if…
The Jackson County Commissioners have unanimously approved an easement through county land that will allow plans for a 72-bedroom development adjacent to Cullowhee’s Speedwell Acres Road to move forward.
Obamacare is one step closer to repeal as the U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation that would provide a drastic overhaul of health insurance for millions in America and hundreds of thousands in Western North Carolina. “From the earliest…
On Wednesday, May 3, a male student assaulted another student at approximately 9:30 a.m. at Tuscola High School. The assault lasted about 20 seconds according to a press release from Haywood County Schools, and law enforcement and the parents of…
Thursday, 04 May 2017 15:00

Weigh in on WNC transportation planning

The N.C. Department of Transportation wants your feedback on its Draft 10-Year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which identifies the construction funding and scheduling for transportation projects. 
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:32

Let commissioners hire tax collector

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To the Editor: I read the recent letter by Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, and would just like to say…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:32

Mental health should be covered

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To the Editor: While the ACA is being re-considered I am asking why did we allow the insurance industry to…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:32

Party fracturing not necessarily bad

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To the Editor: We know that the modern newspaper, in fact all media, feeds on controversy, some of it made…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:30

‘Born in Franklin’ may never be heard again

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At some point in the future, here’s something you might never hear again: “I was born in Franklin.” Look no…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:27

This just isn’t going to get any better

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“What? Over? Did you say ‘over’? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans…
By Martin A. Dyckman • Guest Columnist Russian paratroopers dropping on the White House lawn could scarcely do more damage…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:21

Moonshine stills weren’t the only stills

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All this spring, golden birch catkins were dangling throughout the woodlands of the Smokies region. These are the male, pollen-carrying…
My pack was plenty heavy as I set out north on the Appalachian Trial from Carvers Gap, but with my…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:03

Drought beats a retreat

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Severe drought is nearly vanquished in North Carolina, with the number of counties in that designation the lowest it’s been…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:01

The new local food guide is here

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The new Local Food Guide from the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project is here, including more than 800 listings of places…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 14:57

Smokies trails see status changes

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Closures and openings have resulted in status changes for some trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
So, you have the talent, imagination and output of an artist. But, do you also have the drive, business savvy…
It was during the first sip of my second beer when it struck me. “Let’s go see Dave Davies.”
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 14:23

Need I say more? The power of wit

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When verbally attacked and left speechless by an assailant, who among us has not long afterwards pondered the mot juste…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 14:13

Down in the flood

CeCe Hipps is one of the very few people in North Carolina who can say that she was at the epicenter of the two most significant postwar economic expansions in the state. 
A new business or a new family moving to town isn’t solely due to the luck of the draw. Likewise, a shuttered mill or dilapidated neighborhood isn’t solely due to being dealt a bad hand.
A recent ruling from the Cherokee Tribal Court has called the authority of Grand Council into question. Temporary Associate Judge Sharon Tracey Barrett denied a request for a court order stopping Tribal Council from pursuing impeachment against Principal Chief Patrick…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:58

Cavy-crazed crowd convenes, competes

The stakes were as high as the hopes last weekend as competitors from across North America came together at the Haywood County Fairgrounds to see whose luxuriously-locked little rodent would be deemed best in breed by a discerning panel of…
Lake Junaluska residents opposed to a new Waynesville Fire District in their neighborhood will get one anyway, after a 2-1 vote by the Haywood County Board of Commissioners May 1.
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:54

Haywood County may dip into fund balance

Haywood County commissioners have set a date for the required public hearing in advance of passing next year’s budget — an especially important one, considering County Manager Ira Dove’s prediction that the county could see itself forced to use over…
With an eye to improving student performance and employee retention, Jackson County Public Schools has upped its budget ask to the Jackson County Commissioners — by 25 percent over the allocation given the past seven years.
Jackson County Schools has found itself at the back of the line to get a piece of the quarter-cent sales tax voters passed last year.
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:43

Baby deliveries to cease at Angel Medical

A difficult decision for Mission Health will now present a difficult decision for expecting mothers in Macon County.  With Mission’s announcement that labor and deliveries at Angel Medical Center in Franklin will cease by July 14, pregnant women will have…
Along with the announcement to stop labor and delivery services at Angel Medical Center, Mission Health also announced plans to build a new, state-of-the-art $43 million hospital for the Franklin community.
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:40

Harris prepared to deliver more babies

With the current expansion of its New Generations Family Birthing Center, Harris Regional Hospital couldn’t be in a better position to handle an anticipated influx of patients for labor and delivery services.
Macon County residents have made a clear statement that they oppose Mission Health’s decision to discontinue labor and delivery services at Angel Medical Center in Franklin. 
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:10

A big thank you to Rep. Mark Meadows

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All citizens of western North Carolina owe a big “thank you” to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, and the Freedom Caucus…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:09

Thanks for the help with Panthertown

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To the Editor: Friends of Panthertown and Mainspring Conservation Trust would like to thank all of our donors, including Jackson…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:09

Corporations are not U.S. citizens

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To the Editor: Are you sick of government ignoring the people it was meant to represent? Do you want your…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:09

Votes will help Haywood Schools

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To the Editor: The Haywood County Schools Foundation is a participant in “A Community Thrives” project sponsored by Gannett, USA…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:08

The solution is to destroy all nukes

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To the Editor: Back in 1979, then National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski received a middle-of-the-night phone call with the alarming…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:08

Haywood GOP does battle with anarchists

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To the Editor: It was odd to be reminded of the Spanish Civil War when reading your article about the…