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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:03

New initiative to provide winter assistance

Macon New Beginnings, a new nonprofit in Macon County working to address homelessness, has been hard at work trying to come up with a plan to shelter people in need through the winter.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:00

Franklin homeless ministry seeks new home

Lowell Monteith is tired of hearing “No.” It seems like everywhere he turns for help, the answer is always the same.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:58

Jackson looks to future government space needs

Jackson County is moving ahead with an effort to free up more space in its Health Department.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:56

Three compete for House seat

Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, has announced her intentions to run for a third term, but two Democrats have stepped up to challenge her for the chance to represent the 118th District of North Carolina.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:54

Recycling clearinghouse nixed in Haywood

A controversial proposal to sell a 55-acre tract in a county-owned industrial park near Canton to a private recycling sorting plant is dead.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 23:12

Write-in votes counted for Webster and Forest Hills

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Neither Webster nor Forest Hills will have vacancies when the new town government terms begin in December, according to official…
Thursday, 05 November 2015 18:39

Information sought in national forest vandalism

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Vandalism in the Nantahala National Forest has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to offer a monetary reward for information about…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:05

Pisgah High Millennials ready to voice their opinions

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Somewhere at this very moment, a political science major is writing a dissertation on why young people these days are…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:03

Some capitalism not so admirable

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To the Editor: In 2008, the CEO of BBT, John Allison, gave $1 million to Western Carolina University. Some have…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:01

Don’t succumb to fears in Beaverdam

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To the Editor: I would like to elaborate on the comments I made at the hearing on Oct. 19 on…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:59

Duke profits take precedence over state’s public interest

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By Avram Friedman • Guest Columnist By proposing to replace its Lake Julian coal plant in Asheville with a new…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:55

A post-apocalyptic world fuels sci-fi novel

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Back in the ‘60s, I went on a science fiction bender that lasted a decade.
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:42

Ferns stand out this time of year

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One of my favorite times to observe ferns is in winter when they stand out in the brown leaf-litter. Of…
For Tim Petrea, it was a truck and a red box that launched a lifetime affinity for the outdoors. Growing…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:16

Haywood students to get creative with trash

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A competition challenging students to take their best stab at trash sculpture aims to get Haywood County teens thinking about…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:14

Take a guided hike to Chimney Tops with its trail engineer

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A strenuous hike to one of the most unique peaks in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will also include…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:12

Tuck accesses to close for construction

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The Barkers Creek and Locust Creek River access points in Jackson County will close over for construction over the coming…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:10

WNC’s biggest bear

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One of the most unique leaf-looking experiences in the country — the Shadow of the Bear — is now visible…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:06

New Bryson City fishing pier finds easy popularity

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A handicapped-accessible fishing pier along the Tuckasegee River in downtown Bryson City was dedicated this fall. It is located beside…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 04:39

Bryson City election may be too close to call

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Bryson City’s town election may be too close to call given that there were eight provisionary ballots left to count…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 04:32

Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown thumps Cure at the polls

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Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown pulled off a resounding victory against his challenger Jonnie Cure — a landslide of 1,394 to…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 04:22

Write-in votes plentiful in Webster and Forest Hills

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It looks like a shortage of candidates for town board in Webster and Forest Hills won’t mean empty seats in…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 04:19

Franklin incumbents replaced with new faces

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The Franklin Board of Aldermen will soon have some new blood leading the town into the future.
The race for Sylva town board has been crowded since filing began, and the election remained close all the way…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 03:44

Clyde leadership remains steady

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Clyde voters gave Mayor Jerry Walker the thumbs-up to add four more years to the 35 he’s served on the…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 03:42

Canton incumbents to carry on

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After a long day at the polls, Ralph Hamlett and Gail Mull were heading to The Imperial on election night…
Maggie Valley had the opportunity to select new leadership in this election, but residents voted for incumbents to continue the…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:40

Lake Junaluska Peace Conference begins Nov. 12

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World Music artist, composer and peace activist Yuval Ron will appear in concert with his international ensemble of musicians at…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:39

WCU ‘haunted walking tours’

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Halloween might be over, but the scariness continues at Western Carolina University with a series of “haunted walking tours” on…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:37

Mountain Faith to play WCU

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Jackson County-based bluegrass/gospel act Mountain Faith will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the John W. Bardo Fine…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:35

This must be the place

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“Some may never live, but the crazy never die.” It’s a quote by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, a writer whose influence…
One gets hungry strolling downtown Sylva these days. For a town of around 2,600 residents, there sure are a lot of…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:27

Lake Junaluska to host Peace Conference

Jews, Muslims and Christians will gather at Lake Junaluska next week to promote peace. The Lake Junaluska Peace Conference is four days of workshops, yoga, prayer, lectures, worship, meditation and music, with the goal of advancing the work of reconciliation…
With guidance from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, Southwestern Community College has instructed ECS Carolinas, LLP, to develop an action plan to address elevated lead levels downhill from the firing range that the college operates off River Road in…
Franklin beat out 47 other small towns this year for the title of “2015 Top Small Town” in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. 
Two newly completed infrastructure projects in Swain County are welcome additions for the emergency services staff.
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:22

World War II monument rededicated in Webster

Webster will hold the biggest Veterans Day celebration it’s had for 64 years when it rededicates the World War II monument that Webster High School students erected in 1951 to honor their fallen classmates.
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:21

Veteran’s Day events

Macon County • Macon County Art Association will hold a reception and portrait presentation event for the Annual Veterans Portrait Project at noon, Nov. 11, at the Uptown Gallery, 30 E. Main St., Franklin. The public is invited to watch family…
A year’s worth of time and a shakeup in leadership haven’t been enough to take the pay raises Cherokee Tribal Council voted itself last year out of the public eye. With a lawsuit already filed in the tribe’s court system,…
When inmates of the Jackson County Detention Center committed suicide on Nov. 21, 2014, and March 13 of this year, the same two male jailers were on duty both days. One of those jailers has taken a voluntary demotion.
Construction is now underway for a new emergency department at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, an $11 million project that will replace the existing emergency department, nearly 30 years old.
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:14

Cherokee to consider marijuana legalization

Cherokee will take a look at legalizing marijuana on the Qualla Boundary, Tribal Council decided in a unanimous vote last week.
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:12

Distillery sets its sights on Maggie building

A brand new craft distillery is looking to set up shop in the former Carolina Nights dinner theater building in Maggie Valley, but the owner will first have to get special permission from town aldermen.
The conversation about wilderness and how it should fit into the next management plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests will continue with a pair of public meetings this month.
A recycling sorting plant proposed in Haywood County has encountered a hitch following an 11th-hour revelation that it would be exempt from paying county property taxes.
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:02

Opponents rally against recycling proposal

Haywood County commissioners took another volley of criticism this week as they continued to weigh the pros and cons of selling land in the county industrial park to a recycling business venture.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:37

Little-known Cherokee history, from the archives

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When I used to work for the Cherokees, there were occasions when there was little to do. When that happened,…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:37

Reelected Hamlet, Mull to Canton board

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To the Editor: I am writing to express my support for Ralph Hamlett and Gail Mull for Canton aldermen.  …
Jackson County commissioners are going to pass a smart steep slope ordinance that will help as this region shakes off…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:28

More than one way to skin environmental regulations

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According to Steve Ford, in a piece for NC Policy Watch called “Policies, power, pride divide the NC House and…