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Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:11

Waynesville begins mobile vending discussions

The debate over when, where and how mobile vendors should be allowed to operate within the town limits has now made its way to Waynesville.
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:05

Haywood OKs outdoor shooting range moratorium

A moratorium on commercial outdoor shooting ranges took effect in Haywood County this week, temporarily halting any new shooting ranges from cropping up while the county crafts regulations to govern their safety and location.
With the help of Swain County commissioners, Mountain Discovery Charter School is about to begin a capital campaign to build a new gymnasium at the school that can also be utilized by the community at large.
Rev. Howard “Howdie” White, former rector of the Episcopal Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville, is being investigated in two states after being accused of sexual misconduct with minors. 
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:59

Sylva sets sights on revitalized Scotts Creek

Running through the hearts of Dillsboro and Sylva on its tumble down from Balsam, Scotts Creek has star potential. It could be a centerpiece of both downtowns — a magnet for anglers, kayakers and kids looking for a place to…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:48

Four elk dead in Jonathan Creek

After three elk were shot on the Ross dairy farm in Jonathan Creek for eating winter wheat, a follow-up visit from wildlife officials revealed the remains of a fourth elk as well.
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:46

Wildlife Commission OKs elk hunting rules

Elk hunting could be on the way to becoming legal in North Carolina following the N.C. Wildlife Resource’s Commission unanimous vote in favor of a rule change last week, though any actual season on elk is likely still a good…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:39

P.T. would be jealous

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One of the greatest shows on Earth is about to take center stage. Spring ephemerals will begin clawing through the…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:26

Taste — and hear — the wild

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Get a taste of the wild with students in the Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College as they host the…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:24

Franklin-area forest road closed for logging

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A 6-mile stretch of Rainbow Springs Road near Franklin will stay closed through mid-May for logging going on nearby.
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:22

Help Franklin become more bikable and walkable

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Share ideas for making Franklin more pedestrian and cyclist friendly during a public input meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:19

Celebrate winter Smoky-style

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WinterFest Smoky Style will return for its second year Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, injecting the…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:14

Nearly 50 acres conserved along national forest boundary

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A purchase of 48 acres adjacent to the Pisgah National Forest and the Highlands of Roan by the Southern Appalachian…
Mark Rogers sticks his hand through the cold air outside Bethel Grocery into the even more frigid interior of the…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 14:55

Here to stay: Coyotes make themselves at home in WNC

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It’s been 30 years since Raymond Bunn saw his first coyote, and that moment — Clay County, 1986 — is…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 20:51

Haywood County Schools: Response from Rep. Michelle Presnell

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Enrollment has fallen in Haywood County Schools every year since at least 2008, and Jimmy Rogers was on the school…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:20

Waynesville lumber company recognized for exports

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Waynesville lumber company Oaks Unlimited Inc. got recognition in Raleigh last week, named 2016 Exporter of the Year by the…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:09

Polar Plunge attracts record number

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The water of Lake Junaluska was a balmy 41 degrees as a parade of 158 people — sanity questionable —…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:06

Drawdown starts at Lake J for silt removal

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Water levels at Lake Junaluska are falling following the start of a drawdown to dredge silt and litter — and…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:04

Beekeeping school offered

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Newbie beekeepers will get a leg up with an all-day class in beginning beekeeping Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Haywood…
When the snow starts falling and Western North Carolina’s main streets, schools and businesses go to sleep in wait for…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:56

This year’s flowers, last year’s berries

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Last summer while I was walking along the creek below our home, small splotches of red and white at the…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:44

A polite listener for those bizarre stories

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I have always been an Art Bell fan, and judging from the extensive archives on YouTube, I am not the…
It all started in a boat. “Dan [Elliot], Jon [Bowman] and I were fishing on Wolf Lake,” Doug Weaver said. “And…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:34

Open call for artists, designers

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The Jackson County Arts Council is looking for local artists/designers to participate in their spring fundraiser event “Trashion Show” to…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:30

This must be the place

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It ain’t so bad. Getting older. Tomorrow is my 31st birthday, and as I reflect on my first year of…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:14

Bottom line: State needs to do more for public schools

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It’s a fundamental question and voters will be the ultimate arbiters: is North Carolina spending adequately on education? The short…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:10

Self-esteemers having trouble with Panther loss

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For some time, I have been worried that my children are not learning the coping skills they will need in…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:05

WCU should stay away from Koch money, influence

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By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist In Sons of Wichita, Daniel Schulman relates a story about Charles Koch’s attempt to…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:05

The diet of Lent is healthy

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To the Editor: This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:04

Are women treated differently?

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To the Editor: Have you ever heard of a man being fired for his “strong leadership style”? Ella Kliger Franklin
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:00

Atlas’ big smug shrug

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By Ron Robinson • Guest Columnist The other day I attended a basketball game at Western Mountain University. I could not…
Everyone enjoys the ground-level Western North Carolina views, but drones provide a whole new perspective on things.  SEE ALSO:• Drone technology presents opportunities and challenges• Drone operators navigate strict laws With a gentle buzzing, these lightweight unmanned aircrafts are able to soar…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:44

Drone operators navigate strict laws

Drone operators have found that navigating the Federal Aviation Administration’s regulations is more complicated than navigating their unmanned aircrafts.
Though it can make certain aspects of life easier, technology often has unintended consequences.
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:20

Arrest made in Lake Junaluska home invasion

A man accused of breaking into an occupied home at Lake Junaluska a week ago was arrested Monday night after allegedly breaking and entering into a Cove Creek home. The resident of a house on Cove Creek Road reported to…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:16

The Panthers’ role in a cathode ray tube crisis

In the days leading up to the Super Bowl, avid Panthers’ fan David Francis came up with a novel approach to quantifying local interest in the big game this year, which hit a fever pitch given a home-state team in…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:12

Cherokee shoots down U.S. motto display

Since launching the U.S. Motto Action Committee, Rick Lanier has gotten his pitch to government leaders pretty well dialed in. After the group won a lawsuit in 2005 challenging Davidson County’s display of the national motto on its county building,…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:08

Fired WCU worker will return to work

While most people are mourning the coming of another Monday, Rob Russell will be rejoicing as he returns to his job at Western Carolina University Feb. 15. 
Construction on the 0.7-mile connector road through Southwestern Community College has come to a halt after the contractor working on it defaulted on its $15.9 million contract this week.
A three-way finger-pointing contest over cracks in Southwestern Community College’s biggest building — and their relation to construction work on the R-5000 connector road project — could result in a lawsuit if the parties involved aren’t able to decide who…
A $15,000 contribution from Jackson County Commissioners will ensure that housing for the county’s homeless continues through the winter.
Fears that a controversial economics policy center coming to Western Carolina University will be a vehicle to advance conservative, laissez-faire market theories have been partially quelled with the creation of a rigorous and robust faculty oversight board.
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 17:01

We believe war is never the answer

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To the Editor: Any who frequent Main Street Waynesville on Wednesday afternoons will know that a group calling ourselves Neighbors…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:59

Lopez’s role in Koch gift, center is fair game

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To the Editor: I would like the economics professors who wrote a letter in last week’s Smoky Mountain News (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/17086)…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:53

Happiness now, not in the ever after

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There was a time in my life where I thought being wild would lead to a sense of freedom and…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:50

GOP policies to blame for Central closing

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By Jimmy Rogers • Guest Columnist If Central Elementary in Waynesville is forced to close because of budget cuts and losing…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:46

Let’s ease off the throttle on Central closing

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By John Sanderson • Guest Columnist I have hesitated to make a comment about this issue, because I know personally…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:41

Don’t fall for that 5-planet crap

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It’s been awhile since The Naturalist’s Corner’s chief investigative journalist, Kuteeng Satire, has been called upon to help us clarify…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:27

Algal invader found in Jackson County

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A nuisance algae capable of harming stream habitats has come to Jackson County, and water users will have to help…