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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:16

Time to solve problems

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To the Editor: Obviously, the GOP has won control of government for a brief while. The use of such language…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:15

The big lie about immigration

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To the Editor: Everyone wants to feel safe. We want to protect our lives, our property and our jobs. When…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:14

Let’s just get people back to work

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To the Editor: People do not appear to understand how important it is that Obamacare be repealed with no replacement.…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:14

Rep. Mark Meadows has gone missing

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To the Editor: As a constituent of Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, I am disappointed that he did not use this…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:13

How the mountain towns died

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To the Editor: Once there was once a busy, thriving community nestled in beautiful mountains that surrounded the town on…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:13

Protecting privacy in two steps

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To the Editor: North Carolina state Sen. Jim Davis, Franklin, in a recent newspaper interview indicated he opposes the repeal…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:55

In rural Scotland, lessons on the power of books

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Readers of this column know I am a sucker for books about books. Novels like The Little Paris Bookshop, collections…
News spread fast last week after the Sylva Police Department removed more than 50 spikes from hiking trails at Pinnacle…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:40

Prescribed burns planned for national forests

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Over the next few months, prescribed burns will be conducted on all four of North Carolina’s national forests.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:36

Grant dollars will help WNC farms grow

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A total of $201,000 has been awarded to 35 farm businesses in Western North Carolina as part of this year’s…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:29

Drought increases in Western N.C.

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Drought is creeping back into the area, with the number of counties designated as experiencing severe drought growing from four…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:27

WNC bike shops get national recognition

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Of 4,000 U.S. bike shops, Motion Makers Bicycles and Bryson City Bicycles were selected as two of the 253 listed…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:25

Restoration and demolition planned at Elkmont

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Work is underway to demolish some buildings and restore others in the Elkmont Historic District of the Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:23

Solar eclipse viewing tickets on sale

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 Tickets are now on sale for the Great American Solar Eclipse in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, available on…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:21

What me chase?

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Regular readers of “The Naturalist’s Corner” may remember that I’ve decided to keep a 2017 year-list of birds. I noted,…
What would you do? A pile of drugs. A stack of cash. More money than you’ve ever seen in your…
I finally had a moment of silence. After a raucous Saturday night attending the Perpetual Groove show at The Salvage…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:46

HCAC elects new members

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The Haywood County Arts Council has elected three new members to its Board of Directors. The new members, who will…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:41

Triple Threat wins in Asheville

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The Competition Teams of Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy in Sylva traveled to Asheville recently to compete in the regional…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:28

Swain Specialty Clinic opens new space

Swain Specialty Clinic, the longstanding group of specialty physician practices at Swain Community Hospital, has expanded to a new space in the medical office building on the hospital campus on Hospital Hill.
Canton native William McDowell and his wife, celebrity songstress Gladys Knight, have big plans for McDowell’s old alma mater, Reynolds High School.
A dilapidated segregation-era high school in Canton purchased by a former student will become a $5 million community center by 2019 if the Reynolds High School Community Foundation meets its fundraising goals.  SEE ALSO: Q&A: Reynolds Community Center to be a…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:18

National Register possible for Pigeon Street

Special recognition could be coming to an overlooked quarter of Waynesville if a recently submitted grant application receives funding.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:12

Faces and places from Pigeon Street’s past

Standing in the parking lot of the Jones Temple AME Zion Church on Pigeon Street in Waynesville, Phillip Gibbs doesn’t look 71 years old.
An unusual number of building vacancies has peppered downtown Sylva this winter, and as town leaders have scratched their heads to figure out why, the fee structure of the Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority has come under fire as a…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:07

Haywood school board settles Central lawsuit

The Haywood County Board of Education and local attorney Mark R. Melrose have agreed to a settlement that brings an end to his lawsuit over the shuttering of a Waynesville school that left parents shocked and some students in tears.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:06

Franklin considers room tax hike

All of Franklin’s big plans for improving the appearance and infrastructure around town won’t be possible without some additional revenue.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:04

Franklin prioritizes 2017 projects

Every year before budget time, the Franklin Board of Aldermen likes to get together and figure out what the town’s priorities should be for the coming year.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:02

Chief vetoes impeachment resolution

Principal Chief Patrick Lambert has issued a veto against Tribal Council’s Feb. 2 resolution to begin impeachment proceedings against him.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 14:59

A new day for N.C. 107

The congested, five-lane drag through Sylva will soon meet its maker. A $36 million project to re-do the commercial thoroughfare of N.C. 107 is officially in the planning stages, and last week the N.C. Department of Transportation unveiled the long-awaited…
Consolidated Metco, a designer and manufacturer of commercial vehicle truck components, has announced that it will close its Bryson City plant permanently by Feb. 1, 2018.
The population of folks in need of overnight housing has been increasing in Jackson County, prompting Jackson Neighbors in Need to ask commissioners for $23,400 to help them shelter higher-than-expected numbers of people through the end of March. 
The newly hired principal of the newly formed Catamount School in Sylva won’t be new to the environment at Smoky Mountain High School, where the Catamount School is to be located. 
Newly elected Rep. Mike Clampitt was asked some tough questions during his first constituent meeting in Haywood County last Friday, and the crowd was not satisfied with his answers — or lack thereof.
Monday, 27 February 2017 22:35

ConMet plant in Bryson City to close

Consolidated Metco, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of commercial vehicle truck components, will close its Bryson City plant by February 2018.
Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:25

Opinions sought for Sylva improvements

State Transportation officials will host a public meeting Thursday, Feb. 23, on upgrading N.C. 107 through Sylva.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:45

The cracks are beginning to deepen

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There has never been a president like Donald Trump. There has never been a campaign like the campaign that Trump…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:40

Tax collector likely too easy on too many

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We reported last week that Haywood County Tax Collector Mike Matthews may have been showing favoritism to some local Republican…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:39

We were the original immigrants

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To the Editor: It is interesting that the U.S. is so outraged over Mexican illegal immigration when Mexico was actually…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:39

We deserve the truth from Trump

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To the Editor: In these days of political bickering, I believe that words we use must be precise in order…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:38

Remember the 1970s before gutting EPA

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To the Editor: We have made much progress in our long-term protections of air, water and the environment since President…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:38

We should all rally for the environment

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To the Editor: The right to clean air and clean water seems to have become a partisan issue in our…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:38

Listening can work magic

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To the Editor: Democrats might well consider that you can’t justify your actions based on the idea that, “we are…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:37

Why I still vote Democrat

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To the Editor: For the last decade, I have questioned my party allegiance, as well as the allegiance of others…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:37

Article’s premise was totally unfounded

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To the Editor: The article ”Unfair collection practices in tax collector’s office?” (Feb. 25 edition) wisely includes a question mark…
“The line runs down the meander of the ridge to where Bossy dropped her first calf.”  “The line runs to where…
When starting the hike, it’s not immediately obvious why the Chimney Tops Trail should be appointed for long-term closure. The…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:16

Firefighters combat Cold Mountain Fire

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A human-caused fire estimated at 132 acres is burning in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area about 20 miles south of…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:06

‘Casablanca’ one of the finest scripts of all time

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“Casablanca.” For some, that name evokes a city in Morocco, an urban center of four million people quartering one of…
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville is fortunate to be one of few theaters to have a talented scenic artist on staff. Not only does Lyle Baskin produce some of the most stunning backdrops for HART productions, but the backdrops…