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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:56

Youth talent contest winners announced

The 18th Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest was held at the Greening Up the Mountains Festival on Saturday, April 25, in Sylva.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:54

This must be the place

I don’t get it. I woke up this morning (April 28) and listened to the news. I heard of the overnight chaos and madness ablaze on the streets of Baltimore, as we all have been paying attention to, and for…
It’s a recent Saturday afternoon at Nantahala Brewing Company in downtown Bryson City. With bluebird skies overhead and the mountains of Southern Appalachia in the distance, brewery co-owner Joe Rowland scans his surroundings. There are children and dogs running around…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:48

Baltimore and the failure of liberalism

To the Editor: As events unfold in Baltimore, the failure of liberal ideologies becomes clear. We’ve also seen the failures in Ferguson and even going back as far as Watts. In spite of all the high minded speeches about the…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:46

FOX News has been bad for the country

To the Editor: Imagine that in 2015, you, as an American citizen, don’t feel at home in your own town. You go out for pizza or to get braces for your child, and the TV blames you for all the…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:45

GOP is the party of higher taxes

To the Editor: The people have been told for years, particularly by Republican candidates running for the General Assembly, “We will cut your taxes.” They have cut your taxes if you made over $88,000 per year. If you have made…
Dozing in and out of sleep on the flight home from Leon, Nicaragua, I was thinking about circles. More to the point, I was contemplating the work of my father-in-law, Bill Sullivan, at the hospital in Leon, the Hospital Escuela…
Bradley Letts will have to keep his day job, but the Superior Court Judge will soon begin serving as a temporary judge for the Cherokee Supreme Court. 
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:21

Swain forms animal control committee

Swain County commissioners are moving forward with their plan to address the lack of animal control by putting together an ad hoc committee to explore possible solutions.
Swain County Commissioners are moving forward with a false alarm ordinance with the understanding that the sheriff’s office will enforce it with “common sense” in mind. 
In a mere four years, Jackson County Planner Gerald Green has wrestled with just about every controversial land-use issue you could possibly come across in the mountains.
After a solid three-year run in Canton, Sid’s on Main is closing, leaving a huge vacancy in downtown.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:07

Franklin approves Siler road apartments

Plans for a 60-unit apartment complex in Franklin are moving forward after Workforce Homestead received approval for a special permit from the Franklin Board of Aldermen.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:06

Franklin mayor warns of tough budget year

Now that town aldermen have a preliminary budget in front of them, the Franklin leaders are ready to begin an arduous process. Mayor Bob Scott read a prepared statement to the public during a Monday night town meeting. He said…
As the Macon County budget process gets under way, education spending will be one of the meatier items up for discussion.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:00

Fracking regulators served with lawsuit

A section of legislation giving the Mining and Energy Commission the authority to decide which local ordinances are OK and which are not when it comes to fracking could be struck down, if a state court sides with a lawsuit…
Leaking roofs, technology needs and impending state cuts prompted Jackson County Schools to put out a hefty ask to the county at the beginning of its budget talks, but it’s looking like the school system will wind up with only…
Haywood County Schools will cut its budget by $900,000 next year, plus tap its cash reserves to the tune of $1.5 million to soften the blow of what would otherwise be even larger cuts. “This is a draft. We may…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:45

Bringing the past to life

When Kim Sutton puts on his Civil War attire, he’s immediately transported to an era when a national conflict held court in the rural landscape of Haywood County.
For 10 years, museum curator Jackie Stephens has prepped The Shelton House for Civil War commemorations.
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:40

Take a Civil War tour in Haywood County

With the help of Civil War enthusiasts in Haywood County, The Shelton House Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts has put together a full weekend of events to commemorate the last shot fired in the Civil War east of the Mississippi.…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:38

The Fall of Will Thomas

William Holland Thomas, a self-made, prominent businessman, a revered chief in the Cherokee tribe, a politician and a colonel in the Confederate Army, spent the final 20 years of his life fighting mental illness. He passed those years, as he…
Not all the Eastern Cherokee supported the Confederacy. Several served with the Union army during the Civil War and were ostracized by the Confederate Cherokees after hostilities ceased. Some evidence exists that one of these Union soldiers brought smallpox back…
Union Col. William Bartlett tried to keep his cool as he watched his bitter, battle-hardened Confederate enemies riding down Main Street that May morning of 1865. SEE ALSO:• Like a Good Neighbor: The Eastern Cherokee and the Confederacy• Take a Civil…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:08

Chief candidates weigh in on issues

It’s election season in Cherokee, and with the long-time chief Michell Hicks opting not to seek re-election, five candidates are vying for the tribe’s top office.
Things are back to normal at Tuscola High School after an emailed threat prompted a complete evacuation of the school April 30.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:55

Cumberland Island National Seashore

Cumberland Island, which is composed of Great Cumberland Island (the national seashore) and Little Cumberland Island (private), is one of the largest barrier islands along Georgia’s coast. Cumberland Island is about 18 miles long and about 3 miles wide —…
A discussion on falconry and the importance of birds of prey to a healthy ecosystem — as well as a chance to meet those birds — will be the centerpiece of Trout Unlimited Cataloochee’s next meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May…
The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will kick off its annual lineup of eco tours to ecologically important areas throughout the region with a wildflower hike to Whitewater Falls Thursday, April 30, led by botanist Gary Wein.
The time is drawing near for synchronous fireflies to once more light up the night in the Smokies, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has announced this year’s dates for up-close firefly viewing at the park’s Elkmont Campground.  The…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:39

National forest sites open for spring

With warmer weather comes the opening of a lengthy list of campgrounds and recreation sites in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests that had been closed for the winter.  Newly reopen recreation areas include: • Nantahala District: Nantahala River facilities…
Four years ago, Jennie Wyderko — then finishing up her undergrad at Virginia Tech — had barely even touched a mountain bike.  Fast forward to 2015, and she’s one of two female officers for the Nantahala Area Southern Off Road…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:28

A withering cultural critic takes aim

In Withering Slights: The Bent Pin Collection (National Review Books, 2015, ISBN 978-0-9847650-3-4, 186 pages, $24.95), Florence King demonstrates once again why she remains, even in poor health, one of America’s most biting and genuinely funny social and political critics.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:22

Creating a healthier future

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital have embarked on exciting futures for our hospitals and communities.   Early this month, we unveiled new names and logos for our hospitals that highlight our connection to Duke LifePoint Healthcare. While this…
Sixth grade was not so kind to my daughter. She did better than she expected on the social part — and that was the part that really worried her, since she had heard so many frightening rumors about the chamber…
Haywood School Superintendent Anne Garrett came up with a novel approach for predicting how many students a new charter school will siphon out of the public school system.
Haywood County Schools have been losing students slowly but steadily over the past decade. Despite high academic performance, the school system has 500 fewer students. Where did they go? Why? Will the decline continue? • Case #1: The homeschool factor•…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 01:55

WCU LLC to spur economic development

The Western Carolina University College of Business is establishing a new, for-profit limited liability company designed to provide entrepreneurial business, scientific and technical services to help spur economic development activity in Western North Carolina. The new LLC will replace WCU’s…
A public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center will take the public’s temperature on a proposed fire tax for Jackson County residents in the Cashiers-Highlands area.  The county’s board of commissioners has been discussing…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 01:52

Final round for Cullowhee standards

Cullowhee residents crowded the basketball court at the Cullowhee Recreation Center last week for a chance to sound off during the last public hearing before Jackson County Commissioners take a final vote on whether to adopt the Cullowhee Community Planning…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 01:51

Bryson businesses unite

There is power in numbers, and businesses in Bryson City are ready to join forces to have their voices heard.  With guidance from the Swain County Chamber of Commerce, merchants are working to form a Bryson City Downtown Merchants Association. 
The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad introduces new people to all that Bryson City has to offer throughout the year, yet many locals are still not on board with the changes the train has brought with it.
Voters could see more Ds and Rs on their election ballot in 2016 if Republicans push through legislation to make local school board and statewide judicial races partisan.
Earlier this year, it looked like Monarch Ventures, a Charlotte-based company that’s been trying for years to build a high-density 500-bed student housing complex in Cullowhee, could be history.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 01:43

Fraternity gets five-year suspension

The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity will be absent from Western Carolina University’s roster of Greek life opportunities until 2020, following a February incident in which a PKA pledge claimed to be waterboarded by his fraternity brothers.
When the Cherokee Tribal Council voted to give itself a hefty pay raise last fall — $10,000 extra a year plus tens of thousands in backpay for the years when it supposedly should have already been receiving those extra dollars…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 21:13

Celebration honors Graham’s history

The Proctor Revival Organization will once again honor the history of Graham County May 1-31 with “A Time To Remember” celebration. The celebration will focus on the construction of the Fontana Dam as well as the deep, pioneering roots of…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 21:12

New art installation in Waynesville

A solid marble statue is the newest art installation by the Waynesville Public Art Commission. 
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 21:11

QuickDraw at Laurel Ridge

The WNC QuickDraw will be from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville.