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Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:06

Schools work through calendar challenges

Macon County teachers recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of adding 20 minutes to their school days in an effort to get testing done before the Christmas holiday and fit in additional teacher workdays.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:04

Tobacco-free ordinance on hold in Swain

Swain County Commissioners postponed a vote on whether to make the county recreation center a tobacco-free area after hearing feedback from a few residents.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:04

Homeless shelter planned for Cherokee

Work will begin on establishing a shelter for Cherokee’s homeless following passage of a resolution Principal Chief Patrick Lambert introduced this month.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:02

Artificial turf likely for Smoky Mountain High

A plan to replace the football field at Smoky Mountain High School with artificial turf is likely to move ahead following an engineer’s finding that the work could be done well within Jackson County Public School’s $715,000 cap for the…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 15:40

Oscar winners to film movie in Sylva

Sylva is going to hit the big screen next year, made over as the fictional town of Ebbing, Missouri, and home to a character portrayed by Oscar-winning actress Francis McDormand.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 15:38

Bishop back out on bond after failing drug test

Former Macon County Elections Director Kim Bishop recently had to appear before a federal judge for the second time to plead guilty to federal embezzlement charges after her first plea was rejected and her bond revoked for failing a drug…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 15:36

WCU preps for visit from new UNC president

Western Carolina University leaders are getting ready to roll out the red carpet for the impending arrival of Margaret Spellings, the incoming president of the state’s public university system, who will be touring WCU campus on March 10.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 15:08

Mountain Heritage Center selected for accreditation academy

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Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center is among 10 museums selected to participate in the American Alliance of Museums’ new…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 14:59

This must be the place

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It is for all special occasions.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 14:51

Veteran reflects on World War II, life and poetry

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He got to me before I could get to him. Turning into the large parking lot of the Canton Ingles…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:25

Florence King: a biting wit that took no prisoners

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In Withering Slights: The Bent Pin Collection (National Review Books, 2015, ISBN 978-0-9847650-3-4, 186 pages, $24.95), the recently deceased (she…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:12

Discounted Penland classes for WNC residents

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Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in a number workshops in its second summer session available at half tuition…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:59

This must be the place

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Editor’s Note: On Feb. 9, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire. Garret posted a photo…
Pulling off the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway onto the Cabin Flats Road, within an earshot of Waynesville, a cold wind…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:38

Say goodbye to stripper boobs

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“Out: so-called stripper boobs. In: a woman’s natural shape.”  I read that sentence a couple of months ago in a…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:38

We need more wilderness areas

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To the Editor: Here are three reasons why we should designate more federal land as wilderness to protect it from…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:38

Bond initiative would waste taxpayer money

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To the Editor: Voters should vote AGAINST the $2 billion “Connect NC” bonds on the March 15 ballot. Gov. Pat…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:37

Support Connect NC bond initiative

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To the Editor: One of the greatest resources our state has is the University of North Carolina System with its…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:31

No reason to believe N.C. will fix redistricting mess

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Maybe North Carolina will be a shining star of a state working to resolve petty partisanship, and maybe it won’t. …
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:19

Prepare to show photo ID at the polls

New voter identification laws are in effect for the 2016 elections, meaning voters should be prepared to show a valid form of photo identification at the polls during the March 15 primary election.
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:17

Free meal program going well at WNC schools

Half a year after launching a program that makes breakfast and lunch free for every child in school, the financials are looking good for Jackson County Schools’ child nutrition program.
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…