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Who has the lowest tax rate in the state — Macon County or Jackson County? The answer is both, it just depends on who you ask.
Jackson County commissioners may be looking to change how fire departments are funded.
A group of folks allegedly raising funds on behalf of an out-of-state church have sparked complaints and questions from Franklin residents puzzled, and sometimes troubled, by the troupe’s origin and tactics.
Well raise my electric bill … again. Duke Energy is looking to hike its rates by nearly 10 percent.
Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park is scheduled to kick off its 2013 season Memorial Day weekend, thanks to the grit, passionate and determination of its new owner and longtime champion Alaska Pressley, who has slogged ahead with her…
Twice in one week, the mountainside along Holder Branch Road in Canton slid away — and that was twice too many for 34-year-old mother of three Dara Parker.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:11

Landslide protocol: a muddied affair

The tragic death of a railroad worker investigating a fresh landslide along a rail line last week highlighted the hidden, yet inherent, risks for workers who are first on the scene in the aftermath of a slide.  Joseph Drewnoski, 33,…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:09

Cherokee casino hits earning milestone

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort’s bottom line is improving steadily each year as the nation continues to recover from the recession and as the casino expands its offerings.
About 30 cosmetology students stand at their individual workstations cutting, coloring and chatting; they are elbow-to-elbow and back-to-back, cramped as they cater to paying clients in the small salon room at Haywood Community College.
Two tight-pocketed Macon County commissioners, who have voted consistently against all sorts of new government spending, have decided to go on the offensive and push for a tax decrease.
Sewage and what to do with it has posed a complicated set of problems for the community of Cashiers — problems that could put in peril the area’s economic development as much as the public’s health.
Jackson County leaders are moving ahead with plans to open a liquor store in Cashiers, despite up to $200,000 in start-up costs that could take more than five years to recoup before seeing a profit.
Macon County Schools are facing a $2 million budget shortfall and are hoping the county will come to the rescue. That leaves county commissioners with a difficult decision: inject substantial amounts of money into the school system or force the…
Walmart in Sylva was asking for the town board to grant them an exemption for a larger storefront sign. But instead of getting a pass on the existing ordinance, the town board decided to change the sign law as it…
Haywood Community College has asked for more than $1.4 million from the county for building and renovations projects on campus in the coming fiscal year.
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:41

News notes from Cherokee

State of housing in Cherokee to be surveyed A federal study researching housing conditions on Indian reservations across the U.S. will include the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. In 2009, Congress mandated that the Department of Housing and Urban Development…
Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Tribal Council took issue with a construction budget increase for the tribe’s justice center and jail during their meeting last week, a sign of overall displeasure with past and current projects demanding…
Standing next to Louis “Louie” Bing, you’d never know he was homeless. While waiting for a cup of coffee at City Bakery in Waynesville, the 65-year-old stands patiently alongside tourists, retirees and locals. His clothes, shoes and beard are well kempt.
At first blush, Officer Nan Tritt looks like any other cop. She wears a badge and a gun, and the heft of a bulletproof vest shows under her uniform.
The Haywood County Board of Commissioners have made it clear that without a property tax increase, funding is unlikely for additional school resource officers and guidance counselors.
The 10-person Haywood Regional Medical Center board will now include an 11th member. The Haywood Board of Commissioners Monday approved a change to the hospital board’s bylaws to up the number of members and appointed Neil Budde to the 11th…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:25

Bring on the tourists

This week is Travel and Tourism Week in Haywood County. The Haywood County Board of Commissioners Monday officially dubbed May 4-12 Travel and Tourism Week to recognize the importance of the industry in the county and its positive impact on…
Haywood County commissioners weighed the merits of saving money versus government transparency this week. State law requires counties and towns to publish notices of meetings, public hearings and contracts going out to bid in the local newspaper of record. Newspapers…
A new landscape plan for the Haywood County historic courthouse is mostly devoid of large shade trees, in stark contrast to the many stately sugar maples that graced the lawn until recently. Instead, it opts for just a handful of…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:17

Landslide kills railroad worker

A Waynesville man who works for Norfolk Southern Railway was buried and killed by a landslide in the middle of the night Sunday while surveying tracks for storm damage following a weekend of unrelenting rains throughout the region.
A landslide east of Canton took out a dirt road early Monday morning following two solid days of unceasing rains, blocking about 40 people in their homes who had no other way to get out of their neighborhood.
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Some scarlet tanagers are orange

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Last Saturday, I led a bird identification workshop for the Smoky Mountain Field School. We started out in the morning…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Park reopens trails damaged by tornado

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Two trails that have been closed since 2011 after receiving extensive damage from a tornado in the western end of…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Market vendors get shelter form the storm

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The Haywood County Health Department pitched in and gave away tents, tables, coolers and other equipment to vendors at area…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

French Broad trail map comes online

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For paddlers looking to master the French Broad River, a new map is available online detailing the river’s paddle trail.…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Get ready for 12 hours of Tsali

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A grueling, 12-hour mountain bike race will be held from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Azaleas in full bloom in Stecoah

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The azalea garden at Stecoah Valley Center is in full bloom, but will only be for the next few weeks.…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Volunteers needed at Pisgah wildlife center

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking volunteers to help at its Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education to accommodate a…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Haywood soccer season kicks off

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Haywood County is now signing up players for its adult summer soccer leagues. 
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Park releases new species of predator beetles

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is planning to release two new predatory beetles to stop the spread of the…
Ever since I first watched Brad Pitt fly fishing in the film “The River Runs Through It,” I knew I…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Water cents

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What falls freely from the sky, rumbles, swooshes, rolls, trickles across the planet; seeps into the earth beneath our feet…
Hidden among the expanse of forestland in Western North Carolina are little-known pockets of trees that are several centuries old.…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

A rural bookstore that beat the odds

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“Bookshops are magic.” This quotation, buried in the middle of Wendy Welch’s The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A…
A folk concert and artist reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Swain…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Find the perfect gem for Mother’s Day at Gemboree

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The Mother’s Day Gemboree will run from May 10-12 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Doors will be…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

A hopping weekend in and around Froglevel

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Haywood Square to host block party A day of festivities for “Customer Appreciation Day” will be held from 10 a.m.…
The Pyramid Brass Quintet will play at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville as…
The annual “Spring Fling” will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Waynesville Recreation…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Franklin celebrates ‘Airing of the Quilts’

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The annual “Airing of the Quilts” festival will be held May 10-11 in downtown Franklin. The event will feature an…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Habitat for Humanity recovers store treasure

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A valuable piece of the history of the Rickman General Store in Macon County is back in its original home…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Jackson Arts Council contributes to musician fund

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Jackson County Arts Council has arranged to donate the money collected in honor of the late Ray Menze to the…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Craft beer and canines in Frog Level

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A Dogs and Suds fundraiser for Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 16,…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

WCU professor nominated for Tony Award

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Broadway star and Western Carolina University Musical Theatre Professor Terrence Mann was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Making crafts of the past come alive

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In order to have a clear vision of the future, one must cherish the traditions of the past.  “Southern Appalachian…