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Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:25

A great night of music at the Bardo Center

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To the Editor: What a wonderful evening recently at the Bardo Arts Center. Western Carolina University School of Music presented…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:23

Joining Waynesville right move for Junaluska

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To the Editor: From my perspective, much of the discussion of whether or not to allow annexation of Lake Junaluska…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:22

Give McCrory, GOP a chance before piling on

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To the Editor: Ms. Abel’s letter said that the state’s Democratic ideals are fading fast since the last election (“State’s…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:21

Making tourism sustainable as economic development

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By Ken Stahl • Guest Columnist There appears to be controversy concerning the proposed 2 percent occupancy tax increase. This…
A team of laid-off state geologists will soon start mapping landslide hazard zones in Haywood County after a coalition of environmental nonprofits raised money to keep the project alive. The state two years ago axed an ongoing effort to map…
Jackson County planning board members are considering whether to re-start a landslide hazard mapping initiative that was axed by the state two years ago. A team of state geologists had been creating landslide hazard maps for every mountain county. They…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians could decide soon whether to move forward with a second casino near Murphy, but some tribal members are raising concerns.
People attending productions at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center may soon have the chance to enjoy a glass of wine or a beer before a show or during intermission. WCU’s board of trustees Friday…
It’s a room full of strangers, ideas and alcohol. Still in its infancy yet gaining steam, the Drink-N-Think congregation came together last Wednesday evening at the Mad Batter Bakery & Café in Cullowhee, near the heart of Western Carolina University.
The Haywood Community College Board of Trustees has decided not to release the names of its finalists for president of the community college — even though it did so during the first round of searching last year. Three finalists have been…
The number of children in foster care in Haywood County is on the rise, a depressing sign for Department of Social Services workers whose first goal is to keep a family together. “Growing up in foster care or growing up…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority board responded to outcries from Maggie Valley business owners about a proposed lodging tax increase during its meeting last week. Several business owners in Maggie voiced their collective concerns about the possible increase at…
In a move that could save nearly 100 jobs and keep a Franklin factory from closing, an English-based company struck a deal early this week to purchase the assets of the Whitley Products plant, a struggling metal manufacturer. For nearly…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:37

The harbingers of spring are upon us

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As you read this it may well be freezing or even icy outside. But before long you’ll be outside working…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:35

News from the AT

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Teachers invited to bring the AT into their classroom Teachers and educators interested in incorporating the Appalachian Trail into their…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:31

U.S. 441 through park should reopen by May 15

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Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is expected to be repaired and open by…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:30

Mountain scramble to Black Rock

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The third annual Assault on Black Rock will test the strength and stamina of trail runners as they try to…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:28

Hikes of the Smokies series kicks off

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A guided hike in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held on Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:26

Louisiana lagniappe

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I know, I know, we’ve been in Louisiana for two weeks now, but when I look back at some of…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:21

Follow me, into the wild

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The last time I went camping I was 10 or 11. I was in my grandparents’ backyard, snug in my…
During the next several weeks, thousands of people will leave from Springer Mountain in Georgia and begin the 2,184-mile trek…
Jackson County commissioners have postponed a decision on hiring deputies to man the county’s elementary schools. The school board and sheriff’s office made a joint request recently for funding for four additional deputies to serve as school resource officers in…
There’s a new sheriff in town. Greg Christopher, a 51-year-old former lieutenant in the N.C. State Patrol, assumed the role of top lawman in Haywood County this week.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 02:10

Re-learning those old, familiar (bird) songs

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I like “old time rock and roll” too. And I recently got some of my old time records, CDs, iPods,…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 02:02

Climbing event at Chimney Rock

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An event called “Climbin’ the Chimney” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 2 is an opportunity to for…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 02:02

Duke grants to aid education, environment

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Duke Energy is helping to fund new educational and environmental projects as part of its hydropower relicensing agreement in the…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 01:54

Taking the polar plunge

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Around 30 daring souls splashed and jumped into Lake Junaluska last Saturday for the first annual “Polar Plunge” to raise…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 01:52

Loosiana part deaux

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What better place to start part deaux than Breaux Bridge along Bayou Teche? Firmin Breaux originally purchased the area that…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 01:51

WCU trail system now open to the public

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Western Carolina University’s new trail system is open and ready for bikers, hikers and runners. About 100 people turned out…
Shock waves rippled through the mountain hunting community last week as word spread of a sweeping undercover investigation targeting dozens…
Last week, state and federal wildlife officers began rounding up dozens of suspected poachers in Western North Carolina, bringing to…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Final volume of Churchill biography a long-awaited gem

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William Manchester, author of a number of best-selling books, including The Death of A President, American Caesar, and Goodbye, Darkness,…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Liberals arts education enriches one’s life

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To the Editor: Scott McLeod (Feb. 6 SMN) pays tribute to the value of a liberal arts education. Even though…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Wouldn’t it be wonderful ... to use local builders

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To the Editor: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the building boom of million dollar homes in Jackson County supported this…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Not all doom and gloom in Dillsboro

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To the Editor: The claim of Frank Parrish and others over the past few years that Dillsboro is a ghost…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Time to be rid of all Cherokee bear zoos

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To the Editor: Little has changed in Cherokee since a 1989 Parade Magazine cover story, “Are Our Zoos Humane?” named…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Writer spouted false facts about Obamacare

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To the Editor: A recent letter writer makes a number of unsubstantiated and flat out erroneous claims about Obamacare, otherwise…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

State’s democratic ideals are fading fast

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To the Editor: Our founding fathers, framing our Constitution, created a representative democracy. They formed a republic, a government where…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

MV Lodging Association opposes TDA tax hike

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To the Editor: Contrary to articles recently published in our local papers, there is much opposition to the proposed law…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Increasing Medicare coverage could lower healthcare costs

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist The United States spends twice as much on health care as most other modern…
Sylva and Jackson County are at an impasse on the creation of a single Alcoholic Beverage Control board to run the existing liquor store in Sylva and a new one proposed in Cashiers.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians could see an estimated $2.2 million evaporate from its budget in March if Congress does not reach an agreement on the federal budget and mandatory, across-the-board cuts of 5.1 percent known as sequestration kick in.…
When a building on a town’s main street sits empty, either because a business closed down or moved away, it’s usually a bad omen.
Jackson County could be going from zero to high-speed in no time. Two internet providers are laying plans to beam wireless internet into rural and remote reaches of Jackson — areas that until now have been underserved when it comes…
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 21:18

Haywood flips for pancake day

It’s 6:15 a.m., and Woody Griffin is ready. “It’s the calm before the storm,” he chuckled.
The far-flung Nantahala School in the remote reaches of Macon County is putting a financial drain on local coffers, prompting county leaders to ask the state for extra money to cover the cost of operating such an isolated school. Nantahala…
The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen got an earful from hotel and motel owners Monday during a nearly three-hour meeting held specifically to hear views about a proposed increase to the overnight lodging tax. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority…
When LeRoy Roberson and his wife, Gale, opened an optometric business on Waynesville’s Main Street 35-years-ago, about a quarter of the storefronts sat empty.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Potters unite to help feed the hungry

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The annual “Empty Bowl” fundraiser will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at The Open Door…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

The twists and turns of wood bending

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The exhibit “Torqued & Twisted: Bentwood Today” will be running through March 22 at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum.