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Rhododendrons are opening deep pink blooms along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and new spring foliage blends into a bright blue sky dotted with puffy clouds. At the Graveyard Fields overlook this Friday morning, chirping birds and the occasional passing car…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Dark story explores love, retribution

I have always been drawn to authors who can seize your attention in the first paragraph and like a pit bull, refuse to let you go. Ron Rash can do that (Serena). So can Philipp Meyer (The Son). These guys…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

‘Group’ is hurting Haywood GOP

To the Editor: My name is Mitchell E. Powell and I was elected vice chairman to the Haywood GOP on the same day Pat Carr was elected chairman. I resigned from this position only a few months into my term…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Meat industry pollutes too much

To the Editor: I am delighted that EPA has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. But, given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the EPA should have…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

GOP has done real harm to state

To the Editor: Look past the claims and misleading “facts” that the Republicans are putting out to see the reality. The net result from four years of Republican rule is a weaker middle class and a starved education system. There…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

While you were looking the other way

To the Editor: With the business of making a living that each of us has to address in any given day, we would expect those who represent us in the North Carolina Legislature — whose salaries are paid by our…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Why not moment of silence, not prayer?

To the Editor: We live in a country where we are free to pray wherever, whenever and within whatever religion we prefer. We are also free to not pray. If one wants a religious blessing on local governmental business decisions,…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Occasions such as Memorial Day and the D-Day anniversary remind us of the fallen and the freedoms they died to protect. Speeches and commentaries extol the rights specified in the Constitution, religion, speech, assembly…
When North Carolina Republicans arrive at Harrah’s in Cherokee the first week of June for their annual convention, they will likely leave the din of discontent far behind. The rallies — the restless and the rowdies — and the realities…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Rep. Presnell sponsors de-annexation bill

It’s only eight lines long, but a de-annexation bill Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, has filed with the General Assembly’s Government Committee is drawing ire from some and cheers from others. The bill would remove a 3.4-acre property owned by Joe…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Macon County tightens retirement benefits

In its quest to cut the fat ahead of the looming county revaluation, Macon County is turning to its retirement policies. Commissioners recently voted unanimously on a pair of personnel policy changes that will tighten up post-retirement health benefits for…
The Jackson County Tourism Development Authority is still in the early stages of determining whether to hire an executive director. A committee has been formed and legwork is being completed.
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Drexel site master plan in the works

The former Drexel manufacturing plant site in Whittier is a step closer to its future. Jackson County was recently awarded a $10,000 grant, which will be put toward the preparation of a master plan for the site. 
Economy of scale tends to lean toward effectiveness of action, and that’s a fact that three environmental advocacy organizations in Western North Carolina plan to take advantage of over the coming year. By January 2015, the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance, Western…
On a muddy Friday afternoon they gathered at Kituwah Mound, the Mother Town.   Preparing for the journey. Offering up prayers for the sendoff. 
A rash of medical complications hit inmates in the Haywood County jail over the past year, socking the county with a $100,000 cost overrun. Blame lies in part with a handful of big ticket procedures — a major stroke, heart…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Craigslist alligator finds a home

A young alligator is on its way to a new life after the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission discovered it being sold illegally through a Craigslist ad in Clyde. After confiscating the reptile, the NCWRC had to find somewhere to put…
Natural gas drilling is one step closer to becoming reality after the North Carolina General Assembly delivered a newly ratified bill to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk on Friday, May 30.
A Civil War reenactment will be June 13-14 at The Shelton House in Waynesville. Enjoy lectures, Civil War reenactments, displays of period clothing, replicas of the Southern Cross of Honor, museum tours, barbecue and Contra-dancing. At 7 p.m. Friday, June…
The 4th annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14, in downtown Waynesville.
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 15:32

Jim Gaffigan to play Harrah’s

Acclaimed comedian Jim Gaffigan will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 14 at Harrah’s Cherokee. Gaffigan has proven to be a major talent beloved to a wide range of audiences, achieving accolades and awards for his stand-up comedy, acting and writing.…
Western Carolina University is accepting nominations for the 2014 Mountain Heritage Awards, honors bestowed annually on one individual and one organization that have played a prominent role in the preservation or interpretation of Southern Appalachian history and culture. Nominations for…
Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will open two new exhibits highlighting the 125th anniversary of the university’s founding and the 40th anniversary of Mountain Heritage Day. An opening reception for the exhibits will be held from 6 to 8…
The Cullowhee Mountain ARTS summer series will commence June 15-20 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.  The five-week series includes art and creative writing workshops, youth art camps and the FAM-CMA invitational art exhibit. CMA brings a distinguished faculty, with national…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

38 Special to play Franklin

Classic rockers 38 Special will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 13, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 15:17

This must be the place

“Let’s go back to the 1930s,” said Judy Coker. Standing underneath a large manmade birch tent in the backwoods of the Cataloochee Ranch last Friday evening, Coker welcomed around 40 people — friends, family and visitors alike — to partake…
With each throw, Scott Medlin is connecting to his ancestors. “The Scottish Highland Games need to be preserved because most of the gatherings included athletic competitions, with each clan gathered around cheering on their representative of the clan,” the 58-year-old…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 15:12

Doin’ Puc Puggy proud

The Tennessee Valley Authority, in 1984, found itself with an extra $14,000 lying around. The money was available for outreach projects across the Southeast. Well, we all know how frivolous the federal government and/or quasi-federal organizations (TVA is a corporation…
Photographers are invited to submit their best Parkway photos to be featured in a 2015 Blue Ridge Parkway calendar, a project sponsored by RaysWeather.com for the past 10 years. The contest solicits photos from the entire length of the parkway,…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 15:06

Trail app for Nantahala areas

A new web app gives hikers, bikers, equestrians and other forest users the ability to search trail stats for the Tsali Recreation Area, the Jackrabbit Recreation Area and two sections of the Appalachian Trail that pass through Nantahala National Forest. …
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 15:05

Party with moths in Highlands

A moth party at 9 p.m. June 5 at the Highlands Biological Station will capitalize on the dark sky to allow photographers to capture each species that comes to the bright lights that will be set up.
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 15:04

White-nose syndrome decimating WNC bats

White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States, is advancing in North Carolina.
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 15:03

Senate votes to lift fracking moratorium

The North Carolina Senate voted to lift the state’s fracking moratorium last week in a party-line vote. Democrats voted unanimously against the bill, which could come up in the House for consideration this week.  The bill would also prevent counties…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 15:02

Bass tourney gives anglers an outlet

Anglers are getting the tackle ready for the 2014 Fontana Marina Classic Bass Tournament June 7 and 8. With 238 miles of shoreline, Fontana Lake provides ample opportunity for stellar bass fishing.
To the untrained eye, the tree looks like just another evergreen, just another species thrown into the mix of natural diversity along the Blue Ridge Parkway. But the American larch tree growing opposite the pull-off for Courthouse Valley Overlook fails…
At the front of the room, banjos and fiddles plow through an Appalachian repertoire. Fingers dance across strings, conjuring the history and tradition that have seeped out of the region’s hills for generations.  “Trying to get’em to play together on…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 14:45

A frank look at monogamy through the ages

In our tell-all age of talk shows and reality television, of Facebook and Twitter, the idea that restraint and repression might contain some worth seems as antiquated a concept as arranged marriages. We revel in revelation: our bookstores are jammed…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 14:40

Sedaka musical comedy comes to HART

The musical comedy “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” will be extended with showings at 7:30 p.m. May 30, 31, June 6, 7, 13, 14 and at 3 p.m. June 1, 8 and 15 at the HART Theatre in Waynesville.
The New Haywood Art Studio Tour — scheduled for Oct. 25-26 — is open to all artists who either reside in Haywood County or have a working studio in Haywood County.  For artists who have access issues, limited parking or…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 14:08

Student/artist sculpture installed

Smokey Mountain Elementary School sixth- and seventh-grade art students were part of a recent Artists-in-Education project that resulted in a metal sculpture now permanently installed at their school. Students invited parents and friends to view their work, meet the artist-teacher…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 14:05

Loretta Lynn to play Franklin

Country icon Loretta Lynn will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 14:03

This must be the place

It’s 8:36 a.m. on a Thursday and I’m in Detroit. Thee Irish Pub at the metro airport to be exact. Besides the usual fast food options I detest, it was the only other place open in Concourse B. And a…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 14:00

Medicaid expansion was a no-brainer

To the Editor: Thank you for your recent very informative article about the status of Medicaid expansion In North Carolina. I would like to make a case for Medicaid expansion. As you stated, the Affordable Care Act provides for the…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 14:00

We just didn’t see it coming

To the Editor: “A date which will live in infamy.”  I was just 6 years old and vividly recall the day, puzzling at my parents’ reactions to these words as they were broadcast nationwide. I don’t recall understanding the words,…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 13:59

Wishful thinking about needed changes

To the Editor: It’s probably always been that way. People tend to forget lessons of the past and focus only on the present leaving out anything that may disagree with their views. Politics has always been about money and is…
The kids and I are in this strange new bonding phase of our relationship. For years, they displayed not the slightest interest in my personal history, even shrugging in absolute indifference when relatives pulled out old Polaroids to demonstrate the…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 13:43

Cracking the room-tax nut

Critics of tourism-related economic development in Haywood County have joined forces with a conservative think tank from Raleigh to question the underlying premise of county travel and tourism agencies — namely, should they exist? “Is that legitimate? Is that a…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 13:41

NCCAT searches for salvation in Raleigh

The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching is sweating out the legislative short session. Gov. Pat McCrory didn’t include any funding for the Cullowhee-based center in his proposed budget, and unless legislators carve out a place in the…
Plans are moving forward to convert the old state prison in Hazelwood to a resource center for the hurting, homeless and recently incarcerated. The trio of Christian ministries teaming up to make that happen are already thinking about how they’re…
For George Thompson, the struggle to understand how a supposedly good God could be so unfair began with his birth. He came into the world just a week after the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943, a tragedy in which 14,000…