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Theatrical productions of “Struggle for Freedom” and “George Washington Carver and Friends” will be put on for local school students…
Times may change, but stereotypes tend to linger. Venturing into the off-color humor and often offensive images of Southern culture…
“The opportunistic nature of the species and its partial indifference to constraints of time and space make it an intriguing…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:48

Big investment made in local bio-fuels

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A consortium of Western North Carolina public agencies and private organizations will receive a grant of $766,000 from the N.C.…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:46

Working farmland protection plan being crafted in Swain

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Swain County farmers, landowners, and other interested individuals are invited to share their thoughts and idea on a new farmland…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:37

I feel the earth move…

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It may not have shaken the Richter scale like the stampede of Republican lawmakers and their realtor and developer lobbyists…
Have you ever been told by the evening news to expect three inches of snow overnight, but after stocking up…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:30

Historian presents a factual story of Cleopatra

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“Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.” — Cicero, 106 B.C. Stacy…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:25

A different perspective on guns and government

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To the Editor: As someone who has lived in four different countries and traveled to several others over the last…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:23

Shame on Jack Debnam and Jackson’s citizens

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To the Editor: Friends, they’ve out-waited us. And, motivated by the smell of money, they appear to have outlasted us…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:21

Some want to lead by using fear

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To the Editor: Don’t let anyone tell you there’s no conspiracy or that conspirators are not busily at work here…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:20

‘Gun Free Zones’ are danger zones

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To the Editor: Legislation has created a zone where the only people protected by a “gun free zone” are the…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:20

U.S. Postal Service should be left intact

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To the Editor: We have just been through a holiday season during which the U.S. Postal Service and its workers…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:18

State GOP leaders’ tax plan would benefit wealthy

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist A 1996 New Yorker cartoon — poking fun at Steve Forbes’s presidential campaign plank…
A four-day stretch of heavy rains fell on Western North Carolina, leaving residents wondering if it would ever end. Some areas witnessed up to 10 inches. The following collection of stories and interviews captures the drama and tension of the…
The longest-serving town clerk in Waynesville’s written history will retire next week, taking with her a vast store of institutional knowledge of the town’s inner workings.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00

Contenders line up to be next Haywood Sheriff

Three men, all with impressive law enforcement backgrounds, are vying to be Haywood County’s next sheriff. The current Sheriff, Bobby Suttles, is retiring next month, but with two years to go until the next sheriff election, a replacement must be…
Carolina Nights, a closed-down dinner theater in Maggie Valley, could make a comeback as an entertainment venue under new owners. A Haywood County couple with a track record as local business partners bought the building last month for $235,000.
A rewrite of Jackson County’s development regulations are well underway by the Jackson County Planning Board. It will be several more months before they finish, and final changes are ultimately up to the county commissioners.
With more than 15,000 applications for just 1,500 freshman spots last year, Western Carolina University has no difficulty attracting students. The harder part is getting them to stay.
Ghosts, spirits, swamp gas, gnomes and car headlights — there’s no shortage of hyphotheses behind the mysterious phenomenon along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The real question is, though, have you seen the light?
“Once in awhile you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right…”– Grateful…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00

Blues-rock spills into WNC

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Blues guitarist Husky Burnette will be performing at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the No Name Sports Pub in…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00

Calling all chocoholics to Bryson City

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Cooks of all things chocolate will square off at the “Sixth Annual Chocolate Cook-Off” from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00

Rising country group to play Franklin

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Rising country music group Eden’s Edge will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Smoky Mountain…
Jackson County’s planning board is knee-deep in a page-by-page rewrite of the county’s steep slope rules — a controversial process that seems destined to rekindle past disputes over protecting the mountainsides versus stymieing development. A sweeping slate of mountain building…
Plans for a riverfront park behind the historic courthouse in Bryson City got a boost thanks to $150,000 from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.
“If at first you don’t succeed, simply make your case again” is the lesson the executives at the tribally owned Sequoyah National Golf Course learned earlier this month. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has been propping up the golf…
Despite being warned not to return to Cherokee without tribal permission, animal rights activists gathered once again last Saturday in front of Chief Saunooke Bear Park waving signs and even donning a bear costume to protest the allegedly inhumane condition…
When pediatricians at Cherokee Indian Hospital retreat to their desk between patients to log data, research puzzling symptoms or review lab results, they’re constantly looking over their shoulders.
Canton leaders are pondering how much time and money to invest in an abandoned summer camp and mountain property left to the town under one condition — its use benefit Haywood County residents. After it was deeded the 100-acre Camp…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:37

Schools weigh cost of increased safety

Officer Michael Harrison has confiscated everything from buck knives and Airsoft pistols from students at Swain High — but never a real gun. Until last week. Harrison and the principal discovered a .22 Remington rifle and assorted ammunition in the…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:35

Veteran apartment proposed in Canton

An empty eyesore in Canton’s downtown could get a new lease on life. The former Jackson’s Appliance store, at the corner of Depot and Main streets in Canton, has lived several short lives during the last several years, but owner…
Beer had been flowing from the taps of Headwaters Brewing Company in Waynesville for just a few months when the bad news arrived — a cease-and-desist letter from another brewery claiming rights to Headwaters’ name. Victory Brewing Company out of…
As government aid shrinks and church groups step up to fill the void, the thin and sometimes fuzzy line between church and state has gotten even more complicated.
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Looking out on a busy day in Bryson City

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For some, graveyards are morbid places. When I was a boy, I never liked to pass by or walk through…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Global warming series aims to inspire change

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A six-week discussion course on climate change called “Global Warming: Changing Course” is being put on by the Western North…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Lake Junaluska a top spot for winter birding

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The Highlands Plateau chapter of the Audubon Society will go birding at Lake Junaluska on Monday, Jan. 21, to mark…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Haywood Waterways to launch endowment fundraising campaign

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The Haywood Waterways Association has named their endowment fund the “Joetta Rinehart Endowment Fund” in honor of one of the…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Deputy superintendent retires from GSMNP

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Kevin FitzGerald, deputy superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park since 2006, retired this month after 34 years with…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Freeze your icicle off at winter bike race

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Riders are invited to compete and spectators are invited to watch at the Icycle Mountain Bike Race at Fontana Village…
Proposed logging below Devil’s Courthouse in the Pisgah National Forest is being widely decried among outdoor recreation groups and environmental…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Up in flames?

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I sit this morning being bathed in luxurious rain. The kind of life-affirming, life-giving rain the Smokies are noted for.…
Its bolts are rusting, floor planks are rotting, and its windowpanes shattered. The roof is pocked with holes that let…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

An America divided by class

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For the past 80 years more and more Americans have linked themselves economically to the machinations of the federal government.…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

WCU events to commemorate legacy of Martin Luther King

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Western Carolina University will be hosting a week of events from Jan. 21 to 26 celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

One-man comedy show at HART in January

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The comedy “21A” will be hitting the stage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19 and 3 p.m. Jan. 20 in the…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Folk duo comes to Sylva

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Bryson City husband/wife singer-songwriters Liz and AJ Nance will be performing at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and Friday, Feb.…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

All friends were strangers at one time

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John Driskell Hopkins was driving in his truck when it struck him. It was a song. Radiating from his satellite…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Loosening development regulations a bad idea

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To the Editor: I am adamantly opposed to the rescinding or changing of the current steep slope and mountain-top ordinances…