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Despite rallying around calls for more school resource officers earlier this year, Swain County commissioners will not chip in after all to pay for the new positions as originally promised — leaving the schools to pick up the full tab…
The Waynesville Board of Aldermen rubberstamped a $31.8 million budget Monday, but it may just have to turn right around and approve a new one.
A compromise has been floated in Raleigh that could break the political impasse over the proposed merger of Lake Junaluska with the town of Waynesville.
The merger of Lake Junaluska with the town of Waynesville has yet to get the blessing of state legislators in Raleigh, and time is now running out.
The debate over the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority budget was bumped up another notch last week when dozens of business owners and members of the Cashiers community flooded a budget meeting demanding more money for the Cashiers visitor center.
Western Carolina University’s off-campus Cat-Tran may soon go the way of the horse and buggy.
Adam Cartwright walked a thin line on the way back to his home in Cullowhee. He hugged the side of Ledbetter Road, feet on the white paint, and frequently stepping off the pavement onto the scrubby grass if he heard…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:13

Financial woes catch up with Tandi Haas

Amy Clifton Keely wasn’t asking for much. Being a wedding photographer, she knew how wedding days worked, and what pitfalls to look out for. She didn’t expect the perfect wedding, or dream of making the cover of Southern Living’s bridal…
Cook and television personality Paula Deen has gotten into hot butter in recent weeks over allegations of racism, prompting Caesar’s Entertainment to shut the Paula Deen’s Kitchen at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort.
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. “Ever since I was kid, I would take home all kinds of stuff, all kinds of random, weird junk, and my parents hated it,” David Culpepper chuckled. “They thought I was crazy, but…
Angel Medical Center in Franklin officially came under the umbrella of Mission Hospital System this week, a move Angel leaders say will help improve health care for patients and the hospital’s bottom line.
It was Groundhog Day again for the Maggie Valley Police Department. Last year, Police Chief Scott Sutton defended his department and officers against claims that the force is too large and its budget should be slashed. This year was no…
Haywood Community College is negotiating with the architects and contractor who worked on the college’s new Creative Arts building to figure out who owes what.
Construction on an 8,000-square-foot Waynesville skate park is visibly progressing.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:57

Rare mountain tornado damages GSMNP

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado formed during an afternoon of thunderstorms and high winds that ripped through Western North Carolina two weeks ago.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:56

Job incentive deal brewing in Haywood

Haywood County could be landing new jobs in the near future — but what type of jobs, how many and when they would be coming are a secret for now.
Children of all ages are invited to participate in this year’s 22nd annual “Stars & Stripes Celebration” at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 4, on Main Street in Waynesville. Participants can decorate their bicycles, tricycles, scooters, strollers and wagons. Patriotic dress…
The second session of “Good Neighbors, Good Stewards: Community and Environmental Change in Macon County” will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Rickman Store on 259 Cowee Creek Road, seven miles north of Franklin. The goal…
Leaders of the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce are pushing for more funding from the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority in the upcoming budget year.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:53

New Waynesville ABC store to open

Come September, a brand new $1.3 million South Main Street liquor store will open in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:51

Town leadership seats up for grabs

Towns across the mountains will hold elections for their mayors and town board leaders this fall. The mandatory sign-up period for anyone wanting to run is from noon July 1 to noon July 19. 
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:50

Franklin mayor set to retire

Franklin will soon be saying goodbye to its sitting mayor and longtime town politician Joe Collins. The Franklin native has announced he will not seek re-election in the approaching race, bringing to a close a 10-year stint as mayor and…
Sylva Mayor Maurice Moody has announced he will retire from town government and not seek reelection in the upcoming election. His departure, after 16 years on the Town Board of Commissioners, will leave a void of experience in local government…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:45

Help wanted: A better road map for WNC

An ambitious yearlong exercise to create a collective economic vision for the mountains will decide whether a long-awaited $800 million highway through the rugged and remote far western end of the state is ever built.  Carrying a consulting fee of…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:44

Multi-agency busts net 60 arrests

Law enforcement agencies in Western North Carolina are cracking down on drug use in the region.
When moral Monday protestors gathered this week in front of the legislature in Raleigh to decrying the policies of conservative lawmakers, among them were a contingent of demonstrators from Western North Carolina.
More than 150 protestors marched in downtown Waynesville Monday to oppose what they characterize as egregious policies by Republican state lawmakers that will take North Carolina back to the Dark Ages.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Jazz festival heats up Waynesville

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Enjoy traditional, bop, and original jazz during the Summer Jazz Festival on Saturdays from June 29 to July 20 at…
Perhaps you’re looking for a new site to visit this summer?  If so, consider making a visit to Black Rock…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Bear carcass baffles law enforcement

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A bear carcass marked in white paint with a message seemingly taunting law enforcement officials was dumped onto a road…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Group getting the word out on recycling

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The Macon County Public Library was recently recognized as a community leader in recycling.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Fish for free(dom) on Independence Day

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Fishing for a fun and inexpensive way to celebrate Independence Day? The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission invites anglers and would-be…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Cyclists commemorate Trail of Tears

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There were hundreds of hills, a few minor spills, but mostly thrills for the 2013 Remember the Removal bike riders…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

That’s Suuthern flyin’ squerl, y’all

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I’ve written about these small nocturnal hang gliders before, but I posted a pic of a group from my home,…
You’ve got your chain well-oiled, air in your tires and water in your bottles. You are all set for a…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

King’s Joyland set in eastern North Carolina

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There is something about carnivals, amusement parks and shoddy summer circus operations that inspire a special kind of supernatural tale.…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Mountain momma

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As a kid, my sister and I had an unspoken pact. If one of us heard Cyndi Lauper come on…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

‘Hazelwood haircut’ is a destructive practice

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To the Editor: I wanted to reply to the “Did That Used to be a Tree?” article in the June…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

We must pass immigration reform

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To the Editor: As Congress wrestles with immigration reform, it appears that folks of all political stripes are convinced that…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

A moving ‘Liar’s Bench’ performance

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Editor’s note: Marie Cochran attended the production of the “Liar’s Bench” on June 20 at the Mountain Heritage Center on…
The Lake Junaluska Assembly is marking its 100th anniversary this year, and a plethora of activities will take place at…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Wrestling superstars in Cherokee

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Pro wrestling stars from the WWE, WCW, NWA and ECW jump into the ring at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 7,…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Native American speaker at Junaluska

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Jonathan Maracle of Broken Walls will be the guest speaker and facilitator at the Native American Conference June 28-30 at…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

American Idol singer in Franklin

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American Idol singer Lauren Alaina will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 3, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

July 4th in Southern Appalachia

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Nothing says summer more than the 4th of July, and in Western North Carolina, we celebrate Independence Day with gusto.
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 20:00

Balsam Range, artist studio tour in Graham

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The 12th annual Graham County Artisan Drive-About will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28-29 in conjunction…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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Getting poison ivy is my official sign summer is here. Like old men whose knees ache when there’s an impending…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Lake Junaluska celebrates 100 years

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A hundred years of history and community will come together during the Centennial Homecoming Week at Lake Junaluska Conference and…
By Michael Beadle The leg. The hand. The face. The breast.
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Albert Race Sample, aka “RACEHOSS.” (Instead of listing several diversions, I have decided to devote the entire column to a…