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A Waynesville sweepstakes operator was charged with a criminal misdemeanor last weekend when she refused to shut down her machines, considered a form of illegal gambling under state law.
Haywood County tourism leaders want to increase the tax on overnight lodging to fund special tourism-related capital projects, including a Jonathan Creek sports complex — a proposal that seems to have traction with county commissioners as well.
Two breweries that nearly found themselves pitted against each other in a trademark lawsuit may soon make amends in the spirit of brotherly beermaker love, but also out of mutual gain.
Swain County could receive as much as $2 million in , one-time grant funding from the Golden LEAF Foundation for community betterment projects.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the National Park Service are offering up to a $500,000 incentive for early completion of landslide repairs to U.S. 441 through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — indicating both entities’ concerns about the…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00

WCU hastens Millennial build-out

In an effort to speed development of its Millennial Campus, Western Carolina University plans to lease the 344-acre tract to a nonprofit endowment — streamlining regulations and eliminating some of red tape the institution must otherwise cut through as a…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00

Growth prompts call for Cullowhee land-use plan

Cullowhee community members have been making their case for nearly a year now that this pseudo-college town needs land-use planning to guide the growth that’s come knocking.
Champions of Cullowhee revitalization are chipping away at a lofty plan to create a vibrant college downtown centered on the banks of the Tuckasegee River in Old Cullowhee.
Life Share of the Carolina’s and a local organ donation recipient are hosting a Transplant Party to celebrate the lives saved through organ donation from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 16, at Main Street Perks in downtown Waynesville. Waynesville…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00

Stellar lumberjack team carves out a niche at HCC

Haywood Community College leaders are collecting donations to give its lumberjack club a facility worthy of its prestige.
It may still be too soon to declare an economic rebound, but recent construction data may point toward a housing sector comeback led by high-end, new home building in Jackson County.
With her hands fluttering like a hummingbird, Dana Claire loops skeins of colored yarn around a large pegboard. Claire has…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00

Exhibit focusing on artists as critics, curators and writers

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The Fine Art Museum will host a “Third Thursday” reception for a new exhibit, “Critology,” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb.…
The fundraising race is on among several business and civic leaders in Haywood County who are competing for the title…
Stage and screen students from Western Carolina University will perform the classic drama “Rashomon” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20,…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00

HART greets Valentine’s Day with marriage musical

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The Broadway Musical “I Do, I Do” is coming to the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville at 7:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

It’s all, really, about the tadpoles

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The kids are doing their best to amuse themselves there at the water’s edge, but they are past restless. Something…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Ushering in a new era in Maggie Valley

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A whole lot of residents and business owners are excited — and that’s putting it mildly — about Ghost Town’s…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

The lamentable loss of Appalachian yard junk

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By Brent Martin The most popular subject of conversation in mountain communities today deals with the hollows and ridge tops…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Trail head earns accolades

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Who is he: Tobias Miller, who lives near Sylva, was honored this month as the 2006 employee of the year…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

From dogwood to blackberry winter

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Frost warnings and advisories across the Blue Ridge tonight (May 18) officially announce this year’s “blackberry winter.” It is coming…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Tag helps nonprofit reach $1 million mark

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Motorists sporting Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park license plates have helped the organization top the $1 million fund-raising…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Moratorium opponents suffer setback

A group of Realtors and developers challenging the legality of Jackson County’s five-month moratorium on new subdivisions lost the first round in court Thursday (May 24.)
For the second week in a row, the Jackson County planning board watered down proposed development regulations following rounds of public comment.
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Ressurecting the Ghost of Maggie past

Bob Cordier likes a challenge. So, when the 25-year veteran of the amusement park industry decided he was bored with building houses and was ready to get back into the business, Ghost Town in the Sky seemed a natural fit.
After they opened Joey’s Pancake House in 1966, Brenda O’Keefe and her late husband would calculate how much pancake batter they’d need based on the number of cars they saw at local hotels on their way to work. Brenda and…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

A new park opens

“Ghost Town is one of the biggest things that has happened to the western end of North Carolina in many a day. It has proven a giant boost to the economy of a people long hampered by a natural terrain…
A state election investigator is trying to determine whether a Swain County voting drive targeting the poor and elderly crossed the line from exceptionally ambitious to improper.
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

A hard day’s work

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On Earth’s Furrowed Brow: The Appalachian Farm in Photographs by Tim Barnwell. W. W. Norton, 2007. 224 pages. For a…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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A Homecoming, Of Sorts (whilst never leaving Main Street) I’ve lived in WNC for nearly four years now. I’ve written…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Taking steps in the right direction

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By Chris Cooper If a band stays together long enough, it’ll probably morph into something a little beyond its starting…
By Michael Beadle There’s a dance of light in a work of glass. Move around the piece and it changes…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Open space requirement set at 25 percent

How much open space should be required in new developments? That question has caused the most contention among Jackson County planning board members over the past four months as they have hammered out a revolutionary array of new development regulations.
The General Assembly is considering a bill that could solve a Catch 22 in election law: how to legitimately help nursing home patients vote without creating a climate ripe for abuse.
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Ghost Town re-opens

After being closed for five years, a North Carolina icon, Ghost Town In The Sky, is re-opening on May 25.
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Fun Facts about Ghost Town

• Ghost Town in the Sky first opened its doors to the public in June 1961. Construction began in September 1960, with the extensive removal of 70 feet from the mountain top for the western townsite. Thousands of yards of…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

History of Ghost Town in the Sky

Businessman R. B. Coburn, who was inspired to build a park with a western theme after visiting several ghost towns in the American West, conceived Ghost Town in the Sky.
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Ghost Town goes silver screen

Dean Teaster’s Ghost Town “The Movie” will premiere at the Eaglenest Entertainment Center in Maggie Valley at 7 p.m. on June 2.
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

The mountain rhodo show

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Rhododendrons are a part of the heath family (Ericaceae), which includes such diverse members in regard to size and habitat…
By Michael Beadle Before you ask the most obvious question – why? – remember, it’s not a race or a…
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

The Naturalist's Corner: Fuel for thought

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Biofuels have been getting a lot of media and blogosphere attention lately, and with the price of gas at $3…
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

A surprising reminder of a common bond

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By Stephanie Wampler One morning in early spring, I woke up before anyone else and went out on my porch.…
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

Park Service opinion could seal road’s fate

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The road, it appears, stops here. Now, elected leaders and citizens must demand a timetable for the $52 million settlement…
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

I’m sorry for all the impotence ads

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By John Armor • Guest Columnist There are certain categories of ads on TV which offend me, and no doubt…
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

Just looking around

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I’m rediscovering that it’s good to just slip out of the office and amble around town for a few minutes.…
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

What they’re saying

“It’s well past time to bury this boondoggle and resolve the issue in this positive way for the park and the people. The ‘Road to Nowhere’ has been a dark cloud over the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the…
A group of Realtors and developers challenging the legality of Jackson County’s five-month moratorium on new subdivisions lost the first round in court Thursday (May 24).
The National Park Service has finally chosen sides in the long-standing debate over whether to build a 30-mile road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park backcountry outside Bryson City.
A long-range plan to make Cherokee a friendlier place to walk, visit and shop moved forward last week with the dedication of a quarter-mile section of a proposed three-mile greenway.
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

Another look at Wolfe

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Thomas Wolfe: An Illustrated Biography by Ted Mitchell. Pegasus Books, 2007. 341 pages. Thirty-three years ago this month, at the…