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If the selection panel’s pick gets the backing of the full board, Jackson County’s likely to have a new tourism director in place by the time 2016 rolls around.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:33

Macon commissioner to seek state office

Macon County Commission Chairman Kevin Corbin announced his plans Monday night to run next year for the North Carolina House of Representatives.
Franklin will soon be joining other communities around the world who are incorporating a love for reading with a love of the outdoors.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:28

Meet John Burgin, the wizard of Hazelwood

From the outside, John Burgin looks like a lucky guy, a guy in the right place at the right time to cash in on the revitalization sweeping Hazelwood.
Hazelwood will soon be home to a sculpture of a Plott hound, the fabled bear-hunting breed steeped in local lore and history.
Waynesville is stepping up to the plate to solve a parking bottleneck in Hazelwood Village, with plans to double the size of the public parking lot and spiff up its curb appeal.
It was barely 11 a.m. and Hazelwood was hopping. The scent of freshly roasted coffee beans spilled out of Smoky Mountain Coffee Roasters. Two doors down, a pair of workmen on ladders balanced a sign for a new artist studio. Across…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 14:48

Support small businesses Saturday

What would Western North Carolina’s small towns be like without a strong base of small businesses?
In 1900 about 35 percent of the deciduous forest in the Southern Appalachians was comprised of American chestnut (Castanea dentata).
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:26

Thanksgiving events planned at Fontana

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A week of fall fun will celebrate Thanksgiving at Fontana Village, with a schedule of events including hiking, hunting and…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:25

Franklin wants help with bike and pedestrian planning

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A survey to find out what can be done to make walking and biking in Franklin easier and safer is…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:25

Trout Unlimited donation will help Smokies trout

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Fish habitat and the brook trout populations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park got a $19,000 boost thanks to…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:24

License plate grants open for A.T. projects

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A total $30,000 in grants for Appalachian Trail related projects in North Carolina is up for grabs thanks to proceeds…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:17

Federal bill could change funding for outdoor rec projects

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If a bill recently introduced to Congress passes, a federal fund used to support parks and open spaces across the…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:16

Former Congressman Taylor recognized for forestry career

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Former Congressman and Brevard resident Charles H. Taylor was recently named 2015 North Carolina Tree Farmer of the Year by…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:15

Ski season starts at Cataloochee

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Cataloochee Ski Area opened for the winter last weekend, kicking off the first run of the season at 8:30 a.m.…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:14

Rare salamander found in new area

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The rare green salamander had never been documented in the Highlands area before, but a September excursion to the Overflow…
“I just don’t want to take any chances,” the hard-hatted contractor tells the officers as they get out of their…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:55

Rash’s poetic prose infuses new novel

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“How near at hand it was If they had eyes to see it.” —G.M. Hopkins
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:44

Stecoah ‘Drive About Tour’

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The 14th annual “Stecoah Arts & Crafts Drive About Tour” will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 27-28…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:42

Tuscola brings Broadway to Haywood

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The performance of “Tuscola Loves Broadway, 50 Years of Celebration!” will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 and 2:30…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:41

Baker, Boggs bring country, TV premier to Waynesville

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Country singers Kaitlyn Baker and Reagan Boggs will host a viewing party for the Baker/Boggs episode of “Song of the…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:35

This must be the place

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Catch him if you can. For the better part of the last 25 years, Scott Weiland has been a moving target…
“David Holt’s State of Music — Live” will take to the stage from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22,…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:13

When a part of you goes missing

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Mike and I were not exactly a match made in heaven. In fact, I didn’t think we were much of…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:09

If it’s good vs. evil, only one outcome is tenable

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When terrorism strikes like it did this weekend in Paris, the first reaction to the horror is shock from the…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:57

Macon County Health warns against bird flu

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in commercial and backyard poultry flocks, wild birds, or captive wild birds in 21 States. With the last case of the spring outbreak identified in June 2015, a total of 211 commercial and…
Leaders of Lake Junaluska and the town of Waynesville are weighing whether to try once again to push a merger bill through the General Assembly next year, or whether they are better off staying outside the political arena for a…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:48

New property tax values coming to Jackson

The yardstick Jackson County will use to calculate property values next year is up for discussion at a public hearing 5:40 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Jackson County Administration Building.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:47

Swain County to get first FM radio station

Station manager Robert Lowe hopes to have Swain County’s first FM radio station up and running by next week.
A proposed recycling clearinghouse in the Haywood County industrial park outside Canton has been nixed, but a handful of residents haven’t given up their fight.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:43

Remembering the fallen

When William Guffey’s name was first etched on the stone face of the monument outside the old Webster School — along with those of his 10 fallen classmates — the year was 1951, the wounds of World War II were…
A group of Whittier farmers hoping to turn the vacant Drexel factory into an agricultural resource got a nod of support from Jackson County commissioners this week.
A comprehensive public safety campus is coming into shape in Haywood County with the construction of a new EMS and emergency management headquarters beside the sheriff’s office in Hazelwood.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:25

Franklin elects fresh faces to town board

Everyone was a bit surprised on Nov. 3 when the election results came out in Franklin — even the candidates who were elected.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:21

Younger generation changing the face of Franklin

Young people growing up in a small town usually have one main goal — to get out.
A smoking ban in public places took effect in Waynesville last week, making it illegal to light up a cigarette on town sidewalks.
Get off the U.S. 74 exit for Dillsboro, descend the steep hill to the light, turn right for a 1-mile drive down Haywood Road and you’ll soon notice a bright-colored sign announcing that you’ve reached the turnoff for the Jackson…
Ghost Town in the Sky will no longer be a western-themed amusement park come next summer, according to a recent announcement.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 14:57

Distillery approved for Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen welcomed Dave Angel to town Monday night after approving his request for a special exception permit to operate Elevated Mountain Distillery.
Olga Pader will always remember the Naked Ground Trail in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness as “the hike from hell.”  It…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 17:01

Fight the good fight

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"It’s like déjà vu all over again." —Yogi Berra (RIP) Maybe some of you who, like me, are getting longer in…
In response to public opposition to its proposed 45-mile Foothills Transmission Line, Duke Energy has settled on a revised plan…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:48

Outdoor camp celebrates its friends

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A celebration for friends of Outdoor Mission Camp, based in Maggie Valley, will be held 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12,…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:45

N.C. Arboretum lights up for the holidays

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More than 200,000 LED lights will illuminate the gardens of the N.C. Arboretum starting Nov. 20 for the second annual…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:30

Four short reviews to help clear the desk

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In the last month, my reading of books has outstripped my reviews. Consequently, stacks of books surround the desk at…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:21

Jicha art exhibit opening

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The Jackson County Arts Council will be hosting an art exhibit opening for Jon Jicha from 7 to 8 p.m.…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:18

TerKeurst to bring message of faith to Franklin

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Acclaimed faith speaker Lysa TerKeurst will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Smoky Mountain Center…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:16

Whitters to perform at The Strand

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Pop/space country singer-songwriter Hailey Whitters will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at The Strand at 38 Main in…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:13

‘David Holt’s State of Music’ at WCU

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“David Holt’s State of Music — Live” will take to the stage from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22,…