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Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:37

Davis to spin yarns at Lake J

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Renowned storyteller Donald Davis will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:32

Sarge’s Dog Walk celebrates 10 years

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The 10th annual Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation “Dog Walk” will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:31

BBQ and classic cars roll in Franklin

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The seventh annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show will be held Aug. 7-8 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:27

Richard’s Run returns to Cataloochee

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The second annual Richard’s Run 5K will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Cataloochee Guest Ranch…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:26

Sylva library presents Through the Hills

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Americana/bluegrass act Through the Hills will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, in the Community Room of the Jackson…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:24

Charlie Daniels to play Franklin

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Legendary group The Charlie Daniels Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Smoky Mountain Center for…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:22

Zoe & Cloyd come to the strand

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Merlefest songwriting contest winners Zoe & Cloyd will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at The Strand at 38…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:17

This must be the place

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I stopped going. For the better part of the last decade, my life during the summer was music festivals. From…
Sitting at a table at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, Brittney Raby knows exactly what’s going to walk through…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:01

Meaningful gun control deserves passage

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To the Editor: House Speaker John Boehner boasted in a mass e-mail that he had gotten ahead of President Obama…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:59

It seemed like a great idea at the time ...

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It looked so good on paper, the way terrible ideas always do. Instead of boarding our miniature dachshund as we…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:56

Tribal council takes the wrong stand on openness

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The Tribal Council kicked us out again. Holly Kays, a reporter for The Smoky Mountain News, was told on July…
Three grants have been awarded by The Fund for Haywood County, totaling about $7,000.  This fund is an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and is a permanent endowment intended to meet the needs of local nonprofits.…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:20

Haywood veteran honored at pinning ceremony

Francis “Jack” James was recognized on June 26 by the “We Honor Veterans” program for his years of military service.  He served overseas in the Army from 1944 to 1946. This program is a partnership of the Veteran’s Administration and…
An algal bloom on Waterville Lake in northern parts of Haywood County has tested positive for a toxin with potential to cause skin rashes and affect liver function.
Shining Rock Classical Academy, a new charter school opening in Haywood County next month, will pull in more than $2 million in state and county tax dollars its first year if the current enrollment of around 230 students holds.
As a public entity receiving public dollars, Shining Rock Classical Academy — Haywood County’s first charter school — is required to follow the state’s Public Records and Open Meetings laws.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:09

Bryson City alderman running for Congress

Rick Bryson, a current alderman in Bryson City, has his eyes on Washington, D.C., as he plans a run to represent North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District.
A new program will enable a limited number of Macon County residents to seek primary medical care at the health department beginning this fall.
It’s been two-and-a-half years since cash flow problems forced Jackson County’s domestic violence and sexual abuse resource center to close its doors, and REACH of Jackson County has remained a dead organization ever since.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:02

Chief candidates to debate in Cherokee

Candidates for the two chief offices up for election this year will square off in a pair of debates at the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center in Cherokee next week.  Sponsored by the Junaluska Leadership Council and the Cherokee…
A candidate for mayor in Waynesville is dropping out of the race, although his name will still be on the ballot.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 13:57

Canton celebrates keeping its clinic

Within six months, a primary care medical clinic for Evergreen Packaging employees went from being on the chopping block to expanding its services.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:41

Finding common ground

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Standing in the back of The Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley last week, several languages could be heard in every…
There’s a secret ingredient behind the bright lights, splashy costumes and glossy programs of Folkmoot: for every two parts planning,…
Each year international groups from all over the world travel abroad to share their traditional folk dances and songs with…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:05

Old steel should be used for footbridge

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To the Editor: I have an idea for reducing the cost of the footbridge at the end of the Cullowhee…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:05

The Battle Flag was indeed about slavery

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To the Editor: To get past the emotionality regarding the Virginia Battle Flag, we need to examine its history and…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:04

Hillary has way too much baggage

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To the Editor: When Bill Clinton was president, Hillary assumed authority over health care reform. Even after threats, she couldn't…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:04

Parents should teach children to drive

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To the Editor: The problem of how to fund driver's ed could be easily solved. Since when did it become…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:03

How can we be proud to be Americans?

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To the Editor: USA Today has reported that on average there were 96 cases of a white police officer killing…
By Gibbs Knotts & Chris Cooper A longstanding social science finding holds that collective public opinion is fairly sticky on…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:43

Summer skies

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My family and I made a quick run up to Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway around dusk last…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:39

Sunday hunting now OK in North Carolina

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Sunday hunting with firearms will now be legal on private property following passage of the Outdoor Heritage Act by the…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:38

New guide highlights the best of Haywood’s homemade

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The new agritourism guide for Haywood County is out, highlighting farmers markets, plant nurseries, pick-your-own farms, roadside produce stands, Christmas…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:37

Hendersonville woman becomes 50th person to hike the MST

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The tally of people who have hiked the entire 1,150-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail reached 50 when Lorie Hansen, of Hendersonville, took…
“Hey buddy, you about ready to come out?” Michael Skinner asks the juvenile broadwing hawk standing in the back of…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:17

Discovering Rome with the help of American ex-pats

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When we think of American writers living and working overseas, most of us turn to those authors who lived in…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:02

Y’all ready for some BBQ?

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The “Smokin’ in the Valley” Western North Carolina BBQ Festival will be from noon to 9 p.m. July 24 and…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:01

WCU Summer Concert Series continues

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Americana ensemble Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends will perform as part of the “Summer Concert Series” at 7 p.m. Thursday,…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:00

Hillbilly Woodstock returns to Maggie Valley

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The 6th Annual Hillbilly Woodstock will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 31-Aug. 1 at the Maggie Valley Festival…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:34

Owner of the Sun — “Sharp Tongue”

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Setting down deep roots in Jackson County over the past couple of years, Owner of the Sun (Sylva-based by way…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:33

Mountain Faith appears on NBC

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All eyes were on Summer McMahan and company. “We were all so nervous going into the audition,” she said. “But, once…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:28

This must be the place

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Often times as a journalist, you just simply can’t get to everything.
Covered in paint speckles, Drew Duncan walked into O’Malley’s Pub & Grill on a recent Thursday evening. Finishing up work…
There are two types of mayors — the ones who show up to shake hands and kiss babies and the ones who take an active role in their town to make it a better place.  Maggie Valley Mayor Ron DeSimone…
As family members and friends took turns paying tribute to Ron DeSimone at his memorial mass on Tuesday, one word kept being repeated — love.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:02

DeSimone dies in construction accident

Last Friday started out just like many other workdays for Maggie Valley Mayor Ron DeSimone.
The tragic accident that killed Mayor Ron DeSimone last week has left a hole in upcoming town elections this fall.
A bill paving the way for the merger of Lake Junaluska with the town of Waynesville was blocked at the 11th hour this week in the N.C. General Assembly.