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Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:53

You might enjoy a visit to Broken Wheel, Iowa

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One of the great joys of reading occurs when we bump into a book by an author we’ve never heard…
It’s a whirlwind. With his group Tiny Universe, saxophonist Karl Denson seamlessly creates this vortex onstage, a sonic hub where…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:34

Local writers, film wins awards

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Two local authors and the Bethel Rural Community Organization’s Historic Preservation Committee were among award winners at the annual meeting…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:13

Haywood moves to solve affordable housing crisis

During his tenure on the Haywood County Commission, retiring Chairman Mark Swanger has certainly shaped what the future of the county will look like for decades to come.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:11

Public restrooms, art coming to Hazelwood

The tiny but blossoming business community along Hazelwood Avenue is about to get a major boost from the town of Waynesville.
Nearly a decade ago, Southern Concrete Materials began toying with the prospect of leaving its 201 Boundary St., location for more favorable digs.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:07

Canton pool project hits another setback

Canton officials may be starting to wonder if plans to replace the town’s aging public pool aren’t cursed.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:06

Canton undergoes visual rebranding

To the naked eye, there appears to be a lot going right in Canton these days.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:05

Franklin Chamber of Commerce finds new home

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce is looking for financial support from the community to purchase new office space.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:03

Swain hospital makes changes to ER

Swain Community Hospital has announced plans to change how it operates its Emergency Department, but administrators say the hospital will continue to provide the same level of 24-hour emergency care to patients.
As the saying goes, change is life’s only constant — so Jackson County is looking for input to guide its approach to the changes that the next 25 years are likely to bring.
Mark Swanger tucked into his leather armchair beside a roaring gas fire, an expansive view of his Fines Creek family farm unfurling beyond the bay windows of his log home. Calm, cool and collected as always, he was ready for…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:54

McCrory picks up 12 votes in Haywood

Haywood County’s election results are finally complete.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:51

Containment rising, fire growth slowing in WNC

Despite gusty winds, dust-dry forests and interminable drought, firefighters made significant headway over the last week toward containing Western North Carolina’s explosive wildfire season, jumping on new starts to keep their acreages low and limiting existing fires to minimal acreage…
Thursday, 17 November 2016 19:41

Mad Anthony’s to close Saturday

Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop and Beer Garden on Branner Avenue in Waynesville will close this Saturday, Nov. 19.
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:24

Come winter, trees reveal their blemishes

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Like an old man’s face, mature hardwood tree trunks are covered with blemishes that signal age: cankers, seams, burls, butt…
It’s a sunny day at Haywood Community College, light sparkling from the campus’s landmark mill pond and shining through the…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:04

Annual soil and water poster contest open

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Jackson County students in third through ninth grade will get a chance to share their messages on the importance of…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:02

WCU nabs green school listing

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For the sixth year running, Western North Carolina has been recognized as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:01

New region-wide map focuses on recreation

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A new map is available detailing more than 2 million acres of public forests, parks and scenic byways throughout Western…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:01

Fly-fishing museum gets statewide recognition

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The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians is just over a year old, but it’s already being recognized as…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 17:57

Conservation easement finalized near Marion

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One of the largest conservation easements to ever be donated by an individual in North Carolina history has been finalized…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 17:10

This is historical fiction well worth a read

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Nearly 20 years ago, while browsing the shelves of the Haywood Country Public Library, I came across a collection of…
The haunting final moments of the man at the helm of the worse naval disaster in U.S. history will be…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 16:15

The GOP has the ball, so let’s see what they do

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I needed nearly a full day after the election before I could formulate a response to the election of Donald…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 16:13

Haywood needs a voice at the table

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To the Editor: On a personal level, I am quite unhappy with last Tuesday’s election results. As a “community leader,”…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 16:10

Once again, Electoral College plays controversial role

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We are a democratic republic, not a pure democracy. I was reminded of that in a most unusual way at…
Western North Carolina is ablaze with 22 wildfires currently burning through more than 50 square miles in the seven most western counties. Smoke from the fires is posing health hazards while continued severe drought conditions are leaving many communities with…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:46

Canton robbery suspect arrested

A man the Clyde Police Department and Haywood County Sheriff’s Office mentioned as “wanted” in connection to an armed robbery that happened at the Single Stop on Carolina Boulevard in Clyde on Oct. 15 has been arrested.
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:44

NPR to migrate Waynesville broadcast

Haywood County listeners accustomed to tuning into 95.3 FM for their National Public Radio fix will have to look elsewhere on the dial after Asheville-based WCQS switches its Waynesville broadcast to 102.9 FM, beginning Friday, Nov. 18.
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:42

Haywood completes animal rescue operation

After serving as an ad-hoc temporary animal shelter, the old Lea Industries building on Lea Plant Road in Hazelwood is once again empty and silent. 
Another layer of tint has been added to Haywood County’s changing political canvas. Election Day results paint a picture of a red county growing redder. From Donald Trump to Brandon Rogers, Republicans were the big winners in Haywood County on…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:34

Voters go right, Democrats wonder what went wrong

Even though both parties appeared confident about their candidates moving into Election Day, there were a lot of white knuckles and nail biting as results started to pour in across North Carolina last Tuesday night.
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:33

Life Challenge receives $9,000 grant

Life Challenge of Western North Carolina has been awarded a $9,000 grant from the Evergreen Foundation to help make essential improvements and renovations to its residential shelter and therapeutic treatment facility for women who are suffering from substance abuse problems…
Tempers flared in Cherokee Tribal Council this month as some councilmembers alleged that a subset of their colleagues had gone rogue, holding backroom meetings in which they decided to subpoena tribal departments for sensitive information as part of investigations launched…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:28

Dangerous smoke hazard persists throughout WNC

Two dozen or so forest fires in Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Western North Carolina have forced mandatory evacuations in WNC, but the impact is being felt and smelt far beyond the remote coves where they smolder. 
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:27

Wildfires torment residents, tourism

Our backyard is on fire. From Knoxville to Asheville, a large cloud of smoke is currently hovering over this corner of Southern Appalachia. In a seemingly “whack-a-mole” scenario, wildfires keep popping up or are combining at an alarming rate. And…
The severe drought plaguing Western North Carolina has taken its toll on the local water supply, and residents are being asked to conserve what they can. 
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:22

Swain family faces evacuation as fire encroaches

Home to the Hancock family for generations, the hills and hollows along Silvermine Road are an ingrained identity for siblings Teresa Hancock, Christy Birchfield and Garry Hancock. But this year is the first in their decades of living that smoke…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:22

Burn bans still in effect

With dry conditions reigning and wildfires raging, it’s currently both dangerous and illegal to start a fire nearly anywhere in Western North Carolina.
While marked by all the usual trappings of red-white-and-blue-infused color guards, antique cars and patriotic speeches, last week’s Veterans Day celebration in Franklin was a bit more sparse and a bit more somber than typical of the annual event.
As of press time Nov. 15, Western North Carolina was ablaze with 22 wildfires burning through more than 50 square miles in the seven western counties, and while that’s significantly more than the 14 fires that were burning 17.5 square…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 17:27

This must be the place: An Ode to Election 2016

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Hate didn't get us to this point. It also didn’t win the election. A stagnant Congress for the last 16…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:03

Choose physical therapy over painkillers

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By Shannon Icenhour • Guest Columnist Fall is almost over, but October was not just for trick-or-treating; it also represented…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:01

Sorry, but Bob Dylan did deserve the Nobel

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I’d like to take a few minutes to say a few words about the column by Jeff Minick two weeks…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:00

Wildfire Response in Western NC

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To the Editor: I live by Standing Indian Campground on West Old Murphy Road. Last Wednesday I watched the helicopters…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:00

Together we can create something

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To the Editor: As someone who is regarded as white, why am I a member of the Jackson County NAACP?…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:36

Coming to grips with her own image

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Among Americans the two most egregious social stigma are smoking and obesity. We relegate smokers to sidewalks and rooftops when…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:27

Western NC struggles with historic drought

Western North Carolina continues to be in a severe drought as wildfires rage through the mountains. The lack of rain has also impacted wildlife, outdoor recreation and agriculture in the region. • Data-driven analysis drives modern weather forecasting• Low water levels cut the…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:21

Welcome home

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The lake sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens, once ranged across North America from the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay drainages down the…