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Haywood County Commission Chairman Mark Swanger publicly announced this week that he plans to retire from elected office next year…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:00

Jackson passes climate change resolution

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The Jackson County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution last week that’s likely the first of its kind for the far…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:58

Franklin makes way for indoor gun range

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Franklin residents may soon have a closer and safer place to practice their shooting skills now that indoor gun ranges…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:15

Women in Business 2015

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Women climbing the corporate ladder or owning their own businesses is nothing new, and in fact North Carolina is among…
Weather Hazard: An Upper Low moving across our WNC Mountains, coupled with Hurricane Joaquin will produce heavy rain and wind gusts in Haywood County.  From now through Monday morning communities south of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Clyde and Canton can expect about…
Haywood County convened an emergency joint conference Friday to ensure response readiness in the event of flooding or mudslides triggered by the heavy rain expected over the next three days. SEE ALSO: Public advised to take precautions, be alert
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:28

Put a halt on whirling disease

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With whirling disease confirmed in North Carolina, the Tuckaseigee River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is planning an informational session on…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:27

Loan program for agriculture storage

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A program aimed at making it easier for farmers to upgrade their storage facilities — from barns to cold-storage to…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:12

Mapping fall color

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A new map from Appalachian State University’s Michael Denslow gives a visual prediction of fall color’s schedule in the mountains,…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:09

Horny hickory devil

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OK, OK, you can bring the kids back into the room, we’re not talking that kinda horny here. The hickory…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:07

Zombie apocalypse comes to WCU

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The fastest runners at the Zombie 5K Race Chase Saturday, Oct. 31, will have survival of the zombie apocalypse to…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:06

Pro paddlers headed for NOC

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Elite slalom paddlers from across the U.S. will converge at Nantahala Outdoor Center this month for the 2015 USA Canoe…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:05

Smokies area closed to protect bats

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The Whiteoak Sink area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is closed through March 31 to protect the bats…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:04

$50K awarded to help save hemlocks

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The Hemlock Restoration Initiative is hoping that the $50,000 worth of grants it recently awarded will help restore North Carolina’s…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:03

Trout waters catch-and-release only until summer

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Seasonal restrictions on trout harvesting will go into effect in the western counties on Thursday, Oct. 1, meaning that anglers…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:02

Emerald ash borer quarantine now statewide

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Emerald ash borers have been found in more North Carolina counties, prompting Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler to place the entire…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:01

Bryson gears up to celebrate fly fishing

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A festival celebrating all things fly fishing will liven up Bryson City Saturday, Oct. 10, just as the mountains come…
There’s excitement in the air as the class, its members scattered across the Pigeon River under cloudy skies in Canton,…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:42

Fabulous novel is rife with words of wisdom

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In The Little Paris Bookshop (Crown Publishers, 2015, 400 pages), novelist Nina George, who lives in both Germany and France,…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:31

WNC recipients of Folklore awards

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Numerous Western North Carolina residents and organizations received awards by the North Carolina Folklore Society, which will be celebrated at…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:30

Quilt show celebrates 25 years

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The High Country Quilters 25th annual show “High Country Lilies” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct.…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:29

Fairchild gets elected into Bluegrass Hall of Fame

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Acclaimed banjoist Raymond Fairchild was recently elected into Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame in Bean Blossom, Indiana.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:20

This must be the place

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So, you’re Canadian? Not quite, y’all. During my three years living here in Western North Carolina, I’ve lost count of…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:17

The Tale of Two Bands

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Variety is the spice of life. Within the realm of music, those spices can range from the hot heat of New…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:08

Let’s avert another shutdown

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To the Editor: If Congress fails to reach a federal budget resolution by midnight, September 30, the Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:08

GOP has too many contradictory views

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To the Editor: I am not much of a religious scholar, but I did have 16 years of excellent Catholic education.…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:07

Telling Washington just what we will do

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To the Editor: Tried to take a nap but couldn’t get my mind off of some of the enormous problems…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:07

Skip the theatrics and let’s debate issues

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To the Editor: Recent letters have presented opposing views on the future funding for Planned Parenthood. Some are based on…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:03

Legislature pushes state into a freefall to the right

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Just a few more dollars, that’s all. When you get your car fixed or a new dishwasher installed, now you’ll…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:49

SCC’s annual Health Fair is Oct. 1

Representatives of more than 40 different vendors from throughout the area – as well as all 15 of SCC’s Health Sciences programs – will be in the Burrell Building on Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:49

Good Samaritan receives $80,000 grant

The Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County is the recipient of an $80,000 grant from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation that will help fund the clinic’s Nurse Case Management Program over the next two years.   This…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:45

Shining Rock adjusting to growing pains

Operating a new charter school can be a learn-as-you-go process, and the Shining Rock Classical Academy board of directors is already adjusting to the expected growing pains as it moves into its second month of classes.
A public walking tour of Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesville with living history talks will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 10. The walking tour will feature re-enactments of famous or storied people buried in the cemetery with graveside tales…
Historians in Waynesville are building a case to get Green Hill Cemetery listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Members of the U.S. Motto Action Committee have been making their way around the state asking county commissioners and town boards to display the national motto, “In God We Trust,” prominently on government buildings.
From permit fees to lease agreements to equipment purchases, many costs accompany the launch of a new business. And while a rookie entrepreneur might not calculate water and sewer fees among them, in Jackson County businesses can find themselves forking…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:37

Rhonda Cole Schandevel to run for NC House

Haywood County School Board member Rhonda Cole Schandevel, 51, of Canton announced her 2016 candidacy for the North Carolina House of Representatives.
When the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority sat down this spring to review applications for its advertising grants, it wound up facing a slew of existential questions: What is the grants’ purpose? Should the money go toward long-standing events or…
Southwestern Community College is in the business of dreaming big as it works through the preliminary stages of a master plan to guide its development over the next five to 10 years. 
Most people have had the inclination at some point in their lives to just pack it up and hit the road without a finite destination in mind — to just feel the wind on their face with nothing but highway…
Haywood County commissioners have endorsed a plan to run sewer lines out N.C. 209 to Interstate 40, pledging $300,000 toward the $3 million project should state grant funding for the new sewer line come through.
Officer Dave Clancey has a dicey job, perhaps the most dangerous of any cop in Haywood County. But instead of dodging bullets, Clancey dodges cars.
In the words of Principal Chief Michell Hicks, it’s been “a whirlwind year” for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:24

Why Murphy?

At first blush, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is competing with itself by opening a new casino in Murphy just 55 miles from its main casino and resort in Cherokee. But those 55 miles make a huge difference.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:22

Opening day draws a crowd to new Murphy casino

Mary Anderson didn’t have much time to stop for an interview. It was just after 1 p.m., and the Atlanta resident had been up since 6 a.m. in her quest to experience opening day at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:17

New casino likely to transform Murphy

The new Valley River Casino and Hotel built by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on the outskirts of Murphy will have far-reaching impacts on the far western corner of the state, forever changing the economic and cultural landscape of…
An explosion of campaign signs so large they could pass for miniature billboards cropped up seemingly overnight in Waynesville last week, creating a tizzy over what’s legal and what’s tasteful.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 16:01

Book explores persecution of early Japanese Christians

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In 1549, Jesuit priest Francis Xavier, two companions, and a Japanese translator entered Japan, seeking to bring the Gospel into…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:48

Taste of Sylva returns

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Featuring local food, music and children’s activities, the sixth annual Taste of Sylva culinary tour will run from 1 to…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:45

Molding a passion

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Standing in her Dillsboro studio, potter Zan Barnes can’t help but smile. “If you told me in high school that this…