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Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:52

WNC flipping for pancakes

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• The 56th annual “Pancake Day” will be from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the First…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:52

Artists/vendors sought for regional festivals

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Several festivals around Western North Carolina are encouraging local artists and vendors to sign up for celebrations and events throughout…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:48

Jungle king swings into WCU

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A cold wind howls through the campus of Western Carolina University as the screams of a young woman echo from…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:35

We have to decide which side we’re on

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To the Editor: Well over a half century ago, the infringements, abridgments and usurpations of government against our liberties ordained…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:34

Ball fields bad use of tourism money

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To the Editor: Why on earth tap the tourism development funds in Haywood County for a ballpark that won’t result…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:34

Weakened slope laws could prompt lawsuits

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To the Editor: This is an open letter to the Jackson County Planning Board and county commissioners. Things to consider: …
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:32

Beware plastic power strips, and many thanks

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To the Editor: It is hard to believe it was a month ago that our little house in Waynesville burned.…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:30

We need sanity in gun debate

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To the Editor: As a gun owner, parent, teacher and American, I believe that there is no legitimate reason for…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:29

Macon County may need second pay study

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To the Editor: I believe Macon County’s commissioners need to closely analyze and thoroughly discuss the results and proposals made…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:27

Obamacare will drag down health care

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To the Editor: Recently, after a serious falling accident, I experienced medical treatment from our local health care system at…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:24

Downtown Sylva needs some help

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To the Editor: Tourism, tourism and tourism are the three most important words to line the struggling businessmen’s pockets and…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:20

By chance, by sea, bye bye

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By John Beckman • Columnist Thirty-five years ago, I moved into my first dorm room and this small-town lad had…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:18

Cherokee entertains idea of bear sanctuary

Tribal Council for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has postponed any action that would ban bear zoos from the reservation for good. A few tribal members called on Tribal Council last week to revoke the business licenses for any…
A woman was sent to jail for nine years this week for her role in the death of toddler who likely succumbed to hypothermia on the floor of a single-wide trailer one bitterly cold night in Swain County two years…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:12

Clear sailing ahead for Haywood room tax hike

If anyone opposes an increase in Haywood County’s overnight lodging tax, they did not make their enmity known at Monday’s board of commissioners meeting.
A heated argument and near fight between two Maggie Valley residents — one of whom is banned from town hall — disrupted the town’s board of aldermen meeting last Tuesday.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:07

New logo captures essence of Haywood Chamber

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce debuted a new logo this week, showing off more than a year of work to craft a design that represents the business organization’s role in the county.
After spending $200,000 to build a new parking lot shared by five downtown Sylva businesses, the property owner lost a state grant she was initially promised to help with the cost.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office made a pitch to commissioners this week for four additional sheriff’s deputies to be placed in four of the county’s elementary schools — Fairview, Cullowhee Valley, Scotts Creek and Smokey Mountain Elementary.
In a new state of high alert, schools face tough choices when confronted by a threat from a student: is it a precursor to real violence or simply the empty words of imprudent children?
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:54

Countdown to decision time

Several boards and bodies will formally vote in coming weeks on whether Lake Junaluska should become part of Waynesville, form its own town or continue as a sophisticated homeowner’s association. Here’s a look at who will be weighing in and…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:52

The players

Property owners: A survey was mailed to all 811 Lake Junaluska property owners last week, with a robust response rate so far. There are 765 homes at Lake Junaluska. About half are lived in year-round by their owners. Surveys also…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:48

Junaluska’s choices: the abridged version

Option 1: Join the town of Waynesville Pros: • Financial savings — This is the cheapest option, thanks to economies of scale. Residents would fork over town property taxes, but it would buy them all the services and amenities they…
When Ken Zulla hung up his IRS badge and retired to the well-groomed mountain hamlet of Lake Junaluska more than a decade ago, monthly sojourns to the local feed-and-seed store weren’t on the radar for his Golden Years. SEE ALSO:…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:39

Jackson salutes its new flag

Jackson County is no longer a banner-less government. County commissioners selected an official county flag this week from a pool of a dozen designs submitted by high school, community college and university students. The chosen design is by Southwestern Community…
Swain County School administrators began an internal investigation Friday after videos surfaced of a “fight club” among ninth grade boys in the gym locker room at Swain County High School.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:35

So long, courthouse maples

The Haywood County Board of Commissioners voted to cut down the stately maples trees that grace the grounds of the historic courthouse on Main Street in Waynesville this week, citing concerns that the trees are on their last leg.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:33

New defibrillators carry big price tag in Macon

Macon County emergency vehicles will soon be equipped with new state-of-the-art cardiac defibrillators. Commissioners voted 3 to 2 this week to spend nearly $400,000 on 12 pieces of the live saving equipment. One will be placed in each of the…
About once a year or less, I work up the nerve to publish poems in this space. Head for cover.…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:04

Wild game on the grill at wildlife club dinner

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The Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College is hosting a wild game dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:02

Parkway chief to retire

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Parkway Superintendent Phil Francis has announced that he will retire on April 1 after 41 years in the National Park…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:01

Cataloochee road closed due to wash out

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The gravel road leading into Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was washed out by recent heavy…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:00

Vandals hit park with paint and profanity

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Vandals hit an area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park known as “the Sinks” — a popular roadside waterfall…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:57

Great count in your backyard

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Of course, you’re no longer confined to your backyard like you were back in 1997 when the Great Backyard Bird…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:56

More trail talk…

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A regional trails map showing hiking trails, greenways, public lands, rivers and other outdoor recreation landmarks in the seven western…
For the past year, the National Forest Service has been taking inventory, collecting public input and meeting with outdoor interest…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:39

To be (born) or not to be

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Since reading Ben Wattenberg’s The Birth Dearth 25 years ago, the subject of demography has fascinated me. This past week…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:38

All Cherokee bear zoos should be shut down

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To the Editor: It’s about time that the USDA finally suspended operations at Chief Saunooke’s antiquated concrete pit in Cherokee.…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:37

Lake J property owners need more information

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To the Editor: The article about the upcoming decision regarding possible annexation of Lake Junaluska by Waynesville in the Feb.…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:36

Gov. McCrory needs to put up or shut up

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To the Editor: Thanks for standing up to the governor in your column about our state universities (“Majoring in philosophy?…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:34

This diplomacy stuff just isn’t that hard

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By Stephanie Wampler • Guest Columnist Well, it seems that John Kerry is our new secretary of state, ready to…
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…