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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 14:40

Maggie to hold tax rate steady for 2016-17

Maggie Valley residents and businesses won’t have to worry about paying a higher property tax rate for the next year, but they may see an increase in the fees they pay for certain services.
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will celebrate the grand opening of its new visitor center with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15. What remains to be seen, however, is whether visitors to Haywood County…
Tourism folks in Jackson County are feeling hopeful after hiring a new marketing firm to spread the word about the county’s hidden wonders.
Canton Town Board Member and Mayor Pro-Tem Carole Edwards had a hard time concealing her dismay at news that Canton’s downtown resurfacing projects weren’t proceeding according to plan.
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 14:35

Canton budget – a tangled web?

When Alderman Zeb Smathers opened the Canton Board of Aldermen meeting on May 26 with an invocation decrying the “venom and negativity” in the national political climate, one could almost interpret it as the ominous foreshadowing of what was expected…
Law enforcement officers in Haywood County are pulling double duty in the war on drugs: they’re saving lives as well as fighting crime.
A life-saving antidote to reverse drug overdoses is finding widespread acceptance amid the prescription pain pill epidemic.
While Shining Rock Classical Academy students are already out of class enjoying their summer vacation, school leaders are busy assessing the charter’s first year and already planning for students’ return in August.
Finding a solution to the lack of high-speed internet in rural Western North Carolina has been on the minds of economic development officials for some time now.
It’s hard to believe there are still developed neighborhoods in Haywood County that can’t get internet access or even landline telephone service, but it is a major problem in certain areas.
Melanie Williams was fed up. She could no longer run her web design business from her Crabtree home with the slow DSL internet speed from a cable provider.  SEE ALSO:• Skyrunner helps rural neighborhoods get connected• Broadband master plan in the works…
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 14:11

Early Voting Ends Saturday

Voters hoping to cast their ballots in advance of the Tuesday, June 7, Primary Election have just a few more days to make it to one of several polling locations in Haywood, Jackson, Macon or Swain counties.
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 14:09

Forest plan timeline lengthens

The timeline for a draft forest management plan has been kicked back once more, with the document now expected sometime at the very end of 2016.
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 14:04

Park proposes fee hike for campgrounds

Camping fees could increase in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park if a recently released proposal gains approval.
After years of a sluggish real estate recovery, the home market in Haywood County is on a noticeable upward swing. Houses are selling quicker, the inventory glut is finally shrinking and home prices are inching upward again. Second-home buyers and…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:54

The bugle never stops

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One day recently as I was walking through the parking lot at Waynesville Middle School, a car slowly pulled up…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:53

Vote for Rick Bryson in June 7 primary

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To the Editor:    Rick Bryson is running as a Democrat for the congressional seat currently held by Republican Mark…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:53

Bryson is best choice to challenge Meadows

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To the Editor: On June 7 citizens of the 11th Congressional District will be asked to vote again. Because of…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:47

Trying times for school leaders in Haywood

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Haywood County Schools has been a part of my life for 24 years now — as a journalist, the husband…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:44

Data shows that we are becoming more religious

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In recent years, we have seen a stream of books and authors promoting atheism. Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s…
The beauty of bluegrass lies in its transparency.  Whether you’re having a good or bad day, those emotions will filter…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:25

This must be the place

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You never forget where you came from.
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:24

Fiddler wins youth competition

Written by, a music-themed gift company, held its third annual Youth Composition and Songwriter Competition for ages 10 through 18, with…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:23

Cherokee bonfire opens for summer

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The ceremonial Cherokee bonfires will kickoff the summer season on Friday, May 27, at Oconaluftee Island Park in Cherokee. The…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:19

Unto These Hills opens for summer

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The Unto These Hills outdoor drama will run at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday from May 28 to Aug. 13…
A request to change the way tribal members in the westernmost reaches of the Qualla Boundary are represented on Tribal Council led to a heated discussion in Cherokee this month. The legislation was ultimately tabled, but the issue could well…
How would you like to pay a mere $500 a semester to attend Western Carolina University?
When a funding request for Emergency Management Services came in for more than double what Jackson County is paying now, commissioners were taken pretty far aback, asking lots of questions about the justification for the $821,000 leap and setting the…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:47

New president settles in at Angel Medical

For someone who has spent most of her life in Ohio, moving to the mountains of Western North Carolina has been a dream come true for Karen Gorby.
A little-known contract crafted in 1980 will take center stage in coming months as Haywood County school officials and county leaders sort out who owes who what if the school system gets the boot from its central office location.
Haywood County School officials could be ousted from their central office by early spring 2017 to make way for an affordable housing project.
When the polls open June 7, Jackson County voters will have a choice to make — whether to OK a small sales tax increase to provide additional funding for Jackson County Public Schools and Southwestern Community College.
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:39

Wrong bear euthanized in Smokies incident

The case of a 400-pound bear euthanized after a hiker in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was bitten in the leg appears to have been a wrongful conviction. DNA results delivered Monday (May 23) showed that the bear that…
It’s been three years since a vigorous debate about charging for backcountry camping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:18

Kids get creative with waterways

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Haywood County’s young artists got some recognition for the T-shirt designs they dreamed up to celebrate Kids in the Creek,…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:17

Local runners take top spots in half marathon

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Runners from up and down the East Coast converged on Waynesville this month to try their stride at the Gateway…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:17

Park Service archives get new home

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A new home for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s collection of artifacts and archives recently opened its doors in…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:16

Cashiers gets second farmer market

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A new farmers market will launch in Cashiers this week, providing a weekly supply of local foods from 3 to…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:15

See birds of prey up close

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An up-close glimpse of creatures such as the Eastern screech owl and Northern bald eagle will show birds of prey…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:14

Old-time remedies explained

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See old-time remedies in action with a demonstration by Smokies naturalist Ila Hatter, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:13

Trout waters open

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Delayed-harvest trout waters will open for the summer on Saturday, June 4, giving anglers the chance to catch a dinner…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:12

WCU tops ‘best-of’ list for outdoors colleges

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Western Carolina University came in on top in an online magazine poll looking for the region’s premiere outdoor adventure college.
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:10

Canucks amongst us

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You’re hiking streamside through a rhododendron tangle when you hear a short, musical trill – it kind of mimics the…
The last couple of years have brought a sea change in attitudes about marijuana. I’m convinced pot will be legal…
My wife and I like to host small parties or entertain our friends every three years or so, not because…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 16:22

HB2 could be called ‘Hate Bill 2’

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To the Editor: Recent letters have provided more smoke than light regarding HB2, also known as House Bill 2, which…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 16:21

Trump cares only about being the winner

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To the Editor: For one who has never held an elected office, Donald Trump is a brilliant politician. His TV…
When life gets hectic, most people have a vacation spot where they go to unwind — perhaps a family cabin…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:58

NOC paddler to appear in summer Olympics

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When Team U.S.A. marches into the Olympic stadium this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the Opening Ceremonies of…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:51

Sculpture winds through WCU trails

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A nature-based sculpture project launched by Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum aims to feature outdoors art while promoting discussion…