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Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:26

This must be the place

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What the hell, I figured. Sometime around midnight, and somewhere around my third beer, I decided to send her a…
It is the rhythm of life. When you hear the guitar mastery of Tim Reynolds, you’re listening to the joyous…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:47

Sen. Jim Davis, corporate lapdog

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To the Editor: From my mailbox recently I pulled a large political mailer from State Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, attacking…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:47

Negative flyers are a waste of money

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To the Editor: With the advent of the election season, my mailbox and my sensitivities are being assailed by political…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:46

Tax facts instead of Sen. Jim Davis’ spin

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To the Editor: Your income went down, but your N.C. income tax went up. Is this possible? You bet. If…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:46

Volunteer for school science laboratory

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To the Editor: Have you ever seen the light in a student’s eyes when they learn a new  concept? I…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:45

Local dogs need our help, not Korean dogs

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To the Editor I was astonished by your recent article about the HSUS bringing dogs from Korea to Western North…
There were left hooks and right uppercuts. The crowd couldn’t look away as they cringed with each blast and low…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:37

It’s called The Open Door, so come on in

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Lately I’ve been hanging out at The Open Door in Frog Level and I have to admit, it’s my new…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:27

Sorting out my aversion to Donald Trump

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Cruel. That was it, that’s the word that defines why I think Donald Trump is unfit to be president. Obviously,…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:20

FBI investigating tribal housing authority

A tribal authority tasked with helping tribal members find housing is under investigation by the FBI for “possible criminal conduct related to certain loans and loan applications, among other matters,” according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice…
Close your eyes and imagine this: It’s another picture-perfect Western North Carolina Wednesday morning with Chamber of Commerce weather and nary a cloud in the sky.
Some employees in the Haywood County school system will see more money in their paychecks this month, thanks to state legislators.
When Ricardo Nazario-Colon first stepped onto Western Carolina University’s campus to interview for the new chief diversity officer position, one thing stuck out to him above all else.
It was a sunny Constitution Day at Western Carolina University, and the colors shone brightly on the giant beach ball — dubbed the “free speech ball” — that the campus chapter of Young Americans for Liberty rolled from spot to…

Rhonda Cole Schandevel is a survivor. 

“I hate it. I miss him terribly,” she said, a limpid pool of tears welling up in her eyes. “Sure, I’m sad that my husband died, but I’m very proud that I’ve been able to raise my son in a state that valued public education and valued the working class. Those are values our legislature does not hold today, especially my opponent.”

Macon County residents will more than likely recognize the names of the four commissioner candidates who will appear on their Nov. 8 ballots.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 14:46

Women in Business 2016

Women climbing the corporate ladder or owning their own business is nothing new, and in fact North Carolina is among the nation’s leaders in this area. Still, those we interviewed for our annual series on women in business illustrate their inspiring success…
A cadre of curious animals gathers at the gate as Joe Moore, owner of Indian Springs Farms in Bethel, approaches…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:14

Locals take top spots in Harvest Half

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Local runners came out high in the rankings with completion of the Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon last weekend. 
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:10

Judge orders Fish and Wildlife Service to halt red wolf plan

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A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to halt its plan to transfer the reintroduced population…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:09

Burn project proposed for Jackson County

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A 956-acre prescribed burn is being proposed for the Nantahala National Forest in southeastern Jackson County, aiming to reduce wildfire…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:01

Bryson City and the widow Cline

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Before the settlement named Charleston became the village named Bryson City in 1889, it was a tract of land known…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:52

A story about coping with loss

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Sometimes loss and death give little or no warning of their arrival. The doorbell rings at two in the morning,…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:48

WCU’s handling of Koch gift a model for others

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Western Carolina University’s faculty has wrestled through months of both tedium and spirited debate in devising how best to manage…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:41

Remember talking ‘to’ people, not ‘at’ them

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We are still near the dawn of the Internet age. We can get just about any information we desire in…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:40

Vote for Luker and Mau in Jackson County

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To the Editor: I attended the debate on Sept. 29 at Southwestern Community College between the four candidates running for…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:40

Sen. Davis was big fracking supporter

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To the Editor: The rivers are low, and so are the springs. As we face a drought, Sen. Jim Davis,…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:32

WCU to host conference on economy, environment

A conference at Western Carolina University on Friday, Oct. 7, will focus on the intersection of the environment and the economy in Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:31

Bryson City receives $10,000 Wi-Fi grant

Bryson City was one of 10 downtown communities to receive funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to offer free Wi-Fi access in their downtown areas.
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:22

Mountain Faith wins big in Raleigh

Western North Carolina played a big role in this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association awards held last weekend in Raleigh. Waynesville songwriter Milan Miller was nominated for “Songwriter of the Year,” Haywood’s County’s own Balsam Range was nominated for several…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:11

The path to the polls

The two-year journey from the primaries to the polls is almost over – but not until you cast your vote! Follow along with this handy guide to make sure you have what it takes to make your voice heard.
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:05

Animals rescued from Korean dog meat farm

Two small animal shelters in Western North Carolina have made national news this week as they’ve opened up their facilities to 11 dogs rescued from an illegal backyard dog meat farm in South Korea.
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:04

Feds file motion to dismiss Swain’s lawsuit

The federal government waited until the 11th hour to issue a response to Swain County’s North Shore Road lawsuit — and the response was not surprising. 
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:02

Casino board member loses fight to keep seat

After a yearlong tug-of-war, Angela Kephart has vacated her post as a Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise board member following the Cherokee Tribal Council’s razor-close decision to uphold July legislation shortening her term by a year to end Sept. 30.

Haywood County Commission candidates faced off last Thursday at a forum hosted by The Mountaineer, and while there wasn’t a lot of dissention among them, the questions they received provide insight into the needs and wants of Haywood County residents.

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:59

High-speed internet project plods along

The all-important push to bring high-speed internet to Western North Carolina generated a lot of optimism earlier this summer when the town of Waynesville and the Land of Sky Regional Council entered into an agreement with the goal of expanding…

Anyone who’s driven through Jackson County in the last several months is likely well aware that there’s an election underway for two county commissioner seats.

Born and raised in Swain County, Mike Clampitt is a sixth-generation Western North Carolinian with roots in the area dating back to the Revolutionary War.

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:46

SMN candidate forum Oct. 20

Although Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have overshadowed nearly every other political campaign in the country, that doesn’t mean that those other campaigns aren’t important.
When the days get short and the nights get cold, a collection of Jackson County organizations comes together with the shared goal of getting the county’s less fortunate safely through the winter. Called Jackson Neighbors in Need, the group works…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:38

Waynesville songwriter nominated by IBMAs

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Although he resides in Nashville these days, songwriter Milan Miller is never too far away from his Waynesville roots. As…
Though they walked away empty-handed at last week’s International Bluegrass Music Association award show in Raleigh, acclaimed group Balsam Range…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:32

Mountain Faith wins big in Raleigh

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What a year. That is about all you can say about the past 12 months for Jackson County bluegrass act…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:29

This must be the place

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I underestimated it. Stepping into the grand ballroom at the Raleigh Convention Center last Thursday morning, I really didn’t think…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:26

‘Fear No Art’ Exhibit

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The Jackson County Arts Council in Sylva announces a new exhibit entitled "Fear No Art" by Isabella Jacovino, an artist…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:21

American Pickers to film in North Carolina

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Mike Wolf, Frank Fritz and their team are excited to return to North Carolina. They plan to film episodes of…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:08

Kephart collection at WCU

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A showcase on the life and times of Horace Kephart will be on display from Oct. 11-March 31 in the…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 16:22

Big and wild

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Big and wild can’t be big and wild if your mind and heart are small.  A “real” public meeting —…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 16:18

Parks and Rec master plan seeks input

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Area residents who avail themselves of Waynesville’s recreational facilities and programs have a chance to shape their respective futures —…