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Two short years ago, Fay Grant was living on the other side of the country, a professional music editor for film and television shows in Los Angeles’ bustling entertainment scene. It was a different world altogether from the sleepier mountain…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 14:21

Taking the good with the bad

Commissioner Kirk Kirkpatrick remembers many Haywood County budget hearings in which the public was absent from the process, but that was not the case this year.
A friend of mine who is a veteran backcountry explorer in the Smokies sent a recent email to me and…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:17

Raptor presentation coming to Highlands

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One of the Southeast’s premier raptor presentations, “Wings to Soar,” will bring birds of prey to the old gym of…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:16

Carnivorous plants exhibit opens at Arboretum

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The fascinating and complex world of carnivorous plants is the subject of the newest exhibit at the N.C. Arboretum in…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:15

Soil Exhibit in Bryson City

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The Swain Soil and Water Conservation District is in the process of creating a mobile, walk-through exhibit focusing on soil…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:14

Important tracts preserved by SAHC

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Two tracts of land with headwater streams have been placed in conservation easements with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. The…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:13

Rain barrels for sale by HWA

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Haywood Waterways Association and Haywood Cooperative Extension Service have 55-gallon rain barrels for sale.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:11

WCU researchers making their mark

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Scientific work by professors and students at Western Carolina University is earning recognition and winning research money. The Cullowhee campus,…
Some 30 years ago, I saw a disturbing film entitled “Koyaanisqatsi.” The title comes from a Hopi word meaning “unbalanced life.”…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:02

Madam, you are indeed a thief

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To the Editor: My family and I were enjoying a meal at a local buffet restaurant (on Mothers Day 10…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:02

Thanks to Waynesville town employees

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To the Editor: The Waynesville Public Art Commission would specifically like to thank Waynesville town employees Dave Foster, Daryl Hannah,…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:01

Fast track legislation a threat to democracy

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To the Editor: Fast Track legislation that was prepared in secret by some 600 lobbyists of the largest transnational corporations…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:58

Exotic pests a continuing threat to our mountains

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By Jason Love • Guest Columnist I am writing on behalf of the Western North Carolina Public Lands Council, an advisory…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:52

Out of the headlines, but not out of the woods

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The rioting in Baltimore has settled down and we haven’t heard much out of Ferguson, Missouri, recently. The uproar and…
Swain County schools are requesting an additional $250,000 from the county commissioners to cover some much-needed building maintenance projects at all four schools.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:35

Planning board gets new member

The Jackson County Planning Board will have a new face at the table with the appointment of Bonnie Claxton, a Sylva attorney with Legal Aid for North Carolina who previously worked with Coward, Hicks & Siler.  “She wants to do…
Jackson County planning and code enforcement staff will be pouring through two years’ worth of building permits and retroactively inspecting certain projects after learning no one has been enforcing the county’s Mountain and Hillside Development ordinance for more than two…
Event promoters may soon be able to advertise by hanging a banner across Main Street in Franklin. The Franklin board of alderman approved a special banner policy at its May board meeting after being asked by merchants in March to…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:26

WNC Hospice House gets closer to goal

The Hospice House Foundation of WNC is in the midst of a major fundraising campaign to construct and operate a six-bed hospice house in Franklin.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:25

Jackson pursuing staff attorney hire

Commissioners in Jackson County are moving forward with a plan to scrap their policy of contracting legal services with a private attorney in favor of hiring a full-time staff attorney. At a recent work session, they gave County Manager Chuck…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:24

Waynesville bans smoking on sidewalks

Smoking will soon be banned on sidewalks in Waynesville. Town aldermen voted unanimously last week to ban smoking on all town property — including parks, ball fields, greenways, public parking lots and the grounds of town buildings.
Calvin Mann can’t make it far across the campus of Haywood Pathways Center without bumping into a friend.
Participation at the Haywood Pathways Center in Waynesville has been holding pretty steady ever since it opened in late 2014, with about 25 people living on campus, 80 percent of them male.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:18

The soul of a soup kitchen

Spend a few hours on the streets in Frog Level, and the heartwarming stories flow like water.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:17

Adding to the problem

Theoretically, a new homeless shelter that opened across town in Hazelwood last fall should have made things better for Frog Level’s homeless plight.
Teri Siewert picked up a pink Hello Kitty alarm clock by the cord and dragged it out from under the bushes behind her classy art gallery on the outskirts of downtown Waynesville. “You wouldn’t believe the stuff we find,” she…
Local NAACP chapters in Haywood and Jackson counties are holding workshops to educate the public on North Carolina’s new voter ID laws and to prepare them to attend an upcoming N.C. Board of Elections public hearing in Sylva.
Haywood County commissioners say a property tax increase is needed to dig the county out of a recession-era backlog.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 20:09

Library to screen ‘First Language’

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A screening of the documentary “First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at the Jackson…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 20:08

Leno to hit Harrah’s stage

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Comedy legend Jay Leno will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 20:06

Cashiers Blues, Brew & BBQ festival

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The Blues, Brew and BBQ festival will be from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Village Green…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 20:05

Lonesome River Band, Mountain Faith in Franklin

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Acclaimed bluegrass groups Lonesome River Band and Mountain Faith will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Smoky…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 20:03

This must be the place

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They are my brothers. Well, in terms of genetics, they technically aren’t. But, when it comes to heart and soul,…
Turning the corner at Church and Main streets in downtown Waynesville, I saw them out of the corner of my…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:31

Avian adventures

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What better way to spring into the season than chasing migrants across Western North Carolina? I was with the Franklin…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:20

Creek clean-up day scheduled in Haywood

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First Maggie Valley Creek clean is May 30 The inaugural Maggie Valley Community Creek Clean will take place at 10…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:16

Extention office seeks gardens for tour

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The Haywood County Cooperative Extension Service is seeking gardens to include in its 2016 Haywood County Garden Tour. Anyone who…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:15

Merrell Adventure race is family-friendly

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The Merrell Adventure 5K Dash and 1K Fun Run will be held Saturday, May 23, along the Nantahala River near…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:14

Conservation groups plan river float trip

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A float trip down the Little Tennessee River on May 16 is being sponsored by two land conservation organizations, the…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:13

Ducks on the Tuck helps New Century Scholars

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Why adopt a tiny rubber duck that’ll soon be floating down the Tuckasegee River in Swain County?
When Michael Bradley first picked up a fly rod in 2011, he wasn’t looking for anything more than a relaxing…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:04

A place where home is an elusive ideal

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In the last decade, British authorities uncovered evidence of massive sexual abuse and human trafficking in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Two…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:02

The mystery of U.S. foreign aid

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To the Editor: One of the great mysteries of government in America is how and why we give over $50…
Even though she’s an Indiana girl who had only seen the ocean once before we met, there is something about…
He was tall, maybe 6 feet 8 inches or taller, and was standing at an intersection studying a map. My…
The business end of Jackson County Planner Gerald Green’s departure — who will be in charge of finding a replacement, what the timeline might be — was a necessary topic of discussion at last week’s county commissioner meeting, but commissioners…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:35

Sylva budget haggling concludes

A stalemate over whether to raise property taxes in Sylva ended last week with the majority of town board members opting to take money out of the town’s reserve fund to cover a $140,000 projected shortfall in next year’s budget.
A public hearing to get Cashiers’ take on a proposed fire tax for the area drew about 70 people to the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center. Judging by the 10 speakers who said their piece to the Jackson County Commissioners, one opinion…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:22

Jackson schools might expand drug testing

A bigger number of Jackson County students could be subject to random drug testing if a proposed policy change being considered by the school board gets approved.