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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer With vigorous hip pops and shimmies, members of the Sidra bellydancing group are sending…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:11

Taking God out of schools was mistake

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To the Editor: Just over five weeks ago a mentally disturbed 19-year-old young man went into a school in Connecticut…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:11

Jackson should not sell out to developers

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To the Editor: Thank you for your excellent reporting on the consideration to a change in the development rules in…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:09

Majoring in philosophy? More power to you

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Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is trying to temper disparaging remarks he made early last week about the value of a…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:57

Zombie lore, one bite at a time

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If you are literate and moderately aware of what passes for entertainment in film, popular novels and comics, then you…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:54

Oil lamps have long history of lighting the way

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Surprisingly, a recent column about wood-burning cookstoves attracted as much attention as anything I’ve written for years. Folks who live…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:36

Local fisherman lands silver at championships

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Angler and Sylva native Josh Stephens recently earned a silver medal in team competition during the National Fly Fishing Championship…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:34

Donation will go to Smokies priorities

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Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park was recently awarded $2,000 from Sustainability for Generations to Come, a Western North…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:30

Farmers get a helping hand with diversification grants

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28 Western North Carolina farmers received nearly $150,000 total in grants to help diversify their farm businesses. The money was…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:30

Fees proposed for forest service recreation sites

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The U.S. Forest Service may increase, or begin charging, fees at seven recreation sites within the national forests in North…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:27

Hops finds a home in WNC soil and economy

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A free program on “The Business of Growing Hops” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb.…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:26

The Rainbow to Nowhere?

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What happens when you finally get to the end of the rainbow and there’s no gold in the pot? Perusing…
Although the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a protected expanse of land, all types of contamination — from air…
Before a crowded room of town officials this week, Jackson County Commissioner Jack Debnam announced, in so many words, what many already knew: the county’s economic development committee in its previous form was dead and never coming back.
It’s a right of passage for teens, the Holy Grail of high school, an iconic symbol of young adulthood freedom — that tiny piece of plastic called a driver’s license.
The recurring deluge of heavy rains has brought paddlers out of hibernation and onto Western North Carolina rivers over the past few weeks.
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:08

HCC plans Entrepreneurship Week activities

Haywood Community College will celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week Feb. 16-23 with a week-long schedule of events. The events will allow HCC to highlight the college’s strengths in the areas of entrepreneurship, sustainability and creativity. The following events are planned: •…
Federal regulators temporarily suspended operations at Cherokee bear zoo and fined its owners $5,000 for repeated animal welfare violations.
A Macon County commissioner, who prides himself on fiscal conservatism, has been staking out his positions lately. After questioning the virtue of pay raises for Macon County workers two weeks ago, Commissioner Ron Haven has turned his attention to another…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:02

Sylva teacher wins statewide teaching award

Deanne Oppermann, a chemistry instructor at Southwestern Community College in Sylva, is the recipient of the R.J. Reynolds Excellence in Teaching Award for 2012-2013 by the North Carolina Community College System. Oppermann is known at SCC for embracing multiple teaching…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:01

Blue Ridge Heritage signage to make its debut

Ten years after the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area won federal designation, themed signs tying together 65 attractions throughout the mountains will finally be installed this year.
A $93 million family adventure park in Cherokee would likely turn a profit during its first year of operation, according to early projections from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ finance department.
Increased demand for Meals on Wheels services and daily meals for low-income seniors in Jackson County have led to a budget shortfall for the programs.
Whether it’s a new dad catching a breather after his wife’s marathon labor or a grief-stricken daughter who just watched her mother slip away in her arms, overwhelmed hospital visitors sometimes need to escape.
Nightlife in Waynesville’s downtown Frog Level district is brighter thanks to the addition of new lampposts along its two main streets.
The newly formed Jackson County Tourism Development Authority voted last week to enter into a $50,000 contract with a nationally renowned branding and marketing company out of Virginia.
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Haywood Public Transit on the move

Haywood Public Transit will hold a ribbon cutting for a new transit shelter at 1 p.m. Feb. 12, in Clyde. Haywood Public Transit offers free rides to anyone in the county, and the central location of the new transit facility…
One of three candidates vying to be Haywood County’s next sheriff was eliminated from the competition in a preliminary round last week.
Amateur boxers will square off at the Haywood County Fairgrounds to vie in the Roughest and Toughest Brawl this weekend, pitting off-the-street fighters against each other for a chance to win $600 in each of the three weight classes. There…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Merger input sought in countdown to decision

Waynesville residents will get their first chance to weigh in on the possibility of adding Lake Junaluska to the town limits with two public hearings this month.
Customers have asked Katie Seymour to monogram just about everything — from the typical towels or cloth purses to the completely abstruse car mats or sports bras.
Lately, it seems Ann Melton was born in the wrong century. During the past two years, Melton has spent more time living in the late 1800s — the days when boarding houses and hitching posts lined Waynesville’s Main Street, when…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Stecoah Valley bluegrass series tickets on sale

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Season tickets are now on sale for the “2013 Appalachian Evening Concert Series” in at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Want to learn to do pottery?

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There will be a variety of pottery classes offered at Pincu Pottery in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Guitar virtuoso hits WCU stage

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Guitarist Frank Vignola will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Innovation through tradition

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Rhiannon Giddens is an old soul, but one that embraces modernity. Vocalist/fiddler of renowned Americana string band the Carolina Chocolate…
A country which has accepted the mantle of “empire,’ however inimical that mantle may be to its professed destiny; a…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Wislawa Szymborska One of the best poets I’ve read in quite a while, this Polish Nobel Laureate has a wonderful…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

The guiltiest of guilty pleasures

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By Chris Cooper OK, yes, it’s a widely held opinion that the Reagan years doled out its fair share of…
Want to build anything you want in a downtown location that receives a ton of visitors each summer? Then Bryson City, with its total lack of rules governing development, is just the place for you.
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Consultant recommends Jackson library site

Where to put a new Jackson County library is no closer to a resolution following a $20,000 study by a consultant intended to lay the groundwork for building a library.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Haywood Community College is finally on track to receive some much needed funding after county commissioners announced plans this week to allocate $3 million to the school.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Haywood County officials are jumping at the chance to purchase 22 acres of land for recreational space that will help make the county’s master recreation plan a reality.
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Haywood leaders voice support for test farm

The region might be at risk of losing an important agricultural research station in Haywood County if a proposed state cost-cutting measure goes through.
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Macon planning efforts gaining momentum

Susan Ervin has served on Macon County’s Planning Board for so long she can’t actually remember how many years it’s been.
Blessed are the planners, for in their hands rest the fate of these mountains.
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Another day, and it’s off to the races

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7:37 a.m. — Snatched out of sleep by the ceaseless opening and closing of drawers. Goodness, woman, what can there…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Afterschool programs still looking for respect

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By Chris Lowe • Guest columnist “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education,” said Albert Einstein. Einstein is…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Weed or wildflower?

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The status of a given plant as either a “noxious weed” or a “lovely wildflower” is pretty much a matter…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Victim’s family sues REACH for negligence

REACH of Jackson County, a non-profit that aids victims of domestic violence, is being sued by the family of a woman shot and killed at a domestic violence shelter last September by her deranged husband.