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Nowadays, coffee and wireless Internet go hand-in-hand; you can’t really have one without the other. It is an expected amenity at coffee shops and bakeries. With the purchase of a coffee, tea or cinnamon bun, the customer is permitted to…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Fire destroys HCC sawmill, closes campus

The remnants of Haywood Community College’s old sawmill were still smoldering Tuesday after a fire the night before destroyed most of the building.
Covering everything from bugs’ butts and food for animals to animal tongues and eyes, EarlyLight Books has found a special section of the book world to occupy — science books for toddlers.
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:52

A short bout with Victor the Bear

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This is a bear story. Unlike many bear stories, this one is true. Tourism started in Western North Carolina during…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:49

For the love of local bookstores

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When I was a child living in Boonville, N.C., a town of 600 people, my mother would load us into…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 06:05

More briefs

Future of Cowee School discussed at luncheon Stacy Guffey will talk about the Macon County Heritage Center planned for Cowee School during the monthly Lunch with the League at noon on Nov. 8 in the Tartan Hall of the First…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 06:01

Sylva Pediatrics picks Mission to partner with

Three longtime doctors with Sylva Pediatrics will soon come under the wing of Mission Hospital in Asheville. The physicians will keep practicing out of their same offices in Sylva and Bryson City, and keep serving the same local patients they…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:59

Challenges lie ahead for new MedWest CEO

A new CEO who will take over MedWest-Haywood in December will face the parallel challenges of improving the hospital’s bottom line and capturing patients who travel to Asheville for health care.
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:57

MedWest-Haywood new CEO started as a nurse

Janie Sinacore-Jaberg will become the new CEO of MedWest-Haywood in December. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of a 320-bed system in Muskogee, Okla. She has served as the COO and CEO of several hospitals in Georgia, South Carolina…
Republican Mark Meadows won the 11th U.S. Congressional seat with more than 57 percent of the votes Tuesday. “We’re obviously humbled by the confidence that everybody has placed in us,” Meadows said.
Western North Carolina voters favored Gov. Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama despite the president’s narrow victory nationally.
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:48

Davis beats Snow by a wide margin

Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, pulled out a surprisingly strong win over his Democratic challenger John Snow in what was supposed to be razor thin race.
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:46

Queen slips by Clampitt in House race

Waynesville Democrat Joe Sam Queen beat out Republican candidate Mike Clampitt by a commanding margin to take an open seat in the N.C. House.
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:43

Ray Rapp out of N.C. House

N.C. Rep. Ray Rapp, D-Mars Hill, was defeated after serving a decade in Raleigh. It was one of the most surprising election results of the night, given Rapp’s popularity, accomplishments and likeability during his long tenure.
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:17

Sales tax for schools goes down in Swain

Swain County voters shot down a quarter-cent sales tax increase that would have funded school construction by a 3-to-1 margin.  The optional sales tax increase would have brought in roughly $250,000 a year and would have paid for a $2…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:16

Macon voters replace Democratic commissioner

The Republican stronghold of Macon County chose to elect conservative Paul Higdon over Democrat incumbent Bobby Kuppers to the board of county commissioners. 
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:14

Jackson to keep its current mix on board

The Jackson County Commissioner race was decided by a large margin, granting incumbent Mark Jones another term in office. He defeated Republican candidate Marty Jones handily, despite the county overall narrowly going for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. 
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 05:06

Haywood County commissioners to remain unchanged

Commissioners Mark Swanger and Kevin Ensley — a Democrat and Republican respectively — won reelection to the Haywood County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. 
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 22:03

WNC voters step to the plate

Temperatures dropped on Election Day, with high elevation snowflakes and low-lying raindrops greeting voters around Western North Carolina, making for low voter turnout trailing that of 2008. With troves of citizens opting for early voting — more than half those…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Guided hikes continue as fall gives way to winter

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Hike amidst flowing creeks and historic remnants along the Smokemont Loop Trail on a guided hike through the Great Smoky…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

An easy, historical hike on the Carolina side of the Smokies

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Hikers can participate in a leisurely, guided hike Saturday, Nov. 17, on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Water stewardship videos shown in Swain

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Four short videos that are part of a Watershed Film Series titled “It’s Our Water” will be shown the evening…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Trails initiative seeks input from Haywood residents

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A public workshop focusing on ideas for Haywood County trails that could become part of a Regional Trails Plan will…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Fourth-graders conquer Appalachian trails on hiking trip

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More than 70 fourth-graders and parents trekked across the Appalachians in Macon County as part of an annual student trip…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

New trout website aims to hook anglers

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has fired up its new trout fishing webpage, which provides useful information for trout anglers…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Diamond Brand partners to produce outdoor rec website

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Asheville retailer Diamond Brand Outdoors has partnered with to introduce a new, locally-sourced digital outdoor recreation guide for the…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Lily effort takes root around WCU

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An effort to re-establish a favorite local flower while also growing a scholarship fund at Western Carolina University is off…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

A WCU campus run with a twist and a message

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Western Carolina University, as part of its Love Your Body Week, will hold a station run on campus at 4:30…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Stranded hiker rescued from national park backcountry

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A hiker stranded on the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was successfully evacuated by rescuers last…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Some things never get old

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Last Saturday (Nov. 3) was this year’s annual fall hike in the Waynesville watershed. The hikes started back in 2007,…
In Cherokee, a dead coyote is worth more than a live one — about $25 more. In the coming weeks,…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

For the love of local bookstores

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When I was a child living in Boonville, N.C., a town of 600 people, my mother would load us into…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Consequences of intervention not so good

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To the Editor: Almost all actions of politicians have unintended consequences. In times of tragedies their mistakes are amplified. Last…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Points about Mormonism obviously misunderstood

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To the Editor: Your correspondent William Fisher has written a constructive response to my recent letter about religion and politics,…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Election is over, so use newfound time wisely

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To the Editor: I am writing this letter in celebration that the elections are now over. I will not miss…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Jackson commissioners off the mark on tourism

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To the Editor: As a nearly 50-year-veteran of the tourism industry and one of the “authors” of the Florida accommodation…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Income disparity much more than a campaign issue

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I’m a late-blooming entrepreneur from a lower middle-class upbringing. My parents came from farming and mill-town childhoods, and they bought…
The tribal council for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians recently approved a $28 million upgrade for the sewage treatment plant, which will double the capacity and accommodate demand fueled in part by growth of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.
Eight new monitoring wells will be drilled an old landfill in Haywood County, the latest step in an ongoing effort to track and measure groundwater contamination emanating from the now-closed landfill.
Orthopedic physical therapist Todd Watson will speak at a free Dine and Learn seminar that addresses the links between physical therapy and back pain from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the MedWest Rehabilitation Service office on the MedWest-Harris campus…
The Waynesville Recreation Center recently had a new design placed on the basketball courts. This was the first time the lines had to be removed so the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department decided to go with a new layout. The…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Girl Scouts offer affordable and fun activities

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) has opportunities for volunteers who are committed to helping girls develop courage, confidence and character. Volunteers are the heart and soul of Girl Scouting – whether you have an hour, a day, a…
A $12,000 tractor stolen in Macon County and sold as scrap in Georgia for a fraction of the price; rusting automobiles yanked from lawns in the middle of night; copper wiring stripped from construction sites — rising scrap metal prices…
When Kevin Seagel slipped into Swain County’s courthouse during a mock exercise brandishing a pretend weapon, it only took emergency responders one minute to find him, but by then, he had already killed several people.
Swain County may heighten security measures at the courthouse and administration building to stop guns and weapons from being carried into the lobby.
In an effort to extinguish delinquent vehicle taxes, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law that will combine vehicle property tax and car registration into one bill. When it goes into effect, drivers can’t get their tags renewed until…
A committee of Waynesville residents is putting the community in the term “community policing.”
Two years ago, Gregg Fuller tried to fill a void in Sylva’s nightlife scene when he opened the No Name Sports Pub, featuring drinks, food and live bands three to four nights a week. But soon, the increasingly boisterous crowds…
Despite pleas for leniency, the owner of a Sylva auto dealership faces a $500 fine for failing to build a sidewalk in front of his car lot. Russ Cagle, owner of Concept Automotive, initially agreed to build the sidewalk last…
Western Carolina University is seeking applicants for the next class of its University Participant Program, which offers a two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for college-age persons with intellectual disabilities. The goal of the UP Program is to facilitate the…