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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has denied any wrongdoing in a lawsuit related to investment losses in a trust fund that safeguards casino earnings on behalf of Cherokee youth. The tribe has, among other things, asked a judge to…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Opportunities to serve in Waynesville

  The Town of Waynesville is seeking citizens willing to serve on its boards and commissions, including its ABC Board, Firemen’s Relief Fund Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, Public Art Commission, Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Board…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Richard Twiss to preach at Lake Junaluska

  Richard Twiss will preach Sunday, July 1, at Lake Junaluska as part of the Native American Summer Conference. Twiss will preside at the 8:30 a.m. communion service in Memorial Chapel and will also preach at 10:45 a.m. in Stuart…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Roller Girls competition set for Haywood

  Swain County’s Smoky Mountain Roller Girls will travel to Haywood County to take on the Thunder Road Roller Girls in the upcoming “Debut Taunt Brawl” at 6 p.m. June 30 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. This event marks Smoky Mountain’s…
The tiny town of Fontana Dam is getting to keep its post office, but what’s not clear yet is whether the post office will be manned or not. Fontana Dam was included 10 months ago in a list of 3,700…
Three elk were shot dead last month just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Mount Sterling area of Haywood County, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking for the public’s help in finding the poacher or…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Barking dogs a symptom of animal welfare, social issues

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  To the editor: The barking ordinance that Jackson county commissioners recently said they’d support sounds at first like a…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Barking dogs ordinance would increase burden

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  To the editor: Remember when we would say “Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite” as a nod…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Noise ordinance an unjust attack on heritage

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  To the editor: I am writing in response to recent discussions of “Barking Dogs” in Jackson County and to…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

Sometimes a walk is better than a run

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 For many years I was a dedicated runner. These days I’m much more likely to choose to walk, both for…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist My wife and I moved here from Florida because we wanted to live in…
 My daughter has arrived at an impossible age — impossible for her, impossible for me, impossible for her mother, impossible…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:39

Rivers in WNC bear native names

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Long before the first Europeans arrived, the Cherokees developed ceremonials that focused on the spiritual power of running water. When…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:37

Birds of prey debut in Cashiers

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A presentation titled “Winged Hunters – Birds of Prey” will begin at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Village Green…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:37

Bird walk being offered into Chinquapin

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The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society will host its weekly bird walk on June 23 at Chinquapin in Cashiers. The group…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:36

Videos spotlight N.C. destinations in GSMNP

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A new series of short internet videos feature North Carolina sections of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The videos…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:35

Wolf program comes to libraries in Jackson

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Rob Gudger brings his Wolf Tales educational program to two local libraries in the coming days. Known as “Trapper Rob,”…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:33

Smokies diversity celebrated with three-day event

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Biodiviersity Days in the Smokies June 20-23 will commemorate the diversity of plant and animal life in the Great Smoky…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:32

Fern workshop part of activity series

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Local writer and naturalist George Ellison will conduct a “Fern Identification 101” workshop from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:31

MedWest Rehab offers free running seminar

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MedWest Rehabilitation Services is offering a free running seminar from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on June 25 at the MedWest…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:31

In search of the rare and beautiful

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) will host a hike on June 22 led by Jack Johnston to…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:29

Hit the trail with kids in the Smokies

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Two hiking programs aimed at getting families and kids outdoors and on the trail have been launched in the Great…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:27

Folkmoot 4.01K Race set for July 14

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The Folkmoot 4.01K race through downtown Waynesville will be held at 8 a.m. on July 14. This year, organizers decided…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:25

Check your vital signs

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The Mountain Resources Commission, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Environmental Modeling and…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:17

National forest balds in jeopardy due to funding cuts

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By Danny Bernstein • Contributor            Many hikers are amazed by the balds that dot the Southern Appalachian landscape along the…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:53

A page turner with a WNC connection

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In Frank B. Robinson’s Thirty Days Hath September (ISBN 978-1-4701-6725-7), a man with a murky past, Alex Madrid, finds temporary…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:52

Ann Hite to speak in Sylva

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Novelist Ann Hite, author of the acclaimed debut novel Ghost on Black Mountain will speak at 7 p.m. June 28…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:51

Coffee with the Poet

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John Quinnett will be featured at City Lights Bookstore’s Coffee with the Poet series at 10:30 a.m. June 21. John…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:49

Hearing all the buzz about sourwood

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This is a special time of the year for beekeepers in Western North Carolina. It is the time they prepare…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:48

Women make decisions for themselves

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To the Editor: This is intended for all men: political office-holders, the religious of all faiths, and just plain “guys.” I…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:47

Voter ID laws should have bipartisan support

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To the Editor: Election reform is needed in North Carolina. Nearly eight out of 10 North Carolina voters support Voter…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:46

Romney’s plan will benefit wealthy

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To the Editor: Mitt Romney is saying his experience in the private sector means he can do a better job…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:41

No good reason for such a colorful plate debate

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State senators from the mountain region — and we’re especially talking about those representing the southwest, Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin,…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:10

Highlands roadwork troubles some merchants

Repaving of the steep, windy, two-lane road from Franklin to Highlands has many merchants worried about whether this heavily tourism-dependant town will find itself choked off financially.
Leah Hughes, associate editor at “Our State” magazine, will be the guest speaker at 9:30 a.m. on July 9 in the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska. This will be a meeting of the Junaluska Women’s Club, and in keeping…
A Summer Worship Series is under way at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Three worship services are being held as part of the series: a service of Word and Table at 8:30 a.m. in Memorial Chapel, a Praise…
The Fund for Haywood County has awarded $50,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations that provide critical services for economically disadvantaged people. The grants include: • $25,000 to Aspire, Youth and Family for a structured afterschool program, serving 80 youth…
Haywood Community College has unveiled a new electric vehicle charging station, the only one west of Asheville. The station was made possible from a grant provided by Advanced Energy Corporation and was manufactured by Eaton located in Arden. The station…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:05

Grant to help prevent elder abuse

The 30th Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Alliance, Inc. has recently been awarded a $25,000 Janirve Legacy Fund Grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to further its work on elder abuse and victims with disabilities in the…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:04

Meet the Telestroke Robot

Angel Medical Center in Franklin introduced the Telestroke Robot as their newest team member. The robot literally rolled in to action to demonstrate its capabilities to a crowded room. With the robot it is possible for stroke victims to be…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:03

New dog park opens in Franklin

Franklin has a new dog park on the town’s greenway adjacent to Big Bear Park. The park is fenced and has two benches for dog owners to rest on while their pooches play. Friends of the Greenway, which oversaw the…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:02

New health initiative under way in WNC

Hospitals and health departments across Western North Carolina have partnered to develop WNC Healthy Impact, a regional initiative designed to improve community health across a 16-county area. The partnership is currently gathering information to understand each county’s community health status.…
Supporters of Smart Start traveled recently to Raleigh to encourage the N.C. General Assembly to restore its funding. The group included parents, business leaders, faith community leaders and board members. They met with Western North Carolina’s legislative delegation. Last year,…
A public records request for Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe’s emails doesn’t tell much of a story — that’s because most of them are missing. In violation of state law, Ashe deleted all but a few messages from his email…
Business, civic and government leaders from all over Haywood County gathered last week to officially kick off Hunger Free Haywood, a countywide effort to address hunger. All the collections will stay in Haywood County and be distributed by county food…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:54

Cullowhee bridge could demolish business

Chris Pressley, a third-generation owner of the 65-year-old Cullowhee Automotive Service, has been on edge since learning about plans for a new bridge in the Cullowhee community.
On the heels of a vote that now allows alcoholic beverages to be sold countywide, Jackson County is considering opening two new ABC stores: one in Cashiers and the other along the highway leading to Cherokee in the Qualla community.…
As a third generation steeplejack, Tony Stratton is used to a view from the top. As one of a handful of people in the nation still specializing in repairing church steeples the old-fashioned way, Stratton travels the country rappelling from…
Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new strategic plan — the 2020 Vision — at its meeting two weeks ago. The plan is designed to give the university a clear set of goals for the next decade.…
An effort to save those colorful specialty license plates has stalled in the N.C. Senate, which seems reluctant to take a bill up that would spare the popular plates. Supporters of the specialty plates have rallied to save them from…