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I would wager that I despise politics just about as much as you do. Whatever your political affiliation, we would…

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I’m sure the founders of Haywood County’s new charter school — Shining Rock Classical Academy — never imagined a week…

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The Tribal Council kicked us out again. Holly Kays, a reporter for The Smoky Mountain News, was told on July…

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By Gibbs Knotts & Chris Cooper A longstanding social science finding holds that collective public opinion is fairly sticky on…

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By Hannah McLeod • Guest Columnist We all have those memories that lurk in the back of our brain, the hazy,…

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The North Carolina Senate has become emboldened in its partisanship over the last couple of years, and there appears to…

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I should get over being astounded by the way the world works. And I’m talking about the good stuff, not…

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Complicated. Ignorant. Entrenched. It’s easy to come up with words to describe the state of race relations in this country…

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I remember someone once telling me that all the seemingly trivial, decidedly unimportant choices you make every day prepare you…

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By the time I was in the fifth grade, I knew I wanted to grow up to be a lawyer.…

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What’s your dream job? Recent college graduates are perhaps honing in on the difficult task of searching for a satisfying…

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I don’t know if it reaches the magnitude of a moral dilemma, but I feel for the Frog Level merchants…

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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…

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He was tall, maybe 6 feet 8 inches or taller, and was standing at an intersection studying a map. My…

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Dozing in and out of sleep on the flight home from Leon, Nicaragua, I was thinking about circles. More to…

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Sixth grade was not so kind to my daughter. She did better than she expected on the social part —…

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“You bet I’m happy. I feel this was only right. My goal is to improve Waynesville and set it apart…

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Nothing would reflect better on this country than to have a rational, reasoned debate on gun violence and what steps…

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“Many of us are not living our dreams because we are living in fear.” Not sure where I came across…

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My cousin has always been an inspiration. Wilton Collins Jones Jr. — he’s always been called “Corky” — is one…

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Turning and turning in the widening gyreThe falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is…

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Over the past few months, my 10-year-old son, Jack, has developed an insatiable appetite for all things basketball. We spend…

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Google is a wonderful thing, but it sometimes makes things harder for journalists. That’s why a new emphasis on transparency…

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It must have been 20 years or more since I heard a futurist telling a skeptical crowd the extent to…

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“… the long-term benefits of a high-quality pre-K program can be substantial. These include higher high school graduation rates, lower…

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“It is an Internet Age paradox: We have more information than ever before and yet, seem to know less. Indeed,…

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I wish those planning to open a new charter school in Haywood County the best. Their intentions are completely honorable.…

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I am living the days I have dreamed of all my life. “One day,” I said, somewhere ages and ages…

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Here’s hoping No Name Sports Pub and the town of Sylva can work out their differences on noise so that…

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The Haywood County School Board narrowly voted (5 to 4, with Chairman Chuck Francis breaking a tie) to contribute money…

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I watched world leaders with arms linked lead a march of about 1.5 million people in Paris to commemorate the…

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Two miserable characters — the larger one in a terry cloth bathrobe and fleece pajama bottoms, the smaller one in…

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One of my wife’s childhood friends lives near Wilmington. Her daughter, a senior at Appalachian State, died last week in…

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We’re all at home, on vacation at last. Ella Fitzgerald is wishing us a swinging Christmas, as she does every…

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By Bill McLarney • Guest Columnist We humans are highly skilled and devilishly clever. We can create ball fields, schools,…

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I am in my office between classes, eating egg drop soup out of a little plastic container with a white…

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Moments, mostly the ones unplanned, are the stuff of important and lasting life memories.  We had a great Thanksgiving day…

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I cannot take a nap, at least not on purpose. Whenever I try, I twist and turn as if my…

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Just as President Obama seems poised to sign an executive order preventing the deportation of up to 5 million illegal…

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We called it “in-between weather,” too warm for a coat, too chilly for short sleeves. Back then, just about every…

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Cullowhee rising. Sounds like a fitting name for some aspiring college band, but it best describes what’s happening at Western…

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It is a fine day for a cookout, this Father’s Day. It is hot enough that most of the younger…

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Getting an education is about reducing ignorance. Whether it’s in a rural second-grade classroom or at one of this nation’s…

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Though I will wear one sometimes as a “fashion statement,” on most days I do not wear a watch. I…

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When National Newspaper Week (Oct. 5-11) was started 74 years ago, there wasn’t much competition for newspapers. If you didn’t…

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Tammy is out in the yard burning the couch. There is no telling where this will end. All by herself,…

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To the Editor: The letter from Mark Jamison of Webster that’s published in your most recent edition (“What does Webster…

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Her name was Glenda. She was a senior and one of the more popular girls in school, a volleyball star…

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I heard about this story from the Facebook crowd, so I imagine some of you have already read it. There…

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