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The chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus says there could be a government shutdown if money isn’t included in…

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As I sit to write a day before Independence Day, it seems I keep hearing voices questioning whether the shared…

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It’s a Saturday night in Sparta, and the three sisters — all of them widows — are heading off to…

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The opening of the new BearWaters Brewing in Canton is a great shot in the arm for one of most…

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My dad’s been dead about 15 years now, and there’s still no fuzzy, larger-than-life, exaggerated memories that pop into my…

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North Carolina’s efforts to change the elections process to help keep its GOP majorities in office have been declared illegal…

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist The people of North Carolina won a nationally significant victory in the Supreme Court last…

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Who runs the U.S.? We’ve always known that money and politics go hand in hand, but these days that seems…

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Martin A. Dyckman • Guest Columnist A hero is, almost by definition, someone who didn’t set out to be one.…

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When I read about Wicked Weed Brewing getting bought by AB InBev (formerly Budweiser) — one of the world’s largest…

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At some point in the future, here’s something you might never hear again: “I was born in Franklin.” Look no…

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At 37, I’m still sorting out what I want to be when I grow up.  When I was 8, I…

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“The ONLY thing is, we don’t have to go all the way to Adam’s Creek,” my wife Lori said. We…

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Sorry Haywood County citizens and others in the western part of the state, the most grassroots and local ballots you…

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Where’s Mark? As in Rep. Mark Meadows, our Republican congressman who reportedly represents the rural and economically challenged residents of…

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I found them in the corner of the basement, hidden like Easter Eggs underneath a blue tarp which was itself…

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Since it is, after all, the Haywood County School Board, I can only hope they’ve learned a lesson. Last week…

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He’s a respected member of the community, a physician, and we ran into each other unexpectedly.  “I really have to…

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We reported last week that Haywood County Tax Collector Mike Matthews may have been showing favoritism to some local Republican…

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By Stephen Wall • Guest Columnist On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb exploded 1,500 feet over Hiroshima. Only 1.5 percent…

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Brandon Rogers almost certainly disappointed — and surprised — many of his supporters during Monday’s Haywood County Commissioners meeting. Apparently…

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By Frank Queen • Guest Columnist I was surrounded by newspapers growing up. Dad worked for the government in the…

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For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then…

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It’s birthday week for the Barbee boys. Our two boys are exactly three years and one day apart, one born…

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As the holidays drew to a close, I began preparing for the reporting we will do on the upcoming session…

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Now that it’s 2017, I can’t bear the thought of continuing to fixate on politics and its atmosphere of pomposity…

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I turned 18 three weeks too late to vote for Ronald Wilson Reagan for president of the United States, but…

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Since my mom’s passing in August, many people have given me books and resources to help with the grief. They’ve…

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Some things never change, and the reality of collateral damage from news stories is one of them. Plus the fact…

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Fidel Castro’s death should remind us that we are oftentimes more powerless and rudderless than our country’s leaders like to…

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I’ve always embraced change, perhaps to my detriment. I suspect it has something to do with a youth where we…

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So this, perhaps, is how we in the traditional — and dare I say legitimate — media will meet our…

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We are a democratic republic, not a pure democracy. I was reminded of that in a most unusual way at…

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By Shannon Icenhour • Guest Columnist Fall is almost over, but October was not just for trick-or-treating; it also represented…

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I feel strongly about politics. I hope — with all the hope I can muster — that Donald Trump loses…

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My 18-year-old son, Liam, departed the mountains for Charlotte two weeks ago when his fall break had ended.  He’s our…

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I am at the salad bar, evaluating the freshness of the broccoli and spinach, deciding whether I want croutons or…

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Cruel. That was it, that’s the word that defines why I think Donald Trump is unfit to be president. Obviously,…

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Western Carolina University’s faculty has wrestled through months of both tedium and spirited debate in devising how best to manage…

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There were two primetime spectacles Monday evening. One was the first presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.…

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When it comes to HB2, our state’s Republican leadership will eventually prove to be on the wrong side of history.…

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We drove through the small town of Clyde on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11, right in the midst of the commemoration…

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When we got out of the car on Sunday at the parking area in Jackson County at the end of…

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If you don’t think there is an affordable housing problem in the mountain region, you’re just not paying attention. In…

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Let’s be completely honest: the Haywood County School Board’s long-time practice of recording its work sessions makes it one of…

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North Carolinians can debate whether a few of the controversial laws enacted by the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly and…

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When the back-to-back national political conventions finally ended, it was like a benevolent deity had provided a merciful pardon, finally…

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When Christopher Holt contacted me in March about a trip he was about to embark on to Cuba, I was…

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