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Task force seeks answers to water shortages
 

Task force seeks answers to water shortages

As a task force continues to probe solutions to the drought-induced water shortage in Jackson County, one idea on the…
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The ultimate rock ’n’ roller
 

The ultimate rock ’n’ roller

By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Feb. 3 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of music legend Buddy Holly,…
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The Naturalist's Corner: To feed or not to feed?
 

The Naturalist's Corner: To feed or not to feed?

Anyone who reads this column regularly knows I am a fan of backyard bird feeding. The constant feathered activity just…
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Haywood sheriff candidates
 

Haywood sheriff candidates

Q: Haywood County has a growing Hispanic population. How will you address language barriers in serving that population? Hollifield: Would…
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New job yanked from resigned mental health director
 

New job yanked from resigned mental health director

Tom McDevitt, the former director of the Smoky Mountain Center for Mental Health who resigned amid scrutiny last fall, was…
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Wildlife could be affected by hunting laws
 

Wildlife could be affected by hunting laws

It’s not too late to weigh in on a few controversial changes to the state’s hunting laws under study by…
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Expensive parking holds new Sylva fire department in limbo
 

Expensive parking holds new Sylva fire department in limbo

A proposed expansion to the Sylva Volunteer Fire Department building could be up in the air now that the project…
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Bicentennial celebration of a mountain community
 

Bicentennial celebration of a mountain community

By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer An exhibit focusing on the history of Haywood County is now on display at…
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Despite landslide worries, state slope rules face uphill battle
 

Despite landslide worries, state slope rules face uphill battle

A controversial bill to regulate development on steep slopes to prevent landslides will be reintroduced in the state legislature this…
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Jackson leaders grapple over ending fight with Duke
 

Jackson leaders grapple over ending fight with Duke

An effort to end a six-year-long dispute between Jackson County and Duke Energy failed in a 3-2 vote last week,…
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Quieting the monster cries
 

Quieting the monster cries

For nearly a year, my 3-year-old son Jack has been obsessed with heavy machinery. We rent films from the library…
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Cherokee covers lunch for its own
 

Cherokee covers lunch for its own

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has recently begun funding the school lunches for enrolled members of the tribe who…
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Haywood Sheriff candidates line up for questions from public
 

Haywood Sheriff candidates line up for questions from public

Five candidates vying to be the next Haywood County Sheriff appeared at a question and answer forum Saturday, Jan. 24…
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Your friendly guide to area museums and historical sites
 

Your friendly guide to area museums and historical sites

By Christi Marsico While looking for something fun and inexpensive to do in these tough economic times, look no further…
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Haywood County eyes old Wal-Mart shell for offices
 

Haywood County eyes old Wal-Mart shell for offices

A hulking space in the strip mall along U.S. 74 in Clyde that has sat vacant since the departure of…
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A new take on murderess legend
 

A new take on murderess legend

Midwinter by Maurice Stanley. Whittler’s Bench Press, 2008. 208 pages. North Carolina’s folklore and music resonates with the pain of…
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Tough budget facing legislature as session begins
 

Tough budget facing legislature as session begins

The state legislative session began in Raleigh this week with the big issue being the budget during tough economic times.…
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Military a strong pull in this economy
 

Military a strong pull in this economy

The military remains a popular employment choice for young people today, and the poor economy is probably helping steer many…
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Landmark victory: NC forces TVA to clean up its act
 

Landmark victory: NC forces TVA to clean up its act

It was the ultimate David and Goliath battle. North Carolina officials, fed up with coal-fired power plants pumping pollution into…
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Celebrating the vision of Joe Legge
 

Celebrating the vision of Joe Legge

Joe Legge’s “official funeral ceremony” was held at the Estatoah Wayfarers’ Chapel in Dillard, Ga., on Jan. 17 at 4…
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Canton mayor looks to state for help with business venture
 

Canton mayor looks to state for help with business venture

Canton Mayor Pat Smathers is determined to realize his dream of turning a historic house in downtown Canton into a…
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Long-awaited Panthertown maps, trail signs move forward
 

Long-awaited Panthertown maps, trail signs move forward

The Friends of Panthertown has received a $7,500 grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area to develop a trail…
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Dillsboro dam fight heads into state hearing
 

Dillsboro dam fight heads into state hearing

In the latest in Jackson County’s quest to save the Dillsboro dam from demolition, the county will get its day…
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Massie questions permit hold-up
 

Massie questions permit hold-up

Jackson County Commissioner Tom Massie is skeptical of whether it is legal for the county to withhold permits that Duke…
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The blue side of Derek Trucks
 

The blue side of Derek Trucks

By Chris Cooper The Derek Trucks Band: Already Free It’s tough to find something new and profound to say about…
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Westward Revelations
 

Westward Revelations

Art in America by Ron McLarty. Viking Adult, 2008. 384 pages. In Art in America (ISBN 978-0670—01895-6, $25.95), Ron McLarty…
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Singing and dancing songs of joy: African Children’s Choir comes to WCU
 

Singing and dancing songs of joy: African Children’s Choir comes to WCU

Bright colors, vibrant beats and contagious joy flood the room as the African Children’s Choir performs, and their boundless energy…
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Waynesville land use plan review moves forward
 

Waynesville land use plan review moves forward

A comprehensive review of the town of Waynesville’s award-winning land use plan is set to begin following the town’s selection…
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County may meet with attorney on Duke permit dispute
 

County may meet with attorney on Duke permit dispute

The attorney representing Jackson County in its legal fight against Duke Energy was expected to meet with county commiseting Tuesday…
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Duke, county at odds over permits
 

Duke, county at odds over permits

Duke Energy, which sued Jackson County two weeks ago for failing to issue county permits to tear down the Dillsboro…
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Broken bridge ignites debate with Park over North Shore cemeteries
 

Broken bridge ignites debate with Park over North Shore cemeteries

Swain County residents with family buried in cemeteries in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park claim the park service is…
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Special moments, a spoonful at a time
 

Special moments, a spoonful at a time

You hear it often, mostly from those of us who are guilty. I’m talking about making a promise of spending…
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Effort to end Duke fight fails in Jackson County
 

Effort to end Duke fight fails in Jackson County

An effort to end a six-year-long dispute between Jackson County and Duke Energy failed in a 3-2 vote Tuesday night…
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Graves in the park
 

Graves in the park

When Fontana Lake was constructed during WWII, some communities were submerged by the rising lake while others were merely rendered…
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Getting to know liverworts
 

Getting to know liverworts

Some years ago, when I was first interested in plant identification, I became curious about liverworts. They are one of…
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Woodsmen’s coach Jimmy Lawrence is devoted to the sport
 

Woodsmen’s coach Jimmy Lawrence is devoted to the sport

Jimmy Lawrence, the coach for Haywood Community College’s Woodsmen’s Team and president of the South Atlantic Woodsmen’s Association (SAWA), loves…
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Incident heightens tensions between county, sheriff
 

Incident heightens tensions between county, sheriff

Allegations that the Swain County Sheriff’s Department mishandled the capture of an escaped inmate earlier this month has strained the…
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Plants that are easy to grow from seeds
 

Plants that are easy to grow from seeds

We’ve talked about saving money by growing plants from seeds, and that many more plant varieties are available as seeds…
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The Naturalist's Corner: Winter miracle
 

The Naturalist's Corner: Winter miracle

It’s late January and it’s 15 degrees outside, snow is flying, the Alberta Clipper has the huge yellow buckeye swaying…
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Dems meet to pick Sheriff Alexander’s successor
 

Dems meet to pick Sheriff Alexander’s successor

Democratic officials in Haywood County are gearing up to choose a successor to outgoing Haywood County Sheriff Tom Alexander, who…
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Poor economy boosts military recruiting
 

Poor economy boosts military recruiting

When Brandon Lenhart of Sylva was laid off from his construction job, he looked for work for four months but…
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Growing plants from seeds — the basics
 

Growing plants from seeds — the basics

Editor’s note: (This is the second of a 3-part series on growing plants from seeds.) Growing plants from seeds can…
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WestCare cuts 45 jobs
 

WestCare cuts 45 jobs

The financially struggling WestCare Medical Center with hospitals in Sylva and Bryson City has eliminated 45 full-time positions, according to…
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Bryson man pleads to lesser charge in assault case
 

Bryson man pleads to lesser charge in assault case

A mentally ill man allegedly beat by a Bryson City policeman will not be charged with assaulting the officer involved…
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Dillsboro quietly assessing merger with Sylva
 

Dillsboro quietly assessing merger with Sylva

It appears Dillsboro has launched an official study into the pros and cons of merging with neighboring Sylva, although the…
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Civil rights and the arts
 

Civil rights and the arts

Christi Marsico • Staff writer Bright colors and inventive images offering a kaleidoscope of memories and historic moments will be…
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From Here: Authors spotlight Haywood County
 

From Here: Authors spotlight Haywood County

In an expanding spotlight of regional and national acclaim, three of Western North Carolina’s own have distinguished themselves by penning…
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The view from the bench
 

The view from the bench

For 25 years, Superior Court Judge Marlene Hyatt has often worked as much as 12 hours a day, five days…
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More gems from the used bin
 

More gems from the used bin

Robben Ford and the Blue Line: Handful Of Blues No, it’s not out of print, nor is “Handful Of Blues”…
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