Finding the right seat to sit on
 

Finding the right seat to sit on

In a short while our weather will be a tad chilly for frequent riding of motorcycles. Ah, a sad time…
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The bottom of the ticket is next to sink into the slime
 

The bottom of the ticket is next to sink into the slime

It’s Election Day (or very early morning, actually) as I sit to finish this, and the theme of the day…
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This group might have      some bite — watchdog group formed to monitor WCU
 

This group might have some bite — watchdog group formed to monitor WCU

It just wouldn’t be the Jackson County we’ve all come to know and love if there wasn’t some kind of…
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WCU board of trustees tasks search committee to find a new Bardo
 

WCU board of trustees tasks search committee to find a new Bardo

Don’t rush when hiring a new chancellor to replace John Bardo, one board of trustee member for Western Carolina University…
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Immigration solutions topic of Women Voters program
 

Immigration solutions topic of Women Voters program

The Macon County League of Women Voters will host a program on comprehensive immigration reform on Nov. 11 at the…
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Information session on ‘fixing’ N.C. 107 set for next week
 

Information session on ‘fixing’ N.C. 107 set for next week

Are you ready to rumble? Because here we go again: The great debate in Jackson County on whether traffic congestion…
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Waynesville to hold annual food drive
 

Waynesville to hold annual food drive

The town of Waynesville’s annual food drive, including a Nov. 5 curbside pick-up of food donated by residents, will take…
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Junaluska Assembly selects new director
 

Junaluska Assembly selects new director

John “Jack” L. Ewing, Jr. has been named the new executive director of Lake Junaluska Assembly. He will begin his…
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Town is slow moving on alley cleanup
 

Town is slow moving on alley cleanup

In a downtown Canton alleyway, a rusty junction box juts out awkwardly from the sidewalk, long since abandoned to its…
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Macon campus to hold reception for Collings
 

Macon campus to hold reception for Collings

A welcome reception honoring Richard Collings, Southwestern Community College’s new president, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 4-5 p.m.…
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WCU Public Policy Institute launches N.C. politics blog
 

WCU Public Policy Institute launches N.C. politics blog

The Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University has created a new blog site designed to offer a nonpartisan glimpse…
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Kathryn Magendie book release party is Nov. 6
 

Kathryn Magendie book release party is Nov. 6

Kathryn Magendie will celebrate the release of her new novel, Sweetie, at Blue Ridge Books at 4 p.m. on Saturday,…
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Veterans Day events
 

Veterans Day events

Jackson County honors veterans Southwestern Community College will honor veterans of all wars for their patriotism and willingness to serve…
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White Oak citizens seek well testing ahead of landfill privatization agreement
 

White Oak citizens seek well testing ahead of landfill privatization agreement

While Haywood County’s bid for privatizing the White Oak Landfill is still being considered, the site has now drawn the…
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Witch-hazel’s name — A botanical mystery
 

Witch-hazel’s name — A botanical mystery

The unusually dry, warm days this month have resulted in a delayed color season as well as an abundance of…
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Brock gets break to study climate problems
 

Brock gets break to study climate problems

Warren Wilson College chemistry professor John Brock was recently awarded a grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…
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Camping in Cataloochee will require forethought
 

Camping in Cataloochee will require forethought

Cataloochee Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will re-open next year under a new advance reservation system. When…
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Forest service using new methods to save hemlocks
 

Forest service using new methods to save hemlocks

The U.S. Forest Service has begun using a series of new approaches to save hemlock forests under attack from the…
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Ancient road signs
 

Ancient road signs

Having followed Indians trails and routes for decades, I have learned that some fascinating cultural road markers and signpost elements…
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Farmers Market gives thanks to customers
 

Farmers Market gives thanks to customers

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market will host a customer appreciation event during the last day of its regular season on Saturday,…
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Blue Ridge Parkway documentary airs
 

Blue Ridge Parkway documentary airs

A new documentary about the Blue Ridge Parkway will air at 10 p.m. on Nov. 4 on UNC-TV. Documentary filmmaker…
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Extension offers beef quality certification
 

Extension offers beef quality certification

The Cooperative Extension Service in Swain County will hold a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification program for beef cattle producers…
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October nights
 

October nights

The clear night skies last week provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s Hunter’s Moon. The Hunter’s Moon is the…
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The 1776 campaign against the Cherokee
 

The 1776 campaign against the Cherokee

By Lamar Marshall • Contributing Writer It was a crisp, cold day with snow on the ground when I pulled…
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Secret Life of Bees to be discussed
 

Secret Life of Bees to be discussed

Sally Salyards will lead a discussion of The Secret Life of Bees at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 in the…
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City Lights book group meet and greet
 

City Lights book group meet and greet

Are you in a book group? Do you want to be in one? Is your book group looking for good…
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Taking readers to a warm and colorful place
 

Taking readers to a warm and colorful place

As cooler weather plucks leaves from the trees, stripping the branches bare as a freshly-barbered poodle, as that wonderful green…
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Evil cat proves you get what you pay for
 

Evil cat proves you get what you pay for

Every column should have a point, and here’s mine, right in the first paragraph (this to save you from having…
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Groups need to work together for wildlife
 

Groups need to work together for wildlife

To the Editor: In my conversations with responsible hunters, wildlife advocates, employees of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and organizations who value wild…
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We need independent political leaders
 

We need independent political leaders

To the Editor: If ever there was a need for common sense and independent thinking among our nation’s leaders, that…
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Thirty years later, partying like it’s 1979
 

Thirty years later, partying like it’s 1979

James looks at me, briefly averts his eyes, then looks at me again, this time with a purpose and a…
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Health department offering flu vaccines
 

Health department offering flu vaccines

The Haywood County Health Department is offering flu vaccines on a walk-in basis, with no appointment necessary, to persons ages…
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Learn how to get business financing Nov. 4
 

Learn how to get business financing Nov. 4

Find out what it takes to produce a bankable loan proposal in a free class at Southwestern Community College on…
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WCU’s criminal justice department explores the death penalty
 

WCU’s criminal justice department explores the death penalty

How do you feel about the death penalty? Two upcoming events at Western Carolina University by the Department of Criminology…
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Library’s “Puppy Tales” offers remedy for shy readers
 

Library’s “Puppy Tales” offers remedy for shy readers

If you’ve got a young reader who has difficulty reading to parents or teachers, the Haywood County Public Library may…
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Conservation group names new director
 

Conservation group names new director

Michelle Wilson Price has been named the new executive director of the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. Price grew up in the…
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Whittier’s tangled web: sewer, water drama ratchets up … incrementally
 

Whittier’s tangled web: sewer, water drama ratchets up … incrementally

One of three board members overseeing the Whittier Sanitary District resigned this month, saying he could not “in good faith”…
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Expansion nearly complete at Franklin Health and Fitness
 

Expansion nearly complete at Franklin Health and Fitness

A 4,000-square-foot, $800,000 expansion that includes a major renovation at the Franklin Health and Fitness Center will be finished in…
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Ghost hunters turn attention to historic Shook House
 

Ghost hunters turn attention to historic Shook House

In the clear chill of a mid-October midnight, all is quiet, but in Clyde, a hunt is on. Within the…
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Sylva slips on parking ordinance; version passed not enforceable
 

Sylva slips on parking ordinance; version passed not enforceable

In the “Oh, oops” category this week we have the town of Sylva, which, after extensive review, work and dispute…
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Parking, pedestrians and crosswalks, oh my
 

Parking, pedestrians and crosswalks, oh my

Fix a problem, create a new one. That’s how the cookie has crumbled lately in Sylva. When the town board…
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Haywood deeds office gets e-filing
 

Haywood deeds office gets e-filing

The Haywood County Register of Deeds Office took a big step toward going paperless with the debut of a new…
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Republicans look to control state Senate
 

Republicans look to control state Senate

State Senate races here in the mountains could determine whether a historic shift occurs in North Carolina’s overall political landscape.…
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Campaign to target literacy
 

Campaign to target literacy

The Region A Partnership for Children  will kick off its annual fundraising campaign this month with a new emphasis on…
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Registration under way for kids’ recreation basketball
 

Registration under way for kids’ recreation basketball

Haywood County Recreation & Parks Department is now accepting registration for the Kids Recreation Basketball League. Intended for ages 5-15,…
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Early voting data doesn’t favor any party
 

Early voting data doesn’t favor any party

Older voters are hitting the early polls in force this election year, according to data gathered by Western Carolina University…
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For Queen and Hise, job creation is the primary concern
 

For Queen and Hise, job creation is the primary concern

The race for the state’s 47th Senate District is a case study in the political battle of freshness versus experience…
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Davis looks to seize Snow’s Senate seat; momentum favors GOP candidate
 

Davis looks to seize Snow’s Senate seat; momentum favors GOP candidate

Sen. John Snow, a Democrat from Cherokee County, first won N.C. Senate District 50 by beating longtime incumbent Sen. Bob…
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Health services, info available through SCC
 

Health services, info available through SCC

Cholesterol, glucose and vision screening, sonography ultrasound demonstrations, body fat checks, flexibility assessments, door prizes and a wide variety of…
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HVO opening brings new jobs to Haywood County
 

HVO opening brings new jobs to Haywood County

With the snip of a ribbon last Friday, Haywood County gained a new manufacturing facility and the promise of 75…
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