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Franklin followed the law by leaking Duke’s counteroffer
 

Franklin followed the law by leaking Duke’s counteroffer

The town of Franklin acted appropriately by making public the terms of an out-of-court settlement offer extended to the town…
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Downtown merchants anticipate homecoming for county workforce
 

Downtown merchants anticipate homecoming for county workforce

Downtown merchants in Waynesville hope to get a boost in customers when the Haywood County Historic Courthouse throws open its…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

WNS impacts western Carolina caving The USDA Forest Service issued an order on May 21 closing all caves and abandoned…
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Lawmakers veer way off path
 

Lawmakers veer way off path

By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist North Carolina Legislators have declared war on tube roses. Tube roses are little roses…
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Great Smokies become instant recipe for tourists
 

Great Smokies become instant recipe for tourists

The mountains of Western North Carolina were no stranger to tourism prior to the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains…
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Humanizing literature
 

Humanizing literature

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Dial Press. 277 pages For…
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No we aren’t becoming socialists
 

No we aren’t becoming socialists

Don’t you just love how words and labels take on a life of their own in the ideological debate that…
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Waynesville seeks input on pedestrian plan
 

Waynesville seeks input on pedestrian plan

A master plan for making Waynesville even more pedestrian friendly has been unveiled after a year in the making. The…
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Historic courthouse welcomes back county offices
 

Historic courthouse welcomes back county offices

After two-and-a-half years of operating in temporary quarters, the big move is here. Stacks of boxes are piled high in…
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Casino to buy liquor in bulk, but from whom?
 

Casino to buy liquor in bulk, but from whom?

Cherokee isn’t the only one that potentially stands to make money off the sale of alcohol to patrons at Harrah’s…
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In search of hidden lookout towers
 

In search of hidden lookout towers

The line-up of hikes in the Lookout Tower Challenge spans Western North Carolina. Seven are located in the Nantahala National…
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Katrina refugee wades into the fray against Duke
 

Katrina refugee wades into the fray against Duke

As Jackson County leaders continue their fight against Duke Energy, an unassuming local lawyer that few have heard of has…
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An unfortunate object of affection
 

An unfortunate object of affection

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has long been synonymous with black bears. From the first automobile tourists to today’s…
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Carolina Mountain Club challenges hikers to seek views from the top
 

Carolina Mountain Club challenges hikers to seek views from the top

By Peter Barr • Guest writer The Carolina Mountain Club is challenging hikers to seek out some of Western North…
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Swain backs down from hardline stance with Bryson City Fire Department
 

Swain backs down from hardline stance with Bryson City Fire Department

Swain County will continue contracting with the Bryson City Fire Department to provide county fire service, despite threatening to cut…
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Sunburst: Fantasy and Reality
 

Sunburst: Fantasy and Reality

By Karen Dill Sunburst. The word evokes a magical image. Yet, in my childhood community of Bethel, Sunburst was simply…
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Buy local
 

Buy local

Haywood Sunburst Trout FarmMakes: Smoked Tomato Jam, trout dip, trout cakes, trout jerky, trout sausage, trout caviar, marinated trout.Find it…
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Value-added products up the ante for homegrown goodness
 

Value-added products up the ante for homegrown goodness

Across Western North Carolina, an increasing number of people are discovering new and creative ways to use the bounty of…
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Tour retraces Haywood County history
 

Tour retraces Haywood County history

By Ellen Cirino • Special To The Smoky Mountain News The fifth Cold Mountain Heritage Tour, a self-driving tour to…
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WCU braces for housing crunch in face of growth, construction delays
 

WCU braces for housing crunch in face of growth, construction delays

Come the start of fall semester, some Western Carolina University freshmen could find themselves residing in unusual living quarters. A…
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Maggie festival embraces all things trout
 

Maggie festival embraces all things trout

Maggie Valley will celebrate the trout heritage of the Smoky Mountain region with its annual Trout Festival, held from 9…
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Out like trout
 

Out like trout

Anybody who knows any thing about Western North Carolina is aware of the bountiful rivers and stream waters that paint…
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Casino donates money to national park non-profit
 

Casino donates money to national park non-profit

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino has donated $10,000 to Friends of the Smokies in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Great…
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NC Utility Commission OK with dam seizure
 

NC Utility Commission OK with dam seizure

Jackson County appears to be on firm footing in its quest to seize the Dillsboro dam from Duke Energy as…
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Swain budget cuts target Sheriff’s office
 

Swain budget cuts target Sheriff’s office

Swain County commissioners have opted to target one department rather than spreading out county budget cuts among all county employees.…
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Tensions escalate between commissioners, audience
 

Tensions escalate between commissioners, audience

A member of the public was escorted from a Haywood County commissioners meeting Monday (June 15) by a deputy after…
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More than 1,000 purebreds vie for top honors at inaugural dog show
 

More than 1,000 purebreds vie for top honors at inaugural dog show

Haywood County became the Westminster of Western North Carolina this past weekend as more than 1,000 dogs and their owners…
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Craft Revival Project receives funding from Cherokee foundation
 

Craft Revival Project receives funding from Cherokee foundation

The Cherokee Preservation Foundation recently awarded $87,700 to Western Carolina University’s Craft Revival Project to continue the university’s Cherokee crafts…
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They’re here, with beer
 

They’re here, with beer

The beer business has exploded on the scene in Western North Carolina in the past several years, with Asheville alone…
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Haywood erosion enforcement shot down in court
 

Haywood erosion enforcement shot down in court

Landowners have won a lawsuit against Haywood County claiming they were victims of overbearing enforcement of erosion control laws. Judge…
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Northerners in our southern climes
 

Northerners in our southern climes

Elevations above 4,000 feet in the Blue Ridge Province can be thought of as a peninsula of northern terrain extending…
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Bardo declines nomination
 

Bardo declines nomination

Western Carolina University Chancellor John Bardo will not be among the pool of candidates being considered for president of the…
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Swain given option to rescind property reval
 

Swain given option to rescind property reval

Swain County will be able to rescind its latest property revaluation — which caused property values to increase by an…
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Garden records
 

Garden records

By Jim Webb Don’t you wish you kept good records? I sure do. Those Elvis Presley 45’s, purchased the first…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

Birds of a feather Yep, they’ll be flocking June 25 at 10 a.m. at the North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick…
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Terms of Duke’s offer made public
 

Terms of Duke’s offer made public

The terms of Duke Energy’s counter-offer to Jackson County and the town of Franklin in exchange for dropping their opposition…
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Woman turns passion into beneficial career
 

Woman turns passion into beneficial career

When Suzanne Wilson’s job was eliminated last December, she quickly found a new career, one that would allow her to…
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Families sacrifice land for creation of the park
 

Families sacrifice land for creation of the park

Gudger Palmer has never forgotten the fond memories of growing up in Cataloochee Valley. At 100 years old, one memory…
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Macon budget avoids tax increase, layoffs
 

Macon budget avoids tax increase, layoffs

If you’re a county commissioner in Western North Carolina, it’s hard not to feel envious of Macon County’s budget. While…
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Haywood passes budget that includes tax hike
 

Haywood passes budget that includes tax hike

After months of struggling to solve a $7 million budget shortfall, Haywood County commissioners voted 3 to 2 Monday night…
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Duke begins prepping for dam removal
 

Duke begins prepping for dam removal

Despite the looming threat by Jackson County to win control of the Dillsboro Dam using eminent domain, Duke Energy announced…
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Education cuts deal harsh blow to public schools
 

Education cuts deal harsh blow to public schools

By John Sanderson • Guest Columnist It was great to learn recently about the effort the Haywood County Schools Foundation…
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Culture and history to take rightful place in new visitor center
 

Culture and history to take rightful place in new visitor center

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held this week for a new visitor center at the main North Carolina entrance to the…
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Snippets from a poet’s life
 

Snippets from a poet’s life

Fall of Frost by Brian Hall. Penguin Group, 2008. 352 pages Since his death in 1963, Robert Frost has come…
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Jackson uses eminent domain to take dam
 

Jackson uses eminent domain to take dam

Jackson County played the ultimate trump card in the drawn-out fight against Duke Energy over the Dillsboro dam this week.…
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Recreating the past with nostalgic
 

Recreating the past with nostalgic

Remembering Henderson County by Louise Bailey. History Press, 2005. 144 pages. In Louise Bailey’s Remembering Henderson County, the author recreates…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

Goodbye to a native son A light has dimmed in the universe. It was a light that shone with gracious…
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Caught in the spider’s alluring web
 

Caught in the spider’s alluring web

Spiders are one of the most interesting — and sometimes disconcerting — critters to observe. Especially fascinating, to me, are…
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Haywood commissioners exhaust search for budget cuts, tax increase looms
 

Haywood commissioners exhaust search for budget cuts, tax increase looms

A proposed tax increase that Haywood residents have fought hard against could likely be avoided if residents would just pay…
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Commissioners' viewpoints
 

Commissioners' viewpoints

Chairman Brian McMahan “I believe that river belongs to the people of the United States of America. That’s our river.…
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