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Suttles gets nod for Haywood sheriff
 

Suttles gets nod for Haywood sheriff

The Haywood County Democratic Party has tapped Chief Deputy Bobby Suttles to replace outgoing Sheriff Tom Alexander. Suttles is a…
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WCU in ‘flux’ as it braces for state budget cuts
 

WCU in ‘flux’ as it braces for state budget cuts

Proposed budget cuts at Western Carolina University are beginning to affect students like Will Furse, who says he won’t graduate…
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WCU Cherokee studies professor wins Oklahoma book award
 

WCU Cherokee studies professor wins Oklahoma book award

Robert Conley, the Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University, is winner of the 2009 Arrell Gibson…
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Gardeners get a bargain
 

Gardeners get a bargain

By Jane Young Haywood County Master Gardeners had you in mind when they wrote The Gardener’s Guide to Growing in…
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Community lobbies DOT to save a piece of history
 

Community lobbies DOT to save a piece of history

Citizens in the Oak Grove community of Macon County hope to save a bridge from demolition by the Department of…
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Feeling slighted, TDA yanks grant
 

Feeling slighted, TDA yanks grant

Farmer Skipper Russell thought he was helping drive tourism with his famous corn “maize,” an agricultural attraction he operates each…
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Savage salvation
 

Savage salvation

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. HarperCollins, 2008. 752 pages. Wally Lamb’s newest novel, The Hour I First…
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Franklin wants process for releasing closed session minutes
 

Franklin wants process for releasing closed session minutes

The Franklin aldermen on Monday night (Feb. 2) unanimously voted to formalize a process for releasing the minutes from previously…
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Another piece of farmland saved
 

Another piece of farmland saved

Hickory Nut Gap Farm, a historic and scenic farm in Buncombe County, has been permanently protected through a conservation agreement…
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The Naturalist's Corner: When not to feed the birds
 

The Naturalist's Corner: When not to feed the birds

Last week I wrote about the spiraling cost of birdseed and about experimenting with different seed and protocol for those…
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TVA ruling could signal beginning of a new era
 

TVA ruling could signal beginning of a new era

A recent court victory by the state of North Carolina will require the Tennessee Valley Authority to reduce emissions at…
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How to decide?
 

How to decide?

A new rule could make it easier to open up trails in national parks to mountain biking. Mountain biking isn’t…
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Park-and-ride in Haywood gains traction
 

Park-and-ride in Haywood gains traction

A shuttle to transport commuters between Haywood and Buncombe counties is gaining momentum following the state’s recent offer to donate…
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Landowners held accountable in wake of landslide
 

Landowners held accountable in wake of landslide

Property owners at the site of last month’s landslide in Maggie Valley are being tasked by county officials with the…
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Electing sheriffs leaves too much to chance
 

Electing sheriffs leaves too much to chance

By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist A municipality would never think of electing a chief of police. But in North…
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Owls remain mysterious, alluring
 

Owls remain mysterious, alluring

Of late, I have been hearing the owls sounding off on the slopes and ridge lines behind our home. Some…
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Haywood gets serious about tapping landfill methane
 

Haywood gets serious about tapping landfill methane

Haywood County officials want to tap the pent up methane in the county’s landfill to help the environment and hopefully…
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Prone to landslides, Haywood seeks priority in slope hazard mapping
 

Prone to landslides, Haywood seeks priority in slope hazard mapping

The landslide last month that destroyed a home in Maggie Valley has spurred the Haywood County commissioners to ask the…
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Can mountain bikes find a home in the Smokies?
 

Can mountain bikes find a home in the Smokies?

Mountain bikers face a long, steep climb in their fight to see more trails opened to tires in the Great…
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Dreams for Swain’s old courthouse hinge on big money
 

Dreams for Swain’s old courthouse hinge on big money

Swain County would need more than $4 million to renovate its historic courthouse, putting plans for a cultural museum to…
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Software CEO doing well in bad times
 

Software CEO doing well in bad times

Drake Software CEO Phil Drake is taking the tough economic times with ease. He believes he can get through the…
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Swain leaders indifferent to lack of building regulations
 

Swain leaders indifferent to lack of building regulations

Attempts to pass Swain County’s first-ever planning regulations are showing signs of movement, but not in the direction that planning…
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A duty to protect Swain’s citizens
 

A duty to protect Swain’s citizens

By Curtis Cochran • Guest Columnist As sheriff of Swain County, I would like to take this opportunity to respond…
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Sawmill manager: World going to hell
 

Sawmill manager: World going to hell

T&S Hardwoods General Manager Jack Swanner sat in his office with an ashtray full of cigarette butts next to him…
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Across the mountains, companies scrape to avoid layoffs
 

Across the mountains, companies scrape to avoid layoffs

Jackson Paper employee Tim Coggins Jr. has something a lot of people don’t have these days — job security. Jackson…
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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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