There is some good going on
 

There is some good going on

To the Editor: Promoting and voting our true family interests can unify and rejuvenate this country. But we have become…
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Conservatives won’t accept socialism
 

Conservatives won’t accept socialism

To the Editor: He, or they, all seem to be confused about facts, or what they believe to be true.…
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COVID cases down in Haywood
 

COVID cases down in Haywood

In the last week, Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 176 new cases of COVID-19, which is down…
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Vecinos: Serving the invisible neighbors of WNC
 

Vecinos: Serving the invisible neighbors of WNC

The Coronavirus Pandemic has been a trying experience for everyone. Quarantine, the threat of serious illness and job loss have…
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Below the belt: Vulgarity, divisiveness push NC political discourse to a new low
 

Below the belt: Vulgarity, divisiveness push NC political discourse to a new low

North Carolina’s known as a purple state where fierce partisan divide is the norm, but after two high-profile politicians —…
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn speakes Oct. 5 at Western Carolina University. David Wheeler photo
 

Cawthorn defies law on school property

By Tom Fiedler • Asheville Watchdog | For the second time in as many months, Rep. Madison Cawthorn faces a potential…
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Bus driver shortage challenges WNC schools
 

Bus driver shortage challenges WNC schools

Over 790,000 students ride the bus to and from school each day in North Carolina. That’s almost half of all…
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School data shows pandemic learning loss
 

School data shows pandemic learning loss

Performance data recently released by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction shows that just 45.4% of elementary, middle and…
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Franklin to hire code enforcement officer
 

Franklin to hire code enforcement officer

The Town of Franklin is moving forward with plans to hire a code enforcement officer after adding the new position…
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Haywood County tourism just had its best year in history
 

Haywood County tourism just had its best year in history

After emerging from the early stages of the Coronavirus Pandemic virtually unscathed, Haywood County’s lodging industry rebounded with a year…
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Harris Regional Hospital CEO Steve Heatherly  cuts the cake at his going way party. Harris Regional photo
 

Heatherly leaves CEO post at Harris

Steve Heatherly left his position as CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital on Oct. 7 to pursue…
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Gold Rose.
 

Tale of two bands: J.J. Hipps, Gold Rose to play Apple Jam

Amid the rich, vibrant musical tapestry of bluegrass, Americana, blues and folk at the core of Western North Carolina’s storied…
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The Appalachian Trail at Tellico Gap. (photo: Garret K. Woodward)
 

This must be the place: Some new light may be passin’, but it may never pass again

It was mid-afternoon Sunday and I couldn’t stand to be in my apartment another minute. I was done with all…
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Western North Carolina's black bear population has increased significantly over the last 50 years. Warren Bielenberg photo
 

Two injured in bear encounter: Parkway logs first bear attack in at least 25 years

Trail closures and food prohibitions are expected to remain in place on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville through the…
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Students from Haywood Community College and Haywood Early College collect trash in Richland Creek. Haywood Waterways Association photo
 

Cleanup efforts remove tons of litter

This year’s Big Sweep event in Haywood County removed a whopping 3,100 pounds of trash from county streams with the…
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Long before the sand dunes formed at White Sands National Park, ice age teenagers left their footprints in the mud, only to be discovered thousands of years later. Karen Carr illustration
 

Discovery revises timeline for human presence in North America

Fossilized footprints found in New Mexico’ White Sands National Park have revealed evidence of human occupation there beginning 23,000 years…
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‘Love is always stronger than fear’
 

‘Love is always stronger than fear’

There are at least three reasons why Nicholas Sparks has sold over 100 million copies of his books and seen…
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Futurebirds.
 

Givin’ it the old college try: Daniel Womack of Futurebirds

On its new four-song EP, “Bloomin’,” Athens, Georgia-based rock outfit Futurebirds tapped Carl Broemel to not only produce the album,…
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COVID-19 cluster found at Haywood jail
 

COVID-19 cluster found at Haywood jail

Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency has identified a COVID-19 cluster at the Haywood County Detention Center. Over the…
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Billy Strings winning the IBMA ‘Entertainer of the Year.” (photo: Garret K. Woodward)
 

This must be the place: Ode to the bluegrass awards, ode to a sea change

Finishing my beer and burger, I emerged from the depths of Jimmy V’s bar in the lobby of the Sheraton…
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Ricky Gunter.
 

Gunter wins two Josie Music Awards

Marshall native and country music performer Ricky Gunter walked away from the Country Tonite Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, on…
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Jack Heinen.
 

HART play, painter combine forces

When the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART) in Waynesville needed a custom-painted portrait of an actor with his six-foot invisible…
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The crowd at the Grit and Grace benefit, with the Evergreen paper mill in the background. Jeff Delannoy photo
 

So many good things in one place

The socket wrench felt comfortable in my hands, which was a good thing: a quick look in a nearby box…
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Reminders of humanity after a grueling day
 

Reminders of humanity after a grueling day

In today’s unpredictable, chaotic world, we’re in search of anything that offers hope for humanity. 
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Warning on archives is just too much
 

Warning on archives is just too much

To the Editor: One can find treasures in the most improbable places. For me, the Letters to the Editor captures…
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GOP actions weaken republic
 

GOP actions weaken republic

To the Editor: Republicans keep claiming that Democrats are destroying the country. They use emotionally laden words like “socialism” and…
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Texas abortion law appears unconstitutional
 

Texas abortion law appears unconstitutional

To the Editor: The anti-abortion law enacted by Texas appears strong and worrisome. But, is it really strong? This major…
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Municipal Election 2021
 

Municipal Election 2021

Municipal elections in Western North Carolina will be held in some jurisdictions on Tuesday, November 2, but in-person early voting…
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Pfizer boosters delayed in Macon
 

Pfizer boosters delayed in Macon

Macon County Public Health will delay plans to begin giving COVID-19 boosters to eligible persons due to a number of…
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Green Hill Cemetery.
 

Etched in stone: Cemetery tour regs rub some the wrong way

Waynesville’s historic Green Hill Cemetery has long been a centerpiece of the community, but of late it’s been at the…
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The newly opened expansion at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort includes 83,000 square feet of convention space and 725 hotel rooms. Holly Kays photo
 

New convention center opens in Cherokee

After three years and $330 million, a new hotel tower and convention center is now open at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino…
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In-person early voting for municipal elections begins next week
 

In-person early voting for municipal elections begins next week

Municipal elections in Western North Carolina will be held in some jurisdictions on Tuesday, Nov. 2, but in-person early voting…
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn speaks to the Henderson County Board of Public Education, with a knife stowed beneath his chair. Jay Carey photo
 

PAC seeks Cawthorn indictment over knife incident

Another incident involving Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-Hendersonville, possessing a weapon where it’s prohibited drew renewed outrage from many on the…
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Surrounded by his family on Oct. 4, Richard French takes an oath of office for the new Council term. Later that morning, his fellow representatives elected him Council chairman. Holly Kays photo
 

Cherokee kicks off new Council term

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians marked the start of a new Tribal Council term this week, with 2021 election…
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From left: Twinkle Patel, Jeff Lee, John Hinton and Jim Owens.
 

Four candidates vie for two seats in Maggie Valley

Four candidates will compete for two open spaces on the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen in municipal elections this November. 
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Clockwise, from top: Stacey Guffey, Rita Salain, David Culpepper, Frances Seay, and Jimbo Ledford.
 

Franklin candidates: Town is moving in the right direction

The tone of this year’s Franklin Town Council election is much different than it was four years ago, making for…
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BearWaters Brewing, located beside the Pigeon River in Canton, was decimated by flooding in August but has since reopened. Cory Vaillancourt photo
 

Canton’s future at stake in upcoming election

A scant three months ago, when candidates filed for the upcoming municipal elections, the Haywood County town of Canton was…
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Clockwise from top, left: Natalie Newman, Mary Gelbaugh, Carrie McBane, and Barbara Hamilton.
 

Race for town hall: Sylva board race draws four candidates for two seats

This November, Sylva voters will have their pick of four candidates to fill two seats up for election on the…
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Jeffrey Delannoy photo
 

Benefit showcases Canton's 'Grit and Grace'

Multi award-winning bluegrass supergroup Balsam Range (who are also Haywood County locals) appeared in Canton’s Sorrells Street Park on Saturday,…
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Rolling Start provides independence
 

Rolling Start provides independence

Rolling Start N.C. recently presented a 2005 VW Jetta to a single woman living on disability who has not had…
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North Carolina's 11th Congressional District.
 

Republican field solidifies in NC-11

As the filing period for the 2022 midterm elections draws near, moves are being made on the Republican side of…
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Bear attack injures two on the Blue Ridge Parkway
 

Bear attack injures two on the Blue Ridge Parkway

A black bear injured two people near the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville when it…
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Shawn Gaddis
 

Canton police chief retires

Shawn Gaddis, chief of the Canton Police Department since March, 2018, announced his retirement today according to an email sent…
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Book explores past murders in the mountains
 

Book explores past murders in the mountains

“The lips that touch liquor shall never touch mine.”
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Mike Wurman and Scott Varn work to install a locust log water bar on the Appalachian Trail at Max Patch during a Sept. 25 volunteer work day. Holly Kays photo
 

Transformation on trail: Volunteers converge to secure Max Patch’s future

On a sunny Saturday in September, tall grasses wave a fringe atop Max Patch, framing mountain layers fading from ripened…
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Winner announced for Kids in the Creek shirt design
 

Winner announced for Kids in the Creek shirt design

Waynesville Middle School student Kate Clark is the winner of this year’s Haywood Waterways Association Kids in the Creek T-shirt…
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Highlands educator given statewide honor
 

Highlands educator given statewide honor

Patrick Brannon, outreach specialist at the Highlands Biological Station, has received the 2021 award for exceptional environmental education programs from…
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Tubman statue arrives as Confederate soldier gets new plaques
 

Tubman statue arrives as Confederate soldier gets new plaques

Chiseled by an Emmy- and Academy Award-winning artist, a 2,400-pound bronze piece depicting Harriet Tubman leading a young girl out…
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Outdoor Economy Conference postponed
 

Outdoor Economy Conference postponed

Due to the Delta variant’s continued impact on public health, the Outdoor Economy Conference originally scheduled for Oct. 12-15 has…
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Bo Hess is one of seven Democrats vying for the chance to face incumbent Rep. Madison Cawthorn.
 

Pillar of NC-11 Democrat Bo Hess’ campaign is safety

Born at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas, Democrat Bo Hess is both a product of his upbringing and…
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