Application 
window extended for $350m grant to expand internet in rural N.C.
 

Application 
window extended for $350m grant to expand internet in rural N.C.

The N.C. Department of Information Technology today announced that qualified internet service providers and electric membership cooperatives providing internet service…
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The Thomas Divide Complex Fire now covers 950 acres. NPS photo
 

More than 1,000 acres burning in mountain region

High winds over the weekend felled trees and downed power lines, sparking a wildfire that covers 950 acres straddling the…
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Developers discuss potential Bryson City airfield plans
 

Developers discuss potential Bryson City airfield plans

Atop a hill on the western edge of Bryson City, Sossamon Airfield has sat mostly unused for quite some time,…
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Public restrooms likely coming to Spring Street
 

Public restrooms likely coming to Spring Street

There is $250,000 available for public restrooms in downtown Sylva. At the March 24 town board meeting, commissioners discussed detailed…
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Jackson County Snack Master Competition
 

Jackson County Snack Master Competition

Last week, Jackson County Schools held its 10th annual Snack Master Competition, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19…
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Maggie Valley one step closer to UDO
 

Maggie Valley one step closer to UDO

Maggie Valley is one step closer to completing its unified development ordinance after Town Planner Kaitland Finkle presented a draft…
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Nic Stone, author of 'Dear Martin' with Carol Eggleston, Vice President of the Haywood County NAACP (left), and laTice Eggleston (right) at the First United Methodist Church welcome event in Waynesville last Thursday. Hannah McLeod photo
 

Bestselling author of ‘Dear Martin’
 comes to Waynesville

Almost everyone wants the best for themselves, the people they love, the acquaintances they encounter and even the billions of…
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Frank and his beloved dog, Madison. (photo: Garret K. Woodward)
 

This must be the place: Goin’ places that I’ve never been, seein’ things that I may never see again

It was a matter of $50 when my father finally relented to his birthday celebration. In the depths of The…
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Two Sylva boys dead in shooting
 

Two Sylva boys dead in shooting

Two boys, ages 15 and 10, are dead following a shooting in Sylva Sunday, March 27.
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The Thomas Divide Complex Fire smolders in the early morning. NPS photo
 

More than 1,000 acres burning mountain region

High winds over the weekend felled trees and downed power lines, sparking a wildfire that now covers 950 acres straddling…
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Tonya Tolliver
 

Woman missing in Cherokee

UPDATE, March 29: Both Tonya and Tracy Tolliver have been located, and they are safe. On Monday, March 14, at…
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Local Jan. 6 defendant pleads guilty
 

Local Jan. 6 defendant pleads guilty

A Sylva man arrested for his involvement  in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot  at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington,…
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Tribal officials and representatives stand around the new school bus with N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper and EPA Administrator Michael Regan. EBCI Communications photo
 

Plugged in: Cherokee receives state’s first electric school bus

With just about 2 inches to spare on each side, an 81-seat electric school bus eased into The Cherokee Convention…
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Four N.C. birds confirmed dead from avian flu
 

Four N.C. birds confirmed dead from avian flu

Wild bird deaths due to highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI, have been documented in four North Carolina counties, and…
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Boone resident Ryan Woods cruises into first place. Scott McLeod photo
 

Athletes complete the Assault on BlackRock

A total of 94 people completed the grueling Assault on BlackRock trail race Saturday, March 19.
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A young swimmer learns her strokes. File photo
 

Swim lessons resume at Waynesville Rec

Swim lessons are back at the Waynesville Recreation Center, with a beginner class for ages 3-8 to be offered once…
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From pole to pole, reimagining the future
 

From pole to pole, reimagining the future

It’s rare to come across a book that takes one far afield from the original focus presented by the artist…
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A long night, lots to think about
 

A long night, lots to think about

Last night was one of those nights. That means today I’m running on caffeine instead of sleep. Normal bedtime, three…
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Five things a month to smile about
 

Five things a month to smile about

In what feels like a previous life, I was a mom blogger. After the birth of my youngest son, now…
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Speeches revealed
 party priorities
 

Speeches revealed
 party priorities

To the Editor:  Given the current events many may have missed both the State of the Union and the Republican…
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Tyesha Wood, program director for the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Initiative, speaks to the unique challenges facing tribal law enforcement. Holly Kays photo
 

Ready for the worst: Cherokee police receive toolkit to aid AMBER Alert response

When a child goes missing, the first 48 hours  are the most critical portion of the response. If it ever…
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KARE recognized for effective, high-quality services to child abuse victims
 

KARE recognized for effective, high-quality services to child abuse victims

For more than 30 years, the Robert Forga Family KARE House has served as Haywood County’s evidence-based, collaborative children’s advocacy…
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Commissioner Tommy Long speaks at a March 15 candidate forum in Waynesville. Cory Vaillancourt photo
 

Rough start for Haywood Commission candidates

There aren’t a lot of differences between the five Republican candidates running for Haywood County Commission this year, but one…
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Western North Carolina’s entire legislative delegation (left to right) Mark Pless, Mike Clampitt, Kevin Corbin and Karl Gillespie - attended a broadband summit on March 21. Cory Vaillancourt photo
 

Big money coming for rural broadband

More than a hundred economic development professionals, elected officials, internet service providers and interested parties from across North Carolina’s seven…
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Jackson sets aside ARPA funds for internet service
 

Jackson sets aside ARPA funds for internet service

“There is a definite and negative impact to lack of broadband in our community.”
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Mark Teague, left, and Greg Passmore, right, are as familiar with the operation of Bryson City’s wastewater treatment plant as anyone. Kyle Perrotti photo
 

Bryson City buckles down to fix decrepit sewer system

As crumbling infrastructure in small towns across the country becomes a more urgent issue, Bryson City has been saddled with…
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This development, off Preservation Way, was approved by the Waynesville Planning Board on March 21. Town of Waynesville photo
 

Waynesville Planning Board meeting falls into disarray

Update March 24, 2022: Near the end of a chaotic March 21 meeting of the Town of Waynesville’s planning board, a…
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The draft master plan proposes a split library model with the research library remaining at Hunter Library, while the digital library and student collaboration space would move to a  new collaborative learning commons building. Hanbury/WCU graphic
 

WCU approves master plan

A master plan envisioning campus needs for the decade ahead received unanimous approval from the Western Carolina University Board of…
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No criminal charges filed in Our Place Inn death
 

No criminal charges filed in Our Place Inn death

A March 17 press release from Maggie Valley Police Chief Russ Gilliland says that no criminal charges will be filed…
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Jessie Downs Cabe.
 

Meet the Macon Matriarch

The Women’s History Trail (WHT), a project of the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC), adopted an activity in…
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Department of Public Instruction creates Parent Advisory Commission
 

Department of Public Instruction creates Parent Advisory Commission

Throughout the pandemic, parents have had a lot to consider when it comes to the education of their children —…
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New special enrollment period for marketplace health insurance
 

New special enrollment period for marketplace health insurance

A new Special Enrollment Period on the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace has opened for consumers who have projected income of…
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Robert Jumper answers Tribal Council questions about his resolution seeking a referendum vote on Tribal Council term lengths and limits. EBCI photo
 

Tribal Council sets term limit referendum

After tabling  it last month for further discussion, on March 3  the Cherokee Tribal Council unanimously approved two referendum questions…
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Then-congressman Mark Meadows, speaks to a group in Swain County in 2019.
 

State will investigate Mark Meadows voter registration as district attorney recuses herself

Former NC-11 Republican Congressman and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has remained adamant that voters cast fraudulent ballots…
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Rachel David, of Red Metal, is a blacksmith, sculptor, designer and maker.
 

Into the fold: Blue Ridge Craft Trails foster community, tradition

The studio space of blacksmith Rachel David is vast. Inside an enormous old hay barn there is equipment everywhere –…
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LD in the back field, Southwest Georgia. (photo: Garret K. Woodward)
 

This must be the place: ‘People love you when they on your mind, a thought is love’s currency’

It was an odd feeling to wake up in a natural state, rather than be disturbed by the noises of…
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Public wants more protected forests
 

Public wants more protected forests

To the Editor: I appreciate George Hahn’s perspective on old-growth forests and agree with many of his sentiments. A mix…
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Juanita Wilson (right) and Bob McCollum, co-chairs of the Nikwasi Initiative, plant a tree along the new Barbara McRae Cherokee Heritage Apple Trail March 7. Holly Kays photo
 

Reclaiming the tastes of home: Apple Trail effort resurrects legacy of Cherokee orchardists

The capital of Kazakhstan, Alma Ata, translates to “full of apples” — an homage to the country’s heritage as the…
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A young citizen scientist snaps an observation. Valerie Polk photo
 

Find the Smokies Most Wanted

Help preserve the multitude of species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by participating in the Smokies Most Wanted…
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The Clingmans Dome Observation Tower offers sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. NPS photo
 

Work planned for Clingmans Dome Road

When Clingmans Dome Road reopens for the season on April 1, it will do so with the caveat of single-lane…
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After the storm, logjams, underwater debris and damaged infrastructure required a prolonged closure at Sliding Rock Recreation Area. USFS photo
 

Sliding Rock reopens after flood damage

One of the Pisgah National Forest’s most popular tourist destinations, Sliding Rock Recreation Area, will reopen on April 30 for…
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Roadside Assistance Volunteers stand beside their duty vehicle. NPS photo
 

Roadside volunteers wanted in the Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is looking for volunteers to help park rangers provide minor roadside assistance to visitors. 
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An old guy looks at graphic books
 

An old guy looks at graphic books

Over the last year or so, I’ve noticed that the graphic books on the shelves of my public library are…
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Why N.C. is at bottom of right-to-know states
 

Why N.C. is at bottom of right-to-know states

For decades, North Carolina has ranked near the bottom of all states in the country when it comes to the…
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Forests need diversity for their health
 

Forests need diversity for their health

To the Editor: The revised forest management plan for the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests have been under scrutiny lately.…
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Child rearing should 
take place at home
 

Child rearing should 
take place at home

To the Editor:  It’s almost humorous to read about what a child should glean from Pre-K and kindergarten. I said…
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Good luck to all
 who oppose Cawthorn
 

Good luck to all
 who oppose Cawthorn

To the Editor:  I will be so happy for this uneducated, law-breaking manchild — Rep.  Madison Cawthorn — to be…
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ARPA helped
 most Americans
 

ARPA helped
 most Americans

To the Editor:  March 11, 2022 was the one-year anniversary of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that was signed…
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Vital VAWA: Act’s reauthorization expands domestic violence protections
 

Vital VAWA: Act’s reauthorization expands domestic violence protections

It’s hard to believe there was ever a time when reports of stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence and dating violence…
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