Spend an evening in the garden
 

Spend an evening in the garden

ArborEvenings is back at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville, offering opportunity to spend Thursday and Friday evenings strolling through the…
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Sylva, Jackson pass budgets
 

Sylva, Jackson pass budgets

The boards governing Sylva and Jackson County both passed budget ordinances this month that feature a change in tax rate,…
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Fund established to support the MST
 

Fund established to support the MST

Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail received its largest individual gift ever when an anonymous donor gave $100,000 to…
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Forest service seeks to re-engage regarding Macon County projects
 

Forest service seeks to re-engage regarding Macon County projects

The Nantahala Ranger District is resuming work on two projects in Macon County whose timelines were affected by position turnover…
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Summer reading program celebrates animal life
 

Summer reading program celebrates animal life

The 2021 Summer Learning Program at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will celebrate all things related to books and…
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Smokies car crash results in fatality
 

Smokies car crash results in fatality

A teenager is dead and two other people injured following a car crash on Monday, June 7, in the Great…
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Cashiers StoryWalk to make its debut
 

Cashiers StoryWalk to make its debut

The first book of the new StoryWalk at the Cashiers Village Green, Cashiers, Come Play With Me!, will soon be…
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Cars progress slowly through Cades Cove on a busy day at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. File photo
 

Smokies, Parkway spared drop in park visitor spending

Visitor spending in national park communities during 2020 was just over two-thirds the amount spent in 2019, but parks in…
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Black Mountain Trail section closed for maintenance
 

Black Mountain Trail section closed for maintenance

A portion of the Black Mountain Trail on the Pisgah Ranger District will be closed through approximately Aug. 15 for…
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Tripe Falls is a popular attraction at DuPont State Recreational Forest. File photo
 

Friends of DuPont asks users to share the trails

Friends of DuPont Forest’s new Share the Trails Campaign aims to help visitors share and care for the forest’s 80-plus…
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The Jon Stickley Trio. Hunter Deacon, (from left) Jon Stickley and Lyndsay Pruett. (Photo: Sandlin Gaither.)
 

Scripting the flip: A conversation with Jon Stickley

A blend of jazz-fusion, bluegrass and avant-garde folk music, the Jon Stickley Trio is at the core of the current…
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The Teton parlor acoustic guitar. (photo: Garret K. Woodward)
 

This must be the place: Somethin’ keeps him driftin’, miles and miles away, searchin’ for the songs to play

I was already 10 minutes late to my niece’s seventh birthday party some 20 minutes away last Sunday afternoon. 
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Neanderthals were smarter than we thought
 

Neanderthals were smarter than we thought

Toward the end of 2020, I reviewed a book here titled The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron. This was fiction…
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Schools need funds to grow creative thinkers
 

Schools need funds to grow creative thinkers

By Sandra Hayes • Guest Columnist | I volunteer with QuickDraw of WNC, an art auction where artists step up…
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Juggling the five balls
 

Juggling the five balls

I recently went on a girls’ beach trip to Hilton Head Island. It’d been a while since I enjoyed surf…
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Community colleges deserve support
 

Community colleges deserve support

To the Editor: As North Carolina faces an economic crisis amidst a pandemic, our community colleges will be key to…
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Tillis should explain his vote
 

Tillis should explain his vote

To the Editor: The following is a letter I wrote to Senator Thom Tillis, R-N.C.
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Living in bearadise: Encounters highlight need for human responsibility in bear country
 

Living in bearadise: Encounters highlight need for human responsibility in bear country

After flying into town and renting a car for their Memorial Day Weekend visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National…
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Ashten McKinney.
 

Curatory creates space for contemporary art, community

Ashten McKinney is the new kid on the block, but already she’s making friends with her neighbors and offering a…
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Pearl Renken.
 

‘Why do we have to normalize what’s already normal?’

During the pandemic, Asheville-based artist Pearl Renken wrestled with the pain, isolation and racial reckoning happening in the United States. Her…
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A rendering shows DreamCatcher’s vision for the finished 200-room hotel with 12,000-square-foot conference center planned for Pigeon Forge. Donated photo
 

Cherokee joins three-tribe hotel partnership

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will partner with two other Native American tribes and a developer to build a…
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‘As normal as possible’: WCU outlines plans for Fall 2021
 

‘As normal as possible’: WCU outlines plans for Fall 2021

As the pandemic continues to recede, Western Carolina University is planning for a fall semester that “will look more like…
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Revenue-neutral revolt: Local government budgets under scrutiny
 

Revenue-neutral revolt: Local government budgets under scrutiny

A countywide property reappraisal earlier this year generated substantial increases in property value for many homeowners, who will now have…
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Maggie Valley passes budget, lowers taxes
 

Maggie Valley passes budget, lowers taxes

Maggie Valley Town Board of Alderman passed the proposed 2021-22 budget on June 8. 
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Downtown Waynesville.
 

Aldermen put the brakes on DWA contract renewal

What should have been a simple contract renewal process has turned into an all-out fiasco for the Downtown Waynesville Association,…
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A social media post from April, 2018 shows another exaggerated claim of victory by           Down Home North Carolina. Facebook photo
 

Misleading claim by Down Home North Carolina isn’t their first

Perhaps the only true statement in a June 7 Down Home North Carolina email is that the fight against jail…
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Super PAC formed to oppose Cawthorn
 

Super PAC formed to oppose Cawthorn

Retired Air Force Col. Moe Davis may have lost to Madison Cawthorn in last year’s General Election, but that doesn’t…
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Henderson County educator Eric Gash is the latest candidate to announce an NC11 bid. Donated photo
 

Former linebacker Gash looks to sack Cawthorn

Right now, life seems to be about full-circle moments for Henderson County native Eric Gash, who describes himself as “a…
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Contractor offers to help Franklin build skatepark
 

Contractor offers to help Franklin build skatepark

JE Dunn Construction was hired by HCA Healthcare to build the new Angel Medical Center in Franklin, but Superintendent Steve…
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Macon commissioners narrowly approve budget
 

Macon commissioners narrowly approve budget

Macon County commissioners approved the 2021-22 fiscal budget, but two Republican commissioners opposed its passage because they disagreed with increasing…
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Jackson passes resolution to uphold the U.S. Constitution
 

Jackson passes resolution to uphold the U.S. Constitution

By unanimous vote during their Tuesday, June 1, meeting, Jackson County commissioners passed a resolution  that “calls upon the North…
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Bear activity causes A.T. camping closure
 

Bear activity causes A.T. camping closure

A portion of the Appalachian Trail in the Pisgah National Forest is closed to camping due to bear activity.
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Social media is not the public square
 

Social media is not the public square

Think Facebook’s ban of Donald Trump is justified? It’s a fascinating issue, one that gets to the heart of the…
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Don’t trust 
the oligarchs
 

Don’t trust 
the oligarchs

To the Editor:
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Lara Trump (left) stands with her father-in-law on June 5, 2021 in Greenville, NC.
 

Trump makes early endorsement 
in 2022 NC Senate race

Voters excited about the possibility of a new chapter in the Trump family’s political legacy were in for a bit…
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Waynesville fires 
town attorney
 

Waynesville fires 
town attorney

Following public complaints, the Waynesville Board of Aldermen voted to terminate the contract of its town attorney, Bill Cannon. 
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In an undated photo, Benton MacKaye surveys a future section of the Appalachian Trail.
 

The 100-year trail: A century after Benton MacKaye proposed it, millions enjoy the A.T. each year

A wall of wind hurtles through the asphalt-covered mountain gap as I exit my car, popping open the trunk to…
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Bring Special Olympics to Cherokee
 

Bring Special Olympics to Cherokee

Volunteers are needed to help with the upcoming Special Olympics season on the Qualla Boundary. 
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Alex Jump (left) and Emmie Cornell are Mainspring Conservation Trust’s newest employees.
 

Mainspring adds staff

Mainspring Conservation Trust has hired two new positions, expanding the regional nonprofit’s staff to 12 people. 
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A pair of cyclists cruise WNC trails riding bikes outfitted with parts made by Asheville-based company Industry Nine.
 

Regional outdoors brand celebrates debut

Learn more about Made X Mtns, a new regional brand for Western North Carolina, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 15,…
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N.C. poised to set litter collection record
 

N.C. poised to set litter collection record

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s crews, contractors and volunteers have collected more than 6 million pounds of litter from roadsides,…
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Vaya, Cardinal merge to take on Medicaid transformation
 

Vaya, Cardinal merge to take on Medicaid transformation

Two of North Carolina’s largest managed care organizations recently announced they will consolidate in preparation for the state’s transformation to…
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Forestry student awarded for academic excellence
 

Forestry student awarded for academic excellence

Brandon Light, a student in Haywood Community College’s Forest Management Technology Program, has been named the college’s Academic Excellence Award…
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Tribal Council silent on proposed same-sex marriage law
 

Tribal Council silent on proposed same-sex marriage law

Every month, the Tribal Council agenda starts the same way. The chairman calls the meeting to order, and then there’s…
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Dive into folklore this Friday
 

Dive into folklore this Friday

Blue Ridge Parkway rangers will host a new outdoor interpretive series dubbed “Fridays at the Folk Art Center” at 7:30…
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Partial solar eclipse coming
 

Partial solar eclipse coming

A partial solar eclipse will be visible across the northern hemisphere on Thursday, June 10, hitting Western North Carolina around…
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Public educators’ association tours 100 counties
 

Public educators’ association tours 100 counties

The North Carolina Association of Educators’ “We Heart Public Schools Tour’’ stopped in Haywood County Friday. The tour visited every…
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