The 250 acres Mainspring Conservation Trust hopes to protect includes much of the immediate view from Pinnacle Rock. Mainspring photos
 

Below the Pinnacle: Project seeks to protect 250 acres below Pinnacle Rock

The 3.5-mile hike to the top of Pinnacle Rock is a heart-pumping one, the old logging roads that now serve…
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A peregrine falcon takes flight. National Park Service/Andrew Kuhn photo
 

Rock faces closed for peregrine falcon protection

Twelve rock faces in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests are closed to climbing, rappelling, hang-gliding and other activities through…
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Race the slopes
 

Race the slopes

A recreational racing program will offer skiers and snowboarders of all abilities the chance to push their speed with weekly…
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Joys and comforts of cooking: Kitchen Yarns
 

Joys and comforts of cooking: Kitchen Yarns

Before taking a look at Ann Hood’s Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food (W.W. Norton & Company, 229…
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For at least a while, all the noise stopped
 

For at least a while, all the noise stopped

Short escapes from all of the noise coming from everywhere are so refreshing, so worthwhile.  The holidays were a fantastic…
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Counties should loosen pursestrings
 

Counties should loosen pursestrings

To the Editor: It is totally baffling. At a time when the pandemic is pretty much out of control, vaccines…
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No time to glorify dying for lost causes
 

No time to glorify dying for lost causes

To the Editor: Barely a week after the violent and deadly attack on our nation’s capital by domestic terrorists, The…
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A ray of hope for me and others
 

A ray of hope for me and others

To the Editor: A ray of hope has appeared in a strange but clear way over the past number of…
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Seek truth, don’t just point and shout
 

Seek truth, don’t just point and shout

To the Editor: Who is going to make a difference? Who’s going to clean up the mess this GOP administration…
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Let a court decide Cawthorn’s accusations
 

Let a court decide Cawthorn’s accusations

To the Editor: In your article, “Words matter: Rhetoric became rage in D.C. insurrection,” Rep. Madison Cawthorn admits that he…
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People must be held accountable
 

People must be held accountable

To the Editor: Let’s look at the definitions. Sedition: “conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a…
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New director takes reins at Folkmoot
 

New director takes reins at Folkmoot

Like any organization that brings people together, Folkmoot USA had a difficult 2020. Without the ability for travel or gathering,…
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First responders line up outside the Cullowhee Recreation Center Jan. 15 to receive their first COVID-19 vaccination shot. Holly Kays photo
 

Vaccine distribution ramps up in Jackson

As the afternoon sun sank in the wintry sky Jan. 15, a line of first responders stretched 50-deep outside the…
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COVID surge continues in Haywood County
 

COVID surge continues in Haywood County

As of Tuesday, Jan. 19, Haywood County Public Health received notice of 130 new cases of COVID-19 within the last…
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Frustrations mount over vaccine roll out
 

Frustrations mount over vaccine roll out

Rural counties in Western North Carolina are feeling the frustrations with the national COVID-19 roll out plan. 
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State report calls for greater police transparency
 

State report calls for greater police transparency

A task force founded by Gov. Roy Cooper in the wake of violent protests after the police killing of Minneapolis man…
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First United Methodist talks about racism
 

First United Methodist talks about racism

For many, the issues of race, injustice and reconciliation of our violent history seem insurmountable. How do we solve problems…
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School board undergoes bias training
 

School board undergoes bias training

The Haywood County School Board and central office administration will undergo unconscious bias training on Tuesday, Jan. 26. The training…
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Caesars Southern Indiana Casino is home to 1,200 slot machines, as well as sports betting, poker and table games. Laurencio Ronquillo photo
 

Indiana casino protest fails

A $250 million deal between the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Caesars Entertainment will go forward after Tribal Council…
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Capitol Police and National Guardsmen stand before a checkpoint on Washington, D.C.'s South Capitol Street on Jan. 19.
 

DC dispatch: Jan. 19

First it was 10,000. Then, 15,000. Then, 20,000. Now, they say, there are 25,000 National Guard troops in this city…
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The Water’n Hole in Waynesville will soon celebrate 15 years in operation as the final frontier of the beloved ‘dive bar’ in our region. (photos: Garret K. Woodward)
 

Show me the way to go home: WNC’s last real ‘dive bar’ turns 15

It’s a label that some avoid at any and all costs. But, for Becky Robinson, it’s a sincere and genuine…
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Tom Pearo. (photo: Garret K. Woodward)
 

This must be the place: Ode to Vermont live music, ode to School Street jams

I didn’t grow up, nor have I ever lived, in the state of Vermont. That, and I’m not a musician,…
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WCU teams with Blue Ridge Pride Center
 

WCU teams with Blue Ridge Pride Center

A collaboration between Western Carolina University, the University of North Carolina Asheville and the Blue Ridge Pride Center will gather…
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Capitol police guard a checkpoint just south of the Capitol dome in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 18.
 

DC dispatch: Jan. 18

No garbage cans. Temporary fencing, bolted together top and bottom. Armed soldiers in black ski masks every 50 feet.
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COVID cluster found at Waynesville Police Department
 

COVID cluster found at Waynesville Police Department

The Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency has identified a COVID-19 cluster connected to the Waynesville Police Department. Six…
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Updated ways to register for vaccine in Macon
 

Updated ways to register for vaccine in Macon

Macon County Public Health has established an additional Call Center with the assistance of Drake Enterprises and Macon County Administration…
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Resuming court proceedings now in local hands
 

Resuming court proceedings now in local hands

Newly elected Chief Justice Paul Newby wants judicial districts, not state officials, deciding when and how to resume full court…
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Mountain BizWorks, Dogwood Partner to Provide PPP
 

Mountain BizWorks, Dogwood Partner to Provide PPP

Mountain BizWorks is once again partnering with Dogwood Health Trust in a targeted effort to provide increased access to another…
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Jackson revises vaccine distribution guidelines
 

Jackson revises vaccine distribution guidelines

The N.C. Division of Health and Human Services modified its guidelines for vaccine distribution today, and Jackson County has modified…
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Tribal ABC Commission Chairman Pepper Taylor addresses Tribal Council.
 

Cherokee alcohol referendum proposal tabled

A trio of resolutions seeking to put three alcohol-related referendum questions before Cherokee voters this year was withdrawn in Tribal…
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Haywood closes government buildings to public
 

Haywood closes government buildings to public

Haywood County has implemented the following proactive measures for its government buildings, effective 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 15, to limit…
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The Swag annexed into Maggie Valley
 

The Swag annexed into Maggie Valley

At a Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12, The Swag was voluntarily annexed into Maggie Valley. 
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Haywood Regional Medical Center employees receive the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Haywood County. Donated photo
 

Jackson to hold vaccination clinic

Jackson County hopes to vaccinate 200 first responders and front-line emergency services staff with the first in a series of…
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Western to start semester remotely
 

Western to start semester remotely

Western Carolina University has shifted its spring semester schedule in response to record-high COVID-19 cases and a resulting strain in…
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Cullowhee Valley moves to remote-only instruction
 

Cullowhee Valley moves to remote-only instruction

Classes at Cullowhee Valley School will transition to remote-only instruction tomorrow due to a spike in COVID-19 cases among staff…
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Just remember, this too shall pass
 

Just remember, this too shall pass

I recently saw a funny political sign that said, “Presidents are temporary, Grateful Dead is forever.” Did you know that…
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Scrapping Electoral College could stop a tyrant
 

Scrapping Electoral College could stop a tyrant

By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist | During the Spanish Civil War, which the Fascists won, one of their generals…
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Cawthorn is off to a bad start
 

Cawthorn is off to a bad start

To the Editor: As one of Mr. Madison Cawthorn’s constituents in the 11th District, I wish to inform him that…
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Are fixed-period pardons legal?
 

Are fixed-period pardons legal?

To the Editor: In 1974 Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he committed,…
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Joe ‘Triton’ Schmidt, founder of the Facebook group Still on the A.T, crosses the James River during an 800-mile section hike last year. Donated photo
 

Uncertain season: ATC issues 2021 thru-hiking guidance as pandemic continues

Appalachian Trail thru-hiker season was already in full swing when coronavirus fears prompted widespread lockdowns in March, and the Appalachian…
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Panthertown marked milestones in 2020
 

Panthertown marked milestones in 2020

As 2020 shifts to the rearview, Friends of Panthertown is celebrating a slew of accomplishments earned despite an ongoing pandemic. 
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Parkway section closed for Linville bridge work
 

Parkway section closed for Linville bridge work

A section of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Linville Falls will be closed through summer for a bridge rehabilitation project…
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Bridge work prompts Greenbrier road closures
 

Bridge work prompts Greenbrier road closures

Two road sections in the Greenbrier area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed for bridge replacement through…
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The newly conserved property offers a stunning view of Linville Gorge. Nicky Doty photo
 

Pisgah National Forest grows at Linville Gorge

More than 200 acres have been added to the Pisgah National Forest at Linville Gorge thanks to a recently completed…
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For what would you lay down your life?
 

For what would you lay down your life?

Not everyone will enjoy Michael Walsh’s Last Stands: Why Men Fight When All Is Lost (St. Martin’s Press, 2020, 358…
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Franklin Chamber delays annual awards banquet
 

Franklin Chamber delays annual awards banquet

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet will be postponed until later in the year after a vote by…
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COVID-19 vaccine requests overwhelm phone system
 

COVID-19 vaccine requests overwhelm phone system

Macon County Public Health was overrun with phone calls to schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments and testing appointments on Monday and…
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Haywood records 191 new cases
 

Haywood records 191 new cases

Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 191 new cases of COVID-19 in the last four days.
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Words matter: Rhetoric became rage in D.C. insurrection
 

Words matter: Rhetoric became rage in D.C. insurrection

Last week, as elected members of the House of Representatives and the Senate gathered in their respective chambers to certify…
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