Keeping Trump from Trump
 

Keeping Trump from Trump

To the Editor: “Nothing can work damage to me except myself; the harm that I sustain I carry about with me…
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Appointments available for ACA health insurance
 

Appointments available for ACA health insurance

Enrollment for 2023 health insurance through the ACA Marketplace ends Jan. 15. Folks who sign up now can have quality, affordable…
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Searching for a seeker: The fearless life and tragic disappearance of Melissa McDevitt
 

Searching for a seeker: The fearless life and tragic disappearance of Melissa McDevitt

Flitting about her apartment on Vancouver Island, Melissa McDevitt had already packed her bag in preparation for the long journey…
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The Town of Sylva aims to enhance public art through the Municipal Grant Program. Hannah McLeod photo
 

Jackson considers municipal grant applications

Jackson County is considering the latest round of municipal grant applications that arrived on commissioners desks this week. Among applications…
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Rep. Bo Crowe addresses Tribal Council Jan. 10 following his arraignment on three charges the previous day. EBCI photo
 

Wolfetown rep faces assault charges

Wolfetown Rep. Bo Crowe spent the weekend in jail following his arrest Saturday, Jan. 7, for an alleged assault that left…
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Darris Moody
 

Moody takes plea deal in phony writs case

It took more than four months, 62 federal counts and a lengthy period of pretrial detention in Buncombe County, but…
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Downtown Waynesville Commission looks forward to big year, bigger footprint
 

Downtown Waynesville Commission looks forward to big year, bigger footprint

After the implosion of the 36-year-old Downtown Waynesville Association back in 2021, much of the progress made by its successor organization…
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A smoke test revealed where sewer gas is leaking through pipe gaps at Macon Middle School. MCS photo
 

Macon commission asks MCS to prioritize hefty capital outlay requests

Following direction from the Macon County Board of Commissioners, the Macon County Board of Education met last week to prioritize…
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Tribe to conduct census
 

Tribe to conduct census

For the first time in 22 years, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will conduct a census of its tribal…
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Robin Tindall, CEO of HCHF, Brandon Norwood, Director of Health and Wellness for Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau, and Carmen Waite, CEO of Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau.
 

Health Foundation awards grant to Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau

Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation (HCHF) has awarded a grant to Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau to fund a…
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Southern Appalachia. (Garret K. Woodward photo)
 

This must be the place: If you lived here, you’d be home by now

Sitting in The Scotsman in downtown Waynesville on Sunday evening, I found myself sporadically watching the last NFL game of…
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Steep Canyon Rangers. Sandlin Gaither photo
 

Between the heavy and the light: Graham Sharp of Steep Canyon Rangers

With the recent departure of founding member Woody Platt, the Steep Canyon Rangers found themselves at a crossroads — now…
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White dust clings to a windshield in Canton. NCDEQ photo
 

Dust complaints continue in Canton; Evergreen works to identify source

For more than a year, Canton residents have complained about a gritty white dust from the Evergreen Packaging paper mill…
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After the Civil War the Tennessee state legislature passed a law that in order to vote in elections a person had to be a male over the age of 21 and had to provide proof that they had in no way been connected to the Confederacy. These documents issued to Oliver (left) provided that proof. Sue Wasserman photo
 

Word from the Smokies: Old wallet helps archivist breathe new life into Cades Cove history

When a wallet talks, Mike Aday listens. At least, metaphorically speaking. 
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Smokies hires three new management team members
 

Smokies hires three new management team members

Barbara Hatcher, previously a supervisory project manager and engineer for the park, is its new chief of facility management, replacing…
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Spur tunnel repairs begin
 

Spur tunnel repairs begin

Tunnel repairs have begun on the northbound Spur between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, with ongoing lane closures expected through April…
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Cataloochee Ski Area lights up for nighttime skiing. Cataloochee Ski Area photo
 

Cataloochee offers program for women

A six-week winter sports program aimed at women who learn better with female instructors starts on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at…
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Smokies mountain biking plans to move forward
 

Smokies mountain biking plans to move forward

A Finding of No Significant Impact from the National Park Service clears the way for the Great Smoky Mountains National…
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The project required evicting some unhappy residents from the structure. NHC photo
 

NHC works on Rock Gap Shelter replacement

The Rock Gap Shelter on the Appalachian Trail in Macon County is no more, as the Nantahala Hiking Club works…
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For Adam Bigelow, the first bloom of the trout-lily symbolizes the start of a new year — but in February, not January. Adam Bigelow photo
 

Notes from a Plant Nerd: Nothing New Under the Winter Sun

Every year on the last night of December, in the dead of winter, the cries go out of “Happy New…
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Some bookish thoughts for the new year
 

Some bookish thoughts for the new year

Whatever our political beliefs or affiliations, few of us, I suspect, will look back on 2022 with pangs of nostalgia,…
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I owe Rockwell an apology
 

I owe Rockwell an apology

Working at a newspaper requires thick skin. I’m a columnist and lifestyle writer, so I don’t get nearly as much…
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Let speeders pre-pay for the privilege
 

Let speeders pre-pay for the privilege

I think most of you would agree that there are more people speeding, and speeding faster on the highways with…
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A sure sign of our moral decay
 

A sure sign of our moral decay

To the Editor: The headlines read — “Texas governor & others bus immigrants to VP house, and drop them in freezing…
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Don’t be fooled;
 climate change is real
 

Don’t be fooled;
 climate change is real

To the Editor: A recent letter in the Waynesville Mountaineer claimed that climate change is a myth.
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Bringing help: Western North Carolina’s connection to the war in Ukraine
 

Bringing help: Western North Carolina’s connection to the war in Ukraine

Leaning against a wall in the basement of the train station right about midnight, they were cold and tired and…
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Residents of Kherson, liberated from Russian control in mid-November after eight months of occupation, line up for humanitarian aid on Dec. 6. Cory Vaillancourt photo
 

Bringing hope: In Ukraine, American nonprofits stave off humanitarian catastrophe

Since Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine millions of people have left the war-torn country, with millions more driven from…
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Franklin High School.
 

New boards could mean new 
plans for Franklin High School

When Macon County Commissioners authorized LS3P Architectural Design Services to submit plans for the new Franklin High School to local…
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Chris Brookshire
 

Brookshire resigns following allegations of sexual harassment

After multiple allegations of sexual harassment were made against him, Physical Education Teacher and Head Football Coach Chris Brookshire has…
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Fred Chappell. File photo
 

Litmus test of a community: A look back at the arts in WNC 2022

As it has been stated in this publication many times before, the litmus test of the strength of a community…
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Widespread Panic, Nashville. (Garret K. Woodward photo)
 

This must be the place: ‘Can’t live without you so it seems, honey sew another patch on my jeans’

New Year’s Eve. A little past 9 a.m. in Room 211 of the Holiday Inn Express on the outskirts of…
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Canton water service will be restored soon
 

Canton water service will be restored soon

Subzero temperatures over the Christmas holiday wreaked havoc with municipal water systems across the region, leaving many customers without service.…
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Duke grants fund EMS projects
 

Duke grants fund EMS projects

A recent round of grants from Duke Energy will include $75,000 in funding to support emergency management services in Haywood,…
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Cars parked along the road near Laurel Falls Trailhead damage the vegetation trying to grow there. NPS photo
 

A year in outdoors

From new parks to big birthdays to policy overhauls, 2022 has been a year of change and major milestones for…
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Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation honors past leaders
 

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation honors past leaders

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation marked its 25th anniversary with a celebration on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Highland Brewing Company…
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Ring in the Year of the Trail
 

Ring in the Year of the Trail

When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, the Year of the Trail will begin in North Carolina. 
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Thoughts and books for your 
own ‘Happiness Project’
 

Thoughts and books for your 
own ‘Happiness Project’

In her online article “World Happiness Report reveals the US has gotten happier in 2022,” Ann Schmidt relates that the…
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Leftover Salmon with Vince Herman at center. (File photo)
 

Show Me Something Higher: Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon

It’s 2:54 a.m. in the rural backwoods of Virginia and Vince Herman hands me a shot of high-end tequila. With…
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Thoughts of the North Country. (Garret K. Woodward photo)
 

This must be the place: ‘You will receive a big compliment from others. Lucky numbers: 15, 18, 30, 32, 40, 42’

It was another quiet Sunday morning in the ole humble abode in downtown Waynesville. But, this go-round, it was Christmas…
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Trying to tell all sides of the story
 

Trying to tell all sides of the story

Sorry to burst your bubble but this is not a high-quality newspaper. Your version of journalism is laughable at best.…
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The uniforms are all part of growing up
 

The uniforms are all part of growing up

Our son, Jack, is a senior in high school, which means that we are already well into the “season of…
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Omnibus Bill adds too much debt
 

Omnibus Bill adds too much debt

To the Editor: I’ve thought of writing for some time but outdoor sports were more important to me. As a long-time…
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2022: A Look Back
 

2022: A Look Back

The year 2022 was no 2020. But hey, that’s a good thing. In some ways the year seems less exciting…
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Go back to Mesopotamia! Wikipedia photo
 

Fake News Freakout! Episode 7

Lately I’ve been reading a book that came highly recommended and not a moment too soon, despite it being published…
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Tuscola football coach, principal suspended in close succession
 

Tuscola football coach, principal suspended in close succession

Both Tuscola Principal Heather Blackmon and head football coach Chris Brookshire have been suspended from their positions at the school…
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Long turnaround times for nematode testing
 

Long turnaround times for nematode testing

North Carolina growers should expect routine nematode samples to take 15 weeks or longer to turn around this year, a…
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Drought flees the mountains
 

Drought flees the mountains

For the first time in two months, drought is gone from the mountains after an exceptionally rainy week soaked soils…
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Waynesville dog park improvements delayed
 

Waynesville dog park improvements delayed

Efforts to renovate the Waynesville dog park are taking longer than expected due to complications from the weather and issues…
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