News and information from the western North Carolina region covering Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain county
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Lights, camera … Haywood County?
During the past two years, a local reality show has become a phenomenon that’s being broadcast into homes across the country and beyond. The program is “Hillbilly Blood: A Hardscrabble Life,” and it features Western North Carolina outdoor survival experts Spencer Bolejack and Eugene Runkis.
Aaron Lewis has always seemed to be on the outside.
Founder and lead singer of hard rock group Staind, Lewis found great success during the last decade with his soulful, heart-wr...
Haywood County commissioners drew a line in the sand. The Haywood County School Board decided not to cross it. In a nutshell, that’s what happened.
But what was interesting...
Here they are, books yammering for review: a hillock of books on the floor by the desk; more books stacked on the desk itself, squeezed between a basket of spectacles and a coffee...
In the early 1900s, Florence Cope Bush, author of Dorie: Woman of the Mountains, described native brook trout as being so numerous that it was near impossible for her mother to di...
- WNC duo star on reality TV show
- Jackson ‘Up to Good’ as it ‘Play(s) On’ with tourism branding messages
- Hospital for sale? All options on the table as MedWest hospitals contemplate future
- The sticky wicket of downtown sandwich boards
- Speak up if you want high-speed internet in Jackson
- Haywood room tax hike deep-sixed
- Bringing back the brookie: Successful restoration paints bright future for native trout
- A&E roundup
- Plants hitch a ride to the sunWritten on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00
A book I read about the Suwannee River featured numerous photographs of trees overhanging the waterway festooned with Spanish moss. Spanish moss isn’t, by the way, a true moss at all but a vascular plant that reproduces via tiny flowers. But it is an epiphytic plant; that is, a plant which grows upon another plant or object for support.
The tragic death of a railroad worker investigating a fresh landslide along a rail line last week highlighted the hidden, yet inherent, risks for workers who are first on the scene in the aftermath of a slide.
Joseph Drewnoski, 33, of Waynesville, was buried and killed by a landslide in the middle of the night while surveying tracks for storm damage near Black Mountain following a weekend of unrelenting rains. Norfolk Southern Railway got a report of a landslide on the tracks in the middl...
It’s the sound of the ancient mountains, the unique people and rich culture of Southern Appalachia.
It’s the sound of Soldier’s Heart.
Filled with the musical att...
When I sat down to write a piece for this week’s paper my topic was already chosen. I was going to criticize the current legislative leadership in Raleigh and what that group is d...
Stephen Dobyns has written 20 novels and more than 10 volumes of poetry; however, he is difficult to “classify.” His writing is praised by big league names as varied as Franc...
The train was the first to arrive in Waynesville back in 1886; then, the rise of the automobile; but, this spring, there’s a new human transporter in town: the Segway.
- The long and short of it: Space crunch leads to cosmetology waiting lists
- Duke rate hike beats the drum of fossil fuel power production
- Heart of the matter
- Youth soccer camps
- Cherokee casino hits earning milestone
- Landslide protocol: a muddied affair
- Sylva gun shop brings Bullet Bunker online
- Learn the secret of home cooking
- Identifying birdsWritten on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:28
Although bird identification can be perplexing — baffling at times for even the most accomplished birders — the principles of identification are relatively simple. We recognize birds by their visual appearances and by their vocalizations.
- Advocates want to save little-known old growth pockets
- Walking the dog: The trials and tribulations of being homeless in Haywood
- New courthouse landscape to be less lush, more spartan
- Landslide kills railroad worker
- Canton residents trapped after landslide blocks road
- Price tag inches up on Cherokee jail and justice center
- Macon commissioner duo wants to spend down savings to bring on tax cuts
Hidden among the expanse of forestland in Western North Carolina are little-known pockets of trees that are several centuries old. Either overlooked by loggers or too difficult to access, the old growth stands act as windows into the past and markers of Appalachian history.
Since the end of the Civil War until the 1930s, most forests in the eastern United States were clear-cut. However, some tracts were able to escape that era of industrialized logging and continue to grow.
In order to have a clear vision of the future, one must cherish the traditions of the past.
“Southern Appalachian traditions are our heritage,” said Beth Woody. “They made ...
The “fractured public square” refers to the loss of the place where a community discusses ideas, politics and values. The ideal public square can be both a bonding agent and a pla...
“Bookshops are magic.”
This quotation, buried in the middle of Wendy Welch’s The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure o...
Hidden among the expanse of forestland in Western North Carolina are little-known pockets of trees that are several centuries old. Either overlooked by loggers or too difficult to...
- Events for readers and writers
- Cops in schools offer more than peace of mind
- Upfront costs don’t deter plans for Cashiers ABC store
- HCC makes pitch for continued building plan
- Haywood weighs cost-benefit of more school cops
- Tribal Council vote on bear zoos disappointing
- A rural bookstore that beat the odds
- Arts scene
- Some scarlet tanagers are orangeWritten on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00
Last Saturday, I led a bird identification workshop for the Smoky Mountain Field School. We started out in the morning in a residential area (Minot Park) in Gatlinburg and worked our way into the higher elevations of the national park by late afternoon. The weather at Newfound Gap was perfectly awful: wind, rain, fog, cold, you name it. But it was a good group and we did OK.
More hellos than goodbyes: Topography forces cell phone companies to weigh cost-benefit of erecting new towers
As long as Realtor Sammie Powell leans back in his chair in his home office, he can talk on his cell phone all day long. But as soon as he stands up to reach for something across his desk, his service goes from good to nonexistent.
“I could be sitting at my desk, and if I lean over, I might not pick up,” said Powell, who lives and works from his home in Villages of Plott Creek neighborhood in Waynesville.
If the litmus test of a community’s health is how strong its art scene is, then, by the looks of it, Waynesville is in tip-top shape.
Hundreds will take to the streets of downtow...
The defeat of gun control legislation in the Senate wasn’t as much surprising as it was disappointing. This is one of those issues — like gay rights or even limits on tobacco adve...
Most booklovers have suffered that “Oh, no” moment when a friend, with nothing but the best of intentions, presses an unfamiliar book into their hands with the words, “Read this —...
Folks interested in hiking a section of the Mountains to Sea Trail and learning a bit more about the storied path have a chance to chat with a MST guru in the Smokies Saturday, Ma...
- State debates drug testing for aid recipients
- News in brief
- More hellos than goodbyes: Topography forces cell phone companies to weigh cost-benefit of erecting new towers
- Sweepstakes industry chalks up tiny victory with uncertain bearing
- Window is closing for stalled room tax increase in Haywood
- HCC moves forward with law enforcement, emergency responder training site
- Tuscola students aim to bring clean water to Uganda
- For your culinary and reading pleasure
- A book every naturalist needs on his or her shelfWritten on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 02:12
Naturalist Donald Culross Peattie (1898-1964) was born in Chicago. In his autobiography The Road of a Naturalist (1941), Peattie recalled his first extended visit to the North Carolina mountains in 1906 as a time when he “saw the world of people fall away, grow small, grow hazy blue, forgotten. In seven months upon that isolated summit of the Appalachians, I began to discover a world older and greater. It is the world now of my established habitation, my working days and holidays, and it lies open to all men, in valleys as on mountains, by any road you choose to enter.”