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The Mountaineer. Proudly serving as the Haywood County, North Carolina, community newspaper for 125 years.

It's Peak Week at HCC! Come by the college to learn about what HCC has to offer, including their diverse line-up of cour...
07/16/2019
Take advantage of 'Peak Week' at Haywood Community College

It's Peak Week at HCC! Come by the college to learn about what HCC has to offer, including their diverse line-up of courses and their new free tuition program for 2019 high school graduates, and get help registering for classes for the fall semester.

Check out the link below for the details:

The week of July 15-19 is “Peak Week” at Haywood Community College.

Every year, the Pisgah Athletic Boosters Club gives the Al Cline award to a community member who has shown outstanding s...
07/16/2019
Harry Fish named this year's Al Cline award winner

Every year, the Pisgah Athletic Boosters Club gives the Al Cline award to a community member who has shown outstanding support for Pisgah athletics.

This year's recipient, 94-year-old Harry Fish, has been involved with the booster club since its very inception — click the link below for the story behind this year's award:

Every year, Pisgah High School’s athletic boosters recognize an individual who has gone above and beyond for the school’s athletics program with the Al Cline award, a symbol of the

Canton is moving closer to an amended ordinance allowing a pool hall to open in town, but questions remain about the pot...
07/16/2019
Canton board discusses pool hall ordinance changes

Canton is moving closer to an amended ordinance allowing a pool hall to open in town, but questions remain about the potential impact it might have. Will Canton modify its ordinances, or will it fall in line with Clyde and maintain restrictions on billiards?

See the link below for the latest updates to the story:

CANTON — Canton is one step closer to amending its ordinance regarding pool halls, but questions remain.

The Mountaineer's 50-year retrospective series on Haywood County in 1969 coincides with the anniversary of the culminati...
07/15/2019
The space race: Celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the first man on the moon

The Mountaineer's 50-year retrospective series on Haywood County in 1969 coincides with the anniversary of the culmination of the U.S. and Russia's space race, and the efforts to be the first to put a man on the moon.

Check out the link below for part one of Jim Janke's look back on what was arguably the coolest part of the Cold War:

Humankind first walked on the lunar surface 50 years ago this week, ending the “space race” between the USSR and USA. Here’s how we beat the Soviet Union to the

The response to a recent fire in Clyde highlighted the interconnectivity between Haywood County's various first responde...
07/15/2019
On scorching day, firefighters get much-needed aid

The response to a recent fire in Clyde highlighted the interconnectivity between Haywood County's various first responders and emergency services agencies. As firefighters worked tirelessly to control the inferno, EMS and emergency services staff provided a network of support to keep the firefighters safe and operating at full capacity.

Check out the link below for images from the scene and more on the interdepartmental effort:

Last Wednesday, amid 90-degree weather and unbearable humidity, firefighters from across Haywood County battled a blaze in Clyde that destroyed a garage.

Folkmoot is right around the corner! The annual celebration of international culture brings dozens of performers from ac...
07/15/2019
Folkmoot unveiled: 9 quirky things you didn’t know about Folkmoot

Folkmoot is right around the corner! The annual celebration of international culture brings dozens of performers from across the globe to Haywood County, bringing people from all corners of the earth together for a week of music, dance and art.

Check out the link below for a peek behind the scenes at what goes into pulling it all together:

The international cultural extravaganza of Folkmoot’s summer festival will soon be in full swing, and the whirlwind of cultures promises to enchant, captivate and mesmerize during its 10-day run.

The race for the Waynesville town board is wide open this year, with all four seats up for re-election. With a sitting a...
07/12/2019
Who's thrown in for Waynesville town board so far?

The race for the Waynesville town board is wide open this year, with all four seats up for re-election. With a sitting alderman throwing his name in for the town's mayoral race, at least one new face will be sitting on the board when the dust settles — who will it be?

Check out the link below for the full story on the three candidates who have tossed their hats into the ring so far:

The Waynesville town board election got interesting this week with news that Mayor Gavin Brown would run for re-election against his long-time friend and political ally Alderman Gary Caldwell.

A fire in Clyde destroyed a residential garage, but a quick reaction by local firefighters likely saved the rest of the ...
07/12/2019
Blaze destroys garage in Clyde

A fire in Clyde destroyed a residential garage, but a quick reaction by local firefighters likely saved the rest of the home from total ruin.

Read more about the blaze and responders' efforts to extinguish it at the link below:

A Clyde home has likely been spared after a fire ripped through the garage.

The race is on for the Waynesville mayoral election this November, as incumbent Mayor Gavin Brown finally made his annou...
07/09/2019
Waynesville mayor race to pit long-time allies

The race is on for the Waynesville mayoral election this November, as incumbent Mayor Gavin Brown finally made his announcement on whether he would run for re-election.

Get the full details on the beginning of the election cycle in Waynesville at the link below:

The verdict is in following months of uncertainty and speculation over whether Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown would run for re-election.

Ready to take your education to the next level? Need to grow your skill set to pursue your dream career? Haywood Communi...
07/09/2019
Haywood Community College to Hold Peak Week for Registration

Ready to take your education to the next level? Need to grow your skill set to pursue your dream career? Haywood Community College is hosting Peak Week July 15-19, giving prospective students a chance to register and answer their questions about the upcoming semester.

Get the details at the link below:

Haywood Community College will hold Peak Week for registration July 15 through 19. During this week, new and returning students can complete all the requirements for registration for Fall semester

Save the date for Battle of the Badges!On August 3, Haywood County's EMS and firefighters will suit up to take on local ...
07/09/2019

Save the date for Battle of the Badges!

On August 3, Haywood County's EMS and firefighters will suit up to take on local law enforcement on the gridiron.

Get your tickets now at www.mountainprojects.org, at The Mountaineer office or at the Mountain Projects office.

Where's the beef?On Saturday, it'll be at Tuscola High School during this year's Haywood Cattlemen's Association Beef Ro...
07/08/2019
Don't miss out on the beef feast of the year

Where's the beef?

On Saturday, it'll be at Tuscola High School during this year's Haywood Cattlemen's Association Beef Roast, an all-you-can-eat beefapalooza to benefit youth livestock events, FFA programs and scholarships for agriculture students.

Tickets are $10 ahead of time or $12 the day of the event — click the link below for all the details:

The time is nearing for one of the largest meals served in Haywood County each year — the Haywood Cattlemen’s Association beef roast.

The July 4+1 celebration in Canton was another big success this year, with visitors and locals alike streaming into town...
07/08/2019
Canton July 4 Plus 1 2019

The July 4+1 celebration in Canton was another big success this year, with visitors and locals alike streaming into town for fireworks, music, fresh watermelon and more on Friday.

Check out photos from the event at the link below:

The Fourth of July plus one celebration in Canton was again a success!

The unveiling of Earl Lanning's statue paying tribute to Haywood County's Revolutionary War soldiers was a highlight of ...
07/08/2019
Tribute to Revolutionary War militia unveiled

The unveiling of Earl Lanning's statue paying tribute to Haywood County's Revolutionary War soldiers was a highlight of Waynesville's July 4 celebrations, with a crowd gathering on the lawn of the Historic Courthouse to see the statue for the first time.

See photos from the event and get the full story behind the statue at the link below:

Downtown Waynesville was definitely the place to be July 4 when the largest memorial tribute statue on the Historic Courthouse lawn was unveiled.

Haywood County in 1969 faced many of the same challenges we face now — funding for education, garbage management and c...
07/08/2019
Haywood news circa 1969

Haywood County in 1969 faced many of the same challenges we face now — funding for education, garbage management and controlling growth and development were all hot topics 50 years ago.

Check out The Mountaineer's third installment in our retrospective on Haywood County in 1969 at the link below:

This is the third in a series of stories examining life — and news — in Haywood County 50 years ago.

Ever since Canton renovated the town swimming pool, the aquatics facility has been blowing up — check out The Mountain...
07/05/2019
Canton pool makes a splash

Ever since Canton renovated the town swimming pool, the aquatics facility has been blowing up — check out The Mountaineer's coverage of this year's swim season and all the new changes going on at the pool at the link below:

The “go big or go home” philosophy is paying off for Canton’s new outdoor pool.

Part two of our retrospective on Haywood County in 1969 looks at some of the biggest stories that shaped the county. Fol...
07/05/2019
Historical Haywood tidbits from 1969

Part two of our retrospective on Haywood County in 1969 looks at some of the biggest stories that shaped the county. Follow the link below for a look back at the landslides of yesteryear, the birth of Waynesville Plaza, a Canton native's appointment to the state supreme court and more:

(Editor’s note: This is the second story in a series about Haywood County is 1969.)

07/04/2019
Georgia to Maine with Sarah Jane: An aqua blazing adventure

Sarah Jane Hatfield has taken to the waterways of central Virginia for the next leg of her trek from Georgia to Maine — see what she's been up to and learn about the "aqua blaze" leg of her journey at the link below:

This week, we join Hatfield as she begins her aqua blaze journey on the Shenandoah River.

A Waynesville woman is behind bars after allegedly kicking a sheriff's deputy in the privates during a law enforcement s...
07/04/2019
Woman arrested for assaulting officer

A Waynesville woman is behind bars after allegedly kicking a sheriff's deputy in the privates during a law enforcement stop.

Get the full details on the arrest at the link below:

A Waynesville woman is behind bars after being arrested driving an allegedly stolen vehicle and assaulting an officer.

Potential candidates sitting on the fence over running for municipal offices are going to need to make up their minds so...
07/04/2019
It's almost do-or-die time for candidates seeking town office

Potential candidates sitting on the fence over running for municipal offices are going to need to make up their minds soon — the filing period for municipal office begins Friday at noon.

Check out The Mountaineer's preview of the very first phases of the 2019 election season at the link below:

While the 2020 presidential race is the focus of most election talk, here in Haywood the main event is the upcoming town elections being held in November.

Haywood County swimming holes are filling up, as locals and visitors alike look for ways to beat the heat. Mountaineer r...
07/04/2019
Beating the heat on the Pigeon

Haywood County swimming holes are filling up, as locals and visitors alike look for ways to beat the heat. Mountaineer reporter Becky Johnson met up with some Canton residents enjoying some outside time on the Pigeon River this past weekend — check it out at the link below:

From Midnight Hole in the Smokies to Sunburst in Shining Rock, swimming holes across Haywood County were bumping this week as locals and July Fourth tourists alike sought respite from

Charges of a vicious assault have landed a Waynesville man back in jail, with police reports describing a beating that l...
07/03/2019
Man arrested for serious assault

Charges of a vicious assault have landed a Waynesville man back in jail, with police reports describing a beating that led to multiple facial fractures and major lacerations.

Get the full details at the link below:

A Waynesville man already facing numerous pending criminal charges is back behind bars after an allegedly vicious assault on another man.

You got beef?The Haywood Cattlemen's Association does, and they're sharing the wealth on July 13. Check out the story be...
07/03/2019
Don't miss out on the beef feast of the year

You got beef?

The Haywood Cattlemen's Association does, and they're sharing the wealth on July 13. Check out the story below for the details on the organization's annual beef roast event:

The time is nearing for one of the largest meals served in Haywood County each year — the Haywood Cattlemen’s Association beef roast.

The Mountaineer is feeling nostalgic — join us this week as we take a trip back in time to 1969 for a 50-year retrospe...
07/03/2019
A walk down memory lane

The Mountaineer is feeling nostalgic — join us this week as we take a trip back in time to 1969 for a 50-year retrospective in Haywood County.

Part one is online now, just click the link below and start reminiscing about cheap groceries and soaring median incomes:

As national attention was focused on the space race, Vietnam War, Woodstock and unidentified flying objects, life was a bit tamer in Haywood.

Kids like to play in the mud, especially when they get to make fires and build forts and buildings in the woods while th...
07/03/2019
Survival camp teaches kids real world skills

Kids like to play in the mud, especially when they get to make fires and build forts and buildings in the woods while they're doing it — why not give them some survival training while they do it?

Registration is still open for the July 8 session of the Piked Antler Project's Kids Adventure Survival Camp, and there's another group headed out into the woods July 29. Check the program out at the link below:

“I teach the kids that, if they do something bad and they get arrested, they don’t pick the handcuffs. They have to own it, and accept they got busted,” said

This year's volleyball camp at the Waynesville Recreation Department was a big success, bringing more than 50 girls toge...
07/02/2019
Bump, set, spike: Waynesville Parks and Recreation ushers in the next generation of volleyballers

This year's volleyball camp at the Waynesville Recreation Department was a big success, bringing more than 50 girls together to learn the basics and hone their skills during a four-day program.

Hear more from the campers and organizers at the link below:

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department hosted a four-day volleyball camp June 18-21. The camp was run by Amy Mull, an official and coach in the Western North Carolina Region

There will be a vacancy on the Canton Board of Aldermen until November, when a new board member will be elected by the p...
07/02/2019
Canton to leave town board seat open

There will be a vacancy on the Canton Board of Aldermen until November, when a new board member will be elected by the public.

The decision not to fill the empty seat left by James Markey was decided unanimously at a meeting on Thursday evening. Read the full story at the link below:

Canton will be short one alderman until November’s election.

Shining Rock Classical Academy's search for a new director has been a challenging one — allegations about the former s...
07/02/2019
Josh Morgan hired as SRCA’s new school director

Shining Rock Classical Academy's search for a new director has been a challenging one — allegations about the former school director, coupled with grievances filed against the interim director, turned the search into a hotbed of controversy in recent months.

As the dust has settled, though, and the grievances against interim director Josh Morgan were dismissed, Morgan has emerged on top, taking his place as Shining Rock's newest leader as of Thursday evening.

Read the full story at the link below:

Good things come to those who wait, at least that’s what Josh Morgan was feeling after he was officially hired as the permanent school director of Shining Rock Classical Academy

The Fourth is just around the corner — do you know where you'll be celebrating on Thursday?Check out The Mountaineer's...
07/01/2019
Find your Fourth: the unabridged guide to July Fourth in Haywood

The Fourth is just around the corner — do you know where you'll be celebrating on Thursday?

Check out The Mountaineer's guide to Haywood County celebrations at the link below, and post any others you know about in the comments!

From the ubiquitous parades and fireworks to patriotic concerts and entertainment, July Fourth week will be a whirlwind of festivals and celebrations in Haywood County.

Youth soccer is coming to Canton — the Canton town board gave the green light to, AYSO, a youth soccer organization, t...
07/01/2019
Youth soccer finds a new home

Youth soccer is coming to Canton — the Canton town board gave the green light to, AYSO, a youth soccer organization, to bring their programs to town, creating new opportunities for recreation and the potential for many families to visit Canton for games and tournaments.

Check out the full story at the link below:

For the first time in as long as anyone can remember, soccer is coming to the eastern part of Haywood County.

The Smoky Mountain Cinema is set to reopen after a five year hiatus — check out the link below for The Mountaineer's c...
06/28/2019
Curtain call: Smoky Mountain Cinema ready for its comeback

The Smoky Mountain Cinema is set to reopen after a five year hiatus — check out the link below for The Mountaineer's coverage of the extensive work put into the old building and the plan for the grand reopening on Tuesday:

Smoky Mountain Cinema will reopen in the Waynesville Plaza on Tuesday, bringing back a full-size theater to Haywood County after a five-year hiatus.

The cycle of violence faced by those living with their abusers is a torturously difficult path to navigate. One Haywood ...
06/28/2019
A survivor's story

The cycle of violence faced by those living with their abusers is a torturously difficult path to navigate. One Haywood County woman was able to escape a years-long ordeal of ongoing domestic violence, sharing her story with The Mountaineer's Kyle Perrotti — read her story at the link below:

Becky Treadway was the victim of extreme violence at the hands of her husband for years, but now that the man who hurt her for so long is behind bars

A group of nine conductors from all over the world made the trip to the Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institut...
06/27/2019
Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute was a success

A group of nine conductors from all over the world made the trip to the Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute this month, polishing their skills and offering a performance at the end of the weeklong program.

See photos and read more about the institute at the link below:

Waynesville’s most recent international visitors last week came to conduct music.

We return to the Appalachian Trail with Sarah Jane Hatfield this week for a look at alternative routes and modes of tran...
06/27/2019
Normality is a paved road: Alternative approaches to hiking the trail

We return to the Appalachian Trail with Sarah Jane Hatfield this week for a look at alternative routes and modes of transportation along the way from Springer Mountain to Katahdin — all part of "hiking your own hike."

Catch up with Sarah Jane at the link below:

“Normality is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” — Vincent Van Gogh

HVO is hosting their first Veteran and Community Resource Job Fair today in conjunction with their Stand Up to PTSD even...
06/27/2019
HVO to host veterans event

HVO is hosting their first Veteran and Community Resource Job Fair today in conjunction with their Stand Up to PTSD event. The event includes a huge number of resources for veterans and the general public alike — check out the link below, and head over to HVO if you or someone you know could benefit from some of their offerings:

There are a number of reasons veterans sometimes don’t get the help they want or need.

A new group of women homesteaders are connecting in Waynesville, launching a chapter of a national group dedicated to te...
06/27/2019
Women's homesteading group to connect DIY-ers

A new group of women homesteaders are connecting in Waynesville, launching a chapter of a national group dedicated to teaching traditional skills like canning, cheesemaking and more.

Check out the group and learn how to get involved at the link below:

Make your own cheese, raise chickens, or can your own preserves?

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