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When it comes to the 2021 classic rivalry game in Haywood — the Pisgah/Tuscola football clash — it’s likely the most memorable tidbit will be that it went as well as it did.

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To attend a basketball game in a packed gymnasium or recall a football stadium filled beyond capacity during a Pisgah/Tuscola rivalry game, it would be easy to predict that high school athletics would be one of the most well-supported activities in Haywood County.

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It’s too bad the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services didn’t have people on staff like Greg Shuping, Haywood’s long-time emergency services director who recently stepped down and his interim replacement Travis Donaldson.

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As Joe Biden assumes the presidency today, he does so with many in the nation believing he is not the rightful winner of the presidency.

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It seems like being heard and listening are two different things these days. The two are inextricably entwined. Conversation — and problem solving — is a two-way street.

From the Editor

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Two meetings last week got me thinking about entrenched ways of looking at issues and how much different — and better — our society might be if we could break away from those mindsets.

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Guest Columns

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The Biden Administration has identified addressing climate change – specifically, global warming - as one of its top priorities. Indeed, they are incorporating climate change into both their foreign and economic policies.

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On behalf of the Haywood County Health Department, I wanted to write and thank every individual and organization in the community that has reached out with letters, calls, and gestures of support and appreciation during the COVID-19 vaccination effort.

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In what many consider Jesus’ “inauguration” speech early in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus proclaims to his fellow hometown faithful that he has been anointed by the Lord “to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the prisoners, and recovery of sight to the blind, to liberate the oppress…

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(Editor's note: Opinion columns in The Mountaineer reflect the view of the author and are featured online under the "Opinion" section."

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Q: How many people in Groups 1 and 2 are on a waiting list in Haywood County and how many doses are being received each week for the first shot? This information would be helpful to us in understanding the wait times. Gary Arrington


  • Greg Claycamp said:

    Please compare and list multiple sources that say that other than Tucker Carlson.https://www.kare11.com/article/news/local/george-floyd/new-co…
  • scott muirhead said:

    I interpret the guvner’s thinking thusly: No! Absolutely not! If you adolescents revive the old dead tactic of in-person teaching, you might g…
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  • scott muirhead said:

    Thank you for the information that should have been included in the article I commented on. And it is encouraging to know that at least one ch…
  • Gail Heathman said:

    Congratulations for this well deserved recognition! You have provided excellent guidance throughout an unpleasant journey none of us wanted to…
  • Helen Patterson said:

    Congratulations to the Mountaineer and the reporters who won these awards. This is a great achievement, especially for a smaller outlet compet…
  • John Culp said:

    Ah Scott. Always stirring the pot, without adding anything useful. Actually we are doing quite a bit- opening our former rectory to a homeless…
  • Jeff Ferguson said:

    You and the whole team have truly done a great job! Thanks so much for all the hard work all along the way, and for the innovation of implemen…
  • Pat Carlisle said:

    I will undoubtedly be considered heartless and without care, but when did anyone say a minimum wage was supposed to provide people with the ab…
  • Gail Heathman said:

    This is beautiful, Randy. Thank you for sharing with us PHS grads and others.


    I am so sorry for your loss, you will see her again one day. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Saralyn Price

  • scott muirhead said:

    Re: column by local reverendsSigned by (only) eight local preachers, the column about the jailhouse expansion reveals an interesting point. Th…
  • Tom Duffy said:

    You wrote this long article about the game, but you failed to mention one of the most important piece on information . What TIME IS THE GAME B…
  • David Cabe said:

    Dr. Jabin,Gary Arrington asked you two simple questions. 1- How many from Groups 1 and 2 are still on the wait list? and 2- How many first dos…