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The Town of Webster invites the public to attend its Oct. 27 Community Stroll to help identify ways to improves the community's health, walkability and social interactions. Starting time is 6 p.m. for this one-hour interactive walk starting at the Southwestern Child Development Center…
Thursday, 23 October 2014 18:11

Cullowhee community meeting tonight

Tonight will be the last of two public input meetings concerning the proposed Cullowhee Planning Area  development standards. Tonight’s meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Hospitality Room of the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. 
Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:27

Dockie Brendle’s bridge dedication

Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient Dockie Brendle will have a bridge officially named in honor of him this month. The NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata will be in attendance next week as the department recognizes Brendall’s bridge, located off U.S.…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:01

Being manipulated by a book not all bad

Gone Girl is currently the most popular novel in America and it has been around since 2012; it is also now a major motion picture starring Ben Affleck. Gillian Flynn’s  “thriller” (and it is definitely that!) is a favorite topic…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:54

Cowee Pottery School receives RTCAR grant

The Cowee Pottery School at the Macon Heritage Center in Franklin has announced the nonprofit’s receipt of a grant from the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources (RTCAR).   Funded by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, the RTCAR initiative is committed…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:54

PumpkinFest rolls into Franklin

The 18th annual PumpkinFest will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 25, in downtown Franklin. During this event you can take part in some traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities. Bring your pumpkin or purchase…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:53

Music, craft beer converge at Hiker Jam

The inaugural Hiker Jam will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at The Village Green in Cashiers. Two music stages featuring Porch 40, The Corbitt Brothers, Hurricane Creek, Mangus Colorado, SmokeRise, and many more. Over…
The outdoor drama “The Legend of Tommy Hodges” will hit the stage at 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 24-25 at the Cradle of Forestry. 
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:51

Contemporary photo exhibit at WCU

More than 600 photographs will be featured in a two-part exhibition titled “David Raymond’s Other People’s Pictures” and “Eric Oglander: Craigslist Mirrors” that will run Oct. 30-Jan. 9 in the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:49

Pottery festival fires up in Dillsboro

The 10th annual WNC Pottery Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in downtown Dillsboro. 
The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will host a fireworks benefit with Soldier’s Heart and the 96.5 House Band from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Bridge Park in Sylva.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:37

Cashiers Library welcomes banjo champ

Two-time banjo champion Mary Z. Cox will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Albert Carlton – Cashiers Community Library
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:33

This must be the place

It’s not only a time capsule, but also a window into the future. With guitars in-hand, The DuPont Brothers are two men, two voices that become a singular melodic force. The Vermont-based siblings are quite possibly the finest acoustic duo…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:29

Carolina chills

As the leaves change and the air becomes crisp, the mountains of Western North Carolina transform into a landscape of mystery and mischief. In the spirit of ghouls, ghosts and everything creepy and crawling, communities around Southern Appalachia will celebrate…
To the Editor: What kind of country is ours? That’s more than an idle question to a foreign-born gentleman who is studying with my help for his citizenship test. The textbook he was issued calls the United States a “democratic…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:09

Obama wasting energy on climate change talk

To the Editor: Speaking at the U.N. Climate Change Summit last month, our esteemed president made the following statement. Climate change is an issue “that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other.” Being a flat-earther,…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:08

EMS crew provided fantastic service

To the Editor: When someone you love has a sudden onset of an acute illness, there are numerous fears to deal with. On Friday, Oct. 10, my husband required transport to Mission Hospital. There is no need to recount the…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:07

Vote for change, get GOP out of Raleigh

To the Editor: Overall quality of life in North Carolina has drastically deteriorated during the past four years due to Republican driven legislative policies. Our public education system is struggling to meet the needs of our children in overcrowded classrooms,…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:06

Haywood incumbents should be reelected

To the Editor: How fortunate we are in Haywood County to have three county commissioners running for reelection, commissioners who through the years have demonstrated such firm and forward-looking commitment to our county — Kirk Kirkpatrick, Mike Sorrells, and Bill…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:04

Jim Moore is best choice for DA

To the Editor: I am writing to you on behalf of my good friend and mentor, Jim Moore. He is running for district attorney here in the 30th District and I would like to tell you why I believe that…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:04

Letter writer had it wrong about GOP

To the Editor: The letter on Oct. 15 from my friend in Franklin titled, “Why doesn’t the GOP protect our property rights?” is a bit ludicrous in that the GOP has stood over the years for the right of citizens…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:03

Let’s send GOP leaders home this election

To the Editor: The Republican Party in North Carolina has repeated, time after time, that the public schools were broken. Since they have taken over the Legislature they have tried to make this come true. They have not succeeded. Franklin…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:02

Rep. Mark Meadows needs to go

To the Editor: I am no Paul Revere, but like him I am providing warning that we are threatened. The real and present danger is disguised as our congressman. It is imperative that our present congressman, Republican Rep. Mark Meadows,…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:02

Elect Republicans, keep state moving forward

To the Editor: Beam me up Scotty if you have heard of any big oil or gas companies prowling the western part of North Carolina trying to get people signed up to allow drilling for oil or gas on their…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:01

Jane Hipps is the right choice for Senate

To the Editor: From many perspectives, North Carolina is in big trouble. Rather than governing to provide the best direction for all citizens, as our legislators are charged, some of our elected officials appear to be pursuing personal agendas aimed…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:01

Cullowhee planning will take away rights

To the Editor: On Tuesday night, Oct. 7, I along with many property owners attended the presentation of the “Cullowhee Plan” for restricting our property use.  There were concerns voiced and questions asked. The main point that emerged was that,…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:00

Sen. Davis votes against will of people

To the Editor: “Tis a puzzlement.” How can any elected representative currently in office perpetually insist on being proud while consistently voting against the needs and wishes of the people represented? Who can be proud of a vote to contaminate the…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:00

No, Mr. Clampitt, fracking is an issue

To the Editor: Suppose we turn history upside down, we might have heard the following from famous and infamous people: Noah: “It’s not going to rain.” French King Louis XVI: “They’ll never get the guillotine to work.” George Armstrong Custer:…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:59

District attorney hopeful needs an answer

To the Editor: Two weekends ago I went to the district attorney debate in Canton at the Colonial Theater. The debate was between Democrat incumbent assistant district attorney Jim Moore and Republican challenger assistant district attorney Ashley Welch.  At the…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:59

Everyone reads the local free papers

To the Editor: I was just thumbing back through recent issues of SMN and read your piece about supporting local newspapers. It reminded me of a conversation I had earlier this year as a group of us planned getting the…
Getting an education is about reducing ignorance. Whether it’s in a rural second-grade classroom or at one of this nation’s elite graduate schools, learning is all about gaining a better understanding of the world around us. That might mean studying…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:35

Meet the candidates for district attorney

Two candidates are competing for the job of top legal prosecutor in the seven western counties. The seat came up for grabs when District Attorney Mike Bonfoey announced his retirement after 11 years in the role. Two assistant prosecutors who…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:35

March to the polls

With elections nearing, some groups are already making plans for how to cast their ballot.  In Sylva, a group will descend on the polls for the first day of early voting, 10 a.m. Oct. 23. The gathering is organized by…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:33

Evergreen negotiations ‘worked out fine’

Evergreen Packaging has been in talks with its employees since the spring, trying to hammer out a new contract. This month, the company reached a deal with members of the union.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:26

County votes ‘yes’ on hospice grant

Hospice House of WNC passed a hurdle in its fundraising effort when the Macon County Board of Commissioners voted to submit a grant application on the organization’s behalf. In a 4-0 vote, the commissioners unanimously agreed to support the hospice…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:25

Folkmoot gets $25,000 donation

Folkmoot USA got some cash toward its expansion of education programs with a $25,000 donation from Wells Fargo & Company.  Folkmoot is an international folk festival held yearly in Waynesville and surrounding communities since 1984. The two-week event has featured…
When a property tax bill for the old town hall building showed up in the Town of Franklin’s mail, John Henning, the town’s attorney, was surprised. The bill called for a payment of $2,872.22 on a property that Henning said,…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:21

House 118th seat showdown

Hicks: Getting off the sidelines Dean Hicks is still a coach at heart.  “I’m an old coach, I don’t want to be average,” Hicks said. “No coach could settle for average, and I don’t think North Carolina should either.”
Editor’s note: The Smoky Mountain News spent a day on the campaign trail with Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, as he tries to retain his seat in the N.C. General Assembly representing the seven western counties. It’s almost dark and North…
Editor’s note: The Smoky Mountain News spent a day with Jane Hipps, a Democratic challenger running for the state Senate seat spanning the seven western counties. 8:40 A.M. Jane Hipps was getting a later-than-normal start on the campaign trail, unless…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:10

Queen, Clampitt battle it out again

Election season is winding down to the finish line and both candidates in the N.C. House’s 119th District race are eyeing Raleigh. Challenger Mike Clampitt and incumbent Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, have been here before. They went up against…
Tax reform was one of the top issues tackled by the new Republican majority in Raleigh last year, but voters hitting the polls this election season don’t yet know whether they’ve come out ahead or behind, since the changes don’t…
North Carolina has rarely seen an election where the candidates matter so little, but who wins matters so much. This year it’s not about the names on the ballot. Those are mere window dressing. Their alma matter, their church, their…
Jamie Kemper knew it’d happen. She just didn’t think it’d happen this quickly. “We thought it’d be a few years,” Kemper said. 
In the short walk from the doors of the Swain County Courthouse to the steps outside it, a couple of people stopped Gilbert Breedlove to shake his hand, ask him if it was true he was resigning his post as…
A panel of Western Carolina University faculty members, including an environmental health professor who has studied the spread and control of infectious agents such as Ebola for more than two decades, will take part in a discussion about the virus…
Friday, 17 October 2014 18:58

New roof for Waynesville middle

Waynesville Middle School is set to get a new roof, following a vote by Haywood County Commissioners to approve a project that the Haywood County School Board OK’d Sept. 8. The project will finish off a campaign against leaky roofs…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 15:20

Flame on!

Color is starting to spill down the mountainsides once again. I recently received an email from a reader asking about the different fall colors and directions for some good viewing so I thought I would pull that information together from…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 15:07

Clean water grants fund WNC projects

Western North Carolina won big in the newest round of grants from the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund. The fund, whose goal is to conserve environmentally important land and waterways, gave out $12.7 million total to fund 38 projects…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 15:06

Bryson fly shop to hold grand opening

Tuckaseegee Fly Shop, a new Bryson City business offering the town’s only full service fly shop, will hold its grand opening 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. The event will include a ribbon cutting, reception and chance to meet…
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