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Jackson County is on its way to becoming the trout capital of North Carolina after county leaders unveiled a plan…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:34

Whitewater club gets a boost from grants

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The Nantahala Racing Club has landed nearly $45,000 in grants for the 2016 season, encouraging the Swain County nonprofit in…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:29

Firefly lottery opens

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A lottery to see the synchronous fireflies light up the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will open at noon Friday,…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:28

Fire danger high

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Fire danger is high in North Carolina, with low humidity and lack of rain over the past few weeks resulting…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:26

Elkmont building in Smokies burns

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Nature knocked an item off the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s to-do list when a fire sparked a structure in…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:16

Watershed moments

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Elizabeth Vickery, a senior at Western Carolina University, peers into a dip net along with Cullowhee Valley Elementary School student…
A Swain County fishing guide has left his rod behind to embark on an Appalachian Trail thru-hike, aiming to raise…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:12

Waynesville men come out on top in Alaska motor adventure

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A pair of Waynesville men are home after a third-place finish in the harrowing Alcan 5000 motor vehicle race across…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:44

An epic tale of revenge on the frontier

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As you probably know, The Revenant, this astonishing survival tale was recently made into a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio in…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:40

Carden mixes up the facts in book review

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To the Editor: Gary Carden, in his book review in the April 6 issue (, claims that the McCarthy hearings…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:38

Little choice for Lake J. except merger

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To the Editor: To this day, I have no doubt that the Lake Junluska and the City of  Waynesville annexation issue will eventually…
There was a time when running was my saving grace. If I didn’t run at least four times a week,…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:23

Rep. Queen critical of GOP’s leadership, methods

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“I feel like a one-legged man at an ass kicking. They don’t care for me because I call them out.…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:10

Connecting Pets and People

In recognition of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30, The Smoky Mountain News is highlighting the organizations and volunteers in the region that help connect pets and people every day. Western North Carolina has a variety of…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:08

Maggie Valley to rethink town center design

Maggie Valley leaders agreed to go back to the drawing board after several business owners expressed opposition to a portion of the proposed town center master plan.
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:07

Bear zoo case will go to appeal

After a federal judge ruled that the Cherokee Bear Zoo isn’t breaking the law with its treatment of the grizzly bears in its care, the two Cherokee women who had sued the bear zoo in the first place are appealing…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:05

Cherokee banishes 15 for drug offenses

Cherokee’s Tribal Council was all business this month as members plowed through a list of 15 names proposed for banishment. There wasn’t much discussion, but there was uniformity of intent as councilmembers raised their hands, 15 times in a row,…
Swain County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution last week opposing the Tennessee Valley Authority’s proposal to remove all boathouses from its reservoirs within 20 years. 
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:03

Development being considered in Forest Hills

The sleepy village of Forest Hills could look a good bit different over the coming years if a handful of development concepts under discussion come to fruition.
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:01

New CEO in the cards for Haywood Regional

The CEO of Haywood Regional Medical Center stepped down suddenly last week, effective immediately.
A foot chase by a Waynesville Police officer through downtown Hazelwood just before dawn last week ended with police nabbing suspects wanted for botched break-ins at two local pharmacies and under investigation for a string of larcenies in other towns,…
Budget cuts impacting assistant coaches at the middle and high school level will likely be restored in Haywood County Schools following public outcry from the youth athletics community.
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 13:57

WCU chancellor diagnosed with brain tumor

Western Carolina University’s well-liked leader Chancellor David Belcher has been diagnosed with a small brain tumor, he announced last week.
Sidewalk chalk was all anyone was talking about as campus woke up Thursday morning (April 21) at Western Carolina University. The chalk was everywhere, its biggest explosion around the fountain behind the A.K. Hinds University Center, colorful dust spelling out…
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 20:49

This must be the place

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It snuck up on me.
Tribute shows are an enigma of the musical world: two parts nostalgia, one part entertainment and a pinch of talent…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:23

New charters stir emotions, but time is a healer

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When we reported that Mountain Discovery Charter School and Swain County commissioners were working together to hopefully build a gymnasium,…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:18

Kobe’s swan song turned out to be a masterpiece

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“Do not go gentle into that good night,Old age should burn and rave at close of day;Rage, rage against the…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:17

Socialism is not really such a dirty word

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To the Editor: So much paranoia about socialism. We can talk about socialism in theory, in practice, as mixed with other…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:17

HB2 should be repealed immediately

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To the Editor: As members of the Reconciling Conversation Group of First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, we are striving…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:16

What HB2 is really about — exerting power

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To the Editor: The motivation for HB2 has nothing to do with bathroom safety. The motivation was to slap down…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:15

The ‘rich’ show less empathy

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To the Editor:  A recent research project with 200 students at University of California at Berkley explored the  effects of…
It started with a poster. Or, more accurately, with a collection of posters in the window of Western Carolina University’s Department of Intercultural Affairs. February is African-American History Month, and the display aimed to draw attention to the issue of…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 15:13

Emergency management changes move forward

Haywood County is continuing with efforts to update and improve its emergency management ordinance — a local regulation that came under fire last year by a group of residents who thought the language violated their constitutional rights.
N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, is inadvertently 43 days late on his latest campaign finance reports due to a computer glitch in the state campaign finance database.
Haywood County commissioners are once again standing by their commitment to public education, making good on a long-standing pledge to be one of the top counties in the state in local school funding.
Sylva’s leaders are applauding a plan to build a new apartment complex across the road from Harris Hospital as a step toward addressing the town’s long-standing shortage of housing that’s affordable to workers on the low end of the income…
When Jerry Parker walked by Judaculla Rock on March 26, he saw that some newer markings covered the rock’s millennia-old Cherokee carvings. A symbol written in white spray paint blazed the rock’s center, black paint circled a pair of round…
Preparation and planning for a $6 million renovation and expansion of the Waynesville library have been playing out behind the scenes for more than a year, laying critical groundwork in advance of a community fundraising campaign that’s about to go…
Howard David Glawson was tucked in to his usual spot at the public computer bank at the Waynesville library last Monday.
New rules are now in place to govern commercial outdoor gun ranges in Haywood County.
Scott Collins’ family has owned a houseboat on Fontana Lake since 1965 — that’s five generations that have made lasting family memories while enjoying a little rest and relaxation in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:55

TVA calls for removal of all houseboats

The Tennessee Valley Authority has proposed doing away with more than 1,800 houseboats that occupy various lakes under its jurisdiction.
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:51

Maggie Valley town center faces opposition

There was a palpable sense of excitement in the air when Maggie Valley first unveiled its town center master plan. But with a couple of weeks to mull it over, some business owners are concerned the plan may have unintended…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:36

Sylva commissioners launch cleanup initiative

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A slate of monthly litter cleanups in Sylva will kick off at noon Saturday, April 30, at Bryson Park on…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:35

State looks to combat aquatic invasives

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With nuisance species steadily invading North Carolina waters, state officials have approved a plan designed to curb their onward march. 
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:25

Clean the Tuck

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Western Carolina University students show off the bags that they will soon fill with trash from the Tuckaseigee River during…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:24

The Eagle Lady says goodbye to N.C.

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After more than 20 years in the Carolina mountains, The Eagle Lady — also known as Doris Mager — is…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:21

Overnight on the Appalachian Trail

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To get a taste of trail life on the A.T., I set out on Friday afternoon with a pack, a…
It’s 4 p.m. on the Appalachian Trail, and while the sun will be awake for hours yet, “hiker midnight,” which…
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