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On my Sunday afternoon jog around Lake Junaluska, I can actually feel for the first time that summer is slipping…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:12

Thoughts on diversity from a white guy

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By David Teague • Guest Columnist More than 20 years ago, I attended a diversity training in Raleigh. A component…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:11

Supporting transparency is never a bad move

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Let’s be completely honest: the Haywood County School Board’s long-time practice of recording its work sessions makes it one of…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:54

Cherokee students become Smokies experts

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Students at Cherokee Middle School have spent the last two years digging deep into the ecology, culture and history of…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:51

New education chief comes to the Smokies

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a new chief of resource education in Nigel Fields, who Superintendent Cassius Cash…
• Affordable housing issues on Haywood County’s horizon• Habitat houses give people hope• Old hospital’s rehab into low-income housing falls flat• Affordable housing development looks for resources• Self-build program empowers low-income families• Some look to downsized housing for personal freedom, financial security
Anecdotal accounts of a tight housing market have long swirled about Haywood County, but a quick look at hard data shows why a task force has been studying the issue of affordable housing since March.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:28

Habitat houses give people hope

About five years ago, Suzanne Cianciulli and her son were living in a rundown mobile home rental while she tried to make ends meet working a retail job.
When her husband lost his battle with cancer, Lindey Herrington was living in a 1,800-square-foot house in Lakeland, Florida, where the couple had made their home for two-plus decades. After his death, it didn’t take her long to decide that…
Despite a perfect score on its application, Haywood County was not awarded tax credits that would have helped developers turn the old county hospital into low-income housing units for the elderly, disabled and veterans. 
Passersby probably don’t give a second thought to seeing news houses being built on the hillside when traveling up Jonathan Creek Road, but the development has quite a story to tell.
Mountain Projects’ self-build housing program is all about helping those who are willing to help themselves.
Macon County Public Library in Franklin will be cutting its hours of operations to combat a budget deficit.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 12:07

Macon manager earns hefty raise

After exceeding expectations for more than three years without a merit raise, Macon County commissioners approved an $18,000 salary increase for County Manager Derek Roland. 
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 12:05

WCU opens $29 million building

With fall classes newly underway, 420 Western Carolina University students are settling into their rooms in brand new Noble Hall, a $29.3 million building that the university just completed. 
A meeting seeking feedback on an emerging plan to turn Sylva’s Pinnacle Park into a mountain biking destination drew about 70 people to the Mad Batter Food and Film last week, and after a night of fielding questions and taking…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 12:02

Cherokee council, chief tussle over veto power

When the Cherokee Tribal Council voted last month to investigate hiring and firing practices in tribal government, Principal Chief Patrick Lambert made clear that he intended to veto the legislation. But now, Tribal Council is saying that the vote fell…
Admittedly, the issue of recording work sessions and regular board meetings on video would be mostly moot if the public took more of an interest in them; indeed, Haywood County Board of Education Chairman Chuck Francis expressed his “disappointment” in…

Just prior to the Haywood County Board of Education’s work session on Aug. 4, Chairman Chuck Francis unilaterally decreed that the meeting’s required minutes would be recorded manually.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 11:48

Haywood Board of Elections copes with changes

The recent ruling out of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit may have county elections boards across North Carolina grappling with required changes in time for November’s General Election, but things are proceeding smoothly in Haywood…
Haywood County commissioners are considering an ordinance that would ensure that certain types of developments do not pose adverse effects to residents.
In the last year, Macon County teacher John deVille has asked county commissioners several times to pass a resolution asking the North Carolina General Assembly to restore public education funding to 2008 levels.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 11:34

Novel explores questions of real import

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It’s a wonderful day when a book surprises us with its wit, story, style, and wisdom. Recently I was talking…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 11:29

It’s ragweed that is the real culprit

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“Hay fever: An acute allergic condition of the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes, characterized by…
As manager of Waynesville’s urban forest, it’s safe to say that Jonathan Yates likes trees. So when Diane Kornse of…
Who was Bayard Wootten? “She was a wonderful, strong North Carolina woman,” said Pam Meister. “She was a skilled photographer.…
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 21:11

This must be the place

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It’s a feeling rather than an attitude.
Thursday, 18 August 2016 14:24

School board to continue recording meeting

Earlier today, Haywood County Board of Education Chairman Chuck Francis reversed his controversial decision to stop taping the board’s work sessions.
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 20:08

Sheriff searching for break-in suspects

Haywood County Sheriff’s Office is searching for one or more individuals who around midnight Tuesday, Aug. 16, broke into the Quick Pantry store at 6147 Pigeon Road in Bethel.
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 16:29

Rev. Jimmy Pennell named 2016 Chief Junaluska

Rev. Jimmy Pennell was recognized as the 2016 Chief Junaluska recipient during Lake Junaluska Associates Weekend held on Aug. 6. 
North Carolinians can debate whether a few of the controversial laws enacted by the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly and…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:39

Trickle-down economics just doesn’t work

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To the Editor You may have noticed that we have an election coming up. With that, one hot topic will…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:37

Trip to Trump Tower teaches powerful lesson

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To the Editor: Glittering gold and gleaming glass Dominating the miserable humans Huddled in the shadows Of the Trump Tower.…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:37

More wilderness areas not a good idea

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To the Editor: I want to commend the U.S. Forest Service and district ranger staffs for an excellent job in…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:37

Build greenway bridge, and they will come

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To the Editor: I was very happy to read the article, “Greenway use rising in Jackson County” in The Smoky…
Most of us like lists: “The 100 Greatest Novels of the Twentieth Century,” “The Ten Best Movies of All Time,”…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:31

Ma Nature doesn’t see things the way we do

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The red-cockaded woodpecker (RCWO) is a small – cardinal-sized – woodpecker native to eastern pine forests. It once ranged from…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:25

Forest Service evaluates potential wilderness areas

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The cadre of groups helping the U.S. Forest Service work toward a new management plan for the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:12

Locals succeed in Lake Logan races

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Nearly 1,000 athletes converged on Lake Logan this month, pushing for a finish in challenging half-ironman and triathlon competitions at…
Waynesville’s new town manager won’t take the helm until Aug. 22, but The Smoky Mountain News was recently able to speak at length with Rob Hites, 64, to learn more about who he is, where he’s been, and what he…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 14:52

The ‘man’ behind the ‘manager’

When hiring a new employee in any profession, the focus is first and foremost on professional qualifications, as it obviously should be. 
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 14:50

Fly fishing museum moves to Bryson City

Just one year after setting up shop in Cherokee, the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians will be moving to Bryson City. 
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 14:48

Board brings early end to MSD exodus

Sharon and James Earley had sought unsuccessfully for almost two years to have their property removed from Waynesville’s downtown taxing district, until a recently passed law gave them new hope that their wish would finally be granted. 
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 14:45

TVA meets with Alarka houseboat owners

Following a May 5 decision by the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors to ban all houseboats on Fontana Lake after 30 years, TVA promised to spend the next six months talking to stakeholders in an effort to mitigate the…
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 19:55

Boost in N.C. arts funding

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The new budget signed by Gov. Pat McCrory will allow the North Carolina Arts Council to support an extensive arts…
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 19:46

This must be the place

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It took me a couple seconds to realize where I was.
Turning onto 2nd Street from the hectic U.S. 19/74 highway, you find yourself cruising through downtown Andrews. It’s Saturday afternoon,…
Friday, 12 August 2016 20:14

Canton welcomes first brewery

After operating in Waynesville for the past four years, BearWaters Brewing will be making a big move to downtown Canton.
When the back-to-back national political conventions finally ended, it was like a benevolent deity had provided a merciful pardon, finally…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:34

There is something special in the slow unknown

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We made our first trip to Edisto Beach 10 years ago and almost immediately, we wondered what we had gotten…