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A bear euthanized following an attack against a backpacker in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was not the right bear, park rangers learned late last week.
A new charter school slated to open in Haywood in August has been scrambling the past few weeks to find somewhere to put kids and teachers after its initial facility plan fell through.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:43

Trumpet vine is tenacious and beautiful

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It’s mid-June again … the time of the year when certain plants can be relied upon to do their thing…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:28

Unveiling Horace Kephart

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A pair of programs about Horace Kephart, an adopted son of the Smokies who captured the culture of mountaineers in…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:28

Swain gets second farmers market day

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The Swain County Farmers Market is branching out, this week launching a second market day 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:27

Annual bike ride to remember the Trail of Tears underway

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Seven Cherokee cyclists from North Carolina are in the midst of a 950-mile bike ride to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, an annual…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:26

Live snakes to take the stage at Jackson library

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A program featuring scaly reptiles as the stars will return to the Jackson County Public Library at 11 a.m. and…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:25

Bird-banders wanted

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Volunteers are needed for a summer monitoring project involving up-close contact with birds.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:24

Festival to highlight historical women’s roles

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The Women’s Work Festival in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will give a glimpse into the historical roles rural…
There was no doubt about how the Smoky Mountains got their name as day dawned on the Friends of the…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:15

Stratford-on-Avon: in search of ‘The Bard’

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It is mid-June in England, and the skies are a brilliant blue. Sunshine spills on the street and the clipped…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:49

‘Dancing With The Stars’ at Harrah’s

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The live stage production of “Dancing With The Stars: Live!” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27,…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:49

Green Energy Park summer art camp

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There will be a summer art camp held June 22-26 at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Ages…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:48

‘An Appalachian Evening’ tickets on sale

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“An Appalachian Evening,” a summer bluegrass/Americana weekly concert series, will return to the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville.…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:46

HART presents Hitchcock classic

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The stage production of the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller “The 39 Steps” will held at 3 p.m. Aug. 1 at…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:44

Bryson City craft beer, barbecue

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A “BBQ & Brews Dinner Train” will be departing at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Great Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:43

Balsam Range, Porch 40 to play Canton Labor Day

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The 109th Canton Labor Day Festival will be held Sept 5-7 at Sorrells Street Park in downtown.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:41

Fiddler brings Americana to Marianna

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Americana fiddler Alma Russ will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:39

This must be the place

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There is a lot of truth to it. “Money can’t buy happiness,” the old adage goes. It’s a sentiment that…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:36

A world of art in your backyard

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Coming into its fourth year, Cullowhee Mountain ARTS has grown into a vast array of workshops, one that seamlessly brings…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:33

Do people really believe this stuff?

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To the Editor: Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the scientific discoveries made on almost a daily basis,…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:32

Reacting to changing climate of medicine

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To the Editor: As a pediatrician, it has been my privilege to serve the families of Western North Carolina for…
I remember someone once telling me that all the seemingly trivial, decidedly unimportant choices you make every day prepare you…
A new charter school opening in Haywood County has downwardly revised its projected student count for the coming school year.
By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern  The Canton Planning Board is considering a building maintenance ordinance that would regulate downtown commercial properties and hold owners to certain standards.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:14

Fireworks on for Sylva

For the first time in seven years, Sylva residents will be able to watch Fourth of July festivities from downtown.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:12

Proposed Cashiers cell tower draws debate

A proposal to put in a new cell tower a half-mile from the Cashiers crossroads has sparked heated debate between long-time neighbors Mark Zachary and Rick Barrs, but the outcome of an upcoming hearing on the issue will affect more…
After nearly four years of trying, a Charlotte-based development company has gotten the OK to build a high-end student housing complex in Cullowhee. 
Business is booming for a Waynesville factory that mixes and packages Epsom salt. Giles Chemical has doubled its employees over the past decade to 150 and plans to build a 35,000-square-foot warehouse to accommodate its growing trade.
One deputy is under investigation while another has resigned after allegations surfaced regarding excessive force being used on inmates at the Swain County Jail.
Macon County commissioners weren’t exactly sure what to expect when they saw Thing 1 and Thing 2 sitting in the front row at the proposed budget public hearing.
By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern  The North Carolina State Board of Elections held a public hearing last Thursday to allow people to comment on the proposed rules for North Carolina’s new voter identification laws. The hearing was the seventh of…
The merger of Lake Junaluska with the town of Waynesville cleared a critical milestone in the N.C. General Assembly last week and finally seemed headed for passage, but was sidelined again at the 11th hour.
Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hope a bear they caught and killed last week is the same one that attacked a teenager who was sleeping in a hammock.
Recently recovered from rotator cuff surgery, Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher hasn’t popped a single prescription pain pill since the operation. Instead, he’s been using a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen, over-the-counter meds that don’t pose the same risks of…
The clock is ticking for Ghost Town in the Sky entertainment park in Maggie Valley to get its humble trio of kiddie rides inspected and permitted before its target opening day of July 2.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 13:46

Ghost Town aims for July 2 opening

After lying dormant for the winter, Ghost Town in the Sky was once again showing signs of life last week with preparation work under way for a July 2 season opener.
Breathing easy in the Smokies is a better bet than it’s been in decades. Ozone pollution is down 36 percent,…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:46

Summer camp time at Highlands Nature Center

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Summer is here at the Highlands Nature Center, with a variety of summer day camps and half-day camps. Look through…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:45

Saving the world one seed at a time

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James Veteto has a theory that seeds are a link to the past, connecting one generation to the other, not…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:44

A.T. plates pass $1 million milestone

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It’s official: North Carolina Appalachian Trail license plates sales have crossed the $1 million mark.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:43

Parkway gets its own quarter design

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The Blue Ridge Parkway will take its place on U.S. currency with a special quarter design this summer, as part…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:40

Parkway programs start up for summer

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A ranger-guided hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway this Friday will mark the beginning of summer for the high-elevation road…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:39

Albinism in plants

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The other day, while chasing birdies for the Forest Service, I encountered a pretty wildflower along an abandoned logging road.…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:29

The literary signposts will point the way

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In the opening pages of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, we meet Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who treasures his snug home…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:10

Art, craft festival in Dillsboro

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The Front Street Arts & Crafts Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20, in…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:04

Franklin celebrates Scottish heritage

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The Taste of Scotland & Celtic Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 20, in…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:59

All that jazz

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Jazz performance planned in Waynesville Jazz pianist Marquita Someliana will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Haywood…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:58

Chart-topping bluegrass couple slated for The Strand

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Acclaimed bluegrass act Darin & Brooke Aldridge will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, June 19, at The Strand at 38…
He stood out like a sore thumb. Standing on the red carpet at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards in…