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Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:49

Thanks for helping feed the hungry

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To the Editor: Thanks to many, many individuals and businesses, the 2015 Turkey Drive sponsored by the Maggie Valley Area…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:47

Social injustice and our universities

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To the Editor: In last week’s letter to the editor (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/16807), Mr. Jones commented on the politicizing of WCU. Let…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:47

Economic injustice needs to be addressed

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To the Editor: It is time to wake up and take a big whiff of reality. The shape of our…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:46

Forest Service needs capacity to manage

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To the Editor: As the U.S. Forest Service proceeds through the plan revision for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests,…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:46

We can find a better cell tower location

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To the Editor: I hope to be understood that my family is as pro-wireless communication as anyone in Cashiers. Verizon…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:45

Candidates would strip us of rights

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To the Editor: Below are several of the solutions proposed by many of the candidates running for president to end…
I’m not running for office and never will, but as a citizen of Haywood County and Western North Carolina and…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:28

Franklin to hire fulltime fire chief

As the demand for services continues to grow, Franklin will begin its search for a full-time fire chief to run the Franklin Fire Department.
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:24

Mercury testing expands at Lake Glenville

After testing last year found Lake Glenville’s walleye fish to have some of the highest mercury concentrations in North Carolina, state officials returned to Jackson County to look at mercury levels in other fish species.
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:24

County considers financing EMS headquarters

Haywood County commissioners will hold a public hearing Dec. 21 regarding the construction of a new EMS headquarters beside the sheriff’s office in Hazelwood.  Members of the public are welcome to provide feedback on the project before commissioners consider approving…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:21

Ghost Town rolls out new plan for 2016 season

Alaska Presley has had plenty of good intentions and ideas for Ghost Town in the Sky since she bought the rundown amusement park out of foreclosure in 2012.
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:19

Finding a new fairway for disc golf course

Plans are underway to relocate Waynesville’s disc golf course from the sprawling recreation park along Richland Creek to a more secluded forest setting, eliminating the risk of a wayward disc hitting a hapless jogger.
Ask any Sylva long-timer, and they’ll tell you that Main Street today looks a lot different than it did ten, five or even just a couple years ago. There’s an energy, a bustle, and a new cohort of businesses moving…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:12

Local steelworkers have to redo election

Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, the United Steelworkers Local 9-507 in Canton has to redo its election of officers before March 31, 2016.
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:11

Town deems temporary Fry Street closure a failure

While November is usually still a busy time for downtown Bryson City merchants, Paige Christie said her sales are down a third over last year.
Western Carolina University leaders bucked concerns of faculty when they voted last week to create a free enterprise center funded with outside money from politically-charged mega donors.
A firestorm over the outside private funding of academia and its potential to undermine intellectual freedom has erupted in recent weeks at Western Carolina University. Faculty and university leaders have been embroiled in a debate over whether to take $2…
Drug addiction is perhaps the biggest crisis on the Qualla Boundary, and it’s time that tribal government got serious about punishing traffickers, members of Cherokee Tribal Council agreed last week.
Just over a month after voting unanimously to study the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana on the Qualla Boundary, the Cherokee Tribal Council held a vote whose outcome was nearly a mirror image of the first. Last week, council…
“As for the Horseshoe Rock, it is one of those curving balds of solid rock. The depressions found on the…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:53

NC leaders balk at federal carbon control plan

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North Carolina has issued a draft plan to comply with federal carbon-control rules, but the plan falls short of federal…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:51

Naturalist to give sneak peak at upcoming book

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Naturalist and historian George Ellison will preview his upcoming collection of essays, Literary Excursions, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9,…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:50

Lawsuit claims Wildlife Service not doing enough for wolves

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A lawsuit alleging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is falling down on its job to protect the world’s only…
A rockslide has kept the 14-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway between Maggie Valley and Cherokee closed for a…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:48

Meteors, stars and planets, oh my!

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Crisp wintry weather makes for perfect sky-watching weather, and the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Rosman is planning a pair…
National forest trails around Fontana Village are in for an overhaul, thanks to a federal grant that’s putting the final…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:40

‘Dead White Guys’ ideas still relevant

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Whatever our denominations or religious beliefs, many of us are familiar with the old adage of this season: “Peace on…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:24

Art After Dark in Waynesville

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The final Art After Dark of the year will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:21

This must be the place

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It’s awfully quiet in here. As the rest of the newspaper heads out the door for home (or somewhere they used…
It’s been a dream come true for Kelsie Baker. “This first year has really been a whirlwind of learning and…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:14

HRMC praised for patient care

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To the Editor: This is in praise of our new hospital, “new” meaning the Haywood Regional Medical Center, now run…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:13

Politicizing at WCU is just a bad idea

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To the Editor: It is my understanding from an article written in the Asheville Citizen Times that Western Carolina University…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:12

This holiday, it’s a family united

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When I was 12 years old, there were few things I liked better than the Dallas Cowboys. Definitely my Farrah…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:01

Investing in what’s best about WNC

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While I was living in Elizabethtown in southeastern North Carolina in 1988, Walmart opened a brand-new store. Most everyone was…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 15:49

LEARN program established at WCU

Western Carolina University, in collaboration with the University of Central Florida and Florida Atlantic University, received $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation to support first-generation college students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math programs, better known as STEM. …
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 15:49

Fulghum named Innovator of the Year

Cheryl Fulghum, Haywood Community College’s distance learning coordinator, was recently named Innovator of the Year, Western Region by the NC Community College Association of Distance Learning.     NC3ADL is an educational, nonprofit organization that supports and promotes distance learning…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 15:47

Jackson leaders plan for growing court needs

The start of business Thursday, Dec. 10, will mean the coming-to-order of five different court sessions in Jackson County, a giant figure for a county with only two actual courtrooms at its disposal. To meet demand, courts will be squirreled…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 15:46

Jackson rec board pushes for indoor pool

It’s been more than two years since Jackson County finished a recreation master plan declaring an indoor pool a top priority, and leaders of the county’s Parks and Recreation Department and Recreation and Parks Advisory Board are itching to see…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 15:39

Company looks to revive Cashiers development

In the nearly eight years the Cashiers-area Chinquapin development has been around, just 30 of the planned 200 lots have been sold, and only six homes have been constructed. But now the property is under new management, and its owners…
School systems across the mountains are signing on to a lawsuit against the state to recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars that they say were improperly diverted from public school coffers.
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 15:35

Cell tower companies eye Jackson

An application to build a new cell tower in Cashiers is back on the table, after the company, Crown Castle, yanked its original request in June.
Old Town Bank, a local start-up bank based Waynesville, is selling to Macon Bank, a regional bank headquartered in Franklin, for $13.5 million.
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 15:30

Broyhill upbringing brought peace to Brunck

Roberta Brunk could have easily become a victim of circumstance. Growing up in an abusive home and being moved around to different foster homes and schools could have permanently shaped her life and set her up for disaster, but she…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 15:28

Broyhill provides family setting for foster kids

Linda Morgan, executive director at Broyhill Children’s Home in Clyde, said she’s seen the pendulum swing many times during her 42 years working in the system. Some years the cottages at Broyhill are sparsely occupied, but the children’s home has…
As Caroline Kernahan talked about why she wanted to be a foster parent, her 4-year-old daughter Claire climbed into her lap and asked when her new brother or sister would be coming to stay with them.
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 15:23

Foster home shortage a challenge for WNC counties

Donna Lupton, director of social work in Haywood County, admits that fostering a child or teen isn’t for everyone.
In a perfect world, every child would have a loving family and a safe home to return to at the end of the day, but it’s not a perfect world. The reality is that thousands of children are removed from…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 15:01

Sign ups are underway for commissioner seats

As candidate sign-ups get underway, Swain County commissioner incumbents plan to seek another term.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:20

Parkway Foundation recognized for tourism contributions

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation was recently awarded the Tourism Excellence Award from by the N.C. Travel Industry Association.  “We’re…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:19

Get outside for the holidays

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is supporting fresh air over shopping malls to launch the Christmas season, offering two excuses to…