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Ron and Chrissy Hill were all set for their retirement in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee, having bought a house…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:27

Museum receives historic donation

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The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians received the largest single donation it’s ever seen when Georgia resident Bob…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:15

An ancient story well told

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In Jennifer Frick-Ruppert’s statement of intent at the back of her book, The Legend of Skyco, she states “While this…
It was familiar, yet weird.  Over the last two weeks I’ve crossed paths twice with my immediate family. Once down…
When you’re in the presence of Terrence Mann, you find yourself within reach of an energy — a vibe, perhaps…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 14:24

Lake Junaluska wins six awards

Lake Junaluska has won six awards from the United Methodist Association of Communicators for video production, publications, social media, photography and campaign planning.
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 14:21

Haywood GOP leaders overthrown

A power struggle has embroiled the Haywood County Republican Party over the past several months, culminating in the mass overthrow of a conservative “patriot” faction by the mainstream branch of the party. SEE ALSO: Patriot faction of Haywood GOP blindsided by…
Eddie Cabe suspected something big was afoot in the weeks leading up to the annual precinct gathering of the Haywood County Republican Party. 
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 14:14

Resolution targets Presnell partisan bill

After expressing his outrage early last month over a bill that would make school board elections partisan in Haywood County, Chairman Chuck Francis and the Haywood County School Board have formally spoken out against it.
“What’s an alderman?” is a common question town officials hear when trying to explain what they do to members of the public.
An admittedly imperfect compromise that could end the tempest of controversy surrounding North Carolina’s HB2 has been reached, but not everybody’s seeing rainbows after the storm.
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 14:08

More Trump budget cuts hit home

Renewed concerns about the local impact of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts and his attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act could affect some of Haywood County’s neediest — and smallest — residents.
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 14:06

Jackson ponders $20 million health building

A new health sciences building at Southwestern Community College would allow an additional 288 students to prepare for in-demand health careers in Western North Carolina, and while the Jackson County Commissioners are excited about the project, paying the $19.8 million…
Hundreds, if not thousands of “civic ambassador” programs begin each month in cities and counties across the nation, including in Haywood County, where the Chamber of Commerce’s eight-session Leadership Haywood program yearly produces a dozen or more “civic ambassadors” armed…
Kim Albritton was visibly shaken up when she walked out of Bryson City Town Hall on Monday night.
The race for Cherokee Tribal Council will feature 45 candidates competing for 12 seats around the horseshoe table when the new session begins in October.
A plan to turn two-lane Mill Street in Sylva into a one-lane road will soon move forward if town commissioners vote to fund the project during their next meeting, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13.
A small assortment of businesses in the 400 block of Hazelwood Avenue have been flourishing of late despite suffering through decades of decline, but an expanded parking lot may just be the key to increased prosperity in the once heavily…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 13:53

Dillsboro river park gets unanimous approval

A new river park in Dillsboro is no longer just a proposal after the Jackson County Commissioners voted unanimously April 3 to approve an economic development deal between the county and Western North Carolina Outdoor Development, a company owned by…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 16:04

If Trump fails, there is always 2020

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To the Editor: Regarding Mr. Martin Dyckman’s op-ed published in the March 8 issue of The Smokey Mountain News, I…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 16:03

Never forget the past

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To the Editor:  The other day I read something that chilled me to the bone, especially considering the direction the…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 16:02

Thank the EPA for WNC’s success

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To the Editor: I was born in a steel town in 1948. When I was 2, we moved to a…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 16:01

Like mercury on slick glass

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To the Editor: Please don’t even try to convince most people that Republicans are slow to change due to some…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:55

There are more than cornfields in the Midwest

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I’m severely under-acquainted with the Midwest.  My older son has a game on his Kindle that asks him to identify…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:51

Meadows makes his mark in the swamp

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Where’s Mark? As in Rep. Mark Meadows, our Republican congressman who reportedly represents the rural and economically challenged residents of…
The last known footprint of the slant-eyed giant Judaculla is not easy to get to. First, there’s the drive to…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:26

Assault on Blackrock draws high turnout

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Despite some negative publicity last month when spikes were planted along the trails at Pinnacle Park in Sylva, turnout was…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:25

Nature Center to ramp up education efforts

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The WNC Nature Center will launch a regional education outreach program thanks to a $52,000 grant Friends of the WNC…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:22

The Naturalist's Corner: It really is spring

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I was reconnoitering the Buck Creek Serpentine Barrens on Monday March 27, with Brent Martin, Southern Appalachian regional director at…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:00

David Joy’s new book is a dark gem

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Just after I bought The Weight of the World, I ran into an old friend of mine who is extremely…
It’s needed now more than ever before. The place of the singer-songwriter in a modern world is a tricky spot.…
You don’t know me. In recent weeks, I’ve found myself saying that exact statement above to folks I love and…
Smaller cities and counties with smaller tax bases can’t always afford the capital expenses of their wealthier neighbors — it’s a simple fact of life for rural Appalachian governments that often have to do without the luxuries afforded to the…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 14:15

Haywood cop cam use low, may grow

A variety of law enforcement agencies serve the 60,000 residents speckled about the 555 square miles of Haywood County, and although they all practice varying degrees of camera system usage, they all seem to share similar concerns about costs and…
On Aug. 9, 2014, an encounter between Officer Darren Wilson and 18-year-old Michael Brown on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, left Brown dead and the entire nation in the midst of a riotous public debate over whether the shooting was…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 14:11

The tools of truth

As the digital revolution proceeds unabated and technology exponentially shrinks in size and cost, law enforcement agencies have more tools in and on their trunks than ever before. 
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 14:07

Police cameras in WNC

The increasing use of body-worn and dash-mounted police cameras in Western North Carolina has sparked privacy concerns from citizens and cost concerns from local governments struggling to equip officers with the devices. • The tools of truth• Jackson law enforcement navigates new…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 14:02

Memorial service planned for Rev. Jimmy Carr

Lake Junaluska will hold a memorial service for Rev. Dr. Jimmy Carr at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Stuart Auditorium.
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 13:57

Dillsboro river park vote planned in Jackson

With an April 3 vote on a proposed river park in Dillsboro just days away, all five members of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners are leaning toward approving the project after listening to an hour of public comment March…
The Jackson County Commissioners got some food for thought during a meeting last week exploring the possibility of consolidating some of the county’s health and human resources services into a single department.
The widow of former Vice Chief Bill Ledford is refusing to move after Tribal Council’s January vote to strike the portion of his will that left her the house, and now a May 1 date in the Cherokee Tribal Court…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 13:49

Classroom size uncertainty to impact budgets

School systems in Western North Carolina were hoping a proposed piece of legislation regarding class size requirements would make it through the General Assembly this session to take some pressure off their 2017-18 budgets, but now it seems unlikely the…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 13:47

Meadows in the middle of repeal and replace

Republicans under President Barack Obama voted more than 40 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no luck. Now, with the White House, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate all firmly in Republican control — and…
Many rural Americans who voted for Donald Trump last November did so based on his promise to cut the federal deficit and rein in spending. When he announced his preliminary budget proposal March 16, however, Democrats and Republicans alike were…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 13:36

Empowering women to run for office

Women have a lot of internal dialogue when considering a run for public office — I don’t have time. I have a full-time job and a family to take care of at home. I don’t know enough about the issues.…
The sudden but amicable resignation of Canton Town Manager Seth Hendler-Voss came as a surprise to many, but as the shock wears off, at least one town official is hoping to maintain momentum and replace him in a timely manner. 
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:49

The perfect game come round again

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I found them in the corner of the basement, hidden like Easter Eggs underneath a blue tarp which was itself…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:48

What would we really get with a wall?

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By Paul Strop • Guest Columnist Last summer when we returned to this country, the presidential election was in full cry,…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:46

Unity instead of division; keep politics friendly

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By Joseph Trisha • Guest Columnist So who else is tired of negative politics and the constant negative President Donald Trump…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:44

Writer is right: you can’t fix stupid

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To the Editor: After reading the letter “You can’t fix stupid” in the March 15 edition of The Smoky Mountain…