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Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:49

When the dust settles, we’ll keep moving forward

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I feel strongly about politics. I hope — with all the hope I can muster — that Donald Trump loses…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:45

Comey’s threat to democracy is unprecedented

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Editor’s note: This is a letter former FBI agent Mark Swanger Jr. sent to current FBI Director James Comey. Swanger…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:35

My Halloween failings follow me into adulthood

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I am old enough and comfortable enough with my shortcomings to just admit it: I am not very good at…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:31

Searching for the meaning in a grueling trek

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Recently, I attended “Coffee With the Poets” at City Lights Bookstore and heard the poet, Newton Smith, read and discuss…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:17

JCAC receives grant funding

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The Jackson County Arts Council has received four grants from the North Carolina Arts Council to fund various programs for…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:06

This must be the place

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Why don’t you go get your crazy pills? I remember that being said to me by other students when I…
Life is good. That’s the vibe one gets when chatting with Chris Robinson these days. Former lead singer for legendary…
After months of back-and-forth, Harris Regional Hospital and Jackson County have reached an agreement on the hospital’s tax value.
Jackson County may have thought it was finished talking about its steep slope ordinance for a while when a much-debated revision to the document passed in 2015, but the planning board is gearing up to address yet another facet of…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:34

Swain applies to obtain federal building

Several Swain County administrative offices could be relocating to the federal building in downtown Bryson City if the county is approved for a historic monument designation through the National Park Service.
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:33

Macon to spend $25,000 on bulletproof vests

In the last five years Macon County Sheriff’s Office has responded to 627 calls where guns were involved, and 137 of those have occurred in just the last 10 months.
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:32

State candidates reveal fundraising totals

UPDATED Nov. 4 , 2016 10:11 a.m. Third-quarter campaign finance disclosures from state candidates were due by Oct. 31, and as the state board of elections slowly posts them online, they’re also slowly revealing who’s giving, and who’s getting.
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:30

Public art committee to be formed in Sylva

The Sylva town board has its sights set on making public art a hallmark of the downtown experience, and last week town commissioners sat down to hash out the particulars of what it might take to launch a robust public…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:29

Designer selected for $17 million health building

Southwestern Community College is gearing up to start work on a $17 million health sciences building, with its trustees last week spending hours listening to pitches from four different companies before selecting the firm LS3P to design the project.
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:26

Cherokee chief justice suspended

The afternoon of Sept. 27 took an unusual turn in the Cherokee Justice Center when Human Resources Employment Manager Patricia Watkins and a pair of Cherokee Indian Police Department officers arrived to escort Chief Justice Bill Boyum off the premises.
Tension has been high in Cherokee tribal government lately, and when rumors emerged last week that some members of Tribal Council were planning to get Principal Chief Patrick Lambert impeached, it didn’t take long for the gossip to get a…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:17

Graveyards threatened by cremations and costs

Some of Western North Carolina’s greatest historical assets are in cemeteries.  They serve as the final resting place to founding families, Civil War soldiers, decorated military officers, Pulitzer Prize winners, and other historic figures that helped shape this region over…
Hard-luck Hazelwood may be creating a more lucrative future not by building, but by tearing down.
Safety and aesthetic improvements are coming to the Soco Road corridor in Maggie Valley, and town officials are looking for input to determine their scope.
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:12

Early voting continues through Saturday

Voters in North Carolina hoping to visit the polls before the Election Day rush have just a few more days to do so, but they should be able to look forward to a short, smooth trip — especially in Haywood…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:06

Charges filed against escaped inmate

Robert Edward Branning of Canton — the escaped inmate who was shot on Main Street in downtown Waynesville two weeks ago — has now been charged with multiple felonies.
Haywood County Tax Collector Mike Matthews, 36, was arrested Wednesday night after failing to appear in court Oct. 20 to face charges for driving without a license and insurance.
Thursday, 27 October 2016 20:26

Flying a drone near a wildfire is illegal

Firefighters on the Dicks Creek Fire near Sylva have reported drone activity near the fire.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:26

Calling a place home is not to be taken for granted

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My 18-year-old son, Liam, departed the mountains for Charlotte two weeks ago when his fall break had ended.  He’s our…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:20

Loving and kicking my way through October

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I recently wrote a blog post about September being the worst month of my life. One day seemed to awkwardly…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:18

Trump enablers themselves unfit for office

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To the Editor: It would be dreadful enough if Donald Trump were merely the most unfit, unprepared, unworthy and uncouth…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:17

A clarification on last week’s column

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To the Editor: In last week’s guest column about Colin Kaepernick I wrote, “His protest is by kneeling (in prayer)…
Western North Carolina is rife with trails and maps to facilitate exploration of the mountain landscape, but an effort is…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:02

Paddlesports club gets national recognition

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Nantahala Racing Club’s “superior performance and program development” earned it recognition as the American Canoe Association’s 2016 Stroke of Achievement…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:59

HCC lumberjacks take second at competition

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The Haywood Community College Woodsmen’s Team took second place at the 2016 John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet this month,…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:56

Drought becomes extreme in far western N.C.

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Even as Eastern North Carolina is reeling from flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew, Western North Carolina is plunging deeper into…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:52

Failure to communicate?

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Well it seems there was one and I’m sure it could have been my fault. Smoky Mountain News reporter Holly…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:33

Sorry, but Bob Dylan didn’t deserve the Nobel

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One moment, please. To ward off the brickbats, cudgels, stones, dirt clods, and rotten tomatoes sure to come my way,…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:08

Tuscola attends GWU Choral Clinic

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Gardner-Webb University welcomed nearly 160 high school chorus students to campus Oct. 13 as the university’s music department sponsored the…
It was weird hearing him speak. As host of “All Things Considered,” the flagship program on National Public Radio (NPR),…
Two months after a Silver Alert was issued in the disappearance of 81-year-old Sylva resident Eunice Gass, dental records have confirmed the discovery of Gass’ remains in the Cherokee National Forest.
Smoke is clouding the Sylva area following the eruption of a wildfire Sunday, Oct. 23, which grew to about 374 acres by Tuesday morning, Oct. 24. Take a drive along U.S. 74, and you’re likely to feel an itch in…
The town of Sylva is in hot pursuit of what Police Chief Davis Woodard called a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to add a canine component to the ranks of municipal law enforcement.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:49

Gun rights event to take place in Haywood

A group of Second Amendment supporters planning an open-carry gun rights rally will move ahead with their event, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:43

Affordable Housing Task Force begins work

As with any problem, the first step toward solving it is admitting that there is a problem.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:41

Early voting totals hint at turnout

As of 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, almost 4,300 Haywood County residents had already cast their vote in person at one of three area One Stop voting locations. 
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:38

SMN Commission forum highlights

The Smoky Mountain News held a forum with all four of the Haywood County Commission candidates at the Folkmoot Friendship Center Oct. 20. If you missed it, be sure to check out the video on YouTube — https://youtu.be/aeyUEDKc_FQ. In the…
Two organizations hoping to manage an estimated $20 million in restricted funds resulting from the sale of Haywood Regional Medical Center to Duke LifePoint in 2014 made their case Oct. 17 to the Haywood County Board of Commissioners.
Strength in unity. Identity in culture. Power in the past. Momentum toward the future.  Despite the diversity of traditions and histories and origins populating the event center at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort this week, common ground was easy to spot…
Two months after issuing a Silver Alert in the disappearance of 80-year-old Sylva resident Eunice Gass, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is awaiting test results on remains believed to belong to Gass.
Friday, 21 October 2016 18:06

Jail escapee shot in downtown Waynesville

(Last updated at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26.)  Main Street in downtown Waynesville was packed with pedestrians and vehicle traffic around lunchtime Friday when a Haywood County Sheriff’s deputy fired several gunshots to take down an escaped inmate.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:24

Robin redbreasts are a perennial favorite

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Our elementary school primers were populated by robins pulling worms out of holes. They appeared on television screens on Saturday…
The sun had barely risen over the Pisgah Ridge, but the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Devils Courthouse pull-off was teeming — mainly…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:11

High fire danger prompts burning caution in Western N.C.

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Fire danger is increasing throughout the forests of Western North Carolina, necessitating caution for any kind of outdoor burning. 
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:10

Livestock producers prepare for hay shortage

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Drought is continuing and frost has ended the growing season in much of Western North Carolina, so hay could be…