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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:49

‘Dancing With The Stars’ at Harrah’s

The live stage production of “Dancing With The Stars: Live!” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at Harrah’s Cherokee. Following a sold-out winter tour and the 10th Anniversary Season of ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:49

Green Energy Park summer art camp

There will be a summer art camp held June 22-26 at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Ages 4-6 will be 10 a.m. to noon, with ages 7-10 at 1 to 3 p.m. Campers will explore various creative…
“An Appalachian Evening,” a summer bluegrass/Americana weekly concert series, will return to the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. The 2015 series will include The Snyder Family Band July 19, The Walking Roots Band July 25, Balsam Range Aug.…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:46

HART presents Hitchcock classic

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

Bryson City craft beer, barbecue

A “BBQ & Brews Dinner Train” will be departing at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad depot in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:41

Fiddler brings Americana to Marianna

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

There is a lot of truth to it. “Money can’t buy happiness,” the old adage goes. It’s a sentiment that has permeated through society for generations. And while most of us are aware of the phrase, how many of us…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:36

A world of art in your backyard

Coming into its fourth year, Cullowhee Mountain ARTS has grown into a vast array of workshops, one that seamlessly brings together professional artists from around the country. It is a program aiming to nurture creativity at every skill level, where…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:33

Do people really believe this stuff?

To the Editor: Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the scientific discoveries made on almost a daily basis, some of which are jaw dropping. Earlier, we learned about the goat that was put in jail for car theft…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:32

Reacting to changing climate of medicine

To the Editor: As a pediatrician, it has been my privilege to serve the families of Western North Carolina for over 20 years. My colleagues and I are honored to be invited into your lives, to share your greatest joys,…
I remember someone once telling me that all the seemingly trivial, decidedly unimportant choices you make every day prepare you for when the big thing comes along and the right decision might have life-changing consequences. Do right everyday for the…
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, and particle pollution has been cut in half. The mountain view on the haziest days now extends nearly four times…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:46

Summer camp time at Highlands Nature Center

Summer is here at the Highlands Nature Center, with a variety of summer day camps and half-day camps. Look through the offerings to find one that will fit your family: • Amazing Animals, aimed at children 7 to 10, will…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:45

Saving the world one seed at a time

James Veteto has a theory that seeds are a link to the past, connecting one generation to the other, not merely little packets of DNA but also shared human heritage.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:44

A.T. plates pass $1 million milestone

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

The Blue Ridge Parkway will take its place on U.S. currency with a special quarter design this summer, as part of the the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a series honoring one site or park in each state.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:40

Parkway programs start up for summer

A ranger-guided hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway this Friday will mark the beginning of summer for the high-elevation road as its ranger-led programs for the public gear up for the season.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:39

Albinism in plants

The other day, while chasing birdies for the Forest Service, I encountered a pretty wildflower along an abandoned logging road. The plant was small purple-fringed orchid, Platanthera psycodes. It was unusual in that the flowers were white rather than the…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:29

The literary signposts will point the way

In the opening pages of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, we meet Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who treasures his snug home and the routine of his days. All is well with Bilbo until the wizard Gandalf arrives and nominates him as…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:10

Art, craft festival in Dillsboro

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

Franklin celebrates Scottish heritage

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

All that jazz

Jazz performance planned in Waynesville Jazz pianist Marquita Someliana will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville. Someliana is a singer-songwriter who enjoys performing jazz, Americana and other genres.  Free. 
Acclaimed bluegrass act Darin & Brooke Aldridge will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, June 19, at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville.
He stood out like a sore thumb. Standing on the red carpet at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards in Raleigh last fall, I found myself in the midst of the biggest names in the genre. To the right were…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:44

Animal shelter needs proper planning

To the Editor: There has been recent news coverage and public discussion about the plans for the new Haywood County animal shelter, the need for a new shelter, and the impact of a new shelter on the county budget. We…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:43

Our elected leaders are out of control

To the Editor: It has appeared for a long time that the American people have turned into a flock of sheep being led where ever our leaders wish to take us. The headline on page 16 of this The Smoky…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:30

Making the case for my future career

By the time I was in the fifth grade, I knew I wanted to grow up to be a lawyer. While other kids my age grew up with dreams of becoming race car drivers or ballet dancers or senators (surely…
Healthy living is more than simple daily habits – it’s a lifestyle. Learn more about people who have made drastic lifestyle changes and information from local specialists. READ THEIR STORIES
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:33

Lost hikers home safe

A mother and son are back to safety after spending a night lost in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Christy Barns, 40, and her son Casey, 16, were visiting the park from Wisconsin and hiking the Forney Creek Trail.…
A wonderful writer. A fearless explorer. A fascinating person. An endless optimist.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:23

Bus driver scares shooters away from school

If Alice Bradley hadn’t been warming up her school bus at 5 a.m. last Thursday before heading out on her daily route, an incident involving armed suspects at South Macon Elementary School could have possibly ended in tragedy.
As results poured in from the Primary Election for an open chief’s seat, Patrick Lambert’s campaign came out a clear winner, taking 1,751 of 2,964 votes in the unofficial tally — 59.1 percent in a spread of five candidates.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:17

Swain sheriff requests $20,000 pay raise

Swain County Commissioners denied a $20,000 pay raise request from Sheriff Curtis Cochran during a recent budget workshop.
A father-and-son backpacking expedition in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park took a terrifying turn when the teenage boy was pulled from his hammock late Saturday night by a black bear.
Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park shot a bear Tuesday that they believe is the same one that attacked a teenager sleeping in a hammock.
By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern  A bear attack that happened Saturday night in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has left many people in the area puzzled over the events of the attack. Many said they have never heard of…