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It’s as timeless as the soundtrack of our lives, regardless of age. When you listen to big band music, you…
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 20:50

This must be the place

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It was immediately familiar.  Stepping into the Canton Middle School last Friday morning, the sights, sounds and smells of the…
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 20:45

SCC vital in brewery launch

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In preparation for launching their new brewery, Mountain Layers Brewing in Bryson City, Kim and Mark Pettit had to understand…
Sunday, 23 April 2017 18:42

Waynesville man charged with murder

Justin Scott Fuller, of Waynesville was arrested Saturday, April 22, and charged with murder following a dispute with Christopher Phillips.
A powerful Republican Congressman who also serves as the leader of his party’s most conservative faction now has his first challenger for reelection in 2018. As first reported in the Smoky Mountain News April 12, Asheville Democrat Matt Coffay will…
Canton’s search for a new town manager took about an hour. “We’ve sent a clear signal to the town and the region that we’re keeping things moving,” said Alderman Zeb Smathers of the board’s unanimous decision to tap Assistant Town…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:45

Trump’s trips are a waste of taxes

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To the Editor: White House budget director Michael Mulvaney recently said in an interview that: “When you start looking at…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:45

Rep. Presnell should not politicize school boards

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To the Editor: As a former teacher of children with learning disabilities in Alabama, I have experienced the politicization resulting…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:44

Patriot faction not being honest

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To the Editor: Each of Ms. Becky Johnson’s two articles about the Haywood Republican Party were well researched and accurately…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:36

Boiling days down to simple routines

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“The ONLY thing is, we don’t have to go all the way to Adam’s Creek,” my wife Lori said. We…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:28

Chaos comes in several shapes and sizes

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As all successful couples understand, the key to happiness is mastering the art of communication. When facing a Big Decision…
When rains finally quelled the flames of 2016’s historic fall fire season, firefighters breathed sighs of relief and mountain residents…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:46

Pondering the power of forgiveness

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In Charles Martin’s novel A Life Intercepted (Center Street Publishers, 2014, 326 pages), college senior Matthew “the Rocket” Rising has…
I had just reached for the eggplant parmesan sandwich when it was asked. “What do you think about God?”
It’s about finding your center.  Though they’re hundreds of miles from the closest ocean, the members of Sylva-based Positive Mental…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:54

Bear activity reported in Panthertown

Recent bear encounters in Panthertown have spurred the U.S. Forest Service to issue a warning for visitors to the area. 
A progressive tour de force has emerged across the mountains since the election of President Donald Trump.
The recent tug-of-war for control of the Haywood County Republican Party has left many conservatives cringing and embarrassed over the portrayal of petty infighting, but it has played out like a microcosm of the national political landscape.
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:44

Bryson City reconsiders railroad request

It only took about two weeks for the Bryson City Board of Aldermen to change its mind regarding a request from Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to close Fry Street during the Polar Express rides this winter.
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:42

Swain ER visits down from last year

Still struggling to make people understand that Swain Community Hospital’s emergency room is still open 24 hours, seven days a week, administrators recently paid a visit to county commissioners.
Mill Street will be getting a makeover after Sylva’s board of commissioners approved funding for the lane reduction project in a 4-1 vote.
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:39

Panthertown purchase gets a boost

A key piece of land bordering Panthertown Valley Backcountry Area will be conserved following a pledge from the Jackson County Commissioners to cover any gap between fundraising dollars and land price that still exists by the April 21 closing date. 
Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland said he’s been trying for years to get commissioners to change the county’s personnel policy to allow him and the register of deeds to accrue personal time off hours like every other county employee.
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:36

Tax Day cometh, but not for Trump

A little rain couldn’t drown out the voices of a small group of protestors who gathered at the Historic Haywood County Courthouse on Tax Day, April 18, to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns.
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:35

Mountain Projects acquires building

A Waynesville-based regional social services agency will finally get that new building its been after.
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:34

DOT land could go to Haywood schools

Parking may get easier and safer for Junaluska Elementary School parents if a bill introduced by Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, makes it through committee.
The straightforward Russ Gilliland is a fifth-generation Haywood County resident, but his path to becoming Maggie Valley’s newest police chief has been anything but.
A new program by the Town of Maggie Valley offers citizens a candid look at what the town does, how it does it and how it pays for it.
Sorry Haywood County citizens and others in the western part of the state, the most grassroots and local ballots you…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 16:13

Hello darlin’, nice to see you

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Ever since I left for college and began talking to my dad on the phone regularly, he’s answered my call…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 16:13

Voters should decide tax collector issue

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To the Editor: Haywood County Board Chairman Kirk Kirkpatrick has publicly complained “It feels like we have no representation” in…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 16:12

Voters have decided tax collector issue

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To the Editor: Funny how Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, never mentions once that we are the only county in…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 16:12

Healthcare needs to be affordable

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To the Editor: As I prepared to leave home to participate in Sylva’s rally and march for affordable health care…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:50

EPA — the Eviscerated Protection Agency

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Our new denier-in-chief believes “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make…
On the chilly, windy afternoon of April 7, a crew of seven people gathered to install a passel of hefty…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:33

Parks open for the season

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Spring is here, and that means that most roads and facilities on the area’s many acres of public lands are…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:32

HCC wildlife students earn top award

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Students from Haywood Community College came in fourth in a wildlife-centric competition during which they competed against 24 other schools.
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:31

Smokies upgrades to cleaner fuel

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park now boasts two new propane-fueling stations and six new propane-fueled trucks following an unveiling…
In 2011, William Forstchen’s apocalyptic novel, One Second After, appeared on best-seller lists. After reading for review this story of…
I remembered immediately. Scrolling through the Facebook stream on Monday afternoon, I came across a post from a dear high…
Stepping out of a large passenger van into the sunshine last Saturday afternoon, a group of around 10 people entered…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:15

Bryson City welcomes second brewery

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Although the official “Grand Opening” is May 20 for Mountain Layers Brewing in Bryson City, the newest brewery in Western…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:02

HCC crafts students in Atlanta

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Haywood Community College Professional Crafts students recently participated in the School-to-Market Program at the American Craft Council’s American Craft Show…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 14:43

School libraries install STEM stations

In many of Haywood County Schools’ media centers, including North Canton Elementary School, media specialists are working with teachers to create maker stations for students.
Sophia Calhoun was 9 years old the day the world changed. Her mother died, leaving her dad to care for Calhoun and her younger sister. When her father passed away four years later, the two girls were officially branded orphans,…
On virtually any college campus, they’re there — students who have recently exited foster care, are homeless, wards of the state, or orphaned. And most of the time, they’re invisible, blending in with the student body at large and keeping…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 14:29

Mystery Meadows challenger identified?

A “Mark Meadows Town Hall” meeting on health care in Waynesville April 23 doesn’t promise U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows will be there, but it does promise that an unnamed Democratic challenger will be. But who is it?
North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, is known as a staunch fiscal conservative, opposing expansive federal fiscal policy set forth by his Democratic colleagues — except when it comes to his own district.
“More for less” — that’s the message Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, is trying to send to Congress and President Donald Trump about the Affordable Care Act.
While rumors are flying around town about the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad looking to move its Polar Express event from Bryson City to Dillsboro, nothing has been confirmed.