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The former director of an organization charged with spurring community development on the Qualla Boundary has pled guilty to embezzling nearly $1 million from the institution she once led, bringing almost three years of investigation and prosecution to a close.
Evening is suspended over Lake Junaluska as doors open for the 8 p.m. Taizé service, its coming fall foretold by the soft-sided clouds gathered over the sinking sun.
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:21

Animal advocates get a boost in Jackson County

A newly purchased cargo van has animal advocates in Jackson County applauding — and rolling up their sleeves to load dogs and cats for travel toward pastures green with adoptive families and no-kill shelters.
It’s been more than a year since the Swain County commissioners charged a newly formed ad hoc committee with tackling a longstanding controversial issue — the county’s lack of animal control.
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:18

Sylva mulls public art program

There’s something missing from the streets of Sylva, the town’s board has been noticing, and lately they’ve been talking about how to fill the dearth of public art downtown. 
Spirits were high in Dillsboro last week as Steam Engine No. 1702 chugged noisily to a stop on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:13

Voter ID law struck down in N.C.

Ruling that North Carolina’s 2013 voter identification law purposely targets African-Americans with “almost surgical precision,” the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down the measure last Friday, stating that there was evidence that “because of race,…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:10

Tale of the tape

If you find yourself charged with a crime and can’t afford an attorney, one will be provided to you; if you can’t afford your utility bills, support programs exist; if you can’t work, unemployment assistance is available.
A new state law calling for more competition and transparency in how Municipal Service Districts are managed sent shudders down the collective spines of some on the Waynesville Town Board when they learned that the contracts to manage such districts…
The same 2015 law that robs local governments of control over how and for how long they can contract with the organizations that manage their Municipal Service Districts also dictates that local governments now formally address requests from property owners…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 13:59

Getting what you give up

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In a 12-round heavyweight professional boxing match, at the beginning of the twelfth round there is a bell and the…
The presence of breathtaking topography, ancient native lore, and centuries of American history makes the Great Smoky Mountains a mystical,…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park requires permits for a number of activities beyond simply camping — getting married, holding…
Miles and miles of film have been shot in Haywood County, but it’s not just about national recognition or local…
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 20:56

This must be the place

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As I enter my fifth year living and thriving here in Western North Carolina, I’m also sliding into a space…
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 20:39

Green Energy Park wins grants

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The Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro was recently the recipient of two new grants, both intended to further…
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 20:36

What’s life in Cuba like right now?

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You can get answers to that question and more first-hand information about the island nation during a symposium and art…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 18:12

Trumpeting fear to a gullible electorate

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To the Editor: After listening to Donald Trump’ s speech, I got the feeling that the earth was spinning out…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 18:12

I’ll be calling, and you might want to listen

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To the Editor: About those phone calls -— you know the ones I mean — an unknown person is calling,…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 18:00

School closing lawsuit should move forward

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I hope the lawsuit by Mark Melrose against the Haywood County School System has its day in court, and was…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:56

If neither candidate suits you, well, we can help

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On our way back from the coast on Saturday in bumper-to-bumper traffic just outside Charleston, I saw a billboard that…
Cloud cover keeps the summer morning cool as Mark Hopey makes the rounds below Cowee Mound. By 8:30 a.m., he…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:40

Local naturalist releases hiking guide

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Naturalist Ken Czarnomski — in partnership with the the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority — has released the third installment…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:37

High schoolers conquer the Rockies

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After biking more than 300 miles through the Rocky Mountains, the group of five high schoolers involved in Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:34

Fatalities prompt caution when visiting waterfalls

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Two fatalities related to waterfalls occurred in the Pisgah National Forest last week.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:32

Bradbury created a genre all his own

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Last year a storm of controversy erupted over the destruction of writer Ray Bradbury’s home in Los Angeles. Architect Thom…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:05

Folkmoot moments

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Peru: We travel to different countries. It’s our fifth festival this year, already two in France. We like a lot of the people, so friendly.…
After talking with staff, volunteers and last year’s groups, Folkmoot Executive Director Angie Schwab decided that this year, she wanted to give performers more of…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:00

Sam Love Queen and the values of Folkmoot

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In May, the auditorium in the Folkmoot Friendship Center was dedicated to a man instrumental in establishing Waynesville and its environs as one of the…
Just prior to the 2016 Folkmoot Wanderlust Gala, Folkmoot staff, sound technicians, photographers and performers scurried about behind the stage.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:18

SCC launches ‘PEAK’ initiative

PEAK, which stands for “Professional Expectations, Attendance and Knowledge,” is the name of Southwestern Community College’s new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) — an essential element in the re-accreditation process through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:18

New beer to benefit conservation trust

Mainspring Conservation Trust will benefit from a collaboration with Lazy Hiker Brewing Company to create Needmore Ale, which will be released at 5:30 p.m. on July 28 at the brewery.
The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College in partnership with The Support Center and the Western Women’s Business Center will offer a free Hispanic Latino Business Start Up series in August.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:11

Ethics rules passed in Cherokee

Tribal government is expected to gain on openness and accountability following passage of a pair of laws in Cherokee Tribal Council this month. After more than a year of work, the tribe now has a code of ethics and a…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:10

Swain officials discuss houseboats with TVA

Members of the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors recently requested a meeting with Swain and Graham County officials to discuss the TVA’s recent decision to remove all 1,800 houseboats from its 49 lakes within the next 30 years.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:08

Lead cleanup poised to start at SCC

After more than two years of tests and evaluations, the end is now in sight for an effort to remove 450 tons of lead-contaminated soil from a shooting range at Southwestern Community College. The job will cost $237,000, but by…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:07

No decision yet on Jackson hospital appeal

The jury is still out on a property tax challenge being waged by Harris Regional Hospital, which claims its property is only worth a quarter of what the county says it is.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:03

High stakes in hospital tax dispute

Haywood Regional Medical Center and county officials  are locked in a dispute over how much the hospital should pay in property taxes.
After sixteen months of meetings, a change of planning director and a nearly complete turnover of membership on the Jackson County Planning Board, an updated industrial development ordinance is now in place for the county.
It’s about 855 miles between the quiet mountain town of Waynesville, North Carolina and the urban hustle and bustle of Havana, Cuba.  SEE ALSO:• An Artist’s Visit to Cuba• Discussion to focus on Cuba And yet, when painter Christopher Holt opens up…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:44

An Artist’s Visit to Cuba

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By Christopher Holt • Special to SMN When my plane touched down at Havana International Airport to loud applause from the…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:43

Discussion to focus on Cuba

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You can get answers to that question and more first-hand information about the island nation during a symposium and art…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:29

Second Bryson City brewery to open

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The Mountain Layers Brewing Company has begun construction on a seven-barrel craft microbrewery and taproom located on Everett Street in…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:17

This must be the place

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I noticed it two rows behind me. Sitting at the cold, hard tables of my eighth-grade science class in the…
Friday, 22 July 2016 15:16

GALLERY: Folkmoot “Wanderlust” Gala

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The annual Folkmoot USA The "Official" North Carolina International Folk Festival once again has touched down in Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:53

So this is who we are, and I didn’t see it

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Amidst a raucous crowd of nearly 600 runners — and probably just as many spectators — a couple of Saturday…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:49

God really does work in mysterious ways

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Until 18 days ago, the Bible had always been an afterthought in my spiritual journey. It was a book I…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:47

Lawsuit could bring about a more righteous process

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By David Teague • Guest Columnist Possibly the best perspective I’ve ever read about the importance of open government, and the…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:38

Planning begins for logging project in Haywood

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Round tables and large, neon sticky notes characterized last week’s kickoff of a planning process to cut timber and create…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:36

Wading through nostalgia

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Give a Loosiana boy a reason to don his hip boots and strap on a headlight and you’ve got a…