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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 15:08

Recreation improvements coming to Waynesville

The active, outdoorsy lifestyle favored by residents of Western North Carolina has long been fostered by the Town of Waynesville, but if all goes according to recently released plans, it’s about to get much, much better.
Haywood County Tax Collector Mike Matthews has been a lightning rod for controversy since before he narrowly defeated veteran incumbent David Francis in the 2014 election.
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 15:02

Swain hospital: ‘ER is open 24/7’

Swain Community Hospital is still trying to overcome misperceptions in the community regarding its recent emergency department changes as well as the local medical services available to residents. 
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 15:00

FBI raids Qualla Housing Authority

A team of 26 FBI agents descended on Cherokee Feb. 2, filling the Qualla Housing Authority building and wheeling entire filing cabinets, as well as papers and hard drives, into a U-Haul parked to the side of the building.
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 14:58

Cherokee council votes to impeach Chief Lambert

To the boos of an outspoken audience, the Cherokee Tribal Council voted 9-3 Feb. 2 to begin impeachment proceedings against Principal Chief Patrick Lambert.
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:40

Newspapers with real reporters and editors matter

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By Frank Queen • Guest Columnist I was surrounded by newspapers growing up. Dad worked for the government in the…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:37

A once happy week now darkened

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We leave for Disney World this weekend.  I should be more excited, but with all that’s going on in our…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:37

Why rush to repeal ACA?

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To the Editor: I am writing to express my concern about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:36

Internet availability a problem in WNC

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To the Editor: Regarding Scott McLeod’s piece last week about the availability of internet service (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/19234), it is a big…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:36

No room for alternative news

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“Ignorance and misinformation, if allowed to prevail in foreign policy, handicaps the country’s security. In a world of complex and…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:35

Trump’s bigotry exposed in immigration order

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To the Editor: The very first section of President Donald Trump’s order banning immigrants from seven nations refers to the…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:32

Hillbilly Elegy author can’t shake the label

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“Southern Appalachia is a region about which, perhaps, more things are known that are not true than any other part…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:24

Twice threatened

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In the land of the noonday sun, there lives a noonday snail. The noonday globe snail, Petera clarkia Nantahala is…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:20

Drought on the retreat

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A week of rainy weather put drought on the retreat, with the classification of extreme drought absent from North Carolina…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:18

Grant to help kids explore the Great Smokies

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A $20,000 Google Field Trip Days grant will help the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont give more kids and…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:04

FAQ: The effects of WNC’s 2016 fire season

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Did the fires hurt wildlife?  Prescribed burning is often used as a tool to benefit wildlife by regenerating their habitat,…
It’s a warmer-than-average January day, the contours of the mountains visible from the highway beneath a thin covering of leafless…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:56

Haywood man arrested for murder

Wayne Littrell, 72, of the Coleman Mountain community of Haywood County, was arrested Sunday, Jan. 29, and charged with the murder of his wife Mary Littrell, 66, at their home on Hawk Mountain Road.
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:56

‘Indivisible’ citizens group forms in Sylva

There will be a meeting of the Indivisible Sylva NC group at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Jackson County Public Library.
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:54

WNC progressive group gaining momentum

What started as a small group of like-minded people helping each other deal with aftermath of Election Day has now morphed into a progressive political action team with more than 400 supporters.
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:52

Restoring hope for a community

Until last year, the old house languishing on Academy Street on Bryson City United Methodist Church’s property was seen as a nuisance.
Rumors have been flying on the Qualla Boundary since an investigation into contract awards and human resources actions under Principal Chief Patrick Lambert’s administration was completed last week. The report, a redacted copy of which was posted on the Eastern…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:44

Huge expansion planned for Hazelwood Ingles

Ingles Markets Inc. is growing in Waynesville again — this time, on Brown Avenue in Hazelwood.
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:40

Federal hiring freeze will have local impacts

A blanket freeze on federal hiring is having a local impact as the agencies tasked with managing Western North Carolina’s roughly 1.5 million acres of public land halt the hiring of seasonal employees responsible for keeping the area’s national parks…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:36

Room tax increase isn’t a slam dunk

Every few years, elected officials at the local and county levels of government dribble the ball down the court, passing it back and forth while advancing toward the hoop with the kind of unselfish teamwork that usually results in an…
The Jan. 24 rezoning of three tracts along Howell Mill Road signals a continued effort by the town of Waynesville to appease homeowners and businesses, maintain the residential character of the area and create a buffer from Russ Avenue’s heavy…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:33

Lake Junaluska fire district in the works

The recent addition of eight full-time firefighters to the town of Waynesville — at a cost of $530,000 per year — required a 4.75 cents per $100 property valuation tax increase last June.
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:32

A fix-it list for the record books

Think your honey-do list is long? Wait until you meet Jack Carlisle.
After five years of trying to merge with the town of Waynesville, the Lake Junaluska community has given up and charted a new course for its future.
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:21

Tracing the fire’s path

Now that the wildfires that ravaged Western North Carolina a couple of months ago are no longer active, U.S. Forest Service officials are beginning to assess the aftermath damages and create a plan of action for the spring.  • Wildfire impacts…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 14:57

The love that we need: WNC welcomes Hayes Carll

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Sitting in the back of his tour van in a Texas parking lot on a recent cold prairie night, Hayes…
Popping the tailgate down in my truck, I jumped up, my eyes gazing straight ahead.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:03

Our allegiance is to the ideals, not to a president

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For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:02

The digital divide is still way too wide

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It was just a press release, one among the dozens a week that media outlets receive and that may or…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:01

How much did legislators get from Duke?

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To the Editor: Those job killing North Carolina Republicans are at it again. The Republican General Assembly has cost North…
Land conservation groups across the region found something to celebrate this month when the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:48

Winter storm causes road closures

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Two U.S. Forest Service roads in Madison County have been closed for safety reasons,
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:41

Waynesville Rec Center breaks records

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A record 149,600 visits were recorded at the Waynesville Recreation Center in 2016, busting the previous record of 149,574 set…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:40

Wildlife refuge lands grant

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The increasing number of wildlife requiring aid in Western North Carolina will benefit from a $5,000 grant that the N.C.…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:25

A search for Horace Kephart’s alcove

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The setting for Horace Kephart’s posthumous novel Smoky Mountain Magic (2009) is the Cherokee Indian Reservation, Bryson City and Deep…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:17

Books about the American South will delight

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Let’s go exploring. More specifically, let’s explore the American South.
In her short tenure, Executive Director Lindsey Solomon has righted the unknown direction of the ship that is the Haywood…
I had just enough water left. Squeezing the last of my water bottle onto my dry toothbrush, I managed to…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:38

The art and activism of Panhandle Slim

Savannah, Georgia-based artist Scott “Panhandle Slim” Stanton was born in Maryland and raised in Pensacola, Florida, but he has been known to pop up in all quarters of these United States, including Asheville — owing to his family’s vacation cabin…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:36

WNC marches for women’s rights

“Care more, judge less,” “Love trumps hate” and “Rise up” were just a few of the battle cries heard in downtown Asheville last Saturday as an estimated 10,000 people marched to protect women’s rights.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:33

The pink hats are coming

By rain-slicked granite sidewalks they came, early that morning.  In rubber boots, sneakers and sandals they came, not knowing exactly where bound but following — only following — in the footsteps of those who’d come earlier. 
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:31

Congressman Meadows optimistic about Trump

Although Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, has been Western North Carolina’s Congressman for only two terms, constituents in his heavily Republican district have watched his stock skyrocket nationally. He’s become a conservative media darling while at the same time rising to…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:30

North Carolina GOP celebrates inauguration

Inaugurations make for early mornings. Getting into or out of the tangle of security and Humvees blocking the streets of Washington, D.C., requires an early-to-bed, early-to-rise mentality that quickly acquaints one with the deep blue hues of dawn punctuated only…
• North Carolina GOP celebrates inauguration• Congressman Meadows optimistic about Trump• The pink hats are coming• WNC marches for women’s rights• The art and activism of Panhandle Slim• D.C. Dispatch: Jan. 19 | Jan. 20 | Jan. 21• Inaugural photo gallery
Upgrading the Jackson County Health Department could prove a much less expensive undertaking than originally anticipated, if estimates contained in a recently completed study prove correct.