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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:47

Sylva merchants against two-way Main Street

Based on public input and survey results, it appears the overwhelming majority of folks in Sylva are opposed to creating two-way traffic in the downtown area. 
Two officers with the Franklin Police Department are back on duty while the N.C. State Bureau of Investigations continues to look into a deadly shooting involving the officers.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:38

Second candidate files for Sylva mayor

There’s one more in the race to become Sylva’s next mayor following Alderman Danny Allen’s decision to run for the seat.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:34

Program addresses primary doctor shortage

By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern Primary care physicians play a key role in the health care system, often addressing patients’ health concerns before their conditions require the more specific knowledge of a specialist. 
It’s official: Harris Regional Hospital is getting a new emergency department.
Though commissioners were scheduled to vote on whether to adopt a new set of rules for cell towers in the county last week, they opted to put the final decision off till August after a public hearing drew a variety…
Landing the grant is turning out to be far from the end of the road in an effort to bring a cattle loading facility to Jackson County.
Linda McKay, owner of N.C. Mountain Made in downtown Franklin, said her business couldn’t afford to lose another summer festival, so she took it upon herself to create a new one.
A new K9 skilled in bomb and explosive detection will soon be joining the ranks of the Waynesville Police Department.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:18

Road closure coming for Howell Mill Road

Howell Mill Road won’t be an option for those planning to drive the length of the Waynesville route for the rest of the summer.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:15

Waynesville wades into dumpster war

A dumpster war in Waynesville is heating up, and the town is firing back.
Work continues on repairs to a massive sinkhole that collapsed suddenly near Ingles grocery store in Waynesville several weeks ago.
A major expansion and renovation of the Ingles grocery store on Russ Avenue in Waynesville is finally imminent.
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 19:02

Morning closures for I-40 start Friday

Starting Friday, July 10, blasting operations will cause temporary morning closures on a rural stretch of Interstate 40 in Haywood County near the Tennessee border.
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:53

The real meaning of religious freedom

To the Editor: The news of the last couple of weeks brings into sharp focus the divided world we live in. No longer do we have a common language or ethic to guide our thoughts or actions in this complex…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:46

The reality of the Confederate flag legacy

I have seen more Confederate flags flying in the past couple of weeks than I have seen in years. A few days ago, I was at the grocery store and saw a young fellow with a Confederate flag waving above…
The North Carolina Senate has become emboldened in its partisanship over the last couple of years, and there appears to be no end in sight. Under the leadership of Sen. Phil Berger, the president pro tem, and his troops —…
Well, it wasn’t really a voice — it was an email. I received an email from Bruce Lampright back in November 2014.
A $3,360 grant from The Fund for Haywood County will allow Haywood Waterways Association to do some work on the greenway at Lake Junaluska.  The funds will go toward stabilizing the shoreline and maintaining the lake for recreational purposes.  “The…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:27

Man dies in kayaking accident

A man paddling in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last Wednesday (July 1) died after his kayak capsized. Kenneth Worthington, 53, from Apex, was paddling the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River on the Tennessee side of the…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:25

Cherokee welcomes four-legged athletes

DockDogs to be held in Cherokee July 10-12, will showcase three days of leaping dogs doing tricks in mid-air while jumping into a pool of water.
Backcountry trails and campsites are open again in the Hazel Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the first time since a black bear attacked a teenager sleeping in a hammock.
A program titled “4,000 Reasons to Love (and Protect) Native Bees” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Highlands Nature Center as part of the Zahner Conservation Lecture Series.
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:20

Wildlife to sweep Sapphire

Mountain Wildlife Days will return to Sapphire Valley Resort outside Cashiers July 17-18 this year, bringing plenty of opportunity to learn about — and meet — the creatures that call Western North Carolina home.
It’s day four of the Family Nature Summit, and the troops are working hard on a wooded piece of land behind the Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska.  “I’ve planted trees before in a lot softer ground than this,” says Eden…
It is not yet ten o’clock on this Saturday morning in late June, and already Rome’s Spanish Steps and the Piazza di Spagna below the steps are crowded with tourists, hucksters, and shopkeepers. After nearly a week of visiting ruins,…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 14:50

Oklahoma! blows into HART

The classic stage production Oklahoma! will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. July 16-18, 23-25, 30-31 and Aug. 1 and at 3 p.m. July 19, 26 and Aug. 2 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 14:49

History tour in Glenville

The Glenville Area Historical Society “History Tour” will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18.
“Chasing Grace,” a faith-based, family thriller filmed in Haywood County, will make its premier at 8 and 10 p.m. July 10 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. The story takes place present day. A tragic accident threatens to…
There will be a pottery studio tour during the inaugural Dillsboro Arts & Crafts Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18, in downtown.
Acclaimed bluegrass acts Town Mountain and The Snyder Family Band will perform July 18 at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville.
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 14:39

This must be the place

Standing on the edge of the cliff, I knew what I had to do. Fifty feet above Fort Loudoun Lake in Knoxville, I looked out over the pristine waters, down at my friends heckling me from the boat, and jumped. One,…
Unto These Hills bridges past, present The Unto These Hills outdoor drama will run at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Aug. 15 at the Mountainside Theater in Cherokee.  The acclaimed outdoor drama traces the Cherokee people through the eons,…
By Wil Shelton • SMN intern Visitors of the Qualla Boundary now have the opportunity to experience Cherokee culture in a new, interactive way.  The Cherokee Friends, a program through the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, funded by the Cherokee Preservation…
Swain County is one of only two counties in North Carolina that doesn’t have any type of animal control ordinance, but Commissioner Ben Bushyhead is hoping to change that with the help of the community.
 Nearly 100 people gathered on June 24 below the steps of the old Jackson County courthouse in Sylva for a vigil organized by the Jackson County Branch of the NAACP. The vigil was to to honor those who died June…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 14:24

Mini-park comes to Mill Street

Begonias are blooming and umbrella-shadowed tables awaiting lunchtime as the finishing touches go into the newly renovated Depot Park in Sylva.
Jackson County’s getting closer to having a director in place to handle the day-to-day needs of its tourism agency with the deadline to apply for the job closing last week.
Building a footbridge over the Tuckasegee River will likely wind up costing more than twice the $641,000 it was originally supposed to, Jackson County Commissioners learned when bids for the project came in this summer.
A riverside petroleum leak in Cherokee has had cleanup crews scrambling since contamination was first discovered in April — and feeling flummoxed the further they’ve probed into the leak’s potential cause.
Webster may be just a little town of fewer than 400 people, but its buildings tell the tale of a proud history. Though the town, which used to be the county seat, is a scanty 1.6 square miles, it holds…
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations is conducting an investigation after a man was killed during a June 30 altercation with two Franklin police officers.
A plan to create a homeless shelter next to Mark Watson Park in Sylva is dead, but Jackson Neighbors in Need isn’t giving up on having a shelter in place by the time cold weather hits again.
Finding the patchwork of greenway paths scattered across Haywood County is a bit like a scavenger hunt.
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 14:08

Ghost Town will remain closed for 2015

Despite aiming for a July opening, Ghost Town in the Sky will stay closed for the entire 2015 season.
Illuminated neon lettering indicated full occupancy on many of the hotels in Maggie Valley during the Fourth of July weekend. SEE ALSO: Ghost Town will remain closed for 2015 “No Vacancy” signs translate into dollar signs for accommodation owners as…
Signups for town elections opened Monday, but as of Tuesday afternoon only three people had put their hat in the ring for Sylva’s four open seats.
Main Street Realty, one of the oldest and last remaining independent real estate firms in Haywood County, is closing its doors this month. But it isn’t going far.
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:28

Ginseng lottery open

Ginseng collectors have until July 15 to put their names in the hat for the U.S. Forest Service’s annual lottery for ginseng harvest permits.  The lottery system has been in place since 2013, when a marked reduction in wild ginseng…
A pilot education program for food pantries and other emergency food providers will hold a series of training classes from 5 to 8 p.m. July 21, July 28, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11.  The Appalachian Food Pantry School four-week training…