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The present pains for drivers on Interstate 40 in Haywood County are temporary.
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:57

Long may they sing

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It’s a Saturday night in Sparta, and the three sisters — all of them widows — are heading off to…
By Rod Harkelroad and Maurice Phillips Our country’s healthcare system is in the midst of a massive upheaval. Never before have…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:55

A plea for fairness from D.C.

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To the Editor: A wise good man once said, approximately, “politics is about making people’s lives better.”  I don’t believe…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:53

Price campaign visits Haywood

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To the Editor: We had the great pleasure of visiting Haywood County on Saturday, June 17, as we attended the…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:53

People need to take back the power

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To the Editor: Editor Scott McLeod’s thoughtful analysis (May 24 edition, www.smokymountainnews.com/archives/item/20019) described the formidable marketplace corporate control that permeates…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:53

Health care needs reasoned, open debate

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To the Editor: My organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the AARP, the American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:46

Whitewater Falls to reopen

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The Whitewater Falls viewing area is on track to reopen by July 4 after being closed since wildfire destroyed it…
Mark Woods will retire as superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway on July 3, but on July 4 he’ll don…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:39

Land purchase protects crown jewel of the A.T.

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Views from the breathtaking Hump Mountain in the Roan Highlands are now protected thanks to a 324-acre purchase the Southern…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:35

Rec access to expand on the Chattooga

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A plan to make recreational access to the Chattooga River ecologically sustainable calls for construction of three kayak launch sites,…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:58

In praise of the local library

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Some people are devotees of whiskey, cigars, wine, and craft beer. Some are aficionados of the fine arts, experts on…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:54

The day lily is a beautiful, hardy outlander

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How many naturalized plants do you recognize from your vehicle this time of year as you drive around taking care…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:42

STOP Act to combat opioid addiction

The North Carolina Senate unanimously passed comprehensive legislation to combat the opioid addiction crisis that is plaguing the state.
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:36

Celebrate Independence Day

Many generations of families look forward to the Fourth of July festivities at Lake Junaluska every year, and this year’s lineup includes all the favorite traditions — a parade, barbecue picnic, Balsam Range, and the return of the Lake Junaluska…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:34

Summit Charter plans $8 million expansion

Summit Charter School in Cashiers is planning to expand its K-8 operation to include high school as well, recently announcing its intention to add a ninth-grade class in time for the 2018-19 school year. 
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:33

Armachain pleads not guilty

A bail bondsman who faces federal charges for sexual abuse of a minor has been detained at the Buncombe County Detention Center since his arrest May 10 after waiving his original detention hearing, but he will present a case for…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:29

State budget fight comes down to the wire

Leaders in both the North Carolina House and Senate have reached consensus on a $23 billion fiscal year 2017-18 budget June 19.
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:28

Bellying up to the trough

Any local, state and federal budget typically includes what is technically called discretionary spending but is commonly known as “pork.”
Assuming a legislative override of Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget veto — which happened as The Smoky Mountain News went to press June 27 — North Carolinians could be in for a slew of tax cuts that will save state residents…
A legislative majority of House and Senate members have reached a state budget agreement, one that is providing nearly $700 million more in public education spending over the next two years — but not everyone is happy with where that…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:22

Meadows fights for ARC

In what’s becoming a bit of a pattern for Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, he and his House Freedom Caucus aren’t 100 percent on board with another one of President Donald Trump’s agenda items. 
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:20

Senate health care bill panned by Meadows

The day after the Senate’s own version of a new health care bill came out, influential leader of the House Freedom Caucus and Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, wasted no time in shooting it down.
Richard Miller may have received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce for 2017, but he’s been a driving force behind economic development in Waynesville for more than 30 years.
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:10

Cherokee considers needle exchange program

Cherokee hopes to combat the high Hepatitis C rates resulting from the heroin epidemic with a needle exchange program, aiming to have the program in place by Oct. 1.
Work will soon begin on a remodel of Jackson County’s Skyland Services Center following commissioners’ unanimous approval of a $1.1 million bid from Sylva-based Western Builders during their June 19 meeting. 
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 14:48

Meadows still pushing for North Shore funds

While Swain County pushes forward with a lawsuit against the federal government to collect $38.2 million it’s owed in settlement money, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, said he’s still pursuing the money on his end as well.
Inside a nondescript miniature warehouse off Carolina Boulevard, Drew Singleton hovers about an imposing, intimidating metalworking machine; adjusting a knob here, spinning a wheel there, tweaking an armature and then stopping to assess the situation, he pauses and looks up…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 14:37

Sinkhole in Sylva causes road closure

A leaking pipe in downtown Sylva has resulted in a sinkhole that’s had the road connecting the town’s main streets closed since Thursday.
Swain County didn’t include any funding for capital projects in the 2017-18 budget, but commissioners are hopeful their state representative might be able to find some available funding.
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 14:26

A Lake J Fourth family tradition

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It’s not noteworthy to hear someone ‘round these parts say, “This will be the fourth generation of my family participating…
It’s the hardest part of this gig. As a journalist for just about a decade, I’ve been lucky enough to…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:55

FBI charges 12 with marriage fraud

Twelve people will face federal charges following an FBI investigation into an alleged marriage fraud ring based in Cherokee. 
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 16:25

Support clean energy and coal country

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To the Editor: Coal has played an enormous role in the history of our country, and the infamous black rock…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 16:24

A grand vision for Central Elementary

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To the Editor: Now that the Haywood County School Board is keeping Central Elementary, it’s a good time to consider…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 16:23

Voting issues not hard to solve

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To the Editor: The mere length and involved reasoning of your editorial reveals a level of nuance that makes issues…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 16:21

Here come the tax cuts — again

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To the Editor: Republicans are again touting the critical need for tax cuts for the upper economic classes.  This is…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 16:19

Wrong vision for Haywood libraries

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To the Editor: As an inveterate library user, a long-time volunteer at the Haywood Public Library, a former Board member…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 16:16

Raising a glass to Canton’s future

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The opening of the new BearWaters Brewing in Canton is a great shot in the arm for one of most…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 16:12

Adjusting to WAHM summer life

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As I write this column, my two little boys are rummaging through LEGO bricks bickering about who needs which piece,…
It’s just a short walk from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Fryingpan Tower — 1.5 miles roundtrip — but in…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:51

NASA comes to WNC

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A new nationwide outreach program will bring NASA resources to Western North Carolina, with the Fontana Regional Library selected as…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:50

Bear canisters required on Avery Creek

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Bear-safe food storage is now mandatory within 1,000 feet of Avery Creek Road following an Emergency Food Storage Order issued…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:49

Study catalogues trout fishing’s economic impact

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A recent study quantifying the economic impact of trout fishing showed that 149,000 trout anglers in North Carolina fished 1.6…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:48

Duke funds will help improve fisheries

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Coldwater fisheries will get a boost thanks to a $95,000 grant that Duke Energy’s Water Resources Fund awarded to Trout…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:46

Bat populations remain low due to white-nose syndrome

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Results are back from this year’s winter bat surveys in Western North Carolina, and numbers have remained low following the…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:18

Ash borer found in Asheville

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The emerald ash borer has made it to Asheville, with its arrival to Craftsman Circle providing the first evidence of…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:16

Waterrock Knob planning begins

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Planning is underway for the management of 5,329 acres that the Blue Ridge Parkway acquired around Waterrock Knob last year.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:16

New fence will protect Smokies museum garden

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Elk will stay out of the crops at the Mountain Farm Museum following construction of a historically accurate fence funded…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:13

The Naturalist's Corner: That’s a wrap

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Another spring, another season of bird points in the can. Each spring brings its own unique set of adventures, dilemmas…