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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:53

Water was not always taken for granted

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Old-time mountaineers often picked their home and church sites according to the location and purity of springs. They were connoisseurs…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:49

Dreaming of Toyko: A conversation with Michal

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Since the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Michal Smolen has been hopping continents to finish out the post-Rio racing season,…
Much of America spent Aug. 5-21 with eyes glued to a television, cheering on athletes from all corners of the…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:39

Protect your beehive

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Mosquito spraying for Zika virus in other states has led some North Carolina beekeepers to ask what they can do…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:31

Red wolf reintroduction to cease in southeast N.C.

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Red wolves will be removed from the majority of the five-county area of eastern North Carolina where they now exist…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:29

Woman dies following fall in the Smokies

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A woman perished following a fall at the Newfound Gap parking lot in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:26

Sales strong for Smokies plates

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Sales of North Carolina Friends of the Smokies license plates brought in $118,240 to support the Great Smoky Mountains National…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:10

A rollicking debut novel with a Hemingway twist

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In December 1922 Hadley Hemingway set out from Paris to join her husband Ernest, then a newspaper reporter and an…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:54

Remember when you were ‘16 going on 17?’

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When I was 16 years old — going on 17 — I had a poster of Stevie Nicks, the mystical,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:48

There are plenty of good reasons to vote for Hillary

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have their liabilities, but his are so much more…
When it comes to HB2, our state’s Republican leadership will eventually prove to be on the wrong side of history.…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:33

Wrecker service denied location in Sylva

A vacant lot along the gateway to Sylva from Dillsboro will stay empty for a while longer following the town board’s decision to deny a request from Whittier-based C&D Towing and Wrecker Service to use the property for an impound…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:30

Engineers say burn building needs to be replaced

Last month Macon County commissioners said they wanted a second opinion on the remaining lifespan of the first responder training center at its Southwestern Community College campus.
Western Carolina University faculty tasked with overseeing a $2 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation had their work cut out for them when they collectively rolled up their sleeves last February.
A firestorm over a $2 million gift from political operative Charles Koch ignited the campus of Western Carolina University last fall in a rare but heated clash between faculty and university leadership.
Children, the elderly, the ill, the mentally challenged and the incarcerated in Haywood County all have at least one thing in common: in the event of an emergency or evacuation, they might not be able to move to safety quickly…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:18

Waynesville annexes charter school property

The Town of Waynesville’s area increased by 2.82 acres last week with the annexation of a parcel at 1023 Dellwood Road that Alderman Gary Caldwell said was “part of our growth.”
A pair of Mercedes-Benz vans that The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation once bestowed upon the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will remain with the tribe, Tribal Council decided earlier this month — almost exactly one year after it originally voted…
These days, bovines — not elk — are the only cows wandering around the Ross dairy farm in Jonathan Creek.
Elk may be the most polarizing animal in Western North Carolina right now, but William Carter has kept a closer eye on the issue than most. Carter makes his living off a small mountain farm in the Jonathan Creek area,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:00

Upcoming political forums and debates

If you are undecided or just want more information about the Nov. 8 election, there are plenty of opportunities to get to know the candidates. Here is a schedule of upcoming candidate forums. (If any group has a forum planned…
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 20:54

Finding the root of your rhythm

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The RPMs hovered around 4,000, the truck huffing and puffing up the steep hillside. Approaching Sam’s Gap (elevation 3,760 feet)…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:31

True patriotism comes in many colors

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We drove through the small town of Clyde on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11, right in the midst of the commemoration…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:22

Finding my way in this season of change

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Not long ago my front porch was a barren, pathetic place with a few pieces of hard, wooden furniture, zero…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:21

I remember John Snow, and what GOP did to him

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To the Editor: I remember John Snow. For those that don’t, he was the three-term state senator from this district who…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:20

Hillary does not deserve support of women

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To the Editor: In the August 31 edition of The Smoky Mountain News, guest columnist Hannah McLeod asked “Where are…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:19

Rep. Meadows should open up discussions

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To the Editor: I was one of the people who was turned away from Rep. Mark Meadows’ meeting at the…
It was nighttime in the White Mountains, and Steve Claxton was pretty sure he wouldn’t make it till morning. Rain…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:06

Explore N.C. wildlife online

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A revamped website is allowing people to discover North Carolina’s natural heritage in new ways through the N.C. Natural Heritage…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:58

Grant supports Cherokee-infused environmental education

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Classroom lessons focusing on Cherokee culture and ecology of the Great Smoky Mountains will expand to schools in seven Western…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:53

Must have been an omen

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When I checked my email Friday morning (9/9), I had a message from Chris Kelly, mountain wildlife diversity biologist with…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:28

Putting a face on the growing white underclass

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For decades, the lot of poor white Americans has worsened. Marriage rates have plummeted while out-of-wedlock births have skyrocketed. Unemployment,…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:25

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day

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Celebrating Southern Appalachian culture through concerts, living-history demonstrations, competitions and awards programs, Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day will be…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:23

This must be the place

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It pushed me back a couple of feet.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:09

Fangmeyer Theater open house

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville is finally ready to show off its new second main stage, the Daniel…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 14:46

Trump promises to ‘fix’ problems

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to a packed Asheville Civic Center on Monday as boisterous supporters cheered him on inside the arena while virulent anti-Trump protestors heckled people on their way in and out of the event. SEE ALSO:• Local…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 14:42

COMMENTARY: Fear and voting in Ashevegas

For 223 years, the highest office in the land has been passed from one man to another without bloodshed or widespread violence. This year the same will likely occur regardless of the sex of the victor.
“You’re a Nazi,” the 20-something female screamed into the face of an elderly veteran. The veteran shrugged off the comment as he barreled through the onslaught of protesters, only to find a safe haven amid the security guards and likeminded…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 14:38

The biker politic

Motorcyclists have always been a distinct subset of the American population, long before they gained infamy in Hunter S. Thompson’s Hells Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga, published by Random House in 1966; Marlon Brando gave credibility to the “outlaw”…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 14:31

Cat museum looking for volunteers

A museum honoring the American house cat is set to open soon in Jackson County, but cash and volunteer hours are needed to make it happen. 
Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs are seeking questions from voters to be asked during a series of debates in September and October.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 14:28

Jackson board tweaks cell tower ordinance

After surviving the first application process under the new wireless communication rules, Jackson County commissioners directed the planning board to look for ways to improve the ordinance.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 14:26

Huge success for Canton Labor Day fest

The longest running Labor Day festival in the South is meant to commemorate the contributions of the organized labor movement in the Unites States; appropriately, the Town of Canton’s popular weekend event wasn’t just spent guzzling sweet tea, pounding barbecue…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 14:24

Investigation results in 26 drug arrests

Macon County Sheriff’s Office concluded “Operation Thunderstruck” on Sept. 9 with 26 arrests for drug-related offenses while three suspects are still at large. 
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 14:21

Franklin to dole out funds to community charities

Fourteen Macon County charities are vying for a piece of Franklin’s $40,000 nonprofit funding pool, but not all organizations will walk away with their full request. 
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 14:19

Meadows introduces bill to save floating houses

U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, introduced a bill last week to halt the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plan to ban floating homes on all of its 49 lakes.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 14:17

Case dismissed in council pay raise suit

A lawsuit seeking to declare illegal a controversial Tribal Council decision to issue its members pay raises has been dismissed in Tribal Court, according to a Sept. 1 decision from Temporary Associate Judge Sharon Barrett.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians threw its support behind the cause of the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota when Tribal Council voted to give $50,000 toward a legal battle to prevent construction of an oil pipeline north of…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 14:11

Elk hearing draws a crowd

A minor adjustment to elk depredation rules brought 70 people — about 40 of them college students — out to Haywood Community College last week for a public hearing with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 14:08

Asheville Regional Airport improvements continue

Geography and population conspire to make much of Western North Carolina a terrible place for an airport; west of Asheville, commercial airstrips are practically nonexistent.