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Haywood Community College’s new Creative Arts Building was supposed to be a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly facility.
Mere months after the much-debated Cullowhee Community Planning Standards became county ordinance, commissioners are set to consider a pair of changes to the rules following a public hearing at 5:55 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in room A201 of the Jackson…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:47

Volunteers, donations needed in dog rescue effort

Haywood County officials and volunteers continue to minister to the needs of 140 — and counting — dogs removed from a property on Terrace Drive in Canton over the weekend. 
The first round of soil removal at Southwestern Community College’s lead-contaminated shooting range has substantially reduced the concentration of metal in the soil, but there’s still more work to be done before lead measurements retreat to safe levels. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:41

Up in smoke: Wildfires rage across a bone-dry WNC

Billowing smoke and inundations of suited-up firefighters have become the norm for many areas in Western North Carolina over the past couple weeks as tinderbox conditions have lured flames across more than 11,000 acres — about 17.5 square miles —…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:38

Per capita loan program approved in Cherokee

Twice each year, every Cherokee tribal member gets a payout of thousands of dollars — called a per capita payment — based on profits at the two tribally owned casinos.
Taking a seat on the old couch, my foot began to tap immediately. The living room full of friends and…
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 21:42

This must be the place

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The most important band in America My ears are still ringing. After catching two nights of the Drive-By Truckers this…
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 21:36

Haywood art grants given

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The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC), serving as a Designated County Partner of the North Carolina Arts Council, is pleased…
Monday, 07 November 2016 17:38

Haywood County continues animal rescue

Haywood County officials and volunteers continue to minister to the needs of 140 – and counting – dogs removed from a property on Terrace Drive in Canton over the weekend. The dogs, which were voluntarily surrendered by their owners, require…
According to a press release issued earlier this morning, Haywood County officials are currently involved in the rescue of more than a hundred dogs from a property on Terrace Drive in Canton. “My understanding is that animal services received an…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:37

Witch-hazel has adapted as a late flowering plant

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Editor’s note: this article first appeared in a November 2003 edition of The Smoky Mountain News. If you take a…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:25

Drought disaster declared in WNC

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 Jackson County has joined five other Western North Carolina counties in receiving designation as a primary natural disaster area due…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:23

Competition raises $220,000 to support military members

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A weekend of outdoor competition raised $220,000 in support of military members and their families at Mountain Falls Luxury Motorcoach…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:22

Volunteers remove a ton of garbage from Haywood creeks

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More than a ton of trash vanished from Richland and Allens creeks following a volunteer cleanup effort this fall.
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:14

New district ranger named for Pisgah

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The Pisgah Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest has a new district ranger following the arrival of Dave Casey,…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:10

Five fires burn the Nantahala

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Fire season is just beginning, but already five fires are lighting up the Nantahala National Forest. About 130 people are…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:05

Forest fires ignite the Nantahala as drought worsens

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Nantahala District Ranger Mike Wilkins was headed to church Sunday morning, Oct. 23, when he got the call. A forest…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:49

When the dust settles, we’ll keep moving forward

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I feel strongly about politics. I hope — with all the hope I can muster — that Donald Trump loses…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:45

Comey’s threat to democracy is unprecedented

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Editor’s note: This is a letter former FBI agent Mark Swanger Jr. sent to current FBI Director James Comey. Swanger…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:35

My Halloween failings follow me into adulthood

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I am old enough and comfortable enough with my shortcomings to just admit it: I am not very good at…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:31

Searching for the meaning in a grueling trek

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Recently, I attended “Coffee With the Poets” at City Lights Bookstore and heard the poet, Newton Smith, read and discuss…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:17

JCAC receives grant funding

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The Jackson County Arts Council has received four grants from the North Carolina Arts Council to fund various programs for…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:06

This must be the place

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Why don’t you go get your crazy pills? I remember that being said to me by other students when I…
Life is good. That’s the vibe one gets when chatting with Chris Robinson these days. Former lead singer for legendary…
After months of back-and-forth, Harris Regional Hospital and Jackson County have reached an agreement on the hospital’s tax value.
Jackson County may have thought it was finished talking about its steep slope ordinance for a while when a much-debated revision to the document passed in 2015, but the planning board is gearing up to address yet another facet of…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:34

Swain applies to obtain federal building

Several Swain County administrative offices could be relocating to the federal building in downtown Bryson City if the county is approved for a historic monument designation through the National Park Service.
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:33

Macon to spend $25,000 on bulletproof vests

In the last five years Macon County Sheriff’s Office has responded to 627 calls where guns were involved, and 137 of those have occurred in just the last 10 months.
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:32

State candidates reveal fundraising totals

UPDATED Nov. 4 , 2016 10:11 a.m. Third-quarter campaign finance disclosures from state candidates were due by Oct. 31, and as the state board of elections slowly posts them online, they’re also slowly revealing who’s giving, and who’s getting.
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:30

Public art committee to be formed in Sylva

The Sylva town board has its sights set on making public art a hallmark of the downtown experience, and last week town commissioners sat down to hash out the particulars of what it might take to launch a robust public…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:29

Designer selected for $17 million health building

Southwestern Community College is gearing up to start work on a $17 million health sciences building, with its trustees last week spending hours listening to pitches from four different companies before selecting the firm LS3P to design the project.
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:26

Cherokee chief justice suspended

The afternoon of Sept. 27 took an unusual turn in the Cherokee Justice Center when Human Resources Employment Manager Patricia Watkins and a pair of Cherokee Indian Police Department officers arrived to escort Chief Justice Bill Boyum off the premises.
Tension has been high in Cherokee tribal government lately, and when rumors emerged last week that some members of Tribal Council were planning to get Principal Chief Patrick Lambert impeached, it didn’t take long for the gossip to get a…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:17

Graveyards threatened by cremations and costs

Some of Western North Carolina’s greatest historical assets are in cemeteries.  They serve as the final resting place to founding families, Civil War soldiers, decorated military officers, Pulitzer Prize winners, and other historic figures that helped shape this region over…
Hard-luck Hazelwood may be creating a more lucrative future not by building, but by tearing down.
Safety and aesthetic improvements are coming to the Soco Road corridor in Maggie Valley, and town officials are looking for input to determine their scope.
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:12

Early voting continues through Saturday

Voters in North Carolina hoping to visit the polls before the Election Day rush have just a few more days to do so, but they should be able to look forward to a short, smooth trip — especially in Haywood…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:06

Charges filed against escaped inmate

Robert Edward Branning of Canton — the escaped inmate who was shot on Main Street in downtown Waynesville two weeks ago — has now been charged with multiple felonies.
Haywood County Tax Collector Mike Matthews, 36, was arrested Wednesday night after failing to appear in court Oct. 20 to face charges for driving without a license and insurance.
Thursday, 27 October 2016 20:26

Flying a drone near a wildfire is illegal

Firefighters on the Dicks Creek Fire near Sylva have reported drone activity near the fire.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:26

Calling a place home is not to be taken for granted

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My 18-year-old son, Liam, departed the mountains for Charlotte two weeks ago when his fall break had ended.  He’s our…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:20

Loving and kicking my way through October

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I recently wrote a blog post about September being the worst month of my life. One day seemed to awkwardly…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:18

Trump enablers themselves unfit for office

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To the Editor: It would be dreadful enough if Donald Trump were merely the most unfit, unprepared, unworthy and uncouth…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:17

A clarification on last week’s column

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To the Editor: In last week’s guest column about Colin Kaepernick I wrote, “His protest is by kneeling (in prayer)…
Western North Carolina is rife with trails and maps to facilitate exploration of the mountain landscape, but an effort is…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:02

Paddlesports club gets national recognition

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Nantahala Racing Club’s “superior performance and program development” earned it recognition as the American Canoe Association’s 2016 Stroke of Achievement…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:59

HCC lumberjacks take second at competition

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The Haywood Community College Woodsmen’s Team took second place at the 2016 John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet this month,…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:56

Drought becomes extreme in far western N.C.

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Even as Eastern North Carolina is reeling from flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew, Western North Carolina is plunging deeper into…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:52

Failure to communicate?

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Well it seems there was one and I’m sure it could have been my fault. Smoky Mountain News reporter Holly…