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When a funding request for Emergency Management Services came in for more than double what Jackson County is paying now, commissioners were taken pretty far aback, asking lots of questions about the justification for the $821,000 leap and setting the…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:47

New president settles in at Angel Medical

For someone who has spent most of her life in Ohio, moving to the mountains of Western North Carolina has been a dream come true for Karen Gorby.
A little-known contract crafted in 1980 will take center stage in coming months as Haywood County school officials and county leaders sort out who owes who what if the school system gets the boot from its central office location.
Haywood County School officials could be ousted from their central office by early spring 2017 to make way for an affordable housing project.
When the polls open June 7, Jackson County voters will have a choice to make — whether to OK a small sales tax increase to provide additional funding for Jackson County Public Schools and Southwestern Community College.
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:39

Wrong bear euthanized in Smokies incident

The case of a 400-pound bear euthanized after a hiker in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was bitten in the leg appears to have been a wrongful conviction. DNA results delivered Monday (May 23) showed that the bear that…
It’s been three years since a vigorous debate about charging for backcountry camping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:18

Kids get creative with waterways

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Haywood County’s young artists got some recognition for the T-shirt designs they dreamed up to celebrate Kids in the Creek,…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:17

Local runners take top spots in half marathon

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Runners from up and down the East Coast converged on Waynesville this month to try their stride at the Gateway…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:17

Park Service archives get new home

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A new home for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s collection of artifacts and archives recently opened its doors in…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:16

Cashiers gets second farmer market

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A new farmers market will launch in Cashiers this week, providing a weekly supply of local foods from 3 to…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:15

See birds of prey up close

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An up-close glimpse of creatures such as the Eastern screech owl and Northern bald eagle will show birds of prey…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:14

Old-time remedies explained

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See old-time remedies in action with a demonstration by Smokies naturalist Ila Hatter, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:13

Trout waters open

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Delayed-harvest trout waters will open for the summer on Saturday, June 4, giving anglers the chance to catch a dinner…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:12

WCU tops ‘best-of’ list for outdoors colleges

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Western Carolina University came in on top in an online magazine poll looking for the region’s premiere outdoor adventure college.
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:10

Canucks amongst us

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You’re hiking streamside through a rhododendron tangle when you hear a short, musical trill – it kind of mimics the…
The last couple of years have brought a sea change in attitudes about marijuana. I’m convinced pot will be legal…
My wife and I like to host small parties or entertain our friends every three years or so, not because…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 16:22

HB2 could be called ‘Hate Bill 2’

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To the Editor: Recent letters have provided more smoke than light regarding HB2, also known as House Bill 2, which…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 16:21

Trump cares only about being the winner

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To the Editor: For one who has never held an elected office, Donald Trump is a brilliant politician. His TV…
When life gets hectic, most people have a vacation spot where they go to unwind — perhaps a family cabin…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:58

NOC paddler to appear in summer Olympics

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When Team U.S.A. marches into the Olympic stadium this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the Opening Ceremonies of…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:51

Sculpture winds through WCU trails

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A nature-based sculpture project launched by Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum aims to feature outdoors art while promoting discussion…
Like poisonous serpents, some plants developed toxic properties in order to protect themselves against predators. Besides insects, the major plant…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:36

Teaching children how to succeed at life

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Near the end of The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups, Dr.…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:31

New stage to open next month

Sitting on a bench one recent sunny afternoon, Steven Lloyd gazes to his right, a big smile immediately rolling across his face. “When I look over there, I see potential — a lot of potential,” he said.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:10

This must be the place

I awoke to yelling outside.
An air of excitement and expectation reigned over downtown Sylva last week as crews and stars alike rolled in to film streets transformed into the fictional town of Ebbing, Missouri.  SEE ALSO: • The long road to the big screen• ‘Dirty Dancing,’…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 14:48

The long road to the big screen

Getting a movie to come to town isn’t something that happens overnight.
“Three Billboards” isn’t the only major filming project going on in Jackson County this month. Last week, ABC wrapped up a week of shooting for its remake of “Dirty Dancing,” turning the High Hampton Inn and Country Club into Kellerman’s…
Rod Harkleroad has been named as the new chief executive officer of Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 14:41

World Methodist Museum to mark 60 years

A celebration will be held May 22 to mark the 60th birthday of the World Methodist Museum, which is located on the grounds of Lake Junaluska Assembly.
New rules for where and how food trucks can set up shop in Waynesville attempt to balance the popular and growing food truck movement with the signature small-town character and established economy already here.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 14:35

Haywood’s dropout program rescued

An innovative high school dropout program in Haywood County was rescued from the chopping block this week after county commissioners and school officials agreed to go halves on the $61,000 needed to keep it open.
Haywood County could be turning a corner after a slow, stubborn climb out of the recession, according to some obscure tidbits of data hidden in the bowels of the county’s budget for the coming fiscal year.
Haywood County commissioners were greeted with silence at their meeting Monday night when they asked if anyone in the audience wanted to speak during a public hearing on the county’s $72 million proposed budget.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is terming an incident that left a Las Vegas man with a puncture wound in his leg a predatory bear attack, but Bill Lea, a renowned wildlife photographer who’s spent years observing bears in…
Campers at the Spence Field Appalachian Trail Shelter in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park spent a harrowing evening in the backcountry May 10, huddling together for protection as a big black bear roamed the site. Around 11:16 p.m. that…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 14:14

Cherokee pays off millions of debt

A massive load of debt left the shoulders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians last week following enactment of legislation to pay off $96 million in loans accrued for the new Cherokee Indian Hospital and the tribe’s wastewater treatment…
I’ve been observing something for years — though recently it has snowballed  — and it has always struck me as…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 16:18

Let’s work toward a better Maggie Valley

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To the Editor: Former President Ronald Reagan once said, “The republic is a dream. If we stop dreaming, we will…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 16:17

Governor’s office is still in the dark

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To the Editor: There you are, governor of North Carolina, and somebody pushes a stack of papers in front of…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 16:17

Racism is not in the ‘eye of the beholder’

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To the Editor: Sorry Dad, but in your column in last week’s edition of The Smoky Mountain News (, you…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 16:14

Connecting a new generation to 9/11

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Recently, a group of Waynesville Middle chorus students were at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, and when they…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:51

Hot Springs fire contained

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The verdict is in on a fire that had been blazing for two weeks near Hot Springs — after burning…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:51

Hanging Dog Campground reopens on trial basis

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After two years of closure, Hanging Dog Campground in Cherokee County has reopened through a collaborative effort between the county…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:49

Get the cheat sheet to buy local

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Growing season has arrived in Western North Carolina, and the new Local Food Guide from the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:48

Trail mapping project earns award for tribal member

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A Cherokee woman received recognition from the environmental organization Wild South for her tireless work with a project to map…
Closure of some trails will soon take effect in DuPont State Recreational Forest to protect the blue ghost firefly, a…
The sun is lowering toward a perfect spring evening as the crew from Fox Sports’ “Anglers & Appetites” pulls onto…