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If Garrett Fisher had his way, he’d live on the side of a mountain with a glacier as his next-door…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:26

Interesting book draws some unusual conclusions

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We Americans are noted for our ignorance of world geography. Few of us, I imagine, could distinguish Iraq from Iran…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:14

Clay activities at Cowee

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The Cowee Pottery School in Franklin, an emerging nonprofit outlet for people of all ages wanting to play in clay,…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:08

Griffin photography exhibit at WCU

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An exhibition of works by photographer Cathryn Griffin will be on display through Friday, Sept. 25, in the Fine Art…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:03

Best album earns IBMA nod

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Great Smoky Mountains Association’s “Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band” has been named among the best of the…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:02

RailFest rolls into Bryson City

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The 14th annual RailFest will be held Sept. 5-6 at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad depot in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:01

Steve Miller Band to play Cherokee

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Legendary rock act The Steve Miller Band will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:53

This must be the place

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It was the line in the sand. During the summer of 2005, I left one existence and embraced another. In a…
Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display once again as the 45th annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival celebrates…
Joe Martin had never worked for a newspaper or owned a handgun when he took the reins of the tribally owned Cherokee One Feather in 1995.  But when the first changed, so did the second. Then a 26-year-old whose only…
A property owner in the remote Nantahala area of Macon County shot an elk that was eating his corn, upsetting neighbors who liked having an elk among them.
With elections a week away and threat of a lawsuit still hanging, the Cherokee Tribal Council is considering a proposed budget that includes a pay raise of nearly 5 percent for its members.
By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern With evolving regulations and a complicated system of reporting, there is no end in sight for the work university officials are doing to put a stop to sexual violence on campus.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:27

Jackson passes revised cell tower ordinance

Two years after the planning board first began reviewing the document, Jackson County has adopted a revised ordinance governing cell tower placement.
Shining Rock Classical Academy, a new charter school in Haywood County, has not given up on the idea of building a school in the Francis Cove area of Waynesville, despite a groundswell of opposition from residents in the community.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:24

Jackson opts to pay for landslide mapping

Jackson became the first North Carolina county to take landslide mapping into its own hands when the board of commissioners voted unanimously to fund the $143,000 project last week.
The construction cost for a new fire and rescue training center at Haywood Community College has clocked in more than $1 million higher than expected, prompting soul searching among college leaders and county commissioners over whether to go ahead with…
After hearing numerous complaints about the enormous potholes plaguing the county administrative building parking lot, Swain County commissioners agreed it was time to repave it.
Beginning Sept. 1, Swain County Sheriff’s Office will have the authority to issue citations and fines for residents who have faulty alarm and security systems.  Swain County commissioners approved a False Alarm ordinance several months go to address the timely…
A month after the sudden death of Maggie Valley Mayor Ron DeSimone, longtime alderwoman Saralyn Price has decided to seek the mayor’s seat as a write-in candidate in the fall election.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:13

Shining Rock students settle in

With only three days of school under their belts, students attending Shining Rock Classical Academy were already settling into their routine on Monday morning.
While most kids are just getting their new backpacks stocked or suffering through the first days of shift from summertime sleep schedules, students at Blue Ridge School in Cashiers are in the midst of their third week of the new…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 16:24

A second look at Williams classic

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In recent years, I have been surprised to learn that it possible for books to win prestigious awards, honors and…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:51

Balsam Range in, well, Balsam

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The 2014 IBMA “Entertainer of the Year” Balsam Range (bluegrass/gospel) will perform during the open house and barbecue on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:50

‘Granny D’ meets Reverend B

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Acclaimed actress Barbara Bates Smith will bring her performance of “Granny D” to North Carolina NAACP President Reverend Barber at…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:49

Open Air Indian Art Market

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The Open Air Indian Art Market will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Qualla…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:48

Haywood County Fair returns

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The Haywood County Fair will be held through Aug. 31 at the Haywood County Fairground in Lake Junaluska.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:47

Joan Jett to rock Harrah’s

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Rock legend Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:46

Balsam Range gets IBMA nods

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Acclaimed bluegrass act Balsam Range recently received eight nominations by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:44

Stuart, Smith bring country to Franklin

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Country music stars Marty Stuart and Connie Smith will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:43

This must be the place

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My eyes fluttered open and, for a moment, I didn’t know where I was. The room was familiar. The sheets…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:32

The Road to Rock — The Freeway Revival

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Manic, menacing and mesmerizing. That’s how rock-n-roll is supposed to make you feel. It’s meant to be a bit jarring,…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:16

My ‘year of lasts’ is officially underway

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I was watching my son’s soccer game last night and the old Al Stewart tune, “Time Passages,” kept running through…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:14

Shining Rock was not prepared for hearing

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To the Editor: The August 17 Town of Waynesville Planning Board meeting provided first-time meeting participants a crash course in…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:13

Don’t mix faith with government

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To the Editor: In Man for Himself, Erich Fromm gave us this valuable observation. He wrote, “Because of the fact…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:00

Chief candidate Lambert lays out platform

If Patrick Lambert wins his bid for principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, he expects to be looking a monstrous political version of a honey-do list when Election Day is over.
Mary Crowe isn’t a councilmember, but when a Tribal Council session starts up in Cherokee, hers is one face you might expect to see — whether in the audience, at the podium or back in the TV room watching the proceedings…
Driven crazy by the barking dogs of neighbors, Judy West says she is pulling up her life-long stakes in Haywood County and abandoning her farm, but not without sounding a warning to her fellow county residents: it could happen to…
Lowell Monteith, pastor of The Father’s House ministry, says the shelter has many needs right now. However, Macon County’s only homeless shelter’s most pressing need is community support.
There was barely room to breathe in Bryson City Town Hall on Monday night.
Jackson County is looking for the public’s help with an ongoing audit of its Permitting and Code Enforcement Department. The audit, which commissioners ordered in response to questions that surfaced earlier this year about whether the department was carrying out…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:49

Funding likely for sidewalk on U.S. 441

The future is looking bright for plans to build a sidewalk along U.S. 441 where Jackson County meets Cherokee, with funding recently approved from state contingency funds.
Nearly 30 people have put their names in the hat for election to Cherokee’s 12-member Tribal Council this fall, and depending who you ask, a lot is at stake.
A dozen hotels, motels and tourist accommodations in Haywood County will have to open their books to auditors in coming months to prove they aren’t pocketing some of the room taxes they collect.
A nonprofit nature center ensnared in a foreclosure saga at Balsam Mountain Preserve is one step closer to being evicted.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:42

Round-the-clock vet clinic to open in Haywood

Plans are in the works to open a 24-hour emergency clinic at Junaluska Animal Hospital in Waynesville next year, a first for the mountains west of Asheville.
Shining Rock Classical Academy was sent back to the drawing board Monday night on its proposed location, continuing a nearly three-month saga on where the new charter school will go.
The Charlotte developer behind a 488-bed student apartment complex planned for Cullowhee could face criminal charges, pending the outcome of an Aug. 27 hearing.
Jackson County’s steep slope ordinance made one last stop at the planning board before heading to a public hearing, but it went out with a bang as some members took issue with the version commissioners would ultimately consider for adoption.
Doris Mager returned from her most recent doctor appointment with some grim marching orders. Her instructions didn’t have anything to…