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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…

Every election cycle, the Macon County League of Women Voters aims to educate its community about local and state candidates and the issues impacting the region by hosting political forums.

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…

Some local Republicans got their brief fling with fame during Donald Trump’s campaign rally Monday in Asheville.

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.
This November, voters will have another choice to make at the polls — whether to allow beer and or wine sales in areas of Haywood County that currently don’t offer such conveniences.
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 16:41

A hint of autumn, a sense of pride

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When we got out of the car on Sunday at the parking area in Jackson County at the end of…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 16:35

So this is what hell feels like

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Beware, gentle readers. This story is not for the faint of heart. It is a story of betrayal, corruption, and…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 16:34

We should welcome political refugees

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To the Editor: Widespread reports of Muslim terrorist activity in the media of late, and the incessant drumbeat of political…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 16:34

I love living in a small town

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To the Editor: I have said many times that I love living in a small town; yesterday, something happened that…
High in the Plott Balsams, there’s a swath of property riddled with panoramic views, sparking waterfalls and high-elevation solitude that…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 16:15

Carbon offsets program starts

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A relaunched carbon offsets program will give business, organizations and individuals in Western North Carolina a way to turn their…
A meeting between leaders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians brought tribal…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 15:59

Buckeyes both a good luck charm and a poison

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A large buckeye tree overhangs and supports the swinging gate leading into and out of our pasture. Since we are…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 15:42

HCC Shine & Dine Gala

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The Haywood Community College Foundation will hold a Shine & Dine Gala from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16,…
Can you find redemption within your own consequences? In The Risen, the latest work from famed Southern Appalachian writer Ron…