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Clyde may be a tiny little two-stoplight town, but at a recent candidate forum, the panel of contenders for seats in the upcoming town board elections was full of ideas on how to grow the town while maintaining its close-knit…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:15

Cherokee officer dies from work-related injury

Anthony “Tony” Lossiah, a Cherokee Indian Police Department patrol officer, died at Mission Hospital in Asheville on Tuesday, Oct. 6, after succumbing to complications stemming from an injury sustained while performing his law enforcement duties. Lossiah served the Eastern Band…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:12

Candidates: Maggie Valley is moving forward

The four candidates vying for two seats on the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen can all agree on one point — the town is in much better shape than it was two years ago. 
Former Principal Chief Michell Hicks was all set to take over the tribe’s highest-paying job — director of the Tribal Gaming Commission — when his political term ended Oct. 5, but now that offer’s off the table.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:06

Chief Lambert’s personnel changes draw debate

Patrick Lambert didn’t waste any time making waves in his first full day as principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. That Tuesday morning, a handful of tribal employees received official letters stating their services were no longer…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:06

Lead testing continues at SCC firing range

After recently expanded testing continued to show elevated lead levels at Southwestern Community College’s firing range, college officials are going forward with the latest recommendations from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources to determine the precise project…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:03

Steep slope hearing on for Jackson

After two years of revisions, hearings and public debate, Jackson County’s steep slope ordinance is now approaching the finish line with a final public hearing scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Jackson County Administration Building in Sylva.
The town of Canton elected a whole new board two years ago when all four aldermen decided not to run for another term.
Candidates running for the Waynesville town board can’t seem to talk about their campaign platforms without first saying how much they love Waynesville, and, for good measure, repeating it often. Sometimes very often.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:52

Waynesville’s mayor race is talk of the town

Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown has the public endorsement of six out of the seven alderman candidates running for the town board this fall.
A commercial recycling sorting plant proposed in Haywood County is being met with skepticism by neighbors, who fear it will create noise, odors and traffic for the Beaverdam community.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:45

Touchstones: Seven novels that carry weight

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English writer Graham Greene used to divide his literary works into entertainments, which we might call thrillers, and novels, which…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:30

PumpkinFest rolls into Franklin

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The 19th Annual PumpkinFest will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in downtown Franklin.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:29

Hunter Hayes to play WCU

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Country star Hunter Hayes will begin his “21 Tour” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Ramsey Regional Activity…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:28

WCU Friends welcome Steep Canyon Rangers

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Grammy Award-winning bluegrass supergroup Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at a membership concert for the Western Carolina University Friends of…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:23

This must be the place

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It’s about chipping away. When you come into this world, you’re a block of unknown potential. Untouched and ready to be…
I was told “good luck.” In August 2012, as one of my first assignments for The Smoky Mountain News, I…
Heading north on State Road 135, just outside the small town of Nashville, Indiana, the stretch of pavement curves along…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:46

The secret of ministry of frost

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It’s Oct. 6 as I write this. The first frost hasn’t as yet arrived. But it won’t be long coming.…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:39

Migration Celebration an event for all ages

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The public is invited to join scientists and members of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee for the annual…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:28

Find the fitness routine that works for you

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The Healthy Haywood Fitness Challenge will kick off Monday, Oct. 12.  The program — which runs through Nov. 23 —…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:27

Peek through a window into campsites past

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A recreation of what a campsite from 100 years ago would look like will be on Saturday, Oct. 10, at…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:25

Take in the view on Purchase Knob hike

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A hike taking in the views from Purchase Knob in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as the…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:24

Fly clinic to cater to disabled veterans

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An afternoon of fly-fishing related clinics for disabled veterans will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9,…
Many an 85th birthday has been observed with a simple gathering of friends and family sharing cake and memories, but…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:21

Carolina Bonsai Expo to celebrate 20 years

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A nationally recognized bonsai tree expo will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, at the North Carolina Arboretum in…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:20

Former park biologist honored for conservation

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Kim DeLozier, conservation program manager for the eastern U.S. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, won the title of Wildlife Conservationist of…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:19

Smokies has new chief ranger

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s district ranger for the Tennessee side of the park, Steve Kloster, has been named…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park marked a milestone last week with the unveiling of 10 new pieces of equipment…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 16:07

A tragic, lively tale of 18th century London

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Being a historical fiction addict, I have always loved books about London, a city that has been around for over…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:53

GIMP, lightroom seminars

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The Sylva Photo Club will host seminars covering “GIMP” and “Lightroom” at the Cullowhee Methodist Church on the Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:52

Lake J Singers present fall concert

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The Lake Junaluska Singers will perform their fall concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct.…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:51

Inspirations are ‘Singing in the Smokies’

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Acclaimed gospel group The Inspirations will host the ‘Singing in the Smokies’ fall color festival at 11 a.m. Oct. 15-17…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:51

ColorFest rescheduled for Oct. 17 in Dillsboro

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The annual ColorFest: Dillsboro Fine Arts & Crafts Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct.…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:50

Local food showcase in Canton

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A Little Taste of Local will offer samples from locally owned restaurants and markets on Oct. 13 at Champion Credit…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:49

‘Beards for Boobs’ in Cherokee

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A regional breast cancer charity truck show, “Beards for Boobs,” will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct.…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:49

‘Believe The Impossible’ this Halloween at Harrah’s

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The Masters of Illusion “Believe The Impossible” professional magic Halloween showcase will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17,…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:48

Highlands presents senior comedy

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The production of “Over the River and Through the Woods” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22-24 and…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:47

Gemboree in Franklin

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The 26th Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16-17 and 11 a.m.…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:45

Church Street Art & Craft Show returns

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The 32nd annual Church Street Art & Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct.…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:43

This must be the place

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He sat two seats up from me. In seventh grade advanced algebra class, Tom Pearo was your typical late-1990s kid. A…
It was another banner year for Western North Carolina bluegrass acts at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards in Raleigh…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:26

America’s ‘culture of me’ has got to change

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If we are ever going to have any hope of stemming the bloody tide of mass shootings — which happens…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:26

Help children stay warm with clothing donation

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To the Editor: October is the last month for donations to the 2015 Coats for Kids of Jackson County Coat…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:25

Don’t buy the corporate charm offensive

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To the Editor: This week we’ve heard from the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at Western Carolina University, hyping the…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:15

New hospital building to open in Cherokee

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will celebrate the completion of the new $80 million, 150,000-square-foot Cherokee Indian Hospital building…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:12

Recycling business starts up in Haywood

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A new company that sorts and resells recyclable materials announced its plans this week to locate in Haywood County, adding…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:10

Agencies join forces to address elk concerns

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Elk and humans are still trying to figure out how to cohabitate in Western North Carolina since the herd was…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:08

Lawsuit filed against former tribal leadership

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The day after Cherokee’s new chief and vice chief took their oaths of office, a lawsuit naming nearly all the…
Candidates for the Waynesville town board faced off in a forum last week before a packed crowd in the Haywood County historic courtroom.