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Breathing easy in the Smokies is a better bet than it’s been in decades. Ozone pollution is down 36 percent,…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:46

Summer camp time at Highlands Nature Center

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Summer is here at the Highlands Nature Center, with a variety of summer day camps and half-day camps. Look through…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:45

Saving the world one seed at a time

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James Veteto has a theory that seeds are a link to the past, connecting one generation to the other, not…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:44

A.T. plates pass $1 million milestone

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It’s official: North Carolina Appalachian Trail license plates sales have crossed the $1 million mark.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:43

Parkway gets its own quarter design

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The Blue Ridge Parkway will take its place on U.S. currency with a special quarter design this summer, as part…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:40

Parkway programs start up for summer

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A ranger-guided hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway this Friday will mark the beginning of summer for the high-elevation road…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:39

Albinism in plants

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The other day, while chasing birdies for the Forest Service, I encountered a pretty wildflower along an abandoned logging road.…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:29

The literary signposts will point the way

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In the opening pages of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, we meet Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who treasures his snug home…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:10

Art, craft festival in Dillsboro

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The Front Street Arts & Crafts Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20, in…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:04

Franklin celebrates Scottish heritage

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The Taste of Scotland & Celtic Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 20, in…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:59

All that jazz

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Jazz performance planned in Waynesville Jazz pianist Marquita Someliana will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Haywood…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:58

Chart-topping bluegrass couple slated for The Strand

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Acclaimed bluegrass act Darin & Brooke Aldridge will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, June 19, at The Strand at 38…
He stood out like a sore thumb. Standing on the red carpet at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards in…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:44

Animal shelter needs proper planning

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To the Editor: There has been recent news coverage and public discussion about the plans for the new Haywood County…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:43

Our elected leaders are out of control

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To the Editor: It has appeared for a long time that the American people have turned into a flock of…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:30

Making the case for my future career

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By the time I was in the fifth grade, I knew I wanted to grow up to be a lawyer.…
Healthy living is more than simple daily habits – it’s a lifestyle. Learn more about people who have made drastic lifestyle changes and information from local specialists. READ THEIR STORIES
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:33

Lost hikers home safe

A mother and son are back to safety after spending a night lost in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Christy Barns, 40, and her son Casey, 16, were visiting the park from Wisconsin and hiking the Forney Creek Trail.…
A wonderful writer. A fearless explorer. A fascinating person. An endless optimist.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:23

Bus driver scares shooters away from school

If Alice Bradley hadn’t been warming up her school bus at 5 a.m. last Thursday before heading out on her daily route, an incident involving armed suspects at South Macon Elementary School could have possibly ended in tragedy.
As results poured in from the Primary Election for an open chief’s seat, Patrick Lambert’s campaign came out a clear winner, taking 1,751 of 2,964 votes in the unofficial tally — 59.1 percent in a spread of five candidates.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:17

Swain sheriff requests $20,000 pay raise

Swain County Commissioners denied a $20,000 pay raise request from Sheriff Curtis Cochran during a recent budget workshop.
A father-and-son backpacking expedition in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park took a terrifying turn when the teenage boy was pulled from his hammock late Saturday night by a black bear.
Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park shot a bear Tuesday that they believe is the same one that attacked a teenager sleeping in a hammock.
By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern  A bear attack that happened Saturday night in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has left many people in the area puzzled over the events of the attack. Many said they have never heard of…
The tactics of state and federal wildlife officers in a multi-year undercover sting targeting bear hunters continue to come under fire.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:04

Term of WCU trustee comes to a close

By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern Teresa Williams’ eight years on Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees has come to a close, and at her final meeting, board members thanked her for her contributions to the university.
A plan to turn the old Drexel furniture factory in Whittier into a Mecca of resources for small-time farmers and agricultural producers in Western North Carolina is likely dead in its tracks after a building assessment found it would take…
Four years after a state landslide mapping project for Jackson County was axed midstream, the commissioners are moving toward a vote to fund the work out of county coffers.
Swain County officials are hoping new leadership in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park means the start of a new relationship — one that will include better communication between the park and the county that is a gateway community. 
Certain questions inevitably pop up during plant identification outings. One has to do with whether or not eastern hemlock trees…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:33

Volunteers sought to maintain trails

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Volunteers willing to work hard in the backcountry are sought to form this year’s Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew,…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:29

Research gives hope for bat survival

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The release of 150 bats in Hannibal, Missouri, May 18 marked a milestone for the fight against white-nose syndrome, a…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:27

Fly fishing museum headed for grand opening

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The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians will hold its grand opening Saturday, June 6, in Cherokee, marking a…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:27

Mast General sales to go toward conservation

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Purchases at Waynesville’s Mast General Store Saturday, June 6, will help out with land conservation.  For that day, the store…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:26

New rec area open on Lake Glenville

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The Pines Recreation Area on Lake Glenville is now open, featuring a new swimming beach, fishing pier, picnic area, signage,…
In a woodsy neighborhood up a winding mountain road from Franklin, late May is pretty quiet — at least from…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:11

A fantastic collection of life-changing stories

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I have always been a Russell Banks fan, and when I look back over the last 40 years, he has…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:10

Ray Stevens to play Franklin

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Legendary comedian and singer-songwriter Ray Stevens will be hitting the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the Smoky…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:08

New interactive Cherokee history program

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“Cherokee Friends,” Ani-Tsalagi Digali, is an exciting new program that will expand on visitors’ experiences within the community of Cherokee.
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:04

Summer, fall art classes at The Bascom

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A wide array of adult art classes and workshops are now open to those interested at The Bascom in Highlands.
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:59

Exhibit honors Cherokee artisan legend

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“Solitude & Mystery,” an exhibit showcasing for the work of John Julius Wilnoty will be held from 3 to 5…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:55

Celebrate Appalachian culture, history

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The 5th annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 13, in downtown…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:51

Mountain music, clogging, storytelling and more

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Catch the Spirit of Appalachia will be hosting a day of Western North Carolina culture from 2 to 5 p.m.…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:50

American Gonzos bring rock, funk to WCU

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American Gonzos will perform as part of the Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11, in the Central…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:48

This must be the place

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Part Two: The Wedding As I adjusted my tie in the hotel mirror, I noticed more grey hairs in my beard.
In art, as in life, what matters most is following your heart, never compromising your beliefs and holding steady to…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:35

Coach’s article was great, but let’s clarify

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To the Editor: First, and foremost, I want to thank you for the article in The Smoky Mountain News, your…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:35

Playing the blame game in Jackson County

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To the Editor: Have you noticed when officeholders (elected or unelected) are attempting to wiggle out from responsibility for some…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:33

Reflections on ‘Sweet 16’ and the future

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What’s your dream job? Recent college graduates are perhaps honing in on the difficult task of searching for a satisfying…