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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:01

Child rescued from Whittier hotel dies

A four-year-old child found injured and abused in Qualla Motel in Whittier last week has died. Deputies arrived at the Qualla Motel just after 7 a.m. Oct. 11 after first responders and EMS arrived on scene and noted the injuries…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:00

Pedestrian fatality involves Cherokee officer

A Cherokee Indian Police Department officer hit two pedestrians, killing one, while on patrol Wednesday night. The incident occurred on the U.S. 441 bypass at about 8:40 p.m. While on patrol, Officer Cody McKinney turned on a vehicle with only…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:00

Swain County marching band heading to D.C.

Swain High School’s Marching Maroon Devils have officially been accepted to march in the National Independence Day Parade on July 4, 2014 in Washington D.C Marching bands that attend must be nominated and go through an application process once the…
The N.C. Department of Revenue is holding money belonging to Swain County captive, according to county officials.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:51

Candidates all want more business in Canton

While infrastructure and economic development tops each candidate’s agenda, a far more consequential matter could await those who fill the four open seats on the Canton Board of Aldermen — who will Canton’s next town manager be?
All Nicole Smith could do last week was try to keep the doors open. Either the shutdown of the federal government would end, or North Carolina officials would tell her they don’t have the million of dollars necessary to cover…
Giant blow-up gorillas, bouquets of balloons, plastic banners strung from awnings or poles and billowing fabric figures piped full of air — these previously banned forms of attention-grabbing signage could soon be gracing Waynesville’s businesses under a proposed slate of…
Schools are bracing for a precipitous drop in student test scores coming down the pike next month — the result of a new, more rigorous curriculum and testing standards implemented statewide last year.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Rising star redefines country music

Kacey Musgraves makes me feel like a teenager. Shouts of joy escape my lungs when I find out she’s performing nearby. All my friends grow weary over my constant babbling about her. If there were a life-size poster available, I’d…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

Help. That’s what was texted to me a couple weeks ago. It was my co-worker at the newspaper, stuck in mud somewhere in the backwoods of Maggie Valley. Normally, I would finally get to sleep in on a Saturday morning,…
The Lake Junaluska Singers’ “Songs by the Lakeshore” concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18-19 in Stuart Auditorium.  Song selections include “Battle of Jericho,” “It is Well,” “On Broadway,” “Old Man River,” “Empty Chairs, Empty Tables,” and…
Tickets are currently on sale for upcoming performances by comedian Ron White, funk group Kool & The Gang and rock band ZZ Top at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
The inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit will be Oct. 25-27 in downtown Asheville. 
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Jackson County Arts Council names grant winners

The Jackson County Arts Council announced its 2013-14 grant recipients.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

SMCPA taps former intern for top job

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts announced its new general manager, Paul Garner.  
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Waynesville celebrates apple harvest

The 25th annual Haywood Apple Harvest Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in downtown Waynesville. The festival features arts, crafts, live music, dance groups, food vendors and children’s activities. Key events include the Southern…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

We’re in the Halloween homestretch, but I’d wager at least half of you are still riding the costume rollercoaster, days away from closing in on what your kid wants to be. Back in the days before Amazon.com — when we…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

WCU community to celebrate Homecoming

Homecoming Weekend will be Oct. 24-27 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. This year’s theme is “Whee Are Catamounts!” Public activities will begin with the “Last Lecture” by Professor Burton Ogle at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24, in the recital hall…
Thursday, 10 October 2013 18:02

Mountain Momma

I always end up with too many pumpkins by Halloween, a trajectory I am headed down once again despite telling myself to abort mission.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 03:06

The secret ministry of frost

It’s early October as I write this column. The first frost hasn’t, as yet, arrived. But it won’t be long coming.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:59

AT film tour coming to Franklin

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will show the film “Appalachian Impressions,” Friday, Oct. 18, at Drake Educational Center in Franklin. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, followed by the film, trail information, a meet-and-greet with hikers, expert speakers and…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:58

Wildlife investigation nabs Internet violators

An ongoing, multi-state investigation to disrupt illegal animal trafficking online has netted 62 arrests. Dubbed “Operation Wild Web,” the investigation involves the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and law enforcement in Arkansas and Florida, as well as federal agents. The effort…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:56

WCU students run to Boone to raise funds

In the lead-up to the football game between rivals Western Carolina University and Appalachian State University, a group of students and faculty from WCU will run from Cullowhee to Boone to raise money for research and scholarships.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:55

Bonsai experts coming to NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville will host the Carolina Bonsai Expo, Oct. 12-13.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:54

Macon man to discuss record-setting summit

The oldest man to hike to the top of Mount Whitney in a day will give a talk about his training and his journey at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Macon County Library.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:52

MST photography contest deadline nears

Public submissions are being accepted for a statewide outdoor photography contest.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:49

Lighting up the mountains

I was at the Allens Creek soccer fields Saturday morning watching Maddie play when my eyes were drawn to the mountains across the way. Red splashes like watercolor brush strokes climbing a mottled green canvas were shinning from the forests.…
From wedding planners to elk tour guides to non-profit organizations, the closing of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hasn’t only disrupted the livelihood of federal workers. The park is home to a wide variety of outside enterprises working independently…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:40

A warts and all biography of a WNC original

I first encountered Robert Henry’s name some 30 years ago in Lyman Draper’s account of the Battle of Kings Mountain (Oct. 7, 1780). Robert (who was either 13 or 14 years old at the time) had been wounded when a British…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:39

GOP shouldn’t blame this on Democrats

To the Editor: The Republicans, including our own Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, who have repeatedly stated dislike for the federal government, have closed much of the U.S. government. What is particularly obnoxious about this is that they are blaming Democrats…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:38

Please explain what is so bad about Obamacare

To the Editor: I do so hope that Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, read the Oct. 2 issue of The Smoky Mountain News. The lead story details how much this government shutdown is damaging his own home district economically. I am…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:37

Rep. Meadows is proud of poster boy status

To the editor: In a Sept. 27 CNN article, Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, was identified as “the architect of the brink” and a member of the “suicide caucus.” Although he’s claiming that the CNN reporter was “sensationalizing” his role in…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:36

Meadows playing up to Tea Party

To the Editor: Regarding a recent op-ed piece by Doug Wingeier on Congressman Meadows, R-Cashiers, and his feigned interest in alleviating hunger in the U.S.: I also have noted a certain disingenuousness about Rep. Meadows in his latest series of…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:35

Shutdown particularly bad for our region

To the Editor: The federal government shutdown is probably the most counter-productive action that Congress could have taken during this recession. Not only will it cost money, but it is harming our economy in so many ways … not to…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:34

The system isn’t broken, it’s fixed

To the Editor: If we hadn’t figured it out by 2008, we should have at least gotten a clue. The congressional and White House phones and emails were jammed with unprecedented pleas from We the People. Not only were the…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:32

Jackson’s new tourism logo is lacking

To the Editor: Neither of the logos considered by the Jackson County TDA convey the proper message for tourism development. Both, per the logo display in a recent edition of The Smoky Mountain News, are lackluster, lack excitement (one being…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:30

‘We have met the enemy, and he is us’

To the Editor: Does John Boehner like what he’s seeing in the mirror these days? Maybe not, but the problem for the nation is that he is too fond of what he sees on his office door: “Speaker of the…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:30

Why is McCrory’s approval rating so high?

To the Editor: Governor Pat McCrory’s approval rating stands at 35 percent. Given the way he’s stuck it to the people of North Carolina, that seems high. Robert Michael Jones Sylva
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:28

Lawmakers in denial about plight of poor

By Dawn Gilchrist-Young Of the 120 or so 12th-graders I teach each year, about two-thirds have jobs outside of school. Of those two-thirds, there is a large number who work 30 to 40 hours a week. Their jobs range from…
The Haywood County Republican Party, siding with a two-time county commission candidate, has submitted a resolution to the county saying it should hire a professional appraisal firm to review all home values.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:17

Case against alleged cross burner dismissed

The case against a Haywood County teenager charged with felony cross burning was dismissed two weeks ago.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:15

Bryson wants to get rid of unsightly signs

For years Bryson City has battled gaudy signs, decrepit signs and too many signs, particularly along U.S. 19 coming into town. Until now, it’s never had a legal foot to stand on.
Where heavy-handed fines fail, the Jackson County Health Department is pushing a program to urge negligent drivers to put their child passengers in car seats.
Haywood County will pay more than it anticipated on state-mandated renovations to its jail annex. The county will pay $91,314 to the Monroe-based State Building Group for upgrades to the jail annex. Renovations include setting up a secure fence to…
Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties all reported an increase in lodging tax revenue last fiscal year, compared to the prior year, though in some cases the hike is due to tax increases rather than an increase in travelers.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:07

Maggie boasts crowded field for town elections

Finances and the future of the festival grounds were front and center at a Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen candidate forum last week. About 30 spectators showed up to hear what the candidates for aldermen had to say. Each candidate…
After a week of paid suspension, Maggie Valley’s town manager and festival director are gone.
Talking to kids is hard enough when life is going fine, but when their parents are going through a divorce or maybe having substance abuse problems, children can clam up. It’s Janet Thatcher’s job to gain their trust.
Acclaimed gospel group The Inspirations will host the Singing in the Smokies fall color festival at 6 p.m. Oct. 17-18 and 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Inspiration Park in Bryson City. On Thursday, performances include Martin, Squire & Ray Dean,…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

Smith, Sebens present works of Ron Rash Oct. 19

Actress Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens will showcase the works of author Ron Rash during “A Rash of Stories” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Waynesville Public Library. The program of varied selections in an informal…