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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 18:00

School closing lawsuit should move forward

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I hope the lawsuit by Mark Melrose against the Haywood County School System has its day in court, and was…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:56

If neither candidate suits you, well, we can help

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On our way back from the coast on Saturday in bumper-to-bumper traffic just outside Charleston, I saw a billboard that…
Cloud cover keeps the summer morning cool as Mark Hopey makes the rounds below Cowee Mound. By 8:30 a.m., he…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:40

Local naturalist releases hiking guide

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Naturalist Ken Czarnomski — in partnership with the the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority — has released the third installment…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:37

High schoolers conquer the Rockies

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After biking more than 300 miles through the Rocky Mountains, the group of five high schoolers involved in Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:34

Fatalities prompt caution when visiting waterfalls

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Two fatalities related to waterfalls occurred in the Pisgah National Forest last week.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:32

Bradbury created a genre all his own

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Last year a storm of controversy erupted over the destruction of writer Ray Bradbury’s home in Los Angeles. Architect Thom…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:05

Folkmoot moments

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Peru: We travel to different countries. It’s our fifth festival this year, already two in France. We like a lot of the people, so friendly.…
After talking with staff, volunteers and last year’s groups, Folkmoot Executive Director Angie Schwab decided that this year, she wanted to give performers more of…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:00

Sam Love Queen and the values of Folkmoot

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In May, the auditorium in the Folkmoot Friendship Center was dedicated to a man instrumental in establishing Waynesville and its environs as one of the…
Just prior to the 2016 Folkmoot Wanderlust Gala, Folkmoot staff, sound technicians, photographers and performers scurried about behind the stage.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:18

SCC launches ‘PEAK’ initiative

PEAK, which stands for “Professional Expectations, Attendance and Knowledge,” is the name of Southwestern Community College’s new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) — an essential element in the re-accreditation process through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:18

New beer to benefit conservation trust

Mainspring Conservation Trust will benefit from a collaboration with Lazy Hiker Brewing Company to create Needmore Ale, which will be released at 5:30 p.m. on July 28 at the brewery.
The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College in partnership with The Support Center and the Western Women’s Business Center will offer a free Hispanic Latino Business Start Up series in August.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:11

Ethics rules passed in Cherokee

Tribal government is expected to gain on openness and accountability following passage of a pair of laws in Cherokee Tribal Council this month. After more than a year of work, the tribe now has a code of ethics and a…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:10

Swain officials discuss houseboats with TVA

Members of the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors recently requested a meeting with Swain and Graham County officials to discuss the TVA’s recent decision to remove all 1,800 houseboats from its 49 lakes within the next 30 years.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:08

Lead cleanup poised to start at SCC

After more than two years of tests and evaluations, the end is now in sight for an effort to remove 450 tons of lead-contaminated soil from a shooting range at Southwestern Community College. The job will cost $237,000, but by…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:07

No decision yet on Jackson hospital appeal

The jury is still out on a property tax challenge being waged by Harris Regional Hospital, which claims its property is only worth a quarter of what the county says it is.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:03

High stakes in hospital tax dispute

Haywood Regional Medical Center and county officials  are locked in a dispute over how much the hospital should pay in property taxes.
After sixteen months of meetings, a change of planning director and a nearly complete turnover of membership on the Jackson County Planning Board, an updated industrial development ordinance is now in place for the county.
It’s about 855 miles between the quiet mountain town of Waynesville, North Carolina and the urban hustle and bustle of Havana, Cuba.  SEE ALSO:• An Artist’s Visit to Cuba• Discussion to focus on Cuba And yet, when painter Christopher Holt opens up…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:44

An Artist’s Visit to Cuba

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By Christopher Holt • Special to SMN When my plane touched down at Havana International Airport to loud applause from the…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:43

Discussion to focus on Cuba

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You can get answers to that question and more first-hand information about the island nation during a symposium and art…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:29

Second Bryson City brewery to open

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The Mountain Layers Brewing Company has begun construction on a seven-barrel craft microbrewery and taproom located on Everett Street in…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:17

This must be the place

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I noticed it two rows behind me. Sitting at the cold, hard tables of my eighth-grade science class in the…
Friday, 22 July 2016 15:16

GALLERY: Folkmoot “Wanderlust” Gala

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The annual Folkmoot USA The "Official" North Carolina International Folk Festival once again has touched down in Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:53

So this is who we are, and I didn’t see it

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Amidst a raucous crowd of nearly 600 runners — and probably just as many spectators — a couple of Saturday…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:49

God really does work in mysterious ways

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Until 18 days ago, the Bible had always been an afterthought in my spiritual journey. It was a book I…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:47

Lawsuit could bring about a more righteous process

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By David Teague • Guest Columnist Possibly the best perspective I’ve ever read about the importance of open government, and the…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:38

Planning begins for logging project in Haywood

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Round tables and large, neon sticky notes characterized last week’s kickoff of a planning process to cut timber and create…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:36

Wading through nostalgia

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Give a Loosiana boy a reason to don his hip boots and strap on a headlight and you’ve got a…
Students and teachers from communities around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are starting six weeks of hands-on learning and…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:21

WNC angling to take over television

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Jackson County will be displayed on national television this week with the airing of Anglers & Appetites, a show that…
Petitions bearing nearly half a million signatures urging protection of the endangered red wolf made their way to the U.S.…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:10

Cowan’s writing could make you cry

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When Leo Cowan, Jackson County’s noted historian and author, died last February just after his second book was published, I…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:53

Schedule of Events

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:49

Meet this year’s performing groups

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Rolf Kaufman has been a fixture on the Folkmoot scene since before it even began, bringing people from foreign lands together and welcoming them to…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:46

New music director takes over at Folkmoot

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Dillon Ingle will only be the third music director in Folkmoot’s 33-year history.
Everyone in Western North Carolina knows that once the Smokies shed their winterwear and the trees begin to bud, summer’s coming. They also know that…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:33

Many countries, one community

Ongoing coverage of the 33rd year of Folkmoot — an international folk dance festival based in Waynesville.  • Folkmoot 2016 looks at more than just the tip of the iceberg• New music director takes over at Folkmoot• Meet ‘Mr. Folkmoot’• Meet this year’s performing…
The Evergreen Foundation has provided $507,995 in funding to 13 agencies providing programs and services for individuals with behavioral health, substance use and intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:26

Western works to address low salaries

When Bill Yang decided to leave the world of private industry to join Western Carolina University’s School of Engineering and Technology eight years ago, he fully expected that the transition to academia would bring with it a slash in salary.
Franklin is one step closer to outlining a plan to provide better connectivity throughout the town for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Jackson County’s health department is gearing up to start millions of dollars of construction for its animal shelter and health buildings, but before those projects get off the ground leadership will change with the coming of a new health director. 
At least one local property owner plans to take advantage of a new law allowing for withdrawal from Waynesville’s Municipal Service District.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:17

New DSS director hired in Jackson

After 20 years with the department, Jackson County’s director of social services will be retiring from county employment at the end of the month, but the department won’t want for experienced leadership going forward.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:15

Charters of freedom coming to Sylva

After months of fundraising, cash is now in hand to get a monument to the country’s founding documents in place at Mark Watson Park in Sylva.
Arguments were heard in Haywood County Superior Court July 19 in the matter of Melrose v. The Haywood County Board of Education, at the center of which is the closing of Central Elementary School.
The pungent aroma of morning dew was still in the air and Kelly Sutton had just opened the Big Creek Country Store for the day when the cowbell mounted on the outside of the screen door issued an assertive and…