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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians became the first tribe in the nation to receive a Presidential Declaration of Disaster for damages to tribal lands from severe rainstorms in January.  The designation means that the Eastern Band is eligible for…
State funding cuts for magistrate judges are taking a toll on rural counties and the judges themselves. Long hours, a growing workload and a shrinking workforce are changing the way this staple position in the state justice system does business.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:04

Cherokee becomes first tribe in space

It’s 20 degrees outside and Spencer Thomas is standing on a Cherokee soccer field holding a balloon. “Hopefully, everything goes according to plan,” he said.
Cherokee Tribal Council was asked to green light the construction of a second $110 million casino and hotel near Murphy last week but instead voted to table the issue for further study. The new casino could add about 800 jobs…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 16:04

Rash’s Appalachia is both rich and flawed

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Ron Rash’s latest collection of short stories echos a theme that runs through all of his works: an awareness that Appalachia…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 16:00

Getting the 'word' out

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It’s a sunny, crisp afternoon in the high hills of Tuckasegee and Thomas Rain Crowe throws another log into the…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:50

Angelina Ballerina comes to Franklin

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The musical “Angelina Ballerina” will be onstage at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:49

Roller girls host ‘Spring Fling’Her’ bout

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Smoky Mountain Roller Girls “Spring Fling’Her” bout against G-Force (Gastonia) is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:48

Wheels Through Time to be featured on TV cable show

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Wheels Through Time Museum, one of America’s most famous motorcycling destinations located in Maggie Valley, will be featured on the…
Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band will be highlighted next week at the national convention of the…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:45

Textile art exhibit opens in Waynesville

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The exhibit “Textures” featuring the work of nine textile artists will open next week at the Haywood County Arts Council’s…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:28

Don’t be in a rush to cut courthouse trees

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To the Editor: I am concerned that the decision to remove the trees at the courthouse was hasty and ill-judged.…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:27

Once again, we need to save Needmore

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To the Editor: After all the time and effort put forth by the citizens of Macon and Swain counties, the…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:26

The roots of the U.S. gun culture

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To the Editor: In all the current commentary about gun violence in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:25

A great night of music at the Bardo Center

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To the Editor: What a wonderful evening recently at the Bardo Arts Center. Western Carolina University School of Music presented…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:23

Joining Waynesville right move for Junaluska

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To the Editor: From my perspective, much of the discussion of whether or not to allow annexation of Lake Junaluska…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:22

Give McCrory, GOP a chance before piling on

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To the Editor: Ms. Abel’s letter said that the state’s Democratic ideals are fading fast since the last election (“State’s…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:21

Making tourism sustainable as economic development

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By Ken Stahl • Guest Columnist There appears to be controversy concerning the proposed 2 percent occupancy tax increase. This…
A team of laid-off state geologists will soon start mapping landslide hazard zones in Haywood County after a coalition of environmental nonprofits raised money to keep the project alive. The state two years ago axed an ongoing effort to map…
Jackson County planning board members are considering whether to re-start a landslide hazard mapping initiative that was axed by the state two years ago. A team of state geologists had been creating landslide hazard maps for every mountain county. They…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians could decide soon whether to move forward with a second casino near Murphy, but some tribal members are raising concerns.
People attending productions at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center may soon have the chance to enjoy a glass of wine or a beer before a show or during intermission. WCU’s board of trustees Friday…
It’s a room full of strangers, ideas and alcohol. Still in its infancy yet gaining steam, the Drink-N-Think congregation came together last Wednesday evening at the Mad Batter Bakery & Café in Cullowhee, near the heart of Western Carolina University.
The Haywood Community College Board of Trustees has decided not to release the names of its finalists for president of the community college — even though it did so during the first round of searching last year. Three finalists have been…
The number of children in foster care in Haywood County is on the rise, a depressing sign for Department of Social Services workers whose first goal is to keep a family together. “Growing up in foster care or growing up…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority board responded to outcries from Maggie Valley business owners about a proposed lodging tax increase during its meeting last week. Several business owners in Maggie voiced their collective concerns about the possible increase at…
In a move that could save nearly 100 jobs and keep a Franklin factory from closing, an English-based company struck a deal early this week to purchase the assets of the Whitley Products plant, a struggling metal manufacturer. For nearly…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:37

The harbingers of spring are upon us

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As you read this it may well be freezing or even icy outside. But before long you’ll be outside working…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:35

News from the AT

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Teachers invited to bring the AT into their classroom Teachers and educators interested in incorporating the Appalachian Trail into their…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:31

U.S. 441 through park should reopen by May 15

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Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is expected to be repaired and open by…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:30

Mountain scramble to Black Rock

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The third annual Assault on Black Rock will test the strength and stamina of trail runners as they try to…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:28

Hikes of the Smokies series kicks off

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A guided hike in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held on Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:26

Louisiana lagniappe

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I know, I know, we’ve been in Louisiana for two weeks now, but when I look back at some of…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:21

Follow me, into the wild

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The last time I went camping I was 10 or 11. I was in my grandparents’ backyard, snug in my…
During the next several weeks, thousands of people will leave from Springer Mountain in Georgia and begin the 2,184-mile trek…
Jackson County commissioners have postponed a decision on hiring deputies to man the county’s elementary schools. The school board and sheriff’s office made a joint request recently for funding for four additional deputies to serve as school resource officers in…
There’s a new sheriff in town. Greg Christopher, a 51-year-old former lieutenant in the N.C. State Patrol, assumed the role of top lawman in Haywood County this week.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 02:10

Re-learning those old, familiar (bird) songs

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I like “old time rock and roll” too. And I recently got some of my old time records, CDs, iPods,…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 02:02

Climbing event at Chimney Rock

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An event called “Climbin’ the Chimney” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 2 is an opportunity to for…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 02:02

Duke grants to aid education, environment

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Duke Energy is helping to fund new educational and environmental projects as part of its hydropower relicensing agreement in the…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 01:54

Taking the polar plunge

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Around 30 daring souls splashed and jumped into Lake Junaluska last Saturday for the first annual “Polar Plunge” to raise…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 01:52

Loosiana part deaux

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What better place to start part deaux than Breaux Bridge along Bayou Teche? Firmin Breaux originally purchased the area that…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 01:51

WCU trail system now open to the public

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Western Carolina University’s new trail system is open and ready for bikers, hikers and runners. About 100 people turned out…
Shock waves rippled through the mountain hunting community last week as word spread of a sweeping undercover investigation targeting dozens…
Last week, state and federal wildlife officers began rounding up dozens of suspected poachers in Western North Carolina, bringing to…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Final volume of Churchill biography a long-awaited gem

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William Manchester, author of a number of best-selling books, including The Death of A President, American Caesar, and Goodbye, Darkness,…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Liberals arts education enriches one’s life

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To the Editor: Scott McLeod (Feb. 6 SMN) pays tribute to the value of a liberal arts education. Even though…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Wouldn’t it be wonderful ... to use local builders

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To the Editor: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the building boom of million dollar homes in Jackson County supported this…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Not all doom and gloom in Dillsboro

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To the Editor: The claim of Frank Parrish and others over the past few years that Dillsboro is a ghost…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Time to be rid of all Cherokee bear zoos

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To the Editor: Little has changed in Cherokee since a 1989 Parade Magazine cover story, “Are Our Zoos Humane?” named…