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The Cashiers Chamber of Commerce leaders claim they have been slighted their fair share of visitor center funding from the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority.
Jackson County Planning Board members discussed axing part of the steep slope rules aimed at protecting mountain viewsheds. The viewshed provisions stipulate new mountainside construction should  not be readily visible from public right of ways or public lands.
In his brief five months in Congress, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, has kept busy — voting on several pieces of key legislation, sitting in on committee hearings, drafting bills of his own and when he can, traveling back to Western…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will receive more federal aid than originally promised after January’s rainstorms, flooding and mudslides. In March, the Eastern Band became the first tribe to garner the Presidential Declaration of Disaster, which made it eligible…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:58

Tribe settles suit over sewage spills

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has settled a civil lawsuit claiming overflows from the tribe’s sewage treatment plant were backing up on nearby private property. Linda Lambert sued the tribe in May 2011, saying sewage overflows on her property…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:53

Battle over degrees at WCU could heat up

Western Carolina University is grappling with whether to cut unpopular or obsolete majors, posing a conundrum as it and other universities examine their deeper role in society: to provide a well-rounded, liberal arts education or steer students toward degrees in…
Haywood County’s budget will increase by more than $2 million next fiscal year, but it will still be nearly that amount shy of the county’s pre-recession budget.
It’s got more names than the Bible. The “round-over,” the “lollipop,” and the “bob” to name a few. No matter how you call it, Haywood County’s favorite way of trimming trees is despised by tree experts, yet it’s probably here…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Jackson did not spend $50,000 wisely

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To the Editor: My first reaction to the county brand “Play On” was that it must be April 1. Quickly…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Spend fund balance and cut property tax rate

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To the Editor: Macon County commissioners can re-sponsibly reduce the property tax. The county manager’s proposed 2014 general fund budget…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Legislative moves will harm rural N.C.

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To the Editor: We are well into this Legislature’s session. The governor has put forward his budget. The Senate has proposed…
It was a great day for a picnic … or a baseball game. The sun hung there above the horizon…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Sculptures installed in Cashiers

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Nine sculptures were installed in The Village Green in Cashiers this past week in preparation for the opening of the…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Festival celebrates Cherokee life, culture

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The Cherokee Voices Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Museum of the Cherokee…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Tickets on sale for Miranda Lambert

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Mega-country star Miranda Lambert hits the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Lambert is…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Buddy Holly musical comes to Highlands

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“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” will be showcased from June 13-30 at the Highlands Playhouse. Holly’s brief life became the…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Trail release party at Nantahala Brewing

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The 5th Trail Magic Ale release party is set for June 7-8 at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City. 
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

WNC film shown in honor of library anniversary

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A showing of the film “Paradise Falls” will coincide with the Jackson County Public Library’s second anniversary, at 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Harpist plays artist reception

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Harpist Betina Morgan will play the artist reception for the exhibition “Appalachia,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 7,…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Dwight Yoakam hits the stage at Harrah’s

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Multi-platinum Grammy winning singer-songwriter, actor, director and country music pioneer Dwight Yoakam will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, June 14,…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

This Must Be the Place

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Well, hello there Western North Carolina. As the arts and entertainment writer at The Smoky Mountain News, I spend my…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Making the connection, one melody at a time

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You’ve sung it in the shower, in the car with the windows rolled down, at weddings, in karaoke bars, and…
Like New York is known for its basketball legends, and Texas is known for its football stars, Western North Carolina…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:34

Swingin’ for the Smokies

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Craig Hartle just might have the best job in Western North Carolina. The head golf professional for High Hampton Inn…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:33

Head for the hills

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When he was a young boy, Jason Hardin fell in love. It was a 1973 Harley-Davidson Sportster. Owned by his…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:31

Getting your fill in Appalachia

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Strolling through downtown Bryson City, one tends to cross paths with the scent of delicious food wafting from a nearby…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:30

Heinzelmannchen Brewery taps into the Smokies

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Dieter Kuhn was 4,500 miles from his hometown in Germany when he came across Sylva, a small community tucked away…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:28

Getting away from it all

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David Lippy was sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic in Orlando when it hit him. “The city was so congested with vehicles,”…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:20

Opening up Appalachia for all

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Amid the cherished traditions of Western North Carolina is the deep foundation of family and friends getting together to celebrate…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:41

A story of violence and race in small-town N.C.

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My decision to read this “docudrama” (part memoir, part history and part detective story) was prompted by my genuine wish…
Leading a field trip isn’t complicated. But there may be more to it than you suppose. It helps if you…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:33

Sylva farmers market gives veggies, takes plastic

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You don’t have to barter with chickens at the Jackson County Farmers Market, or even pay with cash for that…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:32

Outdoor writer explores Mountain-To-Sea Trail

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Danny Bernstein will discuss her third hiking book, Mountains-To-Sea: Trail Across North Carolina, at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:31

Trout waters set to open; youth go first

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 64 miles of trout streams and two lakes known as delayed-harvest trout…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:30

Great Smokies celebrates National Trails Day

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1, with a volunteer workday on…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:29

Author climbs Clingmans Dome in new book

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Clingmans Dome towers over the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains as the highest point in both the national park…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:28

Upcoming summer camps

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Smokies summer camp near Cherokee Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a three-day camp, “Smokies Summer Science Investigations,” for…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:27

Bringing the classroom outside

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Highlands Middle School became home to a new outdoor classroom earlier this month.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:26

A hangover of hoverers

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As we turn to bask in the full glow of the summer sun, mornings begin to heat up quickly. As…
The swim leg of a triathlon is notoriously daunting. Of the sport’s three heats — swimming, biking and running —…
Members of the nationally acclaimed bluegrass band Balsam Range are now the bona fide ambassadors of Haywood County.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:16

Gettin’ together and feelin’ alright

This summer, there will be a new scent wafting through Lake Junaluska.
Renowned metal sculptor Grace Cathey has been selected to create an art piece by the Waynesville Public Art Commission. Entitled “Wild Flowers of the Smokies,” the three metal panels (six feet high by four feet wide) will each represent a…
Macon County Schools may be in store for some noticeable changes come the start of school this fall.
Ghost Town in the Sky did not open to much fanfare last weekend because, simply put, it didn’t open.
Maggie Valley’s slow and steady decline as a tourist destination comes down to aesthetics, a consultant hired to assess Maggie Valley’s economic challenges told town leaders last week.   Maggie Valley’s appearance has declined and not kept up with the…
Most who spoke during a public hearing at the Macon County Courthouse on Duke Energy’s proposed rate increases were not pleased with the prospect of another uptick on their electric bills and lambasted Duke Energy representatives for wanting to use…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:09

Play On, Jackson County

After weeks of back-and-forth debate, deliberation and nail-biting, members of the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority have zeroed in on a slogan to help sell the area to potential visitors.
Despite cutting more than $50,000 from the town’s budget, Bryson City’s leaders plan to raise property taxes and town fees in the coming fiscal year.
Swain County may soon seal a deal with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to pay for the restoration of a steam engine in hopes it would bring more tourists to town to ride the scenic train.