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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:18

Wildlife students recognized with scholarship

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Two Haywood Community College students have been recognized for their leadership, scholarship and dedication to the wildlife management profession with…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:16

N.C. ozone levels measuring up against new federal standard

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With a new, more stringent ozone standard now in effect, North Carolina’s numbers are looking good.
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:09

Widespread burn bans now in effect

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The North Carolina Forest Service has issued a burn ban for 25 Western North Carolina Counties, effective immediately and until…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:08

Campfire restrictions enacted in the Smokies

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Campfires in the backcountry of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are a no-go following the park’s decision to issue…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:06

Wildlife rides out the drought

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From his vantage point on the banks of the Tuckasegee River, it’s not that hard for fly fishing guide Alex…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:04

Low water levels cut the season short

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Fontana Lake looks more like a narrow river running through a canyon right now as drought conditions persist across the…
Some things change, and some things stay the same.  Thousands of years ago, humans developed visual and spoken languages to…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:42

Sales tax increase fails in Swain County

About 58 percent of voters in Swain County voted against increasing the sales tax from 6.75 percent to 7 percent.
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:39

Davis hangs tight to N.C. Senate seat

Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, will keep his seat in the N.C. Senate after an easy victory over Jane Hipps, D-Waynesville, who opposed him for the second election running. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:37

Rep. Presnell survives challenge

Rhonda Cole Schandevel, D-Canton, ran a surprisingly good campaign that was well financed, but in the end, it wasn’t quite enough to unseat incumbent Rep. Michele Presnell, who has proven popular in her district.  
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:35

Haywood County voters choose booze

For the first time since 1952, Haywood County voters were allowed to make a decision on whether or not to allow on- and/or off-premises sales of beer and wine. 
Chuck Francis will again return to chair a Haywood County School Board that has set high marks for achievement, climbing into the top 10 percent of all districts in the state.
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:31

Rogers, Ensley win Haywood seats

It had been said about newcomer Brandon Rogers that if signs could vote, he would win. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:29

Republicans claim both seats in Macon

Republican incumbent Paul Higdon will keep his District 3 seat on the Macon County Commission while Republican Karl Gillespie claimed the District 2 seat. 
Jackson County government will flip to the Republican side once again following successful campaigns from Ron Mau and Mickey Luker, Republican candidates for county commissioner who managed to oust Democratic incumbents Vicki Greene and Mark Jones. 
Republican challenger Kenneth Parton was the top vote-getter in the Swain County Commissioners’ race and was able to unseat longtime Democratic incumbent Steve Moon. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:22

Corbin captures easy N.C. House win

Kevin Corbin, R-Franklin, will trade in his seat on the Macon County Board of Commissioners for a place in the N.C House of Representatives following a decisive win over the Democratic candidate Randy Hogsed, of Andrews. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:19

Meadows re-elected for third term in Congress

Incumbent Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, will continue to represent the 11th District of North Carolina after defeating Democratic challenger Rick Bryson. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:17

Clampitt upsets Queen for N.C. House

Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, thought the third time would be a charm. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:59

HCC student wins entrepreneur award

Haywood Community College Career & College Promise student Ezekiel MacMillan was recently awarded the third place National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Student Entrepreneur Award. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:58

Library looks for input on strategic plan

The Haywood County Public Library has roots dating back more than a hundred years, but today’s library has its sights set squarely on the next hundred. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:57

Rash of car break-ins in Haywood

Haywood County Deputies responded to the Haywood Regional Medical Fitness Center around 6:15 a.m. Nov. 2 in reference to nine cars being broken into.
Houseboat owners on Fontana Lake may get to keep their floating homes after all if legislation passes to exempt Fontana from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s decision to remove 1,800 structures from its lakes. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:53

Local nonprofit selected to manage hospital funds

Barring an unforeseen breakdown in contract negotiations, the Haywood Healthcare Foundation will manage the estimated $20 million in funds that resulted from the sale of Haywood Regional Medical Center to Duke LifePoint in 2014.
Haywood Community College’s new Creative Arts Building was supposed to be a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly facility.
Mere months after the much-debated Cullowhee Community Planning Standards became county ordinance, commissioners are set to consider a pair of changes to the rules following a public hearing at 5:55 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in room A201 of the Jackson…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:47

Volunteers, donations needed in dog rescue effort

Haywood County officials and volunteers continue to minister to the needs of 140 — and counting — dogs removed from a property on Terrace Drive in Canton over the weekend. 
The first round of soil removal at Southwestern Community College’s lead-contaminated shooting range has substantially reduced the concentration of metal in the soil, but there’s still more work to be done before lead measurements retreat to safe levels. 
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:41

Up in smoke: Wildfires rage across a bone-dry WNC

Billowing smoke and inundations of suited-up firefighters have become the norm for many areas in Western North Carolina over the past couple weeks as tinderbox conditions have lured flames across more than 11,000 acres — about 17.5 square miles —…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:38

Per capita loan program approved in Cherokee

Twice each year, every Cherokee tribal member gets a payout of thousands of dollars — called a per capita payment — based on profits at the two tribally owned casinos.
Taking a seat on the old couch, my foot began to tap immediately. The living room full of friends and…
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 21:42

This must be the place

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The most important band in America My ears are still ringing. After catching two nights of the Drive-By Truckers this…
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 21:36

Haywood art grants given

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The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC), serving as a Designated County Partner of the North Carolina Arts Council, is pleased…
Monday, 07 November 2016 17:38

Haywood County continues animal rescue

Haywood County officials and volunteers continue to minister to the needs of 140 – and counting – dogs removed from a property on Terrace Drive in Canton over the weekend. The dogs, which were voluntarily surrendered by their owners, require…
According to a press release issued earlier this morning, Haywood County officials are currently involved in the rescue of more than a hundred dogs from a property on Terrace Drive in Canton. “My understanding is that animal services received an…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:37

Witch-hazel has adapted as a late flowering plant

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Editor’s note: this article first appeared in a November 2003 edition of The Smoky Mountain News. If you take a…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:25

Drought disaster declared in WNC

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 Jackson County has joined five other Western North Carolina counties in receiving designation as a primary natural disaster area due…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:23

Competition raises $220,000 to support military members

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A weekend of outdoor competition raised $220,000 in support of military members and their families at Mountain Falls Luxury Motorcoach…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:22

Volunteers remove a ton of garbage from Haywood creeks

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More than a ton of trash vanished from Richland and Allens creeks following a volunteer cleanup effort this fall.
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:14

New district ranger named for Pisgah

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The Pisgah Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest has a new district ranger following the arrival of Dave Casey,…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:10

Five fires burn the Nantahala

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Fire season is just beginning, but already five fires are lighting up the Nantahala National Forest. About 130 people are…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:05

Forest fires ignite the Nantahala as drought worsens

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Nantahala District Ranger Mike Wilkins was headed to church Sunday morning, Oct. 23, when he got the call. A forest…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:49

When the dust settles, we’ll keep moving forward

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I feel strongly about politics. I hope — with all the hope I can muster — that Donald Trump loses…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:45

Comey’s threat to democracy is unprecedented

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Editor’s note: This is a letter former FBI agent Mark Swanger Jr. sent to current FBI Director James Comey. Swanger…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:35

My Halloween failings follow me into adulthood

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I am old enough and comfortable enough with my shortcomings to just admit it: I am not very good at…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:31

Searching for the meaning in a grueling trek

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Recently, I attended “Coffee With the Poets” at City Lights Bookstore and heard the poet, Newton Smith, read and discuss…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:17

JCAC receives grant funding

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The Jackson County Arts Council has received four grants from the North Carolina Arts Council to fund various programs for…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:06

This must be the place

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Why don’t you go get your crazy pills? I remember that being said to me by other students when I…
Life is good. That’s the vibe one gets when chatting with Chris Robinson these days. Former lead singer for legendary…
After months of back-and-forth, Harris Regional Hospital and Jackson County have reached an agreement on the hospital’s tax value.