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With two of the three Sylva board members up for re-election jumping into the mayoral race, Sylva is guaranteed to get at least two new faces on the board after the November elections. The three open seats attracted a field…
Town elections aren’t always competitive affairs. For some municipalities, it’s a challenge just to get enough people to run to fill the empty seats — and that’s what happened to Webster and Forest Hills this go-around. Both towns will sport ballots…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:36

Canton board split on candidate support

The Canton Board of Aldermen has made major headway in the last two years by putting policies in place that will hopefully set the stage for a more prosperous future, which is why the incumbents up for election this year…
Jonnie Cure, a challenger in the Waynesville mayor’s race, has a history of liens, unpaid property taxes, foreclosures, small claims and personal bankruptcy over a 20-year span.
More than 160 people packed a heated public hearing over a proposed recycling sorting facility in Haywood County Monday night, pleading with county commissioners to turn down the project.
What to spend money on and what to pass up? The Waynesville town board faces this question month in and month out. Seemingly small budget decisions can have some of the biggest impacts on residents’ daily lives.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:10

Municipal Elections 2015

Small towns all over the region are in the midst of municipal elections and a majority of them are contested races. New candidates and incumbents have plenty of issues to discuss as they try to manage shrinking budgets, improve aging…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:39

Peak peeking

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The deluge we slogged through a couple of weeks ago certainly didn’t help this fall’s color palette. But not to…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:35

Pumpkin pursuit returning to NOC

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A celebration of all things fall will be held noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Nantahala Outdoor Center. 
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:31

NC ranks high in clean energy job growth

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North Carolina came in fifth nationwide in a recent ranking of states that added jobs in clean energy and clean…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:31

DENR blog keeps tabs on environmental news

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The N.C. Department of Environment Quality, formally known as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, now has a blog…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:31

North Carolina all caught up on rainfall

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After receiving more than three months’ worth of rainfall in the course of one week, North Carolina is not experiencing…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:30

Boxwood disease found in Jackson and Macon

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A serious boxwood disease known as boxwood blight, Calonec­tria pseudonaviculata, has been confirmed on the Highlands Plateau in Macon and…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:28

State solar tax credit to disappear

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The North Carolina Legislature did not renew the state’s solar tax credit, which will now expire on Dec. 31. 
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:27

New mile-markers at Lake J

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Thanks to an Eagle Scout project from 14-year-old Talbryn Porter, the Lake Junaluska walking path is now sporting new mile…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:25

Apple-picking for a good cause

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Kids who want to lend a hand toward feeding the hungry can help harvest the season’s left-over apples from a…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:23

See the Chimney at night

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A nocturnal, kid-friendly Halloween event will give visitors a rare glimpse of Chimney Rock State Park at night, 7:30 to…
Out of Ed Norris’ 68 years of life, Vietnam accounts for just one. Those months he spent deployed with the…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:15

Waynesville library slipping in quality

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To the Editor: When I moved to Waynesville in 1987 the library was the pride of the mountains. It was…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:15

The ugly truth about tribal politics

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To the Editor: As the tribal elections drew closer and closer, it became fairly obvious early on that Patrick Lambert…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:11

Free enterprise gives people the freedom to flourish

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In his Oct. 7 letter to the editor, Franklin political activist Dan Kowal cautioned readers not to “buy the corporate…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 16:01

In search of the uplifting and the ephemeral

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“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point,…
Clyde may be a tiny little two-stoplight town, but at a recent candidate forum, the panel of contenders for seats in the upcoming town board elections was full of ideas on how to grow the town while maintaining its close-knit…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:15

Cherokee officer dies from work-related injury

Anthony “Tony” Lossiah, a Cherokee Indian Police Department patrol officer, died at Mission Hospital in Asheville on Tuesday, Oct. 6, after succumbing to complications stemming from an injury sustained while performing his law enforcement duties. Lossiah served the Eastern Band…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:12

Candidates: Maggie Valley is moving forward

The four candidates vying for two seats on the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen can all agree on one point — the town is in much better shape than it was two years ago. 
Former Principal Chief Michell Hicks was all set to take over the tribe’s highest-paying job — director of the Tribal Gaming Commission — when his political term ended Oct. 5, but now that offer’s off the table.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:06

Chief Lambert’s personnel changes draw debate

Patrick Lambert didn’t waste any time making waves in his first full day as principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. That Tuesday morning, a handful of tribal employees received official letters stating their services were no longer…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:06

Lead testing continues at SCC firing range

After recently expanded testing continued to show elevated lead levels at Southwestern Community College’s firing range, college officials are going forward with the latest recommendations from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources to determine the precise project…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:03

Steep slope hearing on for Jackson

After two years of revisions, hearings and public debate, Jackson County’s steep slope ordinance is now approaching the finish line with a final public hearing scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Jackson County Administration Building in Sylva.
The town of Canton elected a whole new board two years ago when all four aldermen decided not to run for another term.
Candidates running for the Waynesville town board can’t seem to talk about their campaign platforms without first saying how much they love Waynesville, and, for good measure, repeating it often. Sometimes very often.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:52

Waynesville’s mayor race is talk of the town

Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown has the public endorsement of six out of the seven alderman candidates running for the town board this fall.
A commercial recycling sorting plant proposed in Haywood County is being met with skepticism by neighbors, who fear it will create noise, odors and traffic for the Beaverdam community.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:45

Touchstones: Seven novels that carry weight

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English writer Graham Greene used to divide his literary works into entertainments, which we might call thrillers, and novels, which…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:30

PumpkinFest rolls into Franklin

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The 19th Annual PumpkinFest will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in downtown Franklin.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:29

Hunter Hayes to play WCU

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Country star Hunter Hayes will begin his “21 Tour” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Ramsey Regional Activity…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:28

WCU Friends welcome Steep Canyon Rangers

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Grammy Award-winning bluegrass supergroup Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at a membership concert for the Western Carolina University Friends of…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:23

This must be the place

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It’s about chipping away. When you come into this world, you’re a block of unknown potential. Untouched and ready to be…
I was told “good luck.” In August 2012, as one of my first assignments for The Smoky Mountain News, I…
Heading north on State Road 135, just outside the small town of Nashville, Indiana, the stretch of pavement curves along…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:46

The secret of ministry of frost

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It’s Oct. 6 as I write this. The first frost hasn’t as yet arrived. But it won’t be long coming.…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:39

Migration Celebration an event for all ages

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The public is invited to join scientists and members of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee for the annual…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:28

Find the fitness routine that works for you

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The Healthy Haywood Fitness Challenge will kick off Monday, Oct. 12.  The program — which runs through Nov. 23 —…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:27

Peek through a window into campsites past

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A recreation of what a campsite from 100 years ago would look like will be on Saturday, Oct. 10, at…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:25

Take in the view on Purchase Knob hike

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A hike taking in the views from Purchase Knob in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as the…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:24

Fly clinic to cater to disabled veterans

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An afternoon of fly-fishing related clinics for disabled veterans will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9,…
Many an 85th birthday has been observed with a simple gathering of friends and family sharing cake and memories, but…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:21

Carolina Bonsai Expo to celebrate 20 years

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A nationally recognized bonsai tree expo will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, at the North Carolina Arboretum in…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:20

Former park biologist honored for conservation

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Kim DeLozier, conservation program manager for the eastern U.S. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, won the title of Wildlife Conservationist of…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 17:19

Smokies has new chief ranger

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s district ranger for the Tennessee side of the park, Steve Kloster, has been named…