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Western Carolina University assistant professor Amy Stringer has been named North Carolina College/University Physical Education Teacher of the Year by…

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Western Carolina University students will be allowed to request grades of satisfactory or unsatisfactory for 2020 fall semester classes following…

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So, where am I right now?  Well, physically, I’m sitting in the back of our office, by myself in the…

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This year Junaluska Woman’s Club members have crafted plans for wonderful, supportive projects and fundraising events that, during the pandemic,…

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With the real estate market in Western North Carolina booming right now, it’s clear the region is reaping the economic…

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Patrick Cochran and Blair Smoker have lived in the Atlanta area their whole lives, but they’ve long believed that Sylva…

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Jane Pickett is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She has lived the last 15 years of her life in Los Angeles,…

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By Todd Vinyard • Contributing writer | Each athletic season has its challenges, but the 2020-2021 season has more obstacles…

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The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department recently earned national accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies. 

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By Boyd Allsbrook • Contributing writer | There were many things I expected to experience as a direct result of…

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At the recommendation of County Manager Derek Roland, Macon County commissioners recently approved hazard pay for its 300-plus employees. 

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A longtime leader in the Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad is facing criminal charges and a civil suit claiming he used lies…

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Following canvass Friday, Nov. 13, Democrat Mark Jones is still ahead in the race for the Jackson County Board of…

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The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will visit Asheville today, making its appearance 3 to 6 p.m. at the Asheville Outlets…

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The new Hayesville Primary School opens Monday to students and teachers, providing a brand-new place of learning in Clay County…

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Haywood County Health and Human Services is reporting its 37th COVID-19 death. The individual died at home and COVID-19 was listed…

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Emergency personnel were called to a residence in the North Hominy/Canton area in reference to a structure fire with entrapment…

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By Tom Fiedler • AVLWatchdog.org | For the Rev. Franklin Graham, the scathing editorial in Christianity Today last year calling his friend…

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Melissa Metcalf Le Roy believes her father, the late Oscar William Metcalf Jr., would have been the first to apply for…

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Can we bridge the divide? That’s the most fundamental question facing us as Americans as we sort out the post-mortem…

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The Haywood County Commissioners have decided to move forward with a long-term plan to expand the existing jail at the…

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North Carolina has launched a new initiative to help the state prepare for the impacts of climate change while reducing…

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Usually, the K-8 Trailblazers group at Mountain Discovery Charter School in Bryson City can be found venturing out to trails…

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So you’re a reader, a lover of books and the printed word, and if the pandemic permits, you visit your…

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The first phase of a development effort worth tens of millions of dollars is expected to open in 2022 following…

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Jessica Merritt is counting down the days until her husband returns home from his final days of service in the…

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Canton native Eric Hill was 18 when he decided to join the military. It was a quick decision. He wanted…

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Election Day results showed Democrat Mark Jones edging Republican Mark Letson by a slim nine-vote margin in the race for…

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By Boyd Allsbrook • Contributing writer Before the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns gutted U.S. commerce back in March, the Canton…

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By Quintin Ellison • Special to SMN John Hindsman Jr. leaves his civilian job this week for his military one,…

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The 18th chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was a lot of things — a World War II veteran,…

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The results are in — well, sort of — and Republicans in Western North Carolina don’t have much to complain…

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For the better part of the last 30 years, G. Love (aka: Garrett Dutton) has been radiating his message of…

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The town of Franklin will soon be home to SECU Hospice House of WNC. This new facility will provide hospice…

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Haywood County Public Health received notice of 57 new cases of COVID-19 since Oct. 30.  As of 5 p.m. Nov.…

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November is Native American Heritage Month and events adhering to pandemic protocols have been scheduled for Western Carolina University. 

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Election Day results showed Democrat Mark Jones edging Republican Mark Letson by a slim nine-vote margin in the race for…

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Two employees at Skyland Care Center in Sylva have tested positive for COVID-19, meeting the N.C. Division of Public Health’s…

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It was one of those fairy tales that actually came true. Madison Cawthorn, a 25-year-old political unknown, pounced upon an unexpected…

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The Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina has purchased 322 acres in Burke County, completing the second and final stage of…

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Picture-perfect fall weather drew countless numbers of people to embark on outdoor adventures during the month of October, but some…

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When President Richard Nixon ‘s signature on the Clean Air Act of 1970 prompted North Carolina to create its Division…

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An Oct. 27 letter signed by 24 Democratic U.S. Congressmen is asking federal agencies to take urgent action on behalf…

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Hurricane Zeta has washed out a significant portion of a road used to access the Salt Rock Gap Trailhead at…

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission wants to hear about hellbender sightings, part of agency biologists’ ongoing effort to learn more…

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An exhibit featuring the work of more than a dozen regional and local artists who have rendered William Bartram’s 18th…

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As the sun began its descent on Monday —  the eve of Election Day — I sat down to write this…

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To the Editor: Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision on women’s reproductive rights, has been in the…

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