Jon Cox will play Bryson City Feb. 17. Wayne Ebinger photo
 

Unplugged welcomes Jon Cox

Regional country/rock act Jon Cox will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Unplugged Pub in Bryson City. 
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Blackberry Smoke will play Cherokee Feb. 16. File photo
 

Blackberry Smoke returns to Harrah’s

Southern rock juggernaut Blackberry Smoke will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. 
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Peacock presents ‘Scribes on Stage’
 

Peacock presents ‘Scribes on Stage’

Featuring four plays, the “Scribes on Stage” series will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the…
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Natti Love Joys will play  Waynesville Feb. 3. File photo
 

Reggae, soul at Frog Level

The Natti Love Joys will perform during the “Bob Marley Birthday Celebration” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Frog…
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Pleasantly Wild will play Waynesville Feb. 3. File photo
 

Boojum goes Pleasantly Wild

Asheville-based rock/funk trio Pleasantly Wild will hit the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at The Gem downstairs taproom…
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Tyler Ramsey will perform in Highlands Jan. 25. Parker J. Pfister photo
 

New lost ages: Tyler Ramsey to play Highlander Mountain House

At the core of any great singer-songwriter lies this inherent trait of stage presence, one where an entire room, no…
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Outlaw Whiskey will play Bryson City Jan. 27. Garret K. Woodward photo
 

Rock rolls into Unplugged Pub

Haywood County rock/country act Outlaw Whiskey will hit the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Unplugged Pub…
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Michael Yannette will perform at WCU Jan. 25-27. Joshua Norman photo
 

WCU presents ‘Fantasia on Mysterium’

A special stage production of “Fantasia on Mysterium: The Epic Immersive Theatrical Recital” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan.…
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Badfish will play Asheville Jan. 17. Donated photo
 

When the dance gets hot: Sublime tribute act Badfish returns to WNC

Back in 2001, while students at the University of Rhode Island, bassist Joel Hanks and drummer Scott Begin had been…
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Drought maps are published every Thursday. U.S. Drought Monitor of N.C. map
 

Drought shrinks following Christmas rain

While some may have preferred a white Christmas, the rain that covered the region instead has proven the better Christmas…
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Hike with CMC
 

Hike with CMC

Take a winter walk on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Sunday, Jan. 7, in Asheville with the Carolina Mountain Club. 
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Highlands Greenway celebrates productive 2023
 

Highlands Greenway celebrates productive 2023

During 2023, volunteers with the Highlands Plateau Greenway contributed 640 hours to create new trails and maintain the existing ones…
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Bent Creek staff receive their award. EcoForesters photo
 

EcoForesters recognizes stewards of the land

The nonprofit EcoForesters has crowned its winners for the people who made a difference in forest stewardship and education during…
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Workday planned at Jackson greenway
 

Workday planned at Jackson greenway

Help remove invasive plants on the Jackson County Greenway 1-4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 in Cullowhee. 
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Tie flies like a pro
 

Tie flies like a pro

A three-week fly-tying course will teach participants to tie flies from the Southern Appalachians, 6-8 p.m. Mondays Jan. 15-29 at…
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Learn how to prepare for backcountry emergencies
 

Learn how to prepare for backcountry emergencies

Cullowhee-based Landmark Learning is now enrolling for a variety of wilderness medicine certification courses planned for the winter months. 
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Artist Teresa Pennington has created a rendering of how  the new arch will look once installed.
 

2023 A Look Back: Throwback Award

Million-dollar mountaintop vacation homes, phony moonshine from corporate mega-distilleries, dime-a-dozen seedy strip malls — none of these things are Appalachian…
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Fake News Freakout!  Episode 8
 

Fake News Freakout! Episode 8

Welcome to the eighth installment of The Smoky Mountain News’ annual Fake News Freakout. I feel like I say this…
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A mountain biker curves along a trail in Berm Park, the mountain biking skills course within Canton’s Chestnut Mountain Nature Park.
 

Ringing out the Year of the Trail: A highlight reel of trail news in 2023

Declared to be the Year of the Trail more than a year before it even began, 2023 had a lot to…
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The Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon will return to Waynesville April 6.
 

Set your race calendar

With a new year approaching, it’s the perfect time to start setting fitness goals — and to plan for participating…
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Home to the highest peak east of the Mississippi, Mount Mitchell State Park offers a chilly environment more frequently seen in locations much further north.
 

Hike into the 2024

The standing tradition of starting the New Year off on the trail will continue at N.C. State Parks Monday, Jan.…
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A hiker navigates a snowy trail.
 

The Winter Hiking Challenge

Registration is open for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’s fourth annual Winter Hiking Challenge, asking participants to complete 60 miles…
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Pisgah National Forest covers more than 500,000 acres.
 

Forest Service enhances 128 plans with old growth protections

The U.S. Forest Service has issued a proposal that would amend all 128 forest land management plans in its jurisdiction…
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Will Harlan.
 

Celebrate biodiversity

Delve into the amazing biodiversity of the Southern Appalachians with a program offered at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at…
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N.C. sees uptick in hunting accidents
 

N.C. sees uptick in hunting accidents

Across the state, there has been an increase in firearm-related hunting incidents involving serious injury and fatalities. 
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Year-in-review tool breaks down weather trends
 

Year-in-review tool breaks down weather trends

The N.C. State Climate Office has launched a year-in-review tool that gives a review of trends and records at weather…
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CeCe Hipps
 

Hipps steps down as Haywood Chamber president

At the Dec. 20 Haywood Chamber of Commerce board meeting, CeCe Hipps announced that she would be stepping down next…
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Cherokee police investigating teen suicide pact
 

Cherokee police investigating teen suicide pact

At least one Cherokee teenager is believed to have died as the result of a local teen suicide pact under…
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Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience played Asheville on Dec. 9.
 

Over the hills and far away: Warren Haynes' Christmas Jam returns to Asheville

It’s been some 43 years since John Bonham, iconic drummer for rock gods Led Zeppelin, tragically passed away at age…
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Melissa McDevitt (center) shown here with parents Tom and Maggie, went missing on Dec. 9, 2022. Maggie McDevitt photo
 

Near to where her soul is: Missing hiker Melissa McDevitt is coming home

Almost exactly a year after a hiker vanished in the backcountry of British Columbia the night before a trip home…
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Of the lawsuit’s 31 defendants,  17 are or were associated with the  Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Holly Kays photo
 

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office answers police shooting lawsuit

In a 65-page answer to an extensive lawsuit  filed in response to the December 2022 police shooting of Jason Harley…
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The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office was ordered to turn over recordings from Nov. 9. File photo
 

Haywood sheriff to release footage of alleged constitutional violation

The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office has been ordered by a judge to provide dash and body cam footage to a…
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The outgoing chair, Commissioner Paul Higdon (right), congratulates  the new chair, Commissioner Gary Shields. Bob Scott photo
 

New leadership sees new direction for Macon

Macon County will see a change of leadership for the coming year after the county commission unanimously voted to appoint…
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Reduced funding will affect a number of nonprofits in the coming year. File photo
 

Reduction in federal funding for crime victims hits home

The holidays are often viewed as an opportunity for families to gather together and share seasonal cheer, but when there’s…
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Macon County commissioners proposed several changes to the Fontana Regional Library system. File photo
 

Changes for FRL: Jackson looks at Macon’s recommendations for library system

After Macon County proposed several changes to the Fontana Regional Library system agreement, Jackson County commissioners are taking a look at…
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Partisan races for 2024 election set
 

Partisan races for 2024 election set

North Carolina’s candidate filing period for the 2024 General Election ended last week, and after a slow start, a flurry…
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The Macon County Board of Education was unanimously opposed  to a partisan school board race. File photo
 

Macon BOE to remain non-partisan

Despite the intention by some commissioners to make the school board race partisan in Macon County, it will remain non-partisan,…
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Cherokee adopts budget reflecting lower casino revenues
 

Cherokee adopts budget reflecting lower casino revenues

After more than two months of operating under a continuing resolution, Tribal Council has approved a new budget for the…
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Jackson considers moving school board race to General Election
 

Jackson considers moving school board race to General Election

The race for Jackson County Board of Education is unique in that it is decided during the Primary Election, despite…
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Haywood gets financial reporting award
 

Haywood gets financial reporting award

Haywood County has been recognized with the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance…
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Jackson TDA announces new cycle for tourism capital project fund
 

Jackson TDA announces new cycle for tourism capital project fund

Jackson County Tourism Development Authority (JCTDA) will reopen its cycle for tourism capital projects Jan. 1, 2024. $600,000 is available…
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Haywood Chamber of Commerce gains rare accreditation
 

Haywood Chamber of Commerce gains rare accreditation

The Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE) recognized the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce as one of two…
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Because trout require clean, cold water, trout fishing goes hand-in-hand with environmental conservation. NCWRC photo
 

Billion-dollar catch: Report reveals economic impact of N.C. trout fishing industry

The economic impact of trout fishing in North Carolina has more than tripled since 2014, clocking in at $1.38 billion…
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A record 4,056 bears were harvested in North Carolina during the 2022 bear season. NCWRC photo
 

Expanded bear season proposed for WNC

A significantly expanded bear hunting season and loosened rules about bait usage are among the rule changes the N.C. Wildlife…
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The Black Bear Fire sparked Nov. 16  following a tractor-trailer crash. USFS photo
 

Last WNC wildfires contained

For the first time since Oct. 23, Western North Carolina is free of active wildfires. 
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Updated drought maps are released every Thursday. U.S. Drought Monitor of North Carolina map
 

Extreme drought leaves North Carolina

Drought conditions are the best they’ve been in a month, according to the latest map from the Drought Management Advisory…
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Cataloochee Ski Area opened  for the season Nov. 29. File photo
 

Explore the world of snowmaking

Go behind the scenes with snowmaking at Cataloochee Ski area with field trips offered Tuesday, Jan. 23, and Tuesday, Feb.…
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Wildlife photo contest open
 

Wildlife photo contest open

The Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition is now open, accepting entries until 5 p.m. Jan. 31, 2024. 
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Namesake chosen for red spruce greenhouse
 

Namesake chosen for red spruce greenhouse

A namesake has been chosen for the $2 million greenhouse the Southern Highlands Reserve in Lake Toxaway is building to…
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The Haywood County Sheriff's Office was ordered to turn over their recordings from Nov. 9.
 

HCSO to release body cam footage to plaintiff alleging Fourth Amendment violation

The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office has been ordered by a judge to provide dash and body cam footage to a…
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