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A few months ago, Russ Keith was cruising down U.S. 19 through the heart of Maggie Valley. Soon, he noticed…

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In recognition of the 19th Amendment’s centennial anniversary this month, The Smoky Mountain News is doing a series of stories to…

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The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers less than two months ago has added new…

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July 11 dawned hot and sunny over the 131-year-old town of Sylva, sweltering rays pouring heat in equal fashion over…

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A group of almost 100 demonstrators hoping to draw attention to racial injustice marched through Waynesville on the night of…

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When Mandy Wildman opened up her own bridal shop on Hazelwood Avenue in February, she had no idea her new…

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The Coronavirus Pandemic has caused normal daily lives to grind to a halt. All non-essential industry workers must remain at…

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The opening act of what promises to be a protracted melodrama played out in the Historic Haywood County Courthouse last…

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Martin M. Sohovich, financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial, will once again be helping children in Haywood County at Christmas time. 

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As the summer season comes to a close, western counties continue to see a steady increase in visitor spending and room…

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As a 28-year veteran of the Waynesville Police Department, Captain Brian Beck — soon to be interim chief of police…

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In the beginning, one doesn’t even think about the long run. When you’re fighting every day to survive, there’s no…

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The third annual Cold Mountain Music Festival will take place May 31 and June 1 at the Lake Logan Conference…

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Golf is more than a game in Western North Carolina — the wellbeing of the popular past time can be…

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Though his fingers seemingly wrap around a walking cane more than his trusty banjo these days, Raymond Fairchild remains one…

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When the Town of Waynesville’s skate park opened in 2013, it was a welcome addition to the suite of recreational…

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Just as millennia of rain and wind and heat and cold have carved the physical shape of the mountains for…

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Steadfast she stands in a yellow bonnet, wearing the mountain range behind her like a shawl draped upon her blouse…

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Leaning back in his chair, in an office tucked in the depths of a large studio building, a slight grin…

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Substance abuse has had a number of unintended consequences on society from mental illness, unemployment, overcrowded jails, a backlogged court…

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For the past 79 years, Ella Wachacha Bird has lived a life defined by seasons and relationships rather than months…

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In its role as government watchdog, The Smoky Mountain News submitted public record requests to county and municipal governments in…

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In a county as old as Haywood, there exist all manner of half-remembered places and faces long gone from the…

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UPDATE: The missing woman and child have been located and are safe. Detectives with the Haywood County Sheriff’s office are…

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LINVILLE, N.C. — On Grandfather Mountain, breaking records is a breeze. Around 4 a.m. on Feb. 13, the nonprofit nature park’s…

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At 13, Tuscola High School freshman Elira Bego-Cardoso was like almost any other American teenage girl — she liked popular…

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This year marked the third annual Women’s March on Asheville — part of a national movement to rally for equal rights…

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With the recent actions of Michigan and Vermont, 72 million people in 10 U.S. states — 23 percent of the…

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Like the region’s opioid crisis, if Western North Carolina’s affordable housing crisis could have been solved by meetings, panel discussions…

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The National Park Service is closed.  Sort of.  When the clock struck midnight on Dec. 22, 2018, the latest continuing…

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Unemployment rates are about as low as they’re going to get in Western North Carolina and there are jobs to…

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Before we ring in the New Year, The Smoky Mountain News likes to look back and reflect on the last…

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Not far from the historic homes nestled along Waynesville’s Church Street sits a small plot of land that’s home to…

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After nearly 245 years, Haywood County’s Bethel community remains just a small part of a relatively small county, but the…

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Drake Enterprises is spreading its wings further into the community as it takes over management of the Macon County Airport. …

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By late November, the trees at 5,000 feet are mostly bare, once-green leaves covering the forest floor like a brown…

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A juvenile justice system already stressed to the limit is about to be stretched even further, thanks to a change…

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Just west of the town of Franklin, along a winding back road heading into the mountains surrounding Wayah Bald, sits…

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It’s a crisp fall day in Swain County. As the sun finally peaks over the trees around lunch time, the…

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The calendar had declared the start of fall two weeks prior, but that didn’t stop the sun from shining hot…

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Heaters that won’t heat. Lights that won’t light. Pipes that won’t pipe. The modern conveniences most people have taken for…

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At 69, Thomas Rain Crowe feels pretty good, considering. “I’m not looking forward to 70, it’s kind of a psychological…

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Doug’s in Clyde is a typical manifestation of a stereotypical small-town barbershop in the rural American South.  Its wooden walls…

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Ronnie Evans tries to remember his cousin as the beautiful and spunky woman pictured on the cover of his new…

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Kathi Littlejohn can get lost in stories. Especially Cherokee stories. Their origins are often moored in worlds long past, but…

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Carlie Nichols has vivid memories of growing up during the Vietnam War — specifically she remembers how poorly Vietnam veterans were…

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Among the various spending categories in many municipal budgets — general government, public safety and the like — one can…

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From the moment Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher announced he’d been diagnosed with brain cancer — more than…

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