This must be the place
 

This must be the place

I awoke to yelling outside.
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Camera crazy: Downtown Sylva comes alive during filming of big-budget movie
 

Camera crazy: Downtown Sylva comes alive during filming of big-budget movie

An air of excitement and expectation reigned over downtown Sylva last week as crews and stars alike rolled in to…
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Making the grade: Educator reinvents dropout prevention, but budget cuts jeopardize program
 

Making the grade: Educator reinvents dropout prevention, but budget cuts jeopardize program

Kyle Ledford spent years working with at-risk youth and high school dropouts in the Haywood school system. Saving kids was…
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How sincere is your smile? Stakes are high in the never-ending quest for seasonal tourism workers
 

How sincere is your smile? Stakes are high in the never-ending quest for seasonal tourism workers

It happens like clockwork every year. As the calendar creeps toward May, the roads get crowded, lines at the grocery…
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Connecting Pets and People
 

Connecting Pets and People

In recognition of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30, The Smoky Mountain News is highlighting the organizations…
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Promoting civility: Online posts prompt discussion about race and inclusiveness at WCU
 

Promoting civility: Online posts prompt discussion about race and inclusiveness at WCU

It started with a poster. Or, more accurately, with a collection of posters in the window of Western Carolina University’s…
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Charting a new course: Upstart schools face animosity that usually softens over time
 

Charting a new course: Upstart schools face animosity that usually softens over time

A small group of parents had been working quietly for about three years to get the first charter school established…
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Swain County to sue federal government over North Shore Road settlement money
 

Swain County to sue federal government over North Shore Road settlement money

After waiting for years to get the money promised to them, the Swain County commissioners made a unanimous decision last…
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When duty calls: A critical shortage of volunteer firefighters threatens a time-honored American tradition
 

When duty calls: A critical shortage of volunteer firefighters threatens a time-honored American tradition

Little boys worship them. Bruce Springsteen memorialized them. The helpless count on them.  Volunteer firefighters are a symbol of American…
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Little help from lottery: N.C.’s education games falling short of promises
 

Little help from lottery: N.C.’s education games falling short of promises

As people across North Carolina daydream about what they would do if they won millions from playing the lottery, they…
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A look at the races
 

A look at the races

• Republican reboot on tap for House 119 primary• Rep. West’s retirement leads to Republican primary tussle• Congressional primary moved to June 7• Meet…
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Sky’s the limit: Drone operators on front lines of an exciting new industry
 

Sky’s the limit: Drone operators on front lines of an exciting new industry

Everyone enjoys the ground-level Western North Carolina views, but drones provide a whole new perspective on things.  SEE ALSO:• Drone technology…
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From the heart: Parents, teachers and students plead to save Central Elementary from closing
 

From the heart: Parents, teachers and students plead to save Central Elementary from closing

Around 300 supporters of Central Elementary School in Waynesville packed into the school cafeteria Wednesday evening and made a heart-wrenching…
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The ingredients of the good life
 

The ingredients of the good life

Ricardo Fernandez is a renowned chef, master gardener and also a former national diving champion, but there’s one thing he…
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2015: News in review
 

2015: News in review

Time to put a bow on 2015 and call it wrapped. But not just yet, at least not for all…
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Christmas tree industry growing strong
 

Christmas tree industry growing strong

With more than 25 million real Christmas trees sold in the United States every year, growing Christmas trees is a…
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WCU community grapples with academic pursuits in the face of politically-charged outside funding
 

WCU community grapples with academic pursuits in the face of politically-charged outside funding

A firestorm over the outside private funding of academia and its potential to undermine intellectual freedom has erupted in recent…
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In search of a forever home: Number of children in foster care on the rise
 

In search of a forever home: Number of children in foster care on the rise

In a perfect world, every child would have a loving family and a safe home to return to at the…
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Back in the saddle: Once given up for dead, Hazelwood is beating the odds one small business at a time
 

Back in the saddle: Once given up for dead, Hazelwood is beating the odds one small business at a time

It was barely 11 a.m. and Hazelwood was hopping. The scent of freshly roasted coffee beans spilled out of Smoky Mountain…
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Trash or treasure? Jackson leaders discuss future  of the Green Energy Park
 

Trash or treasure? Jackson leaders discuss future of the Green Energy Park

Get off the U.S. 74 exit for Dillsboro, descend the steep hill to the light, turn right for a 1-mile…
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Honoring our finest: Veteran stories, war artifacts a reminder of sacrifices
 

Honoring our finest: Veteran stories, war artifacts a reminder of sacrifices

Veterans Day is a time set aside each year to honor the people who have put their lives on the…
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New compensation rules for disabled workers worry local organizations
 

New compensation rules for disabled workers worry local organizations

In his 38 years at the helm of Haywood Vocational Opportunities, George Marshall has seen his share of change in…
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Municipal Elections 2015
 

Municipal Elections 2015

Small towns all over the region are in the midst of municipal elections and a majority of them are contested…
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Haywood braces for flooding, mudslides as heavy rain sets in
 

Haywood braces for flooding, mudslides as heavy rain sets in

Haywood County convened an emergency joint conference Friday to ensure response readiness in the event of flooding or mudslides triggered…
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HCC students collaborate to commemorate 50 years
 

HCC students collaborate to commemorate 50 years

It isn’t often students in the creative arts program and the high-tech machinery program get to collaborate on a project,…
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Native American journalists face unique issues when it comes to free press
 

Native American journalists face unique issues when it comes to free press

Joe Martin had never worked for a newspaper or owned a handgun when he took the reins of the tribally…
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Mobile vendors finding permanent homes in WNC
 

Mobile vendors finding permanent homes in WNC

As the food truck fad filters into counties west of Asheville, local governments are trying to find a fair balance…
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Finding common ground
 

Finding common ground

Standing in the back of The Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley last week, several languages could be heard in every…
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Mayor remembered for reshaping Maggie’s future
 

Mayor remembered for reshaping Maggie’s future

There are two types of mayors — the ones who show up to shake hands and kiss babies and the…
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Maggie moves forward with or without Ghost Town
 

Maggie moves forward with or without Ghost Town

Illuminated neon lettering indicated full occupancy on many of the hotels in Maggie Valley during the Fourth of July weekend.…
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Franklin outdoors camp helps military kids heal from loss
 

Franklin outdoors camp helps military kids heal from loss

It was an intense few days for Virginia Beach, Virginia, resident Seth. Eight miles of hiking, 4.5 of those bushwhacking,…
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The golden children: Bolivian orphanage fosters international bond with Western North Carolina
 

The golden children: Bolivian orphanage fosters international bond with Western North Carolina

It’s 6:30 in the morning when 24 hours of travel ends with the plane’s landing in Bolivia, but even through…
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A painful problem: Haywood teams up to fight prescription drug abuse
 

A painful problem: Haywood teams up to fight prescription drug abuse

Recently recovered from rotator cuff surgery, Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher hasn’t popped a single prescription pain pill since the…
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Local NAACP members still fighting for voters
 

Local NAACP members still fighting for voters

By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern  It may be too late to change North Carolina’s new voting laws, but it’s not…
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One tote at a time: Waynesville woman takes aim at human trafficking — by selling tote bags
 

One tote at a time: Waynesville woman takes aim at human trafficking — by selling tote bags

Two short years ago, Fay Grant was living on the other side of the country, a professional music editor for…
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When worlds collide: Vexed by loitering homeless, Frog Level merchants beg for help combatting soup kitchen’s overflow
 

When worlds collide: Vexed by loitering homeless, Frog Level merchants beg for help combatting soup kitchen’s overflow

Teri Siewert picked up a pink Hello Kitty alarm clock by the cord and dragged it out from under the…
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Legislation crosses over, has chance to become law
 

Legislation crosses over, has chance to become law

State lawmakers unleashed a torrent of proposed bills in the halls of the General Assembly this year — more than…
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Last man standing: Waynesville makes history with an untidy ending to an untidy war
 

Last man standing: Waynesville makes history with an untidy ending to an untidy war

Union Col. William Bartlett tried to keep his cool as he watched his bitter, battle-hardened Confederate enemies riding down Main…
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The case of Haywood’s missing students: a cause-and-effect story
 

The case of Haywood’s missing students: a cause-and-effect story

Haywood County Schools have been losing students slowly but steadily over the past decade. Despite high academic performance, the school…
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Festival frenzy fueling local economies
 

Festival frenzy fueling local economies

As a tourism expert in the Southeast, Dr. Steve Morse has been asked to judge competitions at festivals all over…
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From a mustard seed: Churches get gardening to fight hometown hunger
 

From a mustard seed: Churches get gardening to fight hometown hunger

June Johnson’s foray into the world of gardening began in the dead of winter. A sunny January day last year…
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The logging legacy unchained: In Serena, Rash lays bare the real story of the Smokies timber boom
 

The logging legacy unchained: In Serena, Rash lays bare the real story of the Smokies timber boom

It’s been nearly a century since the logging boom swept across Appalachia, but the story is timeless, forever engraved on…
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Inside immunizations: Parents weigh the risks and benefits
 

Inside immunizations: Parents weigh the risks and benefits

Lana Quinn of Waynesville has lost friends, been called crazy and was turned away from a pediatrician’s office because of…
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Charting a new course: Haywood’s first charter school gets set to open in Waynesville
 

Charting a new course: Haywood’s first charter school gets set to open in Waynesville

Anna Eason has nothing but good things to say about Haywood County Public Schools. It’s a “good school system,” doing…
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Haywood GOP members draw the line over inflammatory emails
 

Haywood GOP members draw the line over inflammatory emails

Monroe Miller is no stranger to the inbox. Hundreds of emails from Miller have peppered the email accounts of people…
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Back from rock bottom: Macon Realtors reflect on the past, present and future
 

Back from rock bottom: Macon Realtors reflect on the past, present and future

June Tassillo loves real estate, but she never knew how exciting it could be until she worked her first all-or-nothing,…
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Community rallies to keep Evergreen clinic
 

Community rallies to keep Evergreen clinic

Evergreen Packaging in Canton plans to close the Evergreen Family Medical Center and pharmacy on March 31, but county officials…
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Study shows Swain benefited most from ACA
 

Study shows Swain benefited most from ACA

More than 10 million people now have health care coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, and Swain County residents…
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2014: Newsworthy award winners
 

2014: Newsworthy award winners

2014 is all but in the rearview mirror now, and all the stories reported over the last 12 months are…
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Waynesville’s electric system is a cash cow for the town, but can the good fortune continue?
 

Waynesville’s electric system is a cash cow for the town, but can the good fortune continue?

If Waynesville has a dirty little secret, it’s this: a cash cow runs through its power lines. Of course, it’s…
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