Cherokee voters say ‘no’ to beer, wine and liquor sales
 

Cherokee voters say ‘no’ to beer, wine and liquor sales

The Cherokee Reservation will remain dry, keeping in place the historic ban on alcohol sales, following Thursday’s election on the…
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NOC forges ahead with new ownership team
 

NOC forges ahead with new ownership team

A group of new owners has taken the reins of Nantahala Outdoor Center, a generational milestone for the outfitter that…
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Public input counts, but for how much, in road ranking
 

Public input counts, but for how much, in road ranking

There’s no clear winner in a complex and multifarious new system for ranking roads projects when it comes to the…
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Dolly’s sister offers to lend a hand for Ghost Town comeback
 

Dolly’s sister offers to lend a hand for Ghost Town comeback

Ghost Town in the Sky owner Alaska Presley has recruited singer and longtime friend Stella Parton to help her draw…
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Corridor K debate going nowhere
 

Corridor K debate going nowhere

Will it decimate mountain beauty or open the economic flood gates? Either way, the costly missing link of a four-lane…
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Did you miss it? Local lost and founds include some odd, poignant items
 

Did you miss it? Local lost and founds include some odd, poignant items

Courtney Hall pawed through a cardboard box wedged in the corner of the utility closet at Panacea Coffee Shop bearing…
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Another Macon subdivision, more unhappy lot owners
 

Another Macon subdivision, more unhappy lot owners

Not long ago Kristina and Bruce Oliver invited a local couple they’d met in nearby Franklin to come play cards…
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Resurrecting a ghost town: Alaska Presley hopes to revive Maggie Valley  by reopening the once-popular Ghost Town amusement park
 

Resurrecting a ghost town: Alaska Presley hopes to revive Maggie Valley by reopening the once-popular Ghost Town amusement park

Tears gathered in Alaska Presley’s eyes as she moved one step closer to attaining a Maggie Valley icon that has…
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Family first: As Shuler steps down to spend time with family, finding a Shuler-esque candidate to fill the void has Democrats scrambling.
 

Family first: As Shuler steps down to spend time with family, finding a Shuler-esque candidate to fill the void has Democrats scrambling.

When Coach Boyce Dietz got a call from his former standout quarterback Heath Shuler asking him to meet for breakfast…
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Celebrating our little corner of the world
 

Celebrating our little corner of the world

“[I] discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never…
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Just ask this therapist: laughter is definitely the best medicine
 

Just ask this therapist: laughter is definitely the best medicine

Teeheeheehee, yuk yuk yuk, ho ho ho, BAHAHAHA — no matter how you do it, laughter can boost your mood, lower…
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Free speech or rude disruption? Jackson County bans woman from holding signs during meetings
 

Free speech or rude disruption? Jackson County bans woman from holding signs during meetings

In town and county governments there are those dedicated members of the public who speak out and stand up to…
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One façade at a time: Cherokee makes over downtown appeal
 

One façade at a time: Cherokee makes over downtown appeal

Cherokee is on a mission to remodel the look of its business district, in the hope that an infusion of…
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Architect mix-up over HCC project  begs the question: can water run uphill?
 

Architect mix-up over HCC project begs the question: can water run uphill?

Haywood Community College has hit a nearly $227,000 roadblock during the construction of it new creative arts building. The $10.2…
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Desperate for work, WNC residents flock to regional jobs fair
 

Desperate for work, WNC residents flock to regional jobs fair

People once again lined up at the Biltmore Square Mall in Asheville last week, but this time they weren't waiting…
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2011 In Review
 

2011 In Review

The Smoky Mountain News takes note this week of some of the newsmakers of 2011 by handing out our annual…
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What price athletics? WCU football costs mount as university pursues wins
 

What price athletics? WCU football costs mount as university pursues wins

The price tag of transforming Western Carolina University’s losing football team into a winner — or anything less than a…
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Getting ready: Growing number of preppers work to ensure survival in case of societal collapse
 

Getting ready: Growing number of preppers work to ensure survival in case of societal collapse

At Carolina Readiness Supply in Waynesville you can buy freeze-dried macaroni and cheese by the 20-ounce can and a solar…
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Fired up over Devil’s championship run
 

Fired up over Devil’s championship run

If you want to talk high school football in Swain County there’s plenty of options. But one of the most…
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Traditional Sylva feed and seed store seizes chance to fill modern organic niche
 

Traditional Sylva feed and seed store seizes chance to fill modern organic niche

It’s not everyday that you can shop at the local feed and seed store for organic foods and produce, but…
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Twenty years and counting: Imperial renovations, perhaps, finally coming to a close
 

Twenty years and counting: Imperial renovations, perhaps, finally coming to a close

It’s anybody’s guess when the Imperial Hotel in Canton will open. The deadline for finishing renovations to the hotel, owned…
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Bryson town officials failed to keep tabs on fire department finances
 

Bryson town officials failed to keep tabs on fire department finances

Despite multiple red flags, Bryson City officials failed to provide proper oversight of the town’s volunteer fire department over the…
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Land use plan ‘truthometer’: What really happened to all those new businesses that were coming to Waynesville?
 

Land use plan ‘truthometer’: What really happened to all those new businesses that were coming to Waynesville?

Did Waynesville run off a Cracker Barrel? What about Chick-fil-A? Challengers running in next week’s town election say Waynesville’s appearance…
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From humble beginnings to goodwill enterprise: Manufacturing medical supplies provides jobs for disabled
 

From humble beginnings to goodwill enterprise: Manufacturing medical supplies provides jobs for disabled

Crafting cornhusk dolls is a far cry from mass-producing blue surgical drapes, but one local non-profit made that leap in…
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WATCH ONLINE: Every Breath Sings Mountains provides an entertaining and thoughtful evening
 

WATCH ONLINE: Every Breath Sings Mountains provides an entertaining and thoughtful evening

Voices from the American Land — along with local partners Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, the Wilderness Society, Tuckasegee…
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Casino a catalyst for re-discovery of Cherokee power
 

Casino a catalyst for re-discovery of Cherokee power

Casino dollars, and lots of them, have brought the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians newfound clout this past decade, from…
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From bankruptcy  to riches, Phil Drake builds a business empire
 

From bankruptcy to riches, Phil Drake builds a business empire

Phil Drake acknowledges that he has two kinds of enterprises. There are those launched or purchased for strategic business reasons;…
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A cut above the competition
 

A cut above the competition

Haywood Community College can now boast a national champion after Daniel Jones took the title at the Stihl Collegiate Timbersports…
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Produce vouchers connect farmers with the needy
 

Produce vouchers connect farmers with the needy

Food stamps and food pantry vouchers are finding their way into the farmers markets in Jackson and Swain counties, putting…
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Swain football team tackles summer reading list
 

Swain football team tackles summer reading list

There are a lot of things associated with the words “high school football.” Three-a-days. Pep rallies. Weight rooms. The quarterback…
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A dry county? Hardly. Booze abounds in Jackson thanks to creative state laws
 

A dry county? Hardly. Booze abounds in Jackson thanks to creative state laws

It’s midday on a weekday, and the bar is hopping at Sapphire Brewing Company near Cashiers. Jackson County, technically, is…
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Bottoms up? Alcohol vote on next year’s ballot in Jackson County
 

Bottoms up? Alcohol vote on next year’s ballot in Jackson County

Voters in Jackson County will get to decide next year whether to allow alcohol sales countywide. Four of the county’s…
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Sylva police department to find new home on Main Street
 

Sylva police department to find new home on Main Street

A dire space crunch for Sylva’s police officers has been solved. Jackson County will give the old library building on…
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Paddling on the decline, but still alive in WNC schools
 

Paddling on the decline, but still alive in WNC schools

In North Carolina, it’s illegal to hit a prison inmate. You can’t hit a child in a day care center.…
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Cuts target childhood development during critical early years
 

Cuts target childhood development during critical early years

When SmartStart, an early childhood education program, was launched in 1993, it was hailed nationally as a model for reaching…
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Landslide hazard maps axed by state: Risky slopes in Jackson, Haywood to remain a mystery for now
 

Landslide hazard maps axed by state: Risky slopes in Jackson, Haywood to remain a mystery for now

Republican lawmakers have pulled the plug on the state’s landslide mapping unit, terminating a controversial project to assess which slopes…
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Back taxes on Ghost Town help fund festivals in Maggie
 

Back taxes on Ghost Town help fund festivals in Maggie

Maggie Valley gave the thumbs up to a 2011-12 budget, voting 4-1 to approve the spending plan at a town…
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The science and art of cadaver dog training
 

The science and art of cadaver dog training

“A dog is an amazing thing,” says Orval Banks, smiling wryly and adjusting his faded gray ballcap. He’s explaining the…
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Jackson’s new library might be economic boon
 

Jackson’s new library might be economic boon

Set high on a mountaintop above Sylva, the historic courthouse has long been a focal point in this Jackson County…
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Maggie festival grounds still trying to prove its mettle
 

Maggie festival grounds still trying to prove its mettle

When the town of Maggie Valley bought a grassy field to serve as a town festival grounds in 2005, the…
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Cherokee hopes for dealers as casino expansion debt looms
 

Cherokee hopes for dealers as casino expansion debt looms

Principal Chief Michell Hicks hinted last week at a renewed effort to bring live dealers to Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and…
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McCoy bridge compromise muddies debate
 

McCoy bridge compromise muddies debate

A proposed compromise by Macon County commissioners on a historic bridge outside of Franklin isn’t sitting well with those who’ve…
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Politics, Cherokee style, are in high gear leading up to primary
 

Politics, Cherokee style, are in high gear leading up to primary

The July 7 primary is drawing closer in Cherokee, when the field for principal chief will narrow from five to…
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A recipe for helping kids
 

A recipe for helping kids

It’s 4:30 on a Tuesday afternoon, and in a kitchen in Frog Level, a chocolate almond layered torte is beginning…
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Gearing up: Mill outage to bring hundreds of outside laborers to Canton
 

Gearing up: Mill outage to bring hundreds of outside laborers to Canton

For the last month, Greg Petty has been on a leaflet campaign around Canton. He’s been to parking lots. He’s…
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Spiritual community: A matter of being part of something greater
 

Spiritual community: A matter of being part of something greater

Plink plink plink. A moment of silence. Again – plink plink plink. It’s 6 a.m. and the sky is still…
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WCU meets its new chancellor: First new leadership in 16 years
 

WCU meets its new chancellor: First new leadership in 16 years

Western Carolina University’s next chancellor is David Belcher, a classically trained pianist who is currently a top administrator at the…
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New TDA visitor center will leave Haywood Chamber with funding woes
 

New TDA visitor center will leave Haywood Chamber with funding woes

Less than a year after opening a new visitor center in downtown Waynesville, the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce learned…
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Restaurants in Sylva busy despite worries about economy
 

Restaurants in Sylva busy despite worries about economy

The economy be damned — the burgeoning restaurant scene in Sylva continues to boom, with four eating establishments in this…
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Swain commissioners recommend DSS employee suspension DSS board to meet on the matter Tuesday
 

Swain commissioners recommend DSS employee suspension DSS board to meet on the matter Tuesday

Swain County commissioners voted 4 to 1 in a special meeting Thursday (March 3) to formally recommend that the  Department…
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