Dine with Haywood Waterways

Celebrate the Pigeon River Watershed during Haywood Waterways Association’s annual membership meeting and holiday dinner 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska.

The evening will include a year-in-review presentation highlighting projects, programs and accomplishments from 2023, a sneak peak of what 2024 will bring and a ceremony recognizing three deserving Watershed Heroes. Additionally, a silent auction will offer an opportunity to search out some unique Christmas presents.

Dinner is $30 per person, with payment accepted at the door or online at haywoodwaterways.org. Haywood Waterways is looking for donations of auction items valued at $25 or more.

RSVPs required by Tuesday, Nov. 28, to 828.476.4667, ext. 1, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To donate an auction item, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Migrant bird outing

Check out the many migrating birds that make Haywood County their winter home at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Lake Junaluska.

Wildlife disappearing from Lake Junaluska

To the Editor:

Since its inception Lake Junaluska has been a beacon and home to some of God’s most beautiful creatures.

What’s happening to waterfowl at Lake J?

To the Editor:

I would like to know what is happening to the ducks and geese at Lake Junaluska.

Pick your plants at Lake Junaluska

The Lake Junaluska Annual Plant Sale and the Corneille Bryan Native Garden plant sale will be held together 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the open-air Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym.

Special project grants awarded by Haywood TDA

Although the indirect benefits of the unprecedented tourism boom that’s enveloped Haywood County over the past few years are readily apparent in the form of increased sales taxes and steady work for hospitality industry professionals, locals are finally about to get something out of it besides soaring housing costs and crowded attractions.

Songs of Freedom: Local churches 
celebrate Juneteenth through gospel music

On June 19, 1865, slaves in Galveston, Texas were told of their freedom — two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia, and over two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed.

Herrons offer home to family that lost everything

By Bill Graham • Special to SMN | For Ed Herron, childhood at Lake Junaluska in the 1960s was idyllic. He loved it. 

After uproar, DOT relents on bridge replacement project

A controversial bridge replacement project that would have snarled Haywood County traffic for up to four years will likely get a redesign that results in a dramatically expedited timeline. 

Highway project threatens havoc in Haywood

As Haywood County looks to put the Coronavirus Pandemic squarely in its rear-view mirror, a North Carolina Department of Transportation bridge replacement project smack dab in the center of the county could end up causing a colossal multi-year traffic jam with far-reaching financial implications. 

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