Water monitoring available for local swim holes
 

Water monitoring available for local swim holes

Swimming hole monitoring season resumes this weekend as MountainTrue once again starts updating its Swim Guide, an online resource offering…
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Reviews underway for threatened species
 

Reviews underway for threatened species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is beginning work on five-year status reviews for 35 endangered or threatened species, including…
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Reward offered for information on slain red wolf
 

Reward offered for information on slain red wolf

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering $5,000 for information regarding a federally protected red wolf found dead in…
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Mark Singleton paddles the Chattooga River. Donated photo
 

Big water: Retiring American Whitewater director reflects on 18 years of conservation leadership

Mark Singleton was mingling with Outdoor Industry Association colleagues at a 2004 reception in Washington, D.C., when he heard that…
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An angler reels in a brook trout. Thomas Harvey/NCWRC photo
 

Delayed Harvest waters open

On June 4, 34 trout streams and two lakes in North Carolina will reopen to trout harvest through Sept. 30. 
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Collins to retire from TDA
 

Collins to retire from TDA

After nearly 13 years at the helm of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, Executive Director Lynn Collins has decided…
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Making your business a success; making success your business
 

Making your business a success; making success your business

It’s not often, if ever, that I would review a book about “how to succeed in business.” But I’m in…
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Partisan local elections have different outcomes
 

Partisan local elections have different outcomes

As Cory Valliancourt report s in The Smoky Mountain News, North Carolina House members Rep. Mark Pless , R-Haywood, and…
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Our attitude toward time makes a difference
 

Our attitude toward time makes a difference

‘Tis the season is not only a motto for the Christmas holidays, but also an apt way to describe the…
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A wise decision on Highlands STRs
 

A wise decision on Highlands STRs

To the Editor: The Highlands Neighborhood Coalition was formed by homeowners throughout Highlands to preserve the historic character of our…
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Imagine if super-rich supported Ukraine
 

Imagine if super-rich supported Ukraine

To the Editor: Can you imagine this: Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerburg, Bill Gates, Larry…
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Together once again: WNC festivals, events slowly return to normalcy
 

Together once again: WNC festivals, events slowly return to normalcy

It’s been just about three years since the Cold Mountain Music Festival took place in a large field within earshot…
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 Festival ground fees are scheduled to increase beginning in 2023. Haywood TDA photo
 

Maggie Budget proposes additional staff

If the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen accepts the proposed FY 2022-23 budget, taxes will remain at $0.40 for the…
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Grant will help save more pets in Haywood County
 

Grant will help save more pets in Haywood County

Haywood County Animal Services announced a $7,500 grant investment from Petco Love to help newly adopted dogs, who are wonderful…
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Veteran legislator Ralph Hise returns to Haywood County. NCGA photo
 

Haywood’s new senator 
is no stranger

In one of the most highly watched contests of the 2022 Primary Election season, voters gave their approval to six-term…
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An artist rendering shows an initial concept for the future of the fair grounds. EBCI image
 

Big changes discussed for Cherokee Fair Grounds

A crack in an amphitheater canopy column at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds could lead to a complete overhaul of the…
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Associate professor Channa De Silva (left), Brandon Sanders and Caleigh Gress Byrd work together in a lab in the new Apodaca Science Building. WCU photo
 

WCU research takes aim at nuclear waste problem

In global conversations about climate change, carbon neutrality and green energy, nuclear power plays a pivotal role. It’s responsible for…
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Macon choses commission primary winners
 

Macon choses commission primary winners

The voters of Macon County have spoken, and three of the seven Republicans — John Shearl, Danny Antoine and Gary…
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No Primary Election opposition for western Republicans
 

No Primary Election opposition for western Republicans

Unlike elsewhere, Western North Carolina’s westernmost legislators had a relatively quiet election night on May 17. 
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Kim Moore (upper left), Lisa Buchanan (bottom left) and Lynn Dillard will join the Jackson School Board.
 

Jackson County elects new school board members

This election cycle there were 10 candidates running for three seats on the Jackson County Schools Board of Education. Of…
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn speaks to a small group of supporters on Tuesday, May 17. Jeffrey Delannoy photo
 

Cawthorn’s loss means new dynamic in NC-11 race

Huddled in a semicircle around a blacked-out glass door in the bay of a former auto detail shop in downtown…
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Bill Wilke (left) and Larry Bryson.
 

Voters pick Bryson, Wilke for November sheriff race in Haywood

Haywood County residents are a step closer to learning who will replace a longtime lawman in December, after convincing Primary…
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Doug Farmer (left) and Rick Buchanan.
 

Farmer, Buchanan win Jackson Sheriff primaries

Republican Doug Farmer and Democrat Rick Buchanan will compete to hold the office of Sheriff in Jackson County this fall…
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Seen from above, the solar array features 1,430 panels spanning about 3 acres of land right next to HEMC’s headquarters. Donated photo
 

HEMC flips the switch on new solar array

Haywood Electric Membership Corporation installed its first-ever solar array to power its own headquarters’ operations, and its likely not the…
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Commissioner Jennifer Best led all candidates with more than 4,900 votes. Cory Vaillancourt photo
 

Familiar faces advance in Haywood commission GOP primary

Opting for experience over upstarts , Haywood County residents gave incumbent commissioners Jennifer Best and Tommy Long a vote of…
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This must be the place: Sometimes the songs that we hear are just songs of our own
 

This must be the place: Sometimes the songs that we hear are just songs of our own

Standing on the sidewalk, I leaned onto the open garage door window of Sauced in downtown Waynesville. Sunday evening right…
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The Mother Hips. (photo: Brian Rashap)
 

Me and you with the sunset blues: Tim Bluhm of The Mother Hips

At age 51, acclaimed singer-songwriter Tim Bluhm feels like he’s just getting started. The creative well of inspiration remains deep…
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Bill seeks more partisanship in Haywood County elections
 

Bill seeks more partisanship in Haywood County elections

A bill introduced by Haywood County’s two state House representatives would make all of the county’s municipal elections — as well…
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Nathan Clark
 

Maggie town manager announces resignation

Nathan Clark, longtime town manager of Maggie Valley, is set to leave his post in the coming months. 
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Brent Holbrooks, left, and Derek Jones, right
 

Recount called in Macon Sheriff race

A recount has been called in the Macon County Sheriff’s race after Election day totals indicated Dereck Jones lost to Brent…
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Warren Bielenberg photo
 

Bear canisters required in Panthertown

The U.S. Forest Service is now requiring anybody who stays overnight in Panthertown Valley to use a bear-resistant container or…
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Body recovered from Little River
 

Body recovered from Little River

The body of a 72-year-old man was recovered from Little River in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after somebody…
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Deer harvest remains high as pandemic recedes
 

Deer harvest remains high as pandemic recedes

Deer harvest in North Carolina remains robust, with numbers from the 2021-22 hunting season remaining nearly level with those recorded…
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New manager hired for WNC Ag Center
 

New manager hired for WNC Ag Center

Sean McKeon has been hired as the new WNC Agricultural Center and WNC Mountain State Fair manager, replacing long-time manager…
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Wolfetown Rep. Bo Crowe throws a disc following the ribbon-cutting May 10.
 

Time to fly: Disc golf course 
opens in Cherokee

Sandwiched between the flowing waters of Raven Fork and the final southern stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a new…
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Workers repair a failing septic system. Donated photo
 

Haywood septic repair project earns award

A project aiming to keep drinking water clean by helping people repair failing septic systems has earned Haywood County organizations…
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Grant project aims to boost Parkway’s economic impact
 

Grant project aims to boost Parkway’s economic impact

A pair of grants totaling $911,000 aim to support economic development planning in the Blue Ridge Parkway corridor, including both…
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The tract holds three N.C. Natural Areas and borders Bobs Creek State Natural Area. Foothills Conservancy photo
 

Large Pinnacle Mountains tract protected

A 960-acre conservation purchase in McDowell County protects an ecologically important area along the Pinnacle Mountains. 
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Are courthouse politics gumming up the system?
 

Are courthouse politics gumming up the system?

When I came back to The Smoky Mountain News after six months away from journalism, one of my first trips…
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If Roe v. Wade goes, then what is next
 

If Roe v. Wade goes, then what is next

Using Samuel Alito’s logic in proposing to strike down the “right” to an abortion, other rights that you take for…
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Time to end single-use plastics
 

Time to end single-use plastics

To the Editor: The Western North Carolina Climate Action Coalition and the Outdoor Mission Community wish to express our sincere…
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Madison Cawthorn has got to go
 

Madison Cawthorn has got to go

To the Editor: A recently released video shows Maddy and friends having fun and filming some foolish, immature pranks. I…
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Park fee proposal deserves support
 

Park fee proposal deserves support

To the Editor: In response to the Swain County commissioners’ opposition to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park parking fee…
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Medicine for the soul: reading Roger Scruton
 

Medicine for the soul: reading Roger Scruton

So why take a look here at two books by a philosopher and polymath, neither of which may appeal to…
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When the levee breaks: A perfect storm steers WNC toward a judicial crisis
 

When the levee breaks: A perfect storm steers WNC toward a judicial crisis

Some catastrophes happen in the blink of an eye, while others develop so slowly they’re imperceptible, like a crack in…
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Kristi Brown, executive director of the Mountain Area Pregnancy Center since July 2018, sits in the nonprofit’s new office in Waynesville. Holly Kays photo
 

Crisis pregnancy center opens in Waynesville

Just three days after protesters gathered on the courthouse lawn in Waynesville to demonstrate  their support for legal abortion, a…
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Maggie board accused of favoritism
 

Maggie board accused of favoritism

After the Maggie Valley Town Board of Aldermen removed a zoning board member with little discussion, two residents spoke during…
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COVID cases rising again
 

COVID cases rising again

Haywood County Medical Director Dr. Mark Jaben is sounding the alarm that COVID-19 case counts are increasing again, and people…
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Again, Cooper’s budget proposal includes Medicaid expansion
 

Again, Cooper’s budget proposal includes Medicaid expansion

Saying that it invests in North Carolina’s “families, businesses and communities,” Gov. Roy Cooper presented his proposed 2022-23 budget, full…
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