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Cades Cove Loop Road will be fully closed for three weeks in September to allow crews to resurface the popular…

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A group of Western North Carolina mountain biking enthusiasts has unveiled plans to bring the highest-elevation mountain bike trail on…

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A paving project expected to last through the end of November is now underway on the Great Smoky Mountains National…

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A new video highlighting the Smokies Hikes for Healing program, a hiking series that Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent…

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“What happens to people who live inside their phones?” In his short novel The Silence (Simon & Schuster, Inc. 2020,…

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The Smokies region is an outdoor mecca that attracts millions of people each year. For better or worse, that onslaught…

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By Randy Siske • Contributing writer | Our “Breakfast Club” started eating together in 2006 just because we went to…

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To the Editor: I am alarmed by the variety and sheer numbers of claims of election fraud we still see,…

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To the Editor: This is in response to the recent letter by Carol Adams of Glenville: “Trump was 1,000 Percent…

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To the Editor: On behalf of the Haywood County Senior Democrats, I would like to express our profound gratitude to…

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Some people will say a gay woman who’s a Christian minister just can’t get elected in the South.

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Coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations are falling sharply around the region as vaccine coverage improves, providing a longed-for surge of…

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On average, it costs parents $9,480 a year for infant childcare in North Carolina, which is $2,126 more than they’ll…

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A plan that will guide the county’s economic development strategy for the next five years received unanimous support Feb. 16…

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AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers in Cherokee got a big boost in wireless connectivity. AT&T added a new cell tower…

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The Smoky Mountain News team won 26 editorial awards in the 2020 North Carolina Press Association News and Editorial Contest. 

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A Jackson County man who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $95,000 from an enterprise of the Eastern Band of…

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As if last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) wasn’t controversial enough — the stage resembled a rune with Nazi…

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Despite calls to do so, a nonprofit health care foundation charged with managing more than $13 million of Haywood County…

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Although the results of Haywood County’s comprehensive revaluation process haven’t yet been mailed out, county administrators and elected officials want…

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Attendees of this year’s Hillbilly Winter Jam kicked off the annual fest with a special treat — a private visit…

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There is perhaps no parcel of land in Haywood County that generates as much interest as the one that’s home…

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In the depths of The One Stop in downtown Asheville on Saturday, members of the Travers Brothership and Abby Bryant…

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Rest easy, “Big Jack” (aka: “Jack Kerouac”). Goodbye to my beloved cat, who passed away this week back in my…

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Haywood County Health and Human Services has received notice of five more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number now to…

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NC-11 Congressional Rep. Madison Cawthorn spent last week engaging with his constituents in the western reaches of the district.

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Expanding on an existing partnership, Haywood County Emergency Services has contracted Haywood Vocational Opportunities, Inc. to manufacture COVID pod covers…

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced the release of a video highlighting the Smokies Hikes for Healing program. In response to social…

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By Barbara Durr, Asheville Watchdog — Priscilla Ndiaye Robinson looked across the empty fields where her Southside neighborhood once thrived. “It’s…

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As vaccination of North Carolinians continues and positive coronavirus case reports decline, today Gov. Roy Cooper announced changes to a…

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It’s not something that happens all that often, but a late fourth-quarter drive by Western North Carolina’s state and local…

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A 1995 Haywood Community College graduate has received seven awards for his distinguished assistance to the U.S. military in Afghanistan. 

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The first trails at Canton’s Chestnut Mountain Park will be ready to ride before the leaves drop this fall thanks…

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Hit the open road virtually at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 2, for author Hawk Hagebak’s humorous take on motorcycling up…

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Conservation groups are applauding a Feb. 11 order from Acting Secretary of the Interior Scott de la Vega that rescinds…

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A recently completed conservation project in Hickory Nut Gap connects to an existing 1,500 acres of conserved land in southwestern…

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Having recently read and reviewed for the Smoky Mountain Living magazine Vicki Lane’s And The Crows Took Their Eyes, a…

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Another poll, another reality check for the media: Americans don’t trust us. The question that comes to mind, for me,…

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I’d always heard having a puppy was a little like having a baby. I’ve learned over the past two months…

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To the Editor: In the six weeks since being sworn in as North Carolina’s new 11th District representative in Congress,…

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To the Editor: America has failed to punish Trump, the ex-president who has done so much harm to our country.

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To the Editor: Senator Patrick Leahy (eight-term Democratic senator from Vermont) recently wrote a column charging former President Trump with…

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District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said a Macon County woman who was arrested as part of a multiple-person drug sting…

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International private equity firm Cinven recently announced that it has agreed to make a significant investment into Drake Software, a…

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, Foxfire has been collecting stories, memories, photographs and artifacts related to the experiences of…

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When it was first scheduled, the Feb. 22 meeting of the Cashiers Area Community Planning Council was expected to be…

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Weary and sore they came upon a small copse of Loblolly pines swaying high above a sea of softly undulating…

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Widespread winter storms last week drastically slowed down vaccination efforts in Jackson County, which still has the lowest percentage of…

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It’s Monday evening. A heavy rain is soaking Sylva and greater Jackson County. Passing by the Sylva Shopping Area, the…

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