The new Health Sciences Center on the campus of Southwestern Community College is open for learning. SCC photo
 

SCC Health Science Center open for learning

Though students have been enjoying the amenities of the new Health Sciences Center at Southwestern Community College since the start…
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Local family donates $1.5 million to Haywood County Schools Foundation
 

Local family donates $1.5 million to Haywood County Schools Foundation

Students at Pisgah High School will have greater opportunities for higher education funding, after a new $1.5 million scholarship was…
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Board of Governors Chairman Randall C. Ramsey (right) speaks during a press conference with Western Carolina University Chancellor Kelli R. Brown and UNC System President Peter Hans. Holly Kays photo
 

UNC System extends waiver for SAT, ACT requirement

Through at least fall 2024, applicants to University of North Carolina System schools won’t have to sit for SAT or…
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Tribe eyes property in D.C.
 

Tribe eyes property in D.C.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians tribal leaders frequently travel to Washington, D.C., to make their case to lawmakers on a…
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Seen here in the small church at Ghost Town in 2021, Alaska Presley held out hope that she would live to see the park rejuvenated again. Cory Vaillancourt photo
 

Alaska Presley, business titan and longtime Ghost Town owner, dead at 98

Small in stature but towering in her decades-long influence on Haywood County, Alaska Presley passed away on April 7 at…
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Sierra Ferrell.
 

At the End of the Rainbow: A conversation with Sierra Ferrell

Musician extraordinaire. Freelance sniper. Dancer.
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A dirt road outside Reliance, South Dakota. (photo: Garret K. Woodward)
 

This must be the place: ‘Don’t deny that a rambler must always be free’

Hopping out of the 15-foot U-Haul truck last week, I reached for the gas pump and began fueling up the…
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Board members, from left, John Hinton, Tammy Wight, Jim Ownes and Mayor Mike Eveland
 

Maggie aldermen vote to remove zoning board member

During the regularly scheduled Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday, April 6, Alderman John Hinton made a motion…
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Smokies proposes parkwide parking fee
 

Smokies proposes parkwide parking fee

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park today announced a groundbreaking proposal to charge a daily fee for parking and significantly…
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Knee-jerk patriotism, sadly, is gaining ground
 

Knee-jerk patriotism, sadly, is gaining ground

Gag orders regarding what can be taught in schools are becoming all the rage in many conservative states. Like the…
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Current economic woes were all avoidable
 

Current economic woes were all avoidable

To the Editor: It is not my purpose to simply compare costs from a time long past but rather to…
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Please support the free press
 

Please support the free press

To the Editor: This might sound like a puff piece, but it is really a critical review of a local…
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We need to cap price of insulin
 

We need to cap price of insulin

To the Editor: Late last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 6833, a bill that caps the price…
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Support for Ukraine a big mistake
 

Support for Ukraine a big mistake

To the Editor: Forgive me if I don’t share the general enthusiasm for the war in Ukraine.
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First CWD-positive deer found in N.C.
 

First CWD-positive deer found in N.C.

The first case of chronic wasting disease, a fatal affliction affecting cervids like deer and elk, has been detected in…
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Indigenous conservation crew forming
 

Indigenous conservation crew forming

Tribal members are wanted to work on a conservation crew this summer emphasizing Cherokee heritage and tradition. 
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Panthertown volunteers showed up big in 2021
 

Panthertown volunteers showed up big in 2021

The numbers are in, and in 2021 a total of 322 volunteers with Friends of Panthertown donated 1,945 hours of…
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Only 6% of forest plan objections eligible for standing, Forest Service says
 

Only 6% of forest plan objections eligible for standing, Forest Service says

The U.S. Forest Service received nearly 14,000 objections to the forest management plan it released in January for the Pisgah…
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Smokies mechanic named Employee of the Year
 

Smokies mechanic named Employee of the Year

Brad Roberts, maintenance mechanic supervisor for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has been named the park’s 2021 Employee of…
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Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. NPS photo
 

Clingmans Dome opening delayed

Clingmans Dome Road will open for the season April 8, a delay from the typical April 1 opening date due…
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Smokies fire leaders receive regional, national awards
 

Smokies fire leaders receive regional, national awards

Two fire specialists in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently received awards recognizing them for superior service, innovative thinking…
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Naturalist Week will offer the opportunity to explore all manner of Smokies environments. Bill Griffin photo
 

Tremont adds adult summer camp

A summer program just for adults will launch this summer at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, offering a…
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Robin William in “Dead Poets Society.” Touchstone Pictures
 

National Poetry Month: Honor our poets by listening

What month other than April could possibly be designated National Poetry Month?
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‘Still plenty to do’: Continual curiosity key for awarded botanist
 

‘Still plenty to do’: Continual curiosity key for awarded botanist

When Ron Lance found out he’d been chosen for a prestigious Southern Appalachian Botanical Society award, he was astonished.
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Sylva man sentenced for drug trafficking
 

Sylva man sentenced for drug trafficking

A Sylva man who arrived an hour late to court, appeared to nap through his trial, admitted to using methamphetamine…
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Tuckasegee man pleads guilty to knife assaults
 

Tuckasegee man pleads guilty to knife assaults

A Tuckasegee man who twice used knives to slash the necks of two men on separate occasions is headed to…
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Sylva grieves young shooting victims
 

Sylva grieves young shooting victims

The friends and family of two Sylva boys who died following a tragic shooting incident Sunday, March 27, gathered in…
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Clyde assistant fire chief, wife, charged with embezzlement
 

Clyde assistant fire chief, wife, charged with embezzlement

The Clyde Fire Department’ assistant chief and his wife have been charged with embezzling money from the department. 
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Trey Allen (right) with North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby. Newby has not endorsed Allen but has indicated unwavering support. Donated photo
 

High-stakes Supreme Court primary sees little attention

A recent poll commissioned by the N.C. Values Coalition found that most prospective Republican primary voters know who they’ll likely…
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This word cloud derived from a survey represents citizen sentiment on what Haywood County needs more of, and what it doesn’t need. Haywood County photo
 

Haywood recreation plan approved

Haywood County is known for its outdoor recreational opportunities that drive both tourism and the local economy. Now, with the…
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The conceptual designs for improvements at Bridge Park include a bioretention pond.
 

Sylva lays out budget priorities

The town of Sylva will likely see several upgrades to its public spaces in the coming year if last week’s…
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Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher addresses commissioners during an April 4 meeting. Haywood County photo
 

Commissioners advance new Haywood jail project

Haywood County commissioners took an important step forward on April 4 by selecting Moseley Architects of Charlotte as the preferred…
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Rev. Dr. Blake Hart has been Haywood Christian Ministry’s executive director since last fall. Donated photo
 

Dedication with dignity: the future of Haywood Christian Ministry

For more than 50 years, Haywood Christian Ministry has served as a safety net for some of Haywood County’s most…
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The $26 million Cherokee Justice Center opened in 2014. Holly Kays photo
 

New tribal laws aim to empower victims, speed up justice

Victims of crime on the Qualla Boundary will now have a defined list of rights to rely on as they…
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Holy Cow! Pathways’ food truck is back – with a major twist
 

Holy Cow! Pathways’ food truck is back – with a major twist

Haywood Pathways Center’s Holy Cow Food Truck returned to action earlier this week, but customers may notice something slightly different…
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John Duncan.
 

Ode to the traditions, past and present: A conversation with John Duncan

Sitting at the bar counter of Boojum Brewing in downtown Waynesville one recent evening, John Duncan sips a craft ale,…
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Aunt Chrissy. (photo: Garret K. Woodward)
 

This must be the place: Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam, where the deer and the antelope play

I’m currently on a cross-country road trip. Pictured sitting on the U-Haul is Christine Kavanaugh, aka: “Aunt Chrissy.” I snapped…
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Fast moving brushfire in Maggie contained thanks to firefighting efforts and rain
 

Fast moving brushfire in Maggie contained thanks to firefighting efforts and rain

A fire that began Monday afternoon on Sheepback Mountain in Maggie Valley and initially spread quickly was 100% contained as…
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A fire that started Monday night continues to burn after sundown.
 

Fire continues to burn past sundown in Maggie

A fire that began on Sheepback Mountain in Maggie Valley Monday afternoon has grown to 50-75 acres as of 8:40…
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Crews are responding to a wildfire in Maggie Valley.
 

Wildfire threatens homes in Maggie Valley

Update 4:20 p.m.: Aerial support in the form of a spotter plane and a helicopter carrying a bucket is now…
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The Hatcher Mountain Road/Indigo Lane Fire in Sevier County damaged more than 300 structures. Sevier County Emergency Management photo
 

Crews quell fires as new weather system arrives

The wildfires that ripped through the mountains last week are now mostly under control, but as of Tuesday afternoon, April…
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A firefighter works alongside Newfound Gap Road. NPS photo
 

Thomas Divide fire cools as Sevier County flames

Crews are getting the Thomas Divide Complex Fire in Swain County and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park under control,…
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Draft food truck ordinance on the table in Maggie
 

Draft food truck ordinance on the table in Maggie

Maggie Valley is a step closer to allowing food trucks after the board of aldermen reviewed an updated working draft…
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Air support lands to refuel. NPS photo
 

High wind warning challenges Smokies firefighting efforts

The Thomas Divide Complex Fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now 60% contained at 960 acres, but…
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Endangered status proposed for northern long-eared bat
 

Endangered status proposed for northern long-eared bat

A virtual public meeting and hearing 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, will take input on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife…
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Prepare for backcountry emergencies
 

Prepare for backcountry emergencies

Landmark Learning is now enrolling for a variety of wilderness medicine certification courses planned for the spring months. 
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Runner aims to raise money to help people with rare disease
 

Runner aims to raise money to help people with rare disease

Part-time Sylva resident Richie Kahn is running the Catamount Climb at Western Carolina University April 9 to raise money for…
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A stunning view stretches out in the Craggy Forest Scenic Area. Steven McBride photo
 

‘A lot of mistakes’: Objections level strong criticism against forest plan

The 60-day objection period for the Pisgah-Nantahala Forest Management Plan is now over, and while there’s not yet an official…
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Fire crews respond on Park Headquarters Road. NPS photo
 

Small fire burns near Smokies headquarters

A downed powerline along Park Headquarters Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park ignited a 1.5-acre wildfire last week. 
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Bennett begins his cross-state trek in the Outer Banks. NCWF photo
 

Oak Island man aims for MST speed record

Oak Island resident Luke Bennett recently set off on a 1,175-mile journey across North Carolina to raise money and awareness…
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