Vertigo Jazz Project celebrates second release
 

Vertigo Jazz Project celebrates second release

Vertigo Jazz Project will drop their second full-length studio album on March 12 at Emerald Lounge in Asheville. VJP’s new…
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Landowner dismayed N.C. 107 bridge widening will claim archaeology site
 

Landowner dismayed N.C. 107 bridge widening will claim archaeology site

A Cherokee archaeological site spanning from at least 6,000 years ago to the 18th century stands in the way of…
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County reluctant to foot the bill for Maggie landslide clean up costs
 

County reluctant to foot the bill for Maggie landslide clean up costs

Haywood County commissioners are reluctant to hand over taxpayer money to stabilize the latest landslide in Maggie Valley — even…
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Bringing home the brew
 

Bringing home the brew

Zach Phillips and Mike Valente graduated from Western Carolina University just in time to enter the worst job market in…
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Jackson County schools hope for no more job cuts
 

Jackson County schools hope for no more job cuts

On Monday evening, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners met with leaders from Jackson County Schools to talk about next…
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Grassroots effort aims to make Jackson County greenest
 

Grassroots effort aims to make Jackson County greenest

What if the driveway to the county’s administration building were lined with blueberries? It was January, and Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin and…
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HCC comes out on top in Recycle Mania
 

HCC comes out on top in Recycle Mania

Haywood Community College shot to the top in a nationwide recycling competition by doing little more than what it already…
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Taking readers down a deep spiral
 

Taking readers down a deep spiral

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Penguin Books, 2005. 487 pagesLet’s begin with a marvelous story —…
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I-40 opens at last
 

I-40 opens at last

Interstate 40, closed since October due to a massive rockslide, reopened with little fanfare on Sunday evening. For the people…
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Haywood schools, HCC struggle to meet needs as revenues plummet
 

Haywood schools, HCC struggle to meet needs as revenues plummet

With Haywood County’s revenues down by 4 percent, schools are looking at another year of disappointing budget allocations at the…
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Enrollment audit a slow, uneasy process for Cherokee
 

Enrollment audit a slow, uneasy process for Cherokee

In a 2002 referendum, the members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians voted to authorize an audit of the…
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Key candidates missing at Swain forum
 

Key candidates missing at Swain forum

Swain County citizens might have been more thrilled about a candidate forum that was held Thursday, April 22, than the…
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Admiration, maybe, but no love for the boar
 

Admiration, maybe, but no love for the boar

Numerous non-native plants have been introduced into the southern mountains during the last century or so. Many are now classified…
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X marks the spot
 

X marks the spot

I turned 35 years old on Tax Day. I’ve been stuck with that birth date from the beginning and have…
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WCU students teach business owners to use social media
 

WCU students teach business owners to use social media

When John Miele, co-owner of the Golden Carp, left a social media class recently taught by Western Carolina University students,…
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NOC’s Great Outpost
 

NOC’s Great Outpost

Nantahala Outdoor Center is positioned to become a major player in the outdoors scene on the Tennessee side of the…
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Ambitious development going nowhere
 

Ambitious development going nowhere

All visible signs of the grandiose megadevelopment known as Cataloochee Wilderness Resorts have vanished from public view in Haywood County.…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

A little spring cleaning It was a busy weekend and there’s a busy weekend coming up, so I’m going to…
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A hub for all things outdoors
 

A hub for all things outdoors

For the outdoors lover, stepping into NOC’s Great Outpost in Gatlinburg is like being a kid in a candy shop.…
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Rallying around a historic tree
 

Rallying around a historic tree

Against all odds, a 250-year-old scarlet oak tree still stands on N.C. 110 south of Canton, despite being struck by…
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A huge pile of good intentions
 

A huge pile of good intentions

Haywood County Solid Waste Director Stephen King did not spend his interview with The Smoky Mountain News sitting at an…
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A 21st Century Strategy for America’s Great Outdoors
 

A 21st Century Strategy for America’s Great Outdoors

By Mark Singleton • Guest Columnist Even in times of crisis, we’re called to take the long view to preserve…
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Alcohol banned at recreation sites
 

Alcohol banned at recreation sites

The US. Forest Service has banned alcohol use at 11 recreation sites in the Nantahala National Forest. The sites include:…
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Kephart’s persona was well crafted
 

Kephart’s persona was well crafted

Our consideration of “books and all things related” continues with a look at an instance when a well-known author (and…
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N.C. 47th Senate
 

N.C. 47th Senate

North Carolina’s 47th District Senate seat represents Haywood, Madison, Yancey, Mitchell, Avery and McDowell counties. Republican voters will choose between…
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Jackson Sheriff’s race reveals rift in county
 

Jackson Sheriff’s race reveals rift in county

The Jackson County Sheriff’s race is hot and getting hotter. While a controversial pay raise and allegations of questionable financial…
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Candidates weigh in
 

Candidates weigh in

Democrats Donnie Dixon: “I can’t rightfully say he’s done a bad job. It could reflect the commissioners’ doings...I have nothing…
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Evergreen Foundation needs to be reined in
 

Evergreen Foundation needs to be reined in

It is past time someone looked closely at just what is going on with the Evergreen Foundation, because apparently those…
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Sylva board elects to pay music licensing
 

Sylva board elects to pay music licensing

With Sylva’s annual street festival Greening Up the Mountains right around the corner, town commissioners had a somewhat unusual decision…
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Ghost Town charts course to walk away from debt
 

Ghost Town charts course to walk away from debt

A primary owner of Ghost Town in the Sky wants to buy the amusement park out of bankruptcy. But there’s…
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Three open judge seats leads to crowded field of hopefuls
 

Three open judge seats leads to crowded field of hopefuls

While a hotly contested judge’s race is dominating the water cooler gossip in lawyers’ offices, the average voter likely has…
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N.C. 50th Senate
 

N.C. 50th Senate

The 50th Senate seat represents Jackson, Macon, Swain, Clay, Graham, and Cherokee counties, along with a portion of Haywood. Republican…
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Swain manager’s decision-making under fire as campaign heats up
 

Swain manager’s decision-making under fire as campaign heats up

In the lead-up to the primary elections on May 4, criticism of the current administration is stewing underground in Swain…
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Jackson EDC debate is over, again
 

Jackson EDC debate is over, again

Anyone who thought the discussion over the Jackson County Economic Development Commission’s missing audits was over when the board closed…
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Demand for referendums impractical, says county attorney
 

Demand for referendums impractical, says county attorney

Haywood County Attorney Chip Killian had his response ready for the citizen activists who have incessantly demanded referendums on a…
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Early voting off to slow start
 

Early voting off to slow start

Early voting began last Thursday, April 15, and runs through noon on Saturday, May 1. As of press time Tuesday,…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

Earth Day: hope vs. optimism Lordy, lordy look who’s 40 — Earth Day and the EPA. Officially created and established…
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Trout Festival comes to Maggie Valley
 

Trout Festival comes to Maggie Valley

From buttered trout fillets to a trout race, all things trout will be celebrated during the 21st annual Great Smoky…
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Meet the candidates
 

Meet the candidates

Three District Court judge seats are up for election in the seven western counties. The race for judge isn’t partisan,…
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Bring poetry to the people
 

Bring poetry to the people

“April is the cruelest of months, breeding/ lilacs out of the dead land” — so wrote T.S. Eliot in the…
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Politicking illegal at county meetings
 

Politicking illegal at county meetings

At the last Haywood commissioners meeting, a citizen asked Commissioner Kirk Kirkpatrick and Commissioner Bill Upton to answer a political…
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Veterans take to Cherokee waters for healing
 

Veterans take to Cherokee waters for healing

I don't do people, Bart Crowe said matter-of-factly. But there he was getting his fishing tackle together to hit the…
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Rafe Hollister coins unique and authentic genre of mountain rock
 

Rafe Hollister coins unique and authentic genre of mountain rock

Diehard fans of “The Andy Griffith Show” would know there’s more than meets the eye to Rafe Hollister. The coarse…
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Haywood Waterways’ new leader
 

Haywood Waterways’ new leader

After years of being the in-the-stream science guy behind Haywood Waterways Association, Eric Romaniszyn is taking the helm as the…
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Debate Web site new to WNC election scene
 

Debate Web site new to WNC election scene

Shane Burrell’s idea was simple: create a Web site where political candidates can talk to directly to voters about issues.…
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Haywood commissioner candidates tackle the county’s hot-button issues
 

Haywood commissioner candidates tackle the county’s hot-button issues

Six Democrats and five Republicans are vying for three seats on the Haywood County board of commissioners. Only three from…
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Haywood commissioner candidates tackle the county’s hot-button issues
 

Haywood commissioner candidates tackle the county’s hot-button issues

Six Democrats and five Republicans are vying for three seats on the Haywood County board of commissioners. Only three from…
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Scant primary in Jackson commissioner race
 

Scant primary in Jackson commissioner race

While three of five seats are up for election on the Jackson County board of commissioners, there is primary competition…
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Swain commissioner candidates
 

Swain commissioner candidates

Democratic candidates, pick four Steve Moon, 59, owner of a tire shop, incumbent Moon is finishing up his first term…
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Fiscal responsibility resounding theme in Macon election
 

Fiscal responsibility resounding theme in Macon election

This year in Macon County, three seats on the board are up for election. Each commissioner represents a geographic district…
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