Parkway’s glories honored by Congress
 

Parkway’s glories honored by Congress

A resolution commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway is slated for passage by Congress. “The Blue Ridge…
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Kick up your heels for Folkmoot 5K
 

Kick up your heels for Folkmoot 5K

A race with an international flare, the annual Folkmoot 5K, will be held on Saturday, July 31, in Waynesville. The…
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Into the wild at Mountain Wildlife Days
 

Into the wild at Mountain Wildlife Days

Mountain Wildlife Days will bring a line-up of nature talks, wildlife programs and guided hikes to the Cashiers area on…
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Bear country tutorial uses new medium to reach hikers
 

Bear country tutorial uses new medium to reach hikers

A new video podcast called “Day Hiking and Wildlife” has been created to educate hikers in the Great Smoky Mountains…
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Smokies gala a success
 

Smokies gala a success

Smokies gala a successFriends of the Smokies raised $20,000 to support special projects in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
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Green spaces — good places
 

Green spaces — good places

We were in Rock Hill, S.C., this past weekend enjoying our annual Fourth of July ritual of visiting my little…
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Ornithologist unravels mysteries behind song sparrow personalities
 

Ornithologist unravels mysteries behind song sparrow personalities

Last Thursday morning was atypical for song sparrow IR-IF. While defending his territory from the song of an intruding male,…
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McCrumb, Jim Casada, and Gary Carden stop by City Lights
 

McCrumb, Jim Casada, and Gary Carden stop by City Lights

A national bestselling author, a local icon, and a well-known regional outdoor writer and photographer will all make their way…
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Shakespeare still valuable in space
 

Shakespeare still valuable in space

Muse of Fire by Dan Simmons. Subterranean Press, 2008. 105 page In recent years, it has become fashionable for writers…
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Public Art Commission appreciates support
 

Public Art Commission appreciates support

The Waynesville Public Art Commission members would like to express their gratitude to all of the artists and all of…
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Tourism industry has to market a moving target
 

Tourism industry has to market a moving target

Tourism leaders in the mountains agree they’ve got to re-invent their marketing tactics over the next decade to stay competitive.…
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Full Spectrum Farms seeks auction items
 

Full Spectrum Farms seeks auction items

Full Spectrum Farms is accepting silent auction donations for its annual Starlight Night fundraiser, Oct. 2. The local non-profit helps…
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Shuler announces WNC job fairs
 

Shuler announces WNC job fairs

Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., has announced a series of job fairs throughout the summer month. Workforce training and employer training…
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Information offered to small businesses
 

Information offered to small businesses

Two informational sessions will be available for Western North Carolina’s small businesses. “Ask the Experts: What’s new for small businesses…
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Haywood Habitat for Humanity celebrates 20 years
 

Haywood Habitat for Humanity celebrates 20 years

Haywood Habitat for Humanity marked its 20th anniversary at the organization’s Annual Meeting. To celebrate, Habitat Executive Director Marnette Colborne…
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County, HCC still at loggerheads over craft building price
 

County, HCC still at loggerheads over craft building price

An ongoing debate over the cost of a new building on the Haywood Community College campus lacks a clear resolution,…
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Replacement to Sylva town board sets stage for new voting majority
 

Replacement to Sylva town board sets stage for new voting majority

The make-up of Sylva’s town board shifted this week when board members voted 3-1 to replace outgoing board member Sarah…
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Poll shows majority in Jackson tired of trekking to town for beer
 

Poll shows majority in Jackson tired of trekking to town for beer

Though many Jackson County residents shy away from publicly airing their views on alcohol, a recent poll shows that a…
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Strong on momentum, but shy of real power, TEA Party’s political weight remains to be seen
 

Strong on momentum, but shy of real power, TEA Party’s political weight remains to be seen

A year ago, Scott Cummings would never have pictured himself standing on the sidewalk pumping a homemade sign in the…
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Poll shows little confidence in government
 

Poll shows little confidence in government

Government approval ratings are low all over the country. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’re also low in…
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Jackson County Poll Results
 

Jackson County Poll Results

1. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Jackson County government? Favorable 33% Unfavorable 46% Not Sure 20%…
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WCU poll is first attempt of its caliber to measure political opinions on solely local scale
 

WCU poll is first attempt of its caliber to measure political opinions on solely local scale

A new polling project developed by Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute and The Smoky Mountain News aims to get…
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Senate clamps down on sweepstakes
 

Senate clamps down on sweepstakes

If Rep. Ray Rapp has his way, the state House will crush video sweepstakes as fervently as the state Senate…
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Maggie Valley first in region to pursue food and beverage tax
 

Maggie Valley first in region to pursue food and beverage tax

Restaurant and bar patrons in Maggie Valley may see an extra tax on their bills to support tourism promotion and…
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With cash settlement rolling in, ideas fly on how to spend it
 

With cash settlement rolling in, ideas fly on how to spend it

After decades of bitter division among Swain County residents concerning the North Shore Road controversy, people on both sides have…
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Josh Fields Band on tap for Concert on the Creek
 

Josh Fields Band on tap for Concert on the Creek

The rich, downhome sound of the Josh Fields Band will be showcased from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 2,…
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Karen ‘Sugar’ Barnes brings blues to Bryson
 

Karen ‘Sugar’ Barnes brings blues to Bryson

What do you get when you mix the pristine vocals of Ella Fitzgerald with the guitar licks of Robert Johnson?…
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Lonesome River Band to play in Stecoah
 

Lonesome River Band to play in Stecoah

The Lonesome River Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 10, on the Grand Old Stage at Stecoah Valley…
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Twain impersonator comes to Franklin
 

Twain impersonator comes to Franklin

Marvin Cole, a Western Carolina University graduate famous for his impersonations of Mark Twain, will entertain at 7 p.m. on…
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Mountain Heritage Center camp to focus on Cherokee heritage
 

Mountain Heritage Center camp to focus on Cherokee heritage

Middle school students in the area will have an opportunity to learn about Cherokee heritage during a “Mini-Camp for Middle…
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American Craft Today seeks submissions
 

American Craft Today seeks submissions

Craft artists are invited to submit digital images of their work by July 19 to be considered for inclusion in…
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Native tribes across North America  converge in Cherokee for  Festival of Native Peoples
 

Native tribes across North America converge in Cherokee for Festival of Native Peoples

Witness the arresting culture of Apache, Totonac, Aztec, Crow, Navajo and Cherokee through ancient wisdom, song, dance, legend, arts and…
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Skyships over Cashiers? Local women track extraterrestrial activity
 

Skyships over Cashiers? Local women track extraterrestrial activity

Eight-year-old Devon Heenan stood with her arm extended in the parking lot of the Ingles in Cashiers. With her cell…
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A unique old time reporter
 

A unique old time reporter

Many characters surface in stories related to Horace Kephart, regional author and one of the founders of the Great Smoky…
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What is Buy Haywood?
 

What is Buy Haywood?

Supported by the Golden LEAF Foundation since 2007, Buy Haywood has enjoyed success promoting the county’s farms. Its first project…
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Bringing poetry back to life
 

Bringing poetry back to life

Once upon a time the queen of literature, poetry finds itself nowadays, like the tale of Cinderella run in reverse,…
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Ridge law questions renew development debate in Jackson
 

Ridge law questions renew development debate in Jackson

Tony Elders didn’t realize quite how much on-the-job exercise he was in for when he was hired to oversee Jackson…
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New Jackson library built as regional showpiece
 

New Jackson library built as regional showpiece

The Jackson County Courthouse, Sylva’s most distinctive building, was built in a rush. C.J. Harris, a prominent industrialist and wealthy…
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Haywood sheriff faces lone but experienced challenger in primary
 

Haywood sheriff faces lone but experienced challenger in primary

Voters in the Democratic Primary in Haywood County must choose which of the two candidates profiled here will advance to…
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Ashe squares off against three opponents
 

Ashe squares off against three opponents

Voters in the Democratic Primary in Jackson County must choose which of the four candidates profiled below should advance to…
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Disobedience charges dismissed in protests of new coal plant
 

Disobedience charges dismissed in protests of new coal plant

A group of activists arrested for civil disobedience during protests of Duke Energy’s new coal plant last year have been…
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Caring for Creation bridges faith and environment
 

Caring for Creation bridges faith and environment

A conference that connects faith and the environment will be held at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center April 8…
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Candidate profiles
 

Candidate profiles

Democrat candidates Steve Buchanan, 50, Bryson City resident, owner of a construction company “Most of the thefts relate back to…
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The elected sheriff: Medieval tradition shows flaws in modern times
 

The elected sheriff: Medieval tradition shows flaws in modern times

“It’s the oldest constitutional office in the state,” said Eddie Caldwell, executive vice president of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association.…
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Landslide count keeps climbing
 

Landslide count keeps climbing

In a record year for landslides, yet another one struck this week, this time along U.S. 441 in Great Smoky…
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Arson case thickens plot in sheriff’s race
 

Arson case thickens plot in sheriff’s race

A fire at the business of a Jackson County sheriff candidate last week has cast a shadow over the race.…
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Swain sheriff under fire from deep bench of challengers
 

Swain sheriff under fire from deep bench of challengers

There is, perhaps, no sheriff’s race as hotly contested as the one currently taking place in Swain County. Sheriff Curtis…
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Auto dealer reinvents to stay alive
 

Auto dealer reinvents to stay alive

When Daniel Allison III learned last May that General Motors wouldn’t renew his franchise agreement, he couldn’t believe it. “Shock,”…
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Blackrock brings Sylva its own distinctive BBQ
 

Blackrock brings Sylva its own distinctive BBQ

“Barbecue is all about slow and low,” said Blackrock BBQ owner and pit master James Aust. “The secret’s in the…
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