Bottoms up! Bryson City brewery opens
 

Bottoms up! Bryson City brewery opens

Beer brewing in Bryson City just took on a whole new look this weekend when Nantahala Brewing Company threw open…
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Swain commissioners recommend DSS employee suspension DSS board to meet on the matter Tuesday
 

Swain commissioners recommend DSS employee suspension DSS board to meet on the matter Tuesday

Swain County commissioners voted 4 to 1 in a special meeting Thursday (March 3) to formally recommend that the  Department…
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Swain County commissioners, DSS board to meet
 

Swain County commissioners, DSS board to meet

The Swain County Department of Social Services board has agreed to meet with the Swain County commissioners to discuss whether…
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Walking a mountain gives it life
 

Walking a mountain gives it life

Hiking a designated trail involves prescribed origins and destinations, whether it be a four-mile jaunt from Clingman’s Dome to Siler’s…
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Tribal members to help develop plan for future
 

Tribal members to help develop plan for future

Two outreach sessions for members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to develop a 10-year “legacy plan” for tribal…
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Wildlife advocates gather for March meeting
 

Wildlife advocates gather for March meeting

Western North Carolina Wildlife Advocates — including Wild South, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance, and representatives…
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Take a group trip to see Cataloochee’s elk
 

Take a group trip to see Cataloochee’s elk

The WNC Nature Center’s “NC Elk Experience” trip to Cataloochee Valley will take place on Tuesday, March 15. Tickets are…
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Volunteers needed at Clingmans Dome
 

Volunteers needed at Clingmans Dome

Want to become a volunteer in the Smokies, wear a uniform and help visitors figure out where they are? Great…
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Blue Ridge Breakaway registration is open
 

Blue Ridge Breakaway registration is open

Registration begins this week for the second-annual Blue Ridge Breakaway bike ride, which is scheduled for Aug. 20. The cycling…
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Public workshop to design Webster trail
 

Public workshop to design Webster trail

Anyone interested in helping design, build or use a trail at Jackson County’s new Department on Aging campus in Webster…
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Need a summer job?
 

Need a summer job?

The Waynesville Recreation Center is looking for lifeguards, with a training course on tap for this month for those who…
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Life of Riley in Louisiana
 

Life of Riley in Louisiana

Different people have different ideas of camping. Some people like to carry their camp on their back as they hike…
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Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest turns 100
 

Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest turns 100

By Brent Martin • Guest Writer The Nantahala-Pisgah national forests celebrated their 100th birthday March 1.   Of course, the…
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Spiritual connections explored by local author
 

Spiritual connections explored by local author

Jody Kraner (aka JadriAnna Lee), author of Northern Lights: A Journey to Insight, will appear for a reading and discussion…
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Battling weight problems and ensuing baggage
 

Battling weight problems and ensuing baggage

Though heroin and cocaine are dangerous and illegal, both drugs carry with them a cachet, the dark romance of, say,…
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Planting the seeds for sustainability
 

Planting the seeds for sustainability

A few weeks ago, as part of a magazine assignment, I visited Sow True Seed in Asheville. Carol Koury and…
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Neighbor leaves a legacy of kindness
 

Neighbor leaves a legacy of kindness

It was not my best day. I had just got home with the kids, who seemed a little grumpy because…
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Local magazine calls for photography
 

Local magazine calls for photography

Smoky Mountain Living magazine has issued a call for photos for its next issue, which will hit the stands in…
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Waynesville Armory launches Brain Gym for seniors
 

Waynesville Armory launches Brain Gym for seniors

For Waynesville seniors, the old armory recreation center now offers exercise for more than just the body. The new Brain…
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MedWest to open Urgent Care Center
 

MedWest to open Urgent Care Center

An Urgent Care Center will open in August at Wal-Mart Plaza in Sylva. The location of the MedWest’s new urgent…
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Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels
 

Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels

The Haywood County Meals on Wheels program is seeking volunteers in the Fines Creek community to deliver nutritious meals to…
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Political ill will still lingers in Jackson
 

Political ill will still lingers in Jackson

The election for the Jackson County Board of Commissioners might have wrapped up last fall, but the war of words…
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HCC causes a stir with clear cutting
 

HCC causes a stir with clear cutting

A new and long-awaited Creative Arts Building is only days away from its groundbreaking ceremony at Haywood Community College. But…
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Goodwill not showing much good will to other nonprofits
 

Goodwill not showing much good will to other nonprofits

Some local thrift shop operators in Jackson County or crying foul over a nonprofit accepting donations in Sylva despite not…
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Tribe, county DSS agencies have complex relationship
 

Tribe, county DSS agencies have complex relationship

By Quintin Ellison and Colby Dunn • Staff writers The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is forced to rely on…
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The tragic life of Aubrey Littlejohn: Family members feared for child’s safety
 

The tragic life of Aubrey Littlejohn: Family members feared for child’s safety

Relatives say they warned social workers repeatedly over the course of several months that Aubrey Littlejohn was being neglected and…
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Child’s death hits Cherokee hard
 

Child’s death hits Cherokee hard

The mood is grim. Few people in this tight community want to talk to an outsider about the death of…
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Swain commissioners recommend suspending DSS employees in wake of SBI probe
 

Swain commissioners recommend suspending DSS employees in wake of SBI probe

Relatives of a Cherokee child who died in January are publicly calling for the suspension of the Swain County Department…
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Swain DSS investigated for cover-up in child’s death
 

Swain DSS investigated for cover-up in child’s death

The Swain County Department of Social Services falsified records relating to the abuse and neglect of a 15-month-old baby who…
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Budget woes force WCU to cut jobs
 

Budget woes force WCU to cut jobs

Western Carolina University is laying off 10 employees in April as it struggles with the projected loss of approximately $8.6…
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Marriage and family experts offer advice
 

Marriage and family experts offer advice

“The Thoroughly Modern Family,” a program aimed at giving advice on how to provide happy and healthy marriages and families…
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Blood drive in Blanton’s memory
 

Blood drive in Blanton’s memory

The Tye Blanton Foundation is hosting its annual blood drive from 12 to 5 p.m Sunday, March 6, at Canton…
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Program on fair elections in Macon
 

Program on fair elections in Macon

The League of Women Voters of Macon County will hold a program Thursday, March 10, on fair elections, presented by…
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Downtown Waynesville readies for spring
 

Downtown Waynesville readies for spring

The Downtown Waynesville Association is gearing up for spring, with new businesses and events in the works for the coming…
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Local nursing home celebrates solar panel installation
 

Local nursing home celebrates solar panel installation

By DeeAnna Haney • SMN Intern Perched atop a Canton nursing home roof, gleaming in the sun is the newest…
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Gallery show highlights water landscapes
 

Gallery show highlights water landscapes

Gallery 86 presents “Reflected Light: Scenes of Haywood County by Luke Allsbrook” Wednesday, March 2, through Saturday, March 26. An…
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WCU presents classical guitarist
 

WCU presents classical guitarist

Classical guitarist Gregory Guay will perform at WCU’s Coulter Recital Hall at 8 p.m., March 9. Guay is a classically…
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Building workshops offered to artisans
 

Building workshops offered to artisans

A certification in the building industry for Cherokee craft artists is open free-of-charge to artists, artisans and college-level students from…
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OICA welcomes new instructor
 

OICA welcomes new instructor

The Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts, Southwestern Community College’s fine arts   program, this spring welcomes Brian Kane as the new…
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Store celebrates with poetry and music
 

Store celebrates with poetry and music

To celebrate the 86th anniversary of Cowee’s Rickman Store, the Friends of the Rickman Store are inviting neighbors and visitors…
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Artist exhibits renaissance techniques
 

Artist exhibits renaissance techniques

Multimedia artist Mark Menendez of Andrews will do a demonstration of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting techniques for Art League of…
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Main Street Artists Co-op reopening
 

Main Street Artists Co-op reopening

The Main Street Artists Co-op on Main Street in Waynesville is scheduled to open for its third season May 1, and…
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Macon art class for kids focuses on regional birds
 

Macon art class for kids focuses on regional birds

Kathrine Cays, Artist in Residence at the Rickman Store in Macon County’s Cowee Valey, will offer an art class for…
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Wellness and healing featured on film
 

Wellness and healing featured on film

The feature film, “The Living Matrix — The New Science of Healing,” will be shown at Waynesville’s Creative Thought Center…
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Woodrow named new library director
 

Woodrow named new library director

Sharon Woodrow has been appointed the new director of the Haywood County Public Library, after serving as interim director since…
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HART to hold auditions for upcoming musical
 

HART to hold auditions for upcoming musical

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its May production of the off-Broadway musical  “I Love You, You’re…
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Church Basement Ladies bring comedy to Franklin
 

Church Basement Ladies bring comedy to Franklin

“Church Basement Ladies,” a touching musical comedy, will grace the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts…
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Tuscola hosts 39th annual Country/Western Show
 

Tuscola hosts 39th annual Country/Western Show

By DeeAnna Haney • SMN Intern Donning their best flannel and cowboy boots and armed with harmonies and dance moves,…
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Swain DSS investigated for cover-up in child’s death
 

Swain DSS investigated for cover-up in child’s death

The Swain County Department of Social Services falsified records relating to the abuse and neglect of a 15-month-old baby who…
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A first-hand account of the Indian wars
 

A first-hand account of the Indian wars

I spent some time last week reading about the 18th-century Indian wars in Western North Carolina. These were the Cherokee…
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