Malady deadly to bats found in North Carolina
 

Malady deadly to bats found in North Carolina

White-nose syndrome, the disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of bats in the Eastern United States, has been discovered…
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Smokies road status now available via texts or twitter
 

Smokies road status now available via texts or twitter

Travelers can sign-up to receive status updates about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s most frequently used roads via text…
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New staffer in Jackson conservation group
 

New staffer in Jackson conservation group

The Wilderness Society recently appointed Jill Gottesman as outreach coordinator in an effort to increase conservation efforts in North Carolina.…
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Watch for crossing fish
 

Watch for crossing fish

You’ve heard of deer crossings? Well, fish need crossings too, the Little Tennessee Watershed Association announced recently after the Franklin-based…
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Focused efforts to save hemlocks showing promise
 

Focused efforts to save hemlocks showing promise

Good news on the hemlock front — the U.S. Forest Service reports it has had some success in ongoing efforts…
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Ease pain of income tax by helping wildlife
 

Ease pain of income tax by helping wildlife

Whether you love to hunt, fish, bird watch, or just want to do your part to ensure that wildlife in…
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State grants commission new power
 

State grants commission new power

Starting March 1, the executive director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have the power of implementing an emergency…
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The Naturalist's Corner: A bog of dreams
 

The Naturalist's Corner: A bog of dreams

The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) and partners are literally moving the earth over in Flat Rock to help restore…
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Snow sports equals big bucks for North Carolina mountains
 

Snow sports equals big bucks for North Carolina mountains

The rest of the economy might have suffered, but a couple of snowy winters are adding up to big bucks…
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Oil lamps are useful… and nostalgic
 

Oil lamps are useful… and nostalgic

Editor’s note: The second installment in George Ellison’s research into the Ghost Dance has been delayed due to the inability…
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New book looks at remarkable work of therapy dogs
 

New book looks at remarkable work of therapy dogs

Author Deanna Klingel of Sapphire Valley will be at City Lights Bookstore at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 to discuss…
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Ron Rash returns to City Lights with new paperback edition
 

Ron Rash returns to City Lights with new paperback edition

City Lights welcomes Ron Rash back to the store at 2 p.m. on Feb. 13 to celebrate the release in…
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Area storytellers featured in new book
 

Area storytellers featured in new book

In view of the fact that Southern Appalachia is acknowledged to be a massive reservoir of traditional storytelling, Saundra Kelley’s…
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Green Energy Park is a Jackson gem
 

Green Energy Park is a Jackson gem

To the Editor: Jackson County truly has a hidden gem in its midst, the Green Energy Park. This innovative county…
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Mainstream networks too liberal
 

Mainstream networks too liberal

To the Editor: I must agree with Carole Larivee’s letter last week. Everywhere you go people are watching Fox News!…
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Thank God for Fox News
 

Thank God for Fox News

To the Editor: As I was reading The Smoky Mountain News this morning, I was encouraged after reading a letter…
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Thanks for reporting on tough issues
 

Thanks for reporting on tough issues

To The Editor: I want to commend The Smoky Mountain News for reporting on issues that are not popular. The…
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Greenways are pretty good all the way around
 

Greenways are pretty good all the way around

One of the nicest things about Franklin is the town’s greenway along the Little Tennessee River. The greenway has become…
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Turn down the global warming, I’m freezing
 

Turn down the global warming, I’m freezing

By George Ivey • Guest Columnist Many years ago on Capitol Hill, a politician said to me, “George, as you…
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Just call me the Rhodes Cove grinch
 

Just call me the Rhodes Cove grinch

Being a diabetic with hearing problems (especially in crowds), I have days when I probably shouldn’t be “out and about.”…
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Jurisdiction quagmire challenges Cherokee courts
 

Jurisdiction quagmire challenges Cherokee courts

Tribal leaders and prosecutors in Cherokee will now have stronger tools to mete out justice to criminals on the reservation,…
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Group serving those with disabilities seeks dollars to expand
 

Group serving those with disabilities seeks dollars to expand

Webster Enterprises, a community rehabilitation program serving those with disabilities and disadvantages in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties, wants money…
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UN representative discusses domestic abuse in Cherokee
 

UN representative discusses domestic abuse in Cherokee

Cherokee got a special visit last month from Rashida Manjoo, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, as…
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Community helpers recognized by CCC
 

Community helpers recognized by CCC

Winners of the Commission for a Clean County’s 10th-annual awards were announced recently.   The Community Pride program honors businesses,…
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Jackson tackles money shortfall
 

Jackson tackles money shortfall

Times are tough, and in response Jackson County department heads have been ordered to reduce spending by 3 percent between…
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Canton to see long-awaited sewer upgrade near I-40
 

Canton to see long-awaited sewer upgrade near I-40

Canton will be opening its doors to new business when a long-awaited upgrade to its Champion Drive sewer line is…
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Candy sales to support the hungry
 

Candy sales to support the hungry

This year, Mast General Store will contribute $1 to MANNA FoodBank for each pound of candy purchased on Feb. 12…
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Animal Services reports rabid raccoon
 

Animal Services reports rabid raccoon

Haywood County Animal Services officers are canvassing the Beaverdam community in search of stray animals, after hikers discovered a rabid…
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Supporters of Green Energy Park asked to step up
 

Supporters of Green Energy Park asked to step up

A meeting to form a new Friends of the Green Energy Park organization in Jackson County is set for 7…
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Jackson sheriff wants to regulate adult establishments before they open
 

Jackson sheriff wants to regulate adult establishments before they open

There aren’t any strip joints, dirty bookstores or other adult establishments currently in Jackson County, but Sheriff Jimmy Ashe wants…
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Everything is on the table financially in Macon County
 

Everything is on the table financially in Macon County

Macon County Schools, like other local school systems in North Carolina, has been warned by state leaders to plan for…
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Business seminar series begins
 

Business seminar series begins

A six-part seminar series on financial management and updated business strategies is being offered by the Haywood County Chamber of…
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Boogie to benefit the schools
 

Boogie to benefit the schools

The third-annual Mardi Gras dance, sponsored by Old Town Bank to benefit the Haywood County Schools Foundation, will be held…
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Lunch and politics with the League of Women Voters
 

Lunch and politics with the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Macon County will play host to Macon County Manager Jack Horton and Commission Chair…
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Workshop to focus on conservation
 

Workshop to focus on conservation

The Leopold Land Ethics Leaders Program will hold a conservation discussion and training session from 7 to 9 p.m. on…
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Macon County health assessment starts soon
 

Macon County health assessment starts soon

Healthy Carolinians of Macon County will launch a telephone survey of 400 county residents starting next week. The question to…
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Swain sheriff loses suit against county over money
 

Swain sheriff loses suit against county over money

A lawsuit waged by Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran against the county was shot down in court this week. Cochran…
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Hear that lonesome whistle blow? Dillsboro a little less alone with limited train service this winter
 

Hear that lonesome whistle blow? Dillsboro a little less alone with limited train service this winter

In many ways, Brian Hockman and wife Carrie of Claymates, a “paint your own pottery experience,” serve as the perfect…
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Haywood bike plan gets into gear
 

Haywood bike plan gets into gear

Haywood County cyclists – and would-be cyclists – will soon be able to breathe a little easier and peddle a…
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Committee looks for WCU’s next chancellor
 

Committee looks for WCU’s next chancellor

The 16-member search committee tasked with helping select Western Carolina University’s next chancellor has developed a list of questions it…
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The changing face of Haywood County: in the middle of everything
 

The changing face of Haywood County: in the middle of everything

For Darcy and Kevin Sisson, living in Waynesville makes perfect sense. She works in manufacturing in Asheville, his employer is…
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Brasstown instructor to give presentation in Haywood County
 

Brasstown instructor to give presentation in Haywood County

Annie Lough, a nationally known folk musician, will give a talk and musical presentation on Appalachian musical heritage and culture…
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Get the latest information on coping with mental illness
 

Get the latest information on coping with mental illness

NAMI Family-to-Family Education, a free, 12-session program for relatives and friends of people diagnosed with a mental illness, will be…
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Free ARTSaturday workshop
 

Free ARTSaturday workshop

Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday arts and crafts workshop hosted by the Macon…
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Vanessa Carlton gives free concert
 

Vanessa Carlton gives free concert

Singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton will give a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at Western Carolina University. Carlton is…
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Contra evening to dance through Dillsboro
 

Contra evening to dance through Dillsboro

The next Second Sunday Contra Dance will be on Sunday, Feb.13, at the Barkers Creek Community Building on U.S. 441…
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WNC Roundtable welcomes back Randal Garrison
 

WNC Roundtable welcomes back Randal Garrison

Civil War re-enactor Randal Garrison will speak on the Shelton Laurel Massacre in Madison County at this month’s Western North…
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Learn photo editing at half-day clinic
 

Learn photo editing at half-day clinic

A half-day post-production photography clinic with Bob Grytten will show photographers how to work with photos after they’re taken. The…
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Arts and crafts festival comes to Sylva
 

Arts and crafts festival comes to Sylva

A Valentine’s Day Open House Arts and Crafts Festival will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14,…
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Second City brings new comedy show to WCU
 

Second City brings new comedy show to WCU

Second City, the world-famous improvisational comedy troupe, is bringing its show ‘Fair and Unbalanced’ to Western Carolina University’s Fine and…
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