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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Valentine’s story and craft at Marianna Black
 

Valentine’s story and craft at Marianna Black

Children of all ages are invited to a Fancy Nancy Valentines Party from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, at…
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Learn how to make Indian fry bread
 

Learn how to make Indian fry bread

The N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Good Cooks Series will continue with a Native American flair at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb.…
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Help bake treats for a sweet cause
 

Help bake treats for a sweet cause

The DAYDREAMZ project and Kids at Work, two local non-profit organizations, are offering an afternoon of community baking and creating…
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Legacy of WNC women explored in new exhibit
 

Legacy of WNC women explored in new exhibit

A new exhibit featuring research and displays developed by the Appalachian Women’s Museum in Dillsboro is now open for public…
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Tuscola senior pursues songwriting passion: Student singer/songwriter produces EP record
 

Tuscola senior pursues songwriting passion: Student singer/songwriter produces EP record

By DeeAnna Haney • SMN Intern All it took was a knack for guitar playing and a single visit to…
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NC General Assembly update
 

NC General Assembly update

Most people predicted that this session of the North Carolina General Assembly was going to be fast and furious, and…
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Ghost Dance has a long history in Cherokee
 

Ghost Dance has a long history in Cherokee

(Note: This is part one of a two-part series regarding the Cherokee Ghost Dance. Part two will present Michelene Ethe…
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Informal camping club needs members
 

Informal camping club needs members

In the hunt for an informal camping club with no annual dues and no actual meetings except for actually going…
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Free guide available to managing invasive plants
 

Free guide available to managing invasive plants

The U.S. Forest Service is distributing free copies of a new guide, titled “A Management Guide for Invasive Plants in…
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Registration open for Maggie Moonlight Race
 

Registration open for Maggie Moonlight Race

Runners can register now for one of Western North Carolina’s most storied summer road races. Registration for the Maggie Valley…
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Conservation group seeking feedback
 

Conservation group seeking feedback

Wild South, a regional nonprofit that works to restore the South’s natural landscapes, wants help on accessing wildlife resources. An…
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Trees, berries order to benefit 4-H
 

Trees, berries order to benefit 4-H

The Swain County Cooperative Extension is now taking orders for 3- to 4-foot apple, pear and peach trees, along with…
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Wildlife Commission reaffirms support for hunting with dogs
 

Wildlife Commission reaffirms support for hunting with dogs

The Commissioners of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission unanimously adopted a resolution recently reaffirming the agency’s longstanding support for hunting…
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Gardening for a cause
 

Gardening for a cause

The Sylva Community Garden project is seeking new members to join for the upcoming season. Plots of 15-feet by 30-feet…
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The Naturalist's Corner: Take this book outside
 

The Naturalist's Corner: Take this book outside

Don’t put this book on your bookshelf, mounted there like some hunter’s head of a deer, to prove you can…
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New wilderness area near Highlands unlikely
 

New wilderness area near Highlands unlikely

The situation doesn’t look promising for the formation of a new wilderness area in the Nantahala National Forest, the dream…
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Author recounts unique parenting journey
 

Author recounts unique parenting journey

Some novels call to mind certain family members. There are the wise old stories that remind us of our grandparents,…
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Rash commemorates paperback release
 

Rash commemorates paperback release

Local author Ron Rash will hold a reading at City Lights in Sylva to celebrate the paperback release of his…
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Taxpayer money wasted on silly studies
 

Taxpayer money wasted on silly studies

To the Editor: Recently the National Science Foundation (NSF) granted Professor Thomas Ford (WCU) and Associate Professor Julie Woodzicka (Washington…
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Too much Fox News in the public sphere
 

Too much Fox News in the public sphere

To the Editor: Fox News seems to be playing in public places all over Haywood County — restaurants, bars, even…
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Rowing and paddling aren’t synonymous
 

Rowing and paddling aren’t synonymous

To the Editor: As usual, your paper continues to cover important issues of our area that others largely ignore, but…
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Muirhead piece lost its focus
 

Muirhead piece lost its focus

To the Editor: The title of Scott Muirhead’s op-ed on Frog Level (“A place where two worlds collide,” The Smoky…
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Hate by any name is still hate
 

Hate by any name is still hate

Back in the day, say the late 1980s through about 2000, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate map featured Western…
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Vindication for HEP, a little satisfaction here
 

Vindication for HEP, a little satisfaction here

This is a very odd business, the telling of the news. It’s even more odd as part of an independent…
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Green Energy Park recommendations now on the table
 

Green Energy Park recommendations now on the table

The Green Energy Park would stand on its own financially within five years if Jackson County adopts recommendations made last…
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‘The Last Flapper’ stops off in Waynesville
 

‘The Last Flapper’ stops off in Waynesville

The one-woman show “The Last Flapper” comes to Waynesville’s HART Studio this month, portraying the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald,…
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HART to hold auditions
 

HART to hold auditions

Auditions will be held for “Shipwrecked,” the latest production of the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday…
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Guild to offer up knitting know-how
 

Guild to offer up knitting know-how

Free knitting classes for both children and adults are ramping up at the Waynesville Public Library, courtesy of the Smoky…
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Community Chorus practices Poulenc
 

Community Chorus practices Poulenc

The Western Carolina Community Chorus will begin rehearsals of Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.…
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