Get ready for motorcycle season
 

Get ready for motorcycle season

Hit the open road virtually at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 2, for author Hawk Hagebak’s humorous take on motorcycling up…
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Groups praise reversal of Trump administration conservation funding policy
 

Groups praise reversal of Trump administration conservation funding policy

Conservation groups are applauding a Feb. 11 order from Acting Secretary of the Interior Scott de la Vega that rescinds…
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The property includes a heritage apple orchard. SAHC photo
 

More land conserved in Hickory Nut Gap

A recently completed conservation project in Hickory Nut Gap connects to an existing 1,500 acres of conserved land in southwestern…
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An excellent history lesson
 

An excellent history lesson

Having recently read and reviewed for the Smoky Mountain Living magazine Vicki Lane’s And The Crows Took Their Eyes, a…
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Who can you trust to tell the truth?
 

Who can you trust to tell the truth?

Another poll, another reality check for the media: Americans don’t trust us. The question that comes to mind, for me,…
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Falling hard for pandemic puppy love
 

Falling hard for pandemic puppy love

I’d always heard having a puppy was a little like having a baby. I’ve learned over the past two months…
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Cawthorn cares only about Cawthorn
 

Cawthorn cares only about Cawthorn

To the Editor: In the six weeks since being sworn in as North Carolina’s new 11th District representative in Congress,…
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Media gives lies too much power
 

Media gives lies too much power

To the Editor: America has failed to punish Trump, the ex-president who has done so much harm to our country.
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Trump deserved to be impeached
 

Trump deserved to be impeached

To the Editor: Senator Patrick Leahy (eight-term Democratic senator from Vermont) recently wrote a column charging former President Trump with…
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Drug sting wraps up in Macon County
 

Drug sting wraps up in Macon County

District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said a Macon County woman who was arrested as part of a multiple-person drug sting…
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International equity firm invests in Drake Software
 

International equity firm invests in Drake Software

International private equity firm Cinven recently announced that it has agreed to make a significant investment into Drake Software, a…
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Foxfire and BPR team up for COVID-19 oral history project
 

Foxfire and BPR team up for COVID-19 oral history project

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Foxfire has been collecting stories, memories, photographs and artifacts related to the experiences of…
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Developer withdraws Cashiers Hillside application
 

Developer withdraws Cashiers Hillside application

When it was first scheduled, the Feb. 22 meeting of the Cashiers Area Community Planning Council was expected to be…
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The things you don't hear
 

The things you don't hear

Weary and sore they came upon a small copse of Loblolly pines swaying high above a sea of softly undulating…
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Winter storms slow down vaccine progress
 

Winter storms slow down vaccine progress

Widespread winter storms last week drastically slowed down vaccination efforts in Jackson County, which still has the lowest percentage of…
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Robbie Crisp working on a new arm piece for a client at Born and Raised Tattoo parlor in Sylva. (photo: Garret K. Woodward)
 

The human canvas: Sylva artist channels creative spirit through tattooing

It’s Monday evening. A heavy rain is soaking Sylva and greater Jackson County. Passing by the Sylva Shopping Area, the…
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Big Creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (photo: Garret K. Woodward)
 

This must be the place: Turn my head into sound, I don’t know when I lay down on the ground

When the trail bends sharply to the right, I know the waterfall is just behind the brush. I can’t see…
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Macon man guilty of sex offender violations
 

Macon man guilty of sex offender violations

District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said a Macon County man who went on school property in violation of his sex…
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On Jan. 21, workers begin to remove displays and equipment used on an Inauguration Day that was heavily influenced by the events of Jan. 6. Jeffery Delannoy photo
 

Sylva man arrested in connection with Capitol riots

The world watched with bated breath Jan. 6 as what is normally a perfunctory proceeding — the Senatorial certification of…
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A National Guardsman works during a drive-thru vaccination event on Feb. 11. Jackson County photo
 

Jackson to pause vaccine registration Feb. 26

Jackson County will close its phone-based vaccine appointment registration system on Friday, Feb. 26, as the county prepares to offer…
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Night Work Redirecting Traffic Exiting U.S. 74
 

Night Work Redirecting Traffic Exiting U.S. 74

CLYDE – A late-night operation at the interchange of U.S. 74 West and U.S. 19 South in Haywood County requires…
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Changes, upgrades coming to Maggie festival grounds
 

Changes, upgrades coming to Maggie festival grounds

The Town of Maggie Valley recently decided on several upgrades and changes to the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds this month.…
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Share your pandemic stories with SMN
 

Share your pandemic stories with SMN

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the past year’s likely been topsy-turvy in all kinds of unexpected ways. With…
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Weather prompts changes for Lake Junaluska cleanup
 

Weather prompts changes for Lake Junaluska cleanup

Due to the forecast for windy, cold weather, the Annual Lake Cleanup at Lake Junaluska, originally scheduled to take place…
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Macon man gets 19-year sentence for drug trafficking
 

Macon man gets 19-year sentence for drug trafficking

Daniel “Danny” Steven Lucas will spend a minimum of almost 19 years in prison for operating a substantial opiate and…
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Vaccine shipment delays push back WCU clinic start date
 

Vaccine shipment delays push back WCU clinic start date

Western Carolina University is one of four University of North Carolina System campuses that has opened or will soon open…
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Gladys Knight
 

Gladys Knight, William McDowell vaccinated in Haywood

Gladys Knight, “Empress of Soul,” and her husband William McDowell recently received their COVID-19 vaccinations in Haywood County. The couple,…
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Buy national forest passes online
 

Buy national forest passes online

A new online platform now allows visitors to the Nantahala, Pisgah and Croatan National Forests to pay day-use and annual…
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The Bonsai Expo is canceled, but the bonsai exhibits will return to display on World Bonsai Day May 8.  N.C. Arboretum photo
 

Bonsai Expo, Orchid Festival canceled

Two popular springtime events at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville won’t take place this year due to ongoing virus-related safety…
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Cyclists take a break during a ride on Cades Cove Loop Road. NPS photo
 

Vehicle-free Wednesdays will continue at Cades Cove

A pilot project that last year kept Cades Cove Loop Road vehicle-free on Wednesdays will continue this year. 
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Cub Scouts seeking new members
 

Cub Scouts seeking new members

Despite the pandemic, Sylva’s Cub Scout Pack 999 has been staying active and is currently seeking new members to join…
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Introducing triple-win climate solutions
 

Introducing triple-win climate solutions

By Mary Jane Curry • Guest Columnist “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” — William Wordsworth, 1798…
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Jail spending doesn’t solve problems
 

Jail spending doesn’t solve problems

To the Editor: Budgets, it has been said, are moral documents. This is because how a community chooses to spend…
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Defer to sheriff on need for jail
 

Defer to sheriff on need for jail

To the Editor:  There has been a bit of discussion and controversy over the proposal for Haywood County to spend…
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N.C. should pass ERA
 

N.C. should pass ERA

To the Editor:  Thank you for your February 3 primer on the history of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as well as…
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Lit-bits: a wild week with books and words
 

Lit-bits: a wild week with books and words

Sometimes I feel waist deep not in flood waters, troubles, quandaries, or even grandchildren, but in books, literature, literary classics,…
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In a late 1980s photo, Ron Davis' nephew William Davis IV and his younger brother Max Davis explore Jakes Creek during a family visit to the Mebane family's Elkmont cabin. Donated photo
 

Leading the way: Love for nature spurred HCC’s Black forestry grads to barrier-breaking lives

Ron Davis Sr. was just 17 years old when he arrived in the tiny town of Clyde, completely alone.  It…
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Vaccination coverage improves in WNC
 

Vaccination coverage improves in WNC

Vaccination coverage is picking up in Western North Carolina, with the percentage of the population receiving at least one dose…
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First United Methodist Church of Waynesville.
 

Local Methodist churches form Justice and Reconciliation Team

The Smoky Mountain District of the First United Methodist Church has created a Justice and Reconciliation Team to take on…
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Pandemic-induced unemployment levels have diminished rapidly, according to a report issued by a Western Carolina University economist. WCU Center for the Study of Free Enterprise photo
 

Top to bottom, prognosis for NC economic recovery is good

North Carolina’s fiscal and economic health, along with years of budgetary discipline and a commitment to economic freedom, bode well…
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Western North Carolina census blocks eligible for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund are denoted in shades of red. FCC map
 

Bit by bit, major investments bring broadband to the mountains

After years of pecking away at Western North Carolina’s broadband problem at the state level, a large-scale federal investment in…
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A drawing shows Nikwasi Initiative’s preliminary plans for the mound and surrounding property.
 

Nikwasi Initiative changes plans for Franklin property

Nikwasi Initiative, the nonprofit that took over ownership of the Nikwasi Mound in Franklin two years ago, recently announced some…
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Hottest ticket in town: Capacity limits for rivalry game ‘make no sense’
 

Hottest ticket in town: Capacity limits for rivalry game ‘make no sense’

It’s a rivalry that runs as deep as the waters of Lake Logan and as wide as the Pigeon River…
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Jail expansion opponents ask county to reprioritize
 

Jail expansion opponents ask county to reprioritize

As promised, members of Down Home North Carolina presented to Haywood County commissioners a budget alternative that prioritizes treatment and…
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New street signs will soon come to Canton, courtesy of the Cruso Endowment. Town of Canton photos
 

All signs point to Canton’s continuing renewal

Another aesthetic improvement to Canton’s emerging downtown business district — rundown and dilapidated for years, until recently — will soon…
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Impaired driver takes Alford plea
 

Impaired driver takes Alford plea

A woman who wrecked while driving impaired, killing a close friend after the two left work from the now-shuttered No…
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The Get Right Band is JC Mears, (from left) Silas Durocher and Jesse Gentry.
 

What lies beneath: The Get Right Band to play Grey Eagle live stream

Before the pandemic and eventual shutdown, The Get Right Band was one of the hardest work musical acts in Western…
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This must be the place: Welcome to my life, tattoo, we’ve a long time together, me and you
 

This must be the place: Welcome to my life, tattoo, we’ve a long time together, me and you

Hoisting myself up onto the leather chair, I flipped over and laid on my stomach. I could feel the sharp…
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