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The number of political letters we have received from readers in our coverage area (Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties,…

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Near the beginning of Katherine Center’s novel What You Wish For (St. Martin’s Press, 2020, 309 pages), school librarian Samantha…

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After seven years spent laying the groundwork, the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department has been awarded an honor that Director…

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has gotten a lot busier since its creation in 1931. In 1932, its first…

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Allen Nicholas retired in September after nearly five years in charge of North Carolina’s national forests, and James Melonas will…

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Fifty people participated in the Big Sweep trash cleanup Haywood Waterways Association hosted Sept. 19, removing 1,500 pounds of trash…

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A Knox County man was reported missing yesterday after day hiking alone on the Middle Prong Trail in the Tremont…

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Earlier this month, nearly 300 people packed the four-bay garage of the Jackson County Rescue Squad in Sylva on a…

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Breast cancer is something that weighs heavy on every woman’s mind. What is my risk? Does it run in my…

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Two years into construction of a $250 million expansion at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, the Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise approached…

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A plan to host a sculpture of Harriet Tubman at Bridge Park next year met enthusiastic approval from the Sylva…

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Kaleb Wingate and Justin Greene both earned their law degrees at North Carolina Central University in Durham, but they have…

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Since last fall, events in North Carolina’s 50th Senate District have largely been overshadowed by an attention-grabbing race in the…

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Cheri Beasley has served as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court since she was appointed by Gov. Roy…

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The Jackson County Department of Public Health has identified a COVID-19 cluster associated with a social gathering. 

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The drive to The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center in Highlands sets the stage for its seclusion from the outside…

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I awoke to the hammering of nails and the sound of a cement mixer. Opening the front door, it was…

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By Boyd Allsbrook Agriculture has always been an integral part of the North Carolina culture and economy. Every year, farming…

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After months of delay, jury trials resume on a limited basis this week in the 43rd Prosecutorial District, made up of the…

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Buildings at Smokey Mountain Elementary School will remain closed through Friday, Oct. 30, following identification of a COVID-19 cluster there…

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Smaller, less-profitable hospital nets twice the price  By Peter H. Lewis AVL Watchdog Years from now, the decision in 2018…

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More than 2 years later, secrets and silence continue By Peter H. Lewis AVL Watchdog The news stunned Asheville and…

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A Western Carolina University student pleaded guilty Tuesday in Jackson County District Court to misdemeanor death by vehicle in connection…

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The N.C Tobacco Trust Fund has awarded $1.5 million in grants this year, and one of the 15 applications granted…

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As the Coronavirus Pandemic continues, people worldwide are rediscovering the outdoors in a big way — leading to record visitation…

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Fall wildfire season is underway in North Carolina, and the N.C. Forest Service together with the U.S. Forest Service is…

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Outdoor Mission Community, formerly known as Outdoor Mission Camp, is seeking volunteers to aid in trip planning, leadership, skills certifications…

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Western Carolina University Professor Emeritus Maurice Phipps has released a new book aimed at people who are working or training…

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It’s time to put away the books About politicos and other crooks, No more fat novels for today, It’s time…

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Coming into 2020, Greensky Bluegrass was looking forward to celebrating its 20th anniversary. A relentless national touring act, it would…

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About halfway through the first set of the sold-out Goose drive-in show last Saturday, a friend turned to me and…

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By Terri Henry • Guest Columnist | When President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth…

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They say when a mom dies a family can fall apart.  I’d heard this before, in movies and in real…

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By Larry Bryson • Guest Columnist | Vice President Mike Pence has stated, “I am a Christian, conservative, and Republican, in that…

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To the Editor: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage throughout the U.S. as people continue to contract the illness, require…

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To the Editor: I support the candidacy of Tausha Forney for a position on the Haywood County Board of Education.…

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To the Editor: As a Waynesville resident, I’m a bystander in the NC House District 118 race, and it’s a…

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To the Editor: As a conservative, it is encouraging to see the unprecedented vandalism of campaign signs in the county.…

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To the Editor: Here’s a message to the “concerned Republicans of Haywood County” who have paid for the “Law and…

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To the Editor: How do we decide whom to vote for? As a recent letter to the Smoky Mountain News…

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Western Carolina University will pop up the tents for prospective students and their families and friends as the university holds…

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Early voting began across North Carolina on Oct. 15, and since then, large numbers of voters have descended on their…

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Despite the setbacks and challenges the COVID-19 Pandemic brought about in March, a surprising number of businesses in different industries…

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By Boyd Allsbrook • Contributing writer | When the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns hit Haywood County in March, business owners braced for…

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Lured by the promise of drivable, socially distanced adventure, visitors from across the region have flocked to Jackson County in…

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During the initial pandemic panic back in March, many merchants in Macon County closed up shop while they tried to…

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Swain County’s economy relies heavily on the tourism industry from outdoor recreation businesses to downtown retailers, restaurants and the railroad. 

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With the economic powerhouse that is Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort surfacing as one of the pandemic era’s most-impacted local businesses,…

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After more than a year of work, Haywood County’s property revaluation process is nearly complete and will be presented during…

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As the tumultuous 2020 election season draws to a close, partisans on both sides of the aisle are expressing anger…

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