Disease outbreak kills N.C. deer
 

Disease outbreak kills N.C. deer

An outbreak of hemorrhagic disease has spurred reports of sick and dead deer in 39 North Carolina counties, with the…
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Smoky Mountain News staffers (from left) Scott McLeod, Kyle Perrotti, Cory Vaillancourt, Greg Boothroyd, Hannah McLeod, Sophia Burleigh, Jessica Murray and Holly Kays holding awards at the N.C. Press Association ceremony held Aug. 24 in Raleigh.
 

SMN wins prestigious honors at Press Association conference

The Smoky Mountain News won 16 advertising awards and 20 editorial awards from the N.C. Press Association in a ceremony…
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No coincidence: good local newspapers = good place to live
 

No coincidence: good local newspapers = good place to live

There’s a basic human longing for a sense of place, some part of the world that’s home, a place where…
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The circle of life in a new apartment
 

The circle of life in a new apartment

The ‘circle of life’ philosophy is not only about procreation and ensuring the long-term existence of a species. It’s also…
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Who works for the general good?
 

Who works for the general good?

To the Editor: Republicans like to talk about how Democrats are ruining the country without being specific on how that…
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Booming Times, Busted Budgets: Growing visitation strains resources in and around the GSMNP
 

Booming Times, Busted Budgets: Growing visitation strains resources in and around the GSMNP

Christine Cole Proctor was home alone with her big sister at the family cabin on Forney Creek when she heard…
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Cherokee County man found guilty of drug trafficking
 

Cherokee County man found guilty of drug trafficking

A Cherokee County man who sold large quantities of illegal drugs out of a Canton hotel room will spend, at…
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Child molester gets 50-70 years
 

Child molester gets 50-70 years

Following two weeks of evidence and testimony, jury members needed only 29 minutes of deliberations to convict a Jackson County…
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Red Cross urges blood donations
 

Red Cross urges blood donations

A strong blood supply is key to preparedness for disasters and medical emergencies, and donors can ensure blood is on…
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Green stands between his court appointed attorneys, Josh Nielsen and Mark Melrose. Donated photo
 

Haywood man admits to infant death

A Haywood County man confirmed on the record in Superior Court that he killed his girlfriend’s 9-month-old daughter.
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Amid shortage, Macon schools passes bus driver retention bonus
 

Amid shortage, Macon schools passes bus driver retention bonus

Bus drivers in Macon County will receive a retention bonus totaling $500 this year as part of the school system’s…
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Highlands shreds more than 2 tons
 

Highlands shreds more than 2 tons

More than two tons of paper were collected for shredding and recycling recently at the Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands,…
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Canton’s town administration will move into this Academy Street building once the sale with Champion Credit Union is complete. Cory Vaillancourt photo
 

Canton announces plans for new town hall, police department

Almost immediately after deadly flooding swamped downtown Canton for the second time in less than 20 years, town officials began…
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The revised ordinance passed by Sylva’s town board lays out new rules for short-term rentals like those listed on Airbnb and VRBO.
 

Sylva reins in short-term rentals

New short-term rentals in Sylva will only be allowed as an accessory use to an existing dwelling, not the only…
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Tribe prepares to rent new Whittier housing
 

Tribe prepares to rent new Whittier housing

New housing will soon be available for Cherokee tribal members in Whittier following a unanimous vote from Tribal Council Aug.…
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Buyers gaining more power as market shifts
 

Buyers gaining more power as market shifts

Home sales in the Western North Carolina region continued to slow in July, mirroring broader housing trends and declining affordability…
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Angel DeCora, Untitled painting, ca. 1900; oil on canvas. Darling Family Collection
 

WCU opens ‘Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories’ exhibit

Beginning in the 1870s, the U.S. government attempted to educate and assimilate American Indians into “civilized” society by placing children…
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Ecopoetry ruminations from the Great Smokies
 

Ecopoetry ruminations from the Great Smokies

“We must unhumanize our view a little, and become confident / As the rock, and ocean that we were made from.” —…
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Bloomingdale Bog Trail. (Garret K. Woodward photo)
 

This must be the place: Set of keys and a dusty suitcase, car wheels on a gravel road

What’s that feeling the day before a big trip? More so, a road trip? Where you’re mulling over what to…
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(From left) Arnold Hill is Heath Brown, Adam Blythe, Sam McCarson and Mike Yow. (Garret K. Woodward photo)
 

Days we left behind: Arnold Hill to play Canton Labor Day

One of the finer experiences of being a bona fide music freak is to witness and appreciate the growth and…
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Ready to try theater?
 

Ready to try theater?

The Haywood Arts Regional Theater in Waynesville is currently offering a wide variety of classes in the theater arts for…
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WCU gets new air quality monitors
 

WCU gets new air quality monitors

New air monitors measuring particulate matter, temperature and relative humidity are now up on the Western Carolina University campus. 
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Second deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease
 

Second deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease

A second deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease after North Carolina’s first CWD-positive deer was found in December…
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Goldenrod flowers bloom beneath autumn skies. Adam Bigelow photo
 

Notes from a plant nerd: There’s goldenrod on them there hills

Goldenrods (Solidago spp.) are among the most widespread, beautiful and important wildflowers in all of Southern Appalachia. There is almost…
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The rare green salamander requires moist, rocky habitats like those found on Brushy Mountains. Lori Williams/NCWRC photo
 

Southside story: Bid awarded in contentious timber project

Five years after it first proposed the controversial Southside Timber Project, the U.S. Forest Service has awarded a timber bid…
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Bottomless arch culverts like this one on Buck Creek improve passage for fish and other aquatic organisms while reducing road maintenance. USFS photo
 

Culvert project to improve fish habitat

A portion of Connelly’s Creek Road in the Nantahala National Forest will close starting Sept. 6 to upgrade an existing…
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Trail repairs done on Tennessee A.T.
 

Trail repairs done on Tennessee A.T.

New bog bridges and repaired steps are now in place on the Bradley Gap Section of the Appalachian Trail through…
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A trio of books all worth a read
 

A trio of books all worth a read

Before proceeding to reading and books, a note on circumstances and environment.
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Street Food Institute event to help local food businesses
 

Street Food Institute event to help local food businesses

N.C. State Cooperative Extension, Eastern Band of Cherokee Commerce Department and EmPOWERING Mountain Food Systems are hosting the Street Food…
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Blinded by the light: WNC clogger becomes social media sensation
 

Blinded by the light: WNC clogger becomes social media sensation

Before March 2022, 28-year-old Zeb Ross didn’t have a social media presence. No Instagram, TikTok or Twitter. He did have…
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Legislators, candidates stake out positions on abortion ban
 

Legislators, candidates stake out positions on abortion ban

After nearly 50 years of contention and debate over what was once considered “settled law,” abortion has now become a…
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Ela Dam has been in operation since 1925. File photo
 

Mainspring considers Ela Dam purchase

Franklin-based nonprofit Mainspring Conservation Trust will take the lead in efforts to remove 97-year-old Ela Dam if its board decides…
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A Shot Above of WNC photo
 

Lawsuit puts Ghost Town development in limbo

Just two weeks after a lawsuit was filed to dissolve Ghost Town in the Sky, LLC — the company that…
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Janet Presson speaks during the public comment session of a Haywood County Board of Commissioners meeting on Aug. 15. Haywood County Government photo
 

Haywood commissioners reject misinformation at meeting

When a small group of concerned citizens turned up to the most recent Haywood County Board of Commissioners meeting, it…
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Construction for the second phase of Shining Rock Classical Academy is currently paused due to rising inflation. Hannah McLeod photo
 

SRCA board operates with reduced membership

Over the last eight months, three board members have either resigned or been removed from the Shining Rock Classical Academy…
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Jackson to receive $3 million in opioid settlement
 

Jackson to receive $3 million in opioid settlement

Jackson County will receive more than $3 million as part of an opioid settlement. The timeline for collecting that money,…
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Tribe seeks state recognition for enrollment cards
 

Tribe seeks state recognition for enrollment cards

While the federal government considers tribal enrollment cards official forms of identification sufficient to board a domestic flight or cross…
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Haywood Healthcare Foundation awards grants
 

Haywood Healthcare Foundation awards grants

The Haywood Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees voted at its June meeting to award $497,500 in grants for fiscal year…
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Calbert Christian, who is originally from Jamaica and now resides in Sylva, received his diploma during SCC’s High School Equivalency commencement ceremony on Aug. 2 in Myers Auditorium on the college’s Jackson Campus in Sylva.
 

Ceremony celebrates High School Equivalency grads

Like every other graduate at Southwestern Community College’s High School Equivalency commencement ceremony, Calbert Christian navigated a unique road on…
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Let’s have a civil dialogue about abortion
 

Let’s have a civil dialogue about abortion

To the Editor: Thank you, Jane Harrison, for setting me straight about my being in the minority of Americans because…
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Successful tyrants sell big lies
 

Successful tyrants sell big lies

Americans may wonder what it felt like to be living in Italy or Germany when they were submitting to tyrants. Now…
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A purple state 
is a better state
 

A purple state 
is a better state

To the Editor:  I’ve been a casual visitor to Highlands for years, becoming more of a seasonal visitor and now…
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Trump should be prosecuted
 

Trump should be prosecuted

To the Editor: One of the most revealing, declarative statements ever uttered by a politician in the last 50 years…
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This must be the place: Time waits for no one, lord, why did I hesitate?
 

This must be the place: Time waits for no one, lord, why did I hesitate?

Stepping out onto the porch late Sunday morning, the air was cool. The first sign of an impending fall, even…
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A year after Tropical Storm Fred washed away his crop, Gary Griffith’s fields are once more full of green peppers. Holly Kays photo
 

‘It can’t be like that all the time’: Farmers recover from Fred amid inflation, weather worries

When Gary Griffith woke up a rainy Tuesday on Aug. 17, 2021, he never imagined that by the next morning,…
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The J. Creek Cloggers perform July 23. David Huff Creative photo
 

Barn dance raises $85K for the Smokies

Friends of the Smokies raised $85,000 to support the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at its Smokies Stomp event held…
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N.C. declared free of bird flu
 

N.C. declared free of bird flu

North Carolina is now officially free of High Path Avian Influenza, meaning that the state can resume export and international…
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Local author pens novel about pre-Depression Asheville
 

Local author pens novel about pre-Depression Asheville

I’ve said it before — our local authors are “going to town” these days, and in this case quite literally. 
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