Jeff Marley.
 

SCC launches Heritage Arts Endowed Fund

Over the past decade at Southwestern Community College, serving as Heritage Arts Department Chair has become much more than a…
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‘Enroll Anytime’ now available at SCC
 

‘Enroll Anytime’ now available at SCC

Uncertainty about university schedules, childcare and other variables prevented some prospective students from enrolling in college classes this spring.
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Macon Leaders Encourage Vaccine Registration
 

Macon Leaders Encourage Vaccine Registration

The supply of COVID-19 vaccine from N.C. DHHS to Macon County remains limited at this time and a waitlist was…
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Traffic stop leads to drug arrests in Haywood
 

Traffic stop leads to drug arrests in Haywood

On Tuesday, Feb. 9,  Haywood County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped a vehicle on North Canton Road around 4 p.m. A search…
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Haywood reports two more COVID-19 deaths
 

Haywood reports two more COVID-19 deaths

Haywood County Health and Human Services has received notice of three more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number now to…
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Child pornography arrests made in Macon
 

Child pornography arrests made in Macon

Two investigations and subsequent arrests in cases that were first initiated in Fall 2020 has Macon County Sheriff’s Office detectives…
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Join the Backyard Bird Count
 

Join the Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count will return this year, with experienced and novice birders alike encouraged to spend at least…
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Cortnee Lingerfelt.
 

WCU prepares to open COVID vaccine clinic

With freezers now on campus, staff in place, and volunteers on the way, Western Carolina University is in the final…
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Evergreen Packaging in Canton runs a paper mill that has been in operation since 1908. Evergreen Packaging photo
 

Paper and the Pigeon: Canton mill’s wastewater permit up for renewal

As a college student in the 1990s, Callie Moore would frequently find herself driving along the Pigeon River on Interstate…
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Hooker Falls. Donated photo
 

Projects prompt parking closures at DuPont

Several parking areas in DuPont State Recreational Forest will be closed the next few months due to N.C. Forest Service…
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Several land acquisitions, including for the Wilderness Gateway State Trail, have allowed the N.C. State Parks system to grow to more than 250,000 acres. Donated photo
 

N.C. Parks reach a quarter million acres

The N.C. State Parks system has crossed the 250,000-acre mark thanks to recent acquisitions at Deep River and Salmon Creek. 
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A look inside a Nazi family
 

A look inside a Nazi family

About 10 years ago, I was standing in the checkout line at my local Ingles. The clerk, age 19 or…
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Persistence pays off in rebel mascot issue
 

Persistence pays off in rebel mascot issue

When I read that Annie McCord-Wilson was among those leading the charge to have the rebel removed as the mascot…
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Broken wrist presages my new reality
 

Broken wrist presages my new reality

I started snowboarding when I was 15. Even though neither of my parents were athletes, especially skiers or snowboarders, I…
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Hatred is a human flaw
 

Hatred is a human flaw

To the Editor: We all probably hate something. It could be a certain vegetable, a hard or distasteful task like doing…
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Dental health helps children learn
 

Dental health helps children learn

To the Editor: Since 1963, Blue Ridge Health (BRH) has provided essential healthcare to residents with the greatest need in…
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When will N.C. ratify ERA?
 

When will N.C. ratify ERA?

To the Editor: In January 2020, Virginia became the 38th and final state needed for ratification of the Equal Rights…
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Andria Smith, (left) director of Women’s Care Services and Rachel Hyatt, childbirth educator, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
 

HRMC recognized for maternity care

Haywood Regional Medical Center has been recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina with a Blue Distinction…
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Dale Walksler. Donated photo
 

Wheels Through Time founder dies of cancer

Dale Walksler, the founder and curator of the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, passed away peacefully, with his…
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Macon budget remains agile through pandemic
 

Macon budget remains agile through pandemic

Despite dire predictions of how local governments would be financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Macon County has fared well…
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Masking rules take effect on public lands
 

Masking rules take effect on public lands

On Jan. 20, President Joe Biden issued an executive order requiring coronavirus prevention protocols — including mask-wearing — on all…
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The town of Franklin purchased the Whitmire property in 2005 with plans to build a new municipal complex, but that never happened. File photo
 

Disc golf course proposed in Franklin

The Whitmire property on East Main Street in Franklin could soon become a public disc golf course.
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‘Something’s got to give’: Sylva police chief argues for more officers
 

‘Something’s got to give’: Sylva police chief argues for more officers

Every year, Sylva’s department heads have a chance to tell town commissioners what they need — and what they want…
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Macon steps up COVID response
 

Macon steps up COVID response

When Macon County Commissioners met on Jan. 12, health department staff was having a difficult time meeting the demands of…
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Jackson gets influx of vaccine doses
 

Jackson gets influx of vaccine doses

Jackson County is still lagging behind surrounding counties when it comes to the percentage of its population that’s received a…
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WNC schools already adhering to state recommendation
 

WNC schools already adhering to state recommendation

Last week, North Carolina officials recommended that all schools return to in-person learning as soon as possible. 
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House Bill 35 is just one of many new bills introduced in the current General Assembly session. File photo
 

Cost-saving measure could lead to less government transparency

A bill in the North Carolina General Assembly that would allow local governments to stop publishing mandated legal notices in…
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Tentative plans for a jail expansion in Waynesville have generated spirited debate. File photo
 

Jail expansion project enters critical phase

Opponents of Haywood County’s proposed $16 million jail expansion project are ramping up pressure on county commissioners to consider alternative…
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Council overrides veto claiming Charter violation
 

Council overrides veto claiming Charter violation

Following an 80-minute closed session discussion, Tribal Council voted 9-3 last week to override Principal Chief Richard Sneed’s veto of…
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Tribe to explore indoor sports facility
 

Tribe to explore indoor sports facility

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is moving toward construction of an indoor baseball and softball facility following a Feb.…
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Frankie and Mary Anne Perrone.
 

May your belly be full, your cup runneth over: Amici’s brings fine Italian to Waynesville

It’s 8:45 a.m. and 28 degrees outside of Amici’s in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Waynesville. The sidewalk has been shoveled,…
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This must be the place: Bein’ a decrepit old bag of bones, that’s what’s ridiculous, gettin’ old
 

This must be the place: Bein’ a decrepit old bag of bones, that’s what’s ridiculous, gettin’ old

Late Thursday night. I’m sitting in my recliner. Netflix and the half-full lukewarm beer next to the chair have both…
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Appalachian Women’s Museum.
 

Jackson County art grants

The Jackson County Arts Council has awarded $50,250.06 in business interruption grants to local nonprofit arts organizations, other organizations with…
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Matt Cass, Physics and Astronomy Instructor at Southwestern Community College, serves as the principal investigator for the Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative. SCC is the only community college in the nation to have a scientific activation partnership with NASA.
 

NASA extends SCC partnership for 5 years

Two years before a total solar eclipse left area residents breathless in 2017, Southwestern Community College started working with the…
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What to know about second dose appointments
 

What to know about second dose appointments

COVID-19 Second Dose clinics are coming up in Haywood County, here is what you need to know.
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Three more COVID deaths reported in Macon
 

Three more COVID deaths reported in Macon

Macon County Public Health reported that three Macon County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have passed away. To protect the family…
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"Buncombe County Special Collections, Pack Memorial Library, Asheville, NC.” The photo is "Valley Street, Asheville, ca. 1949.”
 

Reparations, Six Months Later: So Far, Empty Promises

By Barbara Durr and Peter H. Lewis • Asheville Watchdog | Six months ago, as part of a reckoning on…
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Haywood reports five more COVID-19 deaths
 

Haywood reports five more COVID-19 deaths

Since mid-January Haywood County Health and Human Services has received notice of five more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number now…
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WCU center examines economic recovery after pandemic
 

WCU center examines economic recovery after pandemic

The Center for the Study of Free Enterprise at Western Carolina University has issued an assessment of economic recovery, sustainability and growth in North…
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A modest proposal for Medicare
 

A modest proposal for Medicare

By Steven Wall • Guest Columnist | With so much division in our country, and some  folks even losing faith…
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Madison Cawthorn needs to go
 

Madison Cawthorn needs to go

To the Editor: For weeks leading into the insurrection and ransacking of our Capitol on Jan. 6, Madison Cawthorn’s words…
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Facts, compassion are important
 

Facts, compassion are important

To the Editor: Humanity has a universal propensity for lies and distortions, and Trump-supporting extremists ruled by reality-free ideas are…
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Despite claims, truth does matter
 

Despite claims, truth does matter

To the Editor: I always enjoy the illuminating letters from Carol Adams. Her most recent (last week’s Smoky Mountain News, www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/30705)…
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We must learn to protect the earth
 

We must learn to protect the earth

To the Editor: In the aftermath of recent events in our nation’s Capitol, we are still reeling in shock, disbelief…
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Sugarlands Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
 

Masks required at Park Service facilities

Face masks are now required at all National Park Service buildings and facilities as a result of President Joe Biden’s…
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Andy Coburn. WCU photo
 

WCU offers outdoor industry certificate program

A new professional outdoor industry certificate will be available through the Western Carolina University Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment…
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DuPont State Recreational Forest is popular for its abundant trails and waterfalls. File photo
 

Friends of Dupont gets help with Share the Trails

Friends of DuPont Forest will receive 100 free hours of public relations and marketing services thanks to the Stand Up…
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Raising canes: River cane project protects environment, Cherokee culture
 

Raising canes: River cane project protects environment, Cherokee culture

The sky shone an unbroken blue and afternoon sunshine cast sparkles on the lazy Pigeon River as a group of…
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Ginseng, family, friends and home
 

Ginseng, family, friends and home

Many of us who read novels find ourselves in awe of authors who create a landscape and a place so…
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Sarge’s staff and board members met Dec. 17 to dedicate a memorial plaque to long-time Sarge’s supporter, Gary Smith. Pictured, from left, are Jed Lambert, Sarge’s board president; Sarah Jane League, Smith’s wife; and Steve Hewitt, Sarge’s treasurer. Carol Viau photo
 

Sarge’s dedicates memorial plaque

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation dedicated a memorial plaque to honor Gary Smith Dec. 17, at Sarge’s Adoption Center. 
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