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Since public school systems have returned to in-person instruction, more COVID-19 cases are being reported in Western North Carolina. 

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Those who hadn’t learned through backchannels a day or two beforehand found out early on a cold mountain morning late…

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Two Republicans and two Democrats are vying for two open seats on the Swain County Board of Commissioners this year. 

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After being the top vote-getters during the primary election, Democrat Betty Cloer Wallace and Republican Josh Young are seeking the…

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Jackson County commissioners voted 4-1 Oct. 20 to approve a $4.33 million contract to build a new animal rescue center…

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Less than a week after cancelling travel to Asheville and Charlotte, Democratic vice presidential nominee and California Sen. Kamala Harris…

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Wreath laying on the graves of veterans buried at Greenhill Cemetery in Waynesville will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday,…

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At approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday search teams located the body of missing hiker Chad Seger. He was found in an…

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Macon County Public Health has identified a COVID-19 cluster of positive cases in an area church located in Franklin.

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Town Manager Robert Hites announced that he has appointed Jesse D. Fowler as Waynesville’s Assistant Town Manager. Fowler is currently…

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Western Carolina University is among the institutions of higher education that will be participating in “North Carolina Countdown to College,”…

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Macon County Public Health has identified possible exposure to COVID-19 among those who attended a volleyball game at Franklin High…

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Haywood County Schools Administration announced the creation of the COVID-19 dashboard, intended to keep the public up to date on…

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The Town of Dillsboro is launching a grant program to help struggling businesses using $200,000 it received as part of…

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Statement by Biden for President Campaign Manager Jen O'Malley Dillon:

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A message came back to me from an advertiser via one of our ad reps. He said we needed to…

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To the Editor: Recent letters have railed against a Democratic plan to make America into a “socialist country.” History shows…

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To the Editor: On a full-page ad in the October 7 edition of The Smoky Mountain News, Joe Biden supporters…

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To the Editor: I received several campaign ads for Thom Tillis over the past several weeks. The ads say “I’ve…

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To the Editor: Recently we have read about the discovery of the universe black hole by astronomers. The United States…

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To the Editor: If you’re a Republican planning to steal the election, here’s how you do it.

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To the Editor: As a Jackson County resident, I am excited to vote for the indoor pool at the Jackson…

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Several years of research, compilation and collaboration by two writers from Western Carolina University have resulted in a scholarly book…

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Haywood County water treatment plants received top honors among the 55 plants honored statewide with the N.C. Area Wide Optimization…

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For Western North Carolinians who see the outdoors as a safe haven when life gets hard, perhaps the most distressing…

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Two lifeguards at the Waynesville Recreation Center have been officially certified as American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructors.

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Friends of the Smokies raised $53,000 to support the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the second annual Smokies Cup,…

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So why would a guy approaching 70 select for review a “Contemporary Romance” about the owner of a cupcake and…

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Not far from Main Street in Canton and the bright lights of the nearby football stadium is an unassuming one-story…

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Awakening in the hotel room in downtown Pineville, Kentucky, it took me a moment to realize where I was this…

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When North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper gave the order to close bars and restaurants back on March 17, that was…

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Things were looking bleak for the tourism industry — for all industries, really — as coronavirus shutdowns and stay-at-home orders…

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The Coronavirus Pandemic hasn’t stopped the Swain County Tourism Development Authority from having another record-setting year in occupancy tax revenue. 

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During the summer and fall of 2019, room occupancy tax data collected by Haywood County’s Tourism Development Authority suggested that…

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The Town of Franklin is one of the many local governments that saw a decrease in its occupancy tax revenue…

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Longtime commissioner and current Chairman of the Haywood County Board of Commissioners Kevin Ensley is seeking re-election to his seat,…

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This year’s race for the Haywood County School Board has had a lot of interest with 12 candidates running for…

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Early voting runs from Thursday, Oct. 15 through Oct. 31. Early voting sites in The Smoky Mountain News coverage area…

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Many tribal offices are closed or operating at reduced levels this week following what Principal Chief Richard Sneed called an…

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Jackson County commissioners plan to vote next week on a construction contract to build a new animal rescue center as…

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Less than three weeks from Election Day, California senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris will visit the North…

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Haywood County Health and Human Services is reporting four COVID-19 deaths. The individuals died within the last few weeks either…

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Haywood County Health Director, Patrick Johnson, recently confirmed that two residents of Haywood County has been diagnosed with La Crosse…

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A new detour for local traffic and passenger vehicles is now available to bypass the road closure caused by the…

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The Sylva Town Board has voted unanimously this evening to cancel this year’s Christmas Parade, citing coronavirus concerns.

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Whittier resident Billy Hicks, 48, is being held without bond in the Jackson County Detention Center after his wife Danielle…

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Macon County Public Health has identified  a cluster of employees at the Macon County Sheriff’s Office who have tested positive for…

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NC MedAssist is partnering with Swain County Health Department to host a Mobile Free Pharmacy event, providing residents in need with…

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An initiative by Cyndy Caravelis, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Western Carolina University, will include a pilot…

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By Heather Hyatt Packer • Guest Columnist | When our government leaders deliberately mislead or lie to us, there is…

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