Wolfetown Rep. Bo Crowe throws a disc following the ribbon-cutting May 10.
 

Time to fly: Disc golf course 
opens in Cherokee

Sandwiched between the flowing waters of Raven Fork and the final southern stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a new…
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Workers repair a failing septic system. Donated photo
 

Haywood septic repair project earns award

A project aiming to keep drinking water clean by helping people repair failing septic systems has earned Haywood County organizations…
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Grant project aims to boost Parkway’s economic impact
 

Grant project aims to boost Parkway’s economic impact

A pair of grants totaling $911,000 aim to support economic development planning in the Blue Ridge Parkway corridor, including both…
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The tract holds three N.C. Natural Areas and borders Bobs Creek State Natural Area. Foothills Conservancy photo
 

Large Pinnacle Mountains tract protected

A 960-acre conservation purchase in McDowell County protects an ecologically important area along the Pinnacle Mountains. 
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Are courthouse politics gumming up the system?
 

Are courthouse politics gumming up the system?

When I came back to The Smoky Mountain News after six months away from journalism, one of my first trips…
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If Roe v. Wade goes, then what is next
 

If Roe v. Wade goes, then what is next

Using Samuel Alito’s logic in proposing to strike down the “right” to an abortion, other rights that you take for…
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Time to end single-use plastics
 

Time to end single-use plastics

To the Editor: The Western North Carolina Climate Action Coalition and the Outdoor Mission Community wish to express our sincere…
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Madison Cawthorn has got to go
 

Madison Cawthorn has got to go

To the Editor: A recently released video shows Maddy and friends having fun and filming some foolish, immature pranks. I…
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Park fee proposal deserves support
 

Park fee proposal deserves support

To the Editor: In response to the Swain County commissioners’ opposition to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park parking fee…
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Medicine for the soul: reading Roger Scruton
 

Medicine for the soul: reading Roger Scruton

So why take a look here at two books by a philosopher and polymath, neither of which may appeal to…
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When the levee breaks: A perfect storm steers WNC toward a judicial crisis
 

When the levee breaks: A perfect storm steers WNC toward a judicial crisis

Some catastrophes happen in the blink of an eye, while others develop so slowly they’re imperceptible, like a crack in…
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Kristi Brown, executive director of the Mountain Area Pregnancy Center since July 2018, sits in the nonprofit’s new office in Waynesville. Holly Kays photo
 

Crisis pregnancy center opens in Waynesville

Just three days after protesters gathered on the courthouse lawn in Waynesville to demonstrate  their support for legal abortion, a…
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Maggie board accused of favoritism
 

Maggie board accused of favoritism

After the Maggie Valley Town Board of Aldermen removed a zoning board member with little discussion, two residents spoke during…
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COVID cases rising again
 

COVID cases rising again

Haywood County Medical Director Dr. Mark Jaben is sounding the alarm that COVID-19 case counts are increasing again, and people…
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Again, Cooper’s budget proposal includes Medicaid expansion
 

Again, Cooper’s budget proposal includes Medicaid expansion

Saying that it invests in North Carolina’s “families, businesses and communities,” Gov. Roy Cooper presented his proposed 2022-23 budget, full…
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Sylva nears final budget
 

Sylva nears final budget

The Sylva Board of Commissioners is one step closer to accepting its budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year. However, the…
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A rendering shows what the restrooms would look like at the Spring Street location, as viewed from Main Street. Donated illustrations
 

Location for public bathrooms still up in the air

Several Sylva residents came out Thursday night to express their opposition to the closure of Spring Street to construct public…
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Gladys Cardiff (left), daughter of Henry Owl, receives a gift from Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Chief of Staff Ashleigh Stephens while sharing the stage with Tribal Council Rep. Boyd Owle at the dedication ceremony May 13. Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill photo
 

UNC building renamed 
for Cherokee trailblazer

Henry Owl was the first person of color, and the first Native American, to attend the University of North Carolina…
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Madison Cawthorn speaks to supporters on May 17, 2022.
 

Madison Cawthorn’s brief political career is over, at least for now

Less than 17 months after being sworn into office, Republican congressman Madison Cawthorn has been voted out of office by…
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Jasmine Beach-Ferrara speaks to a group of Haywood County Democrats in 2021.
 

Dems pick Beach-Ferrara for NC-11

Buncombe County Commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara delivered on expectations, running away with the Democratic nomination in the 11th Congressional District.
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Jackson County Commission primary results are in
 

Jackson County Commission primary results are in

Three seats are up for grabs this November on the Jackson County Commission — Commission Chairman, District One and District…
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Jackson elects new school board members
 

Jackson elects new school board members

This election cycle there were 10 candidates running for three seats on the Jackson County Schools Board of Education. The…
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Hise prevails in inter-party contest
 

Hise prevails in inter-party contest

Voters in Senate District 47 won’t have to wait until November to find out who their next senator will be,…
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Incumbents top vote getters in Haywood Commission Republican primary
 

Incumbents top vote getters in Haywood Commission Republican primary

November’s field for the Haywood County Commission is set as three Republicans and two Democrats will compete for three seats…
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An overview of Tuesday's WNC sheriff's primary elections
 

An overview of Tuesday's WNC sheriff's primary elections

Among all the primary races decided Tuesday, some of the most important in Western North Carolina were to determine which…
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Loftis, Carson advance in Swain County Republican primary
 

Loftis, Carson advance in Swain County Republican primary

Following last Tuesday’s Primary Election, two Swain County Republicans will advance to November’s General Election. 
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Macon County Commission Republican primary results in
 

Macon County Commission Republican primary results in

The voters of Macon County have spoken, and two of the seven Republicans running — Danny Antoine and Gary Shields…
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Mountain Layers Brewing is a popular spot for craft ales and conversation in the heart of    downtown Bryson City. (photo: Sean Paul)
 

Craft beer catalyst: Mountain Layers Brewing celebrates five years

It’s early Thursday afternoon, and though the Memorial Day Weekend summer kickoff is still a couple weeks away, the two-story…
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Garret, Jesse, Lucy and Katie.
 

This must be the place: It’s a wonderful world if you can put aside the sadness, and hang on to every ounce of beauty upon you

Although I had a press pass waiting for me at the box office of the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville…
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Demonstrators gather in support of reproductive rights, almost 50 years after Roe v. Wade was decided by a 7-2 vote of the U.S. Supreme Court. Cory Vaillancourt photos
 

Waynesville rally for Roe is a sign of things to come

As it often does, the Historic Haywood Courthouse played host to a rally on May 14 that drew about 50…
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Maggie board approves food trucks
 

Maggie board approves food trucks

After months of contentious back and forth over the subject of food trucks, an ordinance allowing the mobile vendors in…
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A Brocken spectre, a phenomenon that occurs when the sun is low, magnifies a shadow cast upon the upper surfaces of clouds that sit lower than the mountain from which the shadow is cast. Steve Reinhold/Appalachian Adventure Company photo
 

Right in rain: After 15 years of forecasting, Local Yokel is shifting focus

Preston Jacobsen, a man some know better as the Local Yokel Weather guy, comes by his love of meteorology honestly.
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GSMA projects pull in awards
 

GSMA projects pull in awards

The Great Smoky Mountains Association has earned some recognition recently for producing top-tier educational materials. 
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New design on display at Quilt Garden
 

New design on display at Quilt Garden

The Quilt Garden at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville now features a brand new design titled “North Carolina Lily,” inspired…
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Appalachian Farm School draws diverse ag interests
 

Appalachian Farm School draws diverse ag interests

Despite representing different spectrums of the agricultural community, participants in this year’s Appalachian Farm School have at least one thing…
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Star ornaments made out of old maps are one of many options for hand-made decorations. USFS photo
 

Help decorate the Capitol Christmas tree

The U.S. Forest Service is collecting Christmas ornaments to decorate the North Carolina tree set to adorn the U.S. Capitol…
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One long, one short: ‘The Book of Candlelight’ and ‘Human Smoke’
 

One long, one short: ‘The Book of Candlelight’ and ‘Human Smoke’

Some men pick up a copy of Ellery Adams’ “The Book of Candlelight: A Secret, Book, and Scone Society Novel”…
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Dr. Raymond Turpin sees hope in a new treatment for PTSD. Jeffrey Delannoy photo
 

MDMA as medicine: Stemming the tide of veteran suicides in Western North Carolina

Around midnight on Christmas Eve in 2006, Jonathan Lubecky found himself alone in a Raleigh tavern listening to church bells…
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Ralph Hise and Deanna Ballard.
 

What it means for NC if Roe v. Wade is overturned

When President Donald Trump appointed conservative jurist Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court, there was an outcry…
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Visitors flock to Cabell Tice’s Orchard Coffee in Waynesville. File photo
 

Haywood tourism boom continues

When Haywood TDA Executive Director Lynn Collins showed up to the Haywood County Board of Commissioners meeting to deliver her…
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In use since 1925, Ela Dam sits above an ecologically important stretch of river. Holly Kays photo
 

Negotiations continue on Ela Dam removal

According to public documents filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a decision on whether to pursue removal of the…
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Drake Software Appoints New President and CEO
 

Drake Software Appoints New President and CEO

Drake Software announced today the appointment of Dominic (Dom) Morea as President and CEO. Interim CEO Euan Menzies will continue…
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Sylva contemplates 
buying temporary half-pipe
 

Sylva contemplates 
buying temporary half-pipe

Community support is emerging for a skatepark in Sylva. In the meantime, will the town purchase a temporary half-pipe? This…
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Equinox Ranch is up and running
 

Equinox Ranch is up and running

Not long after pulling off the busy NC 107 onto the small, single-lane road leading to Equinox Ranch, leafy green…
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Web host yanks Cawthorn video, PAC hacked
 

Web host yanks Cawthorn video, PAC hacked

Just 24 hours after posting a graphic video of controversial congressman Madison Cawthorn, the web host of the site where…
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Leaders from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Puy du Fou and Kituwah LLC gather during a visit in France to discuss the partnership. Donated photo
 

Tribal Council approves $75 million for ‘themed spectacle,’ site development at Exit 407

One of the world’s top amusement park companies, France-based Puy du Fou, is partnering with the Eastern Band of Cherokee…
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The purchase includes property on both sides of U.S. 19 that currently holds the Pioneer Cherokee Motel, Hampton Inn and Chestnut Tree Inn. Holly Kays photo
 

Tribe buys land for housing, cannabis production

Tribal Council voted last week to spend $15 million for the tribal government to acquire 95 acres of trust land…
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Living in WNC is getting harder for workers
 

Living in WNC is getting harder for workers

The affordable housing crisis looms as this region’s most pressing problem. And so far, no one has proposed any kind…
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Teaching my children the power of mindset
 

Teaching my children the power of mindset

It is no wonder collegiate athletes are required to take a sports psychology course and why higher-level athletes, such as…
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Your primary vote 
is important
 

Your primary vote 
is important

To the Editor:  Decisions made at all levels of government (President and Congress in Washington, D.C., General Assembly in Raleigh…
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