Edwin McCain.
 

And I could not ask for more: A conversation with Edwin McCain

When the entire music industry shutdown last year, acclaimed singer-songwriter Edwin McCain wasn’t necessarily concerned with not being able to…
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The Power & Sound Revival. (photo: Garret K. Woodward)
 

This must be the place: Racin’ with the wind, and the feelin’ that I’m under

My eyes shot open when the air-conditioning unit kicked on. It took me a couple of moments to realize where…
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Swain Middle gets ‘GO’ Grant
 

Swain Middle gets ‘GO’ Grant

The North Carolina Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council announced that Swain County Middle School was awarded a NC Schools Go Outside…
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HCC offers free tuition for Haywood grads
 

HCC offers free tuition for Haywood grads

Haywood Community College Foundation’s Tuition Free Guarantee Scholarship is sometimes the deciding factor for Haywood County seniors when deciding where…
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The 2020 Apple Harvest Festival in downtown Waynesville was one of the few regional events to take place last year. Haywood Chamber of Commerce photo
 

Coming together again: what's next for community events?

Though Oct. 17 was just seven months ago chronologically, it feels like seven years emotionally with all of the social,…
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Folkmoot returns: After a year off, a revamped festival
 

Folkmoot returns: After a year off, a revamped festival

Folkmoot USA will return with its annual festival for summer 2021. 
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Inaugural Juneteenth celebration planned
 

Inaugural Juneteenth celebration planned

On June 19, the Smoky Mountain District of the United Methodist Church will host a Juneteenth Freedom Celebration at Lake…
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Ghost Town’s iconic gunfighters reunited for one last performance before renovations on the park begin. Jeffrey Delannoy photo
 

Ghost Town: a new start for an old favorite

A weekend-long reunion event brought dozens of former Ghost Town in the Sky performers together to share some old memories,…
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Maggie Valley police officers pose in front of the Back the Blue flag. Jeffrey Delannoy photo
 

Divisive sign catalyzes Back the Blue rally

Maggie Valley Town Hall Pavilion and the surrounding grassy area were ablaze with the black and blue flags of a…
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Gloria “Punkin” Griffin (left) and Sam "Frell" Reed
 

Tribal Council candidates make their case

During the Primary Election next week, Cherokee voters will decide which candidates vying for seats on Tribal Council and the…
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Bridge cleanup fiasco could result in legal action
 

Bridge cleanup fiasco could result in legal action

A group of concerned citizens conducting a local cleanup effort intended to address the problem of homelessness in Waynesville inadvertently exacerbated…
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Jackson considers $79 million proposed budget
 

Jackson considers $79 million proposed budget

Note: The initial story published May 26 was based on incorrect budget documents from Jackson County that reflected a total…
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The Catawba expect to have a temporary casino facility up and running this summer.
 

Cherokee appeals Catawba casino decision

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is appealing an April 16 decision from District Court Judge James A. Boasberg that…
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn sits in a hallway outside his Washington, D.C. office on Jan.21, 2021.
 

Cawthorn’s internal poll measures job performance, approval

After almost five months in office, Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-Hendersonville, has his first look into the major political questions that…
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The proposed changes would cover pedestal inscriptions glorifying the Confederacy. Donated photo
 

Funding approved for Sylva statue changes

The pedestal of the Confederate soldier statue in Sylva will get a $14,000 makeover following a 4-1 vote from the…
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Jackson names new economic development director
 

Jackson names new economic development director

Tiffany Henry will be Jackson County’s next director of economic development following a unanimous vote from county commissioners May 18.…
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Chronic wasting disease confirmed close to N.C.
 

Chronic wasting disease confirmed close to N.C.

A chronic wasting disease case confirmed May 12 in Virginia occurred just 33 miles from the North Carolina counties of…
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A pair of cyclists cruise WNC trails riding bikes outfitted with parts made by Asheville-based company Industry Nine. Industry Nine photo
 

Made by mountains: Regional brand aims to drive entrepreneurship, stewardship in WNC’s outdoor economy

The outdoor industry has for years been on an upward trajectory in Western North Carolina, and a regional branding campaign…
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Participants pose for a photo during a training held recently at Western Carolina University. Donated photo
 

Teachers train to help kids bike and walk to school safely

This spring, 17 physical education teachers from Haywood, Jackson, Swain and Macon counties joined the Western Carolina University Project Discovery…
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Severe erosion on the trail currently presents issues for trail safety and sustainability. NPS photo
 

Work begins on Abrams Falls

Rehabilitation of the Abrams Falls Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now underway after kicking off May…
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Zorb balls are a hit during a previous Base Camp on the Go event. Donated photo
 

Base Camp on the Go returns

Base Camp on the Go is back at Waynesville Parks and Recreation. 
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Drought enters N.C. after long absence
 

Drought enters N.C. after long absence

Moderate drought has returned to North Carolina for the first time since November 2019, though it is currently relegated to…
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Peterson updates his popular ‘Rules for Life’
 

Peterson updates his popular ‘Rules for Life’

In 2018, Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos became an international bestseller, and Peterson himself became…
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A bit of hypocrisy in Back the Blue
 

A bit of hypocrisy in Back the Blue

By Heather Hyatt Packer • Guest Columnist | With a recent motel sign in Maggie Valley has come a collective…
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A time for personal growth, reorienting
 

A time for personal growth, reorienting

My last column was about reorienting oneself after a time of loss or change. The entire world is working to…
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Why do evangelicals support Trump?
 

Why do evangelicals support Trump?

To the Editor: A recent letter writer attempted to excuse evangelicals who support Trump. She quickly got into the weeds…
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Jackson considers five additional firefighting positions
 

Jackson considers five additional firefighting positions

During a May 11 work session, Jackson County commissioners discussed a plan to use $400,000 from the general fund —…
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Macon mulls $80 million new high school
 

Macon mulls $80 million new high school

Plans to construct a new Franklin High School are back on the table as Macon County commissioners weigh the costs…
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Community shows support for arts education
 

Community shows support for arts education

A packed room of Macon County residents pleaded with county commissioners during a May 13 meeting to provide the school…
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Mask mandates lifted amid plummeting COVID-19 numbers
 

Mask mandates lifted amid plummeting COVID-19 numbers

New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are falling toward the lowest levels seen since the pandemic took root. 
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Shannon Ross (left) and Elvia Walkingstick.
 

Tribal Council candidates make their case

Early voting is underway for the June 3 Primary Election in Cherokee, which will determine the final slate of candidates…
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AG takes over sex abuse case
 

AG takes over sex abuse case

District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch announced the state Attorney General’s Office would take over the criminal investigation and potential prosecution…
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Waynesville man charged with insurance fraud
 

Waynesville man charged with insurance fraud

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Keith Brody Parks, 36, Waynesville. Parks was charged with…
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Heavy marketing efforts have drastically increased the number of tourists visiting Deep Creek and other Swain County locations. File photo
 

Swain asks for 6 percent room tax

After passing a resolution at its May 13 meeting, Swain County will be asking its state representatives to introduce legislation…
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Elevated Mountain to host Ghost Town reunion
 

Elevated Mountain to host Ghost Town reunion

Meet, greet and eat with some of your favorite former Ghost Town in the Sky performers on Friday, May 21,…
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Independent auditor will evaluate Waynesville electric bills
 

Independent auditor will evaluate Waynesville electric bills

Despite being the result of a confluence of factors, the true reasons behind some abnormally high electric bills for Town…
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The Joy of Discovery: Foreign students, host families relish cultural exchange
 

The Joy of Discovery: Foreign students, host families relish cultural exchange

It’s easy to imagine the ways in which a foreign exchange student’s world is broadened by an experience studying abroad,…
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Cawthorn tries to succeed where state broadband bills failed
 

Cawthorn tries to succeed where state broadband bills failed

The Coronavirus Pandemic has lain bare the massive digital divide between those with reliable high-speed internet access and those without,…
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Campaign against new Haywood jail continues
 

Campaign against new Haywood jail continues

Citing limited drug rehabilitation options, a lack of mental health treatment facilities, an inefficient justice system and overwhelming public opposition,…
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Nearly 200 people took part in a May 16 march in Waynesville, hoping to end the stigma surrounding drug abuse.
 

Strong start for SHARE Project

If the newly-formed SHARE Project’s May 16 drug awareness march was any indication, the group can look forward to strong…
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Kelsey Waldon. (photo: Garret K. Woodward)
 

This must be the place: Ode to Albino Skunk, ode to the spirit of ‘Fes-Taa-Vul’

It was just about 8:30 a.m. when I awoke in my pickup truck last Saturday. 
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(From left) moe. is Chuck Garvey, Rob Derhak, Al Schnier, Jim Loughlin and Vinnie Amico. (photo: Paul Citone)
 

Meet me where the music calls: Chuck Garvey of moe.

For over three decades, moe. has remained a pillar of the ongoing and ever-evolving jam-band scene — this melodic entity…
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Photo credit: Appalachian Mural Trail.
 

Snowbird mural brings community together

Snowbird Cherokee artists and community members in Robbinsville recently gathered to launch the outdoor installation of a long-awaited 400-square-foot mural…
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Cherokee scholar awarded honorary WCU doctorate
 

Cherokee scholar awarded honorary WCU doctorate

Cherokee scholar Thomas Belt received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Western Carolina University last week during commencement on…
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Canton town manager resigns
 

Canton town manager resigns

Jason Burrell, an integral part of the town of Canton’s administration for the past 12 years and town manager for…
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Haywood schools lift outside mask mandate
 

Haywood schools lift outside mask mandate

Students in Haywood County Schools will no longer be required to wear masks outside, where social distancing is possible. Administration…
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A country coming to grips with real problems
 

A country coming to grips with real problems

By Mary Jane Curry • Guest Columnist | This a reply to a letter by David Parker that appeared in…
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Kelli R. Brown.
 

Our public colleges make N.C. the envy of others

By Kelli R. Brown • Guest Columnist | There are more than 242,000 students attending the 17 institutions of the…
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Greg Caples.
 

Honoring our healthcare heroes

By Greg Caples • Guest Columnist | What is a hero? Maya Angelou famously said, “I think a hero is…
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How about the Second Amendment?
 

How about the Second Amendment?

To the Editor: In a recent letter to The Smoky Mountain News a retired military man stated, “Among all the…
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