Knife wielding suspect apprehended on Russ Ave
 

Knife wielding suspect apprehended on Russ Ave

Waynesville Police Chief David Adams released details of an incident that occurred in the roadway this afternoon involving a female…
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 Haywood County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Chris Shell (left) and Sheriff Greg Christopher
 

Lt. Shell graduates jail administrator institute

Forty-one jail administrators from across the state, including Lt. Chris Shell with the Haywood County Sheriff's Office, graduated on Jan.…
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Forest Service releases revised management plan
 

Forest Service releases revised management plan

A decade after it first reached out to stakeholders for the project, the U.S. Forest Service has released its revised…
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Increasingly, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has become a year-round destination. NPS photo
 

Smokies visitation blasts past 14 million

For five of the past seven years, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has posted an all-time high number of…
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Franklin man convicted of starting fire on federal land
 

Franklin man convicted of starting fire on federal land

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – U.S. Attorney Dena J. King announced that a federal jury sitting in Asheville found Casey Lee Evans,…
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Free COVID-19 Testing Site Open in Haywood
 

Free COVID-19 Testing Site Open in Haywood

Haywood County Health and Human Services is partnering with Optum Serve and Lake Junaluska Assembly to offer free COVID-19 diagnostic…
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The stranded hiker and rescuing medics are hoisted up to the medical UH60 Army Blackhawk. NPS photo
 

Helicopter rescue saves stranded Smokies hiker

 A multifaceted rescue effort extricated a stranded hiker from the backcountry of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Tuesday,…
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Riders sweep down Upper Snowbird at Cataloochee Ski Area. Holly Kays photos
 

Along for the ride: Cataloochee thrives amid warm weather, pandemic adaptations

Sun is shifting in and out of the clouds covering Cataloochee Ski Area on Friday, Jan. 14, as I catch…
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Cyclists photograph a rainbow over Cades Cove during a Wednesday ride. NPS photo
 

Cades Cove vehicle-free day now permanent

After making big changes through pilot projects at Cades Cove Loop Road and Laurel Falls Trail, the Great Smoky Mountains…
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National forests announce seasonal road closures
 

National forests announce seasonal road closures

Seasonal closures in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests have begun, with affected roads closed to motorized vehicles through April.…
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Mainspring has conserved more than 29,000 acres in the Southern Blue Ridge. Ralph Preston photo
 

Mainspring receives accreditation renewal

Mainspring Conservation Trust has earned renewal of its national land trust accreditation through the Land Trust Alliance, remaining part of…
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Exploring the life of Cherokee’s first female chief
 

Exploring the life of Cherokee’s first female chief

I was recently gifted with the loan of a book from my friend Lee Knight titled “Wilma Mankiller,” (TWODOT Books,…
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Railroad Earth. (photo: Shredded Elements Photography)
 

Runnin’ wild: A conversation with Railroad Earth

In the realm of string and jam music, few acts are as intricately varied as Railroad Earth. Recently crossing over…
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Brett at the Cresskill Tavern. (photo: Garret K. Woodward)
 

This must be the place: Someday soon, you’re gonna have families of your own

Stepping into the Cresskill Tavern in Cresskill, New Jersey, last Wednesday evening, the place looked the exact same. It had…
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New electoral maps OK, says court
 

New electoral maps OK, says court

Following months of public hearings across the state where voters from all sides decried racial and partisan gerrymandering, the Republican-dominated…
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You’ll need to know this word — anocracy
 

You’ll need to know this word — anocracy

To the Editor: A word most of us are unfamiliar with but will become commonplace in the months and years to…
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Clampitt speaks on Oath Keepers
 

Clampitt speaks on Oath Keepers

Editor’s note: Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, has been open about his membership in the right-wing militia group known as…
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Trump is indeed to blame
 

Trump is indeed to blame

To the Editor:  This is in response to Dennis Ford’s letter  from the Jan,. 5 issue of The Smoky Mountain…
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Democracy demands certain rights
 

Democracy demands certain rights

To the Editor:  Let’s talk about the upcoming elections – not the candidates, but the voting. Regardless of your political…
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Medicaid expansion is badly needed
 

Medicaid expansion is badly needed

To the Editor:  More than one million North Carolinians (12.9%) have no health insurance. 
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Waynesville’s new sewage treatment plant is supposed to be completed by Dec. 31, 2024. Haywood GIS photo
 

Unexpectedly high bids could clog up Waynesville sewer project

There’s been no more pressing issue in Waynesville during the past two administrations than the replacement of the town’s aging…
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Western Carolina University students Katie Sanders and Chris Stirewalt appeared on Fox & Friends First Jan. 10 to express their concerns with the diversity training. Image from Fox News broadcast
 

Resident debate: Student, professor field death threats amid debate on diversity training

Since a Western Carolina University student took to national news this month to air her concerns about the school’s gender…
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All-abilities playgrounds, like this one in Waynesville, ensure everyone can play. Cory Vaillancourt photo
 

Canton aims for all-abilities playground

As Canton focuses on rebuilding town facilities damaged by the flood, elected leaders there aren’t just looking to put things…
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Downtown Waynesville hosts multiple events, including the Apple Harvest Festival, each year. Donated photo
 

Waynesville will explore establishment of social districts

A piece of legislation passed last year has given rise to a novel idea that could liven up outdoor festivals…
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 Rescuers Nancy East, Kyle James, Graham Ebaugh, David Blackburn and Eric Sollie pause for a photo in the snowstorm. Rescuer David Walker is not pictured. Donated photo
 

Haywood SAR team completes snowy rescue mission

A hiker stranded along the Art Loeb Trail during the weekend snowstorm is now home safe thanks to a  successful…
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A packed house listens to a speaker at Tuesday’s town board meeting in Maggie Valley.
 

Campground, RV moratorium passes in Maggie Valley

Anyone looking to create a new campground or RV park in Maggie Valley is out of luck. For the next…
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Harvest Moon Crepes
 

Maggie Valley board walks back food truck decision

The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen walked back a decision it made Jan. 11 denying Harvest Moon Crepes food truck…
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Mountain Projects to receive major gift
 

Mountain Projects to receive major gift

The effort to bring more workforce housing to Haywood County will receive a significant boost thanks to an anonymous donor’s…
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Will Summer. Donated photo
 

Land and Water Fund gets new director

After serving as interim director for seven months, Will Summer has been named the next director of the N.C. Division…
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More questions than answers in this book
 

More questions than answers in this book

To get the most out of out of James Lee Burke’s latest novel, “Another Kind of Eden” (Simon & Schuster,…
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Taking the leap: 828 Market on Main
 

Taking the leap: 828 Market on Main

What started out as a simple idea to open a bottle shop has morphed into a hub of culinary delights…
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This must be the place: There were oh so many roads, I was livin’ to run and runnin’ to live
 

This must be the place: There were oh so many roads, I was livin’ to run and runnin’ to live

It’s Saturday evening here at my parents’ 1840 farmhouse in Upstate New York. The temperature is hovering around 15 degrees…
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Bluegrass legend Raymond Fairchild.
 

Artist support grants awarded

The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) and regional partners, including the Asheville Area Arts Council, Transylvania Community Arts Council, the…
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Moms, remember … new year, same you
 

Moms, remember … new year, same you

I listened to a podcast recently that blasted January’s public relations company for making everyone feel bad about themselves. Instead…
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Enough is enough with developers
 

Enough is enough with developers

To the Editor: Over the last few years I have read with incredulity article after article about how our town…
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Much to be thankful about
 

Much to be thankful about

To the Editor: Rolling into the end of this year we have experienced trials and tribulations. From one virus to…
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A shift for sanctuaries: Wildlife Commission considers opening new areas to bear hunting
 

A shift for sanctuaries: Wildlife Commission considers opening new areas to bear hunting

With already record-high bear populations continuing robust growth in Western North Carolina, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is proposing a…
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Mentoring organization recruiting volunteers
 

Mentoring organization recruiting volunteers

January is National Mentoring Month, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haywood County is celebrating those who are already volunteering…
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Haywood EDC board evolves
 

Haywood EDC board evolves

Details are scarce, but a Jan. 4 letter from the Haywood Chamber of Commerce is clear: the Haywood Economic Development…
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Leaps and bounds: Changes coming fast in Frog Level
 

Leaps and bounds: Changes coming fast in Frog Level

As one of Waynesville’s three “urban” cores, Frog Level holds an identity as distinct as any other. Of late, that…
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Police Chief Chris Hatton (right) reviews files with social work intern Chris Martinez. Holly Kays photo
 

Protect and serve: Sylva Police Department pilots social work program

On May 25, 2020, the world watched as 46-year-old George Floyd died slowly beneath the knee of a Minnesota police…
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You may have unclaimed property being held by the state
 

You may have unclaimed property being held by the state

If you’re looking for some quick, easy money — and who isn’t? — you could buy a lottery ticket or…
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NC-11/14 Democratic Party Chair Matt Ballance (center) speaks before a Jan. 8 forum. Facebook photo
 

Democrats continue campaigning in NC-14

Congressional maps are still hung up in court and candidate filing still hasn’t resumed, but that didn’t stop the five…
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Harriet Tubman statue moves on
 

Harriet Tubman statue moves on

The statue of Harriet Tubman that has been standing at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva depicts a woman in motion.…
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Jackson looks at cost-saving options for pool project
 

Jackson looks at cost-saving options for pool project

Due to rising construction costs, estimates for the total cost of the new Jackson County Pool currently exceed the original…
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Shining Rock Classical Academy.
 

Shining Rock expansion in the works

Shining Rock Classical Academy may have just opened the doors to its new building  at the start of this school…
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Lake Junaluska Announces Drawdown of Water Levels
 

Lake Junaluska Announces Drawdown of Water Levels

Lake Junaluska has opened its dam to draw down the lake, which will allow for the removal of silt from…
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A weeklong celebration of MLK at WCU
 

A weeklong celebration of MLK at WCU

Western Carolina University’s Martin Luther King Jr. weeklong celebration will be highlighted this year with speaker Charisse Burden-Stelly’s keynote address…
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