Sen. Kevin Corbin
 

Bill addresses judicial efficiency in western counties

A House bill proposed by Western North Carolina reps. Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, and Mark Pless, R-Haywood, includes significant changes…
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WCU will offer full college experience this fall
 

WCU will offer full college experience this fall

Western Carolina University is gearing up for a traditional college experience this fall with plans to resume all typical academic,…
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Woman dismissed for overturning gravestones
 

Woman dismissed for overturning gravestones

Following the results of a mental evaluation, a judge on Monday ordered the release of an Oregon woman accused in…
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Murphy man pleads guilty to drug trafficking
 

Murphy man pleads guilty to drug trafficking

A Murphy man who triggered an investigation into his own drug-dealing activities admitted in Graham County Superior Court to trafficking…
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COVID-19 cluster found at Haywood jail
 

COVID-19 cluster found at Haywood jail

Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency has identified a COVID-19 cluster at the Haywood County Detention Center. Over the…
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My own 1971 history project
 

My own 1971 history project

My boyfriend and I recently bought a vintage house. It was built in 1971. When the realtor gave us a…
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The benefits of Community Response Teams
 

The benefits of Community Response Teams

By Hannah Minick • Guest Columnist | To say that we are currently living in unprecedented times is an understatement,…
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Doing your part on Earth Day 2021
 

Doing your part on Earth Day 2021

To the Editor: Since last Earth Day the Atlantic hurricane season saw a record number of storms and the rapid…
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Why I volunteer
 

Why I volunteer

To the Editor: Why do we do it? Why do stand out in the rain, wind, snow, and hot sun…
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Past time to hike minimum wage
 

Past time to hike minimum wage

To the Editor: While lawmakers at the federal level stall on a $15 per hour minimum wage, let’s remember that…
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Unhappy reading vs. happy reading
 

Unhappy reading vs. happy reading

Books, books, books, and more books. After a long hiatus, in the last month books have again become my daily…
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U.S. 23 crosses the Pigeon River just upstream from the discharge site at Evergreen Packaging in Canton. Evergreen Packaging photo
 

Weighing the Pigeon’s future: Public hearing spurs robust turnout for and against paper mill permit

State of residence was the most visible dividing line in an April 14 hearing on the proposed terms for a…
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Evy Leibfarth took first place in the canoe and kayak slalom events during last week’s Olympic Team Trials in Charlotte. Jean Folger photo
 

Bryson City teen joins Olympic team with history-making performance

Western North Carolina teenager Evy Leibfarth will represent the United States in the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo this year…
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As long as water runs downhill: The story of Popcorn Sutton
 

As long as water runs downhill: The story of Popcorn Sutton

People have been making moonshine almost since the day water started running downhill, and it seems like people have been…
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Waynesville residents shocked by big electric bills
 

Waynesville residents shocked by big electric bills

Complaints from Town of Waynesville power customers about higher-than-expected electric bills prompted town officials to look into the matter, which…
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Future of Downtown Waynesville Association to be debated
 

Future of Downtown Waynesville Association to be debated

It’s been almost five years since the Downtown Waynesville Association landed a multi-year contract to manage the town’s municipal service…
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Virus trends down as vaccination continues
 

Virus trends down as vaccination continues

Despite a continued pause on distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and flagging demand for appointments, the past…
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Summer Woodward
 

Franklin manager to leave her post

Franklin Town Manager Summer Woodard recently submitted her resignation letter after accepting a position as the town manager of Reidsville. 
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Maggie property owners oppose waterfall project
 

Maggie property owners oppose waterfall project

Maggie Valley Country Club Estates Property Owners Association has communicated intense opposition to the proposed Waterfall Park on 8 acres…
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Balsam Range is Darren Nicholson, (from left) Tim Surrett, Marc Pruett, Caleb Smith and Buddy Melton. (photo: David Simchock)
 

Rivers, rains and runaway trains: Tim Surrett of Balsam Range

In its 14 years together, Haywood County’s own Balsam Range has risen into the upper echelon as one of the…
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Brian Power, aka: ‘Mr. P.’ (photo: Garret K. Woodward)
 

This must be the place: Ode to Mr. P, ode to never sacrificing the gift

It is with an extremely heavy heart that I share the news of the passing last Friday morning of Brian…
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Leigh Forrester.
 

Haywood Arts director retires

Leigh Forrester, who served as executive director of the Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) for four years has announced her…
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This rendering shows the temporary casino facility the Catawba Indian Nation expects to open in Kings Mountain this summer.
 

Court rules in favor of Catawba casino

In a 55-page opinion filed Friday, April 16, U.S. District Court Judge James A. Boasberg gave a green light in…
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State Superintendent Catherine Truitt tours Smokey Mountain Elementary School during her visit to Jackson County on April 16.
 

State Superintendent visits WNC schools

North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Schools, Catherine Truitt, ended a tour of Western North Carolina Schools today, April 16,…
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Tracy Swartout. NPS photo
 

Parkway gets new superintendent

Tracy Swartout will take over as superintendent for the Blue Ridge Parkway on May 23 following the departure of former…
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Candidates announced for tribal elections
 

Candidates announced for tribal elections

With less than two months to go before the Primary Election Thursday, June 4, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians…
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Commissioners discuss changes to Sylva statue
 

Commissioners discuss changes to Sylva statue

Eight months after voting to revamp the pedestal of the county’s controversial Civil War monument, Jackson County commissioners got their…
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Pisgah Legal Offers Free Tax Services
 

Pisgah Legal Offers Free Tax Services

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the…
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Steele pleads guilty to drug charges
 

Steele pleads guilty to drug charges

District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said a Franklin man will spend 70 to 96 months in prison for his role…
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Participants pose for a quick photo by the Franklin-based Special Liberty Project’s outdoor fireplace with co-founder Jessica Merritt (sitting) during SLP’s first monthly Vitality Retreat for Gold Star Widows.
 

Organization Builds on its Veteran Programs

FRANKLIN – For the first time in its five-year history, the national veteran and Gold Star organization Special Liberty Project, which…
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Weigh in on Canton’s paper mill permit
 

Weigh in on Canton’s paper mill permit

An online public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, will take input on terms of a proposed wastewater permit…
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The Roan Mountain Gateway provides beautiful views of the iconic area. USFS/Dan Belanger photo
 

Important Roan Mountain tract now in public ownership

A 91-acre area known as the Roan Mountain Gateway is now in U.S. Forest Service ownership after the Southern Appalachians…
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Pick up a book and travel
 

Pick up a book and travel

If you are like me and have been more than somewhat stranded by the pandemic for the past year or…
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Sometimes, the urge to just go is irresistible
 

Sometimes, the urge to just go is irresistible

They didn’t know where they were going, their only waypoint the “S” on the compass rose. They were both from…
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Corridor K a model for future highway projects 
 

Corridor K a model for future highway projects 

WaysSouth, a regional nonprofit organization working to protect the unique heritage and environment of the Southern Appalachians by promoting sustainable…
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Biden’s gun control proposal a good one
 

Biden’s gun control proposal a good one

To the Editor: President Joe Biden has recently made very appropriate reference to the need for strengthened gun control legislation.
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Corbin should vote for Medicaid expansion
 

Corbin should vote for Medicaid expansion

To the Editor: I read the March 30 article “Senator Corbin again leads health care push.” The article makes clear…
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Cleveland County casino coverage great
 

Cleveland County casino coverage great

To the Editor: Although I am not a resident of your area, I am very grateful for your articles on…
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The people your God created?
 

The people your God created?

To the Editor: Calling Ken Burns! Calling Ken Burns! We need you to get busy on a new documentary. It…
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Put an end to the filibuster
 

Put an end to the filibuster

To the Editor: I’m a citizen and voter from Sylva, and we all know it’s time to put an end…
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Swain hospital earns blue ribbon
 

Swain hospital earns blue ribbon

Staff caring for patients at Swain Community Hospital have won the Blue-Ribbon Award presented to departments receiving the highest scores…
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Terry Bell (right) receives The Order  of the Long Leaf Pine from SCC President Dr. Don Tomas.
 

Former SCC Trustee receives state’s honor

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the highest award the state of North Carolina can bestow upon an…
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Signs outside Waynesville’s Sonoco Plastics promote a hiring fair in April, 2020. Cory Vaillancourt photo
 

Prosperity brings expansion, incentives for Haywood businesses

Things are going so well at two of Haywood County’s best-known industrial employers that they’re both hiring and expanding, making…
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Increased benefits for pregnant women focus of Sen. Corbin bill
 

Increased benefits for pregnant women focus of Sen. Corbin bill

When Republican Sen. Kevin Corbin, R-Franklin, announced  during a March 25 listening session at Southwestern Community College that he intended…
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Protestors hold signs opposing a plan to increase taxes to fund additional police officers during a public hearing on a different topic the board held at Bridge Park April 1. Holly Kays photo
 

Sylva ponders tax increase

Sales tax receipts are booming in Sylva and a newly completed property revaluation will bump real estate values by about…
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Dr. Nicholas Jernigan, chief medical officer at Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, is a board-certified pediatrician. Donated photo
 

What is the deal with COVID vaccines? Dr. Jernigan addresses SMN readers’ concerns

The COVID-19 vaccination rollout is in full swing, and while many people rushed to get their shot at the first…
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Signups slow for vaccine appointments
 

Signups slow for vaccine appointments

After months of working breakneck speed to clear an ever-expanding backlog of people waiting to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, local…
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Concerns go unanswered during HCA monitor meeting
 

Concerns go unanswered during HCA monitor meeting

The public had a lot of questions during an April 7 virtual meeting regarding Mission Health’s services and operations since…
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Western Republicans elect new congressional district chair
 

Western Republicans elect new congressional district chair

As North Carolina Republicans seek to maintain dominance across the state and in the 11th Congressional District, they’ll do so…
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Cherokee considers decriminalizing marijuana
 

Cherokee considers decriminalizing marijuana

Tribal Council voted unanimously April 1 to table an ordinance aiming to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. However, discussion preceding…
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