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Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:09

This is one ride I’m not gonna miss

Some of them arrive four or five days early, packed up and just sitting there on the Haywood County Fairgrounds like gigantic metal suitcases that won’t quite close all the way. The rest come later. The Scrambler, the Flying Bumblebees,…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:08

Macon citizens want to help the homeless

To the Editor: Thank you Macon County. It was truly humbling to see the community turnout for the Homeless Symposium. The interest, support and concern was evident in the questions, comments, and suggestions.   We discussed the need to rebuild…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:08

You can choose your own worldview

To the Editor: I am a human being, a member of a family, an American, and a Democrat, in that order. Notice what I didn’t list.  I could have been born in Asia, Africa, or Palestine, on a reservation, in…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:07

Trump may be best choice for president

To the Editor: Traditionally, Americans have sent lawyers to congressional offices in Washington. The assumption was that they would be able to make laws and regulations. What they actually did is cut deals and trade agreements that are killing American…
The public comment period for a 1,000-page study of the effects of hydraulic fracturing — known as “fracking” — on drinking water is open through Aug. 28.  The Environmental Protection Agency study concludes that fracking can affect drinking water, through either…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:42

Energy audit earns WCU students top prize

A student-conducted energy audit of Western Carolina University won first place at the Appalachian Energy Summit in Boone, marking the third year in a row WCU students took the top prize.  The team included 18 students, who undertook the project…
Haywood Community College recently got word that its fish and wildlife management technology program has received five more years of accreditation from the North American Wildlife Technology Association.  The only such associate degree program in North Carolina, the program earned…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:41

New members join land trust board

Four new members will join the 18-member board of Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, a Franklin-based nonprofit focused on land and water conservation.  Dave Ackerman is a Boy Scout Leader, board member for Cherokee County Schools and owner of…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:40

Smokies telethon a success

Hundreds of callers, online donors and private sponsors teamed up to raise $202,351 for work in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through the Friends the Smokies’ 21st annual telethon last week. It was the second year in a row…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:40

Stocking will resume in N.C. trout waters

Stocking will resume in North Carolina’s hatchery-supported trout waters now that testing for whirling disease in fish raised at Marion and Brevard fish hatcheries has come back negative.  Stocking had halted after the disease was confirmed in rainbow trout collected…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:39

Take fly tying to the next level

Budding fly tyers looking to get beyond the basics may enjoy a second-level fly-tying class at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, offered 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 29 at the center.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:38

Making way for rare juniper and locust species

A small study on Satulah Mountain near Highlands hopes to shed light on what might be responsible for poor reproduction in a pair of rare species.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:36

History lovers needed for mill volunteer force

An orientation for volunteers who’d like to tell visitors about the history of Mingus Mill in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
If Garrett Fisher had his way, he’d live on the side of a mountain with a glacier as his next-door neighbor.  Some people might consider his Wyoming home, located at 5,633 feet above sea level, to be close enough, but…
We Americans are noted for our ignorance of world geography. Few of us, I imagine, could distinguish Iraq from Iran on a map of the Middle East. Few of us could inform some inquisitive soul of the terrain of Afghanistan,…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:03

Best album earns IBMA nod

Great Smoky Mountains Association’s “Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band” has been named among the best of the year by earning an award nomination in the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual competition.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:53

This must be the place

It was the line in the sand. During the summer of 2005, I left one existence and embraced another. In a three-month span, I weaved through tragedy, heartbreak, and foreign countries, all the while striking the depths of my soul as…
Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display once again as the 45th annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival celebrates the culture and heritage of Western North Carolina Sept. 4-5 on the shores of Lake Junaluska.
Joe Martin had never worked for a newspaper or owned a handgun when he took the reins of the tribally owned Cherokee One Feather in 1995.  But when the first changed, so did the second. Then a 26-year-old whose only…
A property owner in the remote Nantahala area of Macon County shot an elk that was eating his corn, upsetting neighbors who liked having an elk among them.
With elections a week away and threat of a lawsuit still hanging, the Cherokee Tribal Council is considering a proposed budget that includes a pay raise of nearly 5 percent for its members.
By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern With evolving regulations and a complicated system of reporting, there is no end in sight for the work university officials are doing to put a stop to sexual violence on campus.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:27

Jackson passes revised cell tower ordinance

Two years after the planning board first began reviewing the document, Jackson County has adopted a revised ordinance governing cell tower placement.
Shining Rock Classical Academy, a new charter school in Haywood County, has not given up on the idea of building a school in the Francis Cove area of Waynesville, despite a groundswell of opposition from residents in the community.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:24

Jackson opts to pay for landslide mapping

Jackson became the first North Carolina county to take landslide mapping into its own hands when the board of commissioners voted unanimously to fund the $143,000 project last week.
The construction cost for a new fire and rescue training center at Haywood Community College has clocked in more than $1 million higher than expected, prompting soul searching among college leaders and county commissioners over whether to go ahead with…
After hearing numerous complaints about the enormous potholes plaguing the county administrative building parking lot, Swain County commissioners agreed it was time to repave it.
Beginning Sept. 1, Swain County Sheriff’s Office will have the authority to issue citations and fines for residents who have faulty alarm and security systems.  Swain County commissioners approved a False Alarm ordinance several months go to address the timely…
A month after the sudden death of Maggie Valley Mayor Ron DeSimone, longtime alderwoman Saralyn Price has decided to seek the mayor’s seat as a write-in candidate in the fall election.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:13

Shining Rock students settle in

With only three days of school under their belts, students attending Shining Rock Classical Academy were already settling into their routine on Monday morning.
While most kids are just getting their new backpacks stocked or suffering through the first days of shift from summertime sleep schedules, students at Blue Ridge School in Cashiers are in the midst of their third week of the new…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 16:24

A second look at Williams classic

In recent years, I have been surprised to learn that it possible for books to win prestigious awards, honors and endorsements of major literary critics only to abruptly disappear long before they reach the shelves of a bookstore. However, sometimes literary…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:51

Balsam Range in, well, Balsam

The 2014 IBMA “Entertainer of the Year” Balsam Range (bluegrass/gospel) will perform during the open house and barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Balsam-Willets-Ochre Hill Volunteer Fire Department on Mount Pleasant Church Road in Sylva.  Barbecue begins at 3…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:50

‘Granny D’ meets Reverend B

Acclaimed actress Barbara Bates Smith will bring her performance of “Granny D” to North Carolina NAACP President Reverend Barber at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Harris Chapel A.M.E. Zion in Canton.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:49

Open Air Indian Art Market

The Open Air Indian Art Market will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual in Cherokee.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:48

Haywood County Fair returns

The Haywood County Fair will be held through Aug. 31 at the Haywood County Fairground in Lake Junaluska.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:47

Joan Jett to rock Harrah’s

Rock legend Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:46

Balsam Range gets IBMA nods

Acclaimed bluegrass act Balsam Range recently received eight nominations by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:44

Stuart, Smith bring country to Franklin

Country music stars Marty Stuart and Connie Smith will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:43

This must be the place

My eyes fluttered open and, for a moment, I didn’t know where I was. The room was familiar. The sheets and blankets were the same. But I wasn’t. As I got out bed at my parent’s house, I realized it…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:32

The Road to Rock — The Freeway Revival

Manic, menacing and mesmerizing. That’s how rock-n-roll is supposed to make you feel. It’s meant to be a bit jarring, a little sinister, with the slightest touch of magic — just enough to pull you in, making you aware that…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:16

My ‘year of lasts’ is officially underway

I was watching my son’s soccer game last night and the old Al Stewart tune, “Time Passages,” kept running through my head: Well I’m not the kind to live in the pastThe years run too short and the days too…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:14

Shining Rock was not prepared for hearing

To the Editor: The August 17 Town of Waynesville Planning Board meeting provided first-time meeting participants a crash course in the government planning process. To the credit of the board, its chair and town staff, the special-use permit hearing for…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:13

Don’t mix faith with government

To the Editor: In Man for Himself, Erich Fromm gave us this valuable observation. He wrote, “Because of the fact that faith and power are mutually exclusive, all religious and political systems which are originally built on rational faith become…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:00

Chief candidate Lambert lays out platform

If Patrick Lambert wins his bid for principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, he expects to be looking a monstrous political version of a honey-do list when Election Day is over.
Mary Crowe isn’t a councilmember, but when a Tribal Council session starts up in Cherokee, hers is one face you might expect to see — whether in the audience, at the podium or back in the TV room watching the proceedings…
Driven crazy by the barking dogs of neighbors, Judy West says she is pulling up her life-long stakes in Haywood County and abandoning her farm, but not without sounding a warning to her fellow county residents: it could happen to…
Lowell Monteith, pastor of The Father’s House ministry, says the shelter has many needs right now. However, Macon County’s only homeless shelter’s most pressing need is community support.
There was barely room to breathe in Bryson City Town Hall on Monday night.
Jackson County is looking for the public’s help with an ongoing audit of its Permitting and Code Enforcement Department. The audit, which commissioners ordered in response to questions that surfaced earlier this year about whether the department was carrying out…
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