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Cherokee elders will no longer have power, water or sewer bills to worry about following a divided Tribal Council vote July 6 to pass legislation that former Principal Chief Patrick Lambert had put forward during his term.
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:21

Story on party disloyalty had inaccuracies

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To the Editor: The disloyalty resolution article in the previous edition of The Smoky Mountain News ( was correct in…
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:20

Voters are treated poorly by gross gerrymandering

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Speaking to his son’s graduating class, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts told them this: “From time to time in…
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:20

Look before you leap!

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To the Editor: Now that the Republican Party has temporary political control over America a strong push is being made…
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:17

Meadows once again fighting the wrong fight

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The chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus says there could be a government shutdown if money isn’t included in…
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:13

Trumpcare debacle means health care woes will remain

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Half a year into his presidency, it seems pretty clear that Donald Trump would rather continue campaigning — or golfing,…
The clear water of the West Fork Pigeon River tumbling from its mountain headwaters takes on a yellowish hue through…
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:51

Endangered snail thrives after wildfire

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After the fall 2016 wildfires concluded, biologists feared that the flames had devastated populations of the rare noonday globe snail…
On Nov. 5, 2001, not quite two months after the 9/11 attacks, Lech Walesa spoke at Western Carolina University. Walesa…
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:07

Heinzelmannchen Brewery to close

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After a couple years of uncertainty, Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva will close its doors on Thursday evening.
Those who forget history, tend to... Well, you know the rest. Nowadays, it seems each morning we awaken into another…
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:03

‘Galaxy of Stars’ now ‘WCU PRESENTS’

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The “WCU PRESENTS” performance series, previously known as “Galaxy of Stars” brings professional artists from around the world to the…
Dave Angel hasn’t wasted any time becoming part of the Maggie Valley community and in return, they’ve welcomed Haywood County’s first distillery with open arms. Elevated Mountain Distilling Company, located in the former Carolina Nights Dinner Theater building on Soco…
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:21

New law gives alcohol entrepreneurs a boost

Residents and visitors may soon be able to enjoy a mimosa or bloody Mary during their Sunday morning brunch. A new law passed in the North Carolina Legislature will give restaurants and distilleries an economic boost by allowing them to…
A robust and vigorous health care sector is the cornerstone of any community; convenient access to health care facilities is a make-or-break issue for many, including the elderly, the disabled or even young families expecting children.
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:14

Municipal elections rundown

As North Carolina’s candidate sign-up period approaches its midway point, preliminary indications in Haywood County point toward some big changes, especially in Canton.
The schism between the Haywood County Republican Party and the Haywood Republican Alliance isn’t unique to this party, this county or this era.
Allegations made last week by a member of the Haywood Republican Alliance that the Haywood County Republican Party recently passed a resolution charging five local Republicans with political “party disloyalty” shocked and angered many across the region and the state.
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:07

Sylva considers food truck rules

More than a year after the food truck controversy in Waynesville prompted Sylva to review its own regulations, a proposed food truck ordinance is on its way to a public hearing and vote at the July 13 town commissioner meeting.
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:00

Bridge work to start on Moses Creek

The fruits of a yearlong bridge project will make it easier for residents of Moses Creek Road east of Cullowhee to get heavy items like dump trucks and construction materials into their neighborhood.
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 13:59

Tribal Council talks salaries

A resolution that would have negated a 2007 vote to up Tribal Council’s pay by $10,000 was withdrawn last week following debate about what exactly the legislation’s impact would be.
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 13:56

O’Malley’s closes, plans to reopen

Sylva’s pub-lovers got a shock this summer when a closed sign appeared on O’Malley’s Sports Bar and Grill June 2.
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 13:51

Raleigh Roundup: Recess edition

During the long session of the North Carolina Legislature that recently concluded, hundreds of bills were again proposed, studied and debated.
White dots will soon pepper the sidewalks of downtown Sylva as the town sets out to claim its identity as…
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:53

Brownfield lands a beehive

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A restored brownfield property in Franklin is now home to a hive of Carniolan honeybees.
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:44

Water quality projects receive Pigeon River Fund grants

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Environmental groups working to improve water quality, aquatic habitat and recreational access recently saw $182,000 in grants from the Pigeon…
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:44

WNC water plants honored for extra-clean water

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The N.C. Division of Water Resources has honored 49 water treatment plants statewide for surpassing federal and state drinking water…
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:37

The Naturalist's Corner: Escargot — no

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There was much concern regarding the noonday globe snail, Petera clarkia nantahala, after the Tellico Fire burned through the Nantahala…
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:26

Was this all a dream?

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The other night while channel-surfing I stumbled upon an online Sunday School class sponsored by a host of Baptist churches…
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:25

Health bill critics ignore facts

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To the Editor: Last week’s letters to the editor were critical of the proposed healthcare reform. HRMC executives write, “Without…
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:24

Trump pushes boundaries of legality

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To the Editor: On Sunday morning, July 2, Donald Trump tweeted a short doctored video clip of him attacking an…
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:17

Finding daily adventure in a place I love

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I call myself an adventurer. While I do love to travel, adventuring isn’t just about experiencing new places and seeing…
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:13

Politics may fail us, but our ideals endure

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As I sit to write a day before Independence Day, it seems I keep hearing voices questioning whether the shared…
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 14:58

Beaches and great mysteries go hand in hand

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For many people, summer means vacation, and vacation means beach. For readers, the beach in turn means packing books to…
I remembered those places, and those faces. Scrolling through Facebook — through the “fun in the sun” Fourth of July…
Sitting at a booth in the back of her store on recent morning, Allison Lee remembers the days long ago…
Court-appointed lawyers are the crux of the U.S justice system because it is their duty to ensure every U.S. citizen is granted their constitutional right to a fair trial, but many lawyers in Western North Carolina are concerned a new…
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 14:12

State charges dropped in Gatlinburg fires

State charges against the two teenagers arrested in connection with November’s deadly Gatlinburg fires have been dropped, but prosecution could resume with federal charges.
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 14:09

TDA fine-tunes its approach

Double-digit increases in both monthly and year-to-date tourist spending have the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority flush with cash, but still seeking to build on better-than-projected collections.
As the sun rises over Papertown one bright morning in 1958, a 30-year-old African-American by the name of Nathaniel Lowery wakes up and, like hundreds of others, heads for the mill.
With all the attention paid to downtown Waynesville’s bustling Main Street, the Frog Level Historic District is often overlooked by tourists and the town board alike.
In each year’s budget, the Town of Waynesville makes discretionary special appropriations contributions to a plethora of local nonprofits that help support everything from festivals to food for seniors.
Macon County Commissioners hope a newly established Fire Task Force will be able to create more consistency among the county’s 11 fire districts.
While a draft forest management plan is still nearly a year away, a group of recently released documents gives a glimpse into how the U.S. Forest Service might ultimately manage the 1.2 million acres in the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest over…
In a story that sounds like it should have come out of Moscow in 1938 or Havana in 1961 rather than Waynesville in 2017, several Haywood County citizens have allegedly been charged with political “party disloyalty.”
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 13:51

Election season begins for municipalities

As the candidate sign-up period for November’s municipal elections opens at noon on Friday, July 7, voters in most municipalities will start to learn who’s in, who’s out, who’s moving on and who’s moving up.
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 13:45

What’s in the cards? Growing the greens

The cultivation of agriculture is the first and most important way Homo sapiens differentiate themselves from other creatures.
The tuition reduction program N.C. Promise won’t go into effect until 2018, but its impending implementation could already be affecting Western Carolina University’s enrollment numbers.
The present pains for drivers on Interstate 40 in Haywood County are temporary.
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