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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:46

Keep moving: Huskey helps women get healthy

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Sussy Huskey has learned that life can take you in many directions — some planned and others unexpected — but…
Lisa Leatherman wasn’t trying to prove a point when she joined Nantahala Power and Light in 1987, the company’s third-ever…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 13:59

Kayaking Worlds kicks off in downtown Bryson City

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A cacophony of voices and cheers echoed across Bryson City as a sea of humanity overtook the small town, a…
Swain County social workers in charge of protecting children are paid less and handle more cases than those elsewhere in…
The Swain County Department of Social Services falsified records relating to the abuse and neglect of a 15-month-old baby who…
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 18:24

Local government doesn’t fare well in poll

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By Christopher Cooper and Gibbs Knotts Confidence in politics, politicians and government is low. President Obama’s approval rating hovers around…
Though many Jackson County residents shy away from publicly airing their views on alcohol, a recent poll shows that a…
A year ago, Scott Cummings would never have pictured himself standing on the sidewalk pumping a homemade sign in the…
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 19:30

Poll shows little confidence in government

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Government approval ratings are low all over the country. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’re also low in…
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 19:27

Jackson County Poll Results

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1. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Jackson County government? Favorable 33% Unfavorable 46% Not Sure 20%…
A new polling project developed by Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute and The Smoky Mountain News aims to get…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:05

Folkmoot moments

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Peru: We travel to different countries. It’s our fifth festival this year, already two in France. We like a lot of the people, so friendly.…
After talking with staff, volunteers and last year’s groups, Folkmoot Executive Director Angie Schwab decided that this year, she wanted to give performers more of…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:00

Sam Love Queen and the values of Folkmoot

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In May, the auditorium in the Folkmoot Friendship Center was dedicated to a man instrumental in establishing Waynesville and its environs as one of the…
Just prior to the 2016 Folkmoot Wanderlust Gala, Folkmoot staff, sound technicians, photographers and performers scurried about behind the stage.
Friday, 22 July 2016 15:16

GALLERY: Folkmoot “Wanderlust” Gala

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The annual Folkmoot USA The "Official" North Carolina International Folk Festival once again has touched down in Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:53

Schedule of Events

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:49

Meet this year’s performing groups

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Rolf Kaufman has been a fixture on the Folkmoot scene since before it even began, bringing people from foreign lands together and welcoming them to…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 14:46

New music director takes over at Folkmoot

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Dillon Ingle will only be the third music director in Folkmoot’s 33-year history.
Everyone in Western North Carolina knows that once the Smokies shed their winterwear and the trees begin to bud, summer’s coming. They also know that…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:52

Election coverage 2016

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Statewide:   Haywood: Democrats scramble to recruit candidates for Haywood commissioner contest Seven seek two commissioner seats in Haywood Haywood…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:53

Monica Brown, Fryemont Inn

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Monica Brown, Innkeeper — Fryemont Inn, Bryson City. Chairperson – Smoky Mountain Host. Board Member – Swain County Tourist Development Authority.
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:51

Diane Cutler, Bryson City Bicycles

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Diane Cutler, Co-owner Bryson City Bicycles. Board Member – Nantahala Area Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association. 
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:46

Serving up Southern cuisine and camaraderie

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There was little fanfare in 2010 when Mary Earnest opened the Blue Rooster, a Southern diner in a strip mall…
If you’d asked Leeann Bridges 20 years ago what her ideal career would look like, she probably wouldn’t have told…
Like many women, Karen Buchanan Bacon loves to shop. She loves skimming through Pottery Barn and Southern Living magazines looking…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:40

Lisa Potts: Every day is Christmas

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For Lisa Potts, Christmas isn’t just a holiday — it’s a way of life. Potts owns Nancy Tut’s Christmas Shop…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:38

Women weave talents into successful yarn store

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Three women in Franklin have been able to weave their multiple talents together to run a successful downtown business.
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:37

Hanneke Ware: Making a home in the mountains

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Back in 1990, Hanneke and George Ware’s odds for success were long. A pair of non-locals living in what was…
When Kathy Sheppard got her start in the insurance world 30 years ago, she was a pioneer in a male-dominated…
Most people don’t kick off their retirement by becoming president of a company, but Nicki Slusser is not most people.
Michele Rogers had no job, no college degree, no husband and no place of her own when she pulled up…
Turning onto North Hill Street in downtown Waynesville, you’re immediately greeted by overhanging maples sporting the latest in fall colors.…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:15

Women in Business 2015

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Women climbing the corporate ladder or owning their own businesses is nothing new, and in fact North Carolina is among…
Swain County schools are a little bit healthier following the conclusion of a trial wellness program this spring.
There’s something ingrained in our DNA, something seared into our psyche that triggers a primal sense of harmony when we…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:07

The importance of balance

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By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern  Whether it is teaching a Pilates or karate class or performing massage therapy, much of…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:06

Relaxing more than a luxury when it comes to health

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By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern  Relaxing through methods such as massages and skin care treatments is not just a luxury.…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:04

Wellness center empowers clients through choices

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By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern Jackie Beecher wants clients to feel empowered in making decisions about their health when they…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:03

Naturopathy looks to treat the root of the problem

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By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern As a doctor of naturopathy, Michelle Sanderbeck said one of her main concerns is finding…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:01

The beauty of what lies beneath

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A medical esthetician at Salon & Skin Spa of Hazelwood Village in Waynesville, Darcia Sirianni knows exactly how important skin…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:59

Health care resources

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Health organizations throughout Western North Carolina offer a variety of programs and services to promote wellness among residents.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:57

Reflexology or massage?

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The Mountain Spirit Wellness building in Waynesville’s Frog Level area offers a pair of services that have the same goal…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:56

Yoga is about stress relief, not acrobatics

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By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern It’s a myth that yoga is reserved for only the most acrobatic of people. And…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:49

Treating the spine, easing the pain

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A little bit goes a long way. That’s a key philosophy at Blue Mountain Chiropractic Center in downtown Waynesville. Good health…
Nyda Bittmann-Neville is a powerhouse of business savvy. Grace and poise define her. Professional becomes her. Composed and collected —…
It’s nearing lunchtime in downtown Sylva. The noonday traffic passes by a small building that houses Innovation Brewing. Inside, Nicole…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 14:38

Moonlit magic in Balsam

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The first time Merrily Teasley saw the Balsam Mountain Inn was somewhat dreamlike. It was during a full moon hike…
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