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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:48

Dad was old school, but he accepted change

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My dad’s been dead about 15 years now, and there’s still no fuzzy, larger-than-life, exaggerated memories that pop into my…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:41

She’s 16, and somehow it snuck up on me

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I should have been ready for it, but I wasn’t. My daughter’s sixteenth birthday couldn’t have come as a shock…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:39

Trump’s dismissal of hacking is the problem

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist It’s easy to make a mistake, particularly when relying on another person’s promises or character.…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:35

The best opportunity for health insurance

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To the Editor: How many people do you know who are old enough to be eligible for Medicare insurance but…
The snip of a ribbon declared the destination that mountain bikers are hailing as “amazing” and “world-class” to be open…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:16

Invest in WNC’s great outdoors

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The National Forest Foundation has named the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest as a Treasured Landscape, a designation that unlocks funding to…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:16

A.T. plates fund conservation

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Proceeds from North Carolina Appalachian Trail license plates resulted in $30,000 worth of awards to 12 projects intended to preserve…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:13

Parkway superintendent to retire

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Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods has announced his retirement from the National Park Service following four years in the…
By the dawn’s early light, about 300 members of the North Carolina National Guard along with a host of local law enforcement personnel and first responders gathered at Guion Farm in nearby DuPont State Forest, outside Hendersonville the morning of…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 14:19

Permit denied for Cullowhee development

A controversial request to build a 388-bed student housing complex on South Painter Road in Cullowhee was denied this week following a three-hour hearing before the Cullowhee Community Planning Council, but the decision could be tested if the developer opts…
An ambitious dream of expanding and remodeling the main Haywood County library in Waynesville has been abandoned, with sights now set on a renovation plan to improve and upgrade the library within the existing footprint.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 14:14

Haywood Dems hold spring rally

Several candidates announced their intent to run for office as Haywood County Democrats held their Spring Rally at the Maggie Valley Inn.
If all goes according to plan, within the week folks in Jackson County will have their choice of pools to soak in the summer as renovations finish up at the Sylva and Cashiers pools. 
Haywood County’s 2017 property revaluation was like a bucket of cold water in the face of every local government official in the county, but nowhere more so than Maggie Valley.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 14:10

Mom delivers baby on way to hospital

Expectant mother Caitlin Austin of Balsam never imagined giving birth to her second child in a car. 
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 14:08

Public not invited to meeting with Mission

Mission Health leaders finally agreed to hold a meeting in Franklin to discuss their controversial decision to close the labor and delivery unit at Angel Medical Center, but the public and the media were not allowed to attend.
Despite finishing first in an online contest with more than double the votes of its nearest competitor, Waynesville’s adaptive playground will not be funded by the annual Kiwanis “Legacy of Play” contest.
A strategic plan developed by a subcommittee of the Haywood County Affordable Housing Task Force that proposes 400 affordable housing units by 2028 makes a number of recommendations to help achieve that goal, including the passage of a general obligation…
Three Haywood County Schools will see new administrators this fall after the Haywood County Board of Education approved the personnel changes during a meeting the morning of June 13.
By Kurt J. Volker • Contributing Writer Broadband internet service is vital for future economic growth in Macon County, but it will take time.
The town of Franklin is considering how to become more environmentally friendly after being presented with a climate solutions resolution from The Canary Coalition.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 13:50

Calling all vets: Macon County wants you

By Kurt J. Volker • Contributing Writer A program designed to offer free I.D. cards to Macon County veterans for discounted goods and services by participating businesses should be underway shortly, according to Register of Deeds Todd Raby.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 13:49

Franklin wants to address noise complaints

Franklin Mayor Bob Scott was recently awoken at midnight on a Friday by a phone call from Franklin resident Janet Watson.
After two years of meetings, research and public input, the Jackson County Comprehensive Land Use Plan must go through one more round of public comment before commissioners can give it final approval. A public hearing is scheduled for 5:50 p.m.…
If you want to understand the history of bluegrass music, you need to look at its entire spectrum — of…
Principal Chief Richard Sneed laid out communication, collaboration and community as the guiding principles of his new administration in an address to tribal employees Tuesday, June 6. It had been one week since tribal offices reopened following Tribal Council’s decision…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 16:11

A few thoughts on immigration

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To the Editor: Immigration has been a reality for hundreds of years as people leave the safety of their homes…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 16:10

Welcome to Country Club America

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To the Editor: It has dawned on me that Trump’s vision for America is to make it into an exclusive…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 16:10

People need to take back the power

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To the Editor: Editor Scott McLeod’s thoughtful analysis (May 24 edition, www.smokymountainnews.com/archives/item/20019) described the formidable marketplace corporate control that permeates…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 16:09

Gerrymandering takes power from voters

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To the Editor: It’s no secret that gerrymandering has severely distorted representation in North Carolina and undermined the principle of…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 16:06

A world of wonder at a cheap motel

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When you’re a kid, there’s something magical about hotel pools.  I’ve written before about growing up in a dance studio.…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 16:05

GOP’s corrupt elections agenda meets its demise

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North Carolina’s efforts to change the elections process to help keep its GOP majorities in office have been declared illegal…
Ching Fu and Jerud Crandall had professional careers and a comfortable home when they left it all behind in 2015,…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:42

Students fight stormwater pollution

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Students from the Haywood Community Learning Center did their part to reduce stormwater runoff through a service project to mark…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:41

Parkway delivers $1 billion economic impact

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In 2016, Blue Ridge Parkway visitors spent $979.3 million in communities near the park, supporting 15,649 jobs for a cumulative…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:39

Franklin greenway could expand with land purchase

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A 13.9-acre land purchase in Franklin could help expand the Little Tennessee River Greenway. 
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:38

Kids plant trees for the future

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A tree planting in celebration of Arbor Day was held at Hazelwood Elementary School in Waynesville, using rooted cuttings of…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:35

Flagged

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I was in Morganton over the Memorial Day Holiday chasing birdies in the Grandfather District of the Pisgah National Forest…
Joey’s Pancake House owner Brenda O' Keefe announced June 6 that the revered Maggie Valley landmark that served visitors and locals alike for more than 50 year will plate its last order on Tuesday, June 13. Fans of the eatery from…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:27

Hewson’s mysteries should come with a warning

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So a friend thrusts a book into your hands and tells you, “You gotta read this one. I know you’ll…
It took over 30 years, but Harold Sims can now show the world. “It’s been very rewarding,” he said. “I…
I’m exhausted. I think y’all out there reading this can attest to the pure exhaustion — of body, mind and…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:53

Meister named Mountain Heritage Center director

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Pam Meister has been named director of Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, well known as a showcase for Southern…
Clay County residents joined with Western Carolina University representatives in celebrating the county’s African-American heritage with the opening of a…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:29

Naloxone saves people from overdose

Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office administered Naloxone twice over the weekend on individuals who were overdosing on opiates or opioids.
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:29

GSMP investigates two fatalities

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials released the names of two men who recently died in the park.
Some institutions are meant to last forever, while others have their place in time and then they’re gone.  After Tuesday, June 13, Joey’s Pancake House in Maggie Valley will be gone.
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:20

Public ignores county budget process

Revenues are down, costs are up and local conservative factions haven’t been silent in their criticism of the Democratic-majority Haywood County Board of Commissioners, which is about to approve a budget utilizing fund balance for the first time in around…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:19

Francis Farm landfill needs cover

A problematic landfill in Waynesville’s Francis Farm community will be seeing a lot of activity between now and 2019 — about $5 million worth.
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