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Thursday, 01 December 2016 15:56

Jackson NAACP researching provisional ballots

With a high number of ballots being rejected from the Nov. 8 election, Jackson County’s NAACP branch is asking for testimony from voters who cast a provisionary ballot.
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 17:19

In a season of feasting, finding food for the soul

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I’ve always embraced change, perhaps to my detriment. I suspect it has something to do with a youth where we…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 17:11

Still can’t get my bearings in this alternative universe

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It has been a few weeks now since the election, and I feel like someone who just came out of…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 17:11

Social media is new ‘opiate of the masses’

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To the Editor: I would like to thank you for your excellent opinion piece in the Nov. 22 issue of…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 17:10

The media have always lied, so what’s new?

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To the Editor: While I agree with many of the concerns you have with fake news (, it didn’t start…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:59

Drought disaster declared in Haywood

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Haywood County has been declared a primary disaster area due to drought, making family farms eligible for federal assistance such…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:57

Waynesville Judo Club wins big

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Each of the Waynesville Judo Club’s six members came home with a medal from their Oct. 29 competition at University…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:52

To the bluffs: Two-year Alum Cave Trail project culminates

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It’s a miraculously warm, blue-skied November day, the iconic Alum Cave Trail stretching smoothly from the trailhead.  The trail invites,…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:51

Dicks Creek Fire could become outdoor classroom for WCU

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When the wildfires burning across Western North Carolina are extinguished, Western Carolina University faculty will likely be eying their footprints…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:49

Donation will restore HCC dahlia garden

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After disease wiped out Haywood Community College’s famed dahlia garden this year, the Carolinas Dahlia Society stepped up with a…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:34

Local bookstores should be celebrated, supported

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In My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc., 2012,…
The Fourth of July, 1976, was just around the corner when George and Elizabeth Ellison embarked on a hike that would change their lives forever. The two were walking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park when their wandering brought…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:21

Ellison releases new title

When George Ellison first started writing nature columns for the Asheville Citizen-Times back in 1986, it was with the assumption that, while he enjoyed such things, reader interest was likely limited and the column would be a short-lived venture. So,…
Just as wildfires were beginning to subside in North Carolina, gusty winds whipped a flare-up in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park into a frenzy that climbed down the mountain to enter the town of Gatlinburg and spur forced evacuations…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:14

Support heard for TDA tax increase

Supporters of a proposed hike in Haywood County’s room occupancy tax were silenced in the state legislature in 2013, but much noise was again made over the issue during the recent election. Now, with new players in place and old…
A Connect N.C. bond application approved by the Town of Waynesville could bring more than $90,000 to the town for the construction of a first-of-its-kind playground designed specifically for children with a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities.
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:11

Macon to pay off Parker Meadows loan

With an unexpected increase in sales tax revenue, Macon County commissioners voted in favor of paying off a $5 million loan early for the Parker Meadows Sports Complex project.
Southwestern Community College is asking Macon County commissioners to pitch in 40 percent of the cost to construct a new training facility for first responders — much more than the 25 percent match the county was anticipating.
Cold temperatures have arrived, but efforts to ensure the future of Jackson Neighbors in Need are heating up. 
Joe Sam Queen counts his campaign wins and losses like innings in a baseball game.
Utility companies are not often known for being in harmony with nature; indeed, Duke Energy’s recent coal ash fiascos come readily to mind when environmental and industrial concerns begin to comingle.
It’s about staying true to yourself. When you converse with country/bluegrass legend Marty Stuart, you’re speaking to the source. From…
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 21:48

Lines in the Sand: Balsam Range looks ahead

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The eternal struggle of bluegrass is being able to balance evolution with tradition. How does one adhere to the pickin’…
“Blue-collar heaven.” When asked just what the Brar Patch is, Trey Smith was quick with that response. Huddled under a…
Monday, 28 November 2016 21:03

Fire, drought and… floods?

Smoky, intense wildfires and a historic drought have been visited upon the region over the past few months, but as much-needed rain moves into the area, could we see yet another biblical plague visited upon us this week?
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:15

Creep on

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It’s been about a month since my family and I enjoyed our assault on Whitetop. OK, so in reality, it’s…
Armed with five-gallon buckets and a groundswell of energy, 14 teens from Balsam-based SOAR Camp descended on Eugene Christopher’s Waynesville…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:08

Drought disaster declared in Swain and Jackson

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Swain and Jackson counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas due to losses from the ongoing drought.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:07

Drought increases disease risk in cattle

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Drought conditions are taking their toll on livestock operations in the area, according to Jackson County Cooperative Extension, causing a…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:05

Solar grid proposed for the Smokies

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A plan to replace a 3.5-mile overhead power line with a solar array to deliver energy to communications equipment atop…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:03

Parkway conservation projects celebrated in new website

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A new website highlighting land protection projects along the North Carolina section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is up and…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:01

Sustainable forestry an award-winner for EBCI

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was honored for its use of positive-impact forestry on the Qualla Boundary when the…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 16:28

Glad to live in a republic and not a democracy

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To the Editor: Thank you for publishing The Smoky Mountain News. We enjoy reading it every week. I would like…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 16:26

A community that is truly stronger together

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Don’t worry. This column isn’t about the election. There’s plenty of that going on elsewhere. With that being said, I…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 16:22

Historians discover lifeless remains of the truth

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So this, perhaps, is how we in the traditional — and dare I say legitimate — media will meet our…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:53

You might enjoy a visit to Broken Wheel, Iowa

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One of the great joys of reading occurs when we bump into a book by an author we’ve never heard…
It’s a whirlwind. With his group Tiny Universe, saxophonist Karl Denson seamlessly creates this vortex onstage, a sonic hub where…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:34

Local writers, film wins awards

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Two local authors and the Bethel Rural Community Organization’s Historic Preservation Committee were among award winners at the annual meeting…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:13

Haywood moves to solve affordable housing crisis

During his tenure on the Haywood County Commission, retiring Chairman Mark Swanger has certainly shaped what the future of the county will look like for decades to come.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:11

Public restrooms, art coming to Hazelwood

The tiny but blossoming business community along Hazelwood Avenue is about to get a major boost from the town of Waynesville.
Nearly a decade ago, Southern Concrete Materials began toying with the prospect of leaving its 201 Boundary St., location for more favorable digs.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:07

Canton pool project hits another setback

Canton officials may be starting to wonder if plans to replace the town’s aging public pool aren’t cursed.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:06

Canton undergoes visual rebranding

To the naked eye, there appears to be a lot going right in Canton these days.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:05

Franklin Chamber of Commerce finds new home

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce is looking for financial support from the community to purchase new office space.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:03

Swain hospital makes changes to ER

Swain Community Hospital has announced plans to change how it operates its Emergency Department, but administrators say the hospital will continue to provide the same level of 24-hour emergency care to patients.
As the saying goes, change is life’s only constant — so Jackson County is looking for input to guide its approach to the changes that the next 25 years are likely to bring.
Mark Swanger tucked into his leather armchair beside a roaring gas fire, an expansive view of his Fines Creek family farm unfurling beyond the bay windows of his log home. Calm, cool and collected as always, he was ready for…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:54

McCrory picks up 12 votes in Haywood

Haywood County’s election results are finally complete.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:51

Containment rising, fire growth slowing in WNC

Despite gusty winds, dust-dry forests and interminable drought, firefighters made significant headway over the last week toward containing Western North Carolina’s explosive wildfire season, jumping on new starts to keep their acreages low and limiting existing fires to minimal acreage…
Thursday, 17 November 2016 19:41

Mad Anthony’s to close Saturday

Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop and Beer Garden on Branner Avenue in Waynesville will close this Saturday, Nov. 19.
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