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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:31

Congressman Meadows optimistic about Trump

Although Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, has been Western North Carolina’s Congressman for only two terms, constituents in his heavily Republican district have watched his stock skyrocket nationally. He’s become a conservative media darling while at the same time rising to…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:30

North Carolina GOP celebrates inauguration

Inaugurations make for early mornings. Getting into or out of the tangle of security and Humvees blocking the streets of Washington, D.C., requires an early-to-bed, early-to-rise mentality that quickly acquaints one with the deep blue hues of dawn punctuated only…
• North Carolina GOP celebrates inauguration• Congressman Meadows optimistic about Trump• The pink hats are coming• WNC marches for women’s rights• The art and activism of Panhandle Slim• D.C. Dispatch: Jan. 19 | Jan. 20 | Jan. 21• Inaugural photo gallery
Upgrading the Jackson County Health Department could prove a much less expensive undertaking than originally anticipated, if estimates contained in a recently completed study prove correct.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:21

Sylva considers reduced-size residential lots

The town of Sylva took a tentative first step this month toward easing residential zoning restrictions that some credit with hindering growth in the geographically constrained town.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:20

Sanitary district policy remains suspended

After listening to the concerns of property managers in its service area, the Junaluska Sanitary District board has decided to look for other ways to cut down on revenue losses.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:19

Verizon proposes new tower at Lake Junaluska

Verizon Wireless has approached Haywood County commissioners once again about installing a new cell tower near Lake Junaluska to improve service for customers, but this time they feel certain it will be built.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:16

Warm weather forces Cataloochee Ski closure

Unseasonably warm weather and the drought have combined to temporarily close Cataloochee Ski Area.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort is stepping into its 20th year of operation with plans for a massive expansion that will add 600-800 hotel rooms, a parking deck and a 100,000-square-foot event center to the existing 1,900,000-square-foot complex.
Hopes for a major renovation and expansion of the Waynesville library were temporarily shelved by county commissioners last year and remain in limbo, now hinging on a to-be-determined strategic plan for the entire library system.
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 19:04

Inaugural Photo Gallery

Photos from the inaugural week's ceremonies in Washington D.C., Jan 18-21, 2017. All photos by Cory Vaillancourt/Smoky Mountain News.   Parking was banned in many parts of Washington, D.C. during the inaugural weekend festivities.        The flag of…
Sunday, 22 January 2017 01:24

DC dispatch: Saturday, Jan. 21

What a difference a day makes. After a Friday that left both protestors and police bruised and bloodied – and saw motorists and pedestrians screaming for relief from road closures and barricades – it all seemed to evaporate into the…
Saturday, 21 January 2017 00:07

DC dispatch: Friday, Jan. 20

Hillary Clinton emerged from the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building this morning, clad in white and looking out over a crowd of thousands who’d assembled on the west lawn.
Thursday, 19 January 2017 22:23

DC dispatch: Thursday, Jan. 19

Amidst heavy security and a conspicuous law enforcement presence, Washington, D.C. is hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. Roads and bridges are closed throughout the district, pedestrian barriers strangle the streets like so many steel vines and…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:32

The probably not so — Big Year

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The 2011 movie “The Big Year” — a comedy starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson — didn’t ruffle…
It was around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, when the two hikers stepped out of their red Ford Edge and…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:04

Smokies sets new visitation record

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park reeled in 11.3 million visitors in 2016, a 5.6 percent increase over the previous…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:03

Haywood Gleaners logs 30,000 pounds of produce donations

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Fifteen tons of food that would otherwise have gone to waste found their way to hungry mouths in 2016, thanks…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:47

A vow to open a few more books

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New Year’s resolutions and I make for poor company. Like many reading this column, I have in the past made…
It was a 1963 station wagon with six musicians and their equipment. When Tony Butala reminisces about the beginning of…
Has it really been that long? When I looked at the calendar this week, I realized it said 2017, which…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:26

What’s the value of a mural?

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The Appalachian Mural Trail has developed a long-range plan to include these priceless murals and all future murals into a…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:08

Parenting nostalgia during a big birthday week

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It’s birthday week for the Barbee boys. Our two boys are exactly three years and one day apart, one born…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:06

Celebrating the wit of Robert Burns

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Although many poets and musicians have won awards, there is only one person who has a world-wide celebration every year…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:04

We all need to get informed

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To the Editor: Scott McLeod’s recent editorial “Looking more for ideology, less politics” (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/19140) truly resonated for me and I…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:04

Why are white males left out?

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To the Editor: When you write “Looking for more ideology, less politics,” what exactly does that imply? And when you…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:03

Please keep your dogs leashed

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To the Editor: I am writing this letter in hopes that people walking their pets will be more considerate to…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:03

Appreciate the opinion

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To the Editor: Mr. McLeod, am writing to commend your timely Opinion piece. You made a number of excellent points.…
Mike Fitzgerald rarely skipped a beat as he darted spryly between his cobbler’s bench and the vintage, grime-coated machines anchoring his narrow shoe repair shop. It’s hard to fathom, but Fitzgerald knows every nook and cranny of the controlled chaos.…
The Southwestern Commission is seeking proposals for funding from local governments and nonprofits in its seven-county service area — Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:43

Missing Clyde man found deceased

A Clyde man who has been missing since Jan. 3 has been found deceased.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:42

Macon urges proper disposal of used needles

Sanitation workers in Macon County are worried about dangerous items that could be lurking in the household trash bags being hauled to the landfill.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:41

Increased density coming to Howell Mill Road?

An oft-repeated concern expressed during meetings of the Haywood County Affordable Housing Task Force is the scarcity of buildable land available in mountainous Haywood County, but a proposed rezoning for three parcels on Howell Mill Road may demonstrate a viable…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:40

Bryson City removes trees on Everett Street

Many Bryson City business owners were caught off guard last week when they noticed massive holes all along Everett Street where large shade trees used to be planted. 
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:38

Street trees replaced in Sylva

The streets of downtown Sylva are newly treeless after town crews excavated the red maples earlier this month, but the condition won’t last for long. A new set of trees — 15 Japanese zelkovas — has been ordered and will…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:34

Town to pursue Calvary Street purchase

The town of Waynesville will move forward with plans to purchase three vacant, blighted lots straddling Calvary Street, despite interest from another private party.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:32

Russ fuss prompts resolution

After holding two public hearings that drew large crowds of opposition, Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown and the board of aldermen took an official stance on the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s unpopular proposal for Russ Avenue improvements.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:29

Painting helps Swain County artist heal

Barbara Robinson can find artistic inspiration wherever she may be.  Sometimes it’s looking out over Frye Mountain from her art studio window at home, while at other times perhaps a particular barn she spots while driving through Swain County will…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:26

Illegal dumping plagues Swain

Swain County recently spent more than $350,000 in order to better secure its trash site and cut down on sanitation department costs, but recent illegal dumping continues to be a costly and time-consuming problem.
The Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise’s newest member will be anything but new to the business of casino management when she takes her seat on the board.
According to a recent ranking from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority is one of the nation’s worst-performing hospitals when it comes to rates of patients who acquire infections while staying in the hospital.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:20

Board member removed from TWSA mid-term

Joe Ward’s term on the Tuckasegee Water and Sewer Authority board came to an abrupt end last week when newly elected commissioner Mickey Luker made a motion to remove him during the Jackson County Commissioners’ Jan. 9 meeting. The move…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:17

SMN reporter to cover Presidential Inauguration

Starting this week, The Smoky Mountain News will begin issuing a steady stream of coverage from the nation’s capital as the world awaits the swearing in of the United States’ 45th President, Republican Donald J. Trump.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:16

Still time to sign up for ACA insurance policy

The planned repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act doesn’t seem to be impacting the numbers of people in Western North Carolina signing up for coverage.
A crowd of more than 150 people took to the streets of downtown Sylva Sunday joining protestors in cities across America for a national day of action to save the Affordable Care Act.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:10

Haywood struggling to retain teachers

For months now, a committee created by the Haywood County Board of Education has been looking for ways to entice teachers to remain in the system, with little success.
The building that once housed Central Elementary School may soon find new life in the private sector, if and when Haywood County Commissioners take a pass on it.
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:27

Nothing like old-time boardinghouses

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Editor’s note: This column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News in January 2011. Are there boardinghouses still operating here…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:21

Looking for more ideology, less politics

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As the holidays drew to a close, I began preparing for the reporting we will do on the upcoming session…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:12

Waiting in a winter wonderland

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My wife was stranded in Mississippi. She was supposed to get home late on Friday night, but then the big…