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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 13:50

Canton awarded $350K pool grant

The Canton Board of Aldermen was in high spirits Aug. 25 even before Town Manager Seth Hendler-Voss walked in to the meeting five minutes late.
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 13:47

Shining Rock seeks annexation

The future site of Shining Rock Classical Academy at 1023 Dellwood Road isn’t in the town limits of Waynesville, but that hasn’t stopped the Lake Junaluska Assembly from asking town aldermen to annex the parcel so it can receive municipal…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 13:46

New charter school campus behind schedule

Shining Rock Classical Academy leaders were hoping students would start classes this year at a new campus on Dellwood Road, but a delay in getting the modular classrooms installed forced them to change the plan. 
It’s been about five months since Swain County filed a lawsuit against the federal government for $38.2 million, and commissioners are still waiting for a response. 
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 13:42

Jackson County goes down on hospital value

Harris Regional Hospital saw its tax value slashed by 36 percent in the minutes before Jackson County’s Board of Equalization Review adjourned for the year, and while its new $27.2 million value is still more than twice the $13 million…
A high water table wreaking havoc with aging septic systems that has left some residents in one Waynesville neighborhood seeking creative answers to nature’s call is finally drawing attention from the town, while at least one homeowner watches his pipe…
A task force studying the issue of affordable housing in Haywood County since March recently issued findings presenter Dona Stewart called “sobering” and “multi-faceted.”
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 13:33

No charges filed in Macon child death

No charges will be filed following a District Attorney Office investigation into the death of 2-year-old Mason Lee Powell of Franklin.
Where to from here? It’s the lingering question within bluegrass and string circles nowadays. Amid the traditional pickers and grinners,…
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 20:41

This must be the place

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The instant the guitar chords echoed from the Mexican restaurant speakers, a slight grin emerged on my face. Immediately, the…
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 20:36

Youth Talent Contest winners

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The annual Mountain Youth Talent Contest was held at the Franklin Area Folk Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the…
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 20:29

Mural prints, album available

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The recently unveiled “Golden Threads” mural, located outside facing Pack Square Park in Asheville is now available as a limited…
Thursday, 25 August 2016 12:36

Papageorgio's to replace Apple Creek Cafe

Papageorgio’s Italian-American Restaurant is set to open Friday, Sept. 2, on Main Street in Waynesville where Apple Creek Cafe has operated for less than a year.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:19

Mark Meadows: A flashback to Nixon?

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To the Editor: Oh, boy. It’s like 1974 all over again. A high-profile elected official is doing his best to…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:19

Wilderness is an asset, not a museum

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To the Editor: Mr. Jim Gray’s letter concerning wilderness conservation in last week’s SMN, while well written, is based on…
On my Sunday afternoon jog around Lake Junaluska, I can actually feel for the first time that summer is slipping…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:12

Thoughts on diversity from a white guy

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By David Teague • Guest Columnist More than 20 years ago, I attended a diversity training in Raleigh. A component…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:11

Supporting transparency is never a bad move

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Let’s be completely honest: the Haywood County School Board’s long-time practice of recording its work sessions makes it one of…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:54

Cherokee students become Smokies experts

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Students at Cherokee Middle School have spent the last two years digging deep into the ecology, culture and history of…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:51

New education chief comes to the Smokies

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a new chief of resource education in Nigel Fields, who Superintendent Cassius Cash…
• Affordable housing issues on Haywood County’s horizon• Habitat houses give people hope• Old hospital’s rehab into low-income housing falls flat• Affordable housing development looks for resources• Self-build program empowers low-income families• Some look to downsized housing for personal freedom, financial security
Anecdotal accounts of a tight housing market have long swirled about Haywood County, but a quick look at hard data shows why a task force has been studying the issue of affordable housing since March.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:28

Habitat houses give people hope

About five years ago, Suzanne Cianciulli and her son were living in a rundown mobile home rental while she tried to make ends meet working a retail job.
When her husband lost his battle with cancer, Lindey Herrington was living in a 1,800-square-foot house in Lakeland, Florida, where the couple had made their home for two-plus decades. After his death, it didn’t take her long to decide that…
Despite a perfect score on its application, Haywood County was not awarded tax credits that would have helped developers turn the old county hospital into low-income housing units for the elderly, disabled and veterans. 
Passersby probably don’t give a second thought to seeing news houses being built on the hillside when traveling up Jonathan Creek Road, but the development has quite a story to tell.
Mountain Projects’ self-build housing program is all about helping those who are willing to help themselves.
Macon County Public Library in Franklin will be cutting its hours of operations to combat a budget deficit.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 12:07

Macon manager earns hefty raise

After exceeding expectations for more than three years without a merit raise, Macon County commissioners approved an $18,000 salary increase for County Manager Derek Roland. 
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 12:05

WCU opens $29 million building

With fall classes newly underway, 420 Western Carolina University students are settling into their rooms in brand new Noble Hall, a $29.3 million building that the university just completed. 
A meeting seeking feedback on an emerging plan to turn Sylva’s Pinnacle Park into a mountain biking destination drew about 70 people to the Mad Batter Food and Film last week, and after a night of fielding questions and taking…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 12:02

Cherokee council, chief tussle over veto power

When the Cherokee Tribal Council voted last month to investigate hiring and firing practices in tribal government, Principal Chief Patrick Lambert made clear that he intended to veto the legislation. But now, Tribal Council is saying that the vote fell…
Admittedly, the issue of recording work sessions and regular board meetings on video would be mostly moot if the public took more of an interest in them; indeed, Haywood County Board of Education Chairman Chuck Francis expressed his “disappointment” in…
Just prior to the Haywood County Board of Education’s work session on Aug. 4, Chairman Chuck Francis unilaterally decreed that the meeting’s required minutes would be recorded manually.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 11:48

Haywood Board of Elections copes with changes

The recent ruling out of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit may have county elections boards across North Carolina grappling with required changes in time for November’s General Election, but things are proceeding smoothly in Haywood…
Haywood County commissioners are considering an ordinance that would ensure that certain types of developments do not pose adverse effects to residents.
In the last year, Macon County teacher John deVille has asked county commissioners several times to pass a resolution asking the North Carolina General Assembly to restore public education funding to 2008 levels.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 11:34

Novel explores questions of real import

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It’s a wonderful day when a book surprises us with its wit, story, style, and wisdom. Recently I was talking…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 11:29

It’s ragweed that is the real culprit

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“Hay fever: An acute allergic condition of the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes, characterized by…
As manager of Waynesville’s urban forest, it’s safe to say that Jonathan Yates likes trees. So when Diane Kornse of…
Who was Bayard Wootten? “She was a wonderful, strong North Carolina woman,” said Pam Meister. “She was a skilled photographer.…
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 21:11

This must be the place

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It’s a feeling rather than an attitude.
Thursday, 18 August 2016 14:24

School board to continue recording meeting

Earlier today, Haywood County Board of Education Chairman Chuck Francis reversed his controversial decision to stop taping the board’s work sessions.
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 20:08

Sheriff searching for break-in suspects

Haywood County Sheriff’s Office is searching for one or more individuals who around midnight Tuesday, Aug. 16, broke into the Quick Pantry store at 6147 Pigeon Road in Bethel.
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 16:29

Rev. Jimmy Pennell named 2016 Chief Junaluska

Rev. Jimmy Pennell was recognized as the 2016 Chief Junaluska recipient during Lake Junaluska Associates Weekend held on Aug. 6. 
North Carolinians can debate whether a few of the controversial laws enacted by the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly and…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:39

Trickle-down economics just doesn’t work

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To the Editor You may have noticed that we have an election coming up. With that, one hot topic will…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:37

Trip to Trump Tower teaches powerful lesson

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To the Editor: Glittering gold and gleaming glass Dominating the miserable humans Huddled in the shadows Of the Trump Tower.…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:37

More wilderness areas not a good idea

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To the Editor: I want to commend the U.S. Forest Service and district ranger staffs for an excellent job in…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:37

Build greenway bridge, and they will come

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To the Editor: I was very happy to read the article, “Greenway use rising in Jackson County” in The Smoky…