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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:02

Map publisher donates to maintain Tsali trails

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A new map of Tsali Trails not only creates a better guide to the nationally known trail system on the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:01

Environmental, economic leaders converge at WCU

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More than 100 leaders from across Western North Carolina came together at Western Carolina University this month to talk about…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 15:47

A reviewer must learn to roll with the changes

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Have you ever experienced one of those moments when you look at what you are doing and where you are…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 15:33

Pisgah wins 50th anniversary rumble

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It was the tale of two halves as the Pisgah Black Bears went toe-to-toe against their Haywood County rivals, the…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 15:22

WCU to celebrate Homecoming 2016

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The Western Carolina University community will come together under the theme “Purple Reigns” to celebrate Homecoming 2016 with major public…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 15:15

This must be the place

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I’m entering hostile waters here, folks. So, bear with me as I bring up this ideology I recently heard, which…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:44

Relishing common ground amid the political divide

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I am at the salad bar, evaluating the freshness of the broccoli and spinach, deciding whether I want croutons or…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:39

‘Get the hell out’ is not an answer

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By Dave Waldroup • Guest Columnist Legendary former Chicago Bears head football coach Mike Ditka has now joined the chorus of…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:37

Negativity is infesting our politics

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To the Editor: The greatest problem facing our country today and in the future is not from abroad but from…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:37

Raleigh ‘magicians’ must be held accountable

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To the Editor: A key skill for magicians is misdirection. Look this way so you won’t see what I’m actually…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:36

Twenty questions for America’s citizens

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To the Editor: The future of the American system of representative government is under attack, and who is heeding the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:36

We are all going to be losers this election

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To the Editor: Thank you for your honest opinion regarding Trump running for our highest office (www.smokymountainnews.com/opin-ion/item/18589). I respect your…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:35

This certainly is not politics as usual

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To the Editor: I have been a political junkie since the Kennedy-Nixon race, but this letter is not about partisan…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:34

We need real change in this country

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To the Editor: Are you an emotional voter letting the media and others tell you how to vote? Or an…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:34

Let’s ask Rep. Presnell to step down

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To the Editor: As we face a drought, Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, not only vigorously supports fracking (hydraulic fracturing) in…

In this year’s commissioner election, Swain County residents will have to decide whether they are happy with the work done by the two incumbents running for re-election or if they want to give two newcomers a chance to make a change.

Franklin orthodontist Jim Davis has held the District 50 seat in the N.C. Senate since 2010, when the legislature flipped to a Republican majority for the first time in more than 100 years. But if Jane Hipps, a retired educator and certified nurse practioner from Haywood County, has her way, she’ll be the one representing District 50 come January.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:08

Early voting underway

Residents of Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties wishing to vote in advance of the Tuesday, Nov. 8, election in have multiple times and locations to choose from, beginning Thursday, Oct. 20, until early voting ends on Saturday, Nov. 5.…
Feminism is cancer. Patriarchy is good for everyone. The wage gap is a myth. Islam is not a religion of peace. Fat shaming works.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:04

‘Little Biltmore’ goes Hollywood

Thom Morgan isn’t the type to be star struck.  When a location scout approached him two years ago about filming a major movie at his mansion in Waynesville, the agent hoping to sell him on the idea ticked off the…
Haywood County was abuzz with excitement during the filming of the major motion-picture “Masterminds” two summers ago, but exactly how the directors set their sights on a local mansion for their movie location has been a closely held secret until…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:00

Mountain Projects latest victim of USDA fiasco

Last month, the town of Canton’s highly anticipated municipal pool project hit an unexpected snag when it was learned that a 40-year United States Department of Agriculture loan would not be available as part of the complex, 10-part financing package…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 13:56

Wilderness debate goes to the government

When the forest planning process for the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests kicked off more than two years ago, it didn’t take long for the question of wilderness designation — whether and how much more acreage should be recommended, which…
Thursday, 13 October 2016 17:18

Multiple school campuses on lock down

Around noon today, a telephone call was made to local law enforcement. The caller made threatening comments about Canton Middle School.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:53

You’re going the wrong way – not

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When you’re out chasing fall migrants and you either have a good internal compass or you’re somewhere it’s pretty easy…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:46

New, free maps show the Smokies in greater detail

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New U.S. Topo maps are out, and the quadrangles covering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park now display trails, campgrounds,…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:45

Take the 100-mile challenge

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A statewide challenge to knock out 100 miles of hiking, walking, running, paddling, skating, horseback riding or rolling a wheelchair…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:41

Congressman sits down with wilderness supporters

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Congressman Mark Meadows (R-Cashiers) and a room of 30 wilderness supporters spent two hours discussing everything from ecology to U.S.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:37

Elk Bugle Corps gets a boost

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A $3,500 grant from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will help enrich the elk viewing experience in the Cataloochee…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:36

Western Carolina recognized for energy savings

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Western Carolina University was among the 18 public colleges and universities recently honored by the state for leadership in reducing…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:26

Presidential power grows at an alarming rate

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“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:38

New Haywood dance initiative

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It has been over 10 years since the Haywood County Arts Council brought the Atlanta Ballet to Haywood County to…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:37

WCU professor receives Cherokee honor

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Brett Riggs, Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University, has received the 2016 Cherokee National Worcester Award…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:26

This must be the place

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What the hell, I figured. Sometime around midnight, and somewhere around my third beer, I decided to send her a…
It is the rhythm of life. When you hear the guitar mastery of Tim Reynolds, you’re listening to the joyous…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:47

Sen. Jim Davis, corporate lapdog

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To the Editor: From my mailbox recently I pulled a large political mailer from State Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, attacking…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:47

Negative flyers are a waste of money

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To the Editor: With the advent of the election season, my mailbox and my sensitivities are being assailed by political…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:46

Tax facts instead of Sen. Jim Davis’ spin

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To the Editor: Your income went down, but your N.C. income tax went up. Is this possible? You bet. If…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:46

Volunteer for school science laboratory

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To the Editor: Have you ever seen the light in a student’s eyes when they learn a new  concept? I…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:45

Local dogs need our help, not Korean dogs

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To the Editor I was astonished by your recent article about the HSUS bringing dogs from Korea to Western North…
There were left hooks and right uppercuts. The crowd couldn’t look away as they cringed with each blast and low…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:37

It’s called The Open Door, so come on in

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Lately I’ve been hanging out at The Open Door in Frog Level and I have to admit, it’s my new…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:27

Sorting out my aversion to Donald Trump

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Cruel. That was it, that’s the word that defines why I think Donald Trump is unfit to be president. Obviously,…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:20

FBI investigating tribal housing authority

A tribal authority tasked with helping tribal members find housing is under investigation by the FBI for “possible criminal conduct related to certain loans and loan applications, among other matters,” according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice…
Close your eyes and imagine this: It’s another picture-perfect Western North Carolina Wednesday morning with Chamber of Commerce weather and nary a cloud in the sky.
Some employees in the Haywood County school system will see more money in their paychecks this month, thanks to state legislators.
When Ricardo Nazario-Colon first stepped onto Western Carolina University’s campus to interview for the new chief diversity officer position, one thing stuck out to him above all else.
It was a sunny Constitution Day at Western Carolina University, and the colors shone brightly on the giant beach ball — dubbed the “free speech ball” — that the campus chapter of Young Americans for Liberty rolled from spot to…

Rhonda Cole Schandevel is a survivor. 

“I hate it. I miss him terribly,” she said, a limpid pool of tears welling up in her eyes. “Sure, I’m sad that my husband died, but I’m very proud that I’ve been able to raise my son in a state that valued public education and valued the working class. Those are values our legislature does not hold today, especially my opponent.”

Macon County residents will more than likely recognize the names of the four commissioner candidates who will appear on their Nov. 8 ballots.