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Wednesday, 08 July 2015 14:46

Pottery tour at Dillsboro Arts & Crafts Market

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There will be a pottery studio tour during the inaugural Dillsboro Arts & Crafts Market from 10 a.m. to 4…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 14:42

Stecoah welcomes Town Mountain, Snyder Family

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Acclaimed bluegrass acts Town Mountain and The Snyder Family Band will perform July 18 at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 14:39

This must be the place

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Standing on the edge of the cliff, I knew what I had to do. Fifty feet above Fort Loudoun Lake in…
Unto These Hills bridges past, present The Unto These Hills outdoor drama will run at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday…
By Wil Shelton • SMN intern Visitors of the Qualla Boundary now have the opportunity to experience Cherokee culture in a…
Swain County is one of only two counties in North Carolina that doesn’t have any type of animal control ordinance, but Commissioner Ben Bushyhead is hoping to change that with the help of the community.
 Nearly 100 people gathered on June 24 below the steps of the old Jackson County courthouse in Sylva for a vigil organized by the Jackson County Branch of the NAACP. The vigil was to to honor those who died June…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 14:24

Mini-park comes to Mill Street

Begonias are blooming and umbrella-shadowed tables awaiting lunchtime as the finishing touches go into the newly renovated Depot Park in Sylva.
Jackson County’s getting closer to having a director in place to handle the day-to-day needs of its tourism agency with the deadline to apply for the job closing last week.
Building a footbridge over the Tuckasegee River will likely wind up costing more than twice the $641,000 it was originally supposed to, Jackson County Commissioners learned when bids for the project came in this summer.
A riverside petroleum leak in Cherokee has had cleanup crews scrambling since contamination was first discovered in April — and feeling flummoxed the further they’ve probed into the leak’s potential cause.
Webster may be just a little town of fewer than 400 people, but its buildings tell the tale of a proud history. Though the town, which used to be the county seat, is a scanty 1.6 square miles, it holds…
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations is conducting an investigation after a man was killed during a June 30 altercation with two Franklin police officers.
A plan to create a homeless shelter next to Mark Watson Park in Sylva is dead, but Jackson Neighbors in Need isn’t giving up on having a shelter in place by the time cold weather hits again.
Finding the patchwork of greenway paths scattered across Haywood County is a bit like a scavenger hunt.
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 14:08

Ghost Town will remain closed for 2015

Despite aiming for a July opening, Ghost Town in the Sky will stay closed for the entire 2015 season.
Illuminated neon lettering indicated full occupancy on many of the hotels in Maggie Valley during the Fourth of July weekend. SEE ALSO: Ghost Town will remain closed for 2015 “No Vacancy” signs translate into dollar signs for accommodation owners as…
Signups for town elections opened Monday, but as of Tuesday afternoon only three people had put their hat in the ring for Sylva’s four open seats.
Main Street Realty, one of the oldest and last remaining independent real estate firms in Haywood County, is closing its doors this month. But it isn’t going far.
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:28

Ginseng lottery open

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Ginseng collectors have until July 15 to put their names in the hat for the U.S. Forest Service’s annual lottery…
A pilot education program for food pantries and other emergency food providers will hold a series of training classes from…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:27

Senior walking group forming in Haywood

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Seniors interested in getting out for an early morning walk this summer are wanted for a now-forming group through the…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:24

The low-down on lightning

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Lightning is one of nature’s most ephemeral forces, but scientists are still able to detect and measure these electrical displays.…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:22

Remembering the old ways

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By Wil Shelton • SMN Intern For Whittier resident Anne Hill, sharing the history of Appalachia goes far beyond the realm…
By Wil Shelton • SMN Intern For Jeff Alt and his family, hiking is more a lifestyle than a hobby. “After…
Ben Kniceley’s pretty sure his dad had a good laugh after the Haywood Community College graduate came away with a…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:04

Old-time mountain hogs were essential livestock

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Hog Holler, Hog Branch, Hog Camp Branch, Hog Cane Branch, Hog-eye Branch, Hogback Gap, Hogback Holler, Hogback Knob, Hogback Ridge,…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:51

Scotland pays homage to its writers

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With literary tours, literary pub crawls, monuments, plaques, and museums, Scotland honors her writers.
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:33

Ballew brings old-time, folk to Sylva

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Acclaimed musician Marshall Ballew will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:32

HCC ‘Student for a Day’ art series

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Haywood Community College continues the Student for a Day Series with Creative Arts on Saturday, July 11.  • The Intro to…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:27

Who wants some sweet corn?

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The 18th annual Sweet Corn Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at St.…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:26

Art workshops at The Bascom

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There will be an array of upcoming artisan and craft workshops at The Bascom in Highlands.
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:25

‘Ultimate Elvis’ returns to Cherokee

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The ‘Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest’ will be July 9-11 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:43

This must be the place

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Y’all are doing it wrong. You know, that thing? Social media? What happened? How did the endless fun and unlimited…
Are your ears playing tricks on you? As you turn the radio dial to a country music station these days,…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:18

Declare independence from meat industry

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To the Editor: Nearly 240 years ago, our founding fathers declared our national independence from Great Britain. This Fourth of…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:18

Waynesville entryways are too junky

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To the Editor: This piece could be titled, “How to beat a dead horse in 350 words or less.” First…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:16

DOT could stand for the Department of Trash

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“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:13

A story all about good people doing good things

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I should get over being astounded by the way the world works. And I’m talking about the good stuff, not…
Swain County Board of Commissioners approved a $14 million budget last week with little discussion or debate. 
Jackson County’s tourism association has had a lot of things to figure out since its formation in 2012. Not least of those is how to divvy up the grant fund it keeps to help the county’s festivals and events promote…
There was something markedly absent from the nearly $300,000 in tourism grants awarded by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority this year: contention.
Ask around downtown Sylva, and it’s not hard to find someone with an opinion about traffic. Main Street should be two-way. It should remain one-way. There’s not enough parking. The new parking area on Mill Street is a godsend. The…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:52

Election talk starts in Sylva

When election candidate sign-ups begin next week, at least one town board member plans on putting her hat in the ring for the mayor’s seat.
Two longtime Bryson City aldermen plan to run for another term in office, and so far only one possible name has surfaced to run for one of the two seats open in the November election.
It was clear from the 2013 election results in Franklin that voters wanted change. The 2015 Franklin election will determine whether voters want to continue in the direction the mayor and board of aldermen have been taking the town.
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:45

Sylva wheel lock ordinance OK, state says

Sylva police can now start enforcing a town ordinance aimed at paring down the number of unpaid parking tickets, thanks to a law recently adopted in Raleigh. 
By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern  Young drivers in North Carolina may no longer be required to take driver education to get their learner’s permit if a Senate subcommittee’s modifications to House Bill 97 are passed by the General Assembly.
In Cherokee, alcohol could soon be available in more places than just Harrah’s Cherokee Casino following Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature on a 12-page alcohol omnibus bill. 
It was an intense few days for Virginia Beach, Virginia, resident Seth. Eight miles of hiking, 4.5 of those bushwhacking, all with an overnight pack on his back. A couple of hours of rock climbing. Three more miles of hiking.…