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What’s your dream job? Recent college graduates are perhaps honing in on the difficult task of searching for a satisfying career, but I’m standing at my desk today thinking “what next?” I’m 55, and for the last 16 years I’ve…
Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will have free opportunities to attend UNC Asheville as part of an instructional credit agreement that was signed by the university and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The agreement, signed in…
Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, executive director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, submitted her resignation to the board and staff effective July 6.  An enrolled member of the EBCI, Clapsaddle will return to the classroom as a teacher at Swain County High…
A group of Cherokee people angry over Tribal Council’s decision last fall to give itself a 15 percent pay raise and back pay is planning to file a lawsuit against its members this month.
Following discovery that a March suicide in the Jackson County Detention Center had occurred during an 85-minute gap in jailers’ rounds — the state minimum requirement is 30 minutes — the N.C. Department of Health and Human Resources took a…
In addition to wanting more curriculum classes offered for residents, Swain County commissioners want better representation on the Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees. 
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:12

Swain to beef up courtroom security

Swain County commissioners know they need to address security concerns at the county administrative building in Bryson City, but they are still torn on whether they need to secure the entire building or just the courtrooms.
Waynesville town leaders plan to broker a sit-down between Frog Level merchants and the Open Door soup kitchen in coming weeks to discuss an on-going conflict over a loose-knit band of homeless people who spend their days loitering and drinking…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:07

WCU students charged in off-campus fight

A pair of Western Carolina University fraternity brothers are facing assault charges after student Zach Denson left an off-campus party this spring with a broken nose, concussion and spinal injury.
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:06

Four arrested for illegal fishing

Four men from Buncombe and Henderson counties are facing a slew of Class 3 misdemeanor charges after officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission caught them fishing Lake Waterville using gill nets.
Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland has found some recent budget relief since Angel Medical Center took over supervising mental health patients that are brought in for evaluation.
Improving communication between the Main Street Association and downtown merchants was the goal of a survey sent out to merchants and property owners this winter, and the recently compiled results of that survey showed that communication itself is one of…
By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern  A great restaurant at a great location in a great town — it’s all part of The Imperial’s appeal, according to the restaurant’s assistant manager Monte Bumberknick.
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 14:50

WCU students react to NC voting law changes

By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern  Some opponents of North Carolina’s new voting law claim it negatively impacts college students because of provisions that cut the early voting period and do not allow students to use their campus photo identification cards…
By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern  It may be too late to change North Carolina’s new voting laws, but it’s not too late to have a say in how those laws are going to be implemented. SEE ALSO:• Be prepared at…
The days of simply walking into a polling place and casting a ballot are over.
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 14:37

Waynesville walks the line at budget time

The town of Waynesville has rolled out a budget plan for the coming fiscal year that’s nearly identical to the year before.
A new animal shelter is in the works in Haywood County despite a major decline in the number of stray and orphaned animals over the past decade.
A new $3 million animal shelter on the horizon in Haywood County has become a catalyst for a philosophical shift in animal control.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:09

Beige – the new orange

Neotropical migrants can be flashy things — think scarlet tanager, Baltimore oriole, rose-breasted grosbeak or those tiny butterflies of the bird world like American redstart, blackburnian warbler, hooded warbler and northern parula, just to name a few. And often when…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:08

WNC conservationists get recognition

Western North Carolina was well represented in the round of annual conservation awards bestowed by the state’s 24 land trusts.  The N.C. Land Trust Awards recognized 11 individuals or organizations for efforts to protect the state’s land. Among them were:…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:07

Give the A.T. some love

A coalition of trail-loving organizations will join forces to celebrate National Trails Day with an opportunity to work on the Appalachian Trail Saturday, June 6.
A draft plan for sustainable river access on the upper segment of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River is now open for review.  The plan stems from a years-long fight to allow paddling on the upper waters of the Chattooga,…
The Mt. Le Conte Backcountry Shelter and trails to the popular Cliff Tops area have re-opened following closure due to a May 17 encounter with an aggressive bear.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:55

Solarize seeing success

The Solarize WNC program — an effort to connect people interested in converting to solar energy with the resources to do so — is starting to see some success, with one solar contract signed and two more pending.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:54

Coal on the outs at Asheville plant

Coal will no longer be the cornerstone of power production in Asheville when Duke Energy completes a newly announced $1.1 billion plan to retire its coal-fired power plant and construct a natural gas plant and solar farm in its place. …
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:49

Giving new farmers a boost

By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern Demand for locally grown food is soaring in Western North Carolina, but recruiting — and retaining — the farmers to grow the goods has been a challenge. That’s a problem a trio of farm-centric groups…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:45

Ten years of soaking up great books

About two months ago, I began culling books from my shelves. I live in an apartment with several thousand books, most on shelves, some stacked in closets, some thrust under beds or packed in a storage space in boxes. This…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:36

Cherokee festival showcases gourd crafts

Gourd artists from around the world will again be ‘gathering’ at the 13th annual Gourd Artists Gathering and Art Festival May 29-31 in Cherokee.
The second traditional Appalachian talent showcase, the Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest, was held at the Bluegrass Festival May 16 at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville.
Bluegrass superstars Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, and Dailey & Vincent will headline the Cherokee Bluegrass Festival June 4-6 at the Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:29

Crowe Brothers play Grand Ole Opry

American bluegrass master Jesse McReynolds welcomed Haywood County’s own The Crowe Brothers to the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville on May 16. 
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:25

June art classes at Cowee, Penland

Cowee Pottery School June classes A nonprofit located in the Macon County Heritage Center in Franklin, the Cowee Pottery School has announced the June schedule of events. • Daytime pottery wheel classes for beginners will be taught by Doug Hubbs…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:23

This must be the place

Part One: The Ride It had been eight years to the day. Putting the car into park, I emerged from the vehicle. Standing on the campus of Quinnipiac University, it had been eight years since I walked across the stage to…
Cruising through downtown Franklin, one begins to wonder where exactly is the Lazy Hiker Brewing Company. You’ve been told it’s on Main Street, but where? And just as you begin to debate when to turn around and try again, your…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:17

Challenge those who would censor you

To the Editor: Referring to a recent letter to the editor, the writer suggested that anything or any opinion that disagreed with his/her own was a lie and that folks should avoid watching Fox News. I can’t help but wonder…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:17

Last Shot weekend was a great success

To the Editor: Our Last Shot Fired May weekend, titled “The Battle of Waynesville and the Surrender of the Western NC Army” was a great success. The Shelton House wishes to thank all who turned out and all involved. We…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:16

Drug testing good students won’t help

To the Editor: I read with dismay that the Jackson County school system was planning to waste more money on drug testing students. Not only is this a waste of money, it detracts from efforts that could actually provide benefits…
It is just a beautiful day, this Memorial Day. I am able to get a little work done in the morning, and then sneak off to the fitness center for a quick workout and a run around Lake Junaluska while…
I don’t know if it reaches the magnitude of a moral dilemma, but I feel for the Frog Level merchants who appeared before the Waynesville town board recently. They came seeking help in dealing with the patrons of The Open…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:04

District judge receives HCC alum award

District Court Judge Donna Forga received Haywood Community College’s Outstanding Alumni Award for 2015.
Jackson County residents will avoid a tax hike for one more year, if commissioners choose to adopt the proposed budget for 2015-16.
Macon County property taxes will be going up next year as the value of property values has decreased by almost $2 billion.
If traffic seemed a bit slow through downtown Sylva on Friday (May 22), it probably had something to do with Gov. Pat McCrory’s afternoon stroll along Main Street that day.
Of all the constructions on Western Carolina University’s campus, the distinctly non-glamorous Natural Sciences Building might have seemed like an odd place to host a visit from Gov. Pat McCrory. In the classroom where McCrory sat with a panel of…
If you’re going to do something, do it right. That is Barry and Helene Tetrault’s motto, and that is exactly what they’ve done with their Bryson City business the Filling Station Deli & Sub Shop.
The Oasis Shriners will be taking over Maggie Valley next weekend as they hold their Spring Ceremonial at the festival grounds.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 14:43

A new bistro opens in Dillsboro

By Katie Reeder • SMN intern A taste of Greece arrived in Dillsboro last week with the opening of Coach’s.
Mark Jones has never voted for a tax increase before, but the Jackson County Commissioner joined the rest of the board in favor of instituting a fire tax for the Cashiers and Highlands areas of the county last week.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 14:40

Cullowhee planning standards passed

It’s official: Cullowhee now has zoning standards.