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Whether from a seat in the auditorium or at home on the couch, more than 1,000 Cherokee people blocked out Thursday night (Aug. 6) to see the people vying for their vote as the tribe’s principal chief talk about everything…
“It’s football time in Tennessee!” is what John Ward, the long-time announcer for the University of Tennessee, used to declare when the opening kickoff of the season was airborne.
Summer’s not quite over, but emergency responders in Haywood County are already practicing their skills in preparation for rescue season, known to most simply as “fall.” “That time of year is when our beautiful forest has people, by the hundreds…
Learn about the fabled bear hunting dog — the Plott Hound — during a talk at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Macon County Heritage Day at the old Cowee School. Renown author and Plott Hound expert Bob Plott will…
Whirling disease has been confirmed in rainbow trout in the Watauga River in the Banner Elk area, and biologists are concerned that the disease could spread to other trout populations.  Biologists have suspended trout stockings until they can test hatchery…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:52

Swain officer wins state boating award

A Bryson City man has been honored as North Carolina’s Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  Brian Cookston, a master officer with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, was recognized for his quick response to a commercial jet boat accident…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:51

Experience life on the top

A guided hike to the top of Mount LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will provide an opportunity for adventure and natural beauty Sept. 4-5.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:49

Get schooled in wilderness

A fall schedule of classes covering the principles of emergency response and responsible behavior in the backcountry will soon kick off at Landmark Learning, an accredited outdoor education school based in Cullowhee.
The Haywood County Fair is coming up, and with it some opportunity for friendly competition. Consider putting your hat in the ring for one of these contests:
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:40

A traveler’s library; books read and unread

As some readers of this column may know, I have spent the past six weeks in Europe, specifically the British Isles and Italy. Below is an accounting, by way of lists and some short reviews, of books carried here, bought…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:27

Waynesville Craft Beer Faire is Aug. 15

The Waynesville Craft Beer Faire will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, on the baseball field at American Legion Post 47 on Legion Drive. Among the 25 breweries onsite, there will be selections served by BearWaters,…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:21

Do you want to fly model planes?

The Macon Aero Modelers will be hosting an AMA National Model Aviation Day celebration event at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Otto Aerodome on Tessentee Road in Franklin.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:19

Tony Award musical at HART

The Stephen Sondheim Broadway hit comedy “Company” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4-5 and at 3 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:18

Cataloochee Ranch welcomes The Honeycutters

Americana/roots act The Honeycutters will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Cataloochee Guest Ranch in Maggie Valley.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:17

This must be the place

I rolled the windows down and stuck my head out. The air was crisp and salty, with a slight hint of curious adventure. I was officially in Maine. Rolling back up the window, I turned to my parents, who had just…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:13

Onstage at WCU

Galaxy of Stars offers a variety of entertainment  A tribute to a comedic icon, a holiday show featuring the “Redneck Tenors” and a performance by an American country-pop superstar top the lineup for the 2015-16 Galaxy of Stars Series at…
The annual Golf and Gala event hosted by Haywood Healthcare Foundation on Aug. 25 and 26 will feature five separate golf tournaments at three courses over two days, capped off with an evening gala. The event will raise money for…
Love it or hate it, the concrete median down the middle of Russ Avenue in Waynesville on the approach to Ingles entrance road is here to stay.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:48

Maggie officials not pleased with DOT report

Maggie Valley leaders aren’t taking no for an answer after the North Carolina Department of Transportation said nothing could be done to improve safety conditions at the U.S. 19 and U.S. 276 intersection.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:42

Mobile vendors finding permanent homes in WNC

As the food truck fad filters into counties west of Asheville, local governments are trying to find a fair balance between encouraging entrepreneurship and protecting their brick-and-mortar food establishments. SEE ALSO: Food trucks offer different flavors Making mobile vendors more stationary…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:40

Food trucks offer different flavors

Mobile vending is no longer limited to fast food staples like pizza, hamburgers and hotdogs.
By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern Hunters accused in a sweeping bear poaching sting in Western North Carolina have turned the tables on wildlife officers and prosecutors, tarnishing an operation that was initially trumpeted as a victorious round-up of rouge hunters.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:34

Bryson City considers closing Fry Street

The Bryson City Board of Aldermen is formally asking for public input after mulling over the idea of closing Fry Street in downtown for almost a year.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:30

Jackson hires new attorney position

After more than four years as Jackson County’s attorney, Jay Coward will soon yield his spot as the county’s legal face. But commissioners aren’t replacing him with another contract attorney. Rather, they’ve opted to create a new staff position.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:28

Feds arrest Sylva businessman

A longtime Sylva business owner was arrested on federal charges after agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms surrounded his Main Street store Friday morning.
Jackson County commissioners approved moving forward with the installation of the Locust Creek pedestrian bridge even though the cost is higher than expected.
The rollicking steep slope debate in Jackson County may finally be put to rest next month after three years of tussling over whether and how much to water down the development rules.
What in most courts would have been a simple case of violating a domestic violence protective order was a landmark moment for the Cherokee Tribal Court.
Despite resistance from surrounding landowners, Shining Rock Classical Academy is moving forward with plans to set up Haywood County’s first charter school on the corner of Raccoon Road and U.S. 276 in Waynesville.
The guessing game of how many students will jump ship from Haywood County Schools to attend a new charter school, Shining Rock Classical Academy, won’t be known until the first day of school next week.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:34

A murder story unlike any other you’ve read

In recent years, literary works that are classified as “investigative reporting” have not only become best sellers, but have lingered on the shelves for decades. Examples are Capote’s In Cold Blood, Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song and Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter-Skelter. All…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:10

Art, craft festival in Dillsboro

The Dillsboro Arts & Crafts Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, on Front Street in downtown.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:08

Student film festival in Highlands

The second annual Best of Controlled Chaos Film Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:06

Blueberry lovers unite in Cherokee

The Blueberry Festival will be held fro 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Cherokee Indian Fair Ground.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:02

This must be the place

It’s the only place I feel at home. The open road. Once it gets into your system, you’ll spend the rest of your life trying to make sense of it. The highways, bi-ways and back roads in this country are the…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:59

All’s fair in beer and lore

Is Stacy J. Cox disliked by Western North Carolina craft beer lovers? “I think so, but I don’t know why,” she said. “There has been a lot of misconstrued thoughts out there. A rumor has been spread that I have…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:46

Another constitutional crisis for Obama

To the Editor: Dear House and Senate national representatives: Are you going to allow Obama to precipitate another constitutional crisis without some sort of consequences to himself? As reported widely — only after it was a done deal — U.S.…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:46

Ashamed of Cherokee Bear Zoo

To the Editor: I am a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee who has not lived in Cherokee since 2006. I now live in northwest Montana but am hoping the new leadership in Cherokee will bring transparency into Tribal…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:44

Some concerns about charter school

To the Editor: Since the proposed Shining Rock Classical Academy Charter School has been in the news lately, I would like to offer the following thoughts. I truly believe that the parents and organizers of the school want what they…
I’m sure the founders of Haywood County’s new charter school — Shining Rock Classical Academy — never imagined a week like the one they just had. Not only was our newspaper challenging them on what we feel sure were violations…
It’s been more than 10 years since Alen Baker decided, while recuperating from surgery, to pass the time by writing about what his Trout Unlimited chapter had been up to that year. Those 15 pages turned into a book, which…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:05

A look inside the museum

Step inside Cherokee’s newest museum, and the scent of freshly cut wood and tranquil lighting will immediately greet you with the knowledge that you’ve made the right choice.
It’s that time again — get together your best garden produce and crafty handiwork to enter in the Haywood County Fair, this year scheduled for Aug. 25 to 31.
Several local teenagers were among those who recently completed a six-week internship in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:59

Bird flu fears trigger precautionary measures

Fears that the bird flu could spread to North Carolina have prompted the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to take measures to prevent that happening.  All poultry owners — even those who keep just a few chickens in…
Emerald ash borers recently found in a Graham County trap mark the invasive insect’s first appearance in Western North Carolina since it was first discovered in the United States in 2002.  The finding triggered quarantine rules for the county: no…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:58

Panthertown gets improved parking area

Improvements to the crowded trailhead parking on the east side of Panthertown Valley, a recreation area in the Nantahala National Forest outside Cashiers, are underway. The main trailhead on the Transylvania side of Panthertown is limited to make-shift parking along…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:56

Public comment open for state wildlife plan

A plan to guide wildlife management in North Carolina for the next 10 years is being developed and public input sought. The plan outlines threats to species of concern and their habitats, as well as possible measures to address those…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:47

Company for coffee

Due to the generosity of great friends Bill and Elaine Cave of Asheville, my family has enjoyed a summer respite on Isle of Palms in South Carolina for a decade or so. We made it down around 5 p.m. on…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:40

Missing Haywood man found dead

The body of a missing Haywood County man was found in Richland Creek near Lake Junaluska on Aug. 3. Johnnie Rathbone, 67, of Mauney Cove Road in Waynesville, was reported missing by family members Monday morning after not having heard…