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Two hikers lost in the Shining Rock Wilderness area in Haywood County were rescued Saturday evening thanks to the efforts of helicopter crews and nearly 100 ground based rescuers from over two dozen local, state, and federal agencies.
Swain Community Hospital is looking for small groups of residents to be part of ongoing focus groups to discuss changes occurring in the hospital emergency department.
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:42

It’s 2017, let’s talk about something else

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Now that it’s 2017, I can’t bear the thought of continuing to fixate on politics and its atmosphere of pomposity…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:35

A heavy but hopeful heart for the new year

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Throughout my entire life, I’ve awoken on New Year’s Day energized to be more, do more, see more. This year…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:34

Another side of the Cuban revolution

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To the Editor: I very much appreciated your comments about Castro and Cuba, particularly your childhood experience at Guantanamo. I…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:24

Cattle working equipment available for community use

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New cattle working equipment will soon be available for community use in Swain and Jackson counties.
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:24

Red wolf killed in wildlife refuge

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A reward of $5,000 is being offered in the case of a red wolf that was shot and killed around…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:20

Three dead in Smokies plane crash

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Three people have died in a plane crash that occurred Monday, Dec. 26, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:18

Trout restoration project coming to Cataloochee

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A Smokies biologist will give a glimpse of plans for a brook trout restoration project in the Great Smoky Mountains…
January is universally recognized as the time to make a fresh start, throw away last year’s used-up calendar and dream…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:03

Book about artist is itself a work of art

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In mid-October I attended the second lecture of three at my local library on the Italian artist Caravaggio (1571-1610). A…
It ain’t dead. Rock-n-roll. In an era when sugar-coated pop stars and polished country acts are atop the charts, one…
Through the strewn lights I could see the Empire State Building.
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:33

Quilting group donates to sheriff’s office

Members of the Blue Ridge Mountain Quilt Guild in Canton stopped by the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office recently to drop off some unique gifts to help kids caught in tough situations.
Bryson City Bicycles will use a $20,000 grant to expand its online presence and to provide a fleet of bicycles for Swain County High School.
Lake Junaluska has announced new leadership of the Lake Junaluska Singers, a choral group that has been part of Lake Junaluska’s history for more than 60 years. Mary Wannamaker Huff began as the interim director of the Lake Junaluska Singers…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:28

WCU to form school for primary grades

Western Carolina University will soon be opening a school serving primary grades — likely in Jackson County — after a state mandate passed this summer goes into effect.
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:27

Sylva appoints public art committee

Sylva’s town leaders were so excited to see the number of applications they received from prospective members of a public art committee they’ve spent the last half year working to form that they considered expanding the number of seats available…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:25

Community Health Center to open in Sylva

Health services emanating from the Good Samaritan building in Sylva are set to expand this year as Good Sam moves under the umbrella of Hendersonville-based Blue Ridge Community Health Services.
As the drought of 2016 progressed, flows of streams and rivers dwindled region-wide — and the Tuckasegee River, water source for most of Jackson County, was no exception.
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:20

By the numbers

From the control room of Canton’s water plant, a steady barrage of numbers flash across the computer monitors.
As days slid by without rain last fall, and the days stacked into weeks, Neil Carpenter watched the water gauge on Jonathan Creek like the ticking hands of a doomsday clock. SEE ALSO:• Haywood water systems join forces to aid…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:11

Showdown looms over Russ Avenue project

News of a historic portion of Walnut Street’s inclusion in the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s plan for the widening of Russ Avenue in Waynesville went over with property owners like a ton of the bricks in Charles McDarris’ 90-something…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:10

Mountain legislator to be sworn in

It took Bryson City Republican Mike Clampitt three tries over six years to finally become a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives.
As voters cast their ballots each Election Day, judicial races are often overlooked — they’re the least publicized, least funded and least understood of the lot.
For those who love the outdoors, it’s not hard to list the reasons why Western North Carolina is a spectacular…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 17:03

Smokies trails reopen after fire

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Seven trails and one road that have been closed since the Chimney Tops 2 Fire are now open in the…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 17:03

Campfire ban lifted in the Smokies

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Campfires are now legal in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the first time since Nov. 15.
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:58

Smokies benefit from license plate sales

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License plate sales raised nearly $815,000 to support the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this year, with the grand total…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:57

Former plant site now part of state forest

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More than 30 years after the first piece of property was donated toward the creation of DuPont State Recreational Forest,…
Environmental quality projects in Western North Carolina will get a boost thanks to grants from the Duke Energy Foundation, whose…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:42

Delving into the origin of Native American words

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Editor’s note: This article was first published in The Smoky Mountain News in December 2003. Tuckaseigee, Oconaluftee, Heintooga, Wayah, Cullasaja,…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:39

From cradle to grave: books for growth and health

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Visit any bookshop or library and you will find loads of books telling you how to live a better life,…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:10

2016 in A&E

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Each year, we here at The Smoky Mountain News showcase our “Spoof Awards.” Sometimes they’re meant in good tongue-and-cheek fun,…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:08

This must be the place

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Home. For me, it’s Plattsburgh, New York. Just down the road from the Canadian border, in the heart of the…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 15:59

The fight over what it means to be an American

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I turned 18 three weeks too late to vote for Ronald Wilson Reagan for president of the United States, but…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 15:57

State budget hurts Swain’s needy children

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“The smartest countries tend to be those that have acted to make teaching more prestigious and selective; directed more resources…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 15:25

2016: A Year.

The tidal wave of negative political news in 2016 was staggering in its magnitude and emotionally overwhelming. Thankfully all that is behind us. But we can’t say adios to the year’s local news until our writers and editors sift through…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 15:18


In keeping with the theme of The Smoky Mountain News spoof awards in this week’s edition, I thought now might be a good time to talk to you about fake news.
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 15:11

The very first Christmas (in space)

While perusing the vast litany of uplifting Christmas stories, one might not think to probe the mission archives of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Tuesday, 27 December 2016 18:46

Missing aircraft found in national park

A reconnaissance flight by the Tennessee Army National Guard was able to locate the missing single engine airplane within Great Smoky Mountains National Park at about 4:43 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27.The plane was found on an unnamed ridge between…
Judy Seago almost left the United States without packing a stethoscope.  Seago, a pediatrician, was headed to Nepal on a…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:54

Welcome to the first day of winter

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Your Cold Side Time to make tracks In winter’s first snow. Breathe in the first blast Of winter’s cold.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:53

Improvements coming to Massey Branch Access

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Major reconstruction is underway at the Massey Branch Boat Access Area on Santeetlah Reservoir, meaning the area will be closed…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:52

Fire damage closes Whitewater Falls

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The Whitewater Falls area of the Nantahala National Forest, near Cashiers, will remain closed indefinitely due to severe wildfire damage. 
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:49

Electric vehicle stations coming to Jackson

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Jackson County will be getting three new electric vehicle charging stations thanks to a grant from Duke Energy.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:36

A fresh look at the life of Evelyn Waugh

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Fifty years ago this past spring, on Easter Sunday, Evelyn Waugh died of a heart attack in his home in…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:26

Mainstream media has lost its credibility

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To the Editor: Nothing in a recent letter (“Please, just check the facts,” Dec. 14, The Smoky Mountain News) rings…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:25

The media is just not doing its job

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To the Editor: Have we ever seen such hypocrisy? The Russians have now hacked the 2016 election, really? Liberal news…