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Kelly Fuqua doesn’t have a problem saying she’s pretty proud of Jackson County’s website. Before she overhauled it in 2011, the site was getting “complaint after complaint,” and she sank a lot of work into fixing the problem. 
The town of Franklin’s website is a great example of a small town going the extra mile to encourage public participation in local government.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:36

Macon’s web presence has come a long way

Macon County’s government website started 16 years ago with a shoestring budget.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:35

Waynesville website a reliable resource

As the largest town west of Asheville and the county seat of Haywood County, Waynesville is the economic engine of the region, driving development and investment from Canton to Cherokee. Accordingly, its burden is high — some of the most…
Haywood County’s website tied for the highest ranking in the area despite earning design scores that were sub-par.
Go back in time 25 years, and a town with a website — any website, no matter how terrible the fonts or funky the navigation — would have been seen as glitzy and ahead of its time. But these days,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:06

Haywood school board responds to lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by a Waynesville parent and attorney in May regarding the closure of Central Elementary School is beginning to see some action.
Rods, reels, and wader-clad teenagers dotted Big East Fork’s meander to Lake Logan through the warm summer mornings last week,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:28

Comments sought on A.T. campsite construction

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Fifteen new tent sites could go in along the Appalachian Trail on its route through the Standing Indian Basin in…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:26

Croquet group starts in Waynesville

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A croquet group has formed in Waynesville, meeting 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at Vance Street Park.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:25

Insect affecting WNC white pines

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A tiny insect is being blamed for declining health in eastern white pine trees in six North Carolina counties including…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:23

Severe drought comes to WNC

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For the first time since September, severe drought is affecting North Carolina — including portions of Haywood, Jackson, Macon and…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:22

Greenway bridge open in Jackson

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A new bridge allowing access to the Jackson County greenway’s terminus at Locust Creek is now open to pedestrians, marking…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:20

Land conserved on Cold Mountain

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The Cold Mountain Game Lands in Haywood County will likely get larger following a 162-acre purchase by the Southern Appalachian…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 03:11

Backyard weed merits deadly respect

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“Seeds of this common weed do indeed contain an hallucinogenic component, but, as is so often the case, the same chemical…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 03:08

Sylva movie’s author is famed British playwright

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Back a few months ago, when Hollywood came to town, I was fascinated and when I heard that for a…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 02:12

This must be the place

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I could see it in their faces. It was something I felt before, and also had seen in pictures taken…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 02:09

The world through your fingertips

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It’s about speaking with your hands. For guitarist Joe Taylor, his lifelong passion and career as a musician is one…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:59

Join the new movement or die

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To the Editor: I read with interest the editor’s op piece (Even today, our republic is on shaky ground, www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/17903).…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:58

This country needs Donald Trump

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To the Editor: I was reading Scott McLeod’s piece last week (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/17903) with interest when suddenly I felt like I…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:56

In praise of passionate, civic-minded teachers

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As they say, the devil is in the details, and in this case the details are simply ridiculous. A bill…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:55

We have to teach boys how real men act

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Because when she dresses like that, she is just asking for it. Because saying “no” is part of the game,…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:46

Shooting suspect wanted in Haywood

Haywood County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for an armed and dangerous suspect involved in a June 26 shooting incident in Canton.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:45

Jackson names interim manager

With a one-month gap between the retirement of Jackson County Manager Chuck Wooten and the arrival of his successor Don Adams, Jackson County Commissioners voted this week to choose an interim manager to bridge the gap. County Attorney Heather Baker…
When teen members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians come of age, they find themselves in sudden possession of a six-figure bank account. But the overnight windfall comes with risk, many tribal leaders believe, and Tribal Council took a…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:42

Canton a ‘workplace of first choice’

Canton’s new budget includes a provision making it the first living wage certified government in Western North Carolina, but at the town board meeting June 23, aldermen took that measure one step further. 
Although the upcoming general election has much of the nation’s attention focused on just two candidates — a controversial populist and a former Secretary of State under investigation for mishandling classified material — local races offer considerably more palatable choices…
Students pursuing health careers at Western Carolina University will soon have ample chance for hands-on learning right on campus if plans for a new medical office building on Little Savannah Road move forward as expected. 
Suspicions that people are concealing old sofas and worn-out mattresses over state and county lines to dump on the sly in Jackson is irking county commissioners, but stopping the illicit trash smugglers could be tough.
When Travis Lewis was hit with a $600 charge for going over his monthly cell phone data allotment two years ago, he was taken aback to say the least.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:31

SkyFi aims for 11 new wireless towers

Jackson commissioners were put in a tough spot this month by county staff seeking special treatment for wireless internet towers that would exempt them from the typical oversight and public hearing process for erecting towers.
In late October 2015, Gov. Pat McCrory signed the “Protect North Carolina Workers Act,” requiring state and local governments to verify the immigration status of potential employees and to prohibit interference in the relationship of local law enforcement with federal…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:29

State budget agreement reached

The North Carolina General Assembly reached the finish line a bit earlier than expected in their race to present GOP Gov. Pat McCrory with a budget before the long Independence Day holiday weekend.
The Great Smoky Mountains are known across the world for their beauty and the unique bluish haze produced in large part by local vegetation, but if N.C. Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, has her way, the Smokies may soon become a…
CULLOWHEE – Chili’s Grill and Bar, a popular national chain restaurant, will be open for business on the campus of Western Carolina University this fall as the full-service dining establishment is the latest tenant announced for Noble Hall, the mixed-use…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:40

Even today, our republic is on shaky ground

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 “What really shaped me was doing all of those community programs and talks, where you could really make a connection…
If I described my childhood, it may sound to some like I was raised by a band of gypsies. And…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:38

Moral Monday event made me proud of WNC

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To the Editor: I’d like to thank the community of Western North Carolina for so cooperatively hosting the historic Moral…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:37

Cox column promoted his brand of politics

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To The Editor: Chris Cox’s opinion column concerning “trying to make sense of Orlando” in the June 15 edition of…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:14

Zahner lecture series kicks off

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The Zahner Conservation Lecture Series at the Highlands Nature Center kicks off its initial program on July 7
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:09

Adopt a stream

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Volunteers are wanted to help keep Haywood’s streams free of trash by adopting a section to clean once per year. 
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:08

New water slide is higher, faster

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A new slide has been installed at the water park at the Waynesville Recreation Center.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:06

Arboretum works on pollinator hospitality

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The nation holds only seven Bee Campus USA gardens, and now the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville is one of them.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:04

Man finishes lap of the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Ray Russell recently finished nearly a month of running with his arrival at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s end in Cherokee.…
The wilderness is where one can find peace and clarity while also finding inner strength and determination.  That is the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:50

Peregrines once again at Devil’s Courthouse

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A couple of Saturday’s ago Bob Olthoff and I made a quick trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:35

Jim Harrison lived in servitude to words

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In March, Jim Harrison, age 78, died of a heart attack. Harrison was among the most prolific of American writers,…
Stephen Metzger was like a kid in a candy shop as he clambered over a massive mound of behemoth tree trunks piled high in the wood salvage yard behind Moose Crossing, a woodworking studio on the outskirts of Waynesville.  “Ashe,…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:16

Balance sought in Howell Mill rezoning

As the $11.6 million Howell Mill Road project was winding down in late 2015, the Waynesville Planning Board began to take a look at zoning within the burgeoning corridor; what the board found was commercial development encroaching on formerly rural…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:14

The Raleigh roundup: Budget battle brewing

The North Carolina General Assembly continues to haggle over specific provisions in the proposed 2016-17 state budget as they race to present a compromise spending plan to GOP Gov. Pat McCrory before the long Independence Day holiday weekend.