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Wednesday, 08 July 2015 14:39

This must be the place

Standing on the edge of the cliff, I knew what I had to do. Fifty feet above Fort Loudoun Lake in Knoxville, I looked out over the pristine waters, down at my friends heckling me from the boat, and jumped. One,…
Unto These Hills bridges past, present The Unto These Hills outdoor drama will run at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Aug. 15 at the Mountainside Theater in Cherokee.  The acclaimed outdoor drama traces the Cherokee people through the eons,…
By Wil Shelton • SMN intern Visitors of the Qualla Boundary now have the opportunity to experience Cherokee culture in a new, interactive way.  The Cherokee Friends, a program through the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, funded by the Cherokee Preservation…
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

Ginseng collectors have until July 15 to put their names in the hat for the U.S. Forest Service’s annual lottery for ginseng harvest permits.  The lottery system has been in place since 2013, when a marked reduction in wild ginseng…
A pilot education program for food pantries and other emergency food providers will hold a series of training classes from 5 to 8 p.m. July 21, July 28, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11.  The Appalachian Food Pantry School four-week training…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:27

Senior walking group forming in Haywood

Seniors interested in getting out for an early morning walk this summer are wanted for a now-forming group through the Haywood County Senior Resource Center.  The group would likely meet at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday in various locations, such…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:24

The low-down on lightning

Lightning is one of nature’s most ephemeral forces, but scientists are still able to detect and measure these electrical displays. A presentation at 7 p.m. Friday, July 10, at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute will explain how.
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:22

Remembering the old ways

By Wil Shelton • SMN Intern For Whittier resident Anne Hill, sharing the history of Appalachia goes far beyond the realm of classrooms and textbooks.
By Wil Shelton • SMN Intern For Jeff Alt and his family, hiking is more a lifestyle than a hobby. “After experiencing all the great positive physical and mental benefits gained from hiking, I wanted to share it with my family,”…
Ben Kniceley’s pretty sure his dad had a good laugh after the Haywood Community College graduate came away with a national title in the June 20 STIHL Timbersports Collegiate Series. “I grew up splitting wood and stuff like that with…
Hog Holler, Hog Branch, Hog Camp Branch, Hog Cane Branch, Hog-eye Branch, Hogback Gap, Hogback Holler, Hogback Knob, Hogback Ridge, Hogback Township, and Hogback Valley in addition to six sites in Western North Carolina named Hogback Mountain. Proof enough, if…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:51

Scotland pays homage to its writers

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

Acclaimed musician Marshall Ballew will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Ballew is a singer-songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist, whose repertoire spans over a century of traditional music in an array of styles, from…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:32

HCC ‘Student for a Day’ art series

Haywood Community College continues the Student for a Day Series with Creative Arts on Saturday, July 11.  • The Intro to Felting workshop will acquaint students with the technique of wet felting. This workshop will be held from noon to 4…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:27

Who wants some sweet corn?

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

Art workshops at The Bascom

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

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

Y’all are doing it wrong. You know, that thing? Social media? What happened? How did the endless fun and unlimited curiosity of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter become so dark, vile and negative? Since when is your neighbor an enemy to…
Are your ears playing tricks on you? As you turn the radio dial to a country music station these days, all you hear is pop, rock and hip-hop. Surely, this can’t be the result of the sacred musical traditions of…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:18

Declare independence from meat industry

To the Editor: Nearly 240 years ago, our founding fathers declared our national independence from Great Britain. This Fourth of July, let’s declare our independence from the meat industry. More than 60 percent of U.S. agricultural subsidies pay for meat,…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:18

Waynesville entryways are too junky

To the Editor: This piece could be titled, “How to beat a dead horse in 350 words or less.” First let me say that Waynesville is a great place to live. My wife and I picked it for retirement over…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:16

DOT could stand for the Department of Trash

“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.”  –Thomas…
I should get over being astounded by the way the world works. And I’m talking about the good stuff, not the negative. The package of stories that graced the cover of The Smoky Mountain News last week, “The Golden Children,” is…
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.…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:36

Jail suicide investigation on D.A.’s desk

An investigative report looking into the March suicide of Steve Ross, who at the time was incarcerated at the Jackson County Detention Center, is now in the hands of District Attorney Ashley Welch.
There’s a unifying theme among candidates in the Waynesville town board election: “maybe-ism.”