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One day they were operating out of the community center building in Sylva and the next they were moving into a singlewide trailer in Bryson City. Some years federal grant money rolled in hand over fist, and other years they…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:35

Sylva business to close following owner’s arrest

After nearly 30 years in business, Sylva’s Jewelry Outlet on Main Street is scheduled to close Sept. 15.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:32

Mission Health expands footprint in Haywood

Mission Health opened a new $7 million medical complex in Haywood County this week offering an array of health care services in a jaw-dropping facility.
It is the heartbeat of a town and its people. While some communities pride themselves on their Christmas, 4th of…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:22

So, why Canton?

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It’s a question I get a lot. “Why do you like Canton so much?”
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:21

In her own words

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Strolling Main Street in downtown Canton mid-morning, the steam stacks of nearby Evergreen Packaging rise high into another bluebird sky…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:18

Memories for a lifetime

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Sitting down next to each other, it’s pretty apparent that Pat and Zeb Smathers are father and son.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:10

Bluegrass, barbecue at Francis Mill

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The Francis Mill Preservation Society will celebrate the preservation of the 128-year-old mill during the 10th annual Music at the…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:09

Seven Clans Rodeo rides into Cherokee

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The Seven Clans Rodeo will be held Sept. 4-5 at the intersection of U.S. 19/441 in Cherokee. Gates open at…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:07

Dazzling Dahlias

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The fourth annual Dazzling Dahlia Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Highlands Rec Park and Civic Center.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:06

Chinese acrobats onstage in Cullowhee

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The Golden Dragon Acrobats will bring the 2,000-year tradition of Chinese acrobatics to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept.…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:05

Wildlife photo exhibit in Macon

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There will be a wildlife photography exhibit showcasing the works of Ed & Cindy Boos through the month of September…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:03

Folk Festival returns to Lake Junaluska

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Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display once again as the 45th annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival celebrates…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 13:57

This must be the place

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With the cornfields as high as an elephant’s eye, apples just ripe for the pickin’ and the last of the…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:09

This is one ride I’m not gonna miss

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Some of them arrive four or five days early, packed up and just sitting there on the Haywood County Fairgrounds…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:08

Macon citizens want to help the homeless

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To the Editor: Thank you Macon County. It was truly humbling to see the community turnout for the Homeless Symposium.…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:08

You can choose your own worldview

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To the Editor: I am a human being, a member of a family, an American, and a Democrat, in that…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:07

Trump may be best choice for president

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To the Editor: Traditionally, Americans have sent lawyers to congressional offices in Washington. The assumption was that they would be…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:59

Granting opportunity available for farmers

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Grants to help famers offset the risk of trying something new are available through the WNC Agricultural Options program, which…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:44

Comment period still open on fracking drinking water study

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The public comment period for a 1,000-page study of the effects of hydraulic fracturing — known as “fracking” — on drinking…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:43

Monarch migration takes center stage

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A talk on the migration of monarch butterflies at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Highlands Nature Center will…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:42

Energy audit earns WCU students top prize

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A student-conducted energy audit of Western Carolina University won first place at the Appalachian Energy Summit in Boone, marking the…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:42

Wildlife program at HCC earns five-year reaccreditation

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Haywood Community College recently got word that its fish and wildlife management technology program has received five more years of…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:41

New members join land trust board

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Four new members will join the 18-member board of Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, a Franklin-based nonprofit focused on…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:40

Smokies telethon a success

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Hundreds of callers, online donors and private sponsors teamed up to raise $202,351 for work in the Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:40

Stocking will resume in N.C. trout waters

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Stocking will resume in North Carolina’s hatchery-supported trout waters now that testing for whirling disease in fish raised at Marion…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:39

Take fly tying to the next level

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Budding fly tyers looking to get beyond the basics may enjoy a second-level fly-tying class at the Pisgah Center for…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:38

Making way for rare juniper and locust species

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A small study on Satulah Mountain near Highlands hopes to shed light on what might be responsible for poor reproduction…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:36

History lovers needed for mill volunteer force

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An orientation for volunteers who’d like to tell visitors about the history of Mingus Mill in the Great Smoky Mountains…
If Garrett Fisher had his way, he’d live on the side of a mountain with a glacier as his next-door…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:26

Interesting book draws some unusual conclusions

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We Americans are noted for our ignorance of world geography. Few of us, I imagine, could distinguish Iraq from Iran…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:14

Clay activities at Cowee

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The Cowee Pottery School in Franklin, an emerging nonprofit outlet for people of all ages wanting to play in clay,…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:08

Griffin photography exhibit at WCU

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An exhibition of works by photographer Cathryn Griffin will be on display through Friday, Sept. 25, in the Fine Art…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:03

Best album earns IBMA nod

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Great Smoky Mountains Association’s “Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band” has been named among the best of the…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:02

RailFest rolls into Bryson City

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The 14th annual RailFest will be held Sept. 5-6 at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad depot in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:01

Steve Miller Band to play Cherokee

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Legendary rock act The Steve Miller Band will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:53

This must be the place

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It was the line in the sand. During the summer of 2005, I left one existence and embraced another. In a…
Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display once again as the 45th annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival celebrates…
Joe Martin had never worked for a newspaper or owned a handgun when he took the reins of the tribally owned Cherokee One Feather in 1995.  But when the first changed, so did the second. Then a 26-year-old whose only…
A property owner in the remote Nantahala area of Macon County shot an elk that was eating his corn, upsetting neighbors who liked having an elk among them.
With elections a week away and threat of a lawsuit still hanging, the Cherokee Tribal Council is considering a proposed budget that includes a pay raise of nearly 5 percent for its members.
By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern With evolving regulations and a complicated system of reporting, there is no end in sight for the work university officials are doing to put a stop to sexual violence on campus.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:27

Jackson passes revised cell tower ordinance

Two years after the planning board first began reviewing the document, Jackson County has adopted a revised ordinance governing cell tower placement.
Shining Rock Classical Academy, a new charter school in Haywood County, has not given up on the idea of building a school in the Francis Cove area of Waynesville, despite a groundswell of opposition from residents in the community.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:24

Jackson opts to pay for landslide mapping

Jackson became the first North Carolina county to take landslide mapping into its own hands when the board of commissioners voted unanimously to fund the $143,000 project last week.
The construction cost for a new fire and rescue training center at Haywood Community College has clocked in more than $1 million higher than expected, prompting soul searching among college leaders and county commissioners over whether to go ahead with…
After hearing numerous complaints about the enormous potholes plaguing the county administrative building parking lot, Swain County commissioners agreed it was time to repave it.
Beginning Sept. 1, Swain County Sheriff’s Office will have the authority to issue citations and fines for residents who have faulty alarm and security systems.  Swain County commissioners approved a False Alarm ordinance several months go to address the timely…
A month after the sudden death of Maggie Valley Mayor Ron DeSimone, longtime alderwoman Saralyn Price has decided to seek the mayor’s seat as a write-in candidate in the fall election.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:13

Shining Rock students settle in

With only three days of school under their belts, students attending Shining Rock Classical Academy were already settling into their routine on Monday morning.