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Nadia Dean has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to telling a story. It’s a historical account of…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:45

This must be the place

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It’s all about what you’re willing to sacrifice.
I was five minutes late. Trying to track down a parking spot outside the Hunter Library at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee last week, the task proved difficult, even with the students gone for the summer. Having never stepped foot…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:25

Rezoning request packs Maggie meeting

There wasn’t an empty seat in the house when the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen met for its public budget hearing on June 13, but it was a zoning issue that took up 90 percent of the three-plus hour meeting.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:24

Shelter at bear attack site now open

Nearly a month after an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker found his night interrupted by an attacking bear, the backcountry shelter in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where the incident occurred is open once more.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:22

Rev. Barber preaches love at Sylva rally

Following the recent shooting in Orlando that left 50 dead and more injured, Dr. Rev. William Barber’s keynote address to the crowd at the Mountain Moral Monday rally in Sylva was a bit different than expected, but the message was…
Although the closing of Central Elementary School was met with cheers, jeers, and even a lawsuit, its recent closure is already yielding positive results for the rest of the district’s budget.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:14

Waynesville board works to plug budget hole

A sparsely-attended special meeting held June 7 at the Waynesville Town Hall was meant to serve as a public hearing on the town’s proposed $29.7 million budget for fiscal year 2016-2017, but instead talk centered mostly around things much more…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:12

Business leaders honored at Chamber dinner

Each year the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce honors local businesses and leaders for their contributions to the community during its annual dinner and awards ceremony.
About 20 tribal members filled the audience benches in Cherokee Tribal Court last week, watching the first court hearing in a lawsuit decrying pay raises Cherokee Tribal Council gave itself in 2014. The suit’s defendants were asking Judge Sharon Barrett…
The Canton Board of Aldermen took another three hours June 9 to conduct a required public hearing on the 2016-17 budget. That’s in addition to the three hours that were spent discussing it May 26. And there’s still one more…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 13:59

Can bold proposals remake Canton?

The Canton Town Board is considering proposals that could boost Canton’s appeal to residents and tourists alike — especially those interested in festivals and fishing.
The finish line is in sight to choose a new county manager for Jackson County.
Friends of the Haywood County Animal Shelter will host a kickoff reception and informational session in support of the county’s new shelter proposal.
Work has begun on a controversial Haywood County indoor shooting range that had some residents at odds last winter.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 13:49

Bryson wins June 7 congressional primary

Democrat Rick Bryson will move on to run against U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows in the general election after narrowly winning the June 7 congressional primary.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 13:44

Sales tax to increase in Jackson

Nearly two-thirds of Jackson County voters who visited the polls last week said yes to a referendum question asking to raise the county’s sales tax by one-fourth of a cent. Education leaders are rejoicing at the outcome. 
A casino board member who came under fire for possible “conduct unbecoming” of a public official will keep her post, following conclusion of an investigation ordered by the Cherokee Tribal Council.
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 16:43

If this were the wild, he would already be gone

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When next week’s edition of The Smoky Mountain News hits the streets Wednesday, June 15, my youngest will be a…
I got a tattoo a couple of weeks ago. It wasn’t on a whim. I wasn’t intoxicated. I wasn’t in…
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 16:31

Legislators passed smart coal ash plan

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To the Editor: This is a critical time for our community and all North Carolinians. Decisions being made right now…
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 16:31

Let’s build animal shelter to do the job adequately

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To the Editor: I am seeing and hearing various opinions about the need for a new animal shelter in Haywood…
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 16:30

Trump’s ‘nativism’ is just frightening

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To the Editor: For one who has never held an elected office, Donald Trump is a brilliant politician. His TV…
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 16:26

Hilarious and serious; two different summer reads

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Novels that make me laugh aloud are rare. Two novels, Confederacy of Dunces and Freddy and Fredericka, brought laughter, and…
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 16:18

Keep your salamander away from my newt

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I often remind everyone who reads “The Naturalist’s Corner” to remember to look up. But each spring while surveying birds…
Adam Bigelow bears down on the gas pedal of his biodiesel-fueled Jetta, urging it up the steep contours of the…
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 16:00

Go all-out with Lake Logan races

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The Lake Logan Multisport Festival will bring in athletes galore for the 11th year running with its lineup of events…
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 15:35

Moral Monday comes to the mountains

The Jackson County Branch of the NAACP will host more than a dozen like-minded Western North Carolina organizations in Sylva on June 13 for an event called “Mountain Moral Monday.”  SEE ALSO:• NAACP gains ground in WNC communities• Local leader represents NAACP’s…
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 15:32

NAACP gains ground in WNC communities

Katherine Bartel has a long list of reasons why a NAACP branch started in Haywood County a couple of years ago — and the motives go far beyond protecting only the rights of people of color.
As an associate professor of physics at Western Carolina University who specializes in astronomy, Dr. Enrique Gomez may be used to looking up at the sky, but as the president of the Jackson County Branch of the North Carolina NAACP,…
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 14:18

Swain aims to avoid tax hike

As Swain County continues to struggle with a decrease in funding from several revenue sources, commissioners hope to pass a $17.3 million budget for 2016-17 without increasing the tax rate.
While it may not be an immediate need in the upcoming budget, the swimming pool at the Swain County Recreation Center will need some extensive repairs in the coming years.
The widow of a former Vice Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians may be out of a home if Tribal Council decides to slash the portion of a will that left her the house.
Macon County commissioners have agreed to provide $30,000 toward an economic development project that promises to create 35 new jobs at an existing local business.
Macon County Schools Superintendent Chris Baldwin came before the county commissioners last week to plead his case for additional funding in the 2016-17 budget.
With the N.C. Connect bond passed, Western Carolina University is moving forward with plans to bring a $110 million natural sciences building from vision to reality.
For the past few months, downtown Canton’s long-awaited repaving and streetscaping projects seemed to be cruising right along in the fast lane. But now, residents and businesses alike are concerned that there’s a wheel in the ditch, and a wheel…
For 21 years, firearms have not been permitted on any county-owned property, except for law enforcement officers on duty. Almost nine years ago, that policy was whittled down, allowing exceptions for gun shows. 
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 14:04

Shelter proposal moves forward

If you’re for the proposed new Haywood County Animal Services facility, it’s called an “animal shelter,” deadpanned Haywood County Commissioner Bill Upton.
When Jackson County sent out bucketloads of mail this spring announcing new values for every property in its borders, Harris Regional Hospital got a piece of paper declaring that its campus was worth a little over $42.3 million — the…
A dispute over how much Haywood Regional Medical Center owes in county property taxes is headed for a showdown this month.
Haywood and Jackson counties could have a long road ahead in their property tax disputes with Duke LifePoint, which owns Haywood Regional Medical Center and Harris Regional Hospital.
After attempting to revamp the mountaintop amusement park for several years, Alaska Presley has decided to sell Ghost Town in the Sky in Maggie Valley.
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 20:55

The legend of the Boojum

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Celebrating the lore and legend of the “Boojum,” the inaugural Boojum Festival & Hunt will be June 10-12 in Canton.
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 20:54

Sylva art gallery opening

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The Jackson County Visual Arts Association (JCVAA) will hold its “Grand Opening” gallery show from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday,…
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 20:47

This must be the place

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Yeah, it’s true. I had originally planned to be a teacher. When I was thinking about what I wanted to…
Within the realm of melodic creativity, one word emerges — collaboration. It’s the act of bringing resources together, whether it…
Thursday, 02 June 2016 14:05

Sheriffs misrepresented

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To the Editor: If you value honesty as an important trait for a Supreme Court justice, it should interest you…
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 16:57

Vote ‘Yes’ for education sales tax

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By David Belcher • Guest Columnist Voters in Jackson County will have the opportunity on Tuesday, June 7, to take…