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Two months after a Silver Alert was issued in the disappearance of 81-year-old Sylva resident Eunice Gass, dental records have confirmed the discovery of Gass’ remains in the Cherokee National Forest.
Smoke is clouding the Sylva area following the eruption of a wildfire Sunday, Oct. 23, which grew to about 374 acres by Tuesday morning, Oct. 24. Take a drive along U.S. 74, and you’re likely to feel an itch in…
The town of Sylva is in hot pursuit of what Police Chief Davis Woodard called a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to add a canine component to the ranks of municipal law enforcement.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:49

Gun rights event to take place in Haywood

A group of Second Amendment supporters planning an open-carry gun rights rally will move ahead with their event, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:43

Affordable Housing Task Force begins work

As with any problem, the first step toward solving it is admitting that there is a problem.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:41

Early voting totals hint at turnout

As of 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, almost 4,300 Haywood County residents had already cast their vote in person at one of three area One Stop voting locations. 
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:38

SMN Commission forum highlights

The Smoky Mountain News held a forum with all four of the Haywood County Commission candidates at the Folkmoot Friendship Center Oct. 20. If you missed it, be sure to check out the video on YouTube — In the…
Two organizations hoping to manage an estimated $20 million in restricted funds resulting from the sale of Haywood Regional Medical Center to Duke LifePoint in 2014 made their case Oct. 17 to the Haywood County Board of Commissioners.
Strength in unity. Identity in culture. Power in the past. Momentum toward the future.  Despite the diversity of traditions and histories and origins populating the event center at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort this week, common ground was easy to spot…
Two months after issuing a Silver Alert in the disappearance of 80-year-old Sylva resident Eunice Gass, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is awaiting test results on remains believed to belong to Gass.
Friday, 21 October 2016 18:06

Jail escapee shot in downtown Waynesville

(Last updated at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26.)  Main Street in downtown Waynesville was packed with pedestrians and vehicle traffic around lunchtime Friday when a Haywood County Sheriff’s deputy fired several gunshots to take down an escaped inmate.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:24

Robin redbreasts are a perennial favorite

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Our elementary school primers were populated by robins pulling worms out of holes. They appeared on television screens on Saturday…
The sun had barely risen over the Pisgah Ridge, but the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Devils Courthouse pull-off was teeming — mainly…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:11

High fire danger prompts burning caution in Western N.C.

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Fire danger is increasing throughout the forests of Western North Carolina, necessitating caution for any kind of outdoor burning. 
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:10

Livestock producers prepare for hay shortage

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Drought is continuing and frost has ended the growing season in much of Western North Carolina, so hay could be…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:06

Locals make strong showing in grueling trail race

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Local athletes figured prominently in the top places for the Naturalist Epic 25K/50K race held Oct. 8, a grueling undertaking…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:04

Smokies celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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The Smokies came to the Latino communities of Knoxville this month in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, with more…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:04

Grab your waterfall calendar and support WNC

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Seasonal images of Western North Carolina’s most exquisite waterfalls adorn a newly published calendar set to raise money for the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:02

Map publisher donates to maintain Tsali trails

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A new map of Tsali Trails not only creates a better guide to the nationally known trail system on the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:01

Environmental, economic leaders converge at WCU

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More than 100 leaders from across Western North Carolina came together at Western Carolina University this month to talk about…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 15:47

A reviewer must learn to roll with the changes

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Have you ever experienced one of those moments when you look at what you are doing and where you are…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 15:33

Pisgah wins 50th anniversary rumble

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It was the tale of two halves as the Pisgah Black Bears went toe-to-toe against their Haywood County rivals, the…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 15:22

WCU to celebrate Homecoming 2016

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The Western Carolina University community will come together under the theme “Purple Reigns” to celebrate Homecoming 2016 with major public…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 15:15

This must be the place

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I’m entering hostile waters here, folks. So, bear with me as I bring up this ideology I recently heard, which…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:44

Relishing common ground amid the political divide

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I am at the salad bar, evaluating the freshness of the broccoli and spinach, deciding whether I want croutons or…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:39

‘Get the hell out’ is not an answer

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By Dave Waldroup • Guest Columnist Legendary former Chicago Bears head football coach Mike Ditka has now joined the chorus of…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:37

Negativity is infesting our politics

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To the Editor: The greatest problem facing our country today and in the future is not from abroad but from…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:37

Raleigh ‘magicians’ must be held accountable

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To the Editor: A key skill for magicians is misdirection. Look this way so you won’t see what I’m actually…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:36

Twenty questions for America’s citizens

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To the Editor: The future of the American system of representative government is under attack, and who is heeding the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:36

We are all going to be losers this election

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To the Editor: Thank you for your honest opinion regarding Trump running for our highest office ( I respect your…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:35

This certainly is not politics as usual

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To the Editor: I have been a political junkie since the Kennedy-Nixon race, but this letter is not about partisan…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:34

We need real change in this country

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To the Editor: Are you an emotional voter letting the media and others tell you how to vote? Or an…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:34

Let’s ask Rep. Presnell to step down

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To the Editor: As we face a drought, Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, not only vigorously supports fracking (hydraulic fracturing) in…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:08

Early voting underway

Residents of Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties wishing to vote in advance of the Tuesday, Nov. 8, election in have multiple times and locations to choose from, beginning Thursday, Oct. 20, until early voting ends on Saturday, Nov. 5.…
Feminism is cancer. Patriarchy is good for everyone. The wage gap is a myth. Islam is not a religion of peace. Fat shaming works.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:04

‘Little Biltmore’ goes Hollywood

Thom Morgan isn’t the type to be star struck.  When a location scout approached him two years ago about filming a major movie at his mansion in Waynesville, the agent hoping to sell him on the idea ticked off the…
Haywood County was abuzz with excitement during the filming of the major motion-picture “Masterminds” two summers ago, but exactly how the directors set their sights on a local mansion for their movie location has been a closely held secret until…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:00

Mountain Projects latest victim of USDA fiasco

Last month, the town of Canton’s highly anticipated municipal pool project hit an unexpected snag when it was learned that a 40-year United States Department of Agriculture loan would not be available as part of the complex, 10-part financing package…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 13:56

Wilderness debate goes to the government

When the forest planning process for the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests kicked off more than two years ago, it didn’t take long for the question of wilderness designation — whether and how much more acreage should be recommended, which…
Thursday, 13 October 2016 17:18

Multiple school campuses on lock down

Around noon today, a telephone call was made to local law enforcement. The caller made threatening comments about Canton Middle School.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:53

You’re going the wrong way – not

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When you’re out chasing fall migrants and you either have a good internal compass or you’re somewhere it’s pretty easy…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:46

New, free maps show the Smokies in greater detail

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New U.S. Topo maps are out, and the quadrangles covering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park now display trails, campgrounds,…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:45

Take the 100-mile challenge

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A statewide challenge to knock out 100 miles of hiking, walking, running, paddling, skating, horseback riding or rolling a wheelchair…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:41

Congressman sits down with wilderness supporters

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Congressman Mark Meadows (R-Cashiers) and a room of 30 wilderness supporters spent two hours discussing everything from ecology to U.S.…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:37

Elk Bugle Corps gets a boost

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A $3,500 grant from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will help enrich the elk viewing experience in the Cataloochee…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:36

Western Carolina recognized for energy savings

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Western Carolina University was among the 18 public colleges and universities recently honored by the state for leadership in reducing…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:26

Presidential power grows at an alarming rate

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“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:38

New Haywood dance initiative

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It has been over 10 years since the Haywood County Arts Council brought the Atlanta Ballet to Haywood County to…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:37

WCU professor receives Cherokee honor

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Brett Riggs, Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University, has received the 2016 Cherokee National Worcester Award…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:26

This must be the place

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What the hell, I figured. Sometime around midnight, and somewhere around my third beer, I decided to send her a…