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Lake Junaluska residents opposed to a new Waynesville Fire District in their neighborhood will get one anyway, after a 2-1 vote by the Haywood County Board of Commissioners May 1.
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:54

Haywood County may dip into fund balance

Haywood County commissioners have set a date for the required public hearing in advance of passing next year’s budget — an especially important one, considering County Manager Ira Dove’s prediction that the county could see itself forced to use over…
With an eye to improving student performance and employee retention, Jackson County Public Schools has upped its budget ask to the Jackson County Commissioners — by 25 percent over the allocation given the past seven years.
Jackson County Schools has found itself at the back of the line to get a piece of the quarter-cent sales tax voters passed last year.
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:43

Baby deliveries to cease at Angel Medical

A difficult decision for Mission Health will now present a difficult decision for expecting mothers in Macon County.  With Mission’s announcement that labor and deliveries at Angel Medical Center in Franklin will cease by July 14, pregnant women will have…
Along with the announcement to stop labor and delivery services at Angel Medical Center, Mission Health also announced plans to build a new, state-of-the-art $43 million hospital for the Franklin community.
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:40

Harris prepared to deliver more babies

With the current expansion of its New Generations Family Birthing Center, Harris Regional Hospital couldn’t be in a better position to handle an anticipated influx of patients for labor and delivery services.
Macon County residents have made a clear statement that they oppose Mission Health’s decision to discontinue labor and delivery services at Angel Medical Center in Franklin. 
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:10

A big thank you to Rep. Mark Meadows

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All citizens of western North Carolina owe a big “thank you” to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, and the Freedom Caucus…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:09

Thanks for the help with Panthertown

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To the Editor: Friends of Panthertown and Mainspring Conservation Trust would like to thank all of our donors, including Jackson…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:09

Corporations are not U.S. citizens

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To the Editor: Are you sick of government ignoring the people it was meant to represent? Do you want your…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:09

Votes will help Haywood Schools

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To the Editor: The Haywood County Schools Foundation is a participant in “A Community Thrives” project sponsored by Gannett, USA…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:08

The solution is to destroy all nukes

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To the Editor: Back in 1979, then National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski received a middle-of-the-night phone call with the alarming…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:08

Haywood GOP does battle with anarchists

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To the Editor: It was odd to be reminded of the Spanish Civil War when reading your article about the…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:07

Don’t throw baby out with bathwater

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To the Editor: In a recent Q&A in The Mountaineer, Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, seemed very light on specifics related…
A large-scale rescue effort involving multiple animal welfare agencies resulted in the removal of more than 400 animals from a puppy mill in Clarkesville, Georgia, last week.
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:45

Thankful to have been a teacher

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At 37, I’m still sorting out what I want to be when I grow up.  When I was 8, I…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:39

The Naturalist's Corner: Overwhelmed

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There are bucket lists and then there are bucket lists. As parents, the bucket lists we envision for our kids…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:36

Mountain bikes roll into Swain High

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A fleet of new mountain bikes has come home to roost at Swain County High School, thanks to a donation…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:33

Donation will help fire recovery

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A $25,000 donation from the National Park Foundation will help the many Tennessee residents who lost their homes following the…
The Great Smoky Mountains Association had its best year every for sales and membership in 2016, allowing the organization to…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:31

Panthertown land purchase finalized

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A 16-acre property adjacent to Panthertown Valley Backcountry Area has been conserved following Mainspring Conservation Trust’s April 21 closing on…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:30

Sylva passes renewable energy resolution

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Sylva’s commissioners unanimously passed a resolution calling for a statewide commitment to eliminate fossil fuels during their meeting Thursday, April…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:08

A desperate tale, beautifully written

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“And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry And satisfy the needs of the oppressed, Then your light will…
Over the course of the six Cultural Conversations sessions I participated in at Folkmoot, our diverse little group — sitting in one big circle — learned a lot about ourselves, and each other.
Advanced manufacturing and machining in Western North Carolina just got a huge boost from a Fortune-500 multinational conglomerate with more than $127 billion in yearly revenue.
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 13:53

Impeachment stalled

Tribal Council will have to change the date set for Principal Chief Patrick Lambert’s impeachment hearing for the third time — if, that is, the Cherokee Tribal Court allows the impeachment to move forward.
It’s safe to say that the Cherokee Tribal Council is not scurrying to incorporate the decisions of Grand Council into its future actions. Tribal Council held a special-called meeting Wednesday, April 19 — the day after Grand Council was held…
It would be near impossible to find someone in Cherokee these days who doesn’t know about the political turmoil enveloping the tribe, or who doesn’t have an opinion about who’s to blame. Last week The Smoky Mountain News ventured over…
Big Cove Road in Cherokee slowed to a standstill last week as traffic backed up for more than a mile, en route to Cherokee Central School and the Grand Council meeting that Principal Chief Patrick Lambert had called for 1…
After a busy week of rallies around the country, the state and the county, progressives gathered at the Historic Haywood Courthouse April 23 to speak out on healthcare and welcome Asheville Republican Congressman Mark Meadows’ first Democratic challenger.  • Democrats welcome…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 13:38

A short break with Coffay

Born in Florida but raised in tiny Blue Ridge, Georgia — just a few miles outside of Murphy and not far from where Tennessee borders Georgia and North Carolina — Matt Coffay, 30, has spent a little over a decade…
Members of several progressive groups concerned over the moral and monetary implications of Affordable Care Act repeal in rural Western North Carolina say that although their congressman isn’t listening to them now, maybe he’ll hear them in 2018.
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 13:31

Harnessing the progressive tide

A progressive tour de force has emerged across the mountains since the election of President Donald Trump.
Thousands of pop-up progressive activist groups have emerged around the country since November’s election.
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 20:58

Hazelwood Public Art finalists

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The Waynesville Public Art Commission has selected three finalists from a field of eight applicants for its upcoming project in…
It’s as timeless as the soundtrack of our lives, regardless of age. When you listen to big band music, you…
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 20:50

This must be the place

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It was immediately familiar.  Stepping into the Canton Middle School last Friday morning, the sights, sounds and smells of the…
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 20:45

SCC vital in brewery launch

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In preparation for launching their new brewery, Mountain Layers Brewing in Bryson City, Kim and Mark Pettit had to understand…
Sunday, 23 April 2017 18:42

Waynesville man charged with murder

Justin Scott Fuller, of Waynesville was arrested Saturday, April 22, and charged with murder following a dispute with Christopher Phillips.
A powerful Republican Congressman who also serves as the leader of his party’s most conservative faction now has his first challenger for reelection in 2018. As first reported in the Smoky Mountain News April 12, Asheville Democrat Matt Coffay will…
Canton’s search for a new town manager took about an hour. “We’ve sent a clear signal to the town and the region that we’re keeping things moving,” said Alderman Zeb Smathers of the board’s unanimous decision to tap Assistant Town…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:16

Grand Council votes to stop impeachment

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians held its first Grand Council in 20 years yesterday, with traffic backing up for more than a mile down Big Cove Road as tribal members flocked to the event, held at Cherokee High School.
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:45

Trump’s trips are a waste of taxes

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To the Editor: White House budget director Michael Mulvaney recently said in an interview that: “When you start looking at…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:45

Rep. Presnell should not politicize school boards

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To the Editor: As a former teacher of children with learning disabilities in Alabama, I have experienced the politicization resulting…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:44

Patriot faction not being honest

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To the Editor: Each of Ms. Becky Johnson’s two articles about the Haywood Republican Party were well researched and accurately…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:36

Boiling days down to simple routines

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“The ONLY thing is, we don’t have to go all the way to Adam’s Creek,” my wife Lori said. We…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:28

Chaos comes in several shapes and sizes

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As all successful couples understand, the key to happiness is mastering the art of communication. When facing a Big Decision…
When rains finally quelled the flames of 2016’s historic fall fire season, firefighters breathed sighs of relief and mountain residents…
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:46

Pondering the power of forgiveness

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In Charles Martin’s novel A Life Intercepted (Center Street Publishers, 2014, 326 pages), college senior Matthew “the Rocket” Rising has…