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Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:49

Funding likely for sidewalk on U.S. 441

The future is looking bright for plans to build a sidewalk along U.S. 441 where Jackson County meets Cherokee, with funding recently approved from state contingency funds.
Nearly 30 people have put their names in the hat for election to Cherokee’s 12-member Tribal Council this fall, and depending who you ask, a lot is at stake.
A dozen hotels, motels and tourist accommodations in Haywood County will have to open their books to auditors in coming months to prove they aren’t pocketing some of the room taxes they collect.
A nonprofit nature center ensnared in a foreclosure saga at Balsam Mountain Preserve is one step closer to being evicted.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:42

Round-the-clock vet clinic to open in Haywood

Plans are in the works to open a 24-hour emergency clinic at Junaluska Animal Hospital in Waynesville next year, a first for the mountains west of Asheville.
Shining Rock Classical Academy was sent back to the drawing board Monday night on its proposed location, continuing a nearly three-month saga on where the new charter school will go.
The Charlotte developer behind a 488-bed student apartment complex planned for Cullowhee could face criminal charges, pending the outcome of an Aug. 27 hearing.
Jackson County’s steep slope ordinance made one last stop at the planning board before heading to a public hearing, but it went out with a bang as some members took issue with the version commissioners would ultimately consider for adoption.
Doris Mager returned from her most recent doctor appointment with some grim marching orders. Her instructions didn’t have anything to do with blood pressure problems, cardiac health, nutritional deficiencies or an impending diagnosis. In fact, the doctor said, for 89…
A rehabilitation project for the aging amphitheater at Mount Pisgah Campground will get some funding thanks to a fundraising ride by the Asheville BMW Riders.  Earlier this year, a plan to repave the amphitheater, replace sagging seating and upgrade the…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:16

Parasitic gill lice found in Haywood waters

A new parasite has been confirmed on rainbow trout collected from the West Fork Pigeon River in Haywood County, as well as Watauga County’s Boone Fork Creek and Watauga River.  The parasite, gill lice, is a tiny, crustacean that attaches…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:15

Smokies telethon to support park projects

A fundraising broadcast to support Friends of the Smokies will air 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, on WLOS Channel 13.  The 21st annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon — the only telethon to support a national park…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:14

Audio tour brings the Smokies to life

A new audio tour for the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee will give visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park a trip back in time.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:13

Smokies visitation high at Cherokee

Visitation has been strong in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this year, with numbers for the first six months of 2015 up 8 percent over last year.
Ever looked at a six-legged creature and thought of dinner? A program by “bug chef” Zack Lemann will explore the possibilities at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, at The Village Green Commons in Cashiers.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:10

Paddle tour of Lake Junaluska offered

A paddle tour of Lake Junaluska will tell the history of the 200-acre lake and information about the ecosystems contained within it from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:06

We need to darken the way

perseids fallingperseids burning white hotperseids flame out I made sure to keep an eye out for falling stars last week on my pre-dawn delivery route since it was during the peak of the annual Perseids meteor shower. One morning was…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:14

Bernie Sanders excitement builds

To the editor: July 29 Bernie Sanders spoke to the entire country using the Internet. It was an incredible event. Our tiny group of Bernie supporters suddenly exploded, in much the same way support for Bernie has exploded all over…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:14

The Democrats’ war on babies is in trouble

To the Editor: Now Democrats have once again dredged up the fabricated notion that Republicans are waging a war on women. That claim is as old and worn as Hillary Clinton, the leading Democrat candidate for President. What we do…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:12

Thoughts on my Southern heritage

To the Editor: The controversy in South Carolina revolving around the Confederate Flag has made me think about my Southern heritage. I grew up in Georgia and spent most of my working life in South Carolina. The rationale offered by…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:08

Pay attention to new charter school

To the Editor: Every person who pays taxes in Haywood County needs to be aware of, and pay attention to, the creation of Shining Rock Classical Academy, a charter, public school about to begin classes in our community. The school’s…
I would wager that I despise politics just about as much as you do. Whatever your political affiliation, we would probably agree that the system is broken, that politicians on both sides of the aisle are too beholden to special…
Whether from a seat in the auditorium or at home on the couch, more than 1,000 Cherokee people blocked out Thursday night (Aug. 6) to see the people vying for their vote as the tribe’s principal chief talk about everything…
Summer’s not quite over, but emergency responders in Haywood County are already practicing their skills in preparation for rescue season, known to most simply as “fall.” “That time of year is when our beautiful forest has people, by the hundreds…
Learn about the fabled bear hunting dog — the Plott Hound — during a talk at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Macon County Heritage Day at the old Cowee School. Renown author and Plott Hound expert Bob Plott will…
Whirling disease has been confirmed in rainbow trout in the Watauga River in the Banner Elk area, and biologists are concerned that the disease could spread to other trout populations.  Biologists have suspended trout stockings until they can test hatchery…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:52

Swain officer wins state boating award

A Bryson City man has been honored as North Carolina’s Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  Brian Cookston, a master officer with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, was recognized for his quick response to a commercial jet boat accident…
The Haywood County Fair is coming up, and with it some opportunity for friendly competition. Consider putting your hat in the ring for one of these contests:
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:40

A traveler’s library; books read and unread

As some readers of this column may know, I have spent the past six weeks in Europe, specifically the British Isles and Italy. Below is an accounting, by way of lists and some short reviews, of books carried here, bought…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:27

Waynesville Craft Beer Faire is Aug. 15

The Waynesville Craft Beer Faire will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, on the baseball field at American Legion Post 47 on Legion Drive. Among the 25 breweries onsite, there will be selections served by BearWaters,…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:21

Do you want to fly model planes?

The Macon Aero Modelers will be hosting an AMA National Model Aviation Day celebration event at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Otto Aerodome on Tessentee Road in Franklin.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:18

Cataloochee Ranch welcomes The Honeycutters

Americana/roots act The Honeycutters will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Cataloochee Guest Ranch in Maggie Valley.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:17

This must be the place

I rolled the windows down and stuck my head out. The air was crisp and salty, with a slight hint of curious adventure. I was officially in Maine. Rolling back up the window, I turned to my parents, who had just…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:13

Onstage at WCU

Galaxy of Stars offers a variety of entertainment  A tribute to a comedic icon, a holiday show featuring the “Redneck Tenors” and a performance by an American country-pop superstar top the lineup for the 2015-16 Galaxy of Stars Series at…
The annual Golf and Gala event hosted by Haywood Healthcare Foundation on Aug. 25 and 26 will feature five separate golf tournaments at three courses over two days, capped off with an evening gala. The event will raise money for…
Love it or hate it, the concrete median down the middle of Russ Avenue in Waynesville on the approach to Ingles entrance road is here to stay.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:48

Maggie officials not pleased with DOT report

Maggie Valley leaders aren’t taking no for an answer after the North Carolina Department of Transportation said nothing could be done to improve safety conditions at the U.S. 19 and U.S. 276 intersection.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:42

Mobile vendors finding permanent homes in WNC

As the food truck fad filters into counties west of Asheville, local governments are trying to find a fair balance between encouraging entrepreneurship and protecting their brick-and-mortar food establishments. SEE ALSO: Food trucks offer different flavors Making mobile vendors more stationary…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:40

Food trucks offer different flavors

Mobile vending is no longer limited to fast food staples like pizza, hamburgers and hotdogs.
By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern Hunters accused in a sweeping bear poaching sting in Western North Carolina have turned the tables on wildlife officers and prosecutors, tarnishing an operation that was initially trumpeted as a victorious round-up of rouge hunters.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:34

Bryson City considers closing Fry Street

The Bryson City Board of Aldermen is formally asking for public input after mulling over the idea of closing Fry Street in downtown for almost a year.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:30

Jackson hires new attorney position

After more than four years as Jackson County’s attorney, Jay Coward will soon yield his spot as the county’s legal face. But commissioners aren’t replacing him with another contract attorney. Rather, they’ve opted to create a new staff position.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:28

Feds arrest Sylva businessman

A longtime Sylva business owner was arrested on federal charges after agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms surrounded his Main Street store Friday morning.
Jackson County commissioners approved moving forward with the installation of the Locust Creek pedestrian bridge even though the cost is higher than expected.
The rollicking steep slope debate in Jackson County may finally be put to rest next month after three years of tussling over whether and how much to water down the development rules.
What in most courts would have been a simple case of violating a domestic violence protective order was a landmark moment for the Cherokee Tribal Court.
Despite resistance from surrounding landowners, Shining Rock Classical Academy is moving forward with plans to set up Haywood County’s first charter school on the corner of Raccoon Road and U.S. 276 in Waynesville.
The guessing game of how many students will jump ship from Haywood County Schools to attend a new charter school, Shining Rock Classical Academy, won’t be known until the first day of school next week.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:34

A murder story unlike any other you’ve read

In recent years, literary works that are classified as “investigative reporting” have not only become best sellers, but have lingered on the shelves for decades. Examples are Capote’s In Cold Blood, Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song and Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter-Skelter. All…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:10

Art, craft festival in Dillsboro

The Dillsboro Arts & Crafts Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, on Front Street in downtown.