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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:54

Pockets of happiness have become lifelines

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For a week I’ve been thinking about what to write in this week’s column, and very little clarity came until…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:54

Sen. Davis and reverse Robin Hood tactics

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To the Editor: The N.C. Republican Party sent out a flyer stating Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, voted for a middle-class…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:52

Sen. Jim Davis’ mailers make false claims

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To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and his surrogates in Raleigh recently sent out a series of expensive glossy…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:51

Sen. Jim Davis raised taxes on farm families

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To the Editor: If you are like many residents of Western North Carolina, you probably cut hay, raise a few…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:50

Yes, there are some bikers for Clinton

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To the Editor: I am a female motorcyclist who actually rides my motorcycle across the country, not one who hauls…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:48

We need a senator who is for the people

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To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, has unleashed a series of negative flyers against his opponent, Jane Hipps. His…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:29

The Wait of War

It is known by many names.  Some call it the Second Indochina War. Some call it the Resistance War. Some call it the American War.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:13

WCU seals the deal on $1.8 million Koch gift

A year in the making, Western Carolina University has sealed a deal with the Charles Koch Foundation for a $1.8 million gift to set up an economic research center on campus with a focus on economic development and free market…
Few if any universities have made the Charles Koch Foundation jump quite so many hurdles before opening its wallet as Western Carolina University has.
After months of talking, planning and producing, Jackson County is set to unleash a new ad campaign and website showcasing the county’s best to a deep bench of potential visitors, and tourism director Nick Breedlove is enthusiastic about the results. 
The Tennessee Valley Authority leadership fielded some tough questions from members of Congress last week in Washington, D.C., during a Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing. 
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 13:52

Canton improvements on the horizon

The town of Canton has scored several small victories of late in its effort to diversify its economic base and improve services and amenities available to residents. 
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 13:50

USDA loan hang-up: Blessing in disguise?

Another of Canton’s highly anticipated capital improvements on the horizon is a new municipal pool to replace the leaky aging one that has served residents for more than 70 years. 
Thursday, 22 September 2016 17:07

This must be the place

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I teared up immediately.
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:53

Water was not always taken for granted

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Old-time mountaineers often picked their home and church sites according to the location and purity of springs. They were connoisseurs…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:49

Dreaming of Toyko: A conversation with Michal

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Since the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Michal Smolen has been hopping continents to finish out the post-Rio racing season,…
Much of America spent Aug. 5-21 with eyes glued to a television, cheering on athletes from all corners of the…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:39

Protect your beehive

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Mosquito spraying for Zika virus in other states has led some North Carolina beekeepers to ask what they can do…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:31

Red wolf reintroduction to cease in southeast N.C.

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Red wolves will be removed from the majority of the five-county area of eastern North Carolina where they now exist…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:29

Woman dies following fall in the Smokies

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A woman perished following a fall at the Newfound Gap parking lot in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:26

Sales strong for Smokies plates

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Sales of North Carolina Friends of the Smokies license plates brought in $118,240 to support the Great Smoky Mountains National…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:10

A rollicking debut novel with a Hemingway twist

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In December 1922 Hadley Hemingway set out from Paris to join her husband Ernest, then a newspaper reporter and an…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:54

Remember when you were ‘16 going on 17?’

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When I was 16 years old — going on 17 — I had a poster of Stevie Nicks, the mystical,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:48

There are plenty of good reasons to vote for Hillary

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have their liabilities, but his are so much more…
When it comes to HB2, our state’s Republican leadership will eventually prove to be on the wrong side of history.…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:33

Wrecker service denied location in Sylva

A vacant lot along the gateway to Sylva from Dillsboro will stay empty for a while longer following the town board’s decision to deny a request from Whittier-based C&D Towing and Wrecker Service to use the property for an impound…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:30

Engineers say burn building needs to be replaced

Last month Macon County commissioners said they wanted a second opinion on the remaining lifespan of the first responder training center at its Southwestern Community College campus.
Western Carolina University faculty tasked with overseeing a $2 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation had their work cut out for them when they collectively rolled up their sleeves last February.
A firestorm over a $2 million gift from political operative Charles Koch ignited the campus of Western Carolina University last fall in a rare but heated clash between faculty and university leadership.
Children, the elderly, the ill, the mentally challenged and the incarcerated in Haywood County all have at least one thing in common: in the event of an emergency or evacuation, they might not be able to move to safety quickly…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:18

Waynesville annexes charter school property

The Town of Waynesville’s area increased by 2.82 acres last week with the annexation of a parcel at 1023 Dellwood Road that Alderman Gary Caldwell said was “part of our growth.”
A pair of Mercedes-Benz vans that The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation once bestowed upon the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will remain with the tribe, Tribal Council decided earlier this month — almost exactly one year after it originally voted…
These days, bovines — not elk — are the only cows wandering around the Ross dairy farm in Jonathan Creek.
Elk may be the most polarizing animal in Western North Carolina right now, but William Carter has kept a closer eye on the issue than most. Carter makes his living off a small mountain farm in the Jonathan Creek area,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 14:00

Upcoming political forums and debates

If you are undecided or just want more information about the Nov. 8 election, there are plenty of opportunities to get to know the candidates. Here is a schedule of upcoming candidate forums. (If any group has a forum planned…
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 20:54

Finding the root of your rhythm

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The RPMs hovered around 4,000, the truck huffing and puffing up the steep hillside. Approaching Sam’s Gap (elevation 3,760 feet)…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:31

True patriotism comes in many colors

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We drove through the small town of Clyde on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11, right in the midst of the commemoration…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:22

Finding my way in this season of change

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Not long ago my front porch was a barren, pathetic place with a few pieces of hard, wooden furniture, zero…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:21

I remember John Snow, and what GOP did to him

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To the Editor: I remember John Snow. For those that don’t, he was the three-term state senator from this district who…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:20

Hillary does not deserve support of women

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To the Editor: In the August 31 edition of The Smoky Mountain News, guest columnist Hannah McLeod asked “Where are…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:19

Rep. Meadows should open up discussions

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To the Editor: I was one of the people who was turned away from Rep. Mark Meadows’ meeting at the…
It was nighttime in the White Mountains, and Steve Claxton was pretty sure he wouldn’t make it till morning. Rain…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:06

Explore N.C. wildlife online

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A revamped website is allowing people to discover North Carolina’s natural heritage in new ways through the N.C. Natural Heritage…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:58

Grant supports Cherokee-infused environmental education

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Classroom lessons focusing on Cherokee culture and ecology of the Great Smoky Mountains will expand to schools in seven Western…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:53

Must have been an omen

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When I checked my email Friday morning (9/9), I had a message from Chris Kelly, mountain wildlife diversity biologist with…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:28

Putting a face on the growing white underclass

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For decades, the lot of poor white Americans has worsened. Marriage rates have plummeted while out-of-wedlock births have skyrocketed. Unemployment,…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:25

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day

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Celebrating Southern Appalachian culture through concerts, living-history demonstrations, competitions and awards programs, Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day will be…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:23

This must be the place

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It pushed me back a couple of feet.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:09

Fangmeyer Theater open house

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville is finally ready to show off its new second main stage, the Daniel…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 14:46

Trump promises to ‘fix’ problems

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to a packed Asheville Civic Center on Monday as boisterous supporters cheered him on inside the arena while virulent anti-Trump protestors heckled people on their way in and out of the event. SEE ALSO:• Local…