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Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:48

Show off your horse, tractor and truck at the Haywood fair

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The Haywood County Fair is coming up, and with it some opportunity for friendly competition. Consider putting your hat in…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:40

A traveler’s library; books read and unread

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As some readers of this column may know, I have spent the past six weeks in Europe, specifically the British…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:27

Waynesville Craft Beer Faire is Aug. 15

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The Waynesville Craft Beer Faire will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, on the baseball field…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:21

Do you want to fly model planes?

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The Macon Aero Modelers will be hosting an AMA National Model Aviation Day celebration event at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug.…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:19

Tony Award musical at HART

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The Stephen Sondheim Broadway hit comedy “Company” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4-5 and at 3 p.m.…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:18

Cataloochee Ranch welcomes The Honeycutters

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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

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I rolled the windows down and stuck my head out. The air was crisp and salty, with a slight hint of…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:13

Onstage at WCU

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Galaxy of Stars offers a variety of entertainment  A tribute to a comedic icon, a holiday show featuring the “Redneck…
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

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In recent years, literary works that are classified as “investigative reporting” have not only become best sellers, but have lingered…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:10

Art, craft festival in Dillsboro

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The Dillsboro Arts & Crafts Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, on Front…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:08

Student film festival in Highlands

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The second annual Best of Controlled Chaos Film Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Martin Lipscomb Performing…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:06

Blueberry lovers unite in Cherokee

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The Blueberry Festival will be held fro 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Cherokee Indian Fair…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:02

This must be the place

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It’s the only place I feel at home. The open road. Once it gets into your system, you’ll spend the rest…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:59

All’s fair in beer and lore

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Is Stacy J. Cox disliked by Western North Carolina craft beer lovers? “I think so, but I don’t know why,”…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:46

Another constitutional crisis for Obama

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To the Editor: Dear House and Senate national representatives: Are you going to allow Obama to precipitate another constitutional crisis…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:46

Ashamed of Cherokee Bear Zoo

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To the Editor: I am a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee who has not lived in Cherokee since…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:44

Some concerns about charter school

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To the Editor: Since the proposed Shining Rock Classical Academy Charter School has been in the news lately, I would…
I’m sure the founders of Haywood County’s new charter school — Shining Rock Classical Academy — never imagined a week…
It’s been more than 10 years since Alen Baker decided, while recuperating from surgery, to pass the time by writing…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:05

A look inside the museum

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Step inside Cherokee’s newest museum, and the scent of freshly cut wood and tranquil lighting will immediately greet you with…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:04

From pies to model planes, Haywood Fair calls entries

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It’s that time again — get together your best garden produce and crafty handiwork to enter in the Haywood County…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:03

Smokies offers hands-on science for high school interns

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Several local teenagers were among those who recently completed a six-week internship in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:59

Bird flu fears trigger precautionary measures

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Fears that the bird flu could spread to North Carolina have prompted the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:59

Ash killer arrives in WNC, firewood must stay put in Graham

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Emerald ash borers recently found in a Graham County trap mark the invasive insect’s first appearance in Western North Carolina…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:58

Panthertown gets improved parking area

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Improvements to the crowded trailhead parking on the east side of Panthertown Valley, a recreation area in the Nantahala National…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:56

Public comment open for state wildlife plan

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A plan to guide wildlife management in North Carolina for the next 10 years is being developed and public input…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:47

Company for coffee

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Due to the generosity of great friends Bill and Elaine Cave of Asheville, my family has enjoyed a summer respite…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:40

Missing Haywood man found dead

The body of a missing Haywood County man was found in Richland Creek near Lake Junaluska on Aug. 3. Johnnie Rathbone, 67, of Mauney Cove Road in Waynesville, was reported missing by family members Monday morning after not having heard…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:39

La Crosse Encephalitis case confirmed in Macon

A child from Macon County has been diagnosed with La Crosse Viral Encephalitis according to Macon County Health Director Jim Bruckner. The child is home and recovering from symptoms, but Bruckner said it is important for everyone to take necessary…
A new plaque coming soon to the Jackson County Sports of Hall Fame will no doubt raise some eyebrows of those who pass it in the entry foyer of the justice center.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:36

Sylva considers fencing in Scotts Creek

To build a fence or to not build a fence?  It might not seem like such a portentous question, but as Sylva Town Commissioner Mary Gelbaugh found out when she asked her Facebook friends whether the town should look at…
The rising tide of triathlons, foot races and cycling events in Haywood County is stretching the capacity of spare deputies to provide security on the long-distance routes without a better pay incentive.
The mood was somber at Maggie Valley town hall last Wednesday as Alderwoman Saralyn Price called a special board meeting to order.
Allowing indoor gun ranges within the Franklin town limits is still on hold as the town planning board has been asked to re-examine its recommendations to the town board.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:30

Gas station annexation approved in Franklin

Plans for a new gas station on the outskirts of Franklin will be moving ahead now that the town board approved a satellite annexation for the property.
A former Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing justice following an Oct. 25 party that involved underage drinking and led to charges of statutory rape against two other men.