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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:54

Bank robbery suspect caught

The Waynesville Police Department responded to the report of a robbery on Feb. 17 at Entegra Bank located at 2045 South Main Street in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:53

Gladys Knight, husband to host community event

A dilapidated segregation-era high school in Canton purchased by a former student will become a $5 million community center by 2019 if the Reynolds High School Community Foundation meets its fundraising goals. 
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:49

Sylva begins budget talks

Sylva is just starting budget planning for 2017-18, but this year’s process promises to be less arduous than last year’s, when revenue uncertainty and the need for a tax rate increase clouded the enterprise.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:48

Community ready for a fight

Macon County commissioners heard impassioned cries for help last week from families that have lost loved ones to addiction.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:46

Two elk found dead on Jonathan Creek dairy farm

A technician with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission was out for a routine check of an elk fence installed at the Ralph Ross and Sons Dairy Farm on Jan. 31 when he spotted two young bull elk dead on the…
A 2012 change to a law that lays out requirements for yearly school calendars has the Haywood County School Board weighing the pros and cons of switching from a daily to hourly format. 
Canton officials and town staff met for four hours Feb. 16 to discuss achievements and goals, but will have to spend even more time discussing revenues and expenditures.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:42

Outdoor adventure park proposed in Dillsboro

Construction on an outdoor adventure park offering everything from rafting to ropes courses could begin in Dillsboro as early as April if the Jackson County Commissioners give final approval to the project following a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Monday,…
Opponents of Principal Chief Patrick Lambert are crying foul over a $5.6 million contract between the Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise and the Cherokee Grand Hotel — which Lambert and his wife own — saying that its existence violates tribal ethics…
The rift between Haywood County commissioners and the last remaining elected tax collector in North Carolina — Mike Matthews — got a little deeper Feb. 20 when commissioners passed a resolution calling for an end to the practice of electing…
Budgeting for the 2017-18 fiscal year is underway across the state, but in Haywood County, a decrease in property tax value makes this year’s process more bitter than sweet.
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre is known for is top-rate shows and high-caliber acting not typical of community theaters. But HART…
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:39

HART’s scenic artist sets the stage for drama

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Lyle Baskin is a man of high places. He’s spent most of his life on a ladder.
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:37

Six life lessons from a backdrop artist

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The Smoky Mountain News asked Lyle Baskin, the scenic artist for Haywood Regional Arts Theatre, to share the secrets of…
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:29

Sylva welcomes fourth brewery

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Though exact details are unknown, BCNC Investments in Bryson City has announced the purchase of the building that formerly held…
It wasn’t the film that was shocking. It was the mere fact I had previously thought “I was aware,” and…
Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, in partnership with One Dozen Who Care, will host a display on the cultural…
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:13

SCC pottery chosen for NC Welcome Center

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Heritage arts instructors Susan Coe and Ed McIlvaine, along with Kari McIlvaine (Ed’s wife and a heritage arts student), recently…
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:49

Spikes found in Pinnacle Park, runner injured

In a bizarre discovery, over 50 intentionally placed spikes have been identified and removed from the popular trail system at Pinnacle Park in Sylva.
Within almost two decades together, Greensky Bluegrass has grown from a scrappy string band to one of the premier live…
According to the National Phenology Network, Punxsutawny Phil had it all wrong when he emerged from his hole this month…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:07

The Naturalist's Corner: Is spring springing earlier?

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Back in January I surveyed the Tellico Fire with MountainTrue biologist Josh Kelly. We were there to check out the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 16:49

Blizzard of 1993 is catalyst for a fine first novel

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In True Stories At The Smoky View (She Writes Press, 2016, 325 pages, $16.95), Vrai Stevens Lynde — the “Vrai”…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 16:40

Sharing the craft: Jo Ridge Kelley Fine Art

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With the traffic and noise of a busy Main Street in downtown Waynesville zooming by outside her window, Jo Ridge…
I hadn’t slept that long in years. After driving up and down the East Coast for the better part of…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 16:15

‘Blackbeard’s Ghost’ wins national award

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Western Carolina University’s 2016 original radio-style production of “Blackbeard’s Ghost and the Queen Anne’s Revenge” has won a “best of…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:47

The next war must not happen

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By Stephen Wall • Guest Columnist On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb exploded 1,500 feet over Hiroshima. Only 1.5 percent…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:37

An escape into a magical world

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I was in the Disney bubble for seven days straight, so it was rather depressing driving home with the daily…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:32

Most presidents learn from criticism — not this one

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist The press must be the keyboard on which the government can play. — Joseph…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:32

Valuable lessons from failed annexation

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To the Editor: Thank you Smoky Mountain News and Becky Johnson for writing an article bringing to a close the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:31

What to make of Trump’s eruptions

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To the Editor: It’s gotten to the point that I’m hesitant to listen to or read the news. President Trump’s…
Haywood County Commissioners are locked in an increasingly bitter power struggle with elected Tax Collector Mike Matthews over his job performance and work habits, and there doesn’t appear to be any easy resolution to the festering dispute. SEE ALSO: • Unfair collection…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:16

Public comment session at next commission meeting

The next meeting of the Haywood County Board of Commissioners will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, inside the Historic Courtroom of the Haywood County Courthouse, in Waynesville.
A Smoky Mountain News inquiry into collection procedures in the Haywood County tax collector’s office shows that some county GOP leaders are not being aggressively pursued for payment.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:13

Comparing tax collections under Francis, Matthews

Haywood County Tax Collector Mike Matthews’ efficiency and his use of attachments to collect past due taxes have been called into question recently by county commissioners.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:13

Cherokee man sentenced in murder case

Joshua Daniel Calhoun, 22, of Cherokee, was sentenced Feb. 14 in Swain County Superior Court to a maximum of 38 years and five months in prison for his role in the 2013 murder of Calup “Joe” Caston.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:12

Haywood man convicted of voter fraud

A Haywood County jury recently convicted Dewey George Gidcumb, 52, of Haywood County of felony voter fraud for voting twice in the 2016 Primary Elections in North Carolina.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:10

Applicants needed for Swain broadband committee

Swain County commissioners are accepting applications from community members to serve on a newly formed Broadband Advisory Committee.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:10

Richard Reeves receives service award

Richard Reeves has been awarded the N.C. Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service and the Elaine Kuhl Volunteer Service Award for his work to provide firewood to underprivileged individuals in Haywood County.
Sylva will have to spend $25,000 on an emergency action plan for Fisher Creek Dam, due to a 2016 state law requiring dams designated as high-hazard to have such a plan in place.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:07

Permanent tourism director hired in Jackson

The Jackson County Tourism Development Authority has its first permanent employee following a unanimous vote from the Jackson County Commissioners this month.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:05

Fontana houseboat owner seeks TVA appointment

After a successful campaign to keep houseboats on Fontana Lake, floating homeowner Erik Sneed is now campaigning for a presidential appointment to the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:03

High-density apartment proposal a no-go for Sylva

Sylva’s leaders have long grappled with how to spur the town’s stagnant residential tax base and get more high-density housing within its limits, but when a proposal for a 136-unit apartment complex made its way before town commissioners last week,…
When Kevin Corbin decided to run for state representative, one of his main goals was to secure adequate funding allocations for K-12 schools.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:00

Macon schools reach full capacity

Macon County elementary schools are near, at or over capacity, and administrators can only shuffle students around so much before a more long-term solution will be needed.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 14:58

Franklin hears proposal to one-lane Main Street

Franklin’s town board has been hearing different proposals for improving Main Street’s parking and appearance — and the latest proposal included turning it into a one-lane thoroughfare.
A proposed comprehensive plan to improve Franklin’s pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure includes more than 20 recommended projects to fix the town’s sidewalks, increase connections to the greenway and make downtown more navigable for visitors and residents alike.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 14:54

New school opening in Sylva

Plans are crystallizing for a new middle school in Jackson County, but it’s a race against the clock for Western Carolina University and Jackson County Public Schools to meet the deadline for opening set by the General Assembly. 
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 14:53

Tourism tax hike for Haywood is DOA

Haywood County Tourism Development Authority Executive Director Lynn Collins has been making the rounds like a travelling saleswoman lately — pitching a room occupancy tax increase to anyone who will listen.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 14:50

Raleigh Roundup: bobcats and beers edition

With the new session of the North Carolina Legislature underway, a flurry of bills has been filed in both the House and Senate — more than 180 of them — as of Feb. 14.