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Western North Carolina is rife with trails and maps to facilitate exploration of the mountain landscape, but an effort is…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 17:02

Paddlesports club gets national recognition

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Nantahala Racing Club’s “superior performance and program development” earned it recognition as the American Canoe Association’s 2016 Stroke of Achievement…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:59

HCC lumberjacks take second at competition

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The Haywood Community College Woodsmen’s Team took second place at the 2016 John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet this month,…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:56

Drought becomes extreme in far western N.C.

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Even as Eastern North Carolina is reeling from flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew, Western North Carolina is plunging deeper into…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:52

Failure to communicate?

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Well it seems there was one and I’m sure it could have been my fault. Smoky Mountain News reporter Holly…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:33

Sorry, but Bob Dylan didn’t deserve the Nobel

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One moment, please. To ward off the brickbats, cudgels, stones, dirt clods, and rotten tomatoes sure to come my way,…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:08

Tuscola attends GWU Choral Clinic

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Gardner-Webb University welcomed nearly 160 high school chorus students to campus Oct. 13 as the university’s music department sponsored the…
It was weird hearing him speak. As host of “All Things Considered,” the flagship program on National Public Radio (NPR),…

Haywood County Schools is at a crossroads, making this year’s crowded election for school board a pivotal one.

Two months after a Silver Alert was issued in the disappearance of 81-year-old Sylva resident Eunice Gass, dental records have confirmed the discovery of Gass’ remains in the Cherokee National Forest.
Smoke is clouding the Sylva area following the eruption of a wildfire Sunday, Oct. 23, which grew to about 374 acres by Tuesday morning, Oct. 24. Take a drive along U.S. 74, and you’re likely to feel an itch in…
The town of Sylva is in hot pursuit of what Police Chief Davis Woodard called a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to add a canine component to the ranks of municipal law enforcement.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:49

Gun rights event to take place in Haywood

A group of Second Amendment supporters planning an open-carry gun rights rally will move ahead with their event, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows and his challenger Rick Bryson have opposing views on the success of Meadows’ two terms in office and how North Carolina’s 11th District is being represented.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:43

Affordable Housing Task Force begins work

As with any problem, the first step toward solving it is admitting that there is a problem.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:41

Early voting totals hint at turnout

As of 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, almost 4,300 Haywood County residents had already cast their vote in person at one of three area One Stop voting locations. 
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:38

SMN Commission forum highlights

The Smoky Mountain News held a forum with all four of the Haywood County Commission candidates at the Folkmoot Friendship Center Oct. 20. If you missed it, be sure to check out the video on YouTube — In the…

Four more-or-less equally well-qualified candidates are competing for just two open seats on the Haywood County Board of Commissioners, leaving voters with some hard decisions come Nov. 8. 

Swain County residents will be asked whether they support an additional quarter-cent sales tax when they vote during the Nov. 8 general election.

Perhaps it’s because Haywood County residents haven’t seen such a measure since the Truman administration, but the wording on the county’s alcohol sales referenda has left many voters confused as to what, exactly, they’re being asked.

Two organizations hoping to manage an estimated $20 million in restricted funds resulting from the sale of Haywood Regional Medical Center to Duke LifePoint in 2014 made their case Oct. 17 to the Haywood County Board of Commissioners.
Strength in unity. Identity in culture. Power in the past. Momentum toward the future.  Despite the diversity of traditions and histories and origins populating the event center at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort this week, common ground was easy to spot…
Two months after issuing a Silver Alert in the disappearance of 80-year-old Sylva resident Eunice Gass, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is awaiting test results on remains believed to belong to Gass.
Friday, 21 October 2016 18:06

Jail escapee shot in downtown Waynesville

(Last updated at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26.)  Main Street in downtown Waynesville was packed with pedestrians and vehicle traffic around lunchtime Friday when a Haywood County Sheriff’s deputy fired several gunshots to take down an escaped inmate.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:24

Robin redbreasts are a perennial favorite

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Our elementary school primers were populated by robins pulling worms out of holes. They appeared on television screens on Saturday…
The sun had barely risen over the Pisgah Ridge, but the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Devils Courthouse pull-off was teeming — mainly…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:11

High fire danger prompts burning caution in Western N.C.

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Fire danger is increasing throughout the forests of Western North Carolina, necessitating caution for any kind of outdoor burning. 
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:10

Livestock producers prepare for hay shortage

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Drought is continuing and frost has ended the growing season in much of Western North Carolina, so hay could be…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:06

Locals make strong showing in grueling trail race

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Local athletes figured prominently in the top places for the Naturalist Epic 25K/50K race held Oct. 8, a grueling undertaking…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:04

Smokies celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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The Smokies came to the Latino communities of Knoxville this month in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, with more…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:04

Grab your waterfall calendar and support WNC

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Seasonal images of Western North Carolina’s most exquisite waterfalls adorn a newly published calendar set to raise money for the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:02

Map publisher donates to maintain Tsali trails

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A new map of Tsali Trails not only creates a better guide to the nationally known trail system on the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:01

Environmental, economic leaders converge at WCU

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More than 100 leaders from across Western North Carolina came together at Western Carolina University this month to talk about…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 15:47

A reviewer must learn to roll with the changes

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Have you ever experienced one of those moments when you look at what you are doing and where you are…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 15:33

Pisgah wins 50th anniversary rumble

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It was the tale of two halves as the Pisgah Black Bears went toe-to-toe against their Haywood County rivals, the…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 15:22

WCU to celebrate Homecoming 2016

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The Western Carolina University community will come together under the theme “Purple Reigns” to celebrate Homecoming 2016 with major public…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 15:15

This must be the place

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I’m entering hostile waters here, folks. So, bear with me as I bring up this ideology I recently heard, which…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:44

Relishing common ground amid the political divide

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I am at the salad bar, evaluating the freshness of the broccoli and spinach, deciding whether I want croutons or…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:39

‘Get the hell out’ is not an answer

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By Dave Waldroup • Guest Columnist Legendary former Chicago Bears head football coach Mike Ditka has now joined the chorus of…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:37

Negativity is infesting our politics

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To the Editor: The greatest problem facing our country today and in the future is not from abroad but from…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:37

Raleigh ‘magicians’ must be held accountable

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To the Editor: A key skill for magicians is misdirection. Look this way so you won’t see what I’m actually…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:36

Twenty questions for America’s citizens

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To the Editor: The future of the American system of representative government is under attack, and who is heeding the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:36

We are all going to be losers this election

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To the Editor: Thank you for your honest opinion regarding Trump running for our highest office ( I respect your…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:35

This certainly is not politics as usual

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To the Editor: I have been a political junkie since the Kennedy-Nixon race, but this letter is not about partisan…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:34

We need real change in this country

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To the Editor: Are you an emotional voter letting the media and others tell you how to vote? Or an…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:34

Let’s ask Rep. Presnell to step down

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To the Editor: As we face a drought, Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, not only vigorously supports fracking (hydraulic fracturing) in…

In this year’s commissioner election, Swain County residents will have to decide whether they are happy with the work done by the two incumbents running for re-election or if they want to give two newcomers a chance to make a change.

Franklin orthodontist Jim Davis has held the District 50 seat in the N.C. Senate since 2010, when the legislature flipped to a Republican majority for the first time in more than 100 years. But if Jane Hipps, a retired educator and certified nurse practioner from Haywood County, has her way, she’ll be the one representing District 50 come January.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:08

Early voting underway

Residents of Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties wishing to vote in advance of the Tuesday, Nov. 8, election in have multiple times and locations to choose from, beginning Thursday, Oct. 20, until early voting ends on Saturday, Nov. 5.…
Feminism is cancer. Patriarchy is good for everyone. The wage gap is a myth. Islam is not a religion of peace. Fat shaming works.