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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:33

Lake Junaluska fire district in the works

The recent addition of eight full-time firefighters to the town of Waynesville — at a cost of $530,000 per year — required a 4.75 cents per $100 property valuation tax increase last June.
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:32

A fix-it list for the record books

Think your honey-do list is long? Wait until you meet Jack Carlisle.
After five years of trying to merge with the town of Waynesville, the Lake Junaluska community has given up and charted a new course for its future.
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:21

Tracing the fire’s path

Now that the wildfires that ravaged Western North Carolina a couple of months ago are no longer active, U.S. Forest Service officials are beginning to assess the aftermath damages and create a plan of action for the spring.  • Wildfire impacts…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 14:57

The love that we need: WNC welcomes Hayes Carll

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Sitting in the back of his tour van in a Texas parking lot on a recent cold prairie night, Hayes…
Popping the tailgate down in my truck, I jumped up, my eyes gazing straight ahead.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:03

Our allegiance is to the ideals, not to a president

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For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:02

The digital divide is still way too wide

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It was just a press release, one among the dozens a week that media outlets receive and that may or…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:01

How much did legislators get from Duke?

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To the Editor: Those job killing North Carolina Republicans are at it again. The Republican General Assembly has cost North…
Land conservation groups across the region found something to celebrate this month when the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:48

Winter storm causes road closures

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Two U.S. Forest Service roads in Madison County have been closed for safety reasons,
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:41

Waynesville Rec Center breaks records

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A record 149,600 visits were recorded at the Waynesville Recreation Center in 2016, busting the previous record of 149,574 set…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:40

Wildlife refuge lands grant

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The increasing number of wildlife requiring aid in Western North Carolina will benefit from a $5,000 grant that the N.C.…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:25

A search for Horace Kephart’s alcove

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The setting for Horace Kephart’s posthumous novel Smoky Mountain Magic (2009) is the Cherokee Indian Reservation, Bryson City and Deep…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:17

Books about the American South will delight

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Let’s go exploring. More specifically, let’s explore the American South.
In her short tenure, Executive Director Lindsey Solomon has righted the unknown direction of the ship that is the Haywood…
I had just enough water left. Squeezing the last of my water bottle onto my dry toothbrush, I managed to…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:38

The art and activism of Panhandle Slim

Savannah, Georgia-based artist Scott “Panhandle Slim” Stanton was born in Maryland and raised in Pensacola, Florida, but he has been known to pop up in all quarters of these United States, including Asheville — owing to his family’s vacation cabin…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:36

WNC marches for women’s rights

“Care more, judge less,” “Love trumps hate” and “Rise up” were just a few of the battle cries heard in downtown Asheville last Saturday as an estimated 10,000 people marched to protect women’s rights.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:33

The pink hats are coming

By rain-slicked granite sidewalks they came, early that morning.  In rubber boots, sneakers and sandals they came, not knowing exactly where bound but following — only following — in the footsteps of those who’d come earlier. 
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:31

Congressman Meadows optimistic about Trump

Although Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, has been Western North Carolina’s Congressman for only two terms, constituents in his heavily Republican district have watched his stock skyrocket nationally. He’s become a conservative media darling while at the same time rising to…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:30

North Carolina GOP celebrates inauguration

Inaugurations make for early mornings. Getting into or out of the tangle of security and Humvees blocking the streets of Washington, D.C., requires an early-to-bed, early-to-rise mentality that quickly acquaints one with the deep blue hues of dawn punctuated only…
• North Carolina GOP celebrates inauguration• Congressman Meadows optimistic about Trump• The pink hats are coming• WNC marches for women’s rights• The art and activism of Panhandle Slim• D.C. Dispatch: Jan. 19 | Jan. 20 | Jan. 21• Inaugural photo gallery
Upgrading the Jackson County Health Department could prove a much less expensive undertaking than originally anticipated, if estimates contained in a recently completed study prove correct.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:21

Sylva considers reduced-size residential lots

The town of Sylva took a tentative first step this month toward easing residential zoning restrictions that some credit with hindering growth in the geographically constrained town.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:20

Sanitary district policy remains suspended

After listening to the concerns of property managers in its service area, the Junaluska Sanitary District board has decided to look for other ways to cut down on revenue losses.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:19

Verizon proposes new tower at Lake Junaluska

Verizon Wireless has approached Haywood County commissioners once again about installing a new cell tower near Lake Junaluska to improve service for customers, but this time they feel certain it will be built.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:16

Warm weather forces Cataloochee Ski closure

Unseasonably warm weather and the drought have combined to temporarily close Cataloochee Ski Area.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort is stepping into its 20th year of operation with plans for a massive expansion that will add 600-800 hotel rooms, a parking deck and a 100,000-square-foot event center to the existing 1,900,000-square-foot complex.
Hopes for a major renovation and expansion of the Waynesville library were temporarily shelved by county commissioners last year and remain in limbo, now hinging on a to-be-determined strategic plan for the entire library system.
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 19:04

Inaugural Photo Gallery

Photos from the inaugural week's ceremonies in Washington D.C., Jan 18-21, 2017. All photos by Cory Vaillancourt/Smoky Mountain News.   Parking was banned in many parts of Washington, D.C. during the inaugural weekend festivities.        The flag of…
Sunday, 22 January 2017 01:24

DC dispatch: Saturday, Jan. 21

What a difference a day makes. After a Friday that left both protestors and police bruised and bloodied – and saw motorists and pedestrians screaming for relief from road closures and barricades – it all seemed to evaporate into the…
Saturday, 21 January 2017 00:07

DC dispatch: Friday, Jan. 20

Hillary Clinton emerged from the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building this morning, clad in white and looking out over a crowd of thousands who’d assembled on the west lawn.
Thursday, 19 January 2017 22:23

DC dispatch: Thursday, Jan. 19

Amidst heavy security and a conspicuous law enforcement presence, Washington, D.C. is hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. Roads and bridges are closed throughout the district, pedestrian barriers strangle the streets like so many steel vines and…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:32

The probably not so — Big Year

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The 2011 movie “The Big Year” — a comedy starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson — didn’t ruffle…
It was around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, when the two hikers stepped out of their red Ford Edge and…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:04

Smokies sets new visitation record

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park reeled in 11.3 million visitors in 2016, a 5.6 percent increase over the previous…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:03

Haywood Gleaners logs 30,000 pounds of produce donations

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Fifteen tons of food that would otherwise have gone to waste found their way to hungry mouths in 2016, thanks…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:47

A vow to open a few more books

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New Year’s resolutions and I make for poor company. Like many reading this column, I have in the past made…
It was a 1963 station wagon with six musicians and their equipment. When Tony Butala reminisces about the beginning of…
Has it really been that long? When I looked at the calendar this week, I realized it said 2017, which…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:26

What’s the value of a mural?

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The Appalachian Mural Trail has developed a long-range plan to include these priceless murals and all future murals into a…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:08

Parenting nostalgia during a big birthday week

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It’s birthday week for the Barbee boys. Our two boys are exactly three years and one day apart, one born…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:06

Celebrating the wit of Robert Burns

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Although many poets and musicians have won awards, there is only one person who has a world-wide celebration every year…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:04

We all need to get informed

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To the Editor: Scott McLeod’s recent editorial “Looking more for ideology, less politics” (www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/19140) truly resonated for me and I…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:04

Why are white males left out?

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To the Editor: When you write “Looking for more ideology, less politics,” what exactly does that imply? And when you…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:03

Please keep your dogs leashed

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To the Editor: I am writing this letter in hopes that people walking their pets will be more considerate to…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:03

Appreciate the opinion

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To the Editor: Mr. McLeod, am writing to commend your timely Opinion piece. You made a number of excellent points.…
Mike Fitzgerald rarely skipped a beat as he darted spryly between his cobbler’s bench and the vintage, grime-coated machines anchoring his narrow shoe repair shop. It’s hard to fathom, but Fitzgerald knows every nook and cranny of the controlled chaos.…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:43

Missing Clyde man found deceased

A Clyde man who has been missing since Jan. 3 has been found deceased.