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Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:51

Macon Commissioners honored for their vision

The Macon County Commissioners received the 2013 Robert and Virginia Ramsey Brunner Land Conservationist of the Year Award during LTLT’s annual Fall Celebration Nov. 2 at the Cowee School in Franklin. The award recognizes the Macon County Commissioners’ essential role…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:50

Improved Green Growth Toolbox available

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has upgraded its Green Growth Toolbox to better equip communities to deal with wildlife and natural resource conservation in developing areas. In addition to a handbook, a GIS data package and a website, the…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:46

Landowners protect 29 acres on Pigeon River

Rural preservation leaders in the Bethel community of Haywood County have announced the permanent protection of 29 acres through two separate conservation easements. 
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:44

Park moves toward winter schedule

You know winter is just around the corner when Great Smoky Mountains National Park starts shutting down. Here is a list of the Park’s closures and change in hours: 
Dr. Randall Provost walked the walk—or more accurately ran the run—when he competed in the Mountain Jug Run for Research, a 175-mile relay from Cullowhee to Boone, last month to raise money for athletic training research and scholarships.
So, what does one do when a sedated bear wakes up in the back seat of a helicopter mid-flight or in your office while you’re on the phone or in your car while you’re driving down the highway?
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:41

Parkway road closure north of Asheville

A section of Blue Ridge Parkway from Milepost 376 at Ox Creek Road to Milepost 355, near the entrance to Mount Mitchell State Park, will close Nov. 12 to allow workers to stabilize a failed slope just north of Tanbark…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:38

Hermit in the house

I can be standing five feet from my girls and say something simple like, “wash your hands,” “brush your teeth” or “clean your room,” and not even an eyebrow will twitch in acknowledgement. But put those same girls down in…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:36

Plans unfold for fly fishing museum

By Colby Dunn • Correspondent  Each year, an estimated 50,000 people visit Cherokee looking to hit it big, but instead of casting lots at Harrah’s, they’re casting lines into the miles of stocked and protected streams that flow through the Qualla…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:32

Hays’ new book succeeds on several levels

In What I Came To Tell You (Egmont Publishers, ISBN 9781606844335, $16.99), local author Tommy Hayes brings us the story of 12-year-old Grover Johnston, his family and his friends. 
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Improving patient care is priority

The last couple of weeks have been filled with a lot of news about Haywood Regional Medical Center and its potential partnership with Duke LifePoint Healthcare.  Understandably, many people in the communities served by this hospital have questions about the…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Cullowhee planning will help community

To the Editor: As a retort to the concerned citizen who wrote a letter to the editor about the intent of the Cullowhee planning committee to supposedly steal the property rights and money of the people of Cullowhee, I would…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Planning in Cullowhee is a community effort

To the Editor: I attended last week’s open forum sponsored by the newly formed Cullowhee community planning group where local citizens are discussing and considering our community’s growth. In the face of record university enrollment and multiple apartment construction, a…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Enough of unbridled growth in Cullowhee

To the Editor: Cullowhee is the fastest growing community in Jackson County. After several years of effort and well-attended community meetings sponsored by CuRvE (Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor), the Jackson County Commissioners wisely established the Cullowhee Community Planning Advisory Council. Mike…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Community help needed to save education

I’ve heard all the speeches and read all the legislative fantasies, and I’m still not satisfied with what I’ve heard about the state of the schools. The stories don’t match. One question I cannot get the answer to is this:…
Four months after he was injured in a staged Old West gunshow, a former Ghost Town in the Sky gunfighter said he is waiting for someone to thoroughly investigate the incident, which he believes was foul play.
People who live and work in Cullowhee are being invited to share their opinions on growth and planning with a task force that is trying to crystallize a collective vision for the college-centric community.
Jacob Flannick • SMN Correspondent Hundreds of high school students from across the state and beyond toured the campus of Western Carolina University last Saturday morning, trying to envision whether their next step might lead to Cullowhee in what has emerged…
For years, enrolled members and leaders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have called for the tribe to open a substance abuse rehabilitation center, but for some reason, the effort has never moved beyond words.
A man threatened to tase a young Cherokee girl at a football game last month, but it is unclear just who he was. One thing is sure however, it wasn’t a Swain County Sheriff’s deputy.
The Sylva town board will appoint a new leader to an empty seat on the board in coming weeks — the fourth time the town board has gone through this in as many years.
After getting caught up in the politics of Maggie Valley and facing felony forgery charges, Joseph Maniscalco Thursday pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor charges.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

The Whopper survives DOT project near Clyde

Haywood County residents won’t be down a Burger King when the state Department of Transportation starts its major reconstruction of the Lowe’s interchange.
Terri Henry has been elected as the first female Tribal Council chair of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, some six years after the U.S. House of Representatives elected its first female speaker.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

I don’t buy the theory that texting has fueled an explosion in writing among kids. The claim is texting is like a “gateway drug.” Kids who normally wouldn’t read or write very much now do so prolifically, albeit in truncated…
“Telling Your Story,” a workshop that combines business management, marketing, entrepreneurial activity and economic strategies with the art of storytelling, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the Cordelia Camp Building at Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Open call for Balsam Mountain Roller Girls

The Balsam Mountain Roller Girls want you. A flat track female roller derby league based out of Haywood County, the team is looking to grow its team at the Smoky Mountain Sk8way & Fun Zone in Waynesville. The team holds two…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Nantahala Brewing to host bottle launch party

The craft beer bottling line launch party will be a 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Mural opening at Canton Library

A reception for the opening of a new mural in the children’s room of the Canton Branch Library will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, at the library.
Tickets are now available for iconic rockers REO Speedwagon and pop star Robin Thicke who will perform at Harrah’s Cherokee. REO Speedwagon plays at 9 p.m. Feb. 14, with Thicke at 8 p.m. Feb. 25.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

This must be the place

My ears are still ringing. From Nov. 1-5, I went and saw nine bands. Yep, that’s nine acts in the matter of five days. It was a musical odyssey, to say the least. If there ever were evidence of my…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Appalachia comes to life, through food and music

Exiting your vehicle at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley, a cold, late fall wind hits you in the face like a frying pan. Standing atop the 5,000-foot mountain retreat, the vastness and endless beauty of Western North Carolina lies below.…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:07

Strawberry wine and its place in Smokies lore

Jack Coburn was a regional entrepreneur who had come to the Smokies in the 1890s. Jack liked to laugh, drink, tell stories, and fight. He was an expert boxer. With an unlit cigar stub clinched between his teeth, Jack rode…
The Highlands Biological Station (HBS) is trying to raise money to buy furnishings for its newly renovated Reinke Library and Seminar Room. “We came to the end of our funding before we could purchase the furnishings,” said Sonya Carpenter, director…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:59

Parkway to have its own weather forecasting site

Thanks to a new partnership, travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway can access real time current road and weather conditions from one end of the historic roadway to the other, using BRPweather.com and BRPwebcams.org, newly installed weather stations and webcams. 
Renowned hiking expert and author Danny Bernstein will lead the next Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike on Tuesday, Nov. 19, along Lakeshore Trail at Fontana Lake. 
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:55

Park plans controlled burns in Cades Cove

Smoke could be heavy in the Cades Cove area this month due to a series of controlled burns in the area by fire officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:53

Laissez les bons temp rouler

Traveling from east to west, the Mississippi River Bridge is a time portal for me.  I drive for hours squarely focused on the here and now, then I reach the bridge and in a breath I’m suspended above the Big…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:32

Additional election results

Dillsboro Mayor Mike Fitzgerald: 18 Dillsboro Town Board  (five seats available) Tim Parris: 22 David Jones: 21 David Gates: 20 Beauford Riddle: 19 Jimmy Cabe: 15   Forest Hills Mayor Kolleen Begley: 30 Forest Hills Town Board  (three seats available)…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:53

Sylva town board welcomes new member, new mayor

The race for Sylva town board was won by only a hair on Election Day. The results show Mary Kelley Gelbaugh edging Danny Allen off the town board by a mere four votes. Allen has been on the town board…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:50

Franklin residents cast vote for change

Despite a crowded field in the Franklin election — a dozen candidates in all — a handful of victors emerged as clear frontrunners ahead of the pack. Most of the winning candidates for aldermen and mayor reflect a public desire…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:48

Eveland, Price and Banks win in Maggie Valley

Candidates for Maggie Valley aldermen stood outside the polls on Election Day — one side staying toward the right and the other standing toward the left, both with signs exclaiming “Let’s Move Maggie Forward.”
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:46

Canton winners say they’ll work together

Canton has four new aldermen. In a close race, Carole Edwards, Ralph Hamlett, Gail Mull and Zeb Smathers won.
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:53

All in the family — Sunburst Trout Farm

A crisp wind blows through Haywood County. Gazing upward, dark clouds slowly take over the sky while a few ominous raindrops are felt. For many, it may seem to be the official death knell to summer. But for Sally Eason,…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:47

Vintage King is a frightening prospect

It has been more than 30 years since Stephen King published The Shining, but I still remember that little kid, Danny Torrance peddling his tricycle down the halls of the Overlook Hotel, and although the Overlook is supposed to be…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:43

Turkey drive helps many needy families

To the Editor: It’s that time of year again. The Maggie Valley Lodging Association is making plans for its 16th annual Turkey Drive to benefit Haywood County’s disadvantaged residents.  When the Turkey Drive first started in 1997, we delivered turkey…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:42

Don’t let Cullowhee planning steal rights

To the Editor: Historically, the citizens of Jackson County have been overwhelmingly against zoning outside the city limits. After failing to get anywhere with county-wide zoning efforts for some 20 years, our county planners finally got the proposal of community-based…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:42

We are headed down the wrong path

To the Editor: What has been happening in Washington is more than a catastrophe. Congress is allowing unshared economic growth and prolonged economic insecurity for millions. One in five North Carolinians live in poverty. One in four children live in…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:41

We should have seen ACA red flags

To the Editor: Red flag warnings that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, is a flawed bad law have been flying around from the get-go.  The bill was ramrodded through Congress during a Christmas Eve session in the Senate.…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:40

Meadows will be held accountable for vote

To the Editor: I read with great interest The Smoky Mountain News’ Oct. 23 Op Ed page and particularly the piece by Robert G. Fulbright of Waynesville. Fulbright’s piece was right on and I totally agree with him! As a…