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Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:27

Senior walking group forming in Haywood

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Seniors interested in getting out for an early morning walk this summer are wanted for a now-forming group through the…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:24

The low-down on lightning

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Lightning is one of nature’s most ephemeral forces, but scientists are still able to detect and measure these electrical displays.…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:22

Remembering the old ways

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By Wil Shelton • SMN Intern For Whittier resident Anne Hill, sharing the history of Appalachia goes far beyond the realm…
By Wil Shelton • SMN Intern For Jeff Alt and his family, hiking is more a lifestyle than a hobby. “After…
Ben Kniceley’s pretty sure his dad had a good laugh after the Haywood Community College graduate came away with a…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:04

Old-time mountain hogs were essential livestock

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Hog Holler, Hog Branch, Hog Camp Branch, Hog Cane Branch, Hog-eye Branch, Hogback Gap, Hogback Holler, Hogback Knob, Hogback Ridge,…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:51

Scotland pays homage to its writers

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With literary tours, literary pub crawls, monuments, plaques, and museums, Scotland honors her writers.
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:33

Ballew brings old-time, folk to Sylva

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Acclaimed musician Marshall Ballew will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:32

HCC ‘Student for a Day’ art series

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Haywood Community College continues the Student for a Day Series with Creative Arts on Saturday, July 11.  • The Intro to…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:27

Who wants some sweet corn?

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The 18th annual Sweet Corn Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at St.…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:26

Art workshops at The Bascom

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There will be an array of upcoming artisan and craft workshops at The Bascom in Highlands.
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:25

‘Ultimate Elvis’ returns to Cherokee

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The ‘Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest’ will be July 9-11 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:43

This must be the place

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Y’all are doing it wrong. You know, that thing? Social media? What happened? How did the endless fun and unlimited…
Are your ears playing tricks on you? As you turn the radio dial to a country music station these days,…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:18

Declare independence from meat industry

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To the Editor: Nearly 240 years ago, our founding fathers declared our national independence from Great Britain. This Fourth of…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:18

Waynesville entryways are too junky

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To the Editor: This piece could be titled, “How to beat a dead horse in 350 words or less.” First…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:16

DOT could stand for the Department of Trash

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“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:13

A story all about good people doing good things

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I should get over being astounded by the way the world works. And I’m talking about the good stuff, not…
Swain County Board of Commissioners approved a $14 million budget last week with little discussion or debate. 
Jackson County’s tourism association has had a lot of things to figure out since its formation in 2012. Not least of those is how to divvy up the grant fund it keeps to help the county’s festivals and events promote…
There was something markedly absent from the nearly $300,000 in tourism grants awarded by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority this year: contention.
Ask around downtown Sylva, and it’s not hard to find someone with an opinion about traffic. Main Street should be two-way. It should remain one-way. There’s not enough parking. The new parking area on Mill Street is a godsend. The…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:52

Election talk starts in Sylva

When election candidate sign-ups begin next week, at least one town board member plans on putting her hat in the ring for the mayor’s seat.
Two longtime Bryson City aldermen plan to run for another term in office, and so far only one possible name has surfaced to run for one of the two seats open in the November election.
It was clear from the 2013 election results in Franklin that voters wanted change. The 2015 Franklin election will determine whether voters want to continue in the direction the mayor and board of aldermen have been taking the town.
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:45

Sylva wheel lock ordinance OK, state says

Sylva police can now start enforcing a town ordinance aimed at paring down the number of unpaid parking tickets, thanks to a law recently adopted in Raleigh. 
By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern  Young drivers in North Carolina may no longer be required to take driver education to get their learner’s permit if a Senate subcommittee’s modifications to House Bill 97 are passed by the General Assembly.
In Cherokee, alcohol could soon be available in more places than just Harrah’s Cherokee Casino following Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature on a 12-page alcohol omnibus bill. 
It was an intense few days for Virginia Beach, Virginia, resident Seth. Eight miles of hiking, 4.5 of those bushwhacking, all with an overnight pack on his back. A couple of hours of rock climbing. Three more miles of hiking.…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:36

Jail suicide investigation on D.A.’s desk

An investigative report looking into the March suicide of Steve Ross, who at the time was incarcerated at the Jackson County Detention Center, is now in the hands of District Attorney Ashley Welch.
There’s a unifying theme among candidates in the Waynesville town board election: “maybe-ism.”
Many years ago, in a time and a place that seems so far away to me now, I courted a…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:55

Symbols matter, and so does removing them

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Complicated. Ignorant. Entrenched. It’s easy to come up with words to describe the state of race relations in this country…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:17

Color on high

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I occasionally see The Smoky Mountain News’ Garret K. Woodward’s Facebook posts about hitting the trails around WNC for a…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:12

Get the scoop on native plants

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Registration is now open for the 2015 Cullowhee Native Plant Conference at Western Carolina University, a four-day event featuring more…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:10

Canton riverbank gets a makeover

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A much-used riverbank in the Canton Recreation Park is now a lot more stable, thanks to a protection project recently…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:09

Become a Junior Ranger

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A lineup of summer programs in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will give young park-lovers the chance to earn…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:08

Queen honored for environmental advocacy

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The N.C. League of Conservation Voters named Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, as its 2015 Representative of the Year in…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:06

Cause of hiker’s death still unknown

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The National Park Service is still waiting on the results of an autopsy looking into the cause of hiker Jenny…
Asked what a typical day for the head guy at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park looks like, new Smokies…
Haworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.  It’s 4:30 in the morning, Sunday June 18, and I stood a few moments…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:26

Dulcimer U returns to WCU

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Registration is ongoing for Western Carolina University’s 16th annual Dulcimer U Summer Week, a gathering that brings mountain dulcimer virtuosos…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:26

Medieval, Renaissance recital at WCU

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The faculty of the Mountain Collegium Music Workshop will perform a recital of medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary music on…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:25

Cherokee Pow Wow turns 40

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ 40th annual Pow Wow will be held July 3-5 at the Acquoni Expo Center.
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:21

Fourth of July in Southern Appalachia

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Nothing says summer more than the 4th of July, and in Western North Carolina, we celebrate Independence Day with gusto.…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:20

Eaglenest to host grand reopening

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A state-of-the-art entertainment facility, Eaglenest will have its grand reopening at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, in Maggie Valley.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:18

Alabama brings hit country to Harrah’s

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Country superstars Alabama will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:11

Nantahala Brewing pours ‘Week of Rock’

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The “Week of Rock” celebration will run at 8 p.m. June 26-July 4 at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:08

This must be the place

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I fixed my hair in the rearview mirror and exited the truck. Heading up the steps, I was already five…
Heading down N.C. 28, between Bryson City and Robbinsville, is a flat stretch of highway, unusual to the continuous curves…