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Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:23

All clear declared in Richland Creek search

An all-night search Monday along Richland Creek in Waynesville for a possible missing child turned out to be a false alarm. Waynesville Police got a call around 7:30 p.m. Monday from someone who thought they heard a children’s screams coming…
Towns across the mountains will hold elections for their mayors and town board leaders this fall. The sign up period for candidates began last week. Below is a list of who has signed up to run for office as of…
Lake Junaluska resident Hattie Polk finally inched her way to the front of the line and released her clutch on what she believed to be an English monastery lantern dating to the reign of King Henry VIII, circa late 1800s…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:19

Southern Appalachia goes squatchin’

Bigfoot is alive and well in Haywood County, at least through the pages of Eric S. Brown. 
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:18

Armadillos in the mountains? You betcha

It make have taken 50 million years, give or take, but the small, armored animal known as the armadillo is finally making into the hills into Western North Carolina after its humble roots in South America eons ago — and…
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and Jackson County reached an impasse on an economic development agreement last week after two years of negotiations.
The news of stalled talks between the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and Jackson County was met with mixed feelings in the little village of Dillsboro, which once served as the hub for the bustling scenic railroad.
The town of Waynesville plans to buy 15 new police cars in the coming year for $500,000, a move that will assign each officer their own vehicle instead of having to share.
Haywood County Schools has announced a handful of promotions among principals and assistant principals ahead of the upcoming school year.
Growing up on the Isleta Pueblo reservation in New Mexico, 26-year-old Cody Grant could name off the tribes he descended from — Cherokee, two sects of Pueblo — but he didn’t know anything about them, except their names. “For me, it…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:09

Taco Bell to find new home on South Main

Waynesville’s South Main Street continues to see slow but steady commercial growth, with a Taco Bell and Mattress Firm soon to join the ranks of the growing retail corridor.
Pool sharks rejoice. The town of Franklin has lifted an antiquated law that banned pool tables from being on the same premises as booze, or booze from being on the same premises as pool tables.
Note: Every July 4th from 1973 through 1990, I used to go in Bennett’s Drug Store here in Bryson City…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:54

NC wildlife officials awarded grant for bats

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is awarding more than $950,000 to 28 states for projects to combat and study…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:53

List of Top 10 animal species on the demise

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The N.C. Wildlife Federation has released its list of the Top 10 wildlife species struggling to survive. These critters are…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:50

Project invites public for day at stream

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Aquatic enthusiasts have the chance to tag along with the scientists for a lesson on stream sampling. The Highlands Biological…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:48

Kick ball kickin’ off

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Test your kick-ball skills this summer in the big leagues. Registration is underway for the 2013 Haywood County Recreation and…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:47

Catch the water ski show to remember at Lake J

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Jon boats and canoes are a common sight on the water at Lake Junaluska. But a water ski team stacked…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:46

Riveting topics in store for conservation lecture series

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The summer Zahner Conservation Lecture Series will kick off in Highlands next week with a talk on biodiversity in the…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:41

Nowhere to go but down on this guided hike

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A nearly all-downhill hike will be held in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Tuesday, July 16, with Friends…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:40

Forest service curtails ginseng picking

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U.S. Forest Service officials are limiting the harvesting of wild ginseng in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests, citing concern…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:39

Disc golf takes off in Waynesville

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The Waynesville Disc Golf Juniors team has received a boost from the Professional Disc Golf Association, helping the team buy…
And ye elf and sprite lovers and lovers of the Bard whose words have seeped so deeply into the fabric…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:35

One-night trips into the Smokies

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For day hikers who want to take the next step or for a seasoned backpackers who can’t find the time…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:21

Kingsbury gives us a comfortable summer read

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In The Bridge (ISBN 978-1-4516-4701-3, $19.99), Karen Kingsbury treats readers to a tale of romance and tribulation centered on a…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:09

Mountain Momma

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My husband is from South Carolina — the state where you don’t have to wear helmets on a motorcycle and…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:09

Cathey memoir on life, metal sculpture

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Metal sculptor Grace Cathey will hold a signing for her book, Fire & Steel: The Sculpture of Grace Cathey, from…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:05

SCC quilts for returning soldiers

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Quilting students from Southwestern Community College recently participated in the Quilts of Valor project, a non-profit organization with the goal…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:00

Dunham brings comedy to Cherokee

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Acclaimed comedian Jeff Dunham will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:59

Spice and tea store opens in Highlands

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The Spice & Tea Exchange opens its doors this Independence Day weekend in downtown Highlands. The new retail destination is…
The “Mountains in Bloom” fundraiser for The Bascom Visual Arts Center will be July 11-14 in Highlands.
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:53

Battistelli, Jars of Clay play Franklin

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Christian singer Francesca Battistelli and rock group Jars of Clay perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts…
A mountain dulcimer historian who discovered the instrument while living in Greenwich Village in the 1960s and a 19-year-old dulcimer…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:49

This must be the place

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It had been 10 years. I kept thinking those words while boarding a plane in Charlotte this past weekend, bound…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:46

Finding inspiration in Appalachia

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Standing in an empty field, Martin Cook has a vision.  Founder of the renowned Western North Carolina gospel group The Inspirations,…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:44

Cowee disaster is a moving story

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To the Editor: My appreciation goes to Gary Carden and Dave Waldrop from “The Liar’s Bench;” George Frizzell of the…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:43

Phone questions not a good business practice

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To the Editor: MedWest, the company that has taken over our local hospitals as well as many local medical practices,…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:43

Teaching people to care about conservation

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To the Editor: I would like to share with your readers what I have come to realize are fundamental objectives…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:42

A great country needs a wise immigration policy

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By Doug Wingeier • Guest Columnist In a previous letter, I described how devastating to human beings our current immigration system…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:37

Southern Loop on hold

A decade-long tug-of-war over what to do about Sylva’s congested commercial strip of N.C. 107 took an unexpected turn last week.
It’s not quite the Jetsons’ flying car, but Jackson County is moving toward its own fleet of new-age vehicles powered by the emerging alternative fuel propane.
Recycling receptacles are coming to downtown Sylva soon, at last giving shoppers and strollers a green option for pitching their bottles, cans, cups and last week’s copy of The Smoky Mountain News.
Lodging tax revenue was up during the past year in Haywood County, and could see another boost in the new fiscal year after the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority decided to get tough on delinquent taxpayers.
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has unveiled several new strategies and initiatives this year in an effort to become the go-to organization for filmmakers and everyday visitors alike.
Despite rallying around calls for more school resource officers earlier this year, Swain County commissioners will not chip in after all to pay for the new positions as originally promised — leaving the schools to pick up the full tab…
The Waynesville Board of Aldermen rubberstamped a $31.8 million budget Monday, but it may just have to turn right around and approve a new one.
A compromise has been floated in Raleigh that could break the political impasse over the proposed merger of Lake Junaluska with the town of Waynesville.
The merger of Lake Junaluska with the town of Waynesville has yet to get the blessing of state legislators in Raleigh, and time is now running out.
The debate over the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority budget was bumped up another notch last week when dozens of business owners and members of the Cashiers community flooded a budget meeting demanding more money for the Cashiers visitor center.
Western Carolina University’s off-campus Cat-Tran may soon go the way of the horse and buggy.