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Despite cutting more than $50,000 from the town’s budget, Bryson City’s leaders plan to raise property taxes and town fees in the coming fiscal year.
Swain County may soon seal a deal with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to pay for the restoration of a steam engine in hopes it would bring more tourists to town to ride the scenic train.
Since the advent of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, tourists flocking to Bryson City and Dillsboro to ride the scenic passenger train have been the envy of neighboring communities.
A group of Jackson County residents have been making the rounds in recent weeks asking decision makers to think twice before forking over $750,000 to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in hopes of increasing tourism.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:01

Been there, done that

Haywood leaders are no strangers to overhauling their economic development strategy and structure. A major transformation played out just 10 years ago. When the dust settled on the politically charged process, the economic development director resigned.
An exploratory committee of Haywood County business leaders will examine in the coming months whether to reshuffle the county’s economic development arm for the second time in a decade.
When a rockslide shut down Interstate 40 through the Pigeon River Gorge in Haywood County three years ago, the N.C. Department of Transportation scrambled to clean up the massive slab that sheered off the mountain and then shore up the…
Enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will head to the polls Tuesday, June 6, to vote in the primary election for Tribal Council.
A state bill mandating that voters show identification to cast a ballot has split opinions down the middle, with Republicans on one side and Democrats on the other.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:52

Voucher system will hurt public schools

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To the Editor:   Sponsors of House Bill 944, the school voucher bill, proposed certain changes during the bill’s first committee…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:52

Macon should use fund balance, cut tax rate

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To the Editor: In 2010, the Macon County Board of Commissioners, under the leadership of then Chairman Ronnie Beale, voted…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:51

GOP-led legislature making huge strides

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To the Editor: North Carolinians are fortunate to now have a legislature that is making historic strides towards fiscal responsibility…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:51

Graduate programs in music are worth saving

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To the Editor: The committee at Western Carolina University charged with evaluating academic programs issued its report on May 22.…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:50

Schoolhouse Earth is a favorite learning place

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To the Editor: At a school bus stop north of Franklin, I pick up trash weekdays from kids apparently tossing…
Alice Aumen, one of the owners of Cataloochee Ranch and a longtime tourism booster in Haywood County and Western North…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:36

Benefits to feature live music, cornhole

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There will be two upcoming benefits for children with serious medical issues on Saturday, June 1, in Waynesville and Sylva. …
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:36

Liar’s Bench members find answers to mystery

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Gary Carden and Dave Waldrop will lead a discussion on a recent finding in a long-held Appalachian mystery at 7…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:35

Waynesville brewery hosts golf tournament

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Tipping Point Brewing will hold its inaugural charity golf tournament at 12:20 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Waynesville Country…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:35

Haywood exhibit puts spotlight on Appalachian crafts

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Appalachia, the newest exhibit from the Haywood County Arts Council, will run from May 30 through June 29, at Gallery…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:34

Concerts on the Creek returns to Sylva May 31

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The Concerts on the Creek summer music series returns for its fifth season with the Rye Holler Boys from 7:30…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:33

Free summer concerts begin at WCU

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The annual summer concert series on the Central Plaza at Western Carolina University will begin with Floating Action at 7…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:31

Cherokee festival showcases gourd crafts

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Gourd artists from around the world will gather at the 11th annual Gourd Artists Gathering and Art Festival May 31…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:29

Cherokee potter to be honored in Franklin

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There will be a public reception for Cherokee artist Joel Queen and the formal presentation of a pottery piece he…
For Norma Hendrix, it’s all about connecting the dots. “I love working in a community of artists,” she said. “I…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Plants hitch a ride to the sun

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A book I read about the Suwannee River featured numerous photographs of trees overhanging the waterway festooned with Spanish moss.…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Waterfall trail looking for sweat donations

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Volunteers are needed in Panthertown Valley during Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 25, to help complete a new section…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Visitors need to plan ahead to see fireflies

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The Elkmont synchronous firefly viewing will take place June 6-13 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Every year, thousands…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Environmental forums start up

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A forum on community and environmental change will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Plant a row for the needy

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United Christian Ministries of Jackson County is asking gardeners to plant an extra row in their plots this year to…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Calling on volunteers for bird monitoring

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Volunteers are needed to assist in a breeding bird monitoring and education program throughout the spring and early summer at…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Max Patch restored, off-roaders pay

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The off-roaders responsible for causing damage to the popular Pisgah National Forest hiking spot Max Patch have reached a plea…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

More recycling bins for WCU

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Western Carolina University received 75 new recycling bins through the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program and have begun placing…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Hit Mast General to help conservation

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The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy will get a boost on Saturday, June 1, when Mast General Store locations in Waynesville…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Going toe to toe with Mother Nature

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It is said that humans are fickle creatures, and if that is true, then the weather must be at least…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

A record-breaking weekend of birding

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Last week, we set the stage for the 29th annual Great Smoky Mountains Birding Expedition (GSMBE). The group starts at 9…
In the early 1900s, Florence Cope Bush, author of Dorie: Woman of the Mountains, described native brook trout as being…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

A fast look at a few worthwhile tomes

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Here they are, books yammering for review: a hillock of books on the floor by the desk; more books stacked…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Correction

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A letter from Jane Harrison in the May 8 edition of SMN, “Meadows in the wrong on background checks,” was…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

We must leave better world for our children

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To the Editor: New York City has been attacked twice in the past decade — first by Al Qaeda and…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

What are they thinking down in Raleigh?

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To the Editor: I continue to be mystified by the behavior of Art Pope’s legislature in Raleigh. While ranting against…
Haywood County commissioners drew a line in the sand. The Haywood County School Board decided not to cross it. In…
A 100-page business plan created by Western Carolina University seniors are helping guide development of a self-sustaining primary care health clinic in the university’s Health and Human Sciences Building. The team explored the needs of the WCU School of Nursing,…
The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen have been mired in gridlock for nearly nine months. With only four town board members at the moment — instead of the typical five — stalemates have ruled the day. From major issues to…
Macon County is weighing whether to relax its existing rules that ban fill dirt in the flood plain. The county’s planning board is split on the issue and struggling to find mutual ground to stand on.
Jackson County wants to bring high-speed Internet service to a greater number of residents, but doing so means convincing an Internet service provider there’s enough potential customers to make it worth their while.
Signs are businesses’ equivalent to nuclear weapons. “Everybody wants them, but you have to agree to live with them,” said Waynesville Town Planner Paul Benson. “I think what we need is a consensus on what is a reasonable approach.”
From the outside, Sandy Cloer’s office doesn’t look like much — not even a real office, in fact.  The three double-wide trailers strung end-to-end and plopped at the back of a barren parking lot hardly seem cut from the same…
The number of homeless school children in Haywood County has risen by nearly 20 percent this year compared to last. The county uses the definition of homelessness contained in the McKinney-Vento Act — any individual who lacks a fixed, regular and…
What’s it going to be for Jackson County — Just Do It; Got Milk?; A Little Dab’ll Do Ya?  That is the $50,000 question as tourism leaders edge closer to an official marketing message and tourism brand used to lure…
Canton leaders are already asking how they can do better making Camp Hope available to the public after a lawsuit threatened to seize the 100-acre forested tract and rustic camp quarters away from the town.