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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:27

Snowmaking crew makes the top cut

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Cataloochee Ski Area is a finalist for the I AM a Snowmaker Award, given annually by SAM Magazine and HKD…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:23

Take your pick of ranger programs

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Spring ranger programs have begun in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, giving visitors a chance to explore the Smokies…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:21

Lace it up

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A slate of challenging long-distance races will be coming to the Smokies this spring, meaning it’s time to get back…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:19

Stocked trout waters to open

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Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters throughout Western North Carolina will open at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 2.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:16

Easter on the trail

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This Easter marked an important milestone for Jerry Parker, an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker who completed the 2,160-mile trail before it…
When Earth Day rolls around this year, students at Western Carolina University will be able to celebrate with a bit…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:54

The arts thrive only if we support them

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“The arts are so incredibly vital to a quality of life, smart business and the health of a community. The…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:49

Questions for the legislature

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By Dave Waldrop • Guest Columnist The North Carolina legislature has abandoned its responsibilities to public education under the guise…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:46

What lessons from the 2016 primary?

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By Chris Cooper • Guest Columnist If I had to use one word to describe the North Carolina primary, it…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:38

On being a columnist for a small-town newspaper

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Three months into this, I’ve decided that being a columnist for The Smoky Mountain News is potentially more challenging than…
After waiting for years to get the money promised to them, the Swain County commissioners made a unanimous decision last week to sue the federal government for $38.2 million. “It’s about our only option left,” said Commissioner Steve Moon.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:24

Community Kitchen moving to new facility

The Community Kitchen in Canton works hard to make sure no one in the community goes hungry, and now the organization needs help from the community it serves to expand its food ministry.
Waynesville leaders are weighing whether to expand the commercial footprint of Russ Avenue, an issue that has pitted neighbors against each other along the recently widened Howell Mill Road.
Macon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of 22-year-old Hunter Curtis after he was shot and killed by his father on March 26 during a domestic dispute.
The future of the old furniture factory in Whittier has been through more than its share of twists and turns over the past year, but Jackson County now has an offer on the table from a group of farmers who…
While the Waynesville dog park’s temporary closure this week might have canines a little bit antsy, dog owners are rejoicing over the reason — a drainage project expected to spell an end to the post-rain sludge that’s been a reality…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:14

Cullowhee planning committee appointed

Nearly a year after Jackson County passed zoning standards for Cullowhee, the ordinance is set to get ground-tested with the creation of the Cullowhee Planning Advisory Committee. 
Leaking roofs, failing heating systems and broken pipes in Jackson County Schools will get some much-needed attention after commissioners voted unanimously to take the first steps toward borrowing as much as $10 million to fix them.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:10

HCC to take over business incubator space

It will be a bittersweet transition for Smoky Mountain Development Corporation executive director Allan Steinberg. On one hand, he has to watch the nonprofit he’s led for nine years dissolve, but on the other hand, he’s excited about the possibilities…
Rules governing where commercial outdoor shooting ranges can go in Haywood County would provide security and peace of mind for rural residents who fear the intrusion of a gun range in their midst, but shooting advocates fear the proposed regulations…
Old Town Bank shareholders overwhelmingly approved the sale of the start-up bank headquartered in Waynesville last week, ending its nine-year run as a small independent local bank in light of the changing landscape facing financial institutions in the post-recession world.
After being ousted from their jobs when the September elections brought a new Tribal Council and executive administration, the three people who had composed the Tribal Gaming Commission came before council last week hoping to convince councilmembers to give them…
Take a drive around the mountain roads of Western North Carolina and it probably won’t be long before a tight curve spits you out alongside a yard decorated with a few rusty old vehicles here, some extraneous car parts there…
When the state opened the doors for hydraulic fracturing — called “fracking” — in 2014, a flood of public opinion from the mountains told Raleigh that drilling would not be welcome in the western part of the state.
Gun supporters turned out en masse this week urging Haywood County commissioners to allow concealed guns on county property, from the historic courthouse to youth sports fields.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 13:50

When disagreeing could still be eloquent

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“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” — George Orwell, 1984 For the past year, Americans have endured…
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 17:27

WCU students join The Heritage Calendar project

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There will be Catamount paw prints on the next edition of a calendar highlighting North Carolina’s African-American heritage as Western…
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 17:25

Creative arts workshop retreats

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From the beginning Cullowhee Mountain Arts (CMA) has been committed to hosting high-quality workshops taught by instructors with national and…
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 17:22

Jackson celebrates NC Beer Month, Ale Trail

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Whether you enjoy sipping a smooth golden ale, something hoppy or a dark IPA, Jackson County’s craft breweries have you…
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 17:19

This must be the place

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I remember that guy.
Turning the steering wheel onto Johnson Street, one quickly leaves the unrelenting bustle of two-way traffic along N.C. 110. Immediately,…
North Carolina will hold a separate election on June 7 for the congressional primary, which means it’s not too late for new candidates to throw their hat into the ring.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:29

Time for spring migrants in the mountains

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The cove we live in has been alive with birds for several weeks now. As alive with birds as it’s…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:16

Stomach illness reported on the A.T.

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Stomach bugs, possibly norovirus, have been reported among Appalachian Trail thru-hikers in Georgia and the Great Smoky Mountains this season.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:11

Assault on BlackRock crosses the finish line

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Saturday dawned chilly and foggy at Pinnacle Park in Sylva, but that didn’t stop 73 people from completing the strenuous…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:10

Friends of the Smokies gets new director

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Friends of the Smokies has a new North Carolina director after Anna Lee Zanetti took the reins this week.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 16:06

Celebrate the A.T. season

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Every year, trail towns and businesses in Western North Carolina anticipate the influx of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers that stream through…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:01

Fake it till you make it

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“So, are you here as a reporter or as a biker?” asked one of the 100-plus shorts-wearing, bike-bearing people converged…
The parking lot at Tsali Recreation Area was full of bikes Friday evening — more than 100 of them, strapped…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:31

Tragedy at Frank Lloyd Wright’s house

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In this story, I am God. — Frank Lloyd Wright The title of this nonfiction work, Death in a Prairie…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:21

Me and your pet rabbit can now share a meal

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A few weeks ago, I suddenly developed a thirst that I could not seem to quench. No, this is not…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:17

Wilderness and recreation areas are good for WNC

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By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist Setting aside a modest portion of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest as Wilderness and National…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:16

Sometimes you wonder why

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To the editor: I wonder: • Why do people in the so-called “Bible belt” seem to trust guns more than God?…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:10

Let’s get the ‘dump Presnell’ train rolling

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Let the campaign to unseat Rep. Michele Presnell begin. During her two terms in office Presnell has been an obstructionist…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:59

Macon Commissioners honor Sunshine Week

In the spirit of celebrating Sunshine Week, the Macon County Commissioners announced a decision to support and encourage transparency and open government.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:58

Woman gets 70 months for trafficking meth

Jamie Lynn Swartz, 36, formerly of Sylva, will serve 70 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release on drug conspiracy charges.
It’s been a while since the old Mountain Credit Union building in Cherokee saw foot traffic from people looking to deposit checks or get financial advice, but its doors still swing open and closed with regularity — though for a much…
In the quest to replace the football field at Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva with artificial turf, Jackson County Schools is going public in the search for funds to finance its field of dreams.
Now that the North Carolina Department of Insurance issued the Canton Fire Department a Class 4 rating this week, Canton homeowners should see a little savings on their fire insurance premiums.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:22

Food truck fight coming to Waynesville

The sticky wicket of food trucks and food carts have taken center stage in Waynesville, with a public debate in full swing on where food trucks should be allowed to set up shop and for how long.