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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:58

Upcoming improvement projects on I-40

Tunnel projects to delay work on I-40 The N.C. Department of Transportation will perform work on three tunnels in the Pigeon River Gorge on Interstate 40 in Haywood County during a two-week period starting Monday, Feb. 4. • Traffic reduced…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:56

Medical foundation appoints new chairman

The Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees recently appointed Laura Leatherwood as the new chairman of the board. Leatherwood is the vice president of Student and Workforce Development at Haywood Community College, where she has worked since 2000.…
A long overdue $4 million payment may finally make its way to Swain County after languishing for the past year in the budget dungeons of the National Park Service. The payment is part of a larger $52 million cash settlement…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:48

The biggest little show in Haywood

Editor’s Note: Given the national debate over gun legislation and controversy swirling around gun shows in particular, The Smoky Mountain News was curious to see just what goes on at a gun show. Join our reporter on a stroll through…
The newly formed Jackson County Tourism Development Authority is taking on the task of “branding,” an important first step for the entity that’s been tasked with developing a unified tourism promotion strategy for the county.
A rain-induced landslide in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park left a gaping hole in U.S. 441, but its impact could leave a lot bigger hole in the local economy if park officials are not able to fix the road…
Susan Gathers was kicked back in the student union one afternoon, her thumbs poised over her smart phone, simultaneously bantering with friends while texting — sometimes even texting the same person she was talking to. This impressive skill to seamlessly…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has launched a new website with information specifically for lodging owners.
A company hired by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has found a dozen businesses that have been evading a 4 percent lodging tax.
Although Jackson County’s Economic Development Commission has not met in several years, all its board members’ terms have expired and its director has long-since resigned, it technically still exists.
As Jackson County officials craft plans to open a liquor store in Cashiers, possibly as soon this summer, they must first determine whether the town of Sylva is in or out.
Lake Junaluskans got their first glimpse this weekend at what it would take for the community to become its own town. Incorporating as its own town comes with a host of regulatory, political and logistical hurdles. A task force studying…
The death of Haywood County Sheriff John Phillip Noland — a murder story set against the backdrop of the American Civil War — sounds as if it belongs in the pages of Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain.
The decrepit state of Canton’s aging outdoor swimming pool has left town leaders with two options — bulldoze it and build a new one or simply close it.
Proposed pay raises for county workers in Macon has prompted skepticism from at least two of the five county commissioners, who are asking if now is the right time for that. The proposed pay raise would boost the salaries of…
Macon County commissioners are analyzing the geographic system of electing county leaders after two commissioners from outlying communities questioned whether the process is too weighted in Franklin’s favor.
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00

HCC craft student wins national award

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Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Fiber student Rebecca Porche is the recipient of the Handweavers Guild of America’s Dendel Scholarship…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00

HART makes big leaps in theater fundraising

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Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville has raised $160,000 since last summer in a capital campaign to build a second…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00

Fire & Ice gallery show opens

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Onlooker John Highsmith takes a gander at “Blue Heron,” the latest metal sculpture from Grace Cathey at the “Fire &…
Theatrical productions of “Struggle for Freedom” and “George Washington Carver and Friends” will be put on for local school students…
Times may change, but stereotypes tend to linger. Venturing into the off-color humor and often offensive images of Southern culture…
“The opportunistic nature of the species and its partial indifference to constraints of time and space make it an intriguing…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:48

Big investment made in local bio-fuels

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A consortium of Western North Carolina public agencies and private organizations will receive a grant of $766,000 from the N.C.…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:46

Working farmland protection plan being crafted in Swain

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Swain County farmers, landowners, and other interested individuals are invited to share their thoughts and idea on a new farmland…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:37

I feel the earth move…

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It may not have shaken the Richter scale like the stampede of Republican lawmakers and their realtor and developer lobbyists…
Have you ever been told by the evening news to expect three inches of snow overnight, but after stocking up…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:30

Historian presents a factual story of Cleopatra

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“Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.” — Cicero, 106 B.C. Stacy…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:25

A different perspective on guns and government

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To the Editor: As someone who has lived in four different countries and traveled to several others over the last…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:23

Shame on Jack Debnam and Jackson’s citizens

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To the Editor: Friends, they’ve out-waited us. And, motivated by the smell of money, they appear to have outlasted us…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:21

Some want to lead by using fear

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To the Editor: Don’t let anyone tell you there’s no conspiracy or that conspirators are not busily at work here…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:20

‘Gun Free Zones’ are danger zones

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To the Editor: Legislation has created a zone where the only people protected by a “gun free zone” are the…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:20

U.S. Postal Service should be left intact

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To the Editor: We have just been through a holiday season during which the U.S. Postal Service and its workers…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:18

State GOP leaders’ tax plan would benefit wealthy

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist A 1996 New Yorker cartoon — poking fun at Steve Forbes’s presidential campaign plank…
A four-day stretch of heavy rains fell on Western North Carolina, leaving residents wondering if it would ever end. Some areas witnessed up to 10 inches. The following collection of stories and interviews captures the drama and tension of the…
The longest-serving town clerk in Waynesville’s written history will retire next week, taking with her a vast store of institutional knowledge of the town’s inner workings.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00

Contenders line up to be next Haywood Sheriff

Three men, all with impressive law enforcement backgrounds, are vying to be Haywood County’s next sheriff. The current Sheriff, Bobby Suttles, is retiring next month, but with two years to go until the next sheriff election, a replacement must be…
Carolina Nights, a closed-down dinner theater in Maggie Valley, could make a comeback as an entertainment venue under new owners. A Haywood County couple with a track record as local business partners bought the building last month for $235,000.
A rewrite of Jackson County’s development regulations are well underway by the Jackson County Planning Board. It will be several more months before they finish, and final changes are ultimately up to the county commissioners.
With more than 15,000 applications for just 1,500 freshman spots last year, Western Carolina University has no difficulty attracting students. The harder part is getting them to stay.
Ghosts, spirits, swamp gas, gnomes and car headlights — there’s no shortage of hyphotheses behind the mysterious phenomenon along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The real question is, though, have you seen the light?
“Once in awhile you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right…”– Grateful…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00

Blues-rock spills into WNC

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Blues guitarist Husky Burnette will be performing at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the No Name Sports Pub in…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00

Calling all chocoholics to Bryson City

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Cooks of all things chocolate will square off at the “Sixth Annual Chocolate Cook-Off” from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00

Rising country group to play Franklin

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Rising country music group Eden’s Edge will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Smoky Mountain…
Jackson County’s planning board is knee-deep in a page-by-page rewrite of the county’s steep slope rules — a controversial process that seems destined to rekindle past disputes over protecting the mountainsides versus stymieing development. A sweeping slate of mountain building…
Plans for a riverfront park behind the historic courthouse in Bryson City got a boost thanks to $150,000 from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.
“If at first you don’t succeed, simply make your case again” is the lesson the executives at the tribally owned Sequoyah National Golf Course learned earlier this month. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has been propping up the golf…
Despite being warned not to return to Cherokee without tribal permission, animal rights activists gathered once again last Saturday in front of Chief Saunooke Bear Park waving signs and even donning a bear costume to protest the allegedly inhumane condition…
When pediatricians at Cherokee Indian Hospital retreat to their desk between patients to log data, research puzzling symptoms or review lab results, they’re constantly looking over their shoulders.
Canton leaders are pondering how much time and money to invest in an abandoned summer camp and mountain property left to the town under one condition — its use benefit Haywood County residents. After it was deeded the 100-acre Camp…