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You’ve been training for months. You’ve skipped the kids’ piano recitals and parent teacher conferences; you’ve bailed on dinner with…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:42

Author to discuss AT journey

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Writer Amy Allen will discuss her journey along the Appalachian Trail as she presents her book, Summoning the Mountains: Pilgrimage…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:40

Racism and adultery drive Spencer’s novel

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Daniel Emerson is afraid of black people. After a chance encounter with a group of violent African American teenagers left…
Federal authorities have dropped deportation proceedings against 10 Latino men, all suspected illegal immigrants, who were arrested at a Jackson County license checkpoint in May.
Swain County’s oversized jail will lose about one-third of its current inmate population and a sizeable revenue stream when the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians opens a new justice center, complete with its own jail.
Margie Bradley has called a ramshackle shack in the hills of Cullowhee “home” for almost 60 years. The ceilings sag, the floor is made of plywood and the wind enters through the numerous cracks scattered about the windows and walls.
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:09

We have a cultural problem, not a gun problem

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By Tom Rogers • Guest columnist The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School is beyond comprehension. Such an event should…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:02

Strong gun laws require strong politicians

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By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Had Al-Qaeda carried out the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Congress would be…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:01

We need a dialogue on guns and laws

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To the Editor: I challenge The Smoky Mountain News to assist in opening a respectful, thoughtful, meaningful conversation in our…
For liquor stores in Western North Carolina, the combination of Christmas and the New Year makes for the busiest time of the year. But with 1,800 different types of products to choose from — from the old standbys like Jim…
Tourism numbers are looking good for Haywood County so far this year, and tourism leaders are keeping their fingers crossed that a cold winter will drive visitors to Cataloochee’s slopes.
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 00:00

Haywood sheriff to step down early

Haywood County Sheriff Bobby Suttles announced last week he will retire in February, stepping down early despite another two years to go until his term is technically up.
The task of finding a new top lawman in Haywood County to replace retiring Sheriff Bobby Suttles will begin in early January and likely be decided by March.
Most people have heard of a sightseeing tour, perhaps a wine or beer tasting tour, and maybe even the all-encompassing pleasure tour. But Sylva residents got an ear-dose when they followed a musician and sound expert on a not-so-common sound…
The most wonderful time of the year — it’s a line is engrained in us all. But nobody embraces and exudes Christmas quite like Betty Porter. As she talked on the phone outside a cottage at Broyhill Baptist Children’s Home…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 00:00

Celebrate the New Year!

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Fine dining, jazz for New Year’s Eve There will be a special jazz performance and dinner at 7 p.m. Monday,…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 00:00

Ride the rails into 2013

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The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will ring in the New Year with an evening of live music, dancing, dining and…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 00:00

Learn how to play the dulcimer

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Registration is ongoing for the eighth annual “Dulcimer U Winter Weekend” conference for mountain dulcimer enthusiasts, which will be held…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 00:00

Arts council celebrates 35 years, Miller steps down

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Haywood County Arts Council Executive Director Kay Miller is stepping down after nine years on the job.
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 00:00

A long and winding road

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At a McDonald’s in Canton, S.R. “Sha” Shahan sits quietly in one of the corner booths, casually sipping his coffee…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 00:00

The source of the sound

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It’s the greatest show in town, but the location is a secret. With the tall smokestacks of the Canton paper…
The economic situation seemed to be looking up in Jackson County: unemployment was on a steady decline; the real estate market was rebounding; and tourists were finding more expendable income to travel.
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 14:27

Haywood County economy outpaces its peers

Joey Del Bosque scrolled through his appointment book for the week; time slot after time slot was filled, with just enough room to breathe. Belle On Main, a salon and massage parlor along South Main Street in Waynesville, opened in…
More doom and gloom or a light at the end of the tunnel? For five years, the nation has waited eagerly for economic forecasters to tell us what we want to hear — that home sales are rebounding, wages are…
Since the town of Sylva’s curbside recycling program was reinstated about five years ago, its participation has stagnated, with the vast majority of residents not partaking.
The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled last week that state lawmakers indeed have the power to ban video gambling in its various forms, including the latest reincarnation known as video sweepstakes.
What to do with a hulking, four-story, run-down, decades-old, now-empty former hospital in Waynesville?
The Haywood County Board of Commissioners have postponed voting on a controversial flag display policy until after the New Year, but that did not keep Confederate flag supporters from protesting outside the county courthouse Monday.
Ever wanted a magic button you could press to make the stoplight turn green? Macon County Emergency Medical Services will soon hold that power for one stoplight at an intersection near its ambulance garage in Franklin.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was accidentally overbilled $2.7 million for IT service over several years by the company that manages Harrah’s Casino.
Two years after being saved from imminent death in the nick of time, WBHN began broadcasting regularly in Bryson City last week. Lloyd Brown, pastor of Spruce Grove Baptist Church, bought the Swain County radio station in 2010 and has…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Compromise forged to save metal truss bridge

Macon County residents hoping to save an old metal truss bridge spanning the Little Tennessee River scored a small win, but the victory is bittersweet.
An ongoing investigation into gravestones purchased from Moody’s Funeral Home in Sylva but never delivered to the buyers has resulted in charges against the former funeral home director.
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Winter mushrooms a welcome find

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Most people who hunt mushrooms do so in late summer and fall when an array of choice edibles are abundant…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Historic Appalachian Trail shelter gets a lift

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The Nantahala Hiking Club recently renovated an 80-year-old Appalachian Trail shelter about a mile north of Burningtown Gap in Macon…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Franklin Young Professionals awarded for trash pick-up

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The Franklin Young Professionals were recently awarded a plaque for their participation in the N.C. Big Sweep river cleanup this…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Foundation makes year-end push for one donation per mile

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has once again launched a year-end fundraising campaign called the 469 Challenge. Inspired by the…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Project to engage farmers in biofuel industry

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A $130,000 grant from The Biofuels Center of North Carolina is providing seed money aimed at developing the clean energy…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great wilderness of about a half-million square acres. It has been the…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

WNC lakes join list with mercury warning for fish

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Two more lakes in the region are now under a fish consumption advisory due to mercury contamination. Unsafe levels of…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Re-discovering a child’s outlook and a sense of humor

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Although its publisher marketed Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever as a children’s book, this touching story of a mother’s love…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Help protect local nonprofits from fiscal cliff fallout


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To the Editor: As the executive director of Cherokee Preservation Foundation for the past 10 years, I’ve seen the tremendous…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Make gun, ammo buyers pay to solve problem

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Gary Peebles • Guest Columnist In an entirely predictable way, the Connecticut shootings have touched off another round in the…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Investment in mental health might provide some answers

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By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist After the killing of 26 children and adults by a young man using a…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Martin’s CD explores somber themes without being dark

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By Dean Williams • Contributing Writer Angela Faye Martin’s Anniversary, the follow-up CD to her Mark Linkous produced Pictures From…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

KC and The Sunshine Band hits Harrah’s Cherokee

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Keeping disco alive, legendary group KC and The Sunshine Band will be hitting the stage with their wild, funky music…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Celebrate the end of the World with polka and craft beer

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There will be a winter solstice party at from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at City Lights Café…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

WCU professor releases live-recorded jazz album

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Pavel Wlosok, associate professor of jazz studies in the Western Carolina University School of Music, is releasing a jazz record…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Steep Canyon Rangers receive Bluegrass Grammy nomination

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Nationally acclaimed bluegrass sensation Steep Canyon Rangers from Asheville has racked up yet another accolade — and their second Grammy…
He went east to discover the final frontier. In 1937, Californian Joseph S. Hall was a 30-year-old graduate student. Hired…