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Highlands-Cashiers Hospital will soon join the growing number of small hospitals in Western North Carolina to come under the management of Mission Hospital in Asheville.
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:17

Political roundup

The Macon County League of Women Voters will host a forum at noon Oct. 11 at Tartan Hall in Franklin for county commissioner candidates.  Incumbent Democrat Bobby Kuppers is facing Republican Paul Higdon in District 3. Incumbents Jim Tate and…
At first glance, this 14-year-old girl with a soft smile and a round face may seem like the all-American kid. She’s been in Girl Scouts since the first grade. Her dad works in construction. Currently a high school sophomore, she…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:12

Scoring coveted brown highway signs can pay off

Nantahala-bound travelers will notice a suite of new, officially-sanctioned, brown roadside directional signs declaring they are on the right track to the renowned paddling Mecca — signs that rafting outfitters in the Nantahala Gorge hope will alleviate the problems caused…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:11

News briefs

Construction Career Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 at the Haywood County Agriculture and Activities Center. The event aims to promote the construction field to high school juniors and seniors. Students in…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:10

Purse snatching takes tragic turn in Cherokee

The Cherokee Indian Police are investigating an apparent robbery and homicide that occurred in the parking lot of the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cherokee last Saturday. Witnesses said a person with a black mask and dark clothing grabbed a…
As Carol Adams approached the table of automatic rifles, she looked giddily around and picked the fully-automatic Swedish K out of the lineup. “This is my first time ever firing a gun,” she said as she stepped up to the…
With hundreds of special interest groups and clubs issuing candidate endorsements each election cycle, it can be difficult to keep tabs on who is backing whom.
More than a year after winning $5,000 in the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Start-up Competition, Aermor, an engineering and technical services business in Canton, is still growing. After sweeping the competition, owner Penny Morgan announced some lofty…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 15:41

In the news

MedWest Health System’s Urgent Care Centers in Sylva, Canton and Waynesville are now open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., seven days a week to provide greater access to care for people experiencing non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries. The urgent care…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:24

Let the fall wildflower fruit displays begin

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Most wildflower enthusiasts quite naturally hone in on the showy flowering phase of a plant’s life cycle for observation, identification…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:23

Rooted in the Mountains symposium comes to WCU

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The third annual Rooted in the Mountains symposium at Western Carolina University will be held from 10 a.m. to 6:30…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:22

Help sought in mapping historic settlements

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When the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was created in the 1930s and 1940s, hundreds of families were forced to…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:22

Take a volunteer vacation along the A.T.

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Rocky Top Trail Crew is looking for volunteers to help reconstruct a remote section of the…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:21

Haywood Master Gardeners to give grants

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The Haywood County Master Gardener Volunteer Association is accepting applications for grants for horticultural projects in Haywood County. The deadline…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:19

Help bring back the Cullowhee lily by planting bulbs

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An effort to re-establish the Cullowhee lily on the Western Carolina University campus gets under way this fall with a…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:18

First whitewater releases hit the Upper Nantahala

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Paddlers hungry to sample the newest whitewater run to hit WNC’s rivers will flock to the upper reaches of the…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:17

NOC serves up guest appreciation festival

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Nantahala Outdoor Center will host its end-of-season Guest Appreciation Festival Sept. 28-30. A cornerstone of the annual event is the…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:17

Competition and culture at Forest Festival Day

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Grab your axes. The 17th Annual John G. Palmer Woodmen’s Meet at The Cradle of Forestry in the Pisgah National…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:15

Dry Falls reopens after extensive rehab

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The U.S. Forest Service reopened Dry Falls in the Nantahala National Forest Saturday, Sept. 22. The site has been closed…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:15

Introduce kids to the joys of mountain biking

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Grab the kids and the bikes and head to the trails of Deep Creek outside Bryson City to celebrate ‘Take…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:14

Learn how to forage for edibles

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Wild foods expert Alan Muskat of Asheville will lead a foraging workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday,…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:13

Birds of prey to swoop into farmers market

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Owls, falcons and other birds of prey will make an appearance at the Haywood Historic Farmers Market in Waynesville from…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:12

Birds and butterflies and flowers, oh my

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I had the pleasure of leading nine women from the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Chapter on an outing along the…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:08

Galax takes a beating from blackmarket trade

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They operate in groups, or sometimes alone, packing duffle bags of the illicit product by foot through the Western North…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:27

Marianna Black Library celebrates freedom to read

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In honor of National Banned Books Week and to celebrate the freedom to read, the Marianna Black Library in Bryson…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:26

Tweens and teens to meet at library

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The “tween” writing group “Write On!” for 8- to 12-year-olds will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Jackson…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:25

A thoughtful examination of love and parenting

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A distracted mother off to the store forgets to shut the door from the kitchen to the garage, puts her…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:10

Life in the GOP fact-free bubble

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To the Editor: I just don’t get it. Many Republicans think that Obama is a Kenyan socialist out to destroy the…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:09

Conservatives take us down the wrong path

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To the Editor: Webster’s dictionary defines the following terms as stated below: • Conservative: “of or relating to a philosophy of…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:08

Jim Davis living in Alice in Wonderland world?

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To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, is apparently living in a world in where up is down, less is…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:08

Don’t legitimize hate and violence

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To the Editor: From U.S. media coverage we get the impression that the Muslim world is burning with anti-Western anger over…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:07

Thanks to the GOP communications chair

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To The Editor: In Carol Adams’ reply to my column (“Proud to be an American … sort of,” SMN Sept.…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:06

Video archives useful in combatting lies

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To the Editor: I noticed that last week some of Mitt Romney’s defenders tried to claim that the video from…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:06

Women’s rights, the unfinished struggle

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To the Editor: Throughout America’s history courageous women have struggled to achieve social and political freedom and equality. They have…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:04

A different kind of freedom in the Middle East

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Could you imagine how different it might feel to be an American today if the ideas of individual freedom and…
Federal inspectors have upped the ante for a controversial bear zoo on the Cherokee Reservation, this time opening an official complaint against the operation that could face large fines or even be shut down.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:02

Sylva soon to have a taxi man again

A new taxi service will be coming soon to Sylva. The Sylva town board last week unanimously approved a taxicab business license for Brian Paquin, who plans to launch 24-hour, seven-day per week service under the name Freedom Taxi.
Swain County is outsourcing medical care for inmates at the county jail to an independent firm that specializes in the niche field of health care for prisoners, and move the county hopes could save several thousand dollars a year. The…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:46

News in brief

Haywood County Chamber of Commerce is launching its 2012 Business Academy from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 4 at The Gateway Club in Waynesville. The Business Academy is a free seven-session program from October through May that will address and assist business…
A tourism task force in Jackson County has spent several months formulating a major overhaul of the county’s tourism agency, but the recommendations seem to be dead-on-arrival now that they’ve landed at the county commissioners’ doorstep.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:43

Crafting a new day for Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley has hired an outside consultant to help the once-bustling and now-struggling tourist town overcome an ongoing identity crisis. The consultant is now ready to move from business to business talking to people about what they want for the…
As Maggie Valley business owners and leaders look toward the town’s future, it is unclear how large a role town leaders realistically expect the amusement park Ghost Town in the Sky to play.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:40

Ghost Town pledges to reopen rides and attractions

Maggie cheered when Ghost Town in the Sky reopened this summer, but with only a small portion of the rides and attractions up and running, the real potential of the amusement park to lure hordes of tourists back to the…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:38

Community bank expands operations

When Old Town Bank opened in 2007, its founders already had plans for building a dream headquarters, but the grand plans had to be put on hold until the locally owned bank got on its feet and the recession ended.
When Super Walmart opened in Waynesville in 2008, it was viewed as just the beginning of a business boom that would reverse a long, steady downward spiral of South Main Street. But, the economy had other plans. The hoped-for land…
Alice Parker Watty can’t get to her house. The only driveway to her front door crosses her neighbor’s land, and suddenly they don’t want her using it anymore. Watty said she has driven on and maintained the driveway for 19…
During the past two years, several keystone issues regarding abortion and women’s reproductive health have been debated at the state level. The Republican-led General Assembly has attempted to cut funding for Planned Parenthood and passed the Women’s Right to Know…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:26

Reproductive health, abortion battles loom

State lawmakers during the past two years have passed several pieces of legislation centered around the abortion issue — including the attempt to cut funding for Planned Parenthood and a new set of protocols, dubbed the Women’s Right to Know…
The hospitals in Jackson and Swain counties formally declared last week that they want out of the partnership forged nearly three years ago with Haywood’s hospital — however, it’s not at all clear whether the leaders of Haywood Regional Medical…