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Maggie Valley’s dream of having a viable downtown inched closer last week when a $7 million town center plan was unveiled.
On paper, the case for a new, bigger Haywood County Animal Shelter is hard to justify.
A full-service restaurant, an outdoor equipment outfitter, a combination bookstore and coffee cafe, a popular convenience store and a nationally known sandwich shop are among the expected occupants of Noble Hall, the mixed-use facility being constructed on the site of…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 14:59

Capital priorities get sorted in Jackson

The animal shelter and health department are in, and the swimming pool and Green Energy Park expansion are out, Jackson County commissioners decided in a wide-ranging discussion of capital improvement priorities recently.
In a tiny cabin on a sliver of property adjacent to the Jackson County Historic Courthouse, Sylva author John Parris spent years putting pen to paper, writing the newspaper columns and books celebrating life in the mountains that would ensure…
When someone shows up to a medical clinic, sick and suffering, the hardest words to say can be, “Sorry, but you’ll have to wait three months for an appointment.” 
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 14:44

Jackson County begins county manager search

It’s been two months since Jackson County Manager Chuck Wooten announced his impending retirement, and county commissioners are beginning the search for their perfect match to take over the reins.
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:52

Election coverage 2016

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Statewide:   Haywood: Democrats scramble to recruit candidates for Haywood commissioner contest Seven seek two commissioner seats in Haywood Haywood…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:36

Residents promote Franklin as outdoor destination

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Franklin residents have taken it upon themselves to get the word out about the town’s recognition as the “Top Small…
Franklin has sidewalks, bike trails and a beautiful greenway to encourage residents and visitors to walk or bike around town,…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:28

Butterfly highway coming to N.C.

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A network of pollinator pit stops will begin spreading across the state with the launch of the Butterfly Highway Campaign,…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:24

Report delivers bad news for drought prognosis

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Drought has gotten bad in the United States over the past 15 years, and the combination of the dry weather…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:20

The trail from spring to winter

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Bright sunshine? Sixty-degree weather? In February?
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:18

Hooray for the orange and black

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The monarch butterfly is known for its amazing annual spring and fall migration — from wintering grounds in Mexico in…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:04

A few nuggets from books only partly read

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Books brought home from the library: The Art of Grace; Keep It Fake; The Churchill Factor; The Fellowship; South Toward…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:01

Senate needs to do its constitutional duty

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To the Editor: I understand that our Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina is a member of the Senate Judiciary…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:01

Sanders would be a refreshing change

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To the Editor: Imagine, if only there was a viable candidate for President who for decades has spoken with honesty,…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:01

Wording change on Statue of Liberty

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To the Editor: I have recently learn was told that the wording on the base of the Statue of Liberty…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 15:55

Love, marriage ... and a sharp paring knife

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The other night I cut a skin tag off my husband’s face with a really sharp paring knife and some…
Sometimes I forget why I love it so much. The truth is that newspaper work is partly satisfying, partly frustrating.…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 15:25

A look at the races

• Republican reboot on tap for House 119 primary• Rep. West’s retirement leads to Republican primary tussle• Congressional primary moved to June 7• Meet the candidates in Haywood County’s commissioner primary• Voting begins March 3• Past coverage
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 15:13

Voting begins March 3

The 2016 Primary Election will be held March 15 and polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Early voting for the primary will be held March 3-12. 
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 15:05

Swain sees Hepatitis B cases skyrocket

The Swain County Health Department is concerned about the number of Hepatitis B cases confirmed in 2015.
With $120 million at stake, higher education leaders in Western North Carolina have taken every opportunity in the last month to educate people about the Connect N.C. Bond proposal.
Jackson County Commissioners will vote this week on whether to approve a referendum vote for a quarter-cent sales tax increase to appear on the June 7 ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives primary.
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 14:57

How about them apples?

The Smoky Mountain News won more awards in the large circulation, non-daily newspaper category than all but one newspaper in the state during the recent N.C. Press Association Advertising and Editorial Contest.
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 14:56

NOC considering Dillsboro location

If discussions between Nantahala Outdoor Center and Jackson County continue to move forward, the outdoor recreation giant could start work this year on an adventure park and outfitter store in the tiny town of Dillsboro. 
Residents and business owners in Hazelwood have grown increasingly frustrated by the slow pace of water-and-sewer line work that has left their street torn up and blocked off since December.
Champion Credit Union donated $100,000 last week to nine local school systems in the communities it serves — including Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.
Meadowbrook Elementary in Canton is ending its long run as a year-round school.
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 20:51

Musical tribute to Civilian Conservation Corps

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Author Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about how the Civilian Conservation Corps camps improved the surrounding…
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 20:46

This must be the place

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Boo yah. That was my exact response (loudly) when I was informed last week I’d won a few awards from the…
It’s lunchtime in downtown Waynesville. Hungry bellies wander up the sidewalk in search of nourishment. It is the calm before…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:19

An oddly familiar photo brings back memories

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I hate having my picture taken. The simple truth is that I have found clever ways to avoid it for…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:19

Who changed words on Statue of Liberty?

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To the Editor: I have recently learned from a D.C. resident that the wording on the base of the Statue…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:17

Time for a little torture, a la Trump?

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Stephanie Wampler • Guest Columnist Good news, fellow citizens.  It’s only a matter of time before we can all sleep easily,…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:14

Apple or Uncle Sam? I don’t like my choices

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Who you going to trust, Apple or Uncle Sam? By deciding not to obey a court order to unlock the…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:47

Classic Hikes of the Smokies kicks off

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Exploration of the remote Little Cataloochee area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will kick off this year’s Classic…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:47

Poster contest winners announced in Jackson

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Students in Jackson County got a chance to show the artistic side of what it means to live in a…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:44

Agreement signed to protect rare fish

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The sicklefin redhorse is a rare fish found nowhere else in the world other than six Southern Appalachian counties, but…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:43

Boats banned from new Lake Glenville swimming area

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Starting in August, no boating vessels will be allowed at the new swimming area at the Pines Recreation Area on…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:41

Community leaders recognized in Haywood

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Before a roomful of dedicated citizens, Haywood’s Commission for a Clean County doled out its annual awards last week to…
“This is the ugliest fly I have,” says Mike Kesselring, pulling a battered-looking brown-bodied, black-feathered fly from a box marked…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:23

Katrina-spawned novel finally getting its due

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Hurricane Katrina spawned an awesome number of literary works, and it may be that, given sufficient time to determine the full…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:12

Animal hospitals donate pet oxygen masks

Country Lane Animal Hospital in Clyde and The Animal Hospital in Waynesville teamed together to address the issue of pet safety in the event of an emergency.  Dr. McCracken and Dr. Hammett launched a program in Haywood County to ensure…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:09

WCU chancellor to host forum on NC bond issue

Western Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher will host an educational forum at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, in the theater of WCU’s A.K. Hinds University Center to address the regional importance of the Connect NC bond proposal.  On Tuesday, March…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:07

Development could be in Cullowhee’s future

Phones in Jackson County’s planning department have been buzzing lately with people interested in developing property in Cullowhee, and that news has spurred county commissioners to work toward getting a planning council in place to handle requests that might come…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:06

Schools work through calendar challenges

Macon County teachers recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of adding 20 minutes to their school days in an effort to get testing done before the Christmas holiday and fit in additional teacher workdays.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:04

Tobacco-free ordinance on hold in Swain

Swain County Commissioners postponed a vote on whether to make the county recreation center a tobacco-free area after hearing feedback from a few residents.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:04

Homeless shelter planned for Cherokee

Work will begin on establishing a shelter for Cherokee’s homeless following passage of a resolution Principal Chief Patrick Lambert introduced this month.