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Money can be a source of stress or a means to a fulfilling life. It all depends on how you manage your finances. It’s important to be intentional with money management and budgeting. Below are five tips to help you manage your money wisely. 

Last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior released new guidance aiming to strengthen the role of tribal governments in federal land management. 

Five dozen vintage trailers will be on display this weekend when the Vintage Trailer Open House event returns 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Creekwood Farm Campground in Haywood County. 

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Learn more about the art of bonsai 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville. 

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The deadly disease white-nose syndrome has killed more than 90% of tri-colored bats in affected bat colonies, and now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a proposal to list the species as endangered. 

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National Public Lands Day is Saturday, Sept. 24, and two local events offer a chance to give back to the lands that offer adventure and escape all year long. 

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating a milestone in its Smokies Most Wanted citizen science project, with 100,000 observations now recorded by people using the iNaturalist app.

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The Haywood County Arts Council’s annual Haywood County Studio Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

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Mississippi Musician Hall of Fame icon Webb Wilder will perform as part of the “Songwriter Sundays” live music sessions at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Yonder Community Market in Franklin.

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A beloved long-time Western North Carolina tradition, the 48th annual Mountain Heritage Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

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In partnership with the Japan Outreach Initiative Coordinator at Western Carolina University, there will be an “Origami Workshop” to be held from 4 to 5 p.m Monday, Sept. 26, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.

To the Editor:

The article regarding the backlash over Biden’s forgiveness of student loans was another, “Well, Susie did it!” diatribe. The information about the PPP payments made to a particular Republican was more confusing than informative.

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This Saturday, celebrate the 48th Mountain Heritage Day festival. Mountain Heritage Day is an annual multicultural celebration held on the Western Carolina University campus from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission, free parking and free shuttle service.

The Haywood County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications to fill two upcoming vacancies on the Smoky Mountain Event Center Board. 

National Manufacturing Day is Oct. 7, and to celebrate NCWorks will be hosting its second annual Manufacturing Day event. The event will be held Friday, Oct. 7, at the NCWorks Career Center in Waynesville from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Legal Aid of North Carolina is helping those recovering from the catastrophic flooding that occurred in August 2021 through free disaster legal services and clinics.  

Bethel Middle School teacher Sally Hundley was named Haywood County Schools’ 2023 Teacher of the Year.

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FUR’s seventh annual Barnyard BBQ Blast fundraiser will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. With music, raffles, games, a silent auction and, of course, a delicious BBQ lunch with all the fixins, this event will make any cat lover purr. The fun takes place at Barn Star Events in the Jonathan Creek area. 

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As the world becomes more and more accessible in the palm of our hands, local governments must adapt to ensure the most up-to-date information is available for residents.

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Nearly half of the 65 living Medal of Honor recipients and their families traveled to Knoxville last week for the Medal of Honor Celebration, with a delegation of 60 people embarking on a guided tour of Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Thursday, Sept. 8. 

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The publisher of Burt Kornegay’s “A Guide’s Guide to Panthertown” has marked the 25th anniversary of its first printing with a $10,000 donation to Friends of Panthertown.

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A weekend of riverside games, whitewater rafting, adventure films and gear deals will liven up the fall Friday, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Sept. 25 at Nantahala Outdoor Center in Swain County. 

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Twenty nationally acclaimed artists will journey to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for Plein Air in the Park, organized by Friends of the Smokies, Sept. 26-Oct. 2. 

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To the Editor:

The current issue of The Smoky Mountain News (September 7) has a sticker affixed to the front page that states: “Mike Clampitt NC House District 119 Conservative Values.” I assume that this was caused to be affixed by Mr. Clampitt’s reelection campaign.

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To the Editor:

Every American should be troubled, attentive and very concerned about the mishandling of classified documents by the former president discovered by the FBI during their lawful investigation at Trump’s resort in Florida. 

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The Town of Franklin Town Hall payment hours are changing effective Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.   

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The Cullowhee Fire Department is teaming up with State Farm and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape.” This year’s campaign, Oct. 9-15, works to educate everyone about simple but important steps they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. 

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When Western Carolina University officials held a ribbon-cutting event to officially open “The Rocks” freshman residence halls on Sept. 2, it was more than just a ceremonial gathering. 

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The Darren Nicholson Band (Americana/bluegrass) will perform during the “Pickin’ Into Fall” celebration at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Lazy Hiker Brewing in Franklin.

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The Whisnants will hold a special performance at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Beloved stage act The Perrys will open the concert.

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A beloved long-time Western North Carolina tradition, the 48th annual Mountain Heritage Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

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The Haywood County Arts Council’s annual “Haywood County Studio Tour” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

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Tommy Cabe, Macon County resident and Board of Education vice chairman, died Thursday, Sept. 1, after undergoing heart surgery in Asheville. A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Franklin High School Fine Arts Center. 

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Explore the mountains of Western North Carolina with a series of hikes offered this month through the Haywood County Recreation Department. 

Western North Carolina will see $1.5 million of the more than $17 million in grants approved Aug. 26 through the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

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The sorghum harvest season is back at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and visitors to Cades Cove will have chances throughout the fall to enjoy demonstrations of traditional Appalachian sorghum syrup-making. 

To the Editor:

I am not a semi-fascist. A ‘deplorable’, maybe. I am not a MAGA terrorist. 

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To the Editor:

With the mewling and whining by Trumpian Republicans at having been accurately branded fascists by the president and other historically informed individuals, those Republicans need somehow to counter the walking like a duck, looking like a duck and quacking evidentiary conclusion.

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To the Editor:

This election, remember our personal liberties and freedom to voice sentiments without fear. The risk to our liberties come from extreme right groups identifying as Christian Nationals. The positions of the Christian Nationalist Alliance include: 

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To the Editor:

With the current Jackson County sheriff not running for re-election, we will have a new sheriff to lead our county law enforcement.

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The Power of Pink 5k Run/Walk/Dog Walk will celebrate its 15th Anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. Proceeds from this event will once again go to support prevention and early detection of breast cancer. Since 2007, The Power of Pink has funded 1,868 mammograms and follow-up procedures for 983 women and men in Haywood County.

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If you haven’t received your tax refund, it’s not too late. Families who make less than $58,000 per year can get free tax help at a series of tax clinics hosted by nonprofit Pisgah Legal Services.

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There’s no such thing as a calm season when it comes to natural disasters.

A Jackson County man pleaded guilty Thursday in Haywood County Superior Court to killing one person and injuring two others on July 21, 2021, after he intentionally drove into oncoming traffic, District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said.

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The Southern Environmental Law Center has named D.J. Gerken as its new president and executive director. This fall, he’ll take the role from Jeff Gleason, who is retiring after 30 years with the organization. 

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Ron Moser, a founding member and former leader of Haywood Waterways Association, passed away Thursday, Aug. 18, at the age of 68. 

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Two environmentally focused camps this summer offered students the chance to get outside while learning about how to care for creation. 

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An outbreak of hemorrhagic disease has spurred reports of sick and dead deer in 39 North Carolina counties, with the highest frequency of reports coming from the mountain and piedmont regions. 

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