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The Smoky Mountain News distributes 16,000 papers per week, comes out every Wednesday, and is distributed free at more than 600 locations in Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties, and on the Cherokee Reservation. There are also stops in downtown Asheville. Smoky Mountain News has offices in both Waynesville and Sylva.

Have you checked to see if you qualify for a scholarship?
01/07/2020
Haywood County Schools Foundation

Have you checked to see if you qualify for a scholarship?

Attention seniors! Haywood County Schools Foundation scholarships are now open! Last year, we gave away more than $200,000 in scholarships to Haywood County Schools students. Download an application here or pick one up at your school's guidance center. Deadline is Friday, March 13.

http://www.hcsf.haywood.k12.nc.us/scholarships/

An eight-week training course for anyone interested in operating an agriculture-based business will kick off Tuesday, Ja...
01/06/2020
Appalachian Farm School returns to Sylva

An eight-week training course for anyone interested in operating an agriculture-based business will kick off Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Southwestern Community College in Sylva.

An eight-week training course for anyone interested in operating an agriculture-based business will kick off Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Southwestern Community College in Sylva.  About to enter its sixth year, the Appalachian Farm School is a pioneering program aiming to teach participants the busines...

It’s often been said that there’s wisdom to be found in the rhythms of nature, and that’s certainly true. But there’s al...
01/06/2020
The year in quotes

It’s often been said that there’s wisdom to be found in the rhythms of nature, and that’s certainly true. But there’s also wisdom — and humor as well — in the words of those who spend their time outdoors, soaking those rhythms into their souls. Some of their words are featured here among The Smoky Mountain News’ favorite quotes from 2019’s outdoors section.

It’s often been said that there’s wisdom to be found in the rhythms of nature, and that’s certainly true. But there’s also wisdom — and humor as well — in the words of those who spend their time outdoors, soaking those rhythms into their souls. Some of their words are featured here ...

Good morning!
01/06/2020

Good morning!

Today’s hike -Mt Leconte for sunrise. 4"snow, 8° and 30 mph wind gust.
photo Up N' Adam Adventures

Book review from Jeff Minick
01/05/2020
Memoir of illness full of gallantry and wit

Book review from Jeff Minick

“It was crazy. The surgeon told me the tumor was the size of a pear, which is scary but also confusing. I was like, ‘Did he go to med school or farmer’s market?’” That’s part of comedian Jim Gaffigan’s bit on YouTube about his wife Jeannie’s brain tumor.  When Life Gives You Pea...

Letter to the Editor from Mary Curry of Cullowhee
01/05/2020
Trump’s mental health issues a problem

Letter to the Editor from Mary Curry of Cullowhee

To the Editor: Mr. Waldrop, as always, nails the truth to the sticking-place in his last letter to The Smoky Mountain News. Fellow citizens, are you not beyond sick of having your mind constantly invaded by President Trump’s hate-filled, childish insults even to his own appointees? By his obs...

This week's column from Susanna Shetley
01/05/2020
Twelve commandments for the New Year

This week's column from Susanna Shetley

When I was a little girl, my dad would make huge snack trays on New Year’s Eve and pour sparkling grape juice in crystal flutes for my sister and me. He and my mom had their own flutes brimming with champagne. Once we watched Dick Clark count down in Times Square, we’d clink glasses, spin noisem...

Cartoon, Jan. 1, 2020
01/04/2020
Cartoon, Jan. 1, 2020

Cartoon, Jan. 1, 2020

At our inception 20 years ago, we chose to be different. Unlike other news organizations, we made the decision to provide in-depth, regional reporting free to anyone who wanted access to it. We don’t plan to change that model. Support from our readers will help us maintain and strengthen the edito...

This week's opinion from SMN Publisher Scott Mcleod
01/04/2020
Sixty snuck up and smacked me

This week's opinion from SMN Publisher Scott Mcleod

I just turned the big 6-0. Sixty. What the hell? I’ve been reading essays on reaching this point in life, and I don’t seem to be taking this as philosophically as some. Unlike others, I don’t think I’ll be posting up on a barstool or relaxing in an easy chair and waxing poetic regarding the ...

Nantahala Volunteer Fire & Rescue
01/04/2020

Nantahala Volunteer Fire & Rescue

The Nantahala Gorge will be closed until slide is cleared. We will post when it is opened. Slide is near Ferebee Park.

A strenuous 4.7-mile hike on the Vineyard Gap Trail in the Turkey Pen area of the Pisgah National Forest will embark on ...
01/03/2020
Hike Turkey Pen

A strenuous 4.7-mile hike on the Vineyard Gap Trail in the Turkey Pen area of the Pisgah National Forest will embark on Sunday, Jan. 5, led by the Carolina Mountain Club.

A strenuous 4.7-mile hike on the Vineyard Gap Trail in the Turkey Pen area of the Pisgah National Forest will embark on Sunday, Jan. 5, led by the Carolina Mountain Club.  This scenic trail is located in the warmer Turkey Pen area with no water crossings. There is a one-third-mile steep part ne...

01/03/2020

This week's Hot Picks from A&E Editor Garret K. Woodward

1 Andrews Brewing Company (Andrews) will host the “Lounge Series” at its Calaboose location with Joey Fortner (Americana/folk) at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3.

2 The Haywood County Arts Council annual show, “It’s a Small, Small Work,” will be held through Jan. 4 in HCAC Gallery & Gifts in Waynesville.

3 There will be a special “Pottery & Pints” class held by Viva Arts Studios from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Innovation Station in Dillsboro.

4 The Franklin Open Forum will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub in Franklin.

5 Innovation Station (Dillsboro) will host A. Lee Edwards (singer-songwriter) 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4.

Last chance to see this local exhibit!
01/03/2020
‘It’s a Small, Small Work’ exhibit

Last chance to see this local exhibit!

The Haywood County Arts Council annual show, “It’s a Small, Small Work,” will be held through Jan. 4 in HCAC Gallery & Gifts in Waynesville. The 2019 exhibit will feature 60 artists and almost 240 individual works of art for sale. The show provides a unique opportunity for budding artists ...

Popular Haywood County singer-songwriter Joey Fortner will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Andrews Brewing in Andre...
01/03/2020
Americana, folk at Andrews Brewing

Popular Haywood County singer-songwriter Joey Fortner will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Andrews Brewing in Andrews.

Popular Haywood County singer-songwriter Joey Fortner will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Andrews Brewing in Andrews.  Formerly of Soldier’s Heart and Through the Hills, singer/guitarist Joey Fortner is striking it out on his own with this rollicking new formation, one of rock melodies ...

Final reminder:The cut off time and date to apply for the vacant two (2) year Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen seat is du...
01/03/2020
Application for Appointment to the Board of Aldermen - Town of Maggie Valley

Final reminder:

The cut off time and date to apply for the vacant two (2) year Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen seat is due to the Town Clerk (Vickie Best) no later than Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Click on the link below for the application for appointment.

https://maggievalleync.gov/town-news/application-for-appointment-to-the-board-of-aldermen/

Town of Maggie Valley - Where the Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Below are some key releases that have serendipitously found their way into my life — artists and melodies that illuminat...
01/03/2020
In search of the sound: The best albums of 2019

Below are some key releases that have serendipitously found their way into my life — artists and melodies that illuminate truth and compassion within. Hopefully, the perceptive lyrics and mesmerizing tones of these albums will do the same for you. - Garret K. Woodward, A&E Editor

Picking your favorite albums of any given year is a wholeheartedly subjective endeavor. You’re drawn to what immediately captures your attention — whatever that song, record or genre may be.  And, to that point, you find yourself sharing your musical discoveries with anyone who will listen ...

Unfortunately, there still seems to be some lingering confusion over what is fake news (the stories below) and what is n...
01/02/2020
Fake News Freakout!!!!!! Four

Unfortunately, there still seems to be some lingering confusion over what is fake news (the stories below) and what is not fake news (things you don’t agree with).

So take these stories with a grain of salt, but do take them as examples of what happens when The Smoky Mountain News decides to actually print “fake news,” and remember, if you read something in our paper at any other time of the year, it’s not fake news (even that one about the meth bear).

By Cory Vaillancourt • Fake News Editor | It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, it’s time for our annual installment of the Fake News Freakout, in which we take stories that sprout from a small grain of truth, harvest them, and then process them into a multi-layered cake of...

As we count down the last days of 2019, the year just wouldn’t be complete without The Smoky Mountain News’s annual spoo...
01/02/2020
2019: What just happened?

As we count down the last days of 2019, the year just wouldn’t be complete without The Smoky Mountain News’s annual spoof awards and Fake News Freakout. After such a busy year of covering the most important news in Western North Carolina, we enjoy taking a lighthearted look back — finding the humor and ridiculousness in the headlines and honoring those who have made their mark. So take a break, share a few laughs and get ready to wipe the slate clean in 2020. Congratulations to our winners and if you didn’t get an award don’t worry, there’s always next year.

As we ring in the New Year, The Smoky Mountain News likes to look back and reflect on the last year of news.  The headlines that have graced our pages in 2019 have had an important impact on the people of Western North Carolina, and our staff has taken its job of reporting and analyzing those i...

The stars were quite amazing on New Year's night!
01/02/2020

The stars were quite amazing on New Year's night!

In the new year you should reach for the stars!

Frying Pan Tower - Photo by Chris Stinson

Sylva was named the nation’s slowest city for internet in a recent report from internet service comparison website www.h...
12/31/2019
Jackson discusses solutions to slow internet

Sylva was named the nation’s slowest city for internet in a recent report from internet service comparison website www.highspeedinternet.com, and that struggle continues to be a frequent topic of conversation in town and county meetings.

Sylva was named the nation’s slowest city for internet in a recent report from internet service comparison website www.highspeedinternet.com, and that struggle continues to be a frequent topic of conversation in town and county meetings.  One such discussion occurred during a county commissio...

Constance Owl’s master’s degree thesis is more than a means to a graduate degree in American history. It’s a portal to u...
12/31/2019
WCU student working to translate Cherokee language from native newspaper

Constance Owl’s master’s degree thesis is more than a means to a graduate degree in American history. It’s a portal to understanding, and perhaps saving, a disappearing language.

Constance Owl’s master’s degree thesis is more than a means to a graduate degree in American history. It’s a portal to understanding, and perhaps saving, a disappearing language. Owl, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who grew up in Cherokee County, is a second-year graduate stu...

A 51-acre conservation purchase in the Highlands of Roan will protect a prominent ridge near the Appalachian Trail.
12/31/2019
Conservation purchase will protect birds, A.T. views

A 51-acre conservation purchase in the Highlands of Roan will protect a prominent ridge near the Appalachian Trail.

A 51-acre conservation purchase in the Highlands of Roan will protect a prominent ridge near the Appalachian Trail.  The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy bought the Haw Orchard Ridge property, which adjoins the Pisgah National Forest just south of Roan High Knob, and will manage it as...

After vetting a large number of funding proposals, the foundation has awarded almost $1.5 million to local nonprofits an...
12/30/2019
Nantahala foundation awards grants

After vetting a large number of funding proposals, the foundation has awarded almost $1.5 million to local nonprofits and other organizations addressing the root causes of the community’s most pressing health concerns, including access to healthcare, education, transportation, poverty or quality of housing.

The Nantahala Health Foundation has announced its initial grants awarded to local organizations in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties, and the Qualla Boundary.  As a newly formed nonprofit, NHF focused its 2019 efforts on strategic planning and information gathering befor...

Commissioner Mickey Luker has not attended a commissioners meeting in person since Aug. 20, and while he has often been ...
12/30/2019
Cashiers rep fails to attend local meeting

Commissioner Mickey Luker has not attended a commissioners meeting in person since Aug. 20, and while he has often been counted present via speakerphone, he has not phoned in at all in the past month.

The Jackson County Commissioners traveled to Cashiers for their Dec. 12 meeting, but Commissioner Mickey Luker — who was elected to represent the Cashiers area — did not attend.  “When I saw Mickey’s name, I thought, ‘Oh goodness, Mickey’s going to be with us,’” Ralph Slaughter,...

The National Park Service is embarking on a system-wide effort to crack down on invasive animal species following the co...
12/30/2019
National parks battle invasion

The National Park Service is embarking on a system-wide effort to crack down on invasive animal species following the conclusion of a three-year research endeavor conducted by a panel of experts in fields ranging from park management to emerging technology.

The National Park Service is embarking on a system-wide effort to crack down on invasive animal species following the conclusion of a three-year research endeavor conducted by a panel of experts in fields ranging from park management to emerging technology.  The Park Service reached out to memb...

The Naturalist's Corner with Don Hendershot
12/29/2019
Hello solstice my old friend

The Naturalist's Corner with Don Hendershot

The official time of the 2019 winter solstice in the northern hemisphere is 11:19 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, Dec. 21. That is the time the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer and is directly overhead. That will be the shortest day and longest night of the year. For thousands of years civil...

Letter to the Editor from Nancy Kay of Sebastapol, California
12/29/2019
Thanks for reporting on animal cruelty

Letter to the Editor from Nancy Kay of Sebastapol, California

To the Editor: Thank you for reporting on the recent animal cruelty case in Haywood County. The suffering of so many animals is truly horrific. Perhaps the silver lining that can come from this terrible tragedy is recognizing and then fixing the corruption that exists within the Haywood County syste...

This week's column from Chris Cox
12/29/2019
Because one day they aren’t there

This week's column from Chris Cox

The hardest thing to get used to is the stillness. The quiet. The absolute absence of any movement at all. Day after day, everything is just as it was the day before. His old Ford pickup is backed up to the garage, with the headlights pointing straight at our deck like a pair of eyes keeping watch.....

Letter to the Editor from Brittney Lofthouse
12/28/2019
Car seat education will save lives

Letter to the Editor from Brittney Lofthouse

To the Editor: Five years ago, shortly after partnering with the Sheriff’s Office to begin a Safe Kids coalition in Macon County, I went through a 5-day course to become a certified car seat technician. During the rigorous five-day course, taught by experts who traveled here from Raleigh, I learne...

Guest column from Mark Jamison of Jackson County
12/28/2019
National parks should not depend on fees

Guest column from Mark Jamison of Jackson County

By Mark Jamison • Guest Columnist | In Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy, the political philosopher Michael Sandel discusses the tension between concepts of citizenship as a participatory responsibility and concepts of government as merely a transactional entity, a...

Zumba to benefit Sarge'sA Zumba fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 28 in the Haywood County Animal Shelte...
12/27/2019
Sarges Animal Rescue Foundation – Saving Haywood County's Adoptable Pets

Zumba to benefit Sarge's

A Zumba fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 28 in the Haywood County Animal Shelter’s Education Room.
Taught by certified instructors Monica Marija Green and Abigail Leatherwood Newton, proceeds from this event will go to Sarge’s Medical Fund to help animals. A donation of $10 is suggested to be given on-site. RSVP at www.sargeanimals.org.

Sarge’s original mission is to save animals from euthanasia in the Haywood County Animal Shelter, because when we started, more than 50 animals per week were being put down because of lack of space.

12/27/2019

This week's Hot Picks from A&E Editor Garret K. Woodward

1 There will be a special performance by Darren Nicholson and friends, titled “Uptown Downhome,” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville.

2 The “Polar Express” will depart on select times through Dec. 31 from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad depot in Bryson City.

3 Boojum Brewing Company (Waynesville) will host “The Great Gatsby” New Year’s Eve Party at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31.

4 The Swain County Genealogical & Historical Society will present “Remembering Hol Rose and Babe Burnett,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at the Swain County Regional Business Education and Training Center in Bryson City.

5 Andrews Brewing Company (Andrews) will host Joey Fortner (singer-songwriter) 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3.

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