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Smoky Mountain News

Reaction to accident is disheartening

It makes me sick to think people would applaud Helping Hands not getting funding from Waynesville after such horrible circumstances occurred. Nicole Kott is an imperfect human just like the rest of us. She made a mistake, a mistake that has changed her life forever. This mistake should not negate all the amazing work she and Helping Hands have done in this community. This organization stepped in when it was most needed and has been incredibly responsible with the funds it’s been tasked with administering thus far.
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Stellar lineup for upcoming Smoky Mountains Bluegrass Festival

WAYNESVILLE – Early bird tickets are now on sale for the Smoky Mountain Bluegrass Festival set for Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds in Maggie Valley. The festival will feature Balsam Range, Sister Sadie and the Amanda Cook Band. Early bird tickets are on sale through Sept. 30.
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Top local stories we are following today

WLOS — Ian’s winds slow to 65 mph, downgrading the system to a tropical storm, the National Hurricane Center says. More than 2.5 million people in Florida are under evacuation orders. Over 30,000 workers are on standby to restore power to the region as soon as it’s safe to do so. Tropical Storm Ian is expected to track into South Carolina Friday, weakening as its remnants track northwest toward Upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina.
Smoky Mountain News

Five vie for three seats on Haywood Commission

Three incumbents, along with two challengers, are all running for the Haywood County Board of Commissioners this year, and there isn’t enough room for all of them. Voters can select up to three candidates and in doing so will determine whether or not the county continues moving in the same direction or embarks on a different path.
Smoky Mountain News

Are you ready for ‘Assassins’?

A production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Assassins” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 7-8, 14-15, 20-22 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, the musical...
Sylva Herald

House burns in training exercise

Members of the Sylva and Savannah fire departments used a house at 16 Crestview Heights next to the QP on East Main Street as a training ground last Saturday morning. Fires were lit in each room of the house to allow trainees to see how fire and smoke act under different conditions and practice extinguishing the blazes. “Then we took it down to the basement and did some exercises there,” said Mallary Carraway of the Sylva Fire Department. “When we lit the last fire in the basement we let it burn. The walls and floors fell into the basement space. It worked out perfectly.”

9 Hottest Restaurants in Asheville Right Now

More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What’s everyone talking about? While the Eater 18 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the “it” places of the moment. Enter the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to highlight the spots crowds are flocking to at the moment or generating a big buzz. Folks are asking, “Have you been yet?” Try one of these newbies today.

Declining tourism rates spark concerns among some leaders, business owners in Asheville

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — For the fourth consecutive month, Asheville has reported more un-booked hotel rooms than for the same period last year. According to the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (TDA), hotel occupancy was down two points in August from the same month last year. Similarly, vacation rentals were also down, dropping 10 points from the same time last year and 14 points from August 2019.
Smoky Mountain News

Americana, folk at Orchard Coffee

A founder and former member of indie juggernaut The Head and The Heart, acclaimed singer-songwriter Josiah Johnson will perform an intimate set of music on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Orchard Coffee in Waynesville. Doors at 7:30 p.m. The show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. With...
Sylva Herald


CHEROKEE CENTRAL SCHOOL is currently taking applications for employment for the following job opportunities, all jobs are open until filled unless otherwise indicated : 1. Elementary Teacher (Multiple positions) 2. Elementary School Counselor 3. Special Education Parent Support Specialist 4. Middle School Special Education Pathseekeers Teacher 5. Math Teacher (High School) 6. Behavior Modification Teacher Assistant (Middle School) 7. Math Teacher (Middle School) 8. Part-Time Security For full details and job descriptions, please visit our website: or visit /apps/pages/human_resources for more information. 30e.

This Entire Amuseument Park in North Carolina is Mysteriously Abandoned

There’s something particularly unsettling about an abandoned amusement park—the crowds, excitement, and laughter that once filled the park seem to linger long after the park shutters its doors. In western North Carolina, you'll find what was once a popular destination that now sits decaying in the middle of a charming Great Smoky Mountain town. Keep reading to learn more.
Mountain Xpress

Letter: Watch out for ‘rainbow fentanyl’

Why isn’t this in local news, especially after confiscation of rainbow fentanyl in Cherokee? Are we to just wait, then warn, after it appears in Buncombe or Haywood — or give the public the warning and scientific facts of the newly popping up lethal drugs, state to state and town by town (