Mayor Zeb Smathers

In Canton, paper mill’s closure eliminates jobs and leaves 115 years’ of pollution behind

BY: - May 5, 2023

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains about 20 miles west of Asheville, the small town of Canton seems to sprout from the steep hillsides, defying gravity. Its downtown is laid out as a surrender to the topography: a warren of alleys and hidden walkways, coiled roads and railroad spurs. Most important, the town is cleft […]