San Francisco Giant outfielder Barry Bonds is the greatest baseball player of this era, and one can make a good…
By Jason Kimenker • Guest Columnist What makes Sylva great? The people of rural Sylva, North Carolina are as unique…
The recent revelations about Rep. Charles Taylor’s ties to a lobbyist who has confessed to federal bribery charges is a…
Amnesty? In the immigration controversy that is dividing Congress and the nation, this has become the most misused term in…
The words still ring in my ears, coming as they did from a teacher who had spent years playing by…
It’s past time to keep rehashing the same old arguments about whether having a state lottery is a good idea.…
You have already read or heard about the three guys who were arrested for “operating” — yeah, I guess the…
By Stephanie Wampler I didn’t know her. I never met her. I haven’t even read that much about her. I…
It happened months back, but the request was typical of what we hear everyday in this business: will you do…
There’s no more pressing issue in this region than enacting ordinances to control steep slope development. If we snooze on…
When the political season cranks up, as it’s about to, this business gets a lot more fun. I’m one of…
“This is an administration that believes in natural resource exploitation, and hang any future cost to the public owners. This…
By Marshall Frank “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.” — Ariel…
We lost Barney Fife last week. When the news came that Don Knotts had died of pulmonary and respiratory failure…
By Michael Beadle • Columnist The recent worldwide protests against cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Mohammed have given humanity a…
I pride myself on being a good cook. After 10 years of effort, I have finally mastered homemade cinnamon rolls.…
There’s really not much to say except this: why has it taken so long? The Haywood County School Board apparently…
Mike and I were not exactly a match made in heaven. In fact, I didn’t think we were much of…
Editor’s note: Barbara McCarty worked on a flood task force that allocated more than $800,000 in private donations to victims…
It’s easy for elected leaders to say they support open government. Proving that support is something altogether different and more…
By Dori Pope • Guest columnist I recently had the honor and exciting challenge of being voted the Chair of…
“It’s going to be a bit of a change, but change is not always bad. This is just one little…
I remember the specific moment in my journalism career when I sealed my future as a small-town newspaperman. I was…
By Sarah Kucharski On a chilly, rain soaked Sunday morning the last weekend of January I stood under a peaked,…
When a high school biology teacher in Macon County asked students to compare evolution and creation from a scientific perspective,…
Editor’s note: Last week The Smoky Mountain News cover story was about cleanliness at restaurants and what health department inspectors…
It is now official. I am not young anymore. I guess I should have paid more attention to the signs,…
By Lee Shelton I found Scott McLeod’s column, “Living in Fear....” , in theJan. 18 issue of the Smoky Mountain…
I wasn’t very good at sports when I was a kid. I wanted to be good — the star of…
There are many worthwhile upshots from The Sounds of Jackson County recording project, but two stand out among them: one,…
(Editor’s note: Haywood County Manager Jack Horton tendered his resignation to the board of commissioners on Jan. 3. The three…
By Stephanie Wampler One day last year, I had high hopes for a glorious time at the library. I envisioned…
The proposal to hold a referendum on whether alcohol could be sold at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino was withdrawn before it…
It started over a discussion about the merits of that sanitizing gel that is now so often found in restrooms,…
When Haywood County Manager Jack Horton was asked to resign or be fired last week, it was, potentially, a watershed…
By Lee Shelton The town limits of Maggie Valley encompass only 1.8 square miles, and there is only one commercial…
I’ve become hooked on Dr. Phil. Don’t ask me how it happened because I don’t know. He caught me unawares,…
At a time when weather and the environment is making all the news headlines and is rendering hundreds of thousands,…
It’s not always about the money, at least not at first. That’s a point to keep in mind as the…
We in the newspaper business are supposed to be having the bejesus scared out of us because of the power…
By Jason Kimenker • Guest Columnist Winter has arrived, and the holiday season is in full swing. Wonderful and warm…
By Kirk Adcock • Guest Columnist I would first like to thank Gen. Geoffrey Higgenbotham (“Playing politics at the expense…
About this time each year, when the days and tempers get short and the traffic lines get long — when…
Bryson City leaders avoided the temptation to sell off their watershed land for development, instead opting to follow through with…
It looks like the old adage “necessity is the mother of invention” may bear fruit (or gas) when it is…
By John Edwards • Guest Columnist Positive planning by developers, government officials and local citizens could be of great benefit…
By Bill Nolte • Guest Columnist Last week I was providing my ongoing parental taxi service. I can’t remember if we…
By Lee Shelton • Guest Columnist There has been much discussion about attracting more motorcyclists and motorcycle rallies to the…
I’m not sure where home is, but my children know. They’re first-generation mountaineers, which means, should they stay, they’ve got…
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