A team of laid-off state geologists will soon start mapping landslide hazard zones in Haywood County after a coalition of environmental nonprofits raised money to keep the project alive. The state two years ago axed an ongoing effort to map…
Jackson County planning board members are considering whether to re-start a landslide hazard mapping initiative that was axed by the state two years ago. A team of state geologists had been creating landslide hazard maps for every mountain county. They…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians could decide soon whether to move forward with a second casino near Murphy, but some tribal members are raising concerns.
People attending productions at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center may soon have the chance to enjoy a glass of wine or a beer before a show or during intermission. WCU’s board of trustees Friday…
It’s a room full of strangers, ideas and alcohol. Still in its infancy yet gaining steam, the Drink-N-Think congregation came together last Wednesday evening at the Mad Batter Bakery & Café in Cullowhee, near the heart of Western Carolina University.
The Haywood Community College Board of Trustees has decided not to release the names of its finalists for president of the community college — even though it did so during the first round of searching last year. Three finalists have been…
The number of children in foster care in Haywood County is on the rise, a depressing sign for Department of Social Services workers whose first goal is to keep a family together. “Growing up in foster care or growing up…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority board responded to outcries from Maggie Valley business owners about a proposed lodging tax increase during its meeting last week. Several business owners in Maggie voiced their collective concerns about the possible increase at…
In a move that could save nearly 100 jobs and keep a Franklin factory from closing, an English-based company struck a deal early this week to purchase the assets of the Whitley Products plant, a struggling metal manufacturer. For nearly…
As you read this it may well be freezing or even icy outside. But before long you’ll be outside working…
Teachers invited to bring the AT into their classroom Teachers and educators interested in incorporating the Appalachian Trail into their…
Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is expected to be repaired and open by…
The third annual Assault on Black Rock will test the strength and stamina of trail runners as they try to…
A guided hike in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held on Tuesday,…
I know, I know, we’ve been in Louisiana for two weeks now, but when I look back at some of…
The last time I went camping I was 10 or 11. I was in my grandparents’ backyard, snug in my…
During the next several weeks, thousands of people will leave from Springer Mountain in Georgia and begin the 2,184-mile trek…
A Lake Junaluska task force voiced overwhelming support last week for merging the 765-home community with the town of Waynesville before a packed audience of homeowners. SEE ALSO: Ongoing coverage The 14-member task force has spent 10 months weighing the…
Jackson County commissioners have postponed a decision on hiring deputies to man the county’s elementary schools. The school board and sheriff’s office made a joint request recently for funding for four additional deputies to serve as school resource officers in…
There’s a new sheriff in town. Greg Christopher, a 51-year-old former lieutenant in the N.C. State Patrol, assumed the role of top lawman in Haywood County this week.
I like “old time rock and roll” too. And I recently got some of my old time records, CDs, iPods,…
An event called “Climbin’ the Chimney” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 2 is an opportunity to for…
Duke Energy is helping to fund new educational and environmental projects as part of its hydropower relicensing agreement in the…
Around 30 daring souls splashed and jumped into Lake Junaluska last Saturday for the first annual “Polar Plunge” to raise…
What better place to start part deaux than Breaux Bridge along Bayou Teche? Firmin Breaux originally purchased the area that…
Western Carolina University’s new trail system is open and ready for bikers, hikers and runners. About 100 people turned out…
Shock waves rippled through the mountain hunting community last week as word spread of a sweeping undercover investigation targeting dozens…
Last week, state and federal wildlife officers began rounding up dozens of suspected poachers in Western North Carolina, bringing to…
William Manchester, author of a number of best-selling books, including The Death of A President, American Caesar, and Goodbye, Darkness,…
To the Editor: Scott McLeod (Feb. 6 SMN) pays tribute to the value of a liberal arts education. Even though…
To the Editor: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the building boom of million dollar homes in Jackson County supported this…
To the Editor: The claim of Frank Parrish and others over the past few years that Dillsboro is a ghost…
To the Editor: Little has changed in Cherokee since a 1989 Parade Magazine cover story, “Are Our Zoos Humane?” named…
To the Editor: A recent letter writer makes a number of unsubstantiated and flat out erroneous claims about Obamacare, otherwise…
To the Editor: Our founding fathers, framing our Constitution, created a representative democracy. They formed a republic, a government where…
To the Editor: Contrary to articles recently published in our local papers, there is much opposition to the proposed law…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist The United States spends twice as much on health care as most other modern…
Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown has honed his dating and engagement analogies as town leaders weigh whether to tie the knot with Lake Junaluska. They started innocently enough 10 months ago.
Adding Lake Junaluska to its town limits won’t be a windfall for Waynesville despite $775,000 in property taxes it stands to gain each year. Likewise, Junaluska wouldn’t be a financial drain on the town, according to the results of a…
Sylva and Jackson County are at an impasse on the creation of a single Alcoholic Beverage Control board to run the existing liquor store in Sylva and a new one proposed in Cashiers.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians could see an estimated $2.2 million evaporate from its budget in March if Congress does not reach an agreement on the federal budget and mandatory, across-the-board cuts of 5.1 percent known as sequestration kick in.…
When a building on a town’s main street sits empty, either because a business closed down or moved away, it’s usually a bad omen.
Jackson County could be going from zero to high-speed in no time. Two internet providers are laying plans to beam wireless internet into rural and remote reaches of Jackson — areas that until now have been underserved when it comes…
It’s 6:15 a.m., and Woody Griffin is ready. “It’s the calm before the storm,” he chuckled.
The far-flung Nantahala School in the remote reaches of Macon County is putting a financial drain on local coffers, prompting county leaders to ask the state for extra money to cover the cost of operating such an isolated school. Nantahala…
The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen got an earful from hotel and motel owners Monday during a nearly three-hour meeting held specifically to hear views about a proposed increase to the overnight lodging tax. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority…
When LeRoy Roberson and his wife, Gale, opened an optometric business on Waynesville’s Main Street 35-years-ago, about a quarter of the storefronts sat empty.
The annual “Empty Bowl” fundraiser will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at The Open Door…
The exhibit “Torqued & Twisted: Bentwood Today” will be running through March 22 at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum.
Country group Little Big Town will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
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