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.
Multimedia artist and teacher Mark Menendez will demonstrate oil portrait painting techniques for the Art League of the Smokies at…
Darkness enveloped the vehicle as soon as it exited Interstate 40. Cruising around sharp S-curves in the mountain community of…
In the natural world there are certain experiences that rivet our attention and remain stored in our memory banks. Through…
The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee recently helped the town of Andrews protect and conserve its 930-acre watershed in…
The Great Smoky Mountains Association is launching a membership drive in honor of its 60th anniversary this year.
Translation — Great Backyard Bird Count at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge; the tradition continues. Since a spur-of-the-moment GBBC…
Wade, dash, splash or take the full plunge into Lake Junaluska from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23…
A boat ramp on Bear Creek Lake in the Tuckasegee area of Jackson County has been renovated by the N.C.…
This spring, rolling down the Tuckasegee River will be, for the most part, as it has been in years past…
In recent years, I have become interested in an obscure incident that occurred in Jackson County in 1882 — the…
Cooks of all things chocolate will square off at the “Sixth Annual Chocolate Cook-Off” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Feb.…
Whimzik will be having a DVD release performance at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Jackson County Public Library in…
Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation has launched its annual pet photography contest.
• The 56th annual “Pancake Day” will be from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the First…
Several festivals around Western North Carolina are encouraging local artists and vendors to sign up for celebrations and events throughout…
A cold wind howls through the campus of Western Carolina University as the screams of a young woman echo from…
To the Editor: Well over a half century ago, the infringements, abridgments and usurpations of government against our liberties ordained…
To the Editor: Why on earth tap the tourism development funds in Haywood County for a ballpark that won’t result…
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