Future of Cowee School discussed at luncheon Stacy Guffey will talk about the Macon County Heritage Center planned for Cowee School during the monthly Lunch with the League at noon on Nov. 8 in the Tartan Hall of the First…
Three longtime doctors with Sylva Pediatrics will soon come under the wing of Mission Hospital in Asheville. The physicians will keep practicing out of their same offices in Sylva and Bryson City, and keep serving the same local patients they…
A new CEO who will take over MedWest-Haywood in December will face the parallel challenges of improving the hospital’s bottom line and capturing patients who travel to Asheville for health care.
Janie Sinacore-Jaberg will become the new CEO of MedWest-Haywood in December. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of a 320-bed system in Muskogee, Okla. She has served as the COO and CEO of several hospitals in Georgia, South Carolina…
Republican Mark Meadows won the 11th U.S. Congressional seat with more than 57 percent of the votes Tuesday. “We’re obviously humbled by the confidence that everybody has placed in us,” Meadows said.
Western North Carolina voters favored Gov. Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama despite the president’s narrow victory nationally.
Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, pulled out a surprisingly strong win over his Democratic challenger John Snow in what was supposed to be razor thin race.
Waynesville Democrat Joe Sam Queen beat out Republican candidate Mike Clampitt by a commanding margin to take an open seat in the N.C. House.
N.C. Rep. Ray Rapp, D-Mars Hill, was defeated after serving a decade in Raleigh. It was one of the most surprising election results of the night, given Rapp’s popularity, accomplishments and likeability during his long tenure.
Swain County voters shot down a quarter-cent sales tax increase that would have funded school construction by a 3-to-1 margin.  The optional sales tax increase would have brought in roughly $250,000 a year and would have paid for a $2…
The Republican stronghold of Macon County chose to elect conservative Paul Higdon over Democrat incumbent Bobby Kuppers to the board of county commissioners. 
The Jackson County Commissioner race was decided by a large margin, granting incumbent Mark Jones another term in office. He defeated Republican candidate Marty Jones handily, despite the county overall narrowly going for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. 
Commissioners Mark Swanger and Kevin Ensley — a Democrat and Republican respectively — won reelection to the Haywood County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. 
Temperatures dropped on Election Day, with high elevation snowflakes and low-lying raindrops greeting voters around Western North Carolina, making for low voter turnout trailing that of 2008. With troves of citizens opting for early voting — more than half those…
Hike amidst flowing creeks and historic remnants along the Smokemont Loop Trail on a guided hike through the Great Smoky…
Hikers can participate in a leisurely, guided hike Saturday, Nov. 17, on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky…
Four short videos that are part of a Watershed Film Series titled “It’s Our Water” will be shown the evening…
A public workshop focusing on ideas for Haywood County trails that could become part of a Regional Trails Plan will…
More than 70 fourth-graders and parents trekked across the Appalachians in Macon County as part of an annual student trip…
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has fired up its new trout fishing webpage, which provides useful information for trout anglers…
Asheville retailer Diamond Brand Outdoors has partnered with RootsRated.com to introduce a new, locally-sourced digital outdoor recreation guide for the…
An effort to re-establish a favorite local flower while also growing a scholarship fund at Western Carolina University is off…
Western Carolina University, as part of its Love Your Body Week, will hold a station run on campus at 4:30…
A hiker stranded on the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was successfully evacuated by rescuers last…
Last Saturday (Nov. 3) was this year’s annual fall hike in the Waynesville watershed. The hikes started back in 2007,…
In Cherokee, a dead coyote is worth more than a live one — about $25 more. In the coming weeks,…
When I was a child living in Boonville, N.C., a town of 600 people, my mother would load us into…
To the Editor: Almost all actions of politicians have unintended consequences. In times of tragedies their mistakes are amplified. Last…
To the Editor: Your correspondent William Fisher has written a constructive response to my recent letter about religion and politics,…
To the Editor: I am writing this letter in celebration that the elections are now over. I will not miss…
To the Editor: As a nearly 50-year-veteran of the tourism industry and one of the “authors” of the Florida accommodation…
I’m a late-blooming entrepreneur from a lower middle-class upbringing. My parents came from farming and mill-town childhoods, and they bought…
The tribal council for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians recently approved a $28 million upgrade for the sewage treatment plant, which will double the capacity and accommodate demand fueled in part by growth of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.
Eight new monitoring wells will be drilled an old landfill in Haywood County, the latest step in an ongoing effort to track and measure groundwater contamination emanating from the now-closed landfill.
Orthopedic physical therapist Todd Watson will speak at a free Dine and Learn seminar that addresses the links between physical therapy and back pain from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the MedWest Rehabilitation Service office on the MedWest-Harris campus…
The Waynesville Recreation Center recently had a new design placed on the basketball courts. This was the first time the lines had to be removed so the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department decided to go with a new layout. The…
Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) has opportunities for volunteers who are committed to helping girls develop courage, confidence and character. Volunteers are the heart and soul of Girl Scouting – whether you have an hour, a day, a…
A $12,000 tractor stolen in Macon County and sold as scrap in Georgia for a fraction of the price; rusting automobiles yanked from lawns in the middle of night; copper wiring stripped from construction sites — rising scrap metal prices…
When Kevin Seagel slipped into Swain County’s courthouse during a mock exercise brandishing a pretend weapon, it only took emergency responders one minute to find him, but by then, he had already killed several people.
Swain County may heighten security measures at the courthouse and administration building to stop guns and weapons from being carried into the lobby.
In an effort to extinguish delinquent vehicle taxes, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law that will combine vehicle property tax and car registration into one bill. When it goes into effect, drivers can’t get their tags renewed until…
A committee of Waynesville residents is putting the community in the term “community policing.”
Two years ago, Gregg Fuller tried to fill a void in Sylva’s nightlife scene when he opened the No Name Sports Pub, featuring drinks, food and live bands three to four nights a week. But soon, the increasingly boisterous crowds…
Despite pleas for leniency, the owner of a Sylva auto dealership faces a $500 fine for failing to build a sidewalk in front of his car lot. Russ Cagle, owner of Concept Automotive, initially agreed to build the sidewalk last…
Western Carolina University is seeking applicants for the next class of its University Participant Program, which offers a two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for college-age persons with intellectual disabilities. The goal of the UP Program is to facilitate the…
Macon County Public Health and Angel Medical Center are hosting a Ladies Night Out talk Nov. 13 The topic will be Diabetes Awareness, and the guest speaker will be Jennifer Trippe, a registered dietician with Macon County Public Health. She…
Plans made in the coming months could set the tone for the following decade or two of construction, renovation and development on Western Carolina University’s campus. Faculty, staff, administrators and students at the school have been working since September to…
Mountain Shapes and Colors Art and Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10,…
Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Wood graduate Samantha Mallard and current student Brandon Skupski won the Design Emphasis contest at…
The Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series continues with The Strivers Row Poetry Show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14,…
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