Orchestra to play fairy tales and Mozart Blue Ridge Orchestra begins its 2012-2013 season with a musical visit to Cinderella, Mother…
The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will get underway with a…
Upright Citizens Brigade will bring its comedy theater to Western Carolina University with a show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11…
Celebrating 126 years of history, the fifth annual Fall Craft Festival at The Old Mill 1886 will be held from…
Oktoberfest, put on by the Foundation for Angel Medical Center, will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at the…
Hoptoberfest will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at Fontana Village Resort. The daylong festival will start with a…
Artist and teacher Dominick DePaolo will demonstrate acrylic painting techniques in a street scene for Art League of the Smokies…
The Swain County Center for the Arts will celebrate the paintings of area elementary and middle school art teacher Sheena…
Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 is hosting an artist’s reception for the Haywood Community College’s professional craft faculty and…
Two local artists who use unconventional materials will be featured from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 5 at Gallery 262 in downtown…
Blue Ridge Watermedia Society will hold their monthly meeting at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 9 at the First Baptist Church on…
Regional Artist Project grant of Western North Carolina (RAP go WNC) funding is available to developing art professionals for the…
The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a panel discussion about history of integration at 7 p.m. Oct.…
The 23rd annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree is Oct. 26-28 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. The Gemboree will…
Bringing a little warmth to the impending fall weather, the Haywood Regional Arts Theatre in Waynesville presents “The Light In…
It may look like a grassy field to some, but to Steven Lloyd, it’s a window of opportunity. Lloyd, executive…
Dawn Gilchrist-Young doesn’t just read and teach books, she defends them. As chair of the English department for Swain County High School, Gilchrist-Young is joining “Banned Books Weeks”, which is a nationwide celebration this week in honor of one of…
To the Editor: One of the most important decisions we will have to make on Nov. 6 is who to…
To the Editor: It is really quite amazing that anybody would believe anything that emanates from the mouth of Federal…
To the Editor: During this election the main question seems to be economical. We are a debtor nation. We are…
To the Editor: Why are the American people so easily deceived? It seems as if they want to be deceived. …
To the Editor: The letter about women’s rights by Margery Abel in last week’s Smoky Mountain News says it very…
To the Editor: Kurt Vonnegut, a prophetic fiction writer of the 1960s, wrote an amusing, disturbing and satirical short story…
To the Editor: Much has been said this election year on the Republican “War on Women.” Some believe it exists…
Hardly a week goes by without hearing about another tragic shooting, in a movie theater, a grocery store, a Washington,…
To the Editor: This is really not an “either-or” situation. Maggie Valley should definitely support Ghost Town as an investment…
To the Editor: I have no problem with Ghost Town, and I wish them well in their efforts. But I…
To the Editor: It appears Mitt Romney has committed the unpardonable sin — he told the truth and now must…
During the month of September, Macon County experienced one of its most notable spates of structure fires. During a three-week period starting Sept. 7, four large structures succumbed to fire in the county — including the house of Franklin Fire…
Hate the name of your street? In Haywood County, changing it shouldn’t be that hard. Come up with a new name, make sure the name isn’t already taken by another street and get at least 65 percent of your neighbors…
As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and MedWest Health System’s annual Fall Fight campaign against breast cancer, the women’s imaging centers of MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Haywood are hosting receptions on Oct. 5 to dedicate Trees of Hope to honor…
The fourth annual ‘Coats for Folks’ collection is currently underway. People can drop off gently used or new winter clothing articles for children and adults at any Swain County governmental facility such as the County Administration Building, Health Dept., Social…
The Republican National Congressional Committee won’t be putting any money behind Mark Meadows, the Republican candidate for the 11th U.S. Congressional District. RNCC leaders said this race is a shoo-in given the conservative-leaning district, so they will marshal their financial…
Some small post offices in Western North Carolina may have their hours cut or be shut down as the U.S. Postal Service continues to hunt for ways to solve its ongoing financial deficit. Last year, a proposal to close hundreds…
Smaller, independent hospitals across the nation have increasingly sought partnerships with larger hospitals in recent years, a trend largely driven by financial challenges. For Highlands-Cashiers Hospitals, the latest hospital in the region to jump on board with Mission Hospital in…
Highlands-Cashiers Hospital will soon join the growing number of small hospitals in Western North Carolina to come under the management of Mission Hospital in Asheville.
The Macon County League of Women Voters will host a forum at noon Oct. 11 at Tartan Hall in Franklin for county commissioner candidates.  Incumbent Democrat Bobby Kuppers is facing Republican Paul Higdon in District 3. Incumbents Jim Tate and…
At first glance, this 14-year-old girl with a soft smile and a round face may seem like the all-American kid. She’s been in Girl Scouts since the first grade. Her dad works in construction. Currently a high school sophomore, she…
Nantahala-bound travelers will notice a suite of new, officially-sanctioned, brown roadside directional signs declaring they are on the right track to the renowned paddling Mecca — signs that rafting outfitters in the Nantahala Gorge hope will alleviate the problems caused…
Construction Career Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 at the Haywood County Agriculture and Activities Center. The event aims to promote the construction field to high school juniors and seniors. Students in…
The Cherokee Indian Police are investigating an apparent robbery and homicide that occurred in the parking lot of the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cherokee last Saturday. Witnesses said a person with a black mask and dark clothing grabbed a…
As Carol Adams approached the table of automatic rifles, she looked giddily around and picked the fully-automatic Swedish K out of the lineup. “This is my first time ever firing a gun,” she said as she stepped up to the…
With hundreds of special interest groups and clubs issuing candidate endorsements each election cycle, it can be difficult to keep tabs on who is backing whom.
More than a year after winning $5,000 in the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Start-up Competition, Aermor, an engineering and technical services business in Canton, is still growing. After sweeping the competition, owner Penny Morgan announced some lofty…
MedWest Health System’s Urgent Care Centers in Sylva, Canton and Waynesville are now open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., seven days a week to provide greater access to care for people experiencing non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries. The urgent care…
Most wildflower enthusiasts quite naturally hone in on the showy flowering phase of a plant’s life cycle for observation, identification…
The third annual Rooted in the Mountains symposium at Western Carolina University will be held from 10 a.m. to 6:30…
When the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was created in the 1930s and 1940s, hundreds of families were forced to…
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Rocky Top Trail Crew is looking for volunteers to help reconstruct a remote section of the…
The Haywood County Master Gardener Volunteer Association is accepting applications for grants for horticultural projects in Haywood County. The deadline…
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