Jackson County is on the verge of passing the toughest development regulations in the state this week, potentially making it a target for lawsuits. There is an organized coalition of developers and Realtors in Jackson County, namely in the Cashiers…
What’s Liberal About The Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and “Bias” in Higher Education by Michael Berube. W. W. Norton, 2006.…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has known it needed a new visitors center on the North Carolina side of…
By Arthur Hancock • Guest Columnist With 70 percent of Americans now disapproving of the way George W. Bush is…
By Michael Beadle More acid rain and invasive insect pests. Fewer trout in mountain streams. More “code red” days with…
A break-in at the Cherokee election office a few days after the primary last month did not compromise the results of the election, according to officials.
The proposed removal of the Dillsboro dam on the Tuckasegee River is up for review by state water quality officers, who could make or break Duke Power’s controversial plans to tear down the dam. The state must grant Duke Power…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A proposed project by Ingles to expand its Waynesville store and add a gas station suffered a setback after parts of it were soundly rejected by members of the Community Appearance Commission.
As the war in Iraq drags on with no end in sight amid reports that al-Qaeda has regrouped and is…
By David Curtis The cows ate my corn. My corn is Silver Queen sweet corn. It’s an 80-day corn, which…
Guide to William Bartram’s Travels There are guidebooks and then there are GUIDEBOOKS. If you’re a Bartram junkie as I…
By Chris Cooper Finding a line between respecting the bluegrass form and tradition, while gently pushing its boundaries, is a…
This week’s alternative fuels column will discuss three fuels (methanol, p-series and hydrogen) that all have one thing in common…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Supporters of a 30-mile road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that would fulfill a decades-old promise were thrilled last month when the Swain County commissioners agreed to hold the first-ever public hearing…
The diesel engine created by Rudolf Diesel was designed to run on biodiesel. The prototype demonstrated at the World Fair…
The town of Sylva has nearly completed its goal of eternal preservation of the 1,100-acre Pinnacle Park in the Plott…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Haywood County commissioners last week put a halt to their bidding for a 22-acre tract of land in Jonathan Creek after opposing parties skyrocketed the price to more than $1 million.
The developer of a proposed upscale RV community alongside Cartoogechaye Creek in Macon County says a moratorium on floodplain and watershed development hasn’t nixed or changed his plans.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Waynesville voters will have plenty of choices on their ballot for mayor and town board this fall in what is shaping up to be both an interesting and crowded race. Competition for the Waynesville…
By John Hood • Guest Columnist The North Carolina General Assembly seems poised to enact a new $300 million tax…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Hispanic culture has infused nearly every aspect of American life — from restaurants to bilingual education, its influence is impossible to ignore. Yet, much to their detriment, many businesses in Western North Carolina are…
The Twilight of American Culture by Morris Berman. W. W. Norton & Company, 2001. 224 pages. When I think of…
• Bryson City recently conserved the old Lands Creek watershed, getting $1.5 million from the Clean Water trust fund to protect the 800-acre tract and $500,000 from a private donor. Bryson City’s conservation agreement allows hiking, hunting, fishing, picnicking, horseback…
By Marshall Frank As of this writing, five presidential debates — three Republican and two Democratic — have been held,…
The voters of Forest Hills will get the chance to weigh in on their preference for mayor this fall after being trumped by a coin toss in the last election.
Jackson County commissioners heard yet another round of public comment last week in the final countdown to passing the most restrictive slate of development regulations in the state. The public hearing was billed as the final one on the issue,…
A coin toss. That’s what decided the race for mayor two years ago in the Jackson County town of Forest…
There are two ways to hike to Pinnacle Peak, renowned for its 360-degree views from the Plott Balsams. Option one:…
Canton Two weeks ago this Thursday my husband and I moved to Canton. Anyone who’s been in the area for…
Cherokee Middle School students have been getting a dose of hands-on science in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this…
The steep slopes of the Fisher Creek watershed provided drinking water to the town of Sylva for many decades, from…
An article by Jon Ostendorff headed “Rare fish released into Oconaluftee River” appeared in this past Monday’s edition of the…
I really don’t think we are as stupid as they think we are. Developers of commercial retail shopping centers have…
Few people want to get close enough to observe the attractive flowers that kudzu produces. The plant probably won’t actually…
The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and John Warren will lead an Eco Tour to Timber Ridge, part of the Warren Estate…
The 15th annual Kids in the Creek program for Haywood County eighth-graders will be held Sept.17-19 at the Canton Recreation…
Trout fishermen from across the country will convene in Asheville this weekend for the Trout Unlimited annual conference Sept. 14-16.…
Farms across Western North Carolina will welcome the public to traipse through their fields, barns and greenhouses during the annual…
Volunteers will rescue creeks and rivers from a tangle of accumulated trash that builds up along the banks and in…
National Hunting and Fishing Day will be celebrated with family-oriented outdoor events at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education from…
An outbreak of a disease spread by biting gnats has turned up deer populations in several foothill counties.
The adventure stories of several Jackson County residents is the subject of a new collection of exhibits and a program…
The inaugural Tuckasegee River Festival — “Fiddler on the River” — is sponsored by the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee…
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will hold the first annual Plates for the Parkway event on Sept. 18 in which…
10 percent of Mast General Store sales in Waynesville on Sept. 15 will go to the Friends of the Smokies…
North Carolina State University is hosting a workshop on organic broccoli production from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sept. 19 at…
The Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva will host Cooperative Extension agent Christy Bredenkamp for a free seminar on ginseng production for homeowners…
Everyone who woke up to 48 degrees Fahrenheit this morning knows that the days of “butts in the creek” are…
Will it be a bomb, an oil shortage, energy grid damage or an electromagnetic pulse that renders America’s modern modes…
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