A task force charged with creating guidelines for a joint Jackson County Tourism Development Authority is still struggling to figure out exactly how everything will work — and the deadline for making recommendations to the county leadership is drawing nearer. Jackson…
Many counties are seeing an increase in tourism-related spending this year, but most have still not bounced back to their pre-recession numbers. The only real way for counties to measure how many tourists are stopping in their towns is through…
The Franklin Angel Medical Center is hosting the kick-off for its third team weight-loss competition 9 a.m. Aug. 25 in the hospital dining room. The competition is call Lighten UP 4 Life and consists of four-person teams who face-off against…
The Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation in Waynesville is lowering the fee to $5 to adopt cats five months or older. The promotion will run for five days starting Aug. 14. The unwanted cat population increases in the summertime, and many…
The HRMC Foundation is hosting its 21st annual Charitable Classic Golf & Gala, a two-day fundraiser Aug. 28-29 to benefit MedWest-Haywood. The tournament will kick off with the men’s golf tournaments at 8:30 a.m. at the Maggie Valley Club and…
The Haywood Community College Board of Trustees have apparently rejected five finalists in its search for a new college president and will now cast a wider net by selecting five additional candidates. In a split vote earlier this month, the…
For a little less than the cost of a cup of coffee, Haywood County is buying the small, closed-down state prison in the Hazelwood community of Waynesville. The county is buying the 128-bed minimum security prison from the state for…
The county is looking to fill five open positions on MedWest-Haywood’s hospital authority board during a critical time when the MedWest system as a whole is trying to decide its future. Growing discontent among some Jackson County doctors has the…
The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen will vote this week whether to relax restrictions on sweepstakes machines for businesses that plan to make their money mostly from the controversial mechanisms. If the ordinance passes as is, sweepstake-specific businesses can have…
Real estate prices have taken such a drastic plunge in Macon and Jackson counties — which once boasted the highest concentration of mega-developments catering to the high-end second home market — that county commissioners there keep postponing the countywide property…
As Macon Bank scurried to get in on the ground floor of the real estate heyday in the mountains, it unwittingly stumbled into a house of cards, and found itself caught up in a scheme akin to insider trading that…
Haywood County temporarily backed off its hard-line stance against tiny Confederate flags being stuck in the ground around the base of a memorial for Confederate soldiers on the lawn of the historic courthouse in Waynesville, but has once again started…
The former Bryson City fire chief Joey Hughes is facing criminal charges following a months-long investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation into missing funds from fire department coffers. His wife, Cylena Hughes, has also been charged in connection with…
The Friends of the Library will present the final novel in the “Let’s Talk About It: Civil War Novels” discussion…
Jody Kraner, owner of Amaste Woman, will speak from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 20 in the conference room of the Cooperative…
Members of the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra — conducted by William Henigbaum — will present a string chamber orchestra concert…
The Haywood County Arts Council will host its 12th annual “Wine for the Arts” from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 23 at…
Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum will host a reception from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 23 for its biennial School of…
The Highlands Cashiers Players’ will premiere an uproarious, laugh-out-loud new Ken Ludwig comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” Aug. 23.…
Appalachian Fire Bluegrass Band of Flat Rock will perform a concert of classic bluegrass and gospel music at 3 p.m.…
Country legend Kenny Rogers will take the stage at Harrah’s Event Center in Cherokee at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1.
Contemporary vocalist Sean Kingston will perform a free outdoor concert on Western Carolina University’s Central Plaza on at 7:30 p.m.…
Tennessee songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Marshall Ballew will perform at 3 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Waynesville library auditorium on Haywood…
Dan Cherry, associate professor in Western Carolina University’s School of Music, will take listeners on a “European Tour” when he…
The Summer Concert series at Fontana Village Resort will feature Logan Murrell from 8-11 p.m. Aug. 17 and the Caribbean…
The 15th annual Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam will take place from 5-11 p.m. Aug. 24-25 on the lawn of the Fines…
Land of the Sky Barbershop Chorus will perform at 3 p.m. Aug. 19 in Tartan Hall at First Presbyterian Church…
The Jeff Little Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Stecoah Valley Center as part of the…
The Cruso Friendship Club will host its 23rd Quilt Show Aug. 24-25 at the Cruso Community Center on U.S. 276…
Haywood County Arts Council is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program sub-grants through Sept. 20.…
The Jackson County Arts Council is now accepting applications for arts program grants for the fiscal year 2012-2013. The grant…
Gary Carden, storyteller and humorist, will once again visit Highlands at 4 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Hudson Library to…
The Jackson County Green Energy Park will host a reception at its art gallery from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 23 for…
The strings of tradition and progress echoed from the back alley. Upon further inspection (and a lone door cracked open),…
Wild to Possess and A Taste for Sin by Gil Brewer. Stark House Press, 2006. One of the great delights…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Blue Ridge Paper Products, long one of the largest employers in Western North Carolina, is no longer — at least in name. An internal memo sent to employees Aug. 24 announced that the company’s…
When we were having record and near record heat back in August, I did what any overheated mountain dweller would…
When the new owners of the Canton paper mill announced a few weeks ago that company headquarters were being moved…
Balsam Mountain Preserve is, first and foremost, a real estate development. As such, it is subject to all the pressures,…
By Chris Cooper The phrase “well rounded” gets thrown about pretty often, but it fits few people better than banjoist…
When a workshop on proper and improper sexual behavior in preschoolers premiered at a childcare conference in the region a few years ago, more than 60 childcare workers packed the session, surprising even the organizers. The reason for the popularity…
No late summer wildflower is more widely recognized than evening primrose. The four broad yellow petals that open in the…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Two of the three boat docks on the Swain County side of Fontana Lake shut their doors before Labor Day, traditionally one of the biggest money-making weekends of the season for lake businesses.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The Jackson County Green Energy Park is slated to get even greener with the expansion of the Smoky Mountain Biofuels’ production facility and the addition of six greenhouses on the site.
By Michael Beadle Once upon a sitcom, Linda Lavin was America’s hardest-working waitress. Remember “Alice” — a household name in…
Southwestern Community College ranks fourth in the nation in a new listing of America’s best community colleges and was the only representative from North Carolina in the top ten. That’s according to a report in the Washington Monthly. While colleges…
First United Methodist Church’s Child Development Center in Waynesville suddenly closed its daycare and after-school programs two weeks ago, leaving 65 children without childcare. The preschool is still operating. The center cited the loss of both its director and assistant…
By Stephanie Wampler Have you ever doubted the existence of Heaven? If so, then I will jump to the hasty…
By Kathleen Lamont I have had laying hens on and off for the past 20 years. My first flock of…
For the last 24 hours, I have felt like a character in a movie. You have seen the movie, probably…
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