Two Franklin aldermen said they didn’t whip up controversy regarding slate to get back at Mayor Joe Collins but because they sincerely thought it was a situation that needed to be looked into. Aldermen Bob Scott and Verlin Curtis said…
By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist In an article in Blue Ridge Country magazine, author and professor Steve Nash provided…
The Age of Dreaming by Nina Revoyr. Akashic Books, 2008. 320 pages Every once in a while a novel comes…
By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Movie stars are coming to Cullowhee. With a snip here and a dye job…
Sylva’s current library opened in 1970 and is 6,400 square feet. The debate over where to locate a new library lasted more than eight years, with commissioners finally deciding to build it as an attachment to the historic and beloved…
Courtney Boessel’s “Patchwork Community” was chosen as the winning entry for Waynesville’s new police station paver design as part of…
A group of Haywood residents appealed to county commissioners for an ordinance assessing the impacts of large developments. The ordinance would require large developers to assess the impacts of their projects on surrounding communities and the environment. On Monday night…
Environmental groups in Macon County are joining forces to tackle the scourge of exotic plants along the Little Tennessee Greenway…
Joe Wright was born and raised in the high Nantahalas in the northwest corner of Macon County. He was 90-some-years-old…
Jerry Span stared down the sign post for Old Settlers Trail. The temperature registered a mere 6 degrees, and the…
Dr. John Bunn of Sylva lived through the Great Depression and said people bind together during tough times to help one another. The same will stand true, Bunn believes, when it comes to donating to the new Jackson County library…
The Swain County School District has terminated a popular program that emphasized science and math education, offered students smaller classes and helped combat the system’s high dropout rate. The three-year-old School of Applied Science, Math and Technology was axed last…
The first Friday in February came with some bad news for the Swain County School District and systems around the state. Word came from Raleigh that school budgets would be cut by 7 percent in the upcoming fiscal year. The…
What a great way to earn public trust: a public body decides that minutes from closed sessions no longer need…
The recent warm spell has the birds singing and various plants budding. One of these is forsythia. My wife, Elizabeth,…
“Unique” is a word much abused as a descriptor for human beings. I have heard many, many people described as…
Standing next to a display that showed pictures of West Virginia mountains scarred by mountaintop removal coal mining, Austin Hall…
Despite tough economic times, Jackson County commissioners decided last week to move forward with three multi-million dollar projects. In a capital projects meeting last Thursday, the commissioners reached a consensus to pursue upgrades to the solid waste transfer station estimated…
Swain County’s complete lack of services to handle the growing stray animal population is putting a heavy burden on a nonprofit shelter and forcing county commissioners to weigh their options. “We have absolutely nothing right now, and we are trying…
By Karen Dill • Guest Writer The weather in February can be as fickle as new love. In the mountains…
Western Carolina University is leading the way in a state mandate to cut energy production on college campuses. WCU has…
At a time when the state’s fractured mental health care system seems beyond repair, local mental health officials have hit on a solution that could go a long way toward fixing it. The key might lie in a new program…
One of three hospitals courting Haywood Regional Medical Center and WestCare for a partnership has dropped out of the running. That leaves Mission Hospital of Asheville and Carolinas HealthCare System, a 23-hospital conglomerate based in Charlotte, still in contention. Both…
How far would you drive for $100? That’s the dilemma Haywood County cattle farmer Neal Stamey faces each time he hooks his trailer up to his pickup truck, loads up the cow or cows he’ll sell that day, and makes…
Fine Just the Way It Is by Annie Proulx. Simon & Schuster, 2008. 240 pages. When critics attempt to define…
Lentil Soup • 1 onion, chopped • 1/4 cup olive oil • 2 carrots, diced • 2 stalks celery, chopped…
By Anna Fariello • Guest Columnist OK, so I have to admit that part of the appeal of the Dillsboro/Duke…
Commissioner Tom Massie wants to see the county formalize how it funds capital projects. Under the current method entities simply approach the county when they are in need and ask for funding. Massie suggested that entities fill out an application…
The mountain section of the North Carolina Birding Trail (NCBT) is complete and the Mountain Region Trail Guide, describing, with…
Western Carolina University Chancellor John Bardo in an interview with The Smoky Mountain News last week said that he is distancing himself from the budget cut process. He said he is leaving it up to a “cadre of deans” and…
The Haywood County Democratic Party has tapped Chief Deputy Bobby Suttles to replace outgoing Sheriff Tom Alexander. Suttles is a 14-year employee of the sheriff’s department and a former Waynesville police officer. He won 111 of 166 votes cast by…
Proposed budget cuts at Western Carolina University are beginning to affect students like Will Furse, who says he won’t graduate on time if summer classes are cut. The senior construction management student knows he has little influence over the situation.…
Robert Conley, the Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University, is winner of the 2009 Arrell Gibson…
By Jane Young Haywood County Master Gardeners had you in mind when they wrote The Gardener’s Guide to Growing in…
Citizens in the Oak Grove community of Macon County hope to save a bridge from demolition by the Department of Transportation. Located off N.C 28, the one-lane McCoy bridge over the Little Tennessee River is not only a community icon…
Farmer Skipper Russell thought he was helping drive tourism with his famous corn “maize,” an agricultural attraction he operates each fall in Bethel. After all, the maze attracted nearly 7,000 visitors this year, many from out of town, who came…
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. HarperCollins, 2008. 752 pages. Wally Lamb’s newest novel, The Hour I First…
The Franklin aldermen on Monday night (Feb. 2) unanimously voted to formalize a process for releasing the minutes from previously closed-door meetings. The town attorney, John Henning Jr., has always had the authority to make closed meeting minutes public once…
Hickory Nut Gap Farm, a historic and scenic farm in Buncombe County, has been permanently protected through a conservation agreement…
Last week I wrote about the spiraling cost of birdseed and about experimenting with different seed and protocol for those…
A recent court victory by the state of North Carolina will require the Tennessee Valley Authority to reduce emissions at…
A new rule could make it easier to open up trails in national parks to mountain biking. Mountain biking isn’t…
A shuttle to transport commuters between Haywood and Buncombe counties is gaining momentum following the state’s recent offer to donate land for a park-and-ride lot. The proposed lot is at Exit 33 along I-40 in Canton on land owned by…
Property owners at the site of last month’s landslide in Maggie Valley are being tasked by county officials with the job of stabilizing the mountain in the wake of the slide. The county has given the property owners until Feb.…
By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist A municipality would never think of electing a chief of police. But in North…
Of late, I have been hearing the owls sounding off on the slopes and ridge lines behind our home. Some…
Haywood County officials want to tap the pent up methane in the county’s landfill to help the environment and hopefully…
The landslide last month that destroyed a home in Maggie Valley has spurred the Haywood County commissioners to ask the state for help in keeping county residents safe. The board of commissioners discussed two separate requests for the state at…
Mountain bikers face a long, steep climb in their fight to see more trails opened to tires in the Great…
Swain County would need more than $4 million to renovate its historic courthouse, putting plans for a cultural museum to be housed on the second floor in jeopardy. The 1908 building has undergone few repairs since it was built, and…
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