For all of its bluster and bikers and bling in the summertime, Maggie Valley can be one sleepy little town in the winter. Traditionally, many businesses in the tiny settlement close during the off-season, a habit no doubt acquired during…
There are still plenty of children in need this Christmas in Swain County and your donation to the Swain County Family Resource Center could help.
Pristine and nearly untouched by the hands of humans, the Town of Waynesville’s watershed has been hailed as a visionary acquisition by the town since its establishment around 1913.
Angel Medical Center held a public hearing Tuesday morning regarding a new potential location for the hospital on U.S. 441, but not a single person from the public signed up to speak.
Employee turnover in local governments is nothing new, but Haywood County’s recent rash of retirements and resignations has resulted in a lingering lack of leadership that hasn’t yet disrupted county operations, but could affect long-term planning if it persists.
Ten years ago this week I left my native Upstate New York for my first journalism gig out of college…
Haywood County Sheriff’s Office detectives continue to investigate two deaths that occurred in the Fines Creek area.
In a statement issued by Haywood County moments ago, the resignation of Assistant County Manager Talmadge “Stoney” Blevins was announced. No effective date was given for the resignation in the statement, which reads in full: Interim Haywood County Manager, Joel…
In this holiday season, I have much to be thankful for. At least that’s the way I see it, though…
Many years from now, Americans are going to look back on the election of the 45th President Donald J. Trump…
To the Editor: An American coup d’etat is in progress. There are no guns being fired, no booting out of…
To the Editor: No one wants to talk about this question, least of all the folks who make our laws.…
To the Editor: I’m confused! The stock market is at all-time high and unemployment is lower than we have seen…
To the Editor: Unless Congress comes to its senses and rejects the misguided tax legislation currently being considered, working people…
Christianus Gottlieb Priber was born in Zittau, Germany, where he was the son of a beerhouse owner. In October 1722,…
When rain finally quelled the wildfires running rampant through the Southeastern U.S. last year, the public was breathing a collective…
Muted under a blanket of fresh snow, the forests surrounding the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Western North Carolina stretch were quiet,…
Boom axe operations along the Blue Ridge Parkway will result in closures at various locations along the Blue Ridge Parkway…
Buncombe County Commissioners voted to commit to complete transition to clean and renewable energy during a meeting Tuesday, Dec. 5.
A portion of the Rim Trail near Hayesville that’s been closed since 2010 has now reopened to the public.
A new fish species has been discovered in the South, with Tennessee Valley Authority biologists identifying the logperch, or Percina…
A routine day of fish population monitoring turned exciting when Mainspring Conservation Trust biologists found a federally threatened fish in…
The Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest has a new district ranger following the hire of Richard Thornburgh,…
The Great Smoky Mountains Association’s newest musical release, “Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition,” earned a Grammy nomination recently…
The crunching kept catching my attention. After finding a scarce parking space, it was a short, careful stroll from the…
For many of us, Christmas preparations require the endurance of a marathoner and the speed of a lab rat on…
An aging membership, the inability to recruit younger members, a lack of civic engagement and a shift away from nonpartisanship are all factors the Macon County chapter of the League of Women Voters just couldn’t seem to overcome. The nonpartisan…
While the Macon County League of Women Voters had to disband this year due to low membership and community involvement, the Asheville-Buncombe League is on the upward swing with a renewed enthusiasm from members and the community.
On any given day, the Haywood County Detention Center is full of people suffering from substance abuse and/or mental illness — to the point where Sheriff Greg Christopher said it sometimes feels like his staff is running a mental health…
The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a $480,963 grant that will allow the department to hire four full-time patrol deputies to strengthen their ability to fight crime and to protect the well being of citizens in the community.
When Canton Alderman Dr. Ralph Hamlett recently proposed a parade entry policy that would limit inappropriate speech during the town’s two annual parades — and in effect limit the display of the Confederate Flag — it understandably generated a substantial…
Pride-filled pandemonium reigned in Cherokee Saturday night, Dec. 8, as the victorious Cherokee Braves football team returned to town. Police cars and fire trucks from the Cherokee Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department flashed their lights and blared their…
After a months’ long battle, Mission Health hospitals and its affiliates will be back in Blue Cross Blue Shield’s network as of Dec. 15.
Franklin’s new and returning councilmembers were recently sworn into office and immediately started conducting business during the December regular meeting.
As the town’s former police chief and also as a woman of faith, Maggie Valley Mayor Saralyn Price said last month that she couldn’t support the town’s proposed Brunch Bill ordinance that would allow alcohol sales to begin at 10…
After years of steady upward progress, the freshman-to-sophomore retention rate at Western Carolina University dipped slightly for students who enrolled as first-time, full-time freshmen in fall 2016.
When Chancellor David Belcher asked Sam Miller, Western Carolina University’s vice chancellor for students success, to tell the Board of Trustees about Western’s “terrifyingly good enrollment activity,” he was only half kidding about the word “terrifying” — but he was…
After submitting applications, one of three men will be selected to fill a vacancy on the Haywood County School board at its next regular meeting, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 14.
The Town of Waynesville solved one problem Nov. 28 by deciding where, exactly, video gaming parlors may in the future be located, but by denying local gambling establishment Nudge City the opportunity to remain in its current location on Dellwood…
In a split decision, the Cherokee Tribal Council voted Dec. 7 to remove a member of the Tribal Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission who had been appointed to the board during the Patrick Lambert administration.
At 34, Jennifer Pharr Davis has conquered her fair share of long-distance hikes, and then some. Her 2011 hike of…
A recent disc golf tournament in Waynesville earned nearly $2,000 to support Haywood Waterways Association and Haywood County Special Olympics.
Land conservation in the Highlands of Roan area got a boost with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’s purchase of 142…
The first phase in construction of a new trail system is now complete with the opening of the Piney Knob…
Some time around mid-September I added tic number 207 to my 2017 bird list. It was a merlin I saw…
To the Editor: Special counsel Robert Mueller has uncovered more Russian characters mingling with Trump campaign officials than are found…
By Buffy Queen • Guest Columnist “Sexual violence is a societal issue that requires systemic change. Sexual violence does not occur…
Growing up in Weaverville and living in Waynesville, I’m very comfortable with small town Christmases. I wouldn’t know how to…
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