North Carolina’s Dry-Cleaning Solvent Cleanup Act Program has hit its 20th anniversary, and since that time the program has handled…
After raising more than half a million dollars to protect 50 pristine acres in the Fires Creek watershed, Mainspring Conservation…
Clingmans Dome Tower reopened from a closure for rehabilitation work on Wednesday, Nov. 15, but access will be short-lived —…
Everyone knows what a blue jay looks and sounds like in a general sort of way. Their incandescent blue plumage…
I had my first encounter with a prize-winning Plott hound several years ago when I was hosting a Liars Bench…
An oral history project documenting African American history in the far western reaches of North Carolina is now a book, thanks to Waynesville’s Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center. “I guess the motivation was because Haywood County just doesn’t have very…
Although honoring veterans each Nov. 11 is a substantial gesture by the grateful citizens of this country, a new program at the Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center seeks to recognize that the rest of the year is just as important…
The Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center will host an inclusive holiday celebration complete with music, snacks and desserts from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 in its facility at 450 Pigeon Street.
A crew of more than 50 volunteers from the community decorated Lake Junaluska for the holiday season, including the Rose Walk, the Bethea Welcome Center, the gazebos along the walking trail, the Inspiration Point garden and more.
Ka-chunk, ka-chunk … Ka-chunk, ka-chunk…. For over a century the sound of wheels on wood have greeted residents of and visitors to the Lake Junaluska Assembly alike as cars, trucks, people and pets cross the bridge over the Lake Junaluska…
The Sylva pool saw $100,000 in repairs before opening this summer, but more work is on the way to get the facility up to snuff for the years to come.
Located behind the Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority treatment plant off North River Road, Southwestern Community College’s shooting range is the go-to training ground for law enforcement officers across the region.
A unanimous vote from the Jackson County commissioners will allow construction of a 185-foot radio tower in Cullowhee to move forward, but the decision came after vocal opposition from six of the seven county residents who spoke at a 3…
Sarge’s Pet Photo Contest is back and it’s a holiday theme. Enter printed photos of your pets in costume or in a fall/winter holiday setting.
It was right around the second beer when I began to settle in. The warm sunshine and lingering foliage of…
After battling brain cancer since April 2016, Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher announced Nov. 27 that his treatment is no longer working. He will go on medical leave and does not expect to return to his position.
Don’t fuck with Elizabeth Cook. In a city like Nashville, where your artistic integrity and credibility can be bought and…
In its two years of existence, the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians has shown a willingness to travel.…
I received a few emails after the story of Brent Martin’s departure as Southern Appalachian Regional Director of the Wilderness…
After 18 hours of snowmaking, Cataloochee Ski Area opened for the winter on Monday, Nov. 20.
Ongoing efforts to revitalize the Franklin River District gained momentum this week when Mainspring Conservation Trust purchased a polluted site…
Reconstruction has begun to replace the wooden roof of the historic Wayah Bald Fire Tower, which burned up in the…
Conservation of 147 acres at Stevens Creek, a quiet cove on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
A $3,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation will help the Highlands Nature Center support its robust school outreach program.
Unleashed dogs have become a safety issue in the Bent Creek Area of the Pisgah National Forest, prompting the U.S.…
How did this happen? I treasure my local public library for its friendly staff, its vibrant programs for my grandchildren,…
In a book on the nature of state legislatures, the journalist Frank Trippett coined the term “true constituency” to explain…
To the Editor: Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis stand poised to vote for the current Republican tax bill in…
Holidays are all fun and games until death and divorce happen. Then they become an aching headache, if a person…
I don’t like following crowds and have a naturally occurring cynicism of trends. That said, there’s one holiday promotional movement…
Three complementary actions taken by the Haywood County Board of County Commissioners Nov. 20 show that despite changing conditions in the economic development landscape, Haywood County is serious about moving forward with business attraction, expansion and retention.
What began as an effort to give Western Carolina University’s campus radio station broader coverage could end with construction of a 185-foot tower capable of expanding coverage for emergency communications, broadband and cell service in the Cullowhee area.
If you don’t like what you hear, get a second opinion — at least, that’s what the Waynesville Board of Alderman is doing with a report on the town’s aging wastewater treatment plant.
Sunday morning mimosas aren’t yet on the table in Maggie Valley because a proposed ordinance that would allow the sales of alcohol before noon on Sundays is.
After a series of contentious public hearings almost a year ago resulted in outcry from nearly all quarters of Waynesville, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has officially backed off designs that would have changed the character of one of…
Jackson County will pursue a plan to consolidate its health and social services departments following a special-called commissioners meeting held Thursday, Nov. 16.
I’ve lived in Haywood County 1,931 days. It’s also the exact number of days I’ve known Balsam Range. Within the first hour of my first day in these mountains, I befriended the members of this Western North Carolina bluegrass act.…
That slow walk from the car. When I was 16 years old, I entered the American workforce. I was the…
A final decision on whether to allow Sunday morning alcohol sales in Jackson County won’t come for several months following a request from Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce Director Stephanie Edwards that the public hearing wait until springtime.
Investigators with the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a person who broke into Bethel Elementary School in evening hours of Monday, Nov. 13.
When Margo Capparelli, Ph.D., first began her career, she had little idea that it would develop such a strong focus…
Nominations for this year’s Southern Trout Legends of the Fly Hall of Fame include several anglers from the Smokies region,…
The Pisgah National Forest logged the most volunteer hours of any other national forest in 2016, earning Pisgah the Volunteer…
Robbinsville resident Dick Evans received the Benton MacKaye Trail Association’s highest honor at the organization’s recent 2017 Annual Meeting.
For the first time, vehicles can drive the entire 16-mile section of the Foothills Parkway from Walland to Wears Valley,…
A recent purchase of 149 acres by the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has added to a contiguous block of protected…
People sometimes wonder if the prehistoric Cherokees used any sort of poisons on their blowgun darts. These darts (slivers of…
Michael D. O’Brien, Canadian novelist and painter, essayist and lecturer, is the author of what I call “door-stop” books. His…
Lightning. It’s a yellow, 20-ounce Vaughn framing hammer with one of the claws broken that I’ve owned for about 34…
The list of allegations is dizzying and depressing. Every day, it seems, there are new reports of predatory behavior by…
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