For a moment, I thought the dog was going to charge me. Running along the quiet back country of Southwest…
An Oct. 10 runoff election to determine the winner of a disputed Tribal Council seat ended with a reversal of results from the original election. While the two candidates were separated by only a handful of votes following the Sept.…
It’s a sunny Friday morning on the Pigeon River when the bucket brigade assembles, five-gallon containers in hand. The stock…
Friends of Panthertown is hoping to learn more about the people who do — or may someday — serve as…
A $500,000 pledge has brought Mainspring Conservation Trust within sight of the finish line to conserving 50 acres of private…
For the first time in nearly a year, the Chimney Tops Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is…
I had the pleasure of leading a birding trip for Alarka Expeditions on Friday September 29. I had been in…
This past summer, I reviewed The Leader’s Bookshelf for The Smoky Mountain News. After seven years of interviewing many of…
Why not? Why not include Greensky Bluegrass in the sacred — sometimes stale and stuffy — pantheon that is bluegrass…
Three pickup trucks. One stretch of highway. Since 2005, I’ve routinely traversed a never-ending stretch of Interstate 81 from north-central…
Mary Wannamaker Huff has been named the director of the Lake Junaluska Singers, a choral group that has been a…
The eighth annual Rooted in the Mountains symposium at Western Carolina University brought concepts of Cherokee philosophy and living wellness…
Something newspaper editors never say: “I wish that fewer people responded to that piece in last week’s paper.” Well, thanks…
Following the resignation of Beaverdam school board member Scott Smith, Haywood County School Board Chairman Chuck Francis revealed the procedure by which his replacement will be selected.
Last night I read Harold and the Purple Crayon to my 5-year-old. He sat wide-eyed with an expression of intrigue…
To the Editor: Now that the drama over the ACA is done, it’s time to move on to tax reform.…
To the Editor: When a deranged person like Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter, randomly kills and wounds hundreds of …
To the Editor: After reading that this is Newspaper Week in the U.S., I happened to see an article about…
Several parents made it clear during a recent Swain County commissioners meeting they want to have more recreational opportunities for their children. What started as a discussion about private vendors selling concession items at the rec department during youth sporting…
Several well-known Haywood County employees in high-ranking positions have terminated their own employment over the past few months, leading to wild conjecture that the resignations are unusual, related or nefarious in nature.
Although Ira Dove’s tenure as Haywood County manager was relatively short, his long service to the county and the contributions he made as manager will ultimately leave him remembered as an integral piece of a rural government working to address…
A lawsuit seeking to overturn a Board of Elections decision to hold an Oct. 10 runoff election for Birdtown Tribal Council failed last week when the Cherokee Supreme Court delivered an opinion upholding the board’s decision.
Sidewalks are coming to Skyland Drive in Sylva along a 0.7-mile section stretching from the Old Asheville Highway to its intersection with Chipper Curve Road.
A late-night shooting near the Western Carolina University campus Friday, Oct. 6, has left a student dead.
After realizing small but consistent gains in local business development over the past few years, the town of Waynesville has recently undertaken several initiatives designed to strengthen the economic vitality of the town while also guiding that development in a…
To mark the start of early voting, The Smoky Mountain News will host a pair of free candidate forums in the towns of Canton and Maggie Valley.
Denial of a permit to build a 388-bed student housing complex in Cullowhee will land Jackson County in court after Atlanta-based Mallory & Evans Development filed a motion asking for a judge to overturn the decision.
When Bryson Senior Living, an assisted living facility in Swain County, opens in January, a major void in the community will finally be filled.
After months of negotiations, the town of Bryson City has finally closed on a piece of property that will allow the town to properly store vehicles and maintenance equipment.
Darby Harris is going on a bike ride Saturday, Oct. 7, but how far he’ll pedal will be a mystery…
Sales of Friends of the Smokies license plates brought in $230,000 over the first half of 2017, a 6 percent…
Three Western North Carolina properties are among those to be protected through $3.28 million in grants recently awarded by the…
A recent dam removal on Santeetlah Creek in the Nantahala National Forest is allowing native fish to return to high-quality…
More than 600 pounds of apples wound up in the pantries of people in need thanks to the efforts of…
Late summer has slid into early autumn. The end of summer officially arrived with the autumnal equinox of Sept. 23,…
From Thanksgiving dinners to football games, from the floors of Congress to Joe’s Bar & Grill, from universities to kindergartens,…
I’ve never shot a gun. Nope. Not once. I come from a family of gun owners. I’ve held plenty of…
We were pretty full of ourselves, I guess. Barely 19, barely finished with our freshman year in college, having left…
To the Editor: President Trump never ceases to amaze me on his downward spiral to be the worst president in…
To the Editor: Last week the US Congress failed to reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Plan — CHIP — known…
To the Editor: All men and women who have served in the armed forces can hold their heads high when…
To the Editor: I am completely mystified by a recent letter writer’s response to my letter questioning the legitimacy of…
Spriggly’s Beescaping is a new small business located in Waynesville that offers workshops, products, and services to create environments that support beneficial pollinators.
Haywood County Manager Ira Dove has resigned; a resignation letter was sent out the morning of Oct. 4 from Candace Way, who serves as both clerk to the Haywood County Board of County Commissioners as well as executive assistant to the…
A spate of early announcements by local candidates hoping to gain seats in the North Carolina General Assembly may have voters feeling like they’ve been here before — because the candidates certainly have.
The Jackson County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Sept. 18 that will limit referendum votes on sales tax increases and bonds to elections when turnout is highest.
Swain County officials came together last week to dedicate the Charters of Freedom monument that can now be seen just outside the county’s administrative building.
Swain County Elections Director Joan Weeks recently informed the board of elections that she hired a lawyer and planned to file a lawsuit against the county in an effort to recoup unpaid salary and retirement benefits.
Play, it is said, is the work of children. But a substantial population of disabled kids who’ve up until now been excluded from playing with their peers — peers of all ability levels — will soon have much work to…
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