Miss Julia Springer lives in a small town near Asheville, where she is mourning the death of her husband of…
This is what it means to be an American. I’m talking about NFL players and coaches and owners uniting to…
I’ve always been prone to bouts of melancholy. I’m not sure if it’s a writer thing or a woman thing…
To the Editor: With all the news of DACA and how the changes will affect many people including some family,…
To the Editor: A common sense response is necessary to the foolish arguments in a letter printed in a recent…
To the Editor: Regarding the Chimney Tops 2 wildfire review article, my stomach clenched as I read quotes from the…
Improvements may be coming to five intersections in Bryson City that would increase safety for drivers and pedestrians.
A report recently issued by the Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition clears the air about Haywood County’s greenhouse gas reductions.
Records continue to fall by the wayside at Western Carolina University, as total student enrollment has surpassed 11,000 for the first time in the institution’s history and as the GPA of the entering freshman class has hit an all-time high.
By Julia Hartbarger • SCC Public Relations A little time has passed since the Great American Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21, but the memory will always be there for myself and millions of others who were fortunate enough to witness the…
The Swain County Board of Education has named Janet Clapsaddle as interim superintendent of schools after the retirement of Superintendent Sam Pattillo.
Every year the Franklin Town Council struggles to meet the needs of the community with only $40,000 to spend on nonprofit requests.
Macon County will receive $100,000 to be used for “community purposes” thanks to help from Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin.
A Franklin Town Council meeting got heated as the mayor and aldermen disagreed over what steps the town should take regarding the current lease on the ABC Store.
The Lake Junaluska Columbarium and Garden of Memory was recently dedicated during a worship service in Memorial Chapel.
On Sept. 7, the Waynesville Police Department’s TAC Unit along with Haywood County’s Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force, the U.N.I.T., executed a search warrant at 252 Camelot Street in Waynesville.
Long before the Oct. 3, 1880, arrival of the first scheduled train in Asheville, the American railroad has been romanticized in both story and song, on stage and on screen. Trains took us to our baby, or away from our…
One needn’t look further than industries like Sylva’s Jackson Paper, Canton’s Evergreen Packaging and Waynesville’s Giles Chemical for evidence of how rail access benefits the economy in small Western North Carolina towns.
Aloha. Aristocrat. Forester. Shasta. Spartan. And of course, Airstream and Winnebago.
By Kurt J. Volker • Contributing writer In cooperation with the seven Veteran Services offices in the WNC region, the Macon County Veterans Services Office will host the fourth annual Veterans Stand Down from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct.…
Charges of “political party disloyalty” first leveled by the Haywood County Republican Party this past May against a group of local Republican dissidents known as the “Haywood Five” will move forward to the state level, The Smoky Mountain News has…
The Jackson County Genealogical Society, winner of Western Carolina University’s 2012 “Mountain Heritage Award,” will host its annual Cruise-In fundraiser…
It’s the internal struggle. Do you participate in life and soak it in like a sponge being dropped into a…
You could see it in his eyes. Sitting across from James “Jim” Joyce in his office in downtown Waynesville, his…
The Pinnacle Park Foundation and Friends of Panthertown Valley got some help with trail maintenance this month, thanks to a…
A summer of hard work is paying tasty dividends for some kids in Swain County 4-H — dividends paid in…
This year’s autumn display is likely to be a colorful one, according to Western Carolina University fall foliage forecaster Beverly…
In the June 14, 2004, issue of The New Yorker magazine, there was an essay titled “Blocked! Why Do Writers…
Because Dr. Hood was only one of five professors in Guilford College’s history department, and because history was my major,…
Some things we know, but when someone lays out the numbers and reveals in specific numbers how the big picture…
The treehouse that we had built in our backyard when we bought our house eight years ago sits vacant on…
To the Editor: I read reporter Cory Vaillancourt’s account of the Mike Clampitt Town Hall on Sept. 8 with astonishment.…
To the Editor: Following is the letter former Sen. Gordon Humphrey (R-N.H., 1978-1990) sent to both New Hampshire U.S. senators…
To the Editor: I have seen very little in the corporate media connecting Hurricane Harvey with human-caused climate change. Wonder…
What if you could see sounds and hear pictures? About 4 percent of people across the world possess a rare ability that allows them to do just that. It’s called synesthesia, which Dr. Michael Vavra insists isn’t a disorder or…
Nearly three years after a Sylva Halloween party resulted in his indictment for statutory rape, Cody Jenkins is a free man following a two-week trial culminating with a not guilty verdict Aug. 25.
At one time or another, many of us have thought about giving up on the hustling, bustling daily life of the modern world — especially on those mornings where you wake up feeling like Charles Bukowski. Two Canton residents lucky…
Two projects deemed by Western Carolina University officials as necessary to meet the demands of a rapidly increasing student enrollment moved forward as the WCU Board of Trustees selected firms to design a new lower campus residence hall and the…
The inherent paradox in American government is that a nation founded upon Christian values by Christians provides for the separation of church and state in its governing charter. While that is de jure status quo, it is far from de…
After two low-key meetings that saw no opposition, the Town of Waynesville Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance moving the start of alcohol sales on Sundays from noon to 10 a.m.
Over the past few years, Canton has made its case as a progressive, pragmatic, scrappy mill town fighting to attract new investments and new residents.
With the June 29 passage of Senate Bill 155, North Carolina became the 47th state in the union to allow alcohol service before noon on Sundays.
To date, most area governments that have heard a brunch bill ordinance have passed one. In other areas like Canton and Sylva, the ordinances still have a fighting chance.
Jackson County will spend $10,000 on a revised plan to renovate the Health Department building off Hospital Road after commissioners decided they’d like to see the building house the planning and code enforcement departments as well.
For decades, urban jurisdictions have enacted animal ordinances intended to sequester the odiferous, unsightly sprawl of animal husbandry outside of town limits.
Daytrippers with dogs are driving demand for an amendment to Waynesville’s pet policy at fairs and fests, but owners might not get the bone they’ve been begging for.
Councilmember Alan “B” Ensley, of Yellowhill has been sworn in as Vice Chief following a veto from Principal Chief Richard Sneed on a resolution that would have filled the office through a special election.
The results of a recount in the race for Birdtown Tribal Council sent shock waves through Cherokee from the moment they were announced Sept. 13.
The Western Carolina University Foundation recently welcomed six new members to its board of directors following approval of the full slate of nominees by the WCU Board of Trustees.
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