Yesterday’s Tribal Council elections delivered a blow to incumbents, with only three of the seven councilmembers who both supported the impeachment of former Principal Chief Patrick Lambert and ran for re-election winning another term in office.
Steam and water-powered sawmills were established here in the Smokies region during the 1870s and 1880s. But full-fledged industrialized logging…
Once Jay Ruebel started seeing the billboard, which advertised the 28.3-mile Trailblaze Challenge hike, it seemed like he couldn’t stop…
People displaced by flooding in Texas and neighboring states will be able to stay in U.S. Forest Service campgrounds for…
Friends of the Smokies’ 23rd annual telethon Aug. 23 raised $208,321 in donations to support the Great Smoky Mountains National…
Volunteers are needed to help with efforts to overhaul the Rainbow Falls Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,…
Some four years ago, I reviewed Matthew Baker’s first book, My Appalachian Granny, a delightful collection of anecdotes, photographs and…
As President Trump’s administration continues to descend further into chaos with each passing week, there are a few truths that…
By JoAnna Swanson • Guest Columnist There are all kinds of signs — signs of the times; signs of the…
To the Editor: I’m writing in response to a letter by Tom Enterline in the Aug. 30-Sept. 5 issue. He…
To the Editor: I was glad to read intelligent responses with a different opinion than that of a recent letter…
The proposition is simple — establish a transition from fossil fuels to 100 percent clean energy by 2050 or face climate calamity, according to the N.C. Climate Solutions Coalition. Working in support of the former is retired Haywood County schoolteacher…
Although the clean energy resolution circulating through many local governments of late has been alternately called “aspirational” and “empty” by some, a quick survey of some of the Western North Carolina municipalities that have adopted the resolution shows that while…
When U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited Pisgah Inn last week, he unexpectedly delivered some good news for Swain County.
U.S. Forest Service rangers got an earful from Swain County residents last week during a public hearing regarding the proposed Forest Management Plan.
Shining Rock Classical Academy leaders want to add high school grades to their growing charter school, but they’re just not sure now is the right time.
A Tribal Council resolution calling for a special election to choose the next Vice Chief sat, unsigned, in the office of Principal Chief Richard Sneed since its passage Aug. 3 — until Sneed announced his decision to veto the decision…
The bowling alley construction at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort wasn’t even finished when ground broke on a similar addition at Harrah’s Valley River Casino in Murphy.
A years-long effort to bring a bowling alley to Cherokee has come to an end with the opening of the 53,000-square-foot Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Sept. 1.
Don’t let the quaintness fool you — the small town of Bryson City has plenty of challenges and opportunities facing it as it tries to maintain its rich Appalachian identify while also dealing with the growing pains tourism has brought…
The fire review process included a thorough analysis of all communications and decisions made from the time the fire began on Nov. 23, 2016, to the time it left the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 6 p.m. Nov. 28.…
Nine months after a small wildfire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park metastasized into a deadly blaze that wreaked havoc on Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, a report reviewing the National Park Service’s decisions and actions leading up to…
With so many charities working to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, many Western North Carolina residents are curious about the best way to help.
After a disappointing loss to an entrenched incumbent in 2016, Beaverdam’s Rhonda Cole Schandevel announced Aug. 26 that she’ll again be a Democratic candidate for the North Carolina General Assembly in House District 118.
Ever since an August protest over removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent, a nationwide debate has erupted over the part Confederate monuments play in glorifying racism and treason — and the metal-cast Confederate solider…
An acclaimed pianist who has performed around the world and who teaches that musical artists must be entrepreneurs and good…
I ain’t perfect. And the older I get, the more I realize just how true that statement is. Along with…
It’s the intersection of American blues and British rock. When you throw some Foghat onto the stereo, you’re entering a…
As members of Western Carolina University’s bass fishing club team — the Bass Cats — were in route to assist in the Hurricane Harvey devastation along the Gulf Coast, the rain pelted down on the windshield and the radio kept…
In the bluegrass world, it doesn’t get much bigger than Rob Ickes. Fifteen-time “Dobro Player of the Year” by the…
An increase in bear encounters in Panthertown and along the Appalachian Trail through the Nantahala National Forest has resulted in…
Two independent natural phenomena have occurred over the past few days that will be etched in the memories, minds and…
Austin Bohanan, 18, had been lost in the wilderness for 11 days when he woke up the morning of Aug.…
A group of 13 emergency responders made a 15-mile hike this month to place new wayfinding signs at trail intersections…
A 50-75-foot fall from Moore Cove Falls in the Pisgah National Forest left a man dead Wednesday, Aug. 23. According…
It is late in the day, and 60-year-old Marianne Messmann of Germany stands on the Pont Neuf in Paris. She…
It gets to the point without distraction. Folk music — the intersection of the human heart and the greater world…
I can still feel the cold air, the sense of hopelessness. Watching the clips of the massive rainfall and flooding…
During the 1970s, my dad spent some time in prison. For over three years, he taught GED prep classes at…
To the Editor: It is very disappointing that a clear and unequivocal condemnation of the KKK, American Nazis and the…
To the Editor: Let’s all agree on one fact: had the South won the war slavery would have persisted in…
To the Editor: I read your article about the monuments. Well-written, but I think you’re missing the point. This current…
To the Editor: The ugly fight between Blue Cross and Mission Hospital has no winners. Thousands of Western North Carolina…
To the Editor: Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, does a disservice to all Americans, but particularly to legal immigrants, by fanning…
To the Editor: I am growing increasingly weary of hearing and reading the far right’s use of disparaging terms to…
• Creason reflects on 40 years as Jackson's swim teacher• Bodybuilders take natural approach to health, strength• Moss pushes the boundaries with the power of CrossFit• Waynesville Yoga bends over backward for beginners• Diabetes prevention program focuses on families• A…
After years of discussion, Jackson County is ready to move forward with plans to address the needs of its aging health department building — but the resulting project will likely affect the planning and code enforcement departments as well.
Since late spring, this Smoky Mountain News series on economic development has attempted to define the landscape in which Haywood County’s economy operates.
If you stick around in local government long enough, you could find yourself considering the repeal of an ordinance that you yourself wrote years prior — like Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown.
After the North Carolina General Assembly’s recent passage of the so-called “brunch bill,” municipal governments in Haywood County have been slow to adopt local ordinances allowing for the sale and service of fortified and unfortified wines, malt beverages and mixed…
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