The town of Sylva now has new rules governing when and where parades and demonstrations can take place, with revisions taking place swiftly following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 11-12.
Franklin Mayor Bob Scott will help lead a new organization of North Carolina mayors dedicated to improving life in all the state’s municipalities by focusing public attention on finding solutions to critical issues.
The Franklin Town Council recently approved a $700 expense that will allow the town’s police force to be armed with a life-saving drug Narcan.
After three failed attempts, the Bryson City Board of Aldermen is once again applying for a Community Development Block Grant to make much-needed water and sewer improvements to its wastewater system.
With the election for Cherokee Tribal Council just one week away, The Smoky Mountain News continues its series profiling the 24 candidates running for election to one of 12 Tribal Council seats.
There’s still no guarantee whether a special election will be held to choose the next vice chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, but that hasn’t stopped at least five people from announcing their intention to run for the…
The Waynesville Police Department responded to the report of a child abduction from Frazier Street Thursday afternoon.
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” — Nobel prize winning author William Faulkner This oft-trotted out line from…
I can admit now that by the time the day of the eclipse finally arrived, I was so tired of…
To the Editor: In response to Editor Scott McLeod’s column about public prayers (www.smokymountainnews.com/archives/item/20540), secular society would like nothing better…
To the Editor: Can we please stop referring to access to health care insurance as “access to health care” and…
To the Editor: How many times have we heard or said “history repeats itself?” I’d say often regarding everything from…
To the Editor: There was a man who was born at Stratford Hall, Virginia, and his boyhood home was in…
To the Editor: Donald Trump has vowed to build a wall between the U.S.A. and Mexico. He even claims that…
[Before moving on to the primary subject of this column (yard gardens), I’d like to share some impressions with you…
Brian McMahan and Johnny Nicholson can both remember boyhood days spent in the mountains, hunting the elusive ginseng plant. Coveted…
A potentially harmful algal bloom continues to grow in parts of Fontana Lake, and state officials are warning people to…
A 310-acre conservation easement has been established at the watershed feeding the Town of Weaverville in Buncombe County, protecting the…
There is now a new way to access the Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park in Avery County following…
Having already claimed the record for the fastest thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, Jennifer Pharr Davis, of Asheville, is now…
Alcohol, alcoholism, and alcoholics appear frequently in literature. Shakespeare’s Falstaff is a son of Bacchus. Lawrence Block’s Matthew Scudder and…
An iconic mandolin and fiddle player, Sam Bush has rewritten the game of bluegrass, especially when it comes to live…
Leading this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association awards with eight nominations, Haywood County group Balsam Range is atop the mountain…
Formed in Raleigh in 1999, Chatham County Line has emerged as one of those unique branches of tone and approach…
Throughout the 1980s, Ricky Skaggs was the toast of country music. Twelve #1 hits, eight CMA and ACM awards, a…
When the Town of Canton relaunched its Labor Day Festival a couple years ago, it was in a crucial move…
The trifecta. By this past Monday morning, I was running on fumes heading back to my humble abode in downtown…
Lost in the ugliness of the recent Charlottesville violence is the fact that the demonstration was originally centered around the proposed removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. But after protesters toppled a similar statue in Durham,…
The demonstrations in Charlottesville are already shaping up to be a watershed moment in American history; consequently, local governments across the United States — and even Canada — have begun reacting to the monumental issue of Confederate memorials in varying…
Expectation reigned at Clingmans Dome the morning of Aug. 21 as buses rolled in carrying the 1,325 people lucky enough to snag tickets for the solar eclipse event at the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Packing to watch the sun disappear felt like packing for work, camping and an emergency evacuation all at once.
Covered in sweat, I could feel the slight trickle of ice water dripping down my leg.
It was like watching the slowest sporting event ever. Spectators with their eyes toward the sky shouted in excitement and booed with disappointment as the clouds passed over the sun.
Strange days, as Doors front man Jim Morrison famously sang, have found us.
The 2017 General Election will choose the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ next slate of Tribal Council representatives following Election Day on Thursday, Sept. 7.
Mission Health Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ron Paulus took to social media last week to answer questions from patients regarding the health care system’s ongoing contract battle with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Mission Health’s contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina will expire Oct. 5, leaving thousands of patients to find another in-network provider or pay more out of pocket to see a Mission provider.
When the Jackson County Commiss-ioners met to discuss construction needs in the health department Aug. 8, the goal for the afternoon was clear.
After more than two years of meetings and mapping and analysis, the comprehensive transportation plan intended to guide Jackson County through the year 2040 will be sent on for regional and state approval if county commissioners give it the green…
After 11 days missing in the remote backcountry of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Chilhowee Lake, 18-year-old Austin Bohanan walked out on his own about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22.
In their 20 years together, the members of Dark Star Orchestra have equaled — if not surpassed — the number…
With the demise of The Black Crowes in 2015, Rich Robinson was in search of new digs.
Enrique Gomez was 16 years old the first time he experienced the shadow of the moon. Gomez, now an associate…
The gardens at the Historic Shelton House in Waynesville are now attracting monarch butterflies, thanks to the efforts of the…
Two Pisgah High School students will end their summer in possession of newfound natural resources-related knowledge following the Resource Conservation…
Western North Carolina will have two representatives on the 19-member N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission following a round of appointments by…
A new state law will expand hunters’ ability to pursue their sport on Sundays.
A new science education program will soon launch in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park thanks to a $1 million…
Friends and followers of “The Naturalist’s Corner” know I’m keeping a year-list of birds I see/hear this year. As I…
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war…
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