Tube World in Maggie Valley treated 170 students from Clyde Elementary to a fieldtrip last week as part of a…
Three new public access sites and boat put-ins have been developed along the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County:
This year all-electric vehicles registered in North Carolina — about 1,600 of them — are required to pay a $100…
STAR Ranch Rescue, a refuge for abused and neglected horses and other animals in Haywood County, has received a $750…
Looking for something fun for the kids on a cold and/or rainy winter’s day. The Discovery Place in Charlotte has…
From the oil fields of North Dakota to the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania, the U.S. oil and gas industry is…
This remarkable collection of interviews with African-Americans in North Carolina who were once slaves is a fascinating discovery. Conducted by the…
The deadline for submitting applications for grants from the North Carolina Arts Council is Monday, March 3. The grant programs…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has announced its “Homegrown Picks” for 2014. Buy Haywood, is the only county-specific agritourism…
Six Western North Carolina artists have received funding from the Jackson County Arts Council to support their artistic endeavors. Regional…
Donations for people affected by a November fire in Cullowhee will be collected at Western Carolina University’s men’s basketball game…
If Keith Richards had been born below the Mason-Dixon Line, his name might have been Mike Cooley.
Nearly 30 years after Bill Eleazer put the finishing touches on “Chasing Tadpoles,” a multi-piece bronze sculpture of three children…
To the Editor: Everybody wants transparency in government — everybody except our Republican legislators in Raleigh. Last year, they passed…
To the Editor: Are you concerned if you are in your 50s or late 40s that the Social Security fund…
To the Editor:  This is what President Barack Obama said this week: “Where I can act on my own without…
To the Editor: After reading the Jan. 15 edition and seeing continued plans to weaken the present Steep Slope Ordinance…
To the Editor: I always look forward to the “Awards” issue of The Smoky Mountain News. May I make three short…
To the Editor: The changes in the five-year black bear management plan currently being proposed by the North Carolina Wildlife…
The ramifications of one particularly disturbing directive passed in the last session of the General Assembly is unfolding right now…
The Golden LEAF Foundation and Duke Energy recently funded a trio of advanced manufacturing training grants, totaling $1.3 million, to Southwestern Community College and several partners. The funding has ensured that ConMet and other manufacturers throughout Western North Carolina can…
The Haywood Regional Medical Foundation has donated $400,000 to MedWest Haywood for a remodel of the fourth floor, which includes the Women’s Care Unit and Progressive Care Unit. “We are so grateful to the HRMC Foundation for making this remodel…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will see unprecedented turnover on its board this month, with five of the 12 seats being filled by newcomers.
Editor’s note: Alice Aumen has been a major voice in Haywood’s tourism landscape for more than half a century — as a founder of Cataloochee Ski Area, operator of the third-generation family-run Cataloochee Ranch and a leader in the Maggie…
After a split vote that followed nearly an hour of discussion, the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority hired three different marketing companies for a five-month period ending when the new fiscal year begins in June. 
Hunters from all over the mountains came together last weekend to speak out against the tactics used by undercover wildlife officers in a multi-year investigation  — one that presumably targeted bear poachers.
Jake Flannick • SMN Correspondent Some homeowners in Waynesville might have started wondering why a certain visitor who had routinely appeared in their yard is no longer coming around: town public works employees, pen and paper in hand, jotting down readings…
Attorneys in the seven western counties will to be called on in the coming weeks to weigh in on their top pick to fill a vacancy on the judicial bench.
On Sept. 12, Jeff Clontz walked out of Haywood County Jail a free man. It wasn’t his first time, though. Jail, release and failing to pay child support comprised a cycle he knew well, but this time was different. When…
A proposal to convert a closed-down state prison into a halfway house and homeless shelter in Haywood County is gaining steam. The old prison was given to the county two years ago after the state shut it down, but the…
Jacob Flannick & Holly Kays • Correspondent/Staff writer When Scott Cline graduated from Swain High School in the mid-1990s, the community had barely begun talking about forming a school soccer team. And while the sport is gaining popularity in Swain County,…
When Heidi Dunkelberg first entered the town of Canton, she couldn’t imagine ever living there.
I mentioned the fact a couple of weeks ago that N.C. House Bill 74— the Regulatory Reform Act of 2013…
Lindenwood Lake, a four to five-acre stretch of water in Highlands, froze over last week during the area’s record-cold temperatures.…
The left loop of the Tsali Trail system popular among mountain bikers is closed due to a slide along the…
New farmers market planned for Macon  The Macon County Heritage Center at the old Cowee School is launching a new…
Registration is now open for the Assault on Black Rock, a seven-mile trail race in Jackson County that takes runners…
Haywood Waterways Association is calling on lovers of clean water, those immune to the cold or anyone out there  crazy…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will receive 25 to 50 white-tailed deer every year for the next three years…
Evergreen Packaging’s Canton paper mill will be writing some big checks over the coming years as it moves to comply…
To the Editor: When Hillary Clinton proposed a government-run, single-payer system to solve our health care crisis, Republicans responded by proposing…
David C. Friedman • Guest Columnist Doug Wingeier’s op-ed published in The Smoky Mountain News on Dec.  25, 2013, titled, “Christmas…
Doug Wingeier • Columnist My oh my! Looks like the long arm of Israeli surveillance has reached out to us…
When Jane Hipps began toying with the idea of running for state Senate as a Democratic challenger, a wave of excitement crept through party circles.
Ron Robinson thinks a state senator should represent all of his constituents. 
The North Carolina Senate seat for the seven western counties could be one of the few swing races in the General Assembly this year as Democrats vie to make a dent in Republican dominance in Raleigh.
Nearly six months after a staged gunfight left a Ghost Town gunfighter injured, the incident is still not resolved.  Ghost Town amusement park in Maggie Valley was issued a $2,000 citation last month by the N.C. Department of Labor’s Occupational…
Jake Flannick • SMN Correspondent He campaigned on the promise of making Franklin fertile ground for new ideas and encouraging more openness and transparency in government. 
By 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 2, the sky had long gone dark and rain was turning to snow. It was the perfect night to watch a football game. But Steve Kloster had barely gotten past the kickoff of the Sugar…
Canton residents will have the chance to weigh in on the town board’s yearlong search for a town manager at a public forum scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Colonial Theatre.
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