Western Carolina University has received a $500,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to help expand engineering education across Western North Carolina through a partnership with regional community colleges. The funding will support WCU’s efforts to ensure a seamless transition…
A new formula for business license fees will mean a six-fold increase in collections for the town of Waynesville this fiscal year, bringing in a projected $128,000 compared to $20,000 last year.
It’s about preserving tradition — delicious tradition. “We live in a small town, and it’s wonderful when you start meeting local farmers and seeing what they’re trying to do, trying to support themselves by living off the land,” said Jessica…
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent For residents of Highlands, the list of things to do in town, depending on the season, can be pretty short and “go to the movies” has never been on it. But the town is filmless no…
To Jenifer Bauer, the conditions couldn’t be better for a hike. It’s cold and soggy. There’s no leaves left, nothing green at all on the forest floor save the rhododendrons and mountain laurels. Even the views are dreary and gray,…
Supposedly just 8 percent of Americans who make a New Year’s resolution keep it. The obvious reason is human beings…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has officially revived the Haywood County Film Commission.  Becky Seymour, video marketing manager of…
Funk group Kool & The Gang and rock band ZZ Top will perform at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Kool & The…
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is ringing in the New Year at 7:45 p.m. Dec. 31 in Bryson City. The…
The Franklin Chamber of Commerce hosted its inaugural “Gingerbread House Competition” at Franklin’s Town Hall during this year’s Winter Wonderland.
Renowned bluegrass/gospel group Balsam Range’s 4th annual “Winter Concert Series” will continue with John Driskell Hopkins at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the historic Colonial Theatre in Canton. Hopkins is a multi-award winner and founding member of the Zac Brown…
Who in the hell is that? Standing on the porch at Camp Hope in Bethel, I found myself in amazement…
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent This time of year, there’s a Santa around every corner. There’s the jolly Santa flying around…
The walnut family is relatively small, but it contains some of the more interesting and valuable tree species found in…
Haywood Waterways Association passed out its annual awards this month to water quality heroes. • The Big Creek Award for…
The National Park Service has selected Pedro Ramos to serve as the acting superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
Conservation groups reached a compromise with the U.S. Forest Service over a controversial logging project in the Courthouse Creek area,…
I believe Lake Junaluska has spoiled local birders like me. I spent about an hour and a half poking around…
By Lindsay Wertz • Correspondent After hours of work and preparation, six terrain elements sparkled imposingly under the lights on Cataloochee…
The new documentary “Cataloochee” will be shown in a special preview at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in the Charles…
Western Carolina University has unveiled its third annual holiday video greeting card, “Moments to Remember” and hosted at the website…
The times in which we live may someday be celebrated for our advancements in medicine, technology and education, but surely…
Like many of you, I’ve been amassing Christmas presents for months now — stocking up at consignment sales, cruising craigslist…
The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild of Franklin, together with members of Misty Mountain Quilters Guild from Blairsville, Ga. and the…
Work by painter Edith Neff will be on exhibit through Jan. 31 in the Fine Arts Museum at Western Carolina…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host a Holiday Homecoming from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3…
On Dec. 21, Tipping Point Brewing in downtown Waynesville will be celebrating its third year in operation with a “Customer…
Next week will mark my second Christmas in Western North Carolina. And, like last year, I won’t be making it…
Bouncing around her gallery like a rubber ball, the energy of Teri Siewert is contagious. “The ambiance here is something…
John Beckman • Columnist The discussions and debates regarding health care on both the local and national levels have been going…
The Ambassadors of Jackson County recently elected new officers: Chairman Tommy Dennison, Business Counselor with the Small Business and Technology Development Center at Western Carolina University; Vice Chairman John Hagdorn of Highlander Self Storage; and Secretary Karen Walston, the Bug…
Chris Cooper, associate professor and head of the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University, has been named the 2013 “Professor of the Year” in the state of North Carolina by the Carnegie Foundation for the…
For Carroll Brown, an associate professor in the hospitality and tourism program at Western Carolina University, there’s nothing like taking her classroom to the streets. For the past five years, she and her students have helped decorate the town for…
By Jake Flannick • SMN Correspondent Since she started spreading the word about the new health care law, Cynthia Solesbee has encountered many questions — and opinionated remarks — about a sweeping change affecting tens of thousands of people without insurance…
Standing on the balcony of the historic Jackson County Courthouse and Library, high above downtown Sylva, Dottie Brunette begins pointing.
Citing a desire to maximize their donation through a federal challenge grant, representatives of the Community Services of Swain County (CSSC) recently gave $2,500 to Southwestern Community College’s Student Success Campaign. An effort to bridge the gap between scholarship need…
Jackson County volunteers who provide free basic tax forms preparation and counseling for individuals are looking for others to join their team.    Volunteers must be willing to assist taxpayers at least one day a week during tax season. Training will…
The last day of federal court in Bryson City will be Dec. 31. 
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent When it comes to Vegas-style gaming, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort has hedged its bets on being the only game in town … in the region … in the state … in the surrounding five-state area.
On the first day of Vance Hardware’s going-out-of-business sale, someone bought the key machine. “I think that hurt him worse than anything,” Willetta Vance said.
The fall semester came to a close at Western Carolina University on Dec. 14 as commencement exercises were held in Ramsey Regional Activity Center to recognize the university’s newest graduating class and a group of WCU alumni who were awarded…
Raymond Caldwell was 15 years old when he hitched up a team of horses to a wagon with 30 bushels of corn in tow, leaving the only home he and his ancestors had ever known in the idyllic Cataloochee Valley. …
Haywood County commissioners are going through the motions of selling Haywood Regional Medical Center to a national hospital chain with little in the way of pomp and circumstance.
Under normal circumstances, Mike Murray would be thrilled to pass out raises to the hard-working teachers in Jackson County.
A public input meeting that will help shape the future of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests will be held…
National Park Service officials want your input on how to manage the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT).
Nearly 12,000 plastic bottles will have been saved from a landfill when Western Carolina University students graduate this month. What’s…
Thousands of eyes will look skyward this month as volunteer birders, armed with binoculars, participate in the 114th annual Audubon…
Those sky watchers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute are preparing for the winter solstice. Astronomers there say that the…
Several young runners from Western North Carolina turned in best times at recent state-wide and southeastern regional cross country events.
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