The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen voted unanimously last week to suspend Town Manager Tim Barth and Festival Director Audrey Hagar for a week with pay after questions arose about dubious decisions made by both leading up to a country…
I like visiting those sites here in the Smokies region where there is what I think of as an “overlay;”…
Celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 28 by volunteering at DuPont State Forest to help clear a section…
Haywood Community College has honored two Fish and Wildlife Management program students for their achievements in the field. Jacob Longworth…
Chimney Rock State Park has become North Carolina’s 70th tourist destination to earn recognition for its environmentally friendly practices, according…
The French Broad Rifles club will host a Primitive Black Powder Muzzleloading shoot Oct. 4-6 near Marshall.
It’s a big weekend at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, Sept. 27-29, with its Guest Appreciation Festival, the U.S. Slalom Nationals,…
The annual Chief’s Challenge one-mile run and walk benefit for victims of childhood cancer will take place at 2 p.m.…
The U.S. Forest Service is promoting its fall foliage webpage, which features scenic drives and other areas in the Nantahala…
The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a beginner’s disc golf class for youth ages 8 to 17. The…
The rains came Saturday. It was a good day for a soaker, from my perspective. I had writing I needed…
As Brent Martin stared down the barrel of an impending tug-of-war over WNC’s national forests, he dreaded yet another round…
An online visit reveals hundreds of books written on hiking the Appalachian Trail. These range from Bill Bryson’s A Walk…
I had a bit of a wake-up call this week as I read over a fabulous collection of kid’s nature…
A group of friends have come together to create a non-profit entity to operate a new pottery school in the…
Watercolor and oil painter Jo Ridge Kelley will demonstrate oil painting techniques in a naturescape for Art League of the…
Voices in the Laurel will hold auditions for “Laurel Strings,” a new string ensemble open to students in grades two-12…
Acclaimed musician/folklorist Lee Knight will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Jackson County Public Library Complex in…
The Boho Stage Show will bring aerial trapeze, circus acts, belly dancing, hula-hooping and other eccentric forms of performance art…
I know a lot about nothing. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with everything. How many…
Dillsboro will soon be graced with a large mural depicting the cultural heritage of the village, its key landmarks and…
Amy Ammons Garza has always looked out for her little sister, Doreyl Ammons Cain. “Make sure you mention when the…
To the Editor: The North Carolina legislature has passed, and Gov. McCrory has signed, a bill requiring a photo ID…
By Dawn Gilchrist-Young I’m writing this because I teach three sections of senior English at Swain High School, where I’ve…
My people are rooted in the South. On both mom’s and dad’s sides of the family, very few have moved…
The Jackson County tourism industry adopted a new logo last week to go with their new slogan: “Play On.”
The new owners of the iconic Lulu’s on Main restaurant in downtown Sylva are dedicated to keeping around the diner’s favorite menu items, but they’re also looking forward to adding some of their own.
Nicole Dexter and Chip Owen might be the only brewmasters in Western North Carolina who left Asheville — the Mecca of microbreweries — in the rearview mirror when looking for a good spot to make craft beer. But the two…
A woman charged with illegally operating sweepstakes-style video gambling machines got off in court this week after prosecutors dismissed the charges.
An indoor swimming pool, a river park in Dillsboro and more greenways emerged as top priorities in a 10-year master recreation plan created by the Jackson County’s Recreation and Parks Department.
If you come across men in bright orange vests directing traffic around crews handling a towering power pole into the ground, steer clear and drive slow.
Macon County closed the application window last week and will soon begin paring down applicants in search of its next county manager.
The saga of Nikwasi Mound in Franklin being sprayed with potent weed killer more than a year ago continues to unfold.
Western North Carolina’s educational institutions must re-emphasize the importance of mathematical skills at all levels — from basic addition and subtraction to advanced statistics, analysis and predictive modeling — if mountain students are to succeed in the modern workforce.
Changes to the voting laws in North Carolina will have only a small effect on voter turnout, according to a Western Carolina University political analyst.
The new voter identification requirement won’t likely affect North Carolinians who have put down roots, but more transient populations including college students may find the new regulations cumbersome.  College students in North Carolina will have to make an extra effort…
They made it a top priority, but Western Carolina University administrators were still a bit surprised when they learned they succeeded in raising the freshmen retention rate by a significant margin.
After a surge in the freshmen retention rate at Western Carolina University, school administrators are trying to get a feel for why fewer students jumped ship this year than any other year in recent history.
The commercial corridor of the Canton exit off Interstate 40 has been in a vice grip for several years due to a maxed out sewer line.
The clock is ticking for Canton to spend $25,000 in remaining grant money from the N.C. Rural Center.
A Swain County deputy totaled his patrol car earlier this month after hitting a parked car while going more than 50 miles per hour.
Horace Kephart left the cabin site on the Little Fork in the fall of 1907, spending considerable time in other…
A 5K race will be held on the campus of Western Carolina University in conjunction with Mountain Heritage Day festivities.…
No junior women’s freestyle kayaker in the world was better than Stecoah resident Rowan Stuart recently at the ICF Canoe…
The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host its first Fish Frenzy, a kayak and canoe fishing tournament, Saturday,…
In time for peak hurricane season, Duke Energy is going mobile with its lake level information. The smart phone-friendly website…
A group of raptors will be featured at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at The Village Green Commons in Cashiers. 
For homeowners with bear problems, the B.E.A.R. Task Force is hosting a program to keep the persistent beasts away.
A $1,000 grant given to the Elk Bugle Corps in Cataloochee Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will…
Representatives from the town of Clyde and HomeTrust Bank removed 80 pounds of trash Saturday, Sept. 7, from the small…
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