On Nov. 5, 2001, not quite two months after the 9/11 attacks, Lech Walesa spoke at Western Carolina University. Walesa…
After a couple years of uncertainty, Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva will close its doors on Thursday evening.
Those who forget history, tend to... Well, you know the rest. Nowadays, it seems each morning we awaken into another…
The “WCU PRESENTS” performance series, previously known as “Galaxy of Stars” brings professional artists from around the world to the…
At the heart of Asheville is a funky soul. And providing the soundtrack to that carefree and self-less attitude of the…
Dave Angel hasn’t wasted any time becoming part of the Maggie Valley community and in return, they’ve welcomed Haywood County’s first distillery with open arms. Elevated Mountain Distilling Company, located in the former Carolina Nights Dinner Theater building on Soco…
Residents and visitors may soon be able to enjoy a mimosa or bloody Mary during their Sunday morning brunch. A new law passed in the North Carolina Legislature will give restaurants and distilleries an economic boost by allowing them to…
As North Carolina’s candidate sign-up period approaches its midway point, preliminary indications in Haywood County point toward some big changes, especially in Canton.
The schism between the Haywood County Republican Party and the Haywood Republican Alliance isn’t unique to this party, this county or this era.
Allegations made last week by a member of the Haywood Republican Alliance that the Haywood County Republican Party recently passed a resolution charging five local Republicans with political “party disloyalty” shocked and angered many across the region and the state.
More than a year after the food truck controversy in Waynesville prompted Sylva to review its own regulations, a proposed food truck ordinance is on its way to a public hearing and vote at the July 13 town commissioner meeting.
Mission Health System is threatening to cancel its contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina if they can’t get rate negotiations that are more favorable.
The fruits of a yearlong bridge project will make it easier for residents of Moses Creek Road east of Cullowhee to get heavy items like dump trucks and construction materials into their neighborhood.
A resolution that would have negated a 2007 vote to up Tribal Council’s pay by $10,000 was withdrawn last week following debate about what exactly the legislation’s impact would be.
Sylva’s pub-lovers got a shock this summer when a closed sign appeared on O’Malley’s Sports Bar and Grill June 2.
During the long session of the North Carolina Legislature that recently concluded, hundreds of bills were again proposed, studied and debated.
White dots will soon pepper the sidewalks of downtown Sylva as the town sets out to claim its identity as…
A restored brownfield property in Franklin is now home to a hive of Carniolan honeybees.
Environmental groups working to improve water quality, aquatic habitat and recreational access recently saw $182,000 in grants from the Pigeon…
The N.C. Division of Water Resources has honored 49 water treatment plants statewide for surpassing federal and state drinking water…
There was much concern regarding the noonday globe snail, Petera clarkia nantahala, after the Tellico Fire burned through the Nantahala…
The other night while channel-surfing I stumbled upon an online Sunday School class sponsored by a host of Baptist churches…
To the Editor: Last week’s letters to the editor were critical of the proposed healthcare reform. HRMC executives write, “Without…
To the Editor: On Sunday morning, July 2, Donald Trump tweeted a short doctored video clip of him attacking an…
I call myself an adventurer. While I do love to travel, adventuring isn’t just about experiencing new places and seeing…
As I sit to write a day before Independence Day, it seems I keep hearing voices questioning whether the shared…
For many people, summer means vacation, and vacation means beach. For readers, the beach in turn means packing books to…
I remembered those places, and those faces. Scrolling through Facebook — through the “fun in the sun” Fourth of July…
Sitting at a booth in the back of her store on recent morning, Allison Lee remembers the days long ago…
The World Methodist Museum in Lake Junaluska announces its participation in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History exhibit. The…
Court-appointed lawyers are the crux of the U.S justice system because it is their duty to ensure every U.S. citizen is granted their constitutional right to a fair trial, but many lawyers in Western North Carolina are concerned a new…
State charges against the two teenagers arrested in connection with November’s deadly Gatlinburg fires have been dropped, but prosecution could resume with federal charges.
Double-digit increases in both monthly and year-to-date tourist spending have the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority flush with cash, but still seeking to build on better-than-projected collections.
As the sun rises over Papertown one bright morning in 1958, a 30-year-old African-American by the name of Nathaniel Lowery wakes up and, like hundreds of others, heads for the mill.
With all the attention paid to downtown Waynesville’s bustling Main Street, the Frog Level Historic District is often overlooked by tourists and the town board alike.
In each year’s budget, the Town of Waynesville makes discretionary special appropriations contributions to a plethora of local nonprofits that help support everything from festivals to food for seniors.
Macon County Commissioners hope a newly established Fire Task Force will be able to create more consistency among the county’s 11 fire districts.
While a draft forest management plan is still nearly a year away, a group of recently released documents gives a glimpse into how the U.S. Forest Service might ultimately manage the 1.2 million acres in the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest over…
In a story that sounds like it should have come out of Moscow in 1938 or Havana in 1961 rather than Waynesville in 2017, several Haywood County citizens have allegedly been charged with political “party disloyalty.”
As the candidate sign-up period for November’s municipal elections opens at noon on Friday, July 7, voters in most municipalities will start to learn who’s in, who’s out, who’s moving on and who’s moving up.
The tuition reduction program N.C. Promise won’t go into effect until 2018, but its impending implementation could already be affecting Western Carolina University’s enrollment numbers.
The present pains for drivers on Interstate 40 in Haywood County are temporary.
It’s a Saturday night in Sparta, and the three sisters — all of them widows — are heading off to…
By Rod Harkelroad and Maurice Phillips Our country’s healthcare system is in the midst of a massive upheaval. Never before have…
To the Editor: A wise good man once said, approximately, “politics is about making people’s lives better.”  I don’t believe…
To the Editor: We had the great pleasure of visiting Haywood County on Saturday, June 17, as we attended the…
To the Editor: Editor Scott McLeod’s thoughtful analysis (May 24 edition, www.smokymountainnews.com/archives/item/20019) described the formidable marketplace corporate control that permeates…
To the Editor: My organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the AARP, the American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association…
The Whitewater Falls viewing area is on track to reopen by July 4 after being closed since wildfire destroyed it…
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