The Haywood Chamber of Commerce Women in Business group will host “Your Performance On Stage … Flourish, Engage, Inspire” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Gateway Club with Susan Belcher, the wife of Western Carolina University’s…
Keller Williams Realty of Waynesville is holding its annual children’s clothes swap next weekend. Drop off new or gently used clothing at its Waynesville office, 2562 Dellwood Road, through Friday, Aug. 9. Then on Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to…
To deal with a gaping budget shortfall, Macon County Schools might raid the local salary bonus it historically awards its teachers. 
At the end of every crop’s season, farmers pick the fruits or vegetables that are pretty enough to sell in the grocery store. Once they are done, they plow under the leftover produce. 
It’s not the strength of your resume — it’s who your friends are. 
Jackson County Commissioners have begun naming a task force that will shepherd Cullowhee along the way to becoming a bonafide  planning district, complete with tailored development guidelines to ensure compatible growth. 
The Macon County planning board signaled its intent this month to loosen rules on development in floodplains. 
Business owner Marion Jones claims to sit on Sylva’s Main Street watching traffic more than any other person in town. 
A new event center in Waynesville could be just the beginning of the vitalization of Wall Street, said Wells Greeley, owner of Wells Funeral Homes and Cremation Services. 
Bryson City’s library has storied yet humble beginnings — born from a suitcase of books toted around town by a lady named Marianna Black in the 1930s. 
The clock was ticking. There were just two days to go for mayor candidates to step up to the plate in the small village of Forest Hills — and still no takers.
Persistent vandals have pushed Sylva decision-makers to ramp up the town’s surveillance program.   Coming soon to two Sylva parks are several new security cameras. Both Bryson and Poteet parks have suffered a rash of vandalism, from smashed bathroom sinks…
The recently signed state budget bill will fund the hiring of 19 toxicology analysts for a new western crime lab, expanding available evidence testing in Western North Carolina. 
Colorful specialty license plates have been spared the gallows thanks to a bill passed in the final hours of the General Assembly last week. 
A Ghost Town in the Sky gunfighter wounded during a staged fight has new hope of being compensated for his injury after all, despite initially being told he wouldn’t.
A candidate for Maggie Valley alderman was indicted this month on eight felony charges, including forgery.  The July 19 indictment alleges that Joe Maniscalco forged documents and knowingly tried to pass them off as valid records in an attempt to…
By Michael Beadle Miss Daisy Werthan is an elderly Jewish widow who has gotten too old to drive herself, so…
By Michael Beadle With the blaze of leaf season in full swing, inspiration is all around — especially for local…
By Chris Cooper If you can imagine an even more ticked-off Phil Anselmo fronting a hybrid of COC and Black…
Sports I’m sorry, I am an unabashed sports fan. Not one of those people who paints themselves in their team’s…
While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West From Within by Bruce Bawer. Doubleday, 2006. 256 pages —…
The Cherokee Preservation Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to the Travel and Promotion program of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) to sustain an award-winning, multi-year marketing campaign to attract visitors interested in exploring the Cherokee culture to…
Voters who got excited at early reports that Congresman Charles Taylor and challenger Heath Shuler had agreed to a debate may have jumped the gun.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer In the race for the 119th District seat, candidates Marge Carpenter and Rep. Phil Haire have staked out vastly different issues as key campaign points.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer In some elections an incumbent candidate may face a political newcomer, like the congressional race between Rep. Charles Taylor, R-Brevard, and Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville.
The Haywood County commissioners are soliciting construction bids for the long-awaited renovation of the historic courthouse in downtown Waynesville.
When Joe Sam Queen arrived at a reception hosted by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce earlier this year, the greeters working the door plucked a red carnation from a vase of water, snipped the stem, pinned it to his…
A small spot on the side of a valley overlooking the Tuckasegee River outside Dillsboro may not seem the obvious place for any kind of technological firsts, but that’s what alternative energy experts were proclaiming last Friday (Oct. 6) at…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer • Mark Jones, 47, a Democrat, has been the general manager of High Hampton Inn since 1997. He began working there in 1987 as a bellman. He is divorced. He graduated from Western Carolina…
Thirty-six year-old Ken McKim has lots of ideas about the issues he would tackle if he can wrest the 50th District state Senate seat from incumbent Democrat Sen. John Snow.
Several groups compile score cards for state legislators based on their voting record. Queen and Presnell were both ranked by these groups during their respective years in the state Senate.
When Sen. John Snow talks about being a senator for the far western counties that he calls home, he becomes animated and impassioned.
It appears Swain County commissioners were out of sync with public consensus two months ago when they decided to postpone…
Gibbs Knotts, a political science professor at Western Carolina University, took time to address the gay marriage issue and how it might affect the upcoming election between Rep. Charles Taylor, R-Brevard, and challenger Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville.
Taylor: My position is, and has always been, that marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman.
“... the mellowing year marks its periods of decline with a pageantry
I’m not sure when the characteristics of being frugal and not wasting became derisive traits, why it became wimpy to…
Hikers, fishermen and environmentalists won a small victory last week in an on-going tug-of-war with paddlers over the upper Chattooga…
Ornithologists Geoff Hill of Auburn University and Dan Mennill from University of Windsor presented a program at this year’s American…
Resource managers and plant specialists with the Blue Ridge Parkway are calling on neighboring landowners to help rein in the…
1. What specific legislation or policies are at the top of your list?
1. What specific legislation or policies are at the top of your list?
1. What specific legislation or policies are at the top of your list?
1. What specific legislation or policies are at the top of your list?
Bond numbers Haywood County voters approved a $25 million school bond in May 2005 intended to pay for a host of projects. The list of cost estimates presented to the public is as follows:
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Editor’s note: The names of domestic violence victims Linda and Anne, who were interviewed for this story, have been changed. The afternoon Linda decided to leave her fiancé, she waited until he was asleep,…
Slope ordinance Haywood County commissioners are considering a slope development ordinance with the following restrictions:
This past weekend’s sudden drop in overnight temperatures into the high 20s (26 degrees and 28 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively, at…
By Mark Jaben I always marvel at people that tell me they haven’t been to a doctor in 25 years.…
Heath Shuler says he will bring integrity and accountability to Washington? Ha! We have here in our satchel 76 examples…
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