By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Several area governments are taking steps to keep constituents who subscribe to Mediacom cable service from losing the local ABC affiliate and with it their only source of local news.
While most golfers are clearing space in the closet for their clubs this winter, Travis Stephenson is already thinking ahead to next season. And he’s a bit worried.
Now is the time to start looking for yellow-bellied sapsuckers here in the Smokies region. Of the various woodpecker species…
The fine line between a cop doing one’s duty or overdoing his duty is once again in the grip of…
Some time this holiday weekend, my nephew Sterling will come for a visit at my mother’s house. He’s a high…
By Jim Joyce In five hours and twenty minutes it will be midnight and Veterans Day 2006 will be over.…
It’s time to end this debate.With another pro-settlement county board, the election of Swain Count native and pro-settlement congressman Heath…
By Michael Beadle North Carolina’s population is expected to rise by nearly 3 million people in the next two decades.…
When I was a full-time staff writer at the Smoky Mountain News, I spent a lot of time covering the…
We are attracted to water. Mountain paths always wind down to water — springs, branches, creeks and rivers. Water is…
Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby is set for Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Oconaluftee River Islands Park in Cherokee. The…
The Tsali Challenge Triathlon will take place Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, at the Tsali Recreation Area outside…
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is accepting submissions for the “I am the Appalachian Trail” video contest, a nationwide search for…
The Haywood Chamber of Commerce has released the 2013 Blue Ridge Breakaway jersey design. The Aug. 17 ride will feature…
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has a new executive director and CEO.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is offering a citizen scientist program for a chance to be part of ongoing research…
A 21-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina is closed — from Ox Creek Road to Mount…
Recreational Equipment Inc. has donated $5,000 to support trail work in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The red wolf is one of the most endangered animals in the world and a native of North Carolina. Wildlife…
Purple martin “scouts” are some of the earliest harbingers of spring. I recorded one in February at Black Bayou Lake…
The steady decline of the Golden-winged Warbler on the Southern Appalachian landscape is a trend that not only threatens the…
Thirty some years ago, my wife and I announced to my mother that we were expecting our first child. After…
I never realized little old ladies had such sharp elbows, or just how willing they were to use them, until…
Support your local library by coming to the Haywood County Library annual Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.…
The Light of the Lake, a theatrical production evoking 100 years of Lake Junaluska history, will have its premier performance…
People of any skill level will have the opportunity to make their own pottery from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday,…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART) in Waynesville reached its fund-raising goal of $600,000 sooner than expected, thanks to John…
Gem, mineral dealers and rock hounds will converge on the 48th annual Macon County Gemboree July 25-28 at the Macon…
Supporters of Francis Mill recently helped celebrate the mill’s designation as a National Register of Historic Places site. 
The Talleys and Brian Free & Assurance will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the Smoky Mountain Center…
Don’t go in there. As long as I can remember, I’ve been told this. From my parents, teachers, friends or…
Legendary American tennis stars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will battle it out in a charity exhibition match in Cashiers…
To the Editor: Had I been a student at Western Carolina Teachers College (WCTC) in the late 1920s, I might…
To the Editor: I am old enough to remember the time before Roe v. Wade was passed. Almost every family…
To the Editor: We are thankful for The Smoky Mountain News coverage of the Lake Junaluska-Waynesville merger process. I am…
By Martin Dyckman Blackbeard, North Carolina's most famous pirate, was a fitting precursor to the modern brigands at Raleigh. As…
Western Carolina University will erase 10 degree programs, including women’s studies and the graduate music courses, from its books during the next few years.
Well-known regional tourism expert Steve Morse has been hired by Western Carolina University to head its hospitality and tourism program.
It was a rather strange place to have a life-changing epiphany, but there he was, on the set of a British reality TV show in 2007, deep in the bowels of the Borneo jungles, when Jonathon Bryant found a purpose…
Canton will witness a mysterious mass exodus of its elected town board members following the town election this fall.
Towns across the mountains will hold elections for their mayors and town board leaders this fall. Some town races are shaping up to be hotly contested, like Maggie Valley with a deep bench of challengers, while others like Dillsboro have…
After a tumultuous start to hashing out a blueprint for this year’s finances, the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority reached a moment of harmony last week when its members unanimously adopted a budget.
Ron Clauser never saw himself as a lobbyist. He’s an accountant by trade, a world where logic and rationale rule the day. The same could be said of Ed LaFountaine, a career military man and retired major general in the…
It was a phone call Rolf Kaufman will never forget. The year was 1983, and on the other end of…
The house is silent, but soon, it will be overflowing with voices, faces, words and languages known and unknown. Awaiting…
Jackson County got a green light from the state to move forward with plans to build a liquor store in Cashiers, despite more than two dozen residents voicing opposition to the particular location that was chosen.
Since Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort added table games with live dealers last year they’ve had to round up hundreds of new card dealers — and they’re still looking for more.
Renovating the antiquated, shuttered restrooms at the Waynesville Recreation Park will cost more than town officials anticipated, leaving them to question whether to bother or just scrap the plans altogether.
Street musicians are becoming a common sight in downtown Waynesville, despite a town policy that bans sidewalk performers from playing for tips.
Waynesville has outlawed the use of noisy engine-compression brakes by big trucks.
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