By James Costa • Guest Columnist There has been much discussion in recent weeks regarding the notion of opening the…
I don’t wear a watch. Why should I? Everywhere I look, I see the time of day. In fact, no…
“The highest form of morality is not to feel at home in one’s own home.” “What has become alien to…
“What we’re trying to do here is reduce the impact of development. That’s really what conservation is, the wise use…
Did you ever wonder why this big, furry, long-eared mammal was hoping around with eggs in its basket?
What would you like to see in your new library?
Franklin’s elected leaders will review how much it would cost to replace the siding on a town-owned building in downtown before deciding whether to relocate administration offices there.
Haywood County’s new solid waste director intends for the county to dump the dubious distinction of being the only one in Western North Carolina not recycling glass. Stephen King, who came to Haywood County in February after holding previous solid…
The best location for a new library in Jackson County appears to be up for discussion once more — with the idea of renovating and adding on to the vacant historic courthouse downtown back on the table.
The Swain County Board of Commissioners has formally asked the district attorney to investigate spending practices by former sheriff Bob Ogle.
The moratorium on new subdivisions in Jackson County might be over before the five-month time period originally estimated if the planning board charged with drafting development regulations keeps up its current pace.
There is a newly published collection of essays that deserves the full attention of any reader interested in this region’s…
Back in the early 1950s when Western Carolina University was still Western Carolina Teachers College, I got a crush on…
By Stephanie Wampler It was one of those days .... One of those days when an unnecessarily shrill alarm clock…
There’s been a lot of discussion about the attack on the student in the cafeteria of Tuscola High School a…
Being environmentally conscious has become mainstream, but we still have a long way to go before mankind figures out how…
Chris North might not wile away his work week scaling trees in search of endangered Carolina Northern Flying Squirrels, but…
Chris Kelly didn’t seem fazed by the frigid February temperatures as she rock-hopped an icy stream and plunged down a…
Twelve of the world’s foremost salamander authorities converged on Balsam Mountain Preserve Sunday March 11 for an informal survey. The…
By Michael Beadle Iranian-born author Farnoosh Moshiri writes about people who are enemies of the state, those who have disappeared,…
By Chris Cooper If you’ve wandered down Main Street in the early part of a summer evening over the years,…
By Michael Beadle Nick Taylor’s career in journalism has spanned four decades and several cities, but it all began in…
“300” OK, to be perfectly honest, this is a “qualified recommendation.” “300” is currently in the theatres, but the original…
Recently, a distressing bit of information surfaced on CNN about the war in Iraq. There has been a significant increase…
A new director has been hired for the Jackson County library system — Dottie Brunette, currently the head librarian at the Albert-Carlton Cashiers Community Library, will be promoted to the post.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The duck egg is just slightly larger than the chicken egg, its shell a…
By Chris Cooper Two very different artists and albums, but similar in the pursuit of uniqueness and mastery in their…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Culinary connoisseurs will have a chance to sample the skills of a dozen local…
Slam Poetry Poetry need not be lame. Two Tuesdays ago Western Carolina University’s Lectures, Concerts and Exhibitions series and Last…
H.W. Crocker’s Don’t Tread On Me: A 400-Year History of America at War, from Indian Fighting to Terrorist Hunting gives…
Go to scoopscott.squarespace.com on the Internet and you enter the world of Macon County resident Bob Scott.
Local leaders and employees of the Oconaluftee Job Corp Center are questioning the motives behind a sudden shutdown of the site by the federal government last week.
A coordinator has been selected for the visual arts program of the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts (OICA), a joint…
The federal government has long been aware of run down buildings at the Oconaluftee Job Corps Center but failed to provide the center with funds to fix the problems, according to multiple reports, inspections and annual assessments conducted by the…
Many in the community will be watching closely in April when the Haywood County Board of Commissioners appoint three members to the board of Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Blue Ridge Paper Products might have found a buyer — a New Zealand-based paper company called The Rank Group that has recently moved into the United States paper market.
Sinquarious Graham, a 16-year-old Job Corps student from Alabama, was pulling on his coat to go to breakfast at 6:30 a.m. last Thursday when his roommate came in and told him class was canceled, he could go back to bed.
Jo Glover joined the Waynesville Recreation Center after moving to Haywood County from Alabama in December. She likes the recreation center’s atmosphere — no music blaring, windows around the indoor track, a fitness class in the morning that fits into…
Bloodroot is surely one of most widely admired wildflowers in the eastern United States. Walk now through any rocky, deciduous…
By Bruce Hare • Guest Columnist I would like to respond to Mr. James Costa’s letter (March 14, The Smoky…
Everywhere I go, I get the same question: “How do you do it? How do you find the time and…
By Jim Joyce My great- grandparents, on my mother’s side, “Bestafahr” and “Bestamour” (Nelson and Christiana Wurtz) emigrated from Denmark…
By Dick and Sandy Michener Are you a serious competitor or a weekend athlete? Are you an accomplished artist or…
It’s not clear what Swain County commissioners are hoping to accomplish by turning over to the District Attorney’s office the…
By Joe Yarkovich Spring is upon us and with the days beginning to lengthen, signs of the season can be…
George Ellison talked about the harbingers of spring in his Feb. 28 column in The Smoky Mountain News. Well those…
First let me get this disclaimer out of the way. I am thrilled to hear that Congressman Heath Shuler has…
By Kathleen Lamont I’ve got two cents to add to the honeybee dilemma. There are approximately 20,000 species of bees…
By Chris Cooper Rebel Records, that esteemed purveyor of all that is and has been high and lonesome for the…
A king named Midas wishes for riches and ends up with a wealth that kills. A singer named Orpheus descends…
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