Last year was a promising year for local food production and farm education in WNC, according to the Appalachian Sustainable…
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced the winners of the eighth annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine outdoor photo…
Friday, Dec. 28, was the date of the eleventh annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC) — 11 dates but 10…
A comprehensive U.S. Forest Service report released last month examines how expanding populations, increased urbanization, and changing land-use patterns could…
Nestled deep in the mountains between Sylva and Cashiers, the scenic U.S. Forest Service Balsam Lodge is celebrating its 30th…
Let me take a deep breath and see if I can get this out in one long ugly sentence:  A…
To the Editor: We are writing in response to the gun control controversy. I agree that the recent acts of…
It all started with a simple book fair at the middle school. My daughter, inspired perhaps by viewing the trailer…
The Smoky Mountain News takes note this week of some of the newsmakers of 2012 by handing out our annual awards. Back issues of the newspaper never fail to reveal a variety of humdingers: the funny, the astonishing, the interesting,…
Lake Junaluska and the town of Waynesville are pressing ahead with the possibility of a merger. The two entities have put the wheels in motion to introduce a special bill in the N.C. General Assembly in March that would bring…
Swain County suffers from a serious lack of soccer fields, a plight soccer enthusiasts there hope to do something about.
The National Guard 210th and 211th Military Police Companies from Western North Carolina were recently placed “on alert.”
Give a U.S. congressman a cookie, and he can eat it. But offer him some free pancakes, and he’ll have to pass. “I can eat a pig in a blanket, but God forbid if it’s a hot dog. If it’s…
A line-up of art classes will begin in January, offered through the Inspired Art Ministry at the First Baptist Church…
Chris Robinson is a freak‚ a damn musical freak. Finally wrangling everything into the studio with his freewheelin’ solo project‚…
Nationally acclaimed Western North Carolina bluegrass group Balsam Range will continue their winter concert series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan.…
Cartoonist and illustrator James Lyle will do a presentation and demonstration on comic books and graphic novels for the Art…
Pulling into a row of unimposing metal garage-sized storage units on Frazier Street in Waynesville, the sound of buzzing is…
“I am developing a taste for walking in cemeteries.” – Jules Renard, “Journals” (December 1909) Like Jules Renard, a turn-of-the-century…
Wildlife program seeks help with classes Wild South’s Wildlife Outreach Initiative, along with Mountain Wildlife Days, are in the process…
Cataloochee Ski Area is opening its winter race series beginning 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, for middle school competitors, followed…
Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust conserves five parcels in 2012 With the help of community members and donors, the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will have conserved five new properties by the end of 2012. The properties include two in Highlands, one that holds…
Hikers of the Appalachian Trail now have a new shelter where they can rest their bones. The U.S. Forest Service…
I wrote about wood storks, Mycteria americana, back in August of this year after a trip to Isle of Palms…
You’ve been training for months. You’ve skipped the kids’ piano recitals and parent teacher conferences; you’ve bailed on dinner with…
Writer Amy Allen will discuss her journey along the Appalachian Trail as she presents her book, Summoning the Mountains: Pilgrimage…
Daniel Emerson is afraid of black people. After a chance encounter with a group of violent African American teenagers left…
Federal authorities have dropped deportation proceedings against 10 Latino men, all suspected illegal immigrants, who were arrested at a Jackson County license checkpoint in May.
Swain County’s oversized jail will lose about one-third of its current inmate population and a sizeable revenue stream when the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians opens a new justice center, complete with its own jail.
Margie Bradley has called a ramshackle shack in the hills of Cullowhee “home” for almost 60 years. The ceilings sag, the floor is made of plywood and the wind enters through the numerous cracks scattered about the windows and walls.
By Tom Rogers • Guest columnist The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School is beyond comprehension. Such an event should…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Had Al-Qaeda carried out the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Congress would be…
To the Editor: I challenge The Smoky Mountain News to assist in opening a respectful, thoughtful, meaningful conversation in our…
For liquor stores in Western North Carolina, the combination of Christmas and the New Year makes for the busiest time of the year. But with 1,800 different types of products to choose from — from the old standbys like Jim…
Tourism numbers are looking good for Haywood County so far this year, and tourism leaders are keeping their fingers crossed that a cold winter will drive visitors to Cataloochee’s slopes.
Haywood County Sheriff Bobby Suttles announced last week he will retire in February, stepping down early despite another two years to go until his term is technically up.
The task of finding a new top lawman in Haywood County to replace retiring Sheriff Bobby Suttles will begin in early January and likely be decided by March.
Most people have heard of a sightseeing tour, perhaps a wine or beer tasting tour, and maybe even the all-encompassing pleasure tour. But Sylva residents got an ear-dose when they followed a musician and sound expert on a not-so-common sound…
The most wonderful time of the year — it’s a line is engrained in us all. But nobody embraces and exudes Christmas quite like Betty Porter. As she talked on the phone outside a cottage at Broyhill Baptist Children’s Home…
Fine dining, jazz for New Year’s Eve There will be a special jazz performance and dinner at 7 p.m. Monday,…
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will ring in the New Year with an evening of live music, dancing, dining and…
Registration is ongoing for the eighth annual “Dulcimer U Winter Weekend” conference for mountain dulcimer enthusiasts, which will be held…
Haywood County Arts Council Executive Director Kay Miller is stepping down after nine years on the job.
At a McDonald’s in Canton, S.R. “Sha” Shahan sits quietly in one of the corner booths, casually sipping his coffee…
It’s the greatest show in town, but the location is a secret. With the tall smokestacks of the Canton paper…
The economic situation seemed to be looking up in Jackson County: unemployment was on a steady decline; the real estate market was rebounding; and tourists were finding more expendable income to travel.
Joey Del Bosque scrolled through his appointment book for the week; time slot after time slot was filled, with just enough room to breathe. Belle On Main, a salon and massage parlor along South Main Street in Waynesville, opened in…
More doom and gloom or a light at the end of the tunnel? For five years, the nation has waited eagerly for economic forecasters to tell us what we want to hear — that home sales are rebounding, wages are…
Since the town of Sylva’s curbside recycling program was reinstated about five years ago, its participation has stagnated, with the vast majority of residents not partaking.
The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled last week that state lawmakers indeed have the power to ban video gambling in its various forms, including the latest reincarnation known as video sweepstakes.
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