A festering disagreement over how to overhaul Jackson County’s tourism agency is coming to an end, but some lodging owners who have resisted the changes aren’t happy about it.
In a debate that focused on everything from Iran and health care to equal pay for women and earmarks, Congressional candidates Republican Mark Meadows and Democrat Hayden Rogers pushed back from the similarities that people draw between the two conservatives.
Looking at Mark Meadows today, it is difficult to imagine him as a self-described “fat nerd” wandering the high school halls in Tampa Bay, Fla. The Republican candidate for the 11th U.S. Congressional District has come a long way during…
Hayden Rogers grew up hunting, fishing and playing the chasing game ‘Fox and the Hound’ in Robbinsville. Touting himself as the all-around Western North Carolinian, Rogers reminisced about his childhood in rural Graham County, just a short jaunt from his…
Both considered conservatives within their own political parties, Republican Mark Meadows and Democrat Hayden Rogers have more in common than just a handful of political similarities. Both are Christian, came out of humble beginnings to find success, married their high…
North Carolina Department of Transportation will perform work on two tunnels in the Pigeon River Gorge on Interstate 40 in Haywood County starting next week.  From Monday, Oct. 29 until Friday, Nov. 2, work will be performed on the tunnel…
To make up for school being cancelled on Tuesday, Oct. 30, Haywood County schools will have class from 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Nov. 3 if weather is permitting. According to Bill Nolte, associate superintendent, the school district misses about…
Haywood Community College employees earlier this month presented the board of trustees with a list of concerns about the college’s protracted search for a new president. The community college began looking for a president after retiring president Rose Johnson announced…
A Texas hold’em tournament will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at The Classic Wineseller in downtown Waynesville. All…
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership is sponsoring a workshop, “The ABC’s of Group Tours,” in two locations to support…
White Knoll High School marching band from Lexington, S.C. was named grand champion at the 12th annual Tournament of Champions,…
Western Carolina University quarterback Troy Mitchell (#10) rushes in for a successful two-point conversion during the fourth quarter of the…
Singer/songwriters series continues The next “Songwriters in the Round” event will take place Nov. 3 at the Balsam Mountain Inn.…
Carvers to hold show on parkway Western North Carolina Carvers will hold its annual show Nov. 3/4 at the Folk…
In conjunction with the choral music department of Tuscola High School, singer/songwriter Mackenzie Leigh Wilson will hold an album release…
‘Beethoven Project’ series continues The second performance in Western Carolina University’s “Beethoven Project” will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5…
Franklin parade seeking applicants The Franklin Chamber of Commerce has entry forms available for the 2012 Christmas Parade. With “A…
Nickelodeon’s favorite characters celebrate autumn and going back to school on the big screen during family movie at 3:30 p.m.…
Denise Drury, interim director of the Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum, was recently named to the North Carolina Museums…
The Blue Dragon Tae Kwon Do Expo will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the MedWest Health and…
Apart from the fact that this is a remarkable recording, in terms of Martha Redbone’s liquid vocals and the harmonious…
Kids Advocacy Resource Effort (K.A.R.E.) will host its 3rd annual Festival of Trees fundraiser and live auction at 5:30 p.m.…
The newly formed Haywood Area Wholistic Integrative Practitioners group (known as HAWIP) is throwing a silent auction and reception at…
The November meeting of The Sylva Garden Club will be held at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at The Tuckasegee Trading…
“Once in a Lifetime,” a satiric look back at the Golden Age of Hollywood will hit the stage at 7:30…
We’ve all done it. At a middle school dance, high school prom, college formal, wedding reception, anniversary celebration, New Year’s…
We are attracted to water. Mountain paths always wind down to water ... down to springs, creeks and rivers. Water…
Students and faculty members from Western Carolina University’s athletic training program finished the 2012 Mountain Jug Run for Research in…
It is time to pack up and move indoors. Saturday Nov. 27 marks the last weekend of the season that…
An all-day workshop put on by the Growing Minds Farm to School program will help schools connect with local farmers…
Students and professionals in outdoor education fields will partake in the annual Adventure Education Conference, Nov. 2 at Western Carolina…
A birder, ecologist and forester will lead a guided fall hike through Waynesville’s 8,600-acre preserved watershed from 9 a.m. to…
Free hunter safety courses will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 5-7 on the Haywood Community College campus.…
Haywood Community College’s Timbersports Team took first place by a landslide at the John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet held…
Bicycle Haywood NC and Haywood County both received top awards from a national planning organization for their bicycle advocacy work.…
The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host its fall celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov.…
This morning when I had coffee on my deck, I did not hear the hooded warbler that nests in the…
A series of close bear encounters in the Pisgah National Forest have prompted a temporary ban on overnight camping in…
Western North Carolina found itself in an unflattering national media spotlight a year ago when a reporter from The New Yorker picked the state Senate race between Jim Davis and John Snow to illustrate a masterful takeover of national politics…
John Snow dreads his daily trip to the post office these days. It’s just two blocks from his home outside Murphy, but the whole way there he wonders what will be waiting for him this time. Once inside, he heads…
Library showcases author for book discussion  Kimberly Brock will do a presentation based on her novel, The River Witch, at…
Mark Helprin drives me crazy. Helprin’s novels — he is the author of A Soldier of the Great War, Freddy…
To the Editor: First, I want to thank The Smoky Mountain News for co-sponsoring the political candidate forum held at…
To the Editor: As I was engaged in a peace vigil in front of the Haywood County Courthouse recently, a…
To the Editor: A candidate forum was held in Sylva on Oct. 15, 2012. The forum was sponsored by the…
To the Editor: Campaign advertising is all around us. Much of it is in the form of attack ads meant…
To the Editor: Mitt Romney continuously switches positions to appease his audience. I am citing only a few examples. In…
To the Editor: The economy is the largest accident ever designed by man. We think we can’t control it, but…
To the Editor: Mark Meadows and Romney-Ryan believe business can exist and prosper without government, that business owners build their…
To the Editor: It is November, which means it is election time. As we all know election time means campaign…
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