The principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will met with the owner of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad this week to discuss the possibility of expanding the scenic tourist railway to Cherokee. Chief Michell Hicks publicly broached…
Barbara Wells donned her fanciest scrubs last week — a cute flowered bandana and matching green top — for the grand opening of a new outpatient surgery center on the campus of MedWest-Haywood. Whether it’s a mammogram, cataract surgery, hip…
An earth-moving project that has left a large, visible hillside on Russ Avenue in Waynesville denuded, gouged and barren could continue into the indefinite future despite pressure from the state environmental agency monitoring the site to bring it to a…
The Haywood Community Band will present its fourth free concert of the Maggie Valley Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. on…
Musician and folklorist Lee Knight will perform in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theater is once again presenting a chance for area talent to take home the gold with…
The Charlie Daniels Band, a Grammy-winning group that requires little introduction, will perform live at the Smoky Mountain Center for…
The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre is holding auditions for its December production, “A Christmas Carol,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday…
Haywood Arts Regional Theater will present Neil Simon’s play “Lost in Yonkers” which premiered at the Richard Rogers Theater in…
Forty-seven students played and sang their way through the week as Voices in the Laurel Children’s Choir recently completed its…
Western Carolina University will host two bands and screen the horror film “Cabin in the Woods” on Saturday, Aug. 18,…
The Marianna Black Library will present an evening of acoustic music with local singer/songwriter team Liz and AJ Nance at 7 p.m.…
The Summer Concert series at Fontana Village Resort will feature The Elderly Brothers from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11,…
Kellie Pickler, a small-town North Carolina native who competed on NBC’s American Idol, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center…
The next Second Sunday Contra Dance will be from 2:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, in the community room on…
“Answering the Call: Religion and Chaplains during the Civil War” will be the topic of a lecture by Ronald Vinson…
The Kiwanis Club of Waynesville is reviving the very popular Spelling Bee fundraising event that was run, for many years,…
The Folk Art Center will host its annual celebration of woodcrafts at Wood Day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Aug.11…
Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free “Back To School” ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. until…
Jackson County Visual Arts Association (JVCAA) is sponsoring the Sylva Art Stroll in historic downtown Sylva starting at 5 p.m.…
Metal artist Grace Cathey of Haywood County will display her work and talk about her artistic journey from 7 to…
By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Two Western North Carolina preachers were chosen for an episode of the new Picked Off…
Bluebird skies are wonderful for lots of things. For example, along U.S. Hwy. 64 west of Franklin the other day…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The problem with trying to interview a ventriloquist is that he — in this…
The central paradox of parenting is that by the time you have it figured out, it’s over. Now that I…
Franklin will soon have a new slate of comprehensive guidelines regulating development and promoting smart growth principles. An overhaul of the town’s development ordinances has been four years in the making. The town board intends to pass the new regulations…
Ugly Truths Has the entertainment industry really crumbled to such a sorry point that rather than attempting to make the…
Haywood County commissioners have taken a first step forward — albeit a small one — to protect farmland in the…
By David Curtis I would like to think Haywood County is still considered a rural county. At least to me,…
Swain County inched a notch closer this month toward seeing a cash settlement in lieu of the long-promised North Shore Road.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Forget the presidential election — the biggest race to watch in the coming months may be the battle for mayor of Maggie Valley.
I recently received an email from a reader who asked, “Could you write about the sweet bubby bush? That’s the…
In 1991, 30-year veteran and master teacher John Taylor Gatto resigned immediately after being named “Teacher of the Year” in…
Opponents of the Southern Loop have questioned whether the controversial highway should be included on a list of top priority road projects for the region.
By Chris Cooper The picture you see when you flip open the new Moolah Temple Stringband CD shows singer/guitarist/found-sound alchemist…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer With no word yet from former U.S. House Rep. Charles Taylor on his decision to run for re-election, one Republican candidate — Asheville city councilman Dr. Carl Mumpower — has stepped up to announce…
By Michael Beadle Several Western North Carolina running teams recently concluded the 208-mile Blue Ridge Relay Race from Grayson Highlands…
Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy. Knopf, 2007. 352 pages. Recently my sister asked me if I had met anyone, which…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A clean water advocacy group is questioning why an accidental discharge of a paper-making byproduct into the Pigeon River by the former Blue Ridge Paper mill hasn’t been the subject of more scrutiny.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Roger Winge knew a good deal when he spotted one. Before Super Wal-Mart had announced plans to set foot in Waynesville, Winge, a local realtor, took one look at the 30-acre former industrial site…
The race for the Sylva town board this fall could speak volumes about the changing demographics of the town — namely whether the downtown scene dominated by a young, perhaps more progressive, clientele is truly where the town’s heart is.
By Arthur Hancock Anyone who is among the living has hope — even a live dog is better off than…
Jackson County residents opposed to the construction of the Southern Loop — a new major highway that would bisect Jackson County — are gearing up for a fight with the N.C. Department of Transportation to halt the slow but steady…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Supreme Court ruled Saturday that a new election will not be held on the Qualla Boundary, putting to rest a month-long debate filled with accusations of eligible voters…
Duke Energy must get a permit from the N.C. Division of Water Quality before it can tear down the Dillsboro…
A decade of debate over where to build a new library in Jackson County was put to rest this week. County commissioners voted 3-2 Monday night (Oct. 1) to build a new library next to the historic courthouse overlooking downtown…
By Armando Basulto • Guest Writer There is something vaguely depressing about watching your nostalgia for your adolescent years transformed…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The roar of motorcycles is a familiar sound in the mountains of Western North Carolina. And for many business owners, it’s music to their ears. Bikers mean warm bodies to occupy beds, eat in…
By Marsha Crites • Guest Columnist Much has been written in this paper and others about what is causing our…
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