A new book has been published that will be of particular interest to area hunters, outdoorsmen, and dog lovers. It…
A new hiking club has joined the ranks of an already burgeoning collection of trail trotters in WNC.
“3:10 To Yuma” Russell Crowe as vicious murder Ben Wade and Christian Bale as Dan Evans, a farmer hired to…
Perhaps it is going to take a complete fracturing of the mental health system before policymakers finally realize that North…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Not too long ago, the number of people who carried on the ancient Cherokee…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Sylva’s search for a new town manager ended Jan. 17 after Town Manager Jay Denton asked the board for his job back.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer It’s been almost a year since Bonita Fox and her family have taken a sip of water from their well.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Progress on Jackson County’s corridor study for U.S. 441 is taking shape after three public meetings last week.
Haywood Community College needs help, and the community that benefits from this beloved institution is going to step up. The…
The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture by Andrew Keen. Doubleday, 2007. $22.95 Web 2.0…
Jim Lauderdale: The Bluegrass Diaries If you recognize the name, little more needs to be said. Long one of the…
The truth is that, at the state level, no one is giving Pat Smathers a chance to win in his…
More than 150 people traveled from all over Western North Carolina to attend the first official Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Bryson City’s Historic Calhoun House on Jan. 21.
A driver on the Blue Ridge Parkway last November witnessed a group of hunters and their dogs corner a black…
“No Country For Old Men” There’s a whole list of movies (films?) I’ve seen that I respected, on many levels…
George Bernard Shaw once said, “It’s a shame that youth is wasted on the young.” If that is true, then…
By Marsha Crites • Guest Columnist She is very thin, about 6 years old, her hair is unkempt and her…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer With a potential end to the North Shore Road saga looming, supporters of constructing the 30-mile road through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park are confronting their fear of what a wilderness designation would…
Our southern mountains are old and relatively sedate when compared with the Himalayas, Rockies, and other “young” mountain ranges. But…
There she was when I got up around 6:30 this morning, the buttons from her blue jeans shining radiantly just…
A long-awaited decision over paddling on the Upper Chattooga is expected within weeks by the National Forest Service.
Winter birding is often slow going. There is no chorus of rowdy and randy males singing lustily, and weather conditions…
While scanning the shelves of a rare bookstore in Asheville several months ago, I happened upon a regional volume by…
Skeletal remains found in Macon County’s Nantahala National Forest Feb. 2 are those of an 80-year-old hiker who disappeared in October 2007, authorities say.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Living “green” is a way of life for Mark and Darcia Bondurant. The Haywood County family of four works diligently everyday to reduce their carbon footprint by doing everything from buying locally produced food…
By Jim Janke • Special to the Smoky Mountain News Editor’s note: This is the first of what will become…
There are nine scenarios on the table in the debate over whether paddling should be allowed on the Upper Chattooga.…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Driving a tractor-trailer in Haywood County or a motorcycle in Swain? Use caution. Both counties top the list of AAA Carolinas recently released report on the most dangerous places to drive in North Carolina.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Macon County residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on amendments to the county’s flood damage prevention and watershed ordinances at a public hearing on Feb. 11.
By Rep. Heath Shuler After more than 60 years of contentious debate that has divided our community, we are finally…
Fair’s fair, so I’ll print an anonymous letter I received over the weekend. We usually don’t print anonymous submissions, but…
Kindle In case you don’t know, the Kindle is Amazon’s answer to the paperless book. It’s a wireless, portable electronic…
The term “contemporary bluegrass” is open to a ridiculous amount of interpretation. For some it signifies anything that strays even…
How To Make A Journal Of Your Life by D. Price. Ten Speed Press, $9.95. Ant Farm by Simon Rich.…
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Penn. — A year from the day he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president, Punxsutawney Phil,…
There’s not a one-size-fits-all model for how counties should promote economic development, but at the very least there should be…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Jackson County solid waste officials are cracking down on how businesses dispose of their trash, a move that has small business owners like Teresa Dowd up in arms.
By Jennifer Garlesky & Julia Merchant • Staff Writers Two Swain County employees will join representatives from the Department of Interior, the State of North Carolina and the Tennessee Valley Authority to negotiate a new contract that will replace the…
The U.S. Forest Service is about to release its opinion on whether to allow boating on the Chattooga River. It’s…
By Victoria McDonald • Guest Columnist Reverend C. T. Vivian is a living legend of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Macon County’s eight-month moratorium on the permitting of recreational vehicles in the floodplain will be lifted next month.
Unsafe levels of fecal coliform in the Tuckasegee River and two tributaries around Dillsboro have Jackson County public health officials…
We are all fascinated by birds. In addition to being pretty (even buzzards are pretty in their own way), they…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Owners of Plott Hounds will say that the hound is unlike any other.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Sylva Town Board members want to see hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers sharing the trails in Pinnacle Park, 1,100 acres of land located at the northern part of town.
“I suddenly think about my friends, you know, getting on their private jets. And I think, well, you know, maybe…
By Chris Cooper Ah, the joy of finding good stuff in the “undeservedly discarded disc” section of any music store. Here a few recent scores: pop melodrama from Bleu and a superb album from the most underappreciated — and one…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer It’s a scenario that plays out every day: A bored 12-year-old girl named Crystal enters a Yahoo chatroom. Immediately, a screen pops up. “A/S/L/?” — age, sex, location? — another chat user inquires. Within…
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