Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel never had an entrance that made visitors stop and say wow — until now.
Ghost Town in the Sky opened last Wednesday — sort of. The once-popular amusement park in Maggie Valley opened its chairlift and a new zipline just in time for the July 4 holiday and is offering rides on both attractions.
The American Red Cross will hold blood drives in the area as the agency has reached emergency levels after receiving 50,000 fewer donations than expected in last month.  All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B…
A free dental clinic will be held July 13-14 at the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. The N.C. Missions of Mercy clinic is for adults earning less than twice the federal poverty level, providing free dental care ranging from…
Gianna Carson stood behind the bakery register helping two young women decide which of her treats they wanted to taste. On the wall overhead hang black and white photos of her children, niece and nephew posing with one of her…
A Haywood County Tourism Development Authority board member has resigned from her seat after disagreeing with the rest of the board’s decision to close a couple of its visitors centers.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has installed a series of metal trees baring solar panels on the branches near the three visitors areas on the Qualla Boundary. The artistic solar arrays fasioned in the form of a tree were…
Maggie Valley’s planning board voted by a narrow margin last week to keep strict regulations on video sweepstakes machines in place even if it means giving up money the town could reap by taxing the machines.
Cherokee Preservation Foundation is sponsoring a community photo contest in connection with its 10th anniversary celebration. The contest is open to people who live on the Qualla Boundary or in Haywood, Swain, Graham, Jackson, Cherokee, Macon and Clay counties. Photos…
Franklin could face a state penalty for spraying weed killer on an ancient Cherokee mound site because the town workers who did it weren’t properly licensed to use the herbicide. The state could fine the town as much as $2,000,…
The Franklin Board of Aldermen censured Mayor Joe Collins this week for making a personal apology to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians after the town sprayed Nikwasi Indian Mound with weed killer.
A one-of-a-kind database that encompasses virtually every aspect of life in Western North Carolina, from ecology to economics, is now available to decision makers, business leaders and the public.  The Mountain Resources Commission, a group formed in 2009 to study…
Western North Carolina for now has dodged concerns that it was getting short shrift in a legal settlement intended to compensate the region for air pollution blowing in from dirty coal plants operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority in neighboring…
Longtime Waynesville Town Manager Lee Galloway was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious honors conveyed by the governor, in recognition of his years of service in the state.
After four major landslides, one death, several destroyed and damaged homes, washed out roads, and a $50,000 clean-up bill, steep slope construction rules are coming to Maggie Valley.
Waste, favoritism and possible fraud and corruption by state highway workers in Haywood County enriched a local contractor and cost state taxpayers, according to a sweeping investigation released late last week by the N.C. State Auditor’s Office.
A split decision by Franklin aldermen to build a new $1.25 million ABC store at the site of a Super Walmart at the edge of town drew criticism and pleas this week that the plan be reconsidered. “We cannot afford…
Waynesville’s ABC Board has not yet officially decided to build a second liquor store near the new Super Walmart, but the project will get a green light if the price is right, according to the board’s chair. The board is…
Ron Rash and his latest novel The Cove will be featured in the season premiere of “North Carolina Bookwatch” on…
Friends of the Haywood County Library’s “Let’s Talk About It” series will continue with The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara…
Author Marshall Frank will give a talk at the public library in Sylva at 7 p.m. on July 12 based…
Michael O’Brien’s The Father’s Tale (Ignatius Press, ISBN 978-0-89870-815-8) has more strikes against it than Babe Ruth on a bad…
If you fall from a ledge rock-climbing, break a leg backpacking in the wilderness or twist your shoulder paddling a…
News outlets began reporting Sunday night (July 1) that North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed Senate Bill 820, which would…
A hummingbird program by Cathyrn and John Sill will be held July 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kern Youth…
The Plateau Fly Fishing Club will hold a casting clinic at 6:15 p.m. and a meeting at 7 p.m. July…
Cherokee mounds will be the focus of a 7 p.m., July 12, presentation at the Highlands Biological Station. Ben Steere,…
An evening of stargazing using optical or radio telescopes will be held at 7 p.m. July 13 at the Pisgah…
Nantahala Outdoor Center has opened a new Nantahala Zip Line Adventure Park that features a traditional zip line and aerial…
The Mountain Research Station will hold its annual Hay Day on July 12, featuring demonstrations of the latest hay equipment…
Learn the latest about the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, including an update on land conservation initiatives, at noon…
Meet with a park ranger and enjoy mountain views while lunching on top of Hemphill Bald July 19. Hiking enthusiast…
The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host a nature study and leisurely hike to Yellow Creek Falls and…
A guided hike on the three-and-a-half mile round-trip Thomas Divide Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be…
The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is offering birders a chance to stroll around the grounds of a private home on…
The Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah Forest just outside of Brevard will host a night for nature enthusiasts of all…
The Bascom’s 2012 Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival, which includes a garden tour and flower show, will take place July…
The Jackson County Farmers Market is sponsoring the sixth annual Farm Tour and Garden Walk from 1 to 5 p.m.…
For me, those plants found here in the Smokies region that have verified practical human uses are, in the long…
We were nearing the end of our European summer vacation with three other families from Western North Carolina when we…
I slept downstairs on a futon last night, trying to escape some of the intense heat that, chimney-like, turned the…
To the Editor: We, the undersigned, are a group of Haywood County citizens that meets regularly for a respectful dialogue…
To the Editor: In Western North Carolina we are extremely lucky to live, work and play in a place of…
Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Clay students got a firsthand lesson in designing and building kilns at its new creative…
Jackson County art organizations are co-hosting a mural painting workshop called “The Young Artists of ColorFest” from 2 to 5…
More than 50 arts and crafts booths will line the streets of downtown Hayesville for the 33rd annual Festival on…
The Maggie Valley Club will bring a taste of “Beer City” to Haywood County at 6 p.m. July 13. The…
Bill LaBounty, Candi Carpenter, and Grammy and CMA Nominee Bobby Tomberlin will play at the Balsam Mountain Inn’s Songwriters-in-the-Round series…
Local artist Silvia Cabrera Williams will lead an experimental art workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 at…
The library in Sylva will host the musicians of Country Memories at 7 p.m. July 10. The sextet consists of…
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