Swain County’s complete lack of services to handle the growing stray animal population is putting a heavy burden on a nonprofit shelter and forcing county commissioners to weigh their options. “We have absolutely nothing right now, and we are trying…
By Karen Dill • Guest Writer The weather in February can be as fickle as new love. In the mountains…
Western Carolina University is leading the way in a state mandate to cut energy production on college campuses. WCU has…
At a time when the state’s fractured mental health care system seems beyond repair, local mental health officials have hit on a solution that could go a long way toward fixing it. The key might lie in a new program…
One of three hospitals courting Haywood Regional Medical Center and WestCare for a partnership has dropped out of the running. That leaves Mission Hospital of Asheville and Carolinas HealthCare System, a 23-hospital conglomerate based in Charlotte, still in contention. Both…
How far would you drive for $100? That’s the dilemma Haywood County cattle farmer Neal Stamey faces each time he hooks his trailer up to his pickup truck, loads up the cow or cows he’ll sell that day, and makes…
Fine Just the Way It Is by Annie Proulx. Simon & Schuster, 2008. 240 pages. When critics attempt to define…
Lentil Soup • 1 onion, chopped • 1/4 cup olive oil • 2 carrots, diced • 2 stalks celery, chopped…
By Anna Fariello • Guest Columnist OK, so I have to admit that part of the appeal of the Dillsboro/Duke…
Commissioner Tom Massie wants to see the county formalize how it funds capital projects. Under the current method entities simply approach the county when they are in need and ask for funding. Massie suggested that entities fill out an application…
The mountain section of the North Carolina Birding Trail (NCBT) is complete and the Mountain Region Trail Guide, describing, with…
Western Carolina University Chancellor John Bardo in an interview with The Smoky Mountain News last week said that he is distancing himself from the budget cut process. He said he is leaving it up to a “cadre of deans” and…
The Haywood County Democratic Party has tapped Chief Deputy Bobby Suttles to replace outgoing Sheriff Tom Alexander. Suttles is a 14-year employee of the sheriff’s department and a former Waynesville police officer. He won 111 of 166 votes cast by…
Proposed budget cuts at Western Carolina University are beginning to affect students like Will Furse, who says he won’t graduate on time if summer classes are cut. The senior construction management student knows he has little influence over the situation.…
Robert Conley, the Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University, is winner of the 2009 Arrell Gibson…
By Jane Young Haywood County Master Gardeners had you in mind when they wrote The Gardener’s Guide to Growing in…
Citizens in the Oak Grove community of Macon County hope to save a bridge from demolition by the Department of Transportation. Located off N.C 28, the one-lane McCoy bridge over the Little Tennessee River is not only a community icon…
Farmer Skipper Russell thought he was helping drive tourism with his famous corn “maize,” an agricultural attraction he operates each fall in Bethel. After all, the maze attracted nearly 7,000 visitors this year, many from out of town, who came…
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. HarperCollins, 2008. 752 pages. Wally Lamb’s newest novel, The Hour I First…
The Franklin aldermen on Monday night (Feb. 2) unanimously voted to formalize a process for releasing the minutes from previously closed-door meetings. The town attorney, John Henning Jr., has always had the authority to make closed meeting minutes public once…
Hickory Nut Gap Farm, a historic and scenic farm in Buncombe County, has been permanently protected through a conservation agreement…
Last week I wrote about the spiraling cost of birdseed and about experimenting with different seed and protocol for those…
A recent court victory by the state of North Carolina will require the Tennessee Valley Authority to reduce emissions at…
A new rule could make it easier to open up trails in national parks to mountain biking. Mountain biking isn’t…
A shuttle to transport commuters between Haywood and Buncombe counties is gaining momentum following the state’s recent offer to donate land for a park-and-ride lot. The proposed lot is at Exit 33 along I-40 in Canton on land owned by…
Property owners at the site of last month’s landslide in Maggie Valley are being tasked by county officials with the job of stabilizing the mountain in the wake of the slide. The county has given the property owners until Feb.…
By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist A municipality would never think of electing a chief of police. But in North…
Of late, I have been hearing the owls sounding off on the slopes and ridge lines behind our home. Some…
Haywood County officials want to tap the pent up methane in the county’s landfill to help the environment and hopefully…
The landslide last month that destroyed a home in Maggie Valley has spurred the Haywood County commissioners to ask the state for help in keeping county residents safe. The board of commissioners discussed two separate requests for the state at…
Mountain bikers face a long, steep climb in their fight to see more trails opened to tires in the Great…
Swain County would need more than $4 million to renovate its historic courthouse, putting plans for a cultural museum to be housed on the second floor in jeopardy. The 1908 building has undergone few repairs since it was built, and…
Drake Software CEO Phil Drake is taking the tough economic times with ease. He believes he can get through the recession without closing any businesses or laying anyone of his employees off. With 500 employees, Drake is the second largest…
Attempts to pass Swain County’s first-ever planning regulations are showing signs of movement, but not in the direction that planning advocates hope. A county subdivision ordinance, primarily setting standards for road widths and grades, was dropped from discussion by county…
By Curtis Cochran • Guest Columnist As sheriff of Swain County, I would like to take this opportunity to respond…
T&S Hardwoods General Manager Jack Swanner sat in his office with an ashtray full of cigarette butts next to him and an unopened bottle of merlot on his desk. Laying beside him was a Wall Street Journal, and Swanner said…
Jackson Paper employee Tim Coggins Jr. has something a lot of people don’t have these days — job security. Jackson Paper has not laid off any of its 120 employees and doesn’t plan to. “That makes me feel excellent,” said…
As a task force continues to probe solutions to the drought-induced water shortage in Jackson County, one idea on the table is passing out low-flow showerheads and aerators for the public to install on their faucets. Task Force Chairman Tom…
By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Feb. 3 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of music legend Buddy Holly,…
Anyone who reads this column regularly knows I am a fan of backyard bird feeding. The constant feathered activity just…
Q: Haywood County has a growing Hispanic population. How will you address language barriers in serving that population? Hollifield: Would sign deputies up for Spanish classes at the community colleges and would employ an interpreter. Suttles: Agrees that deputies should…
Tom McDevitt, the former director of the Smoky Mountain Center for Mental Health who resigned amid scrutiny last fall, was barely out the door when he was tapped by the state to head up a mental health agency down east…
It’s not too late to weigh in on a few controversial changes to the state’s hunting laws under study by…
A proposed expansion to the Sylva Volunteer Fire Department building could be up in the air now that the project has come in almost $500,000 more than expected. The overruns are due to parking and drainage issues that weren’t originally…
By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer An exhibit focusing on the history of Haywood County is now on display at…
A controversial bill to regulate development on steep slopes to prevent landslides will be reintroduced in the state legislature this year after dying in committee last time. The bill was crafted by Rep. Ray Rapp, D-Mars Hill, who said it…
An effort to end a six-year-long dispute between Jackson County and Duke Energy failed in a 3-2 vote last week, as the county commissioners decided to move forward with the case to save the Dillsboro dam. County Commissioner Tom Massie…
For nearly a year, my 3-year-old son Jack has been obsessed with heavy machinery. We rent films from the library…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has recently begun funding the school lunches for enrolled members of the tribe who attend school off the Qualla Boundary. The tribe has funded the lunches of those who attend school on the reservation…
Five candidates vying to be the next Haywood County Sheriff appeared at a question and answer forum Saturday, Jan. 24 before a crowd of almost 100, the majority of which were members of the Haywood County Democratic Party executive committee.…
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