Uproar over the results of an election recount in the race to represent Cherokee’s Birdtown community on Tribal Council has culminated in a decision to hold a runoff race between contenders Albert Rose and Ashley Sessions — and a lawsuit…
The attorney general of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians appointed during the administration of Principal Chief Patrick Lambert has decided to resign from his position, his last day Sept. 22 coming just 17 months after his April 2016 appointment.
During its last days before swearing in newly elected members, the Cherokee Tribal Council unanimously passed an ordinance amendment that will prevent future tribal councils from getting cumulative backpay with pay raises.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools, which included Riverbend Elementary School in Haywood County.
Giggles, snickers, snorts and outright laughter echoed through the Town of Canton’s Sept. 28 board meeting as an ordinance regarding “pigs as pets” was again discussed.
Although Waynesville aldermen continue to seek a definitive answer on whether or not to rescind the town’s 15 year-old policy of banning pets from festivals, they’ve embraced a temporary measure that may help point them in the right direction.
The causes of homelessness — and homelessness in Haywood County — are varied and numerous, but according to the Haywood Pathways Center more must be done locally to address the problem regardless of source.
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is considering a number of major changes to increase its efficiency in collecting and allocating tourism revenue dollars.
The Franklin Town Council unanimously approved the local adoption of the brunch bill, which will allow restaurants and stores to begin selling alcohol at 10 a.m. Sundays instead of waiting until noon.
Sylva has joined the growing list of towns and counties approving Sunday morning alcohol sales following a 4-1 vote Sept. 28.
Thanks to the N.C. Supreme Court and the North Carolina General Assembly, the Town of Waynesville’s about to be back in the capacity use fee business.
At a Friday night football game against Murphy, the Franklin High School cheerleaders took to the field like they do before every game to display a spirit banner for their team’s players to run through.
Amid the innumerable reasons why we love Western North Carolina, the fall foliage of October might be the one key element that resides on everyone’s list. As the leaves change from green to yellow, orange and red, and the air…
Amid the innumerable reasons we love Western North Carolina, the fall foliage of October might be the common denominator that…
It’s September in the hills when Western Carolina University’s fall foliage forecaster Beverly Collins attempts to quantify the quality of…
Tom Petty. I can’t remember a time without him and his band’s music in my life. It’s always been there,…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is considering a number of changes to increase its efficiency in collecting and allocating the 4 percent room tax it’s tasked with administering, including a change to who gets to decide how the 1…
The years since retirement have been anything but dull for Highlands residents Ed and Cindy Boos. From Ecuador to Kenya…
Regrettably a wall through desert and riparian lowlands along the Mexico-U.S. border will have terrible effects on terrestrial fauna whose…
Miss Julia Springer lives in a small town near Asheville, where she is mourning the death of her husband of…
This is what it means to be an American. I’m talking about NFL players and coaches and owners uniting to…
I’ve always been prone to bouts of melancholy. I’m not sure if it’s a writer thing or a woman thing…
To the Editor: With all the news of DACA and how the changes will affect many people including some family,…
To the Editor: A common sense response is necessary to the foolish arguments in a letter printed in a recent…
To the Editor: Regarding the Chimney Tops 2 wildfire review article, my stomach clenched as I read quotes from the…
Improvements may be coming to five intersections in Bryson City that would increase safety for drivers and pedestrians.
A report recently issued by the Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition clears the air about Haywood County’s greenhouse gas reductions.
Records continue to fall by the wayside at Western Carolina University, as total student enrollment has surpassed 11,000 for the first time in the institution’s history and as the GPA of the entering freshman class has hit an all-time high.
By Julia Hartbarger • SCC Public Relations A little time has passed since the Great American Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21, but the memory will always be there for myself and millions of others who were fortunate enough to witness the…
The Swain County Board of Education has named Janet Clapsaddle as interim superintendent of schools after the retirement of Superintendent Sam Pattillo.
Every year the Franklin Town Council struggles to meet the needs of the community with only $40,000 to spend on nonprofit requests.
Macon County will receive $100,000 to be used for “community purposes” thanks to help from Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin.
A Franklin Town Council meeting got heated as the mayor and aldermen disagreed over what steps the town should take regarding the current lease on the ABC Store.
The Lake Junaluska Columbarium and Garden of Memory was recently dedicated during a worship service in Memorial Chapel.
On Sept. 7, the Waynesville Police Department’s TAC Unit along with Haywood County’s Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force, the U.N.I.T., executed a search warrant at 252 Camelot Street in Waynesville.
Long before the Oct. 3, 1880, arrival of the first scheduled train in Asheville, the American railroad has been romanticized in both story and song, on stage and on screen. Trains took us to our baby, or away from our…
One needn’t look further than industries like Sylva’s Jackson Paper, Canton’s Evergreen Packaging and Waynesville’s Giles Chemical for evidence of how rail access benefits the economy in small Western North Carolina towns.
Aloha. Aristocrat. Forester. Shasta. Spartan. And of course, Airstream and Winnebago.
By Kurt J. Volker • Contributing writer In cooperation with the seven Veteran Services offices in the WNC region, the Macon County Veterans Services Office will host the fourth annual Veterans Stand Down from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct.…
Charges of “political party disloyalty” first leveled by the Haywood County Republican Party this past May against a group of local Republican dissidents known as the “Haywood Five” will move forward to the state level, The Smoky Mountain News has…
The Jackson County Genealogical Society, winner of Western Carolina University’s 2012 “Mountain Heritage Award,” will host its annual Cruise-In fundraiser…
It’s the internal struggle. Do you participate in life and soak it in like a sponge being dropped into a…
You could see it in his eyes. Sitting across from James “Jim” Joyce in his office in downtown Waynesville, his…
The Pinnacle Park Foundation and Friends of Panthertown Valley got some help with trail maintenance this month, thanks to a…
A summer of hard work is paying tasty dividends for some kids in Swain County 4-H — dividends paid in…
This year’s autumn display is likely to be a colorful one, according to Western Carolina University fall foliage forecaster Beverly…
In the June 14, 2004, issue of The New Yorker magazine, there was an essay titled “Blocked! Why Do Writers…
Because Dr. Hood was only one of five professors in Guilford College’s history department, and because history was my major,…
Some things we know, but when someone lays out the numbers and reveals in specific numbers how the big picture…
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