Subscribe  |  Contact  |  Advertise  |  RSS Feed Other Publications

There’s a unifying theme among candidates in the Waynesville town board election: “maybe-ism.”
Many years ago, in a time and a place that seems so far away to me now, I courted a…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:55

Symbols matter, and so does removing them

Written by
Complicated. Ignorant. Entrenched. It’s easy to come up with words to describe the state of race relations in this country…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:17

Color on high

Written by
I occasionally see The Smoky Mountain News’ Garret K. Woodward’s Facebook posts about hitting the trails around WNC for a…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:12

Get the scoop on native plants

Written by
Registration is now open for the 2015 Cullowhee Native Plant Conference at Western Carolina University, a four-day event featuring more…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:10

Canton riverbank gets a makeover

Written by
A much-used riverbank in the Canton Recreation Park is now a lot more stable, thanks to a protection project recently…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:09

Become a Junior Ranger

Written by
A lineup of summer programs in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will give young park-lovers the chance to earn…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:08

Queen honored for environmental advocacy

Written by
The N.C. League of Conservation Voters named Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, as its 2015 Representative of the Year in…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:06

Cause of hiker’s death still unknown

Written by
The National Park Service is still waiting on the results of an autopsy looking into the cause of hiker Jenny…
Asked what a typical day for the head guy at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park looks like, new Smokies…
Haworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.  It’s 4:30 in the morning, Sunday June 18, and I stood a few moments…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:26

Dulcimer U returns to WCU

Written by
Registration is ongoing for Western Carolina University’s 16th annual Dulcimer U Summer Week, a gathering that brings mountain dulcimer virtuosos…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:26

Medieval, Renaissance recital at WCU

Written by
The faculty of the Mountain Collegium Music Workshop will perform a recital of medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary music on…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:25

Cherokee Pow Wow turns 40

Written by
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ 40th annual Pow Wow will be held July 3-5 at the Acquoni Expo Center.
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:21

Fourth of July in Southern Appalachia

Written by
Nothing says summer more than the 4th of July, and in Western North Carolina, we celebrate Independence Day with gusto.…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:20

Eaglenest to host grand reopening

Written by
A state-of-the-art entertainment facility, Eaglenest will have its grand reopening at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, in Maggie Valley.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:18

Alabama brings hit country to Harrah’s

Written by
Country superstars Alabama will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:11

Nantahala Brewing pours ‘Week of Rock’

Written by
The “Week of Rock” celebration will run at 8 p.m. June 26-July 4 at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:08

This must be the place

Written by
I fixed my hair in the rearview mirror and exited the truck. Heading up the steps, I was already five…
Heading down N.C. 28, between Bryson City and Robbinsville, is a flat stretch of highway, unusual to the continuous curves…
Join officials from the United States Mint and the National Park Service for the launch of the quarter honoring Blue Ridge Parkway at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 25, at Pack Square Park in Asheville. Invited guests include Lt. Gov. Dan…
It’s 6:30 in the morning when 24 hours of travel ends with the plane’s landing in Bolivia, but even through the grogginess it’s not hard to see that we’ve arrived somewhere far, far away from Miami. Snow-crested mountains rise over…
2003 Carrie Blackburn Brown, who eventually founded Kory Wawanaca Children’s Home, graduated from Appalachian State University with degrees in dance and Spanish and a general desire to spend a few months abroad volunteering.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:36

The joy of cooking

That last full day in Tacachia, I didn’t have energy for much besides sinking into my wooden chair while waiting for the onslaught of elementary-aged kids to join us for pre-dinner playtime.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:26

Roller derby a big hit in the mountains

By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern No hitting, punching, elbowing or tripping people — and definitely no biting or yelling at the referees. Fourteen-year-old Autumn Pine, or “Fall Out Girl” as she’s known on the track, will quickly tell you there…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:23

Rep. Meadows ousted from chairmanship

U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, recently paid the political price for not toeing his party line.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:21

Cashiers cell tower application pulled

A week after a contentious planning board meeting discussing the merits of a proposed new cell tower in Cashiers, the company has informed Jackson County that it will be pulling its application.
Questions about how well the Jackson County Permitting and Code Enforcement Department has been executing its responsibilities prompted commissioners to unanimously approve a fixed $15,350 audit contract last week with the national firm Benchmark Planning.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:17

Schools feeding more students for free

Free lunch is becoming a more common phenomenon around Western North Carolina as school systems start adopting a new federal program aiming to increase kids’ access to food in high-poverty areas.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:15

Maggie Valley welcomes new restaurant

By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern  When his restaurant doors are open, Chris Chagnon keeps busy, playing the role of owner, chef and greeter.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:10

Candidates call for a Canton comeback

After two years of getting a feel for Canton politics, two Canton aldermen hope to continue their work for another four years.
The political dynamics in Maggie Valley have definitely changed in the last two years.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:05

Legislature weakens voter ID requirement

In an unexpected turn of events, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation last Thursday that will allow people to cast a ballot in 2016 even if they don’t have an acceptable form of identification. 
A bear euthanized following an attack against a backpacker in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was not the right bear, park rangers learned late last week.
A new charter school slated to open in Haywood in August has been scrambling the past few weeks to find somewhere to put kids and teachers after its initial facility plan fell through.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:43

Trumpet vine is tenacious and beautiful

Written by
It’s mid-June again … the time of the year when certain plants can be relied upon to do their thing…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:28

Unveiling Horace Kephart

Written by
A pair of programs about Horace Kephart, an adopted son of the Smokies who captured the culture of mountaineers in…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:28

Swain gets second farmers market day

Written by
The Swain County Farmers Market is branching out, this week launching a second market day 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:27

Annual bike ride to remember the Trail of Tears underway

Written by
Seven Cherokee cyclists from North Carolina are in the midst of a 950-mile bike ride to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, an annual…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:26

Live snakes to take the stage at Jackson library

Written by
A program featuring scaly reptiles as the stars will return to the Jackson County Public Library at 11 a.m. and…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:25

Bird-banders wanted

Written by
Volunteers are needed for a summer monitoring project involving up-close contact with birds.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:24

Festival to highlight historical women’s roles

Written by
The Women’s Work Festival in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will give a glimpse into the historical roles rural…
There was no doubt about how the Smoky Mountains got their name as day dawned on the Friends of the…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:15

Stratford-on-Avon: in search of ‘The Bard’

Written by
It is mid-June in England, and the skies are a brilliant blue. Sunshine spills on the street and the clipped…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:49

‘Dancing With The Stars’ at Harrah’s

Written by
The live stage production of “Dancing With The Stars: Live!” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27,…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:49

Green Energy Park summer art camp

Written by
There will be a summer art camp held June 22-26 at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Ages…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:48

‘An Appalachian Evening’ tickets on sale

Written by
“An Appalachian Evening,” a summer bluegrass/Americana weekly concert series, will return to the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville.…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:46

HART presents Hitchcock classic

Written by
The stage production of the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller “The 39 Steps” will held at 3 p.m. Aug. 1 at…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:44

Bryson City craft beer, barbecue

Written by
A “BBQ & Brews Dinner Train” will be departing at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Great Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:43

Balsam Range, Porch 40 to play Canton Labor Day

Written by
The 109th Canton Labor Day Festival will be held Sept 5-7 at Sorrells Street Park in downtown.