Balsam Range’s annual “Winter Concert Series” will continue with John Driskell Hopkins at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4, at the historic…
Every Jan. 1, a clean slate arrives. It’s a chance to start over, to push into exciting pursuits where curiosity…
The real deal is hitting the airwaves. Blasting out of the backwoods of Robbinsville, My Highway is a crossroads for…
By Melanie Threlkeld McConnell • SMN Correspondent Think of it as somewhere over the rainbow.  You know the place, only this time not in Oz, in Waynesville, on Frazier Street, behind the parking lot of Sagebrush Steakhouse, in a non-descript building…
Christmas is a time to recycle many things: bows, wrapping paper, gifts . . . and cooking oil. The Haywood…
A new taekwondo school had opened in Clyde offering classes for preschoolers through adults.
Kids can hitch a ride to and from Cataloochee Ski Area after school with the Waynesville Recreation Center.
Western Carolina University’s new Health and Human Sciences Building has received gold LEED-certification for its comprehensive energy-efficient and environmentally friendly…
We touched on this winter’s irruption of snowy owls a couple of weeks ago, but these birds continue to pop…
Jacob Flannick • SMN Correspondent Jonathan and Abby Landry don’t limit the spirit of giving to the holiday season. For this…
Back in 1981, a provocative film called “My Dinner With Andre” created quite a stir by reducing drama to the…
To the Editor: I love this time of year. Cold, crisp days remind me of the days I spent with…
To the Editor: No doubt 2013 was a much better year for Western North Carolina than was the previous year. …
To the Editor: After the Clinton administrations’ efforts to get a universal health care bill passed back in the 90s,…
To the Editor: I do not understand why so many Republican congressmen support voter I.D. laws when it has been…
Doug Wingeier • Columnist Some years back I spent the Christmas season in the Land of the Holy One. (It is…
By Paul Clark • Correspondent Harvesting poplar bark to make bark shingles is never easy, but this summer Danny Heatherly and his crew had a short season shortened even further by all the rain that fell.
When the clock strikes midnight and Dec. 31 gives way to Jan. 1, the tolling of the bell won’t symbolize the start of just another typical new year at Western Carolina University. Instead, the first day of 2014 will mark…
Western Carolina University has received a $500,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to help expand engineering education across Western North Carolina through a partnership with regional community colleges. The funding will support WCU’s efforts to ensure a seamless transition…
A new formula for business license fees will mean a six-fold increase in collections for the town of Waynesville this fiscal year, bringing in a projected $128,000 compared to $20,000 last year.
It’s about preserving tradition — delicious tradition. “We live in a small town, and it’s wonderful when you start meeting local farmers and seeing what they’re trying to do, trying to support themselves by living off the land,” said Jessica…
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent For residents of Highlands, the list of things to do in town, depending on the season, can be pretty short and “go to the movies” has never been on it. But the town is filmless no…
To Jenifer Bauer, the conditions couldn’t be better for a hike. It’s cold and soggy. There’s no leaves left, nothing green at all on the forest floor save the rhododendrons and mountain laurels. Even the views are dreary and gray,…
Supposedly just 8 percent of Americans who make a New Year’s resolution keep it. The obvious reason is human beings…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has officially revived the Haywood County Film Commission.  Becky Seymour, video marketing manager of…
Funk group Kool & The Gang and rock band ZZ Top will perform at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Kool & The…
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is ringing in the New Year at 7:45 p.m. Dec. 31 in Bryson City. The…
The Franklin Chamber of Commerce hosted its inaugural “Gingerbread House Competition” at Franklin’s Town Hall during this year’s Winter Wonderland.
Renowned bluegrass/gospel group Balsam Range’s 4th annual “Winter Concert Series” will continue with John Driskell Hopkins at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the historic Colonial Theatre in Canton. Hopkins is a multi-award winner and founding member of the Zac Brown…
Who in the hell is that? Standing on the porch at Camp Hope in Bethel, I found myself in amazement…
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent This time of year, there’s a Santa around every corner. There’s the jolly Santa flying around…
The walnut family is relatively small, but it contains some of the more interesting and valuable tree species found in…
Haywood Waterways Association passed out its annual awards this month to water quality heroes. • The Big Creek Award for…
The National Park Service has selected Pedro Ramos to serve as the acting superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
Conservation groups reached a compromise with the U.S. Forest Service over a controversial logging project in the Courthouse Creek area,…
I believe Lake Junaluska has spoiled local birders like me. I spent about an hour and a half poking around…
By Lindsay Wertz • Correspondent After hours of work and preparation, six terrain elements sparkled imposingly under the lights on Cataloochee…
The new documentary “Cataloochee” will be shown in a special preview at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in the Charles…
Western Carolina University has unveiled its third annual holiday video greeting card, “Moments to Remember” and hosted at the website…
The times in which we live may someday be celebrated for our advancements in medicine, technology and education, but surely…
Like many of you, I’ve been amassing Christmas presents for months now — stocking up at consignment sales, cruising craigslist…
The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild of Franklin, together with members of Misty Mountain Quilters Guild from Blairsville, Ga. and the…
Work by painter Edith Neff will be on exhibit through Jan. 31 in the Fine Arts Museum at Western Carolina…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host a Holiday Homecoming from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3…
On Dec. 21, Tipping Point Brewing in downtown Waynesville will be celebrating its third year in operation with a “Customer…
Next week will mark my second Christmas in Western North Carolina. And, like last year, I won’t be making it…
Bouncing around her gallery like a rubber ball, the energy of Teri Siewert is contagious. “The ambiance here is something…
John Beckman • Columnist The discussions and debates regarding health care on both the local and national levels have been going…
The Ambassadors of Jackson County recently elected new officers: Chairman Tommy Dennison, Business Counselor with the Small Business and Technology Development Center at Western Carolina University; Vice Chairman John Hagdorn of Highlander Self Storage; and Secretary Karen Walston, the Bug…
Chris Cooper, associate professor and head of the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University, has been named the 2013 “Professor of the Year” in the state of North Carolina by the Carnegie Foundation for the…
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