The jury deciding the fate of a former Swain County jailer who helped a murderer escape and then ran away with him to California began deliberating Tuesday morning (Dec. 3).
Jake Flannick • SMN Correspondent Building consensus among the increasing number of residents and business owners in Cullowhee is critical to shaping the identity of the area. Growth is outpacing steps to establish a long-term plan for building and economic development,…
Jackson County Librarian Dottie Brunette will retire at the end of the year, and the public is invited to a reception in her honor from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.…
To Jean Parris, the drug bust in Haywood County last month wasn’t just a matter of locking up suspected drug dealers. It was about saving lives.
An undercover investigation in Haywood County targeting alleged drug dealers culminated in a sweeping roundup last month, netting 31 suspects with 114 charges in all.
The sale of the hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties to Duke LifePoint Healthcare next year will bring an…
Michael Bruce  2nd year assoc. Hometown: Waynesville Major: Web Technologies  App: Class Schedule Organizer As soon as he learned how to build a mobile application, Michael Bruce put his knowledge to work for his fellow-students. He started developing an app…
If the very thought of trying your hand at computer programming or writing software code is intimidating, Dr. Jonathan Wade has got an event for you.
By Paul Clark • SMN Correspondent So, here’s the problem. It’s raining and you need to catch the CAT TRAN, one of the purple vans that shuttle students and staff around Western Carolina University.
Imagine you’re a college student in the summer of 2010. One of your professors offers you a job. He has just acquired 30 of the newest android phones. Your assignment? Just fool around with them. See what they can do.…
Ella Wachacha Bird has joined the ranks of a small and revered group last week after the Eastern Band of Cherokee Tribal Council named her a “beloved woman.”
Supporters of the stalled merger of Lake Junaluska with the town of Waynesville hope to get it back on the docket of the N.C. General Assembly in the spring.
By Joe Ecclesia My name is Joe Ecclesia, and I have a bone the size of an elephant’s thigh to…
The Southern Appalachian Office of the Wilderness Society will host a reception for “Land of the Crooked Water,” an exhibit…
“An Enchanted Broadway Holiday Show” performed by award-winning recording artists Lee Lessack and Joanna O’Brien begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,…
I was caught flat-footed last year when my oldest daughter began questioning the myriad Santa spottings of the Christmas season.…
The 2013 Franklin Christmas Parade will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 in downtown.
The Appalachian Women’s Museum has kicked off its first fundraiser since reaching an agreement with the Town of Dillsboro to…
The inaugural Hayweird County Hometown Holiday Jam will be at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at the Water’n Hole Bar…
Cruising up Utah Mountain Road outside Maggie Valley, one begins to get the feeling if they drove any further up…
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent This week, kids across America will learn the story of the first Thanksgiving. How the pilgrims,…
To the Editor: For the past few months some of the people in Western North Carolina who write letters to…
To the Editor: As I write this, the stock market is hovering around record highs. The Federal Reserve is keeping…
To the Editor: The response from zoning advocates — to my letter that was printed two weeks ago — was typical.…
To the Editor: Limited government was ridiculed in a recent Smoky Mountain News article. Most Americans are strong believers in…
By Doug Wingeier • Columnist In early October we spent two weeks in our 150-year-old log cabin situated on a corner…
By Paul Clark • Correspondent Mary McNeil carried her shopping bag around Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market like a kid on Halloween.…
Hey, all you turkey deep-fryer users. What are your plans this Thanksgiving for all that cooking oil once you have…
The Waynesville Judo team took top honors at the Fall Brawl judo tournament Oct. 5 at the Waynesville Recreation Center…
U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officials have released a picture of a man they believe may have information about the…
The Great Smoky Mountains Association will hold a “blow-out sale” on select merchandise starting Thanksgiving Day at its Clingmans Dome…
More property along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Waterrock Knob is now protected, thanks to The Conservation Trust for North…
I believe it was in 2010 when the Town of Waynesville signed off on a plan to thin the stands…
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of a fire that broke out Nov. 21 in the commercial strip in the center of the Western Carolina University campus and caused heavy damage to three popular businesses. No injuries were…
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent On a recent sunny afternoon, Deb Shalosky is standing in the kitchen pantry at the Fines Creek Community Center, a little autumnal sun glinting off the neatly labeled octagonal jar in her outstretched hand. 
By Jake Flannick • SMN Correspondent The legendary Rathskeller Coffee Haus and Pub, an institution and social mainstay in downtown Franklin, saw a generational changing of the guard this year after 15 years in the hands of its original founder and…
By Jake Flannick • SMN Correspondent A group of merchants in Sylva rallying their fellow shopkeepers and restaurateurs in the downtown area to jump on the buy local movement as a way to strengthen their own economy from the ground up.
Maggie Valley’s interim town manager has only been on the job for a few weeks, but already has been offered the role on a more permanent basis — sort of.
Jake Flannick • SMN Correspondent A nearly decade-long dream to build an inpatient hospice house for the terminally ill and their families in Franklin is closer to becoming a reality.
It was a fairly simple inside job in the end, one easily borrowed from the playbook of any Hollywood jailbreak. Anita Vestal was just a novice jailer, with less than six months on the job at the Swain County jail.…
The jury trial of a Swain County jailer accused of springing a murderer from jail more than four years ago will conclude next week with a certain guilty verdict.
By Paul Clark • Correspondent In the old Imperial Hotel in Canton, Sid’s on Main is creating a little history of its own.  Sid Truesdale, who owns the restaurant with his wife Page, is honoring the building’s place in local history…
In an effort to promote growth and a positive impact on Western North Carolina communities, GroWNC came in front of the Haywood County Economic Development Commission to showcase their project and its goals for the region.
The Haywood County Economic Development Commission last week listened to a summary of task force reports on how it and the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce could work under the same roof to promote economic development. 
Some steam and water-powered sawmills were established in the Smokies region during the 1870s and 1880s. But full-fledged industrialized logging…
Light rainfall over the weekend wasn’t enough to slow the Table Rock fire in Linville Gorge nor will this week’s…
Portions of the popular Graveyard Fields Loop Trail are closed for upgrades, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The agency…
Talk about mission creep. What was supposed to be a simple, final project for his Blue Ridge Naturalist certificate of…
Have an idea for a project that will benefit the Appalachian Trail but have limited funds to make it happen?…
It will likely take awhile for the smoke to clear after the Table Rock Fire near Linville Gorge in the…
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