“I can’t sing.”  “Nobody wants to hear my voice.”  “I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket.”  They’re recognizable refrains,…
The North Carolina Wildlife Federation recently honored those who have contributed to the conservation and safety of the state’s natural…
Platinum or china may be the standard 20th anniversary gift, but Friends of the Smokies, a non-profit organization that supports…
Buy Haywood has gone high tech to help promote the county’s abundance of locally grown produce, flowers and food items,…
More than $22,000 was raised for the Madison Hornbuckle Children’s Cancer Foundation at the 2nd annual Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon…
Duke Energy will spend more than $100,000 on seven streamside habitat projects in the watersheds and tailwaters of its Nantahala…
People with physical disabilities will have better access to Lake Glenville, thanks to upgrades to some of the lake’s amenities.…
Blackrock Mountain summit, a 5,700 foot peak that overlooks the Blue Ridge Parkway, has been purchased by the Southern Applachian…
I believe the annual treks into the Town of Waynesville’s watershed began back in 2007. They have provided a unique…
Flips, spins, big jumps and high speeds — these things challenge the average human being, but, for big-air snowboarder Zeb…
Book reviews shouldn’t begin with dedications. But with Strings Attached (ISBN 978-1-4013-2466-7, $24.99) being the book under review, I feel…
To the Editor: When Reconstruction came to the South after the Civil War, big plantations were worked by nearly destitute…
To the Editor: With the government shutdown fiasco, we have learned what TEA in Tea Party really stands for “Totally…
To the Editor: I would like Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, to realize that there was a time when opposing parties…
To the Editor: I once asked a gentleman why he placed so much reliance on government and he replied, “Because…
I am writing this in my classroom on a Friday evening in the hours of quiet before the kickoff for…
Haywood Community College recently received a $20,000 matching grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership (BRNHAP) to develop and implement an Appalachian Heritage Arts Music Program at the college. Music Heritage is identified as one of the core…
Eric Davis, 23, was indicted on one charge of first-degree murder and two charges of felony child abuse Monday. He is currently being held without bond. Davis’ 4-year-old daughter was found injured and abuse in the Qualla Motel in Whittier…
The Jackson County Planning Department will host a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Cullowhee Valley School to gather input from residents about the future development of the area. Jackson County Planner Gerald Green said the department is seeking…
A for-profit company will install an electric car charging station in Waynesville’s public parking lot on Montgomery Street.
Come next June, the number of visitors to Western North Carolina will jump by at least 1,500 Republicans.
A recent poll shows that a Western North Carolina state representative has fallen out of favor with voters.
Swain County residents have finally learned where exactly its $2 million in grants from the Golden LEAF Foundation will go — to schools, job training and infrastructure.
The MedWest system forged by the hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain County three-and-a-years ago will dissolve, ending a short-lived…
When N.C. GOP Director Todd Poole emailed a list of state job openings — some 300 vacant positions in all — to dozens of Republican operatives asking them to spread the word to party friendlies, some political fallout was to…
Some mainstream Republicans in Haywood County fear their local party is being hijacked by a far-right faction with extreme views on what limited government should look like.  The ascension of what some deem the radical right into leadership positions on…
When Cherokee Phoenix Theatres on the Qualla Boundary closes on All Hallows’ Eve, it will only have two movie screens. When it reopens the following morning, as if by some magic, the number of screens will have multiplied.
The Waynesville Board of Aldermen has waived more than $140,000 in water and sewer fees in the hopes that a Polk County developer will construct a low-income affordable housing development on Hyatt Creek Road.
Maggie Valley has become the latest town in North Carolina to face the threat of a lawsuit regarding licensing fees charged to sweepstakes parlor owners.
The Haywood Community Band will honor founding director Bob Hall during a performance at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at…
Art After Dark will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in downtown Waynesville. Stroll through working studios…
Tickets for the 2013 Madrigal Dinner at Western Carolina University will go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.…
I’ll admit I’m not the fastest draw in the West when it comes to pop culture fads. I’ve yet to…
Quilter Susan Sheets (pictured) was one of many first place winners from Jackson County at the 2013 Mountain State Fair.
George Frizzell, head of special collections at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library, is the 2013 recipient of the Thornton W.…
The Western Carolina University School of Music will present a concert by the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m.…
I sat there, under old copper piping and newly formed spider webs, wondering where the hell my story was. It…
October, of course, is the month for haunting, when lawns become littered with skeletons and witches fly in through branches…
A Sylva conservation organization was featured at the Making a Difference Monday program Oct. 21 at the Oskar Blues Tasty…
A Bryson City brewery has chipped in $1,000 to support the Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner program, whose mission is to preserve…
Olympic silver medalist and Asheville resident Lauren Tamayo will serve as guest speaker at the Haywood Chamber of Commerce Women…
Paddlers and swiftwater rescue experts from across the country will gather Oct. 25-27 in Jackson County for the 2013 American…
The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) will host its 14th annual fall celebration from 11 a.m. to 3…
Forget roses. Susan Belcher is hoping for beds of Cullowhee lilies to blanket Western North Carolina in the coming years. …
Award winning naturalist and writer George Ellison will present a lecture titled “Edible, Utilitarian, and Religio-Medical Plants Used by the…
Last week we talked a little about how mountains can influence climate. Lenticular clouds are often created when warm air…
Every fall, folks flock to Rhodes Big View between Highlands and Cashiers to photograph the bear shadow that appears in…
By Colby Dunn • SMN Correspondent What makes the stem of one pumpkin better than another for chunkin’? Why is one…
I am convinced that author Daniel Woodrell is what is frequently referred to as “a writer’s writer.” In other words,…
George Frizzell, head of special collections at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library, is the 2013 recipient of the Thornton W. Mitchell Service Award for outstanding service to the archival profession in North Carolina. A native of Jackson County, Frizzell is…
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