The saga of Nikwasi Mound in Franklin being sprayed with potent weed killer more than a year ago continues to unfold.
Western North Carolina’s educational institutions must re-emphasize the importance of mathematical skills at all levels — from basic addition and subtraction to advanced statistics, analysis and predictive modeling — if mountain students are to succeed in the modern workforce.
Changes to the voting laws in North Carolina will have only a small effect on voter turnout, according to a Western Carolina University political analyst.
The new voter identification requirement won’t likely affect North Carolinians who have put down roots, but more transient populations including college students may find the new regulations cumbersome.  College students in North Carolina will have to make an extra effort…
They made it a top priority, but Western Carolina University administrators were still a bit surprised when they learned they succeeded in raising the freshmen retention rate by a significant margin.
After a surge in the freshmen retention rate at Western Carolina University, school administrators are trying to get a feel for why fewer students jumped ship this year than any other year in recent history.
The commercial corridor of the Canton exit off Interstate 40 has been in a vice grip for several years due to a maxed out sewer line.
The clock is ticking for Canton to spend $25,000 in remaining grant money from the N.C. Rural Center.
A Swain County deputy totaled his patrol car earlier this month after hitting a parked car while going more than 50 miles per hour.
Horace Kephart left the cabin site on the Little Fork in the fall of 1907, spending considerable time in other…
A 5K race will be held on the campus of Western Carolina University in conjunction with Mountain Heritage Day festivities.…
No junior women’s freestyle kayaker in the world was better than Stecoah resident Rowan Stuart recently at the ICF Canoe…
The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host its first Fish Frenzy, a kayak and canoe fishing tournament, Saturday,…
In time for peak hurricane season, Duke Energy is going mobile with its lake level information. The smart phone-friendly website…
A group of raptors will be featured at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at The Village Green Commons in Cashiers. 
For homeowners with bear problems, the B.E.A.R. Task Force is hosting a program to keep the persistent beasts away.
A $1,000 grant given to the Elk Bugle Corps in Cataloochee Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will…
Representatives from the town of Clyde and HomeTrust Bank removed 80 pounds of trash Saturday, Sept. 7, from the small…
Thanks to an invitation from a friend — Blair Ogburn, senior naturalist at Balsam Mountain Trust — I was able…
Sunshine spills into Jackson County. The warm late summer rays cascade down into the mountains, ultimately flowing into the fields…
In Light of the World (ISBN 978-1-4767-1076-1, $27.99), James Lee Burke once again gives readers writing cut and polished like…
I recently took stock of our craft supply cupboard and realized it’s looking a little paltry. At one time, I…
The 39th Mountain Heritage Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Western Carolina…
The annual Mountain Life Festival in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Daniel and Belle Fangmeyer Theater on the…
The Tony Award-winning puppet musical “Ave. Q” hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21, 27-28 and Oct. 4-5, and…
Country sensation Scott McCreery hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Called “the world’s greatest tribute to Chicago,” musical group Brass Transit will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at…
I was born half-fish. No, not the mermaid kind, but close. As a kid, I grew up on Lake Champlain,…
Even before the lights went down and the curtain went up, one thing was already clear: this wasn’t going to…
To the Editor: North Carolina has the 49th highest unemployment rate in the USA, tied with Rhode Island and followed…
To the Editor:  The national criticism of his voter suppression law — yes, he signed it, so it’s his — must…
To the Editor: In January, Republicans swept into state government on a mission of frugality, vowing to trim fat from…
By Doug Wingeier • Guest Columnist With all the current media attention being focused on Syria, budget deadlines, Obamacare, and the…
In what he characterized as simply starting the discussion, Jackson County Commission Chairman Jack Debnam broached the idea of changing how voters elect county commissioners.
An abandoned, county-owned furniture factory in Whittier could transform into a center for agritourism in Jackson County, or it could become something entirely different.
The National Guard’s 211th Military Police Company based in Haywood County is deploying to Afghanistan.
The creation of a monolithic blueprint that will lead the seven western counties into a new economy is under way, but the team of researchers behind it is calling for community input to ensure the vision being crafted is the…
Haywood County has secured the first right of refusal on the 1.4-acre tract where the Mauney Cove trash and recycling collection site is located near the intersection of U.S. 276 and U.S. 19. The county currently leases the site for…
Building permits are trending upwards in Haywood County thanks to an increase in single-family home construction. The majority of new permits are for mid-range homes less than 4,000 square feet and below $500,000 in value, according to Bruce Crawford, director…
The Macon Aero Modelers Club members are not afraid to fly much of anything. Large, wooden aircraft churning through the sky, small, light planes twisting and turning at 10, 15, 20 Gs — if it’s got wings, it’s their forte. 
The Macon County Commission last week narrowly approved funding for upgrades and an expansion of the runway at the county airport.
Maggie Valley residents and leaders are questioning how and why town taxpayers ended up footing the bill for a Country music concert at the festival grounds last month — and whether the town will end up holding the bag for…
Thousands of uninsured Western North Carolina residents will soon benefit from the Affordable Care Act, despite most people still being confused over what health insurance reform truly entails, according local health experts.
Swain County Manager Kevin King made another trip up to Washington, D.C. last week, though this time the visit was not strictly for Swain County’s benefit. The National Association of County Commissioners paid for King and 24 other county leaders…
U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows was appointed as one of the country’ two representatives to the United Nation’s General Assembly last week.
Five full-time doctors practicing at Swain County Medical Center have left during the past year. The departures account for half the doctors in the county, who not only staff the emergency room but also take care of patients staying in…
As Dr. Randall Castor stared down the final weeks of his residency, it was clear those long, grueling years of medical training were about to pay off.
During rehearsal for her church’s band one Monday night, Paula McElroy called home to check on her 82-year-old husband who suffers from dementia. No answer.
A manufacturing plant that makes parts for big-rig cab interiors has broken ground on a $5.9 million expansion in Canton with plans to add 140 jobs at the factory by 2015. 
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