By Doug Wingeier • Guest Columnist It doesn’t seem to matter which political party a president belongs to: if he…
Passion, love, hate and violence — are all very human. But the best way of understanding these and other human attributes might not be by studying humans at all. The animals around us, says Western Carolina University Psychology Professor Harold…
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington, D.C., political activists in Western North Carolina celebrated a dream of their own.
A cacophony of voices and cheers echoed across Bryson City as a sea of humanity overtook the small town, a…
Clyde Police Chief Gerard Ball was suspended last Friday for five days without pay until the town board was able to meet and further discuss his employment status.  The Clyde town board will hold a specially-scheduled meeting Wednesday, Sept. 4,…
With September’s tropical storm season gearing up, residents living downstream of large Duke Energy dams in Western North Carolina may spend the fall on high alert, wondering when and if Duke will open the flood gates to release pent-up water…
Sweepstakes-style video gambling is making bold forays into the rural communities of Western North Carolina, back for yet another skirmish in the decade-long war against the betting devices.  State lawmakers have tried to ban them. Police have tried to bust…
Smoky Mountain Cinemas in Waynesville shut its doors last week, leaving Haywood County residents with no full-sized movie theater playing current releases on a local screen. “We have put forth every effort to keep operating the theater. Unfortunately we were…
Waynesville leaders as expected lifted a de facto ban on street performers last week, opening the door for musicians to play on the sidewalks of town as long as they get a permit first. “We have already received our first…
Waynesville police discovered a homemade pipe bomb in the bed of a pickup truck in the early hours of the morning Sunday.
Western Carolina University announced an enrollment milestone this week — enrollment for the fall semester topped the 10,000 mark for the first time in school history. University officials said the record-breaking enrollment was due in large part to a 5…
When it comes to a high-speed chase, law enforcement must constantly ask the question: is it worth it? A 23-year-old Franklin man took police on a chase through Macon County in August reaching speeds of nearly 125 miles per hour.…
We are attracted to water. Mountain paths always wind down to water — springs, branches, creeks and rivers. Water is…
State and local officials are advising people to avoid contact with Long Creek in Graham County after recent water quality…
A movie showing in Waynesville is asking folks to think hard about their food choices. The documentary-style movie “Fresh: New…
Time is running out for trail users to offer input on a regional trail plan for the seven western counties…
Nearly $800,000 in grants will fund research in North Carolina that investigates threats to various aquatic species and habitats in…
Seed expert Keith Nicholson will cover the what, why and how of vegetable seeds and seed saving at 7 p.m.…
Community members are invited to attend upcoming public meetings to learn more about the use of the Hall Mountain Tract…
A storied estate in Cashiers, preserved for future generations, will be the destination of an upcoming ecotour.
Roger Tory Petersen called it, “one of the most breathtaking of the world’s weirdest birds,” and it was John James…
By Tyler Norris Goode • Contributor Rowan Stuart’s favorite kayak maneuver is called the “Phonics Monkey” and involves spinning the vessel…
By Newton Smith • Contributor Gary Carden, local bard, playwright, host of the Liars Bench and reviewer for The Smoky Mountain…
Combining an array of difficult tricks, precision paddling and finely tuned choreography, freestyle kayaking can be described as aquatic gymnastics.
Peter Csonka Age: 28 Country: Slovakia Awards: 2012 World Cup Champion Day job: Kayak retailer I was 12 when I…
A destination for paddlers around the world, the Nantahala River is known for its complexity of rapids and consistent waters…
As children return to school this week, the joy of seeing their friends, sharing summer stories, wearing new shoes or…
To the Editor:  I volunteer with Jackson County Meals on Wheels, and I also serve on the volunteer committee.  I…
I’ve always loved school. Consequently, I detest what the General Assembly is doing to education. As a kid, I knew…
The Jackson County Planning Board is delving into a review of cell tower regulations and discussing changes that could ultimately allow for taller towers on mountaintops and ridges.
A communications tower in Macon County is expected to bring better wireless phone coverage to a remote region but has environmentalists concerned over its visibility from the Appalachian Trail.
Construction could start in September on a paved 1.2-mile section of greenway along the Tucksegee River in Cullowhee.
While political candidates are usually quick to point out their differences, this election season Maggie Valley residents are calling on them to come together.
Despite a statewide ban on video sweepstakes machines, the video gambling industry is taking advantage of yet another apparent loophole to introduce the machines back into Western North Carolina, apparently emboldened after local district court judges have dismissed a series…
A group of veterans in Haywood County lodged a formal complaint claiming that the hiring process of the county’s veterans service officer was discriminatory.
Jackson County commissioners turned down a start-up Internet provider asking for a $1 million economic development loan to bring high-speed internet to rural areas.
The Coats for Kids clothing drive in Jackson County is accepting donations of clothing and shoes starting Sept. 1. Drop-off sites will be at the Cullowhee United Methodist Church, Walmart, Sylva First Presbyterian Church, Pathways thrift store, The Sylva Herald…
Jackson County has extended the application deadline for a new economic development director after the first round failed to attract a large pool of applicants from Western North Carolina.
The Appalachian Women’s Museum finally has a home to call its own. Dillsboro town council members agreed Monday to lease a section of the historic Monteith farmstead to the organization, whose members have sought a brick and mortar place to…
U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, sporting an Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians button, hosted a town hall meeting last Thursday in Cherokee that he said was the “most vocal” he has held in the district.
When Rodney and Lorraine Conard took the keys to the shuttered Strand movie theater two years ago, the hulking shell was like a blank canvas full of promise — a tad dusty, worn and tattered, but it was loved once…
There’s only one feasible option for what to do with the abandon Haywood Department of Social Services building: turn it into apartments.
Preliminary sitework on a new Cherokee Indian Hospital could start as early as December. The hospital has entered contract negotiations with a construction management company that would oversee construction of a new hospital, estimated to run between $50 to $65…
Maintaining high-quality doctors in Haywood County emerged as a common theme in a public hearing last week on the future of MedWest-Haywood.
The Open Air Indian Art Market will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Qualla…
Champion mountain dulcimer players Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Teves will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Swain…
Artist, writer and speaker Doreyl Ammons Cain will do a demonstration and presentation on the four-step process of creating a…
If you’re lucky enough to stay home this Labor Day weekend, revel in the fact you live somewhere other people…
The editors of Food & Wine magazine honored Waynesville’s Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon in the September issue. The artisan…
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