The Light of the Lake, a theatrical production evoking 100 years of Lake Junaluska history, will have its premier performance…
People of any skill level will have the opportunity to make their own pottery from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday,…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART) in Waynesville reached its fund-raising goal of $600,000 sooner than expected, thanks to John…
Gem, mineral dealers and rock hounds will converge on the 48th annual Macon County Gemboree July 25-28 at the Macon…
Supporters of Francis Mill recently helped celebrate the mill’s designation as a National Register of Historic Places site. 
The Talleys and Brian Free & Assurance will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the Smoky Mountain Center…
Don’t go in there. As long as I can remember, I’ve been told this. From my parents, teachers, friends or…
Legendary American tennis stars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will battle it out in a charity exhibition match in Cashiers…
To the Editor: Had I been a student at Western Carolina Teachers College (WCTC) in the late 1920s, I might…
To the Editor: I am old enough to remember the time before Roe v. Wade was passed. Almost every family…
To the Editor: We are thankful for The Smoky Mountain News coverage of the Lake Junaluska-Waynesville merger process. I am…
By Martin Dyckman Blackbeard, North Carolina's most famous pirate, was a fitting precursor to the modern brigands at Raleigh. As…
Western Carolina University will erase 10 degree programs, including women’s studies and the graduate music courses, from its books during the next few years.
Well-known regional tourism expert Steve Morse has been hired by Western Carolina University to head its hospitality and tourism program.
It was a rather strange place to have a life-changing epiphany, but there he was, on the set of a British reality TV show in 2007, deep in the bowels of the Borneo jungles, when Jonathon Bryant found a purpose…
Canton will witness a mysterious mass exodus of its elected town board members following the town election this fall.
Towns across the mountains will hold elections for their mayors and town board leaders this fall. Some town races are shaping up to be hotly contested, like Maggie Valley with a deep bench of challengers, while others like Dillsboro have…
After a tumultuous start to hashing out a blueprint for this year’s finances, the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority reached a moment of harmony last week when its members unanimously adopted a budget.
Ron Clauser never saw himself as a lobbyist. He’s an accountant by trade, a world where logic and rationale rule the day. The same could be said of Ed LaFountaine, a career military man and retired major general in the…
It was a phone call Rolf Kaufman will never forget. The year was 1983, and on the other end of…
The house is silent, but soon, it will be overflowing with voices, faces, words and languages known and unknown. Awaiting…
Jackson County got a green light from the state to move forward with plans to build a liquor store in Cashiers, despite more than two dozen residents voicing opposition to the particular location that was chosen.
Since Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort added table games with live dealers last year they’ve had to round up hundreds of new card dealers — and they’re still looking for more.
Renovating the antiquated, shuttered restrooms at the Waynesville Recreation Park will cost more than town officials anticipated, leaving them to question whether to bother or just scrap the plans altogether.
Street musicians are becoming a common sight in downtown Waynesville, despite a town policy that bans sidewalk performers from playing for tips.
Waynesville has outlawed the use of noisy engine-compression brakes by big trucks.
The number of high school students failing random drug tests in Haywood County has remained constant since the school system put a drug testing policy in place seven years ago.
The Waynesville Police Department helped craft and then usher four bills, or some version of them, through the N.C. General Assembly this year, giving law enforcement officers statewide new tools in the fight against drugs.
When I was a very young boy growing up in Virginia, there was a very old man in our neighborhood…
Retired tennis stars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will play a charity exhibition match, the UCB Mountain Challenge, on Saturday,…
A $3 million federal grant will help protect 8,000 acres of working forestland in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North…
A project to help federally-listed aquatic species in Macon County has received $142,500 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.…
Mystic Lands Property Owners Association has dedicated a bridge to honor Rob Kelly, a whitewater rafting guide who saved a…
Backpackers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can continue to keep their food and packs out of reach of…
Tyler Pace is expected to report to the U.S. Marshals Service office in Asheville next week to start serving his…
Ethnobotanist David Cozzo will lead an eco tour on July 30 to the Tessentee Bottomland Preserve to discuss how the…
Carolina birder Matt Daw from Raleigh was videoing a least bittern last week as it foraged at Bosque Del Apache…
Chef Jen Pearson of Guadalupe Cafe will be showcasing eggplant in an original recipe during a local foods cooking demo…
Get to know your local farmers and learn some tricks from green thumb masters during the annual Jackson County Farm…
We Americans like to sidle around the truth nowadays, which we do by labeling ourselves relativists. Like Pontius Pilate, we…
A whirlwind of global cultures, languages, costumes, music and dance has landed in WNC this week. The annual arrival of…
Legendary Broadway musical “Brigadoon” runs at 7:30 p.m. July 18-20, 25-27, Aug. 1-3, and at 3 p.m. July 14, 21,…
The 10th annual Franklin Folk Festival, a “Celebration of Appalachian Heritage,” runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July…
Members of Voices in the Laurel Children’s Choir have just returned from the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans.…
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Kathy Mattea will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing…
Mega-country star Miranda Lambert hits the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
It all started with an email.  Last July, I was at a crossroads. Being a freelance writer for a few years,…
To the Editor: An article in a local paper stated that the Macon County Airport Authority met in early July…
“Thank you sir, may I have another.” The line by Kevin Bacon from the now-classic film “Animal House” kept popping…
Folkmoot is a Western North Carolina tradition, and this year, the festival is tapping into the growing craft beer industry…
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