By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Parking along Sylva’s downtown Main Street is a challenge.
The competition between Western Carolina University students to win a building contract at a Cullowhee church was just for fun, but the construction ideas and issues they pointed out recently were real — and appreciated.
Emergency room doctors at Haywood Regional Medical Center have been on a collision course with hospital administration since a brand-new $5 million emergency room opened in December 2004.
Maintaining a nature journal has been one of my ongoing, albeit intermittent, preoccupations. Keeping such a journal assists me in…
There was a time, about 18 years and 80 pounds ago, that I actually enjoyed jogging. I was never exactly…
Jan. 20, 1961. Inauguration Day. The words that stuck in the minds and hearts of all citizens: “Ask not what…
When the administration of George Bush argued Nov. 29 before the Supreme Court that the EPA did not have the…
“A Man for All Seasons” Robert Bolt’s award-winning play was released as a movie in 1966, winning six Academy Awards…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The Craft Revival: Shaping Western North Carolina Past and Present Web site is located…
Militant Islam in America by Marshall Frank. Fortis Books, 2006. 198 pages. This morning (Dec. 9), I sat down to…
By Becky Johnson • Staff Writer Community outrage with Haywood Regional Medical Center continues to escalate over a move by hospital administration to oust a long-time group of emergency room doctors.
Haywood Emergency Physicians held a two-hour town hall style meeting Tuesday night to answer questions about the termination of their contract by Haywood Regional Medical Center.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The delivery of 3,000 gallons of B-20 biodiesel manufactured by Smoky Mountain Biofuels made Hop’s Gas and Grocery on Old Cullowhee Road the first station to offer a public biodiesel pump west of Asheville…
Here is a copy of the resolution, which was passed by the Medical Executive Committee on Dec. 6 and affirmed by a meeting of the medical staff on Dec. 12:
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Two years have passed since the Jackson County Commissioners suspended their participation with the local Economic Development Commission, launched an internal investigation and audit of the EDC and EDC office and attempted to remove…
Jackson County Commissioners passed a resolution Monday night (Dec. 18) encouraging the state General Assembly to provide funding for the Land for Tomorrow program in 2007.
The Haywood County medical community sent a strong message at a countywide meeting of doctors last Tuesday night (Dec. 12). In a 50 to 2 vote, physicians asked the hospital board of Haywood Regional Medical Center to reconsider their decision…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Macon County Commissioners unanimously approved a moratorium on high-rise development Monday, giving county planning and legal staff 11 months to write an ordinance that if adopted could potentially prohibit such development for a long…
By Bill Rhodarmer I read with interest a recent column in a local news publication concerning the high cost of…
The last thing Macon County — or any of the counties west of Asheville — needs is a high-rise condominium…
By Michael Beadle Just because the temperatures drop and days grow shorter doesn’t mean you have to give up your…
A statewide survey to gauge support for making hunting on Sundays legal revealed some interesting side statistics on outdoor recreation.
A new set of doctors will take over emergency room operations at Haywood Regional Medical Center at midnight on the night of Dec. 28.
Something I’ve noticed over the years is that the longer you’re on this planet, the smaller said planet seems to…
Tell us about what you do. How did you learn what you do? What are your duties day-to-day? What about…
Despite outcry from the medical community and general public, the hospital board of Haywood Regional Medical Center has stood by its decision to oust a long-time group of ER doctors and replace them with a corporate physician staffing company.
The proposed sale of U.S. Forest Service land to find money for counties who have lost revenue from declining timber…
Jackson County Commissioners last week strategically deferred making a decision about who would become the newest member of the Jackson County Airport Authority, in effect throwing out the list of names authority members submitted for approval.
Several years ago, as Christmas approached, I remember my youngest daughter saying, “I can’t imagine what I want for Christmas;…
Thursday night, the Haywood Regional Medical Center Board chose to breach the hospital’s contract with Haywood Emergency Physicians rather than…
This deserves emphasis, given the central role that public education plays in North Carolina political debate: our schools have vastly…
Haywood Emergency Physicians expressed concern at a public forum last Tuesday night (Dec. 19) about the turnover of emergency room operations at Haywood Regional Medical Center to a new corporate physician staffing entity at midnight the night of Thursday, Dec.…
2006 was a big year for news in the mountains. From the economy to the world of politics, there’s been a lot of change. We’ve selected some of the best quotes from newsmakers in 2006 to help put the year…
By Rachel Tomlinson With the winter season in full swing, dressing appropriately to prevent cold injuries is often overlooked, especially…
The sickle-fin redhorse, a new species of fish recently discovered that dwells in only a handful of rivers in WNC,…
The only New Year’s resolution that I know I have kept came after a particularly devastating New Year’s morning back…
The Smoky Mountain News Outdoors section has printed scores of news about the environment, adventure sports and outdoor activities in…
Traditions It’s over now, but the 24 hours between Christmas Eve afternoon, say around 6 p.m., and the evening of…
Well I just received a hurriedly written letter from 2006. (It was on a page torn from a Gideon Bible).…
The current falling out between Haywood Regional Medical Center and the ER doctors is a symptom of a larger problem afoot, according to physicians who appealed to the hospital board on behalf of the medical community last week.
By Kathleen Lamont The tradition of New Year’s Resolutions can be accurately traced to 153 B.C., although it could go…
By Michael Beadle Wintertime may not offer the best opportunities for fly-fishing, but that doesn’t mean fly fishers aren’t busy.
By Michael Beadle What is art? What makes a relationship stand the test of time? How do you move on…
By Chris Cooper Christmas is one of those times where there’s a surge of buying in the instrument market, and…
Small, but Big Something most retail stores do before a busy Christmas season is run some kind of “sales report”…
I’m Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers by Tim Madigan. Gotham, 2006. 208 pages. Dear Chris, Your questions…
By Sarah Kucharski In January 2005, Jackson County Commissioners called in more than $1.2 million in loans issued to six local industries, suspended participation in the Economic Development Commission and launched an investigation of the commission’s financial records.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer If there’s one thing economic development officials agree on, it’s that there’s no one right way to do it.
Creation of a one-half cent local option sales tax to support building needs at Haywood Community College and tax relief from spiraling property values are among the issues Haywood County commissioners are urging legislators to address when the North Carolina…
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