By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is placing a $650 million bet that visitors to Harrah’s casino and hotel are looking for amenities akin to those that are becoming standard across the gaming industry.
In a suite on the 16th floor of Harrah’s Cherokee hotel and casino, Cherokee leaders happily milled about as an architectural animation of expansion plans played repeatedly on a flat-screen TV.
A long-time group of emergency room doctors in Haywood County filed a lawsuit against Haywood Regional Medical Center this week.
It’s still 11 months away, but organizers of a year-long Haywood County bicentennial celebration in 2008 are already counting down the days until the kick-off.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jackson County commissioners have taken the first step toward temporarily stopping new subdivision development, calling for a Feb. 27 public hearing on a six-month moratorium.
As the population in the rural areas of Haywood County grows, leaders are being faced with the question of whether it’s time to station new ambulances in these outlying areas.
In the natural world there are certain experiences that rivet our attention and remain stored in our memory banks. Through…
Jackson County took the first step this week to ban new subdivisions until it can write an ordinance to control…
Micah McClure, a graphic designer in Waynesville, faced a daunting task when asked to redesign the Friends of the Smokies…
When George Ivey broached the idea of a new specialty license plate design for Friends of the Smokies, feedback on…
In 1885 Jerome B. Freeman built a stairway to the top of a 535-million-year-old granite monolith overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge.
By Kathleen Lamont In the late 1970’s, Dr. Robert Atkins had a clinic in Santa Monica, Calif., where people went…
Canton native Marty Stamey has been named the new director of Haywood County’s Emergency Medical Services program.
Swain County leaders took the first step toward regulating unchecked growth and development this week by appointing the county’s first-ever planning board.
Controversy among downtown Sylva merchants and property owners could either escalate or come to a close this week, depending on what route the Downtown Sylva Association takes at a town board meeting Thursday expected to draw crowds of merchants.
Just after Christmas, my wife, Elizabeth, and I were driving south in the San Luis Valley of Colorado headed for…
When Macon County Manager Sam Greenwood retires at the end of this year, he’ll take with him more than three decades of governmental experience and an encyclopedic understanding of the county’s political scene.
It’s an old story, the only one worth telling, really, especially here on Valentine’s Day. It’s a love story, the…
Gambling at the Harrah’s casino in Cherokee is wildly successful. That success — and the state’s own actions — makes…
By Doug Wingier • Guest Columnist We American consumers are richer than most in the world, and as voters more…
By Carl Iobst Gee, what’ll they think of next. In Olympia, the capital of Washington state, there’s a state representative…
By Michael Beadle The cost of college can get pretty expensive, especially when it comes to paying the monthly electric…
George Ivey, a well-known leader in conservation efforts in Haywood County, received the Pigeon River Award for 2006 from Haywood…
Now here’s a way to bird from your kitchen table, in your pajamas and slippers, with a steaming hot cup…
American Whitewater has withdrawn its lawsuit challenging a paddling ban on the upper Chattooga River outside Cashiers.
The Downtown Sylva Association has dropped the idea of a special downtown property tax due to a lack of support among merchants.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Downtown Sylva will host a non-partisan stand for peace on Saturday, Feb. 17, with…
By Chris Cooper When Norah Jones swept the 2003 Grammies, it was more than just a victory for a new…
“The Painted Veil” Kitty (Naomi Watts), a bored London socialite, marries Walter Fane (Edward Norton), a doctor and student of…
Snow and falling temperatures — we’ve had little of the former this winter, and some of the latter — provide…
Jackson County commissioners have called for a public hearing on a proposed moratorium on new subdivision development while the planning board authors a subdivision ordinance. Commissioners want the ordinance to address concerns such as steep slope development and minimum standards.…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A group of about 20 angry Realtors and developers showed up uninvited at a special media briefing Thursday to have another crack at Jackson County officials and further express their dissatisfaction with commissioners’ moves…
The Commission for a Clean County has announced the first place and honorable mention winners of its 2006 Haywood County Community Pride annual awards program.
Following several years of decline and neglect, Smoky Mountain Golf Course in Whittier has been wrested away from its out-of-state owners by a local developer pledging a major overhaul of the course.
By Michael Beadle He’s been a Beast. An alien bounty hunter. A Rum Tum Tugger and Inspector Javert. And now…
By Chris Cooper To say that Mountain Heart isn’t exactly your “average” bluegrass band is more than a slight understatement.…
I spend a considerable amount of time being disappointed by music. It’s sad, because I also happen to love music,…
Coventry by Joseph Bathanti. Novello Festival Press, 2006. 261 pages. When 30-year-old Calvin Gaddy finds himself working as a guard…
When Commissioner Glenn Jones pulled into the Stillhouse Branch trailer park in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Swain County last October, he’d strayed far from the campaign path of most candidates.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The owner of Ghost Town in the Sky and the North Carolina Department of Labor have signed a unique agreement that aims to ensure that the historic Maggie Valley amusement park opens on time.
Haywood County commissioners suggested they could be amenable to a slight property tax increase this year if there is something really important they want the money for.
Even before filing opens March 1, four candidates have emerged to challenge Principal Chief Michell Hicks for the top leadership position of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
The Downtown Sylva Association has dropped the idea of a special downtown property tax due to a lack of support among merchants.
One Swain County resident expressed concern last week that developers and speculators will rush to break ground on mountainside subdivisions in the next few months to beat out development regulations coming down the pipe.
As noted previously in several Back Then columns, the Cherokees and later on the white settlers here in the Blue…
Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their county. Ask not…
Downtown Sylva is a special place. The events of the last couple of months only reinforce that fact, and so…
By David Redman • Guest Columnist There is absolutely no doubt about the economic impact the Eastern Band of Cherokee…
The Western Carolina Forest Sustainability Initiative (WCFSI) under the direction of Pete Bates, associate professor of Natural Resources Management at…
Landmark Learning, a Cullowhee-based wilderness training center for the outdoor industry, has forged a new partnership with the National Outdoor…
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