For decades, soil experts like Duane Vanhook have been showing farmers how a crop of winter wheat can recharge soil nutrients or how to shore up a stream bank decimated by cattle hooves.
When the well heeled are in need of a pampered retreat in Western North Carolina, they often look toward the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands.
Jackson County planning board meetings likely will get even more interesting as members move on to the nuts and bolts of a slope ordinance this month.
Since the mid-1980s, I’ve been researching and writing about events surrounding the Cherokee removal of 1838, especially those pertaining to…
By Carl Iobst Ed Stephens of Dillsboro recently had a problem with the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. According to the…
Some people complain all the time, about everything. They complain about the weather, the price of gasoline, their neglectful friends,…
By Becky Anderson This is the time for members of the 2007 North Carolina General Assembly to follow their hearts…
Swain County native Heath Shuler is doing his home county a favor by putting together a powerful congressional coalition to…
By Michael Beadle Jon Brown and Scott Cochran want to help a small town in Bosnia and Herzegovina rebuild after…
A federal judge in San Francisco told the Bush administration on March 30 that it didn’t have the right to…
By Sarah Kucharski Entering figurative sculptor Wesley Wofford’s studio one is struck by the sheer size of his works.
The Cowboy Junkies have this thing that only they can do, and as easy as it is to recognize that…
Well, let’s just consider this a collection of things I would NOT recommend. But maybe reading this will constitute a…
The 1920s were a golden age for American fiction and poetry. F. Scott Fizgerald helped give the decade its name…
When Greg Kidd saw his odometer hit 250,000 miles last spring, he knew he would reluctantly be catapulted into the market for a new car sooner rather than later.
When Ghost Town in the Sky recently held auditions to fill its entertainment needs, about 40 potential cowboys competed for 10 available slots.
Developers in Jackson County could be asked to designate 25 percent of new developments as conserved open space under a provision the Jackson County planning board is weighing.
Three weeks after federal officials rolled into town and abruptly shut down the Oconaluftee Jobs Corps Center in Swain County, the reasons for the closure are still being debated.
When Mike Clampitt was making get out the vote calls during his campaign for Swain County commissioner last fall, he noticed an interesting pattern on the voter registration lists.
Thank goodness for Don Imus. After 25 years of gutteral lyrics in the name of entertainment, none of which was…
Call me a little superstitious, but I defend my right to harbor a few fears. That’s why, after breaking my…
The expansion announced last week by Smoky Mountain Biofuels and Mountain Energy will help place Western North Carolina at the…
For years, Jack Lansford and his mountain biking buddies in Franklin would have to load up their bikes and hit…
You have to admire the tenacity of America’s armed forces. We can all take pride in the heroism, courage and…
Walking into the new nature center at the Balsam Mountain Preserve in Jackson County is like walking into a replica…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Sitting at a workbench in the back of his gallery on Main Street in…
By Chris Cooper See, the primary difference between Todd Snider and Ryan Adams is that Snider didn’t get so caught…
Guests of the Ayatollah and Kite Runner Trying to understand the Middle East? Here are two books — one non-fiction…
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. William Morrow, 2007. 376 pages Although both the publisher and the author of Heart-Shaped Box…
A traffic study was conducted to assess the traffic impacts of a new Super Wal-Mart and Home Depot complex coming to West Waynesville.
Seven people have plunked down the necessary $500 filing fee required to campaign for principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
About $1.5 million in roadwork is planned to accommodate the increased traffic on South Main Street and Hyatt Creek Roads from the Super Wal-Mart and Home Depot development. There will be two entrances to the development: one off Hyatt Creek…
Haywood County commissioners continue to disagree on what kind of deal to give Mountain Projects on a tract of county land to house an intergenerational Head Start program and senior day care.
The Sylva library is favorite destination for Kim Mathis and her four children. There’s just one problem. “The library has been this same size since I was a child,” said Mathis, 39. “I just want it to be larger and…
Southwestern Community College officials anticipate holding classes this fall at a new satellite campus in Macon County, more than a half-year later than originally planned.
Brace yourself, West Waynesville: a new Super Wal-Mart and Home Depot complex due to open next summer will bring an extra 21,000 vehicles on to the surrounding roads on a typical Saturday, according to a recent traffic study conducted for…
Paul Fink and Myron H. Avery were two of the foremost explorers of the Southern Appalachians — especially the Great…
National Poetry Month In honor of National Poetry Month this April, here are some recommendations for poetry lovers and those…
Relentless Enemies: Lions and Buffalo by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. National Geographic, 2006. 176 pages. Four years ago, my family…
Access management deploys numerous design techniques to reduce congestion on clogged roads, five-lane drags being the primary candidate.
The rift between Haywood Regional Medical Center administration and the medical community needs to be repaired, and public confidence in the hospital restored, Haywood County commissioners said last week.
When it comes right down to it, the good will of private landowners is often what stands between saving Indian mounds and losing these pieces of ancient history.
One of the top issues that emerged during county commissioner interviews of hospital board applicants last week was the need for better-trained, better-paid and additional nurses at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Representative Heath Shuler announced Monday that the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area has been allocated a federal appropriation of $748,955 for 2007. BRNHA’s appropriation was the third largest amount allocated to any of the 24 National Heritage areas that received…
After a two-year lull, debate over a controversial expressway through Jackson County known as the Southern Loop could soon re-emerge.
As a child growing up in Oklahoma, Tom Belt often heard that there were reasons a group of Cherokee had remained in the East when others were forcibly marched west.
The preservation of the Cowee mound and village site alongside the Little Tennessee River in Macon County is truly significant…
The same popular culture that some have alleged to produce yet another mass murderer wasted no time in trying to…
Editor’s note: A group of nurses who work at the Haywood Regional Medical Center Emergency Room recently contacted The Smoky…
By Dawn Gilchrist Young   “ ... and all day I turn over my own best thoughts, each one as…
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