The Man in the Pickup Truck You may be a man who drives a cadillac and lives in a big…
Imagine how this scenario could work, if it was a reality: a state Department of Transportation in lockstep with the…
By Michael Beadle Jay Blackburn never figured he’d be competing against the best axe-chopping, saw-cutting athletes in the country when…
The Navy has decided that a site in Washington and Beaufort counties in eastern North Carolina, about three to five…
By Michael Beadle Along with death and taxes, one of the most predictable things in life seems to be political…
By Chris Cooper Fusing soaring gospel harmony with finely tuned bluegrass firepower, Doyle Lawson has forged an easily recognizable and…
Bill Dyar has long been interested in Native American dances. When he was 15 years old, he formed his first…
By Chris Cooper First, if you don’t already know (I sure as heck didn’t) fire up Google and read about…
“The Sopranos” Down now to the last five episodes before creator David Chase closes down the series for good, the…
Cornbread Nation 2 by Lolis Eric Elie. The University of North Carolina Press, 2007. In the last 50 years, home…
A conflict between river outfittters and a developer in the Nantahala Gorge has resurfaced, this time over a footbridge the developer hopes to build over part of the river to a private island.
Each weekend, Carol Austin figures out what meals her family is going to eat during the upcoming workweek. She shops for groceries and fills her vehicle’s gasoline tank before Monday morning.
A coffee shop. That’s one of the more unique but interesting ideas that emerged during a series of public input sessions last week for a new Jackson County library.
The board of the Haywood Regional Medical Center heard a glowing report last week on how the hospital’s emergency department is going following an abrupt transition four months ago.
Local governments balking at controlling development on steep mountainsides would be forced into action if the General Assembly passes a state bill introduced earlier this month.
When Rhonda Williams fired up her laptop in the Sylva library a couple of weeks ago, she was pleasantly surprised to pick up a wireless Internet signal.
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority gave out twice as much money in grants for festivals this year, quelling some of the controversy that erupted last year following cuts to festival funding.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Cameron Farlow, an intern at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Oconaluftee Visitors Center,…
Ronald A. Johnson, who holds the JP Morgan Chase Chair in Finance in the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University, is the next dean of the College of Business at Western Carolina University.
It seems that every lawn care commercial on TV or radio these days is aimed at touting a product which…
By Stephanie Wampler My fluffy white dog was no longer white — his snout was grey with grease, the hair…
Dark clouds were rolling in on Saturday as I sat in our Sylva office while Western North Carolina’s original environmental…
When Gary Wein came on board as the executive director of the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust a year ago, he…
Botanists are cheering the recent acquisition of a 38-acre tract that’s home to a mountain bog near Cashiers thanks to…
In late March there was a lot of talk on the Carolina birders’ listserv about early migration as Neotropical migrants…
By Kathleen Lamont It was Saturday, March 24, and I was walking through the Greenlife Grocery parking lot in Asheville…
The Wilderness Society has signaled a strong interest in the future of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests with the…
When a roaring forest fire whipped through a mountainside development in Swain County two months ago — burning nine homes to the ground — the narrow, steep road leading to the community stymied efforts of firefighters.
Custom jewelry business Studio 33 and its owner Diannah Beauregard won the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Business Start-up Competition and a $10,000 prize last week.
Not that many years ago, anglers and boaters wanting to gain access to the Tuckasegee River in Swain County essentially had to bushwhack their way to the water.
Flame azalea is one of our most magnificent common shrubs here in the Smokies region. From late spring into early…
With President Bush’s veto of the Democrats’ bill to set a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq,…
By Kathryn Stripling Byer Soon school will be over for the year. Students will leave their classrooms and bound out…
By Michael Rey I would like to offer some words of support for those Emergency Department Nurses at Haywood Regional…
Dr. Michael Ray, who worked for Haywood Emergency Physicians before quitting in summer 2006, wrote this letter to the Haywood…
Roughly 45 percent of people (more than 2.9 million) in North Carolina lives in an area with unhealthful short-term levels…
One hundred and twenty people or so took advantage of Waynesville’s first Watershed Appreciation Month to see and learn more…
Danny Bernstein still remembers her first tough hike — a three-day journey in 1969 up Mount Marcy, the highest peak…
By Chris Cooper Ah ... the joys of moving. Once you’ve got everything boxed up and ready to go, there’s…
By Michael Beadle An old German town has a very serious rat problem. Luckily, a stranger arrives with just the…
Afternoon Naps with the Windows Open A recent dental surgery has left me at home the past few days in…
First, the tomatoes. Then the applause. Rob Neufeld’s Mountains, Heroes & Hootnoggers: A Popular History of Western North Carolina (The…
All three Haywood Regional Medical Center board members were reappointed this week for another three years by the Haywood County commissioners.
The Jackson County planning board is accepting written public comment through May 14 on the latest version of a draft steep slope ordinance.
• The ordinance only applies to development on slopes greater than 30 percent. • Developers must file a hydrology report, geotechnical analysis and a tree survey and reforestation plan. They must also provide an assessment describing the impact of the…
Members of a heritage task force in Macon County want town and county leaders to form a commission with regulatory powers to protect historical districts and landmarks.
An article that appeared in The Smoky Mountain News opinion section two weeks ago based on an anonymous interview with several nurses from the Haywood Regional Medical Center Emergency department prompted a rebuttal from hospital employees last week.
A group of Realtors and developers filed a lawsuit against Jackson County this week over a subdivision moratorium imposed by the county in February.
Mountain Projects director Patsy Dowling hit another wall this week in her attempt to lease land from the county for an intergenerational Head Start and senior day care center.
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