By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Paul Bratter, a newlywed young lawyer, sits on the couch of his fifth-floor brownstone…
By Chris Cooper Sia: Lady Croissant To a degree, it seems like Zero 7 makes “electronic” music for people that…
Tomato plants If there’s one food that always tastes better fresh from the garden than bought at the store, it…
First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis’s Civil War by Joan E. Cashin. Belknap Press, 2006. Civil wars are marked…
Some residents on the Cherokee Indian Reservation are calling for a referendum vote on whether Wal-Mart Stores should be allowed to build there.
JD McCurry has seen his share of horror stories in his 20 plus years as a well driller. Take the homeowner in Highlands who struck out finding water after building a $1 million house on the property.
A disagreement between Haywood County commissioners over an intergenerational Head Start and senior day care facility has come to an end.
Proposed development regulations in Jackson County were made later this week after dozens of written public comments flooded the planning office expressing concerns.
As public comments rolled in to the Jackson County planning office on a proposed steep slope ordinance, one provision that seemed to cause the most ire was already a moot point.
As county planner in Macon County, Stacey Guffey knows a little bit about controversy and soliciting public opinion.
No one knows how many wells are planted in the mountainsides of Western North Carolina.
Money and politics. Right now in the mountains, we can add real estate to that equation.
By Michael Beadle World wars, civil wars, the Crusades, wars of rebellion and independence. Why does humanity continue to go…
Doctoral dissertations don’t usually make for exciting reading. There are, however, exceptions.
By Carl Iobst Down in the flatlands of Eastern North Carolina there’s an Apex man that’s got a powerful interest…
Swain County is drafting a set of road standards that will serve its citizens well on two levels. First, the…
May 5 was a soggy morning. At 7:30 a.m. a light drizzle had engulfed Lake Junaluska. We sat in our…
Drivers on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be able to catch a few more views from overlooks through the Haywood County stretch of the popular scenic drive.
I have faint but fond memories of picking strawberries as a kid: the twisty, dusty gravel roads leading to the…
We are attracted to water. Mountain paths always wind down to water. Water is the essence of our very being…
Warm weather brings with it a greater risk for mosquito-borne illnesses, but health officials say precautions can be taken to…
A birds of prey program will put participants face to face with live raptors and give them a chance to…
They are awfully cute, and often times look abandoned, but the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding the public not…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be the site of an upcoming birds of prey program, featuring live raptors…
A summer night sky viewing event and open house will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the…
Maybe someone heard my plea. For the last two weekends, the rain, for the most part, has stayed away, giving…
Volunteers are being sought to work in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on its Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew…
Conscientious, detailed vacation planning; anticipating the “what ifs” and having contingency plans; route planning and hashing out all the logistics…
A mountainside in Macon County once destined for a housing development is now destined to be a community forest area…
In The Last Self-Help Book You’ll Ever Need: Repress Your Anger, Think Negatively, Be a Good Blamer, and Throttle Your…
After two false starts, Ghost Town in the Sky theme park in Maggie Valley remains closed this week.
A new Jackson County liquor store will soon be under construction in Cashiers, with plans to open for business by early next year.
Jackson County commissioners were implored by library advocates this week to give the Sylva and Cashiers libraries a sizeable bump in their budget. 
The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching in Jackson County had its funding slashed in half in 2011, and this year, Raleigh may finish the job.
Lackluster at best and run-down at worst, it’s no question the has-been commercial district on Western Carolina University’s doorstep needs a life line.
Jackson County will begin building the first leg of a long-awaited greenway along the Tuckasegee River this summer.
David Burress wants to live forever. Not necessarily in the immortal sense though. Burress is an accomplished blacksmith. And for him, it’s all about sharing and perpetuating the sacred traditions of working with the elements of the Earth — fire,…
An Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration will showcase mountain culture, heritage, music, dance, storytelling, arts and crafts and demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, on Main Street in downtown Waynesville. Headliners for the festival include David Holt and…
The Cashiers Chamber of Commerce leaders claim they have been slighted their fair share of visitor center funding from the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority.
Jackson County Planning Board members discussed axing part of the steep slope rules aimed at protecting mountain viewsheds. The viewshed provisions stipulate new mountainside construction should  not be readily visible from public right of ways or public lands.
In his brief five months in Congress, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, has kept busy — voting on several pieces of key legislation, sitting in on committee hearings, drafting bills of his own and when he can, traveling back to Western…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will receive more federal aid than originally promised after January’s rainstorms, flooding and mudslides. In March, the Eastern Band became the first tribe to garner the Presidential Declaration of Disaster, which made it eligible…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has settled a civil lawsuit claiming overflows from the tribe’s sewage treatment plant were backing up on nearby private property. Linda Lambert sued the tribe in May 2011, saying sewage overflows on her property…
Western Carolina University is grappling with whether to cut unpopular or obsolete majors, posing a conundrum as it and other universities examine their deeper role in society: to provide a well-rounded, liberal arts education or steer students toward degrees in…
Haywood County’s budget will increase by more than $2 million next fiscal year, but it will still be nearly that amount shy of the county’s pre-recession budget.
It’s got more names than the Bible. The “round-over,” the “lollipop,” and the “bob” to name a few. No matter how you call it, Haywood County’s favorite way of trimming trees is despised by tree experts, yet it’s probably here…
To the Editor: My first reaction to the county brand “Play On” was that it must be April 1. Quickly…
To the Editor: Macon County commissioners can re-sponsibly reduce the property tax. The county manager’s proposed 2014 general fund budget…
To the Editor: We are well into this Legislature’s session. The governor has put forward his budget. The Senate has proposed…
It was a great day for a picnic … or a baseball game. The sun hung there above the horizon…
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