Moving the needle: Cashiers organizes to combat workforce development challenges

Spring can be a scramble at the High Hampton Inn and Country Club in Cashiers. Every year, after a long…
Read More

Comment

 

Exercise tests federal, local catastrophe response

By the dawn’s early light, about 300 members of the North Carolina National Guard along with a host of local…
Read More

Comment

 

All good things must end: Joey’s Pancake House to close next week

Some institutions are meant to last forever, while others have their place in time and then they’re gone.  After Tuesday,…
Read More

Comment

 

B-Day Victory! Community celebrates WWII veteran’s birthday, service

They say “Ask and thou shalt receive,” but Nancy Bolding of Otto probably received way more than she bargained for…
Read More

Comment

 

Swain fights to change school funding formula

While many local school districts are struggling to make ends meet these days, Swain County Schools is facing a much…
Read More

Comment

 

Thrill of the dig: Gem mining alive and well in Macon County

Susan Boyette and her mother Martha Drew drove down from Tennessee early Friday morning to Rose Creek Mine outside of…
Read More

Comment

 

Progressives, citizens criticize Congress, President

After a busy week of rallies around the country, the state and the county, progressives gathered at the Historic Haywood…
Read More

Comment

 

Student center aims to reach parentless students, increase graduation rates

On virtually any college campus, they’re there — students who have recently exited foster care, are homeless, wards of the…
Read More

Comment

 

Haywood GOP leaders overthrown

A power struggle has embroiled the Haywood County Republican Party over the past several months, culminating in the mass overthrow…
Read More

Comment

 

Police cameras in WNC

The increasing use of body-worn and dash-mounted police cameras in Western North Carolina has sparked privacy concerns from citizens and…
Read More

Comment

 

Tapping Western North Carolina: Local craft breweries spill onto economy, culture

By all accounts, the craft beer business continues to boom in Western North Carolina. And that’s not just in Asheville…
Read More

Comment

 

Honoring Women’s History Month

The Smoky Mountain News will be publishing a series of articles to showcase a number of women in Western North…
Read More

Comment

 

WNC communities help redesign their five-lane highways

Waynesville, Sylva and Franklin’s main commercial thoroughfares are getting a makeover in the coming years that could reshape the fabric…
Read More

Comment

 

Gladys Knight, husband announce Canton community center

A dilapidated segregation-era high school in Canton purchased by a former student will become a $5 million community center by…
Read More

Comment

 

Behind the scenes: Artist brings theater productions to life

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville is fortunate to be one of few theaters to have a talented scenic artist…
Read More

Comment

 

In front of the lens: Tax collector faces uncertain fate

Haywood County Commissioners are locked in an increasingly bitter power struggle with elected Tax Collector Mike Matthews over his job…
Read More

Comment

 

Get real: WNC real estate market comes back swinging

Within the residential real estate industry lies an interesting contradiction.  SEE ALSO:• Haywood housing demand is high but inventory is low• Macon…
Read More

Comment

 

Tracing the fire’s path

Now that the wildfires that ravaged Western North Carolina a couple of months ago are no longer active, U.S. Forest…
Read More

Comment

 

WNC supporters, opponents mark Trump inauguration

• North Carolina GOP celebrates inauguration• Congressman Meadows optimistic about Trump• The pink hats are coming• WNC marches for women’s rights• The art and activism…
Read More

Comment

 

Another runway extension in the wings for Macon airport

With the last Macon County Airport runway extension project barely in the rearview, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has…
Read More

Comment

 

In the wake of the drought, Haywood towns besieged by water shortage search for answers

As days slid by without rain last fall, and the days stacked into weeks, Neil Carpenter watched the water gauge…
Read More

Comment

 

2016: A Year.

The tidal wave of negative political news in 2016 was staggering in its magnitude and emotionally overwhelming. Thankfully all that…
Read More

Comment

 

Christmas giving in WNC

Christmas is a time of year when communities band together to help others in need, and there’s definitely no shortage…
Read More

Comment

 

Full-time work, part-time pay

Harry S. Truman’s Secretary of State Dean Acheson said upon his return to private life, “I will undoubtedly have to…
Read More

Comment

 

Haywood County wipes the dust off the bottle

The State of North Carolina has long had a conflicted relationship with alcohol; although largely unregulated during colonial times, it…
Read More

Comment

 

George Ellison releases new book, reflects on decades of life lived in nature

The Fourth of July, 1976, was just around the corner when George and Elizabeth Ellison embarked on a hike that…
Read More

Comment

 

The last chapter: Reflections on Mark Swanger’s political era

Mark Swanger tucked into his leather armchair beside a roaring gas fire, an expansive view of his Fines Creek family…
Read More

Comment

 

Firefighters battle 50-plus square miles of WNC wildfires

Western North Carolina is ablaze with 22 wildfires currently burning through more than 50 square miles in the seven most…
Read More

Comment

 

Western NC struggles with historic drought

Western North Carolina continues to be in a severe drought as wildfires rage through the mountains. The lack of rain has…
Read More

Comment

 

Graveyards threatened by cremations and costs

Some of Western North Carolina’s greatest historical assets are in cemeteries.  They serve as the final resting place to founding…
Read More

Comment

 

At gathering of tribal nations, Dakota Pipeline discussed as catalyst for advocacy

Strength in unity. Identity in culture. Power in the past. Momentum toward the future.  Despite the diversity of traditions and…
Read More

Comment

 

Women in Business 2016

Women climbing the corporate ladder or owning their own business is nothing new, and in fact North Carolina is among the…
Read More

Comment

 

Mountain Faith wins big in Raleigh

Western North Carolina played a big role in this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association awards held last weekend in Raleigh.…
Read More

Comment

 

The Wait of War

It is known by many names.  Some call it the Second Indochina War. Some call it the Resistance War. Some…
Read More

Comment

 

Growing elk population triggers landowner conflicts, land conservation efforts

Elk may be the most polarizing animal in Western North Carolina right now, but William Carter has kept a closer…
Read More

Comment

 

Trump promises to ‘fix’ problems

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to a packed Asheville Civic Center on Monday as boisterous supporters cheered him on…
Read More

Comment

 

Tourism economic impact growing in WNC counties

Allen Alsbrooks serves on the Maggie Valley Zoning Board, and used to serve on the town’s planning board; he’s also…
Read More

Comment

 

National treasure: National Park Service celebrates 100 years

When President Woodrow Wilson scrawled the signature that brought the National Park Service into being — 100 years ago, on Aug.…
Read More

Comment

 

Task force to tackle affordable housing shortage

• Affordable housing issues on Haywood County’s horizon• Habitat houses give people hope• Old hospital’s rehab into low-income housing falls flat• Affordable housing…
Read More

Comment

 

Living well: A look at health and fitness in WNC

• Clyde woman finds strength and spirituality in aerial skills• Fusions Spa relocates to downtown Sylva• Fitness by the numbers at…
Read More

Comment

 

Maggie Valley landmark more than just a restaurant

The year was 1966; “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” was on the big screen, “Bonanza” was on the…
Read More

Comment

 

Putting the pieces together: Archeologists continue to uncover mysteries of Cowee Mound

While most people come to Macon County in the summer for a relaxing mountain vacation, Kathryn Sampeck makes the trip…
Read More

Comment

 

WNC artist visits Cuba in search of its political and cultural meaning in the 21st century

It’s about 855 miles between the quiet mountain town of Waynesville, North Carolina and the urban hustle and bustle of…
Read More

Comment

Tourism entities have same goal, different focus
 

Tourism entities have same goal, different focus

If a rising tide lifts all boats, it only makes sense for organizations with common goals to work together, but…
Read More

Comment

WCU voices support for tuition reduction plan
 

WCU voices support for tuition reduction plan

Ever since a controversial bill proposing to slash tuition rates at selected University of North Carolina schools popped up in…
Read More

Comment

A look at how local governments utilize the web
 

A look at how local governments utilize the web

Having a website used to be an added bonus for local governments, but now it has become a necessity and…
Read More

Comment

Rare wood hunter unearths irresistible beauty in salvaged burl wood
 

Rare wood hunter unearths irresistible beauty in salvaged burl wood

Stephen Metzger was like a kid in a candy shop as he clambered over a massive mound of behemoth tree…
Read More

Comment

Gatekeeper to the Smokies: Longtime Western Carolina University Head of Special Collections retires
 

Gatekeeper to the Smokies: Longtime Western Carolina University Head of Special Collections retires

I was five minutes late. Trying to track down a parking spot outside the Hunter Library at Western Carolina University…
Read More

Comment

Moral Monday comes to the mountains
 

Moral Monday comes to the mountains

The Jackson County Branch of the NAACP will host more than a dozen like-minded Western North Carolina organizations in Sylva…
Read More

Comment

New stage to open next month
 

New stage to open next month

Sitting on a bench one recent sunny afternoon, Steven Lloyd gazes to his right, a big smile immediately rolling across…
Read More

Comment

Smokey Mountain News Logo
SUPPORT THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN NEWS AND
INDEPENDENT, AWARD-WINNING JOURNALISM
Go to top
Payment Information

/

At our inception 20 years ago, we chose to be different. Unlike other news organizations, we made the decision to provide in-depth, regional reporting free to anyone who wanted access to it. We don’t plan to change that model. Support from our readers will help us maintain and strengthen the editorial independence that is crucial to our mission to help make Western North Carolina a better place to call home. If you are able, please support The Smoky Mountain News.

The Smoky Mountain News is a wholly private corporation. Reader contributions support the journalistic mission of SMN to remain independent. Your support of SMN does not constitute a charitable donation. If you have a question about contributing to SMN, please contact us.