Maggie King. Haywood County photo
 

New principal at Waynesville Middle School

The Haywood County School Board moved quickly to approve a new principal for Waynesville Middle School after the sudden departure…
Read More

Comment

Russell, Jesse prevail in Clyde
 

Russell, Jesse prevail in Clyde

Incumbent Alderman Dann Jesse will return to the Town of Clyde Board of Aldermen, along with a new face, Amy…
Read More

Comment

Work beginning on WNC portion of I-40
 

Work beginning on WNC portion of I-40

Work will start soon to add an acceleration lane from Interstate 40 East to U.S. 74A for $1.3 million. 
Read More

Comment

The French Broad River flows north into Tennessee. File photo
 

WNC's watershed moment: Regional leaders discuss French Broad’s past, present and future

More than 100 people came together to discuss the future of one of the region’s most important resources during the…
Read More

Comment

Participants in Asheville GreenWorks’ Youth Environmental Leadership Program look for aquatic creatures.  Asheville Greenworks photo
 

Water quality grants distributed to area organizations

Environmental groups working to improve water quality in Haywood, Buncombe and Madison counties recently received 10 grants totaling $285,190 from…
Read More

Comment

The former farmland contains rolling hills with sweeping mountain views.  SAHC photo
 

Sandy Mush Game Lands expand

The Sandy Mush Game Lands in Buncombe and Madison counties are now 67 acres larger after the Southern Appalachian Highlands…
Read More

Comment

The shelter shows signs of aging  and rotting wood. U.S. Forest Service photo
 

Overmountain Shelter to be removed from the A.T.

After closing it four years ago, the U.S. Forest Service has decided to decommission and remove the Overmountain Shelter, located…
Read More

Comment

A volunteer, shown in a yellow vest, approaches park visitors as they view elk. NPS photo
 

Elk volunteers wanted

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is looking for volunteers to expand its Elk Volunteer-in-Park Program in 2024. 
Read More

Comment

Tuscola High School student August Fama helps collect plastics from Waynesville’s Richland Creek watershed. WCU photo
 

Microplastics study confirms atmospheric deposition

A recently completed study on microplastics in Western North Carolina has revealed that even remote headwater streams are impacted, as…
Read More

Comment

Book offers unique look at Smokies history
 

Book offers unique look at Smokies history

A newly released book from the Great Smoky Mountains Association compiles written accounts from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s…
Read More

Comment

The headwaters of Maggie Valley’s watershed  start at the Blue Ridge Parkway. Steve Orr photo
 

Maggie Valley water earns prestigious award

The Maggie Valley Sanitary District again earned top marks for water quality from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, one…
Read More

Comment

Book your Winter Lights tickets
 

Book your Winter Lights tickets

Dubbed ‘Asheville’s brightest holiday tradition,’ Winter Lights opens Friday, Nov. 17, with the brilliant display open daily 6-10 p.m. through…
Read More

Comment

The plant doctor is in
 

The plant doctor is in

The growing season is winding down, but Haywood County Master Gardeners are still available to answer questions about all manner…
Read More

Comment

Enter the cornhole tournament
 

Enter the cornhole tournament

Earn your place as a cornhole champion during a tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Cullowhee Recreation…
Read More

Comment

Senior Games contestants take the podium
 

Senior Games contestants take the podium

Haywood County is home to a slew of state medalists in this year’s North Carolina Senior Games. 
Read More

Comment

Smoke fills the valleys surrounding the Collett Ridge Fire. USFS photo
 

Wildfire season 2023: live updates

After months of dry weather, drought is translating into wildfires and burn bans.
Read More

Comment

Although the Niskanens found themselves in a precarious situation in Israel, they still marveled at its natural beauty, like here at the Sea of Galilee. Donated photo
 

An unexpected adventure: Macon County couple recalls evacuation from Israel

When Hamas hit Israel with a massive terrorist attack on Oct. 7, there were an estimated 600,000 Americans in the…
Read More

Comment

Haywood County is adding to its early warning capabilities. Garret K. Woodward photo
 

Siren warning system will alert Haywood residents to flooding

More than two years after deadly flooding killed six people and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to…
Read More

Comment

Crane has over 40 years of experience in international criminal law and prosecuted Liberian president and  warlord Charles Taylor. File photo
 

Local expert weighs in on potential Hamas war crimes

As the war between Israel and Hamas continues, folks around the world have become more divided in their support for…
Read More

Comment

Jason Harley Kloepfer stands at the door with his hands up one second before officers fired.  Photo from Kloepfer security video
 

SBI report on police shooting heads to special prosecutor

Nearly 11 months after a Cherokee County man was shot by police officers in the doorway of his own home, a…
Read More

Comment

Western Carolina University associate professor Katerina Spasovska will soon head to Kosovo to teach and conduct research. WCU photo
 

WCU prof awarded prestigious Fullbright fellowship

A Western Carolina University professor has been awarded one of the most respected fellowships in the world, which she hopes will…
Read More

Comment

Donor Susie Ray (center) and daughter Kelly Schwenk and granddaughter Olivia Reed visit the newly named Robert G. and Susie R. Ray Men’s Basketball Players Lounge. Donated photo
 

WCU basketball facilities enjoy new improvements

A long-range list of upgrades to Western Carolina University athletics facilities tipped off this fall with a project in support of…
Read More

Comment

The new pay schedule is intended to help recruit and retain non-certified positions like bus drivers. File photo
 

Jackson schools institutes salary decompression

In order to fairly compensate non-certified employees with several years of service to the school system, Jackson County Public Schools…
Read More

Comment

After 115 years in operation, the paper mill in Canton shut down this year.  Jeffrey Delannoy photo
 

Canton mill receives new water quality violation

Evergreen Packaging is no longer making paper in Canton, but it’s still receiving environmental violations. A new notice issued Thursday,…
Read More

Comment

Qualla Enterprises headquarters.  Holly Kays photo
 

Tribal Council approves short-term funding for Qualla Enterprises: Long-term plan still in process

Tribal Council has again delayed approving long-term funding for its cannabis enterprise but voted overwhelmingly Thursday, Nov. 2, to loan…
Read More

Comment

Downtown Sylva. Allen Newland photo
 

Sylva moves forward on public restrooms

To save money after bids for the downtown public restroom project came in over budget, Sylva will move forward without…
Read More

Comment

Bryan Tadlock. File photo
 

Man convicted of brutal domestic abuse

A Haywood County jury found a former jailer-turned-security guard guilty of strangling, raping and assaulting his then-wife. 
Read More

Comment

Bartender charged after underage driver crashes
 

Bartender charged after underage driver crashes

A bartender has been criminally charged following a single-vehicle collision in Macon County. 
Read More

Comment

Competitors in the 2022 Lake Logan Half Ironman wait for the race to start. Glory Hound Events photo
 

Lake Logan triathlons say goodbye

After 17 years, one of the most beloved triathlons in the southeast has crossed the finish line.
Read More

Comment

Campers woke up Nov. 12 to find their RV  severely damaged by a bear. N.C. State Parks photo
 

Gorges campground closed after bear encounter

The campground at Gorges State Park in Transylvania County is closed through Nov. 16 after a bear attacked an RV…
Read More

Comment

Staff conduct a prescribed burn in the Cades Cove area. NPS photo
 

Burns planned in Cades Cove

Prescribed burns on about 1,200 acres of fields in Cades Cove are taking place this fall. 
Read More

Comment

New drought maps are released every Thursday at ncdrought.org. N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council map
 

Burn ban issued amid ongoing drought

A burn ban has been issued for 14 Western North Carolina counties in the face of expanding drought following the…
Read More

Comment

The tiny — but important — town of Clyde is situated near the center of Haywood County.
 

Russell, Jesse prevail in Clyde

Incumbent Alderman Dann Jesse will return to the Town of Clyde Board of Aldermen, along with a new face, Amy…
Read More

Comment

Weller joins Highlands Board of Commissioners
 

Weller joins Highlands Board of Commissioners

With unofficial results in, Highlands has elected one newcomer, Jeff Weller, to its Board of Commissioners.
Read More

Comment

It's back to business for the Waynesville governing board.
 

Incumbents roll, ‘Team Waynesville’ falls flat

They ran a noisy campaign, filled with distortions, misinformation and outright fabrication, but in the end, that’s all it was…
Read More

Comment

Voters rewarded incumbents in Canton.
 

Longtime Canton board members reelected

The Town of Canton’s governing board has been through a lot in the last four years — with the 2021…
Read More

Comment

New mayor, council members for Sylva
 

New mayor, council members for Sylva

Unofficial votes are in, and Sylva voters have selected not only a new mayor, but two new council members as…
Read More

Comment

In Maggie Valley, the incumbent candidates won, and there will be one newcomer.
 

Maggie Valley incumbents win; one newcomer joins board

Maggie Valley will retain two of its incumbents, including its mayor, for the next two years.
Read More

Comment

Smoke fills the valleys surrounding the Collett Ridge Fire. USFS photo
 

Wildfires burn across region

The Collett Ridge Fire south of Andrews swelled over the weekend, growing from 110 acres Nov. 3 to 2,919 acres…
Read More

Comment

New drought maps are released every Thursday at ncdrought.org. N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council map
 

Burn ban issued amid ongoing drought

A burn ban has been issued for 14 Western North Carolina counties in the face of expanding drought following the…
Read More

Comment

Jason Harley Kloepfer’s case is being handed by the U.S. District Court in Asheville. . Carol Highsmith/Library of Congress photo
 

Police shooting case could test limits of sovereign immunity

As police shooting victim Jason Harley Kloepfer’s sprawling federal lawsuit  makes its way through court, where he’s seeking millions of…
Read More

Comment

The FHAMC/WHT Leadership Team and Town of Franklin representatives, held a groundbreaking event on Oct. 27 to officially mark the beginning of installation work at the sculpture site located near the bridges on Franklin’s East Main Street. Donated photo
 

Women’s History Trail takes steps to complete sculpture project

The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 27 after completing a five-year grassroots…
Read More

Comment

WCU currently enrolls 11,628 students.  Allen Newland/A Shot Above photo
 

New ‘innovation hub’ headquartered at WCU

Western Carolina University has been chosen as one of four universities leading an effort to bolster research innovation in North…
Read More

Comment

The Historic Jackson County Courthouse. File photo
 

Jackson will grant Summit loan request

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners decided it intends to grant the loan request from Summit Charter School in the…
Read More

Comment

Don Adams. File photo
 

Jackson County manager steps down

After more than seven years as county manager, Don Adams will leave the post by the end of the year. 
Read More

Comment

Chestnut Mountain’s trail hub offers a variety of options. Holly Kays photo
 

To the top: Trail network matures at Canton's Chestnut Mountain

In a sunny clearing 350 feet above U.S. 23, the choose-your-own-adventure portion of Canton’s Chestnut Mountain Nature Park  begins. 
Read More

Comment

Visitors crowd the viewing area at Laurel Falls. NPS photo
 

Laurel Falls closure planned for construction of trail, improvements

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is moving ahead with significant changes to the Laurel Falls Trail intended to improve…
Read More

Comment

Franklin brownfield cleanup gets grant funding
 

Franklin brownfield cleanup gets grant funding

Mainspring Conservation Trust has received $175,000 to clean up and restore a brownfield site near Nikwasi Mound in Franklin. The…
Read More

Comment

Prescribed burns planned in Cherokee National Forest
 

Prescribed burns planned in Cherokee National Forest

Residents in the furthest west counties may see smoke over the coming months as the Cherokee National Forest carries out…
Read More

Comment

Members of Waynesville’s Town Council discuss issues during a recent retreat.
 

Sewage plant claims heat up Waynesville election

Despite largely refusing to show up for forums or interviews, a slate of far-right candidates has tried multiple times to…
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.