Peace for the World’s Children: 2010 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference
 

Peace for the World’s Children: 2010 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference

Join children’s advocates from across the United States at the third annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference September 18-21, 2010, as…
Read More

Comment

In Next, life changes in a day
 

In Next, life changes in a day

Next by James Hynes. Reagan Arthur Books, 2010. 320 pages. In The Lecturer’s Tale, previously reviewed in The Smoky Mountain…
Read More

Comment

Lake Logan dredging could reduce flood danger
 

Lake Logan dredging could reduce flood danger

Removing sediment from Lake Logan would not only benefit its owner, Evergreen Packaging, it could potentially save homes and businesses…
Read More

Comment

No Wal-Mart for Cherokee
 

No Wal-Mart for Cherokee

Wal-Mart will not build a new Supercenter in Cherokee. After months of speculation that the deal between the tribe and…
Read More

Comment

HART director Steve Lloyd honored for theater outreach
 

HART director Steve Lloyd honored for theater outreach

Steve Lloyd, executive director of Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville, has been honored with The Herman Middleton Distinguished Service…
Read More

Comment

An engaged – and very angry – electorate
 

An engaged – and very angry – electorate

The primary election is over now, but even before the vote tallies made winners and losers out of so many…
Read More

Comment

Ashe holds on in Democratic primary
 

Ashe holds on in Democratic primary

Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe proved he could survive a tough race during the Democratic primary, defeating challenger Robin Gunnels…
Read More

Comment

The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

Why we do it “You’re getting up when?” “You’re going out in this weather?” People who have a passion for…
Read More

Comment

Celebrating Kephart, and his teacup
 

Celebrating Kephart, and his teacup

This past weekend marked the second annual Horace Kephart celebration in Bryson City. There was a terrific presentation of newly…
Read More

Comment

Sylva cleans up town one property at a time
 

Sylva cleans up town one property at a time

For the past year or so, Sylva Mayor Maurice Moody has been focused on cleaning up his town. “We’ve been…
Read More

Comment

Cochran hammers Dover in sheriff race
 

Cochran hammers Dover in sheriff race

Despite widespread criticism of the job he’s done, Swain Sheriff Curtis Cochran proved unstoppable in this year’s Republican primary. Cochran…
Read More

Comment

Republicans suit up for race against Shuler
 

Republicans suit up for race against Shuler

Republicans faced a major decision in the primary election: who is the best man to go head to head with…
Read More

Comment

Farm preservation tour a lesson in community conservation
 

Farm preservation tour a lesson in community conservation

North Carolina’s farmland is rapidly disappearing. The state has lost more than a million acres of it since 2007, and…
Read More

Comment

Macon primary shows strength of incumbents
 

Macon primary shows strength of incumbents

Going into the primary elections in Macon County, every candidate stressed the need for a fiscally conservative mindset as the…
Read More

Comment

Low voter turnout in primary elections
 

Low voter turnout in primary elections

Mid-term election primaries are normally characterized by poor voter turnout, and that held true this year as only 14 percent…
Read More

Comment

$7 million investment rescues Ghost Town from bankruptcy
 

$7 million investment rescues Ghost Town from bankruptcy

Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park in Maggie Valley will emerge from bankruptcy under a new corporate structure. One…
Read More

Comment

Ghost Town liability insurance lapsed prior to Feb. 5 mudslide
 

Ghost Town liability insurance lapsed prior to Feb. 5 mudslide

Ghost Town in the Sky failed to make timely payments on its liability insurance policy, and as a result it…
Read More

Comment

Friedman fails to give Haire a green scare
 

Friedman fails to give Haire a green scare

Phil Haire is a fortress as a state candidate. The seven-time incumbent is head of the General Assembly’s appropriations committee,…
Read More

Comment

Retired superintendent, former commissioner join Democratic incumbents in Swain
 

Retired superintendent, former commissioner join Democratic incumbents in Swain

Though both commissioner candidates running for re-election in Swain County have safely landed a spot in November’s election, a newcomer…
Read More

Comment

President and First Lady Obama get a taste of WNC’s locally-grown food scene
 

President and First Lady Obama get a taste of WNC’s locally-grown food scene

Just a month ago, no one here would believe that the President and First Lady of the United States would…
Read More

Comment

Flying saucers hit the links
 

Flying saucers hit the links

On a sunny Friday afternoon, I shanked my flick Hyzer into Copperhead Row in the company of the Doctor, Yoda,…
Read More

Comment

Haywood arts council to exhibit ‘Haywood Heritage Trail: Quilts of Bygone Years’
 

Haywood arts council to exhibit ‘Haywood Heritage Trail: Quilts of Bygone Years’

Haywood Heritage Trail: Quilts of Bygone Years opening Wednesday, May 12, will feature traditional quilt squares for sale by area…
Read More

Comment

Joel Queen draws on many sources for artistic inspiration
 

Joel Queen draws on many sources for artistic inspiration

Many who walk into Joel Queen’s gallery mistakenly assume the artwork there solely represents Cherokee tradition. After all, Queen comes…
Read More

Comment

The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

Murky waters – Louisiana in limbo The giant oil slick (reported to be the size of Puerto Rico) sliding around…
Read More

Comment

Welsh TV crew visits Cherokee
 

Welsh TV crew visits Cherokee

Iolo Williams is one of the Wales’ most recognized TV personalities. “Wildlife” Williams, as he is known by some fans,…
Read More

Comment

Quest for cost savings leads Haywood to outsource trash and recycling
 

Quest for cost savings leads Haywood to outsource trash and recycling

Faced with a tall and growing stack of bills in the solid waste department, Haywood County commissioners are seriously considering…
Read More

Comment

Cecil Groves leaves SCC with a legacy of regional growth
 

Cecil Groves leaves SCC with a legacy of regional growth

In 1970, Cecil Groves was the 30-year-old provost of Delgado College. The city of New Orleans was on fire, rent…
Read More

Comment

Ghost Town saga reaches deeper into WNC
 

Ghost Town saga reaches deeper into WNC

Western North Carolina is a patchwork of small communities, close-knit groups operating independently to make their own town or area…
Read More

Comment

WNC’s economic stimulus lies in tourism
 

WNC’s economic stimulus lies in tourism

By David Huskins • Guest Columnist Much of the talk nationally, as well as locally, has been centered on how…
Read More

Comment

Learning to play the Angel’s Game
 

Learning to play the Angel’s Game

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Doubleday, 2009. 470 pages.A few days after completing The Shadow of the Wind,…
Read More

Comment

Ghost Town owner Harper daunted but not deterred
 

Ghost Town owner Harper daunted but not deterred

As Al Harper watched the national recession undermine ticket sales at Ghost Town amusement park over the past two years,…
Read More

Comment

Maggie slide victims still living in limbo
 

Maggie slide victims still living in limbo

More than three months have come and gone since a major mudslide crashed through Maggie Valley’s Rich Cove community, and…
Read More

Comment

Plan for family fun at 10th Annual Strawberry Jam
 

Plan for family fun at 10th Annual Strawberry Jam

Enjoy plow demonstrations, food tasting, sack races, live music and more at the 10th Annual Strawberry Jam starting 10 a.m.…
Read More

Comment

The cuckoo, both elusive and beautiful
 

The cuckoo, both elusive and beautiful

This past weekend marked the 26th annual Great Smokies Birding Expedition, a gathering of onrnithologically-inclined friends. On Saturdays, to get…
Read More

Comment

Tribe plans to expand gambling reach
 

Tribe plans to expand gambling reach

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians plans to build a Class II gaming facility in Cherokee County, but the project…
Read More

Comment

HCC building feud persists unresolved
 

HCC building feud persists unresolved

Haywood Community College leaders have chipped away more than $430,000 worth of features from its proposed creative arts building, but…
Read More

Comment

Haywood commissioners balk at state plan for secondary roads
 

Haywood commissioners balk at state plan for secondary roads

Counties usually have no choice but to accept unfunded mandates from the state, but this time, Haywood County commissioners are…
Read More

Comment

Using music to write history
 

Using music to write history

Bluegrass recording artist Buddy Melton feels like he owes Jackson County. He had never played an instrument until he started…
Read More

Comment

Tough times lead to tough choices
 

Tough times lead to tough choices

For its entire existence, this country’s leaders have wrestled with the slippery issue of power and how much is too…
Read More

Comment

Self-help without the sugar
 

Self-help without the sugar

Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness by William Spiegelman. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2009. In Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary…
Read More

Comment

New vote totals mean no runoff for Queen’s Republican challenger
 

New vote totals mean no runoff for Queen’s Republican challenger

An election night glitch in McDowell County led to some votes being counted two or even three times instead of…
Read More

Comment

Farmers markets welcome the growing season
 

Farmers markets welcome the growing season

While the summer bounty of tomatoes, corn and green beans are still a couple of months away, there is still…
Read More

Comment

Top two in Swain sheriff primary headed for a rematch
 

Top two in Swain sheriff primary headed for a rematch

Candidate Mitchell Jenkins decided last week to revive arguably the most heated race in Swain County for one more round.…
Read More

Comment

The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

Perks of Adult ADD The other morning I was in the wilds of the Cheoah Ranger District below the Cherohala…
Read More

Comment

Sylva cardboard box venture collapses
 

Sylva cardboard box venture collapses

Stonewall Packaging, a cardboard plant in Sylva, laid off 43 workers last week and shut down operations after coming on…
Read More

Comment

Do you know where you live?
 

Do you know where you live?

One of the handouts I use during natural history workshops is headed “Southern Blue Ridge Province: Geographic Location and Influences.”…
Read More

Comment

Bear gets put down after close encounter with Smokies visitor
 

Bear gets put down after close encounter with Smokies visitor

A visitor in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park got nipped on the foot by a bear after getting too…
Read More

Comment

Cherokee enrollment quandary leads to talk of DNA testing
 

Cherokee enrollment quandary leads to talk of DNA testing

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is talking about moving to DNA testing as a way of verifying the blood…
Read More

Comment

Haywood commissioners take heat for planned overhaul of trash and recycling
 

Haywood commissioners take heat for planned overhaul of trash and recycling

Haywood County commissioners are fighting opposition on all fronts after a county task force recently recommended major changes to trash…
Read More

Comment

Proposed road calls for bridge over N.C. 107 in Jackson
 

Proposed road calls for bridge over N.C. 107 in Jackson

A new road that would traverse the campus of Southwestern Community College and provide a new link between two of…
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.