Back-to-school excitement is upon us

A lot has changed through the decades, but the excitement surrounding a back-to-school season remains.

And you were looking forward to adulthood

Kayden’s car had “an issue,” she said.

Learning how to have true fun

A couple weeks ago The Smoky Mountain News hosted its anniversary party.

Coming full circle: BearWaters Brewing opens Waynesville location

On a recent mid-May morning, Kevin Sandefur spent five hours spreading gravel in the parking lot of the brand new BearWaters Brewing location on South Main Street in Waynesville. 

Under the stream: Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail

For most people, the word “snorkeling” conjures images of blue Caribbean waters, pink coral reefs and a rainbow of tropical fish. But witnessing a world of aquatic beauty doesn’t require a flight to the Florida Keys.

Sports registration open in Jackson

It’s time to sign up for sports with Jackson County Parks and Recreation.

A new day dawns for young Melvin

Melvin McLeod Trawick, our first grandchild, came into this world seven days ago.

If you had a magic crayon, what would you draw?

Recently I stumbled upon one of my columns from 2017. I talked of an evening where I sat with my then 5-year-old little boy and read “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson.

A few words about your accommodations …

Dear family, we are so very pleased to have you with us this weekend to celebrate Jack’s graduation from high school. We welcome those who are staying on the residence as well as those who have gone to quite some expense to secure other lodging in the vicinity. We love you all! 

What this old house remembers

I live in an old farmhouse that is literally falling apart. Each spring, clouds of termites rise in the bathroom and the bedroom, coating the windows and covering the kitchen stove and the mirrors in the bathroom with tiny wings — wings that clog my vacuum cleaner for weeks.

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