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The shortcomings of America’s mental health system have once again been brought to the forefront as national news outlets report the shooters responsible for recent mass killings in Las Vegas and Texas were mentally ill.

SEE ALSO: Waynesville treatment center expands mental health services

Medical experts say there’s no real connection between individuals with mental illness and mass shootings, but the presumed link between the two reveals the real reason why the mental health system is in such dire straits — we still don’t understand enough about mental illness.

Friday, 17 November 2017 15:08

Jackson Brunch Bill decision will wait until spring

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A final decision on whether to allow Sunday morning alcohol sales in Jackson County won’t come for several months following a request from Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce Director Stephanie Edwards that the public hearing wait until springtime.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:09

Sheriff looking for suspect in Bethel Elementary break in

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Investigators with the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a person who broke into Bethel Elementary School in evening hours of Monday, Nov. 13.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:33

Roundabout for Walnut Street?

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The obtuse angles of the intersection at Waynesville’s North Main and Walnut streets may soon become graceful curves — or even a roundabout — by 2020, depending on what happens with the now-underway public involvement phase of the project.

The Balsam Center in Waynesville will now be able to better meet the mental health and substance abuse needs of Haywood County residents following an extensive renovation and expansion.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:29

Confederate flag flies on lightning rod in Canton

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When a policy that would prohibit the display of the Confederate flag in a tiny mountain mill town’s municipal parades was first proposed, it was immediately identified as both a sensitive cultural issue and a thorny Constitutional question that cast the Western North Carolina municipality as a microcosm of the complex national debate over the role of Confederate imagery in society today.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:28

Release date nears for movie shot in Sylva

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Film fever is hitting Sylva as the release of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” draws closer.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:27

Franklin looks to draft a noise ordinance

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The town of Franklin will be going back to the drawing board to find the best way to address complaints from frustrated residents dealing with late-night parties and nuisance noise in their neighborhoods.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:26

Franklin to implement Main Street parking changes

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After paying for several engineering studies over the years, the town of Franklin is moving forward with a plan to try out some different parking designs on Main Street.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:23

Impeachment attorney faces allegations of misconduct

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The attorney who argued for the impeachment of former Principal Chief Patrick Lambert has been issued an order from the Cherokee Tribal Court requiring him to show the court why allegations against him from former Attorney General Danny Davis shouldn’t result in disciplinary action.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:21

Catamount School embarks on its first year

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It’s hard to find a place inside Western Carolina University’s Catamount School that isn’t buzzing with activity.

In what appears to be the culmination of a strange saga that has played out from Haywood County to Raleigh since last spring, members of the North Carolina Republican Party voted to ban four Haywood County activists from party activity.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:18

Tourism authority changes subcommittees

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Based on recommendations from a consultant, the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority voted to change the makeup of the 1 percent funding subcommittees in Maggie Valley and Waynesville.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:16

New development gets the green light in Cullowhee

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After receiving approval from two separate boards, a proposed 80-bedroom development along Little Savannah Road in Cullowhee has the green light to move forward.

Ben King, the 28-year-old co-owner of Bryson City Outdoors, was not only elected to the Bryson City Board of Aldermen, but the young challenger was the top vote-getter among five candidates with 154 votes.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:11

Franklin elects incumbents and one newcomer

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Franklin residents kept two incumbents and elected one newcomer to the town council to represent them for the next four years.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:08

Sylva mayor wins re-election

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Sylva Mayor Lynda Sossamon took home an overwhelming share of the votes in her bid for re-election Nov. 6, easily winning four more years in the mayor’s seat.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:05

Haywood Schools superintendent Garrett to retire

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Haywood County’s high-performing public schools will soon see a new leader after Dr. Anne Garrett announced Nov. 13 that she plans to retire March 1, 2018.

Elections in Canton, Clyde and Maggie Valley resulted in some tight races and new faces falling into voters’ good graces, but the outcomes in Haywood County’s three smallest municipalities couldn’t be more different as one moves forward, one stays the same and one still seeks to fill some holes.