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By all accounts, the craft beer business continues to boom in Western North Carolina.

And that’s not just in Asheville with its dozens of breweries and brewpubs. Head west on Interstate 40 and merge onto the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway. You’ll soon come across numerous breweries from Canton to Bryson City, Highlands to Murphy, and seemingly everywhere in between.

Friday, 24 March 2017 13:34

Canton town manager to take DC job

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In a press release sent earlier this morning, Canton Town Manager Seth Hendler-Voss announced his last day as the town’s manager would be May 31.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:07

The tales the tombstones tell

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High atop a knobby bald in central Haywood County sits lonely Dix Hill Cemetery, just yards from Jones Temple AME Zion Church in the heart of Waynesville’s historically African-American Pigeon Street community.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:05

Digitizing the deceased

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From frost-churned fields on steep hills above shadow-soaked coves spring mossy fieldstones, hopelessly eroded and only becoming more so, season by season.

Arriving in Waynesville shortly before last year’s Folkmoot Friendship Festival, I like many who’d come before me had no idea what it was.

The fundraising deadline is drawing nearer for an effort to conserve 15.9 acres adjacent to Panthertown Valley, and the Jackson County Commissioners have indicated a willingness to chip in toward the more than $80,000 still needed. 

Three seats will be up for grabs in Cherokee’s 2017 Tribal Council elections, with incumbent councilmembers from Big Cove, Snowbird and Yellowhill not signing up to run for re-election as of the March 15 filing deadline.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 14:55

ADA compliant park coming to Waynesville

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The Town of Waynesville will soon build a very special playground, thanks to a successful Connect N.C. bond application made last fall.

Much can be learned through the process of training for a 5K race — physical strength, mental health, focus, determination, self-confidence and perseverance.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 14:51

Empowering a new generation of strong women

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Girls at Junaluska Elementary School seem to have a renewed sense of pride in themselves and their peers after sharing a memorable experience during a recent Girls Empowerment Night.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 14:48

Dillsboro river park proposal draws a crowd

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A proposed river park development in Dillsboro drew a crowd of roughly 75 people to a public hearing March 20, with 20 people delivering comment on the issue and prompting the Jackson County Commissioners to postpone a final decision until they could fully research all the questions that were asked.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 14:46

Monteith remembered as man of the people

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When speaking to the many people in Swain County and beyond who knew David Monteith either personally or professionally, they all used the same word to describe him — integrity.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 14:42

Proposal would give Qualla area 24-hour ambulance

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Harris Regional Hospital Emergency Medical Services is asking the Jackson County Commissioners to make changes to its service that would cost about $200,000 to implement.