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coverAround 300 supporters of Central Elementary School in Waynesville packed into the school cafeteria Wednesday evening and made a heart-wrenching appeal to the Haywood County School Board not to close the school.

‘Save Our School’ crowd marches in support of Central Elementary
Central on the chopping block: who’s to blame?
• Central supporters appeal for solution instead of closing

Dozens of children, parents and teachers spoke during the emotional public hearing.

fr appealMany of the speakers at a public hearing on whether to close Central Elementary School in Waynesville urged Haywood County School board members to think outside the box and find another way to solve the budget shortfall.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:16

Central on the chopping block: who’s to blame?

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fr centralblameCentral Elementary School has become a rallying cry for advocates of public education across the state.

fr hearingremovedA public hearing on an outdoor shooting range moratorium in Haywood County got off to a dicey start this week.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:03

Haywood mulls rules on outdoor shooting ranges

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fr shootingrangeOutdoor shooting ranges could soon be under the microscope in Haywood County.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:01

Tourism board contemplates firing web manager

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jacksonEvery month, the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority shells out $2,650 to keep its website updated, get it to show up prominently in search results and analyze digital traffic.

fr MLKstreetMembers of the African American community in Waynesville hope to rename a major street for Martin Luther King Jr., not only to honor his legacy but also to serve as symbol of acceptance and inclusion for the historically shunned black community.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 14:57

WCU faculty members discuss Koch funds

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fr wcusenateWestern Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher had a heart-to-heart with university faculty last week about the controversy over a politically charged financial gift to WCU from the conservative Koch Foundation.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 14:53

Interim manager starts work in Waynesville

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fr managerThe new interim town manager of Waynesville has pledged to sustain the town’s momentum and not let it idle or backslide during the months-long transition to come.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 14:49

Steam engine project still on track

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fr steamengineGreat Smoky Mountain Railroad officials say they will make their deadline for getting a steam engine back up and running in Bryson City.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 14:46

Franklin town board plans for 2016 projects

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franklinWith a few fresh faces, the Franklin Board of Aldermen met last Saturday morning to make plans and set priorities for 2016.

fr sccplanWhat’s the best way to spend $55 million? As far as the leadership at Southwestern Community College is concerned, the answer is simple — build, build, build until the lengthy checklist returned from its recently completed master plan is all done.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 14:37

Conditions improving at Sequoyah golf course

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fr sequoyahThe new management at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Cherokee had hoped to start turning a profit within a year of taking the helm in the fall of 2014 — and while the course is still operating at a loss, the light at the end of the tunnel is drawing near, manager Kenny Cashwell said.

fr centralmarchWaynesville’s youngest public demonstrators — along with their parents and teachers — took to the streets last week to show their love for Central Elementary School, a Waynesville institution that could shut down to as a result of a massive budget shortfall facing the school system.