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clinicHaywood Regional Medical Center announced today its plans to acquire the former Evergreen Family Medical Center primary care practice located in downtown Canton. 

Previously, the practice was managed by Take Care Health Systems (now Premise Health Care), a subsidiary of Walgreens. Haywood Regional Medical Center will assume the lease effective May 1 and offer employment to all staff and healthcare providers. The practice will become part of the physician network affiliated with Haywood Regional and will reopen under a new name on May 5.

fr haywoodschoolsHaywood County Schools will get a modest 2 percent increase each year for the next three years in its student per capita funding from the county.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:47

HCC enrollment dips as economy improves

Marlowe Mager isn’t an economist by trade, but a little-known data set at his fingertips puts him on par with the nation’s best forecasters.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:44

Exchanging students, exchanging cultures

fr exchangeWhen Donna Bell invited the first exchange student into her home seven years ago, she had no idea the lasting impact it would have on her family as well as the lives of the students.

fr terraceAbout 200 people gathered for the ribbon cutting of a $3.2-million renovation of the Terrace Hotel at Lake Junaluska, the anchor lodging facility of the conference and retreat center.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:38

New apartment complex in the works for Sylva

Plans are under way to build a new apartment complex near — but not in — the town of Sylva, an idea that seemed to meet favor from the planning board when it was presented earlier this month.

fr waltonwoodsAs the old saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child.

fr drexelThe old Drexel furniture factory in Whittier isn’t producing much these days, unless you count bird nests and ivy vines as products. Tall grasses wave across the 21-acre property, obscuring the wood pallets strewn across the yard and reaching into a crumbling woodshed offset from the main building. Vines spider across the building’s brick exterior, and swallows dart and dive in the grasses.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:21

Is that a knuckleboom outside my window?

fr knuckleboomA new addition will soon be added to the town of Waynesville’s street fleet.

coverThe furniture manufacturer remembered as Carolina Wood Turning Company has been closed for more than 30 years, yet the smell of freshly cut wood and the sound of the steam whistle are still fresh in the minds of those who earned a living there. 

The Bryson City business had many names throughout the years and made a number of different products, but its lifeblood was making furniture from Western North Carolina lumber. The company made wood pump tubing, tanners’ liquor logs and miscellaneous wood trimmings and solid bored colonial porch columns that can still be seen on older homes in Swain County.

fr casinoBreweries could be built and alcohol served at special events in Cherokee, if a House bill currently awaiting hearing in a Senate committee becomes state law. 

fr statefarmHaywood County farmers caught some face time with elected leaders this week over heaping plates of bacon, eggs, grits, biscuits and hash browns to talk candidly about the issues facing today’s farmers — and the unrelenting rain over the past week wasn’t one of them.