Municipal Election 2021

Municipal elections in Western North Carolina will be held in some jurisdictions on Tuesday, November 2, but in-person early voting…
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Body recovered on Blue Ridge Parkway

An autopsy has been completed by the North Carolina State Medical Examiner's Office on the body found Oct. 9, on the…
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Vecinos: Serving the invisible neighbors of WNC

The Coronavirus Pandemic has been a trying experience for everyone. Quarantine, the threat of serious illness and job loss have…
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COVID cases down in Haywood
 

COVID cases down in Haywood

In the last week, Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 176 new cases of COVID-19, which is down…
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In-person early voting for municipal elections begins next week

Municipal elections in Western North Carolina will be held in some jurisdictions on Tuesday, Nov. 2, but in-person early voting…
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Cawthorn defies law on school property

By Tom Fiedler • Asheville Watchdog | For the second time in as many months, Rep. Madison Cawthorn faces a potential…
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Below the belt: Vulgarity, divisiveness push NC political discourse to a new low

North Carolina’s known as a purple state where fierce partisan divide is the norm, but after two high-profile politicians —…
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Bus driver shortage challenges WNC schools

Over 790,000 students ride the bus to and from school each day in North Carolina. That’s almost half of all…
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School data shows pandemic learning loss

Performance data recently released by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction shows that just 45.4% of elementary, middle and…
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Franklin to hire code enforcement officer

The Town of Franklin is moving forward with plans to hire a code enforcement officer after adding the new position…
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Haywood County tourism just had its best year in history

After emerging from the early stages of the Coronavirus Pandemic virtually unscathed, Haywood County’s lodging industry rebounded with a year…
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Heatherly leaves CEO post at Harris

Steve Heatherly left his position as CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital on Oct. 7 to pursue…
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Haywood’s ‘hidden history’: Monument to Waynesville lynching victim could prove controversial

Almost 120 years ago, local newspapers reported two separate instances of attempted rape in Haywood County.  Similarities between the two…
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Franklin candidates: Town is moving in the right direction

The tone of this year’s Franklin Town Council election is much different than it was four years ago, making for…
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Benefit showcases Canton's 'Grit and Grace'

Multi award-winning bluegrass supergroup Balsam Range (who are also Haywood County locals) appeared in Canton’s Sorrells Street Park on Saturday,…
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Canton’s future at stake in upcoming election

A scant three months ago, when candidates filed for the upcoming municipal elections, the Haywood County town of Canton was…
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COVID-19 cluster found at Haywood jail

Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency has identified a COVID-19 cluster at the Haywood County Detention Center. Over the…
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Pfizer boosters delayed in Macon
 

Pfizer boosters delayed in Macon

Macon County Public Health will delay plans to begin giving COVID-19 boosters to eligible persons due to a number of…
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Etched in stone: Cemetery tour regs rub some the wrong way

Waynesville’s historic Green Hill Cemetery has long been a centerpiece of the community, but of late it’s been at the…
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New convention center opens in Cherokee

After three years and $330 million, a new hotel tower and convention center is now open at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino…
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PAC seeks Cawthorn indictment over knife incident

Another incident involving Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-Hendersonville, possessing a weapon where it’s prohibited drew renewed outrage from many on the…
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Republican field solidifies in NC-11

As the filing period for the 2022 midterm elections draws near, moves are being made on the Republican side of…
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Cherokee kicks off new Council term

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians marked the start of a new Tribal Council term this week, with 2021 election…
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Four candidates vie for two seats in Maggie Valley

Four candidates will compete for two open spaces on the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen in municipal elections this November. 
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Race for town hall: Sylva board race draws four candidates for two seats

This November, Sylva voters will have their pick of four candidates to fill two seats up for election on the…
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Rolling Start provides independence

Rolling Start N.C. recently presented a 2005 VW Jetta to a single woman living on disability who has not had…
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Canton police chief retires

Shawn Gaddis, chief of the Canton Police Department since March, 2018, announced his retirement today according to an email sent…
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Pillar of NC-11 Democrat Bo Hess’ campaign is safety

Born at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas, Democrat Bo Hess is both a product of his upbringing and…
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Tubman statue arrives as Confederate soldier gets new plaques

Chiseled by an Emmy- and Academy Award-winning artist, a 2,400-pound bronze piece depicting Harriet Tubman leading a young girl out…
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Mandy Allen named Haywood Teacher of the Year

Bethel Elementary School fifth grade teacher Mandy Allen was named Haywood County Schools’ 2022 Teacher of the Year at a…
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Jackson schools offers onsite COVID testing

Students and staff in Jackson County Public Schools will soon have a convenient option for free COVID-19 testing right in…
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Virus cases have started to fall, but hospitals are still busy

The number of new daily COVID-19 cases in North Carolina fell below 3,000 last week for the first time since…
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Tribal Council balks at golf hotel funding request

The future of a three-star hotel project at the Sequoyah National Golf Club in Whittier is uncertain after Tribal Council…
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Common themes emerge in redistricting hearing

Although a majority of speakers at a Sept. 21 public hearing designed to gather input on the constitutionally-mandated redistricting process…
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Dogwood Health Trust reflects on 2021 progress

Dogwood Health Trust had lofty goals when it was formed in 2019 with the mission to dramatically improve the health…
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Two resign from Transylvania hospital board

By Peter H. Lewis Asheville Watchdog Two long-time members of the Transylvania Regional Hospital board of directors resigned Monday, saying…
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Municipal election
 voting underway

Municipal elections in Western North Carolina will be held in some jurisdictions on Tuesday, November 2, but in-person early voting…
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Waynesville Task Force 
on Homelessness issues 
final recommendations

Riddled with dissention, defections and a lack of clear direction, Waynesville’s Task Force on Homelessness finally limped across the finish…
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Registration snafu leads to NC11 candidate withdrawal

Just five days after announcing her candidacy in the 11th Congressional District Democratic Primary, Chelsea White made another announcement.
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The weight of the wait: Local governments look forward to FEMA reimbursements

The aftermath of deadly flooding that killed six people in the Cruso community of Haywood County on Aug. 16 saw…
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Highlands looks for balance of progress, preservation

Discussions going on right now in the town of Highlands are the same discussions happening across the nation as the…
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COVID cases still climbing

Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 321 new cases of COVID-19 in the last week. 
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Designs unveiled for Jackson pool

Waves, water and mountain streams will be key design elements at Jackson County’s new indoor pool complex, commissioners heard during…
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Town takes over Downtown Waynesville Association duties

After months of debating the future of Waynesville’s downtown business district, the Waynesville Board of Aldermen voted unanimously during a…
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Parking rule changes approved in Sylva

Two new changes to Sylva’s rules for downtown parking are now in effect following a pair of unanimous votes at…
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Haywood activist shakes up NC11 Dem Primary

Progressive Haywood County organizer Chelsea White made it official during a Sept. 19 rally at the Haywood County Courthouse —…
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Dueling rallies in Haywood highlight persistent divisiveness

If anyone thought that the political polarization of 2020 died with President Donald Trump’s election loss that year, they’d need…
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Moving forward by circling back: Pathways new kitchen manager brings education, experience

Haywood Pathways Center’s mission has always been to help people from all walks of life get back on their feet,…
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Proposed Waynesville subdivision meets stiff initial resistance

The seemingly endless conflict between preservation and development in Waynesville — specifically, badly needed housing — entered a new chapter…
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Enrollment, retention dip at WCU

Enrollment, retention and freshman interest at Western Carolina University are all down this fall compared to last year, and university…
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