Legislators, governor usher in new age of clean energy

As more states have pledged their commitment to reducing carbon emissions over the last decade, North Carolina has begun to…
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Waynesville hopes to spark residential solar generation

Unlike most North Carolina municipalities, the Town of Waynesville operates its own electric service, giving it greater local control over…
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Mold halts 
construction 
at Cherokee schools

Cherokee Central School was in the home stretch of a $22 million construction and renovation project on the 13-year-old campus…
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Bear sanctuary hunting rule now up to legislators

Following an April 21 vote from the N.C. Rules Review Commission, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission might not be allowed…
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Taxes, fees may 
go up in new Waynesville budget

Declining revenues and a growing list of capital improvements are both putting the squeeze on Waynesville’s finances, but a proposed…
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Waynesville approves 
housing development

A 59-unit townhome development on 7.7 acres just off East Street in Waynesville has been approved over opposition from neighbors, several…
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The race is on for Macon clerk of court

The clerk of court is a humble albeit crucial office, an elected position filled by someone willing to ensure the…
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Haywood budget shows staffing needs, rising costs

As the completion of Haywood County’s 2022-23 budget draws near, it’s becoming apparent that inflation, the tight labor market and…
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Waynesville takes a look at board meeting procedures

Governing a small municipality is work enough, but add in unprecedented amounts of federal recovery funds that need to be…
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Jackson faces safety funding requests

The Jackson County Commission is faced with several requests to fund safety operations throughout the county, totaling over $1.5 million.…
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Allen street repairs will likely begin this summer

Funding for Allen Street repairs in Sylva has seen several boosts over the last several months. These funding opportunities have…
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Macon commissioner candidates discuss education, broadband

Several problems and opportunities await Macon County’s next board of commissioners.
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Swain commissioners oppose Smokies parking fee

A parking fee  proposed for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has earned support from organizations ranging from the National…
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Sheriffs in Western North Carolina face challenges, change

The job of the county sheriff is important even though the county sheriff’s job is widely misunderstood.  
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UNC adopts new funding model

The decades-old model used to determine state funding requests for University of North Carolina System schools is set to change…
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Sylva starts social district test period

The Sylva social district opened for business, just in time for last weekend’s Greening Up the Mountains festival.
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Christopher’s shadow looms large over Haywood sheriff’s race

As Greg Christopher enters his 43rd and likely final year in law enforcement, he goes out with his reputation intact…
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Five compete in Jackson Sheriff primaries

Residents of Jackson County are tasked with selecting a new sheriff during the midterm elections this year. But first, voters…
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Five Republicans vie to become Macon’s next sheriff 


Among the sheriffs retiring in Western North Carolina who will leave big shoes to fill is Macon County’s Robert Holland,…
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Social media rumors fuel false child trafficking concerns

As increasing child abuse rates continue to plague many homes in Haywood County, a recent red herring took hold on…
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The race for Jackson Commission begins

Three of five seats on the Jackson County Commission are up for grabs this year — district one, district two…
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Plateau Pickup sees record volunteer turnout

Breaking previous records, approximately 130 volunteers helped spruce up Highlands and surrounding highways this past Saturday, April 23, as part…
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Macon Middle principal suspended

Students at Macon County Middle School returned this week from spring break with a new principal at the helm —…
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Democrats, Republicans target vulnerable Cawthorn in NC-11

Western North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District has garnered national attention for electing one controversial Trump-affiliated Republican congressman followed by another…
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Speed a Little, Lose a Lot Campaign
 

Speed a Little, Lose a Lot Campaign

Famed NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte has a message for all North Carolinians: speeding belongs on the racetrack - not the…
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Haywood County nonprofits awarded $66,468 in grants
 

Haywood County nonprofits awarded $66,468 in grants

The Fund for Haywood County with the J. Aaron and Adora H. Prevost Endowment Fund and the Mib and Phil…
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‘Righteous fury’: A Maggie Valley man is on a quest to hold Putin accountable, and it’s not his first rodeo

At the end of every dictator’s reign, every time a warlord has been held to account, its due to the…
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Tribal LLC pursuing bid for two new casinos

In a special-called meeting Wednesday, April 13, Tribal Council approved a plan from EBCI Holdings, Inc. , to bid on…
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Center for Domestic Peace expands services

Each April, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners declares Sexual Assault Awareness month. This year was no different, and Executive…
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UNC System sees surge in employee turnover

Since July 2021, institutions across the University of North Carolina system have been experiencing massive increases in employee turnover —…
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Swain commissioner candidates weigh in on affordable housing

Swain County’s Board of Commissioners will have two new members this year, at least one of whom will emerge from…
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Complaint filed against Cawthorn by fired staffer

Saying in a leaked recording that “we all want the ultimate goal of him never serving again,” Lisa Wiggins, a…
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Race for Jackson County School Board

Ten candidates are running for three open seats on the Jackson County Board of Education this spring. Only one incumbent…
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Haywood commission candidates face significant challenges

Haywood County’s growing, and with that growth comes change – change not everyone is happy to see. Traditional hot-button issues…
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Alaska Presley, business titan and longtime Ghost Town owner, dead at 98

Small in stature but towering in her decades-long influence on Haywood County, Alaska Presley passed away on April 7 at…
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Smokies proposes park-wide parking fee

A visit to the nation’s most popular national park could cease being free if a groundbreaking proposal  put forth by…
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Shooting case will test limits of qualified immunity 


In 2020, a trial court accepted the qualified immunity defense of Macon County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Anthony Momphard for the…
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High stakes, high expectations in Senate race

Redistricting brought small changes to many of Western North Carolina’s legislative districts, but nowhere are those minor changes more major…
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HCS budgets for declining student population

During the COVID-19 pandemic, North Carolina schools did not incur budget cuts due to lower student populations across the board.…
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HCAE proposes policy changes to review of parental complaints

Haywood County Association of Educators has put forth suggested amendments to the school board policy regarding parental inspection of and…
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Waynesville aldermen ponder projects

It’s a critical time in the Town of Waynesville. Legacy problems like aging sewer and water infrastructure and a malfunctioning…
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Downtown Sylva to test social district

The Sylva Social District test period is one step closer to launch following input from a community task force.
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SCC Health Science Center open for learning

Though students have been enjoying the amenities of the new Health Sciences Center at Southwestern Community College since the start…
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Local family donates $1.5 million to Haywood County Schools Foundation

Students at Pisgah High School will have greater opportunities for higher education funding, after a new $1.5 million scholarship was…
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UNC System extends waiver for SAT, ACT requirement

Through at least fall 2024, applicants to University of North Carolina System schools won’t have to sit for SAT or…
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Tribe eyes property in D.C.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians tribal leaders frequently travel to Washington, D.C., to make their case to lawmakers on a…
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Maggie aldermen vote to remove zoning board member

During the regularly scheduled Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday, April 6, Alderman John Hinton made a motion…
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‘Still plenty to do’: Continual curiosity key for awarded botanist

When Ron Lance found out he’d been chosen for a prestigious Southern Appalachian Botanical Society award, he was astonished.
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Sylva man sentenced for drug trafficking
 

Sylva man sentenced for drug trafficking

A Sylva man who arrived an hour late to court, appeared to nap through his trial, admitted to using methamphetamine…
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Tuckasegee man pleads guilty to knife assaults
 

Tuckasegee man pleads guilty to knife assaults

A Tuckasegee man who twice used knives to slash the necks of two men on separate occasions is headed to…
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