Rapp promotes regional approach to address slope development
 

Rapp promotes regional approach to address slope development

A regional effort is afoot to address mountainside and slope development as a region rather than relying on individual counties…
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Mid-stream contract rewrite
 

Mid-stream contract rewrite

Haywood Regional Medical Center and Haywood Emergency Physicians disagree over whether it was necessary to rewrite the doctors’ contract with…
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Macon prepares high-rise moratorium
 

Macon prepares high-rise moratorium

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A high-rise moratorium is in the works for Macon County. On Monday night (Dec.…
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ER physicians call foul over contract termination
 

ER physicians call foul over contract termination

After a sudden termination of their contract by Haywood Regional Medical Center last week, emergency room doctors say the reputation…
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Recreation could be big winner in TDA shuffle
 

Recreation could be big winner in TDA shuffle

The tax on overnight lodging in Haywood County could be increased next year pending approval by the state legislature.
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Plug may be pulled on WLOS Dec. 1
 

Plug may be pulled on WLOS Dec. 1

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The deadline for Mediacom and Sinclair Broadcast Group to reach an agreement that will…
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A long paper trail
 

A long paper trail

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jackson Paper Engineer Chas Mathis strides confidently through the company’s used cardboard warehouse, up…
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Motive questioned in budget cut
 

Motive questioned in budget cut

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A 3 to 1 vote by the Swain County Board of Commissioners last week…
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Legal wrangling could slow decision on  high-rise condos
 

Legal wrangling could slow decision on high-rise condos

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A lawsuit over deed restrictions that could prevent a controversial high-rise condominium near Highlands…
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Citizens pack meeting to protest Sheriff’s treatment
 

Citizens pack meeting to protest Sheriff’s treatment

An uncharacteristically large crowd packed the Swain County commissioners meeting last week (Nov. 21) to oppose a move that will…
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Behind the lens: Turlington finds art in industry
 

Behind the lens: Turlington finds art in industry

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Images from Sylva-based photographer Matthew Turlington’s 1998 work “A Photographic Depiction of Jackson Paper…
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Up to par? Golfers look forward to local ownership of Smoky Mountain Golf Course
 

Up to par? Golfers look forward to local ownership of Smoky Mountain Golf Course

While most golfers are clearing space in the closet for their clubs this winter, Travis Stephenson is already thinking ahead…
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Local governments wade into Mediacom-Sinclair fray
 

Local governments wade into Mediacom-Sinclair fray

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Several area governments are taking steps to keep constituents who subscribe to Mediacom cable…
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Many Sylva building owners support downtown tax
 

Many Sylva building owners support downtown tax

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Most business and property owners have reacted positively to a Downtown Sylva Association proposal…
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Macon planners seek high-rise moratorium
 

Macon planners seek high-rise moratorium

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The Macon County Planning Board wants county commissioners to enact a moratorium on any…
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Slope development ordinance: Key changes
 

Slope development ordinance: Key changes

Haywood County Commissioners made several changes to the slope development ordinance before passing it. The ordinance kicks in when a…
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Haywood waters down slope ordinance
 

Haywood waters down slope ordinance

Haywood County commissioners made significant changes to a slope development ordinance created by the county planning board before passing it…
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Group gathers to discuss growth in Jackson
 

Group gathers to discuss growth in Jackson

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer About 80 area residents gathered at the Jackson County Recreation Center Thursday night to…
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Smoky Mountain Golf Course’s ordeal: Drawn-out legal saga nears possible resolution
 

Smoky Mountain Golf Course’s ordeal: Drawn-out legal saga nears possible resolution

A three-year legal saga between the owners of Smoky Mountain Golf Course and the developers of Smoky Mountain Country Club…
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Commissioners to send extra room tax to corridors
 

Commissioners to send extra room tax to corridors

Haywood County commissioners agreed on Monday (Nov. 20) to ask the General Assembly for an increase in the room tax…
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Ensley wants room tax money for recreation
 

Ensley wants room tax money for recreation

Recreation programs in Haywood County could get a huge boost from tourism dollars if commissioners follow through on a recommendation…
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Golf course on the rocks
 

Golf course on the rocks

An ongoing lawsuit against the owners of Smoky Mountain Golf Course alleges numerous problems with the course’s management under its…
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Entrepreneurs open wine stores in Bryson
 

Entrepreneurs open wine stores in Bryson

Swain County residents tired of the wine selection at the grocery store will soon have not one but two new…
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Tribe, area colleges collaborate on art degrees
 

Tribe, area colleges collaborate on art degrees

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Officials with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on Monday unveiled plans for a…
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Slippery timing: Developers may try to rush plans to beat ordinance
 

Slippery timing: Developers may try to rush plans to beat ordinance

Haywood County commissioners are poised to pass a slope development ordinance at their meeting next week, but a big question…
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Haywood TDA challenged with windfall
 

Haywood TDA challenged with windfall

The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has an extra $90,000 to spend and everyone seems to have an idea of…
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Film explores Cherokee cultural identity issues
 

Film explores Cherokee cultural identity issues

A documentary film on Cherokee aired nationwide on public television stations last week. The 90-minute documentary, produced by an all-Native…
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Farewell to familiar faces? Broadcast dispute could leave thousands without local TV news coverage
 

Farewell to familiar faces? Broadcast dispute could leave thousands without local TV news coverage

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Cable subscribers in Jackson and Macon counties are facing the possibility of losing local…
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Tourism task force makes final proposals
 

Tourism task force makes final proposals

The tug-of-war over how best to spend tourism promotion dollars in Haywood County continues, but this time it appears it…
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Upset in Swain sheriff race
 

Upset in Swain sheriff race

One of the biggest upsets in Tuesday’s election was the Swain County sheriff’s race, where Republican challenger Curtis Cochran beat…
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Snow easily defeats newcomer McKim
 

Snow easily defeats newcomer McKim

Sen. John Snow, D-Murphy, handily won his second term in the North Carolina Senate, beating challenger Ken McKim 38,537 to…
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Shuler triumphs in upset over Taylor
 

Shuler triumphs in upset over Taylor

By Michael Beadle Call it a fourth-quarter, game-winning touchdown. A stunning upset over the perennial powerhouse. Pick your sports metaphor.
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Queen retakes 47th District
 

Queen retakes 47th District

Overwhelming support from Haywood County voters will return Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, to the state Senate after a two-year hiatus…
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Macon picks two new board members, new majority rule
 

Macon picks two new board members, new majority rule

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Ronnie Beale is the newest Macon County commissioner and will join incumbent Bob Simpson,…
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Lodging owners hold too much sway, say task force members
 

Lodging owners hold too much sway, say task force members

A county-appointed tourism task force charged with making recommendations to improve the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority agrees on one…
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Jackson gets entirely Democratic Commissioner Board
 

Jackson gets entirely Democratic Commissioner Board

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Democrats swept the Jackson County Board of Commissioners as voters elected Cashiers’ Mark Jones…
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Help for those with mental illness: Waynesville couple helps start local NAMI chapter
 

Help for those with mental illness: Waynesville couple helps start local NAMI chapter

By Michael Beadle When John and Suzanne Gernandt’s son Matthew began showing signs of schizophrenia, it might have been misread…
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Kirkpatrick, Upton and Curtis in Haywood
 

Kirkpatrick, Upton and Curtis in Haywood

An unusually large margin separated Democratic and Republican candidates in the Haywood County commissioners race, suggesting that Republican candidates were…
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Haire keeps 119th House seat
 

Haire keeps 119th House seat

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer District 119 incumbent Phil Haire, D-Sylva, has once against defeated Marge Carpenter, R-Waynesville, for…
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Democrats sweep commissioners race
 

Democrats sweep commissioners race

It was a tight race between two candidates running for Swain County commission chairman, but Chairman Glenn Jones hung on…
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Bonfoey keeps seat in tight race against Forga
 

Bonfoey keeps seat in tight race against Forga

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Mike Bonfoey defeated Republican challenger Donna Forga 34,445 to 29,771 to retain his position…
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Candidates divided on county’s role in initiating planning efforts
 

Candidates divided on county’s role in initiating planning efforts

All five candidates running for Haywood County commissioner say they support a proposed slope development ordinance, which is poised for…
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Shuler camp presses message that change is needed
 

Shuler camp presses message that change is needed

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer It’s 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, and Andrew Whalen, 11th Congressional District candidate Heath…
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Taylor’s touts congressional clout on campaign trail
 

Taylor’s touts congressional clout on campaign trail

By Michael Beadle It’s a chilly fall morning in downtown Bryson City, and U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor steps up into…
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Five vie for three seats on Haywood board
 

Five vie for three seats on Haywood board

There are five candidates running for three seats on the Haywood County Board of Commissioners. Kirk Kirkpatrick, Democrat, attorney Kirkpatrick…
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Most Swain candidates cite need for land planning
 

Most Swain candidates cite need for land planning

As growth and development accelerate in Swain County, discussion over the need for road and slope regulations has increasingly taken…
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Some critical of price paid for Swain land
 

Some critical of price paid for Swain land

The price of a recent land purchase by Swain County for school expansion has raised some eyebrows among candidates running…
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Paying for the purchase
 

Paying for the purchase

Here’s how Swain County plans to pay for the school land purchase.
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Macon sheriff's race
 

Macon sheriff's race

Robert Holland, 39, has been Macon County Sheriff for four years and with the sheriff's department since 1991. He is…
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Mixed allegiances make Haywood race especially difficult to call
 

Mixed allegiances make Haywood race especially difficult to call

The scene at Haywood County commissioner meetings today is quite different from that four years ago. In the year prior…
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