North shore to Nowhere: Controversy countdown or just another chapter?
 

North shore to Nowhere: Controversy countdown or just another chapter?

Opinions on whether to build a 34-mile road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park seem to be falling into…
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Cash: a better deal than a road
 

Cash: a better deal than a road

There’s more than one way for the federal government to make up its promise to Swain County to rebuild the…
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Call of the wild resounds loud and clear
 

Call of the wild resounds loud and clear

Environmental groups and outdoors lovers packed the public hearing in Bryson City last week to decry the idea of building…
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Build the road, honor our sacrifice
 

Build the road, honor our sacrifice

Those who want the government to build the road it flooded when Fontana Lake was created say the issue boils…
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Macon takes official stand against I-3
 

Macon takes official stand against I-3

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The Stop I-3 Coalition received a major boost in its efforts to prevent construction…
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Downtown may get internally lit signs
 

Downtown may get internally lit signs

The Waynesville town board will consider a request to loosen sign regulations for the downtown district for the second time…
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DOT plows ahead despite outcry from residents
 

DOT plows ahead despite outcry from residents

Despite overwhelming opposition from residents, the N.C. Department of Transportation is moving forward with plans to widen Plott Creek Road…
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County Manager resignation fallout spills over into Haywood Rotary Club
 

County Manager resignation fallout spills over into Haywood Rotary Club

The Waynesville Rotary Club has been caught up in the fallout following the forced resignation of Haywood County Manager Jack…
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Board majority said Horton violated trust
 

Board majority said Horton violated trust

Haywood County Manager Jack Horton was dismissed from his post in early January by a 3 to 2 vote of…
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New collection brings old materials into sharp focus at Western library
 

New collection brings old materials into sharp focus at Western library

Working with four heritage partners, Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library is creating a virtual collection of objects, documents, letters, photos…
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Watch what you eat: Consistency, cleanliness are paramount to good sanitation ratings
 

Watch what you eat: Consistency, cleanliness are paramount to good sanitation ratings

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Donna Stephens, owner and operator of The Yellow House bed and breakfast in Waynesville,…
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Consumer tips for dining out
 

Consumer tips for dining out

Eating healthy can also mean eating safe. In North Carolina, three food borne diseases are at the top of health…
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New patient data system to link WNC hospitals
 

New patient data system to link WNC hospitals

Every patient knows the drill. Walk up to the window, tell the nurse your name, take the clipboard and seek…
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Haywood development entity contributes to business start-up competition
 

Haywood development entity contributes to business start-up competition

The Haywood Advancement Foundation, a non-profit economic development entity, has pledged $2,700 to the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce start-up…
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700 acres near Cashiers put into easement
 

700 acres near Cashiers put into easement

More than 700 acres outside Cashiers has been placed in a conservation easement by the Albert Carlton family, protecting the…
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Where did we come from? Student perspectives vary
 

Where did we come from? Student perspectives vary

As judges and lawyers, politicians and lobbyists, and parents and school officials debate the place of evolution and creationism in…
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Waynesville could be hostage to Progress Energy prices
 

Waynesville could be hostage to Progress Energy prices

Two years ago, the future of Waynesville’s electric system — a lucrative cash cow for the town — was turned…
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Town will be forced to make adjustments
 

Town will be forced to make adjustments

Waynesville’s residents have long reaped the benefits of the town’s electricity enterprise — a sideline business that was making $1.2…
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Grassroots organizing
 

Grassroots organizing

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer As residents in the Cashiers area pull together to address their community’s needs through…
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Cashiers residents form civic group
 

Cashiers residents form civic group

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Members of the Cashiers area are organizing a new civic association to direct the…
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Creation or evolution: an age old debate
 

Creation or evolution: an age old debate

As the nation debates the role of creation and evolution in the classroom, a research paper assigned in a 10th-grade…
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TDA proposal would eliminate corridor funding
 

TDA proposal would eliminate corridor funding

Turf divisions in the Haywood County tourism industry are melting away on more than one front these days. At the…
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Swain student raises money to help those half a world away
 

Swain student raises money to help those half a world away

By Michael Beadle Darfur may seem a world away from Bryson City, but a group of Swain County High School…
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So long, McDonald’s sign
 

So long, McDonald’s sign

Anyone approaching Waynesville from Russ Avenue has likely appreciated the distant view of downtown, its quaint brick skyline marked by…
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Daycare closing leaves 70 families in the lurch
 

Daycare closing leaves 70 families in the lurch

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Approximately 70 families are in limbo as Jean’s Kids Palace, a daycare in Whittier,…
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Chambers move closer to merger
 

Chambers move closer to merger

Board members on the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce and the Maggie Valley Area Visitors Bureau voted unanimously to pursue…
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Macon challenges building moratorium in Highlands ETJ
 

Macon challenges building moratorium in Highlands ETJ

Macon County officials have contested the legality of a moratorium Highlands enacted on commercial building within the town’s extra-territorial jurisdictions…
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Incubator board members admit to lax involvement
 

Incubator board members admit to lax involvement

For nearly 20 years, Jerry Plemmons’ hour-long drive from Hot Springs to Waynesville every couple of months for a Smoky…
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Highlands mayor takes on contentious planning issues
 

Highlands mayor takes on contentious planning issues

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer In his first month as the newly elected mayor of Highlands, Don Mullen has…
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How can parents encourage their children to read?
 

How can parents encourage their children to read?

• Read with your child everyday. Make it part of the daily routine.
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Getting kids to read
 

Getting kids to read

By Michael Beadle Remember when Mom or Dad read you your favorite bedtime story? Maybe it was a book like…
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At storytime, it’s llamas and pajamas
 

At storytime, it’s llamas and pajamas

It’s 11 a.m. on Friday at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville, and that means Story Time, a regular…
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Fairview takes personal approach
 

Fairview takes personal approach

By Sarah Kucharski Students at Fairview Elementary School in Sylva have a unique opportunity to experience the benefits of reading…
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Casino alcohol proposal galvanizes conservative Cherokees
 

Casino alcohol proposal galvanizes conservative Cherokees

A debate over whether to sell alcohol at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino has pitted conservative tribal members against the economic interests…
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Incubator failed to help entrepreneurs
 

Incubator failed to help entrepreneurs

A small business incubator in Waynesville has failed in it mission to nurture entrepreneurs and start-up companies, and instead has…
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Incubator snapshots
 

Incubator snapshots

A snapshot of other incubators across the state offer models of how the incubator in Waynesville could be revamped.
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Incubator episode may have long-term consequences
 

Incubator episode may have long-term consequences

A business incubator building in Waynesville has become the epicenter for a political firestorm among Haywood County officials looking to…
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Horton resigns-fired after taking heat for incubator vote
 

Horton resigns-fired after taking heat for incubator vote

Haywood County Manager Jack Horton resigned today following a ?-hour closed door meeting with the Haywood County Commissioners on Tuesday…
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Drive safely, arrive alive
 

Drive safely, arrive alive

By Michael Beadle Even with the holidays over, traffic safety is still a major priority for public safety agencies and…
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Atlanta Ballet’s 14-year run in Haywood County is over
 

Atlanta Ballet’s 14-year run in Haywood County is over

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Following a re-evaluation of Haywood County Arts Council programming, two of the organization’s mainstays…
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They said it — 2005
 

They said it — 2005

Residents of Western North Carolina confronted many important issues in 2005, whether it was another chapter unfolding in an ongoing…
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McGill’s reputation makes it tough on the little guys
 

McGill’s reputation makes it tough on the little guys

McGill Associates, a large engineering firm in Asheville, gets the lion’s share of government water and sewer contracts in the…
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MAIN seeks support for wireless network in downtown Waynesville
 

MAIN seeks support for wireless network in downtown Waynesville

An effort to install wireless Internet service throughout Downtown Waynesville is making a year-end push for donations.
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Damaged greenway section re-opens
 

Damaged greenway section re-opens

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Repairs along a section of trail on the Little Tennessee Greenway in Macon County…
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New Cherokee Chamber to give voice to business community
 

New Cherokee Chamber to give voice to business community

Cherokee business owners are forming a chamber of commerce that will give the business community a voice in shaping the…
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Cashiers plant cuts 80 jobs; some go to Bryson, Canton
 

Cashiers plant cuts 80 jobs; some go to Bryson, Canton

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Approximately 80 workers will be laid off from Cashier’s Consolidated Metco plastics plant beginning…
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Waynesville’s Performing Arts Center suffers damage after pipe breakage
 

Waynesville’s Performing Arts Center suffers damage after pipe breakage

By Michael Beadle The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will probably have to rebuild its box office and concession stand after…
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Westmoreland says county’s cost for library not yet known
 

Westmoreland says county’s cost for library not yet known

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A recent statement that Cashiers area residents will be footing the majority of the…
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Waynesville downtown now on Historic Register
 

Waynesville downtown now on Historic Register

The Waynesville Main Street Historic District has been accepted to be on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Some question attempt to help only one business
 

Some question attempt to help only one business

Some Dillsboro merchants have questioned why town leaders based their entire application for flood revitalization money from the state on…
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