Pesticide contaminants found in subdivision
 

Pesticide contaminants found in subdivision

The Haywood County Health Department has asked for state assistance to conduct tests in two subdivisions after soil samples from…
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New Waynesville recreation director has marketing expertise
 

New Waynesville recreation director has marketing expertise

Rhett Langston with the Buncombe County Parks and Recreation Department has been selected from a pool of 63 applicants to…
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Learning the language
 

Learning the language

By Michael Beadle When Lori McLeod first started teaching English as a Second Language at Tuscola High School in Haywood…
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Divided Franklin board OKs vote on alcohol sales
 

Divided Franklin board OKs vote on alcohol sales

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer This summer residents of Franklin will vote on whether to allow restaurants to sell…
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Building a better life
 

Building a better life

By Michael Beadle Norma Brown knows how hard it is to get legal citizenship in the United States.
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Where to from here? Graduates wishing to stay in the region find themselves facing career, lifestyle compromises
 

Where to from here? Graduates wishing to stay in the region find themselves facing career, lifestyle compromises

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Turn to the classified pages in any Western North Carolina newspaper and the employment…
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Peeping tom caugh in Ingles’ restroom
 

Peeping tom caugh in Ingles’ restroom

Kim Pettit and her husband were on vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains from Minnesota two weeks ago and had…
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Macon man honored for paper recycling efforts
 

Macon man honored for paper recycling efforts

The American Forest and Paper Association recently announced that Macon County resident Joel Ostroff has received the 2006 Ed Hurley…
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A good cause brings together local artists
 

A good cause brings together local artists

As artist Ann Vasilik was nearing the home stretch in Quick Draw — an annual event in Waynesville where artists…
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Art auction brings in record amount
 

Art auction brings in record amount

Quick Draw in the Mountains raised a record amount of money this year off a live and silent auction that…
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A Quiet Industry: The quaint charm of Victorian bed and breakfast inns have captivated generations of tourists
 

A Quiet Industry: The quaint charm of Victorian bed and breakfast inns have captivated generations of tourists

By Michael Beadle Western North Carolina prides itself as a tourist destination — the mountain getaway where you can hike…
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Tips for B&B guests
 

Tips for B&B guests

• Costs — Before you book a reservation at a B&B, be sure you check the fine print and know…
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Swanger upset; Kirkpatrick, Curtis top vote getters
 

Swanger upset; Kirkpatrick, Curtis top vote getters

By Michael Beadle Incumbent Kirk Kirkpatrick and newcomers Charles “Skeeter” Curtis and Bill Upton have won the top three slots…
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Pro-planning group wins in Jackson
 

Pro-planning group wins in Jackson

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jackson County will usher in a new board of commissioners committed to addressing the…
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Newcomer, incumbent win in Macon
 

Newcomer, incumbent win in Macon

Political newcomer Ronnie Beale and incumbent Bob Simpson beat two other Democrats in Tuesday’s primary and will move on to…
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Sylva voters pass liquor by the drink
 

Sylva voters pass liquor by the drink

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Sylva residents have decided — it’s time for a good stiff drink. Voters approved…
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Incumbents hold ground in Swain commissioner race
 

Incumbents hold ground in Swain commissioner race

Despite a slate of challengers campaigning for change in the Swain County commissioners race, all but one incumbent running for…
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Holland, Jenkins to face off in November for sheriff
 

Holland, Jenkins to face off in November for sheriff

Former North Carolina Highway Patrolman C.D. Jenkins emerged from a field of three Democrats to win the Macon County Sheriff’s…
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Ashe cruises by Cruzan in sheriff race
 

Ashe cruises by Cruzan in sheriff race

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer In a landslide win, Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe held off challenger and former…
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Breaking the code: Merchants hope study provides reliable data about customers
 

Breaking the code: Merchants hope study provides reliable data about customers

For two and a half years, David Erikson at Twigs and Leaves has offered a monthly drawing for a gift…
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Swain commissioner candidate snapshots
 

Swain commissioner candidate snapshots

Three candidates are running for Swain County chairman in the Democratic Primary.
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Political factions help define Haywood race
 

Political factions help define Haywood race

Two well-defined political factions emerged early in the Haywood County commissioners primary and have only grown stronger in the countdown…
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Old-style ‘machine’ a factor in Swain
 

Old-style ‘machine’ a factor in Swain

A slate of challengers running in the Swain County commissioners race are speaking out against what they claim is decades…
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Jackson candidates weigh in on education issues
 

Jackson candidates weigh in on education issues

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer They’ve said they want to strengthen the economy. They’ve said they want to help…
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Enforcement issues cloud zoning debate
 

Enforcement issues cloud zoning debate

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer With growth on the forefront of Macon County’s election issues, commissioner candidates have staked…
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Bushyhead run puts spotlight on Swain-Cherokee relationship
 

Bushyhead run puts spotlight on Swain-Cherokee relationship

For the first time in history, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is running for a…
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Who goes first? Haywood candidates debate county’s role in future growth discussions
 

Who goes first? Haywood candidates debate county’s role in future growth discussions

Grasping the extent of development sweeping across the Haywood County landscape is not always easy. So Marc Pruett, the county’s…
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Pro-planning candidate holds ground at forum
 

Pro-planning candidate holds ground at forum

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Democratic candidates running for two District 2 seats on the Macon County board of…
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Jackson County sheriff’s race reaches full tilt
 

Jackson County sheriff’s race reaches full tilt

By Sarah Kucharski The heated race for sheriff in Jackson County is closing in on the May 2 primary date…
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Growth is on Jackson’s agenda
 

Growth is on Jackson’s agenda

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer This May 2 voters in Jackson County are faced with choosing a board of…
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Candidates weigh in on the North Shore Road
 

Candidates weigh in on the North Shore Road

Every four years when a county commissioner election rolls around in Swain County, there’s one question commissioners know they have…
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Morgan runs to win: Swannanoa candidate says he’ll beat Shuler in Democratic primary
 

Morgan runs to win: Swannanoa candidate says he’ll beat Shuler in Democratic primary

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Michael Morgan sits at a table near the back of Malaprop’s Bookstore Café in…
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Local PAC exerts influence
 

Local PAC exerts influence

For the first time in Haywood County, a group of residents has formed a political action committee with the goal…
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Jackson Democrats must choose among a crowded field
 

Jackson Democrats must choose among a crowded field

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Voters in Jackson County will elect predominately Democratic county commissioners in this May’s primary…
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Armor – Eclectic to the nth degree: Highlands Republican wants to pry loose Taylors’ grip on 11th District
 

Armor – Eclectic to the nth degree: Highlands Republican wants to pry loose Taylors’ grip on 11th District

When CNN chose John Armor’s web blog as the political site of the day several years ago, coining him an…
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Cherokee anthem realized through WCU
 

Cherokee anthem realized through WCU

What began as a request to translate “The Star-Spangled Banner” into Cherokee evolved instead into a new song, the “United…
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Supporters confident Wingate will be exonerated
 

Supporters confident Wingate will be exonerated

When Danny Wingate agreed five years ago to set up a credit line for the Haywood County Schools maintenance department,…
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‘Spend or lose’ law leads to unspoken credo to use money
 

‘Spend or lose’ law leads to unspoken credo to use money

The investigation into an off-the-books account kept by the former Haywood County Schools maintenance director at Haywood Builders Supply has…
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Sylva leaders survey citizens about town services
 

Sylva leaders survey citizens about town services

By Sarah Kucharski * Staff Writer Is there enough affordable housing in Sylva? Do you feel safe in your neighborhood?…
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Subdivision ordinance talks continue in Macon
 

Subdivision ordinance talks continue in Macon

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Macon County Planning Board members will continue their first discussion of a draft subdivision…
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State OKs sewage plan for part of Gorge development
 

State OKs sewage plan for part of Gorge development

A controversial high-end development along the Nantahala River in the Nantahala Gorge has received the green light for an alternative…
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Retailers get ready for opening day
 

Retailers get ready for opening day

By Michael Beadle As the opening date approaches for the North Carolina Education Lottery, local retailers in Western North Carolina…
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A raw deal for WNC
 

A raw deal for WNC

According to provisions in the state’s lottery law, about a third of the money raised in the lottery (35 percent)…
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Officials hope taping TDA will promote civility
 

Officials hope taping TDA will promote civility

Turmoil surrounding the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has landed the entity a regular slot on the government television station…
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N.C. Education Lottery sparks debate over how dollars will be spent
 

N.C. Education Lottery sparks debate over how dollars will be spent

By Michael Beadle The North Carolina Education Lottery might be seen by state officials as a boon for public education,…
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Commissioners get slope ordinance from planners
 

Commissioners get slope ordinance from planners

Haywood County commissioners are examining a slope development ordinance that would regulate the safety of cut and fill slopes for…
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Taylor says forest sale ‘not going to happen’
 

Taylor says forest sale ‘not going to happen’

Western North Carolina Rep. Charles Taylor, R-Brevard, has spoken out against the proposed sale of 300,000 thousand acres of National…
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Pharmacists find themselves on the receiving end of Medicare confusion
 

Pharmacists find themselves on the receiving end of Medicare confusion

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer As the revamped Medicare system moves from policy to practice, pharmacies nationwide increasingly are…
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Metal building in downtown Bryson raises eyebrows
 

Metal building in downtown Bryson raises eyebrows

A metal building recently erected on Main Street in Bryson City has sparked discussion over what can be done to…
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May cause confusion: Medicare prescription drug benefit plan options create problems for participants
 

May cause confusion: Medicare prescription drug benefit plan options create problems for participants

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Arthur Pitts sat in a plastic lawn chair waiting to pick up prescriptions from…
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