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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LTLT helps conserve 53-acre historic farm
 

LTLT helps conserve 53-acre historic farm

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) recently acquired a “working farm conservation easement” protecting 53 acres of rich…
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Sylva aldermen put mixed drinks vote on May ballot
 

Sylva aldermen put mixed drinks vote on May ballot

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Sylva voters will have another go at passing liquor by the drink in this…
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Rogers, newspapers earn Main Street awards
 

Rogers, newspapers earn Main Street awards

The Downtown Waynesville Association’s Patsy Rogers was honored as a Main Street Champion in a recent Main Street awards ceremony…
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National forest proposal provides fodder for Taylor-Shuler race
 

National forest proposal provides fodder for Taylor-Shuler race

By Becky Johnson and Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writers A plan to sell off more than 6,500 acres of the…
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Interpretation of precedent could decide Reece’s fate with Haywood TDA board
 

Interpretation of precedent could decide Reece’s fate with Haywood TDA board

The fate of a controversial figure on the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is still up in the air two…
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HCC gets grant for machining center
 

HCC gets grant for machining center

The Golden LEAF Foundation has made a $1,573,109 grant to Haywood Community College to establish an advanced machining center at…
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Greenway contract dispute settled
 

Greenway contract dispute settled

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Macon County and Natural Resources Conservation Services officials have negotiated a settlement to a…
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Town’s support of road project irks aldermen
 

Town’s support of road project irks aldermen

Some members of the Waynesville board of aldermen are questioning whether Mayor Henry Foy acted in bounds when he wrote…
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Saving the language: Teachers, parents, tribal elders and new innovative immersion programs are helping to keep the Cherokee language alive
 

Saving the language: Teachers, parents, tribal elders and new innovative immersion programs are helping to keep the Cherokee language alive

By Michael Beadle It’s a special day for 14-month-old Tawodi Clapsaddle. Several adults including his father, Ethan, look on as…
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School traffic expert offers alternative solution
 

School traffic expert offers alternative solution

Residents opposed to a plan to add a middle-turn lane along sections of Plott Creek Road in Waynesville have garnered…
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Sequoyah: inventor of talking leaves
 

Sequoyah: inventor of talking leaves

By Michael Beadle Sequoyah is perhaps one of the most recognizable names in Native American history — and quite rightly…
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TDA wants Reece off board
 

TDA wants Reece off board

The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority called for the removal of one of its board members, Wade Reece in a…
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Waynesville students use art class to help raise money for soup kitchen
 

Waynesville students use art class to help raise money for soup kitchen

By Michael Beadle Art class is not just a place to make art for yourself — sometimes it’s a place…
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Taylor-Shuler: What’s expected to turn into a wide open congressional race as November nears is now just barely on the radar for WNC residents
 

Taylor-Shuler: What’s expected to turn into a wide open congressional race as November nears is now just barely on the radar for WNC residents

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The race for the 11th District’s U.S. House of Representatives seat is officially off…
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Up in the air no longer: Judge’s ruling keeps McClure on the airport authority
 

Up in the air no longer: Judge’s ruling keeps McClure on the airport authority

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jackson County Airport Authority members are hoping to get on with business following a…
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Haywood schools appear ready to pass tobacco ban
 

Haywood schools appear ready to pass tobacco ban

Haywood County schools could go tobacco free starting in the fall of 2007, banning smoking and chewing not only for…
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Closed session minutes reveal reasons for EDC probe
 

Closed session minutes reveal reasons for EDC probe

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A Superior Court Judge has ruled that Jackson County Commissioners acted illegally when they…
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Board made wrong decision, says press attorney
 

Board made wrong decision, says press attorney

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jackson County commissioners’ failure to follow state Open Meetings Law was a failure to…
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Bethel gets $30,000 for flood recovery
 

Bethel gets $30,000 for flood recovery

The North Carolina Rural Center has provided a $30,000 grant to Haywood County to assist with flood recovery and flood…
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Waiting for the smoke to clear: Officers deal with the professional and emotional aftermath of using a gun in the line of duty
 

Waiting for the smoke to clear: Officers deal with the professional and emotional aftermath of using a gun in the line of duty

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Law enforcement officers might spend their entire careers without ever firing their gun in…
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Residents irate about DOT’s plan for Hazelwood Elementary road
 

Residents irate about DOT’s plan for Hazelwood Elementary road

A $1.66 million plan to build middle turn lanes on Plott Creek Road from Hazelwood Elementary School to Sulphur Springs…
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$254 million Harrah’s expansion targets baby boomers
 

$254 million Harrah’s expansion targets baby boomers

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel is planning a $254 million expansion and upgrade of its operations, including a third hotel…
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A wide open race in Jackson
 

A wide open race in Jackson

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer In what outgoing Jackson County commissioner Eddie Madden has called an “unusually quiet” election…
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Wal-Mart talk still going strong in Cherokee
 

Wal-Mart talk still going strong in Cherokee

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer In the meat aisle of the Reservation Foodliner IGA a customer picks up a…
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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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