Three open judge seats leads to crowded field of hopefuls
 

Three open judge seats leads to crowded field of hopefuls

While a hotly contested judge’s race is dominating the water cooler gossip in lawyers’ offices, the average voter likely has…
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Top two in Swain sheriff primary headed for a rematch
 

Top two in Swain sheriff primary headed for a rematch

Candidate Mitchell Jenkins decided last week to revive arguably the most heated race in Swain County for one more round.…
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New vote totals mean no runoff for Queen’s Republican challenger
 

New vote totals mean no runoff for Queen’s Republican challenger

An election night glitch in McDowell County led to some votes being counted two or even three times instead of…
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Retired superintendent, former commissioner join Democratic incumbents in Swain
 

Retired superintendent, former commissioner join Democratic incumbents in Swain

Though both commissioner candidates running for re-election in Swain County have safely landed a spot in November’s election, a newcomer…
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Unaffiliated candidates denied access to party voters
 

Unaffiliated candidates denied access to party voters

With more unaffiliated candidates running for office this year, political party leaders are torn over whether to open their doors…
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Cherokee stands together to cope with loss of fallen trooper
 

Cherokee stands together to cope with loss of fallen trooper

Charlotte Littlejohn has spent much of her morning in a bustling kitchen preparing traditional frybread. Next to her, Donavon Crowe…
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HCC Low-Impact Development fast track
 

HCC Low-Impact Development fast track

A Low Impact Development FastTrack Certification will be held at Haywood Community College on Wednesday, Sept. 15 through Friday, Sept.…
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Program aims to get local produce into Jackson cafeterias
 

Program aims to get local produce into Jackson cafeterias

A workshop on bringing local farm produce into the schools will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,…
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Decoration Day authors offer presentation
 

Decoration Day authors offer presentation

Alan Jabbour and Karen Singer Jabbour, authors of Decoration Day in the Mountains: Traditions of Cemetery Decoration in the Southern…
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Stiles to lead workshop in intercultural communication
 

Stiles to lead workshop in intercultural communication

A two hour workshop in Intercultural Communication will be taught by John Stiles, a Jackson County native who is the…
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Overrun by demand, Community Table needs help with move to bigger building
 

Overrun by demand, Community Table needs help with move to bigger building

The blue-plate special fundraiser is a tradition in Sylva. On the last Wednesday of each month, Jackson County residents sit…
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SCC eyed for federal law enforcement training
 

SCC eyed for federal law enforcement training

Four donated modular units should help ease a space crunch at the Public Safety Training Center in Macon County, but…
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Dress code sends the right message to adolescents
 

Dress code sends the right message to adolescents

A debate about how adolescents — and even pre-adolescents — dress these days is a topic that covers a lot…
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Expert discusses court’s impact on Constitution
 

Expert discusses court’s impact on Constitution

Robert A. Levy, a nationally known expert in the field of constitutional studies, will deliver a talk titled “How the…
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Indian health and healing lecture at WCU
 

Indian health and healing lecture at WCU

Eduardo Duran, a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with the legacy of historical trauma and Native American healing, will…
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Intriguing religion classes offered at SCC
 

Intriguing religion classes offered at SCC

Everything from the authors of the Bible to religious extremism will be covered in two upcoming courses at Southwestern Community…
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Help with weight loss is here
 

Help with weight loss is here

Are you battling the bulge or want to lose a few extra pounds before the holidays arrive? Take advantage of…
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Proposal to pave, widen Needmore Road met with skepticism
 

Proposal to pave, widen Needmore Road met with skepticism

A state proposal to widen and pave a gravel road that runs alongside the Little Tennessee River and near the…
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Joint venture paying off for hospital group
 

Joint venture paying off for hospital group

The hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain Counties can boost their bottom line by $15 million a year under their…
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North Shore memorial in Swain needs input
 

North Shore memorial in Swain needs input

Public input is being sought for a memorial dedicated to the North Shore families in Swain County who had their…
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Vision for Appalachian Women’s Museum stalled
 

Vision for Appalachian Women’s Museum stalled

A long-range plan to create a museum highlighting the role and contribution of Appalachian women might be in limbo. The…
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Wong trial testimony to follow jury selection
 

Wong trial testimony to follow jury selection

Court testimony could start this week in the case of a Florida man who gunned down state Trooper Shawn Blanton…
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Waynesville debates which special events merit street closings
 

Waynesville debates which special events merit street closings

Waynesville’s town board is drawing the line at 14 Main Street closings annually. As a result, the town has rejected…
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Atmosphere wins over delegates to Lake J’s Methodist conference
 

Atmosphere wins over delegates to Lake J’s Methodist conference

Lake Junaluska, a century-old retreat for Methodist clergy and their families, will remain the favored venue for a major annual…
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Sunburst Trout chef journeys to D.C. in the name of healthy food
 

Sunburst Trout chef journeys to D.C. in the name of healthy food

Hundreds of chefs gathered in Washington, D.C., Friday, June 4, to launch Chefs Move to Schools, a program designed to…
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 Complaint filed over ballot counting before polls closed
 

Complaint filed over ballot counting before polls closed

An election watchdog in Swain County is protesting the tallying of early votes before the close of polls on Election…
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New policy at Tuscola touches off student dissent
 

New policy at Tuscola touches off student dissent

In the 1970s, blue jeans and boys with shaggy hair were as scandalous in Western North Carolina schools as miniskirts…
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Contractor heads to court over unpaid grading work
 

Contractor heads to court over unpaid grading work

A Jackson County grading company was left holding the bag on more than $200,000 in site work after the developer…
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Scenic highway designation extended along Little Tennessee River
 

Scenic highway designation extended along Little Tennessee River

The historic significance of the Cowee Valley corridor received a national boost this month following the designation of N.C. 28…
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HCC has very little risk on green energy venture, say experts
 

HCC has very little risk on green energy venture, say experts

Alternative energy has emerged as a sticking point in the debate over a proposed $10 million creative arts building at…
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Spine Center coming to Angel Medical
 

Spine Center coming to Angel Medical

Spine care for residents of Macon and adjoining counties will be available in Franklin beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7 with the…
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HCC offers business planning course
 

HCC offers business planning course

Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays from Sept. 14…
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Foreclosure threatened against Ghost Town amusement park
 

Foreclosure threatened against Ghost Town amusement park

Ghost Town in the Sky is staring down the barrel of foreclosure. BB&T has filed for foreclosure against the amusement…
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Blue Ridge Hall opens its doors
 

Blue Ridge Hall opens its doors

Of the 1,450 Western Carolina University freshmen set to move in Aug. 20, about 375 will score a room in…
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Free hand screening to be held at Harris
 

Free hand screening to be held at Harris

Dr. Paul Cutting, an orthopedic doctor at Western Carolina Orthopedic Specialists who specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery, will…
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Children and youth provide leadership at Peace Celebration
 

Children and youth provide leadership at Peace Celebration

Lake Junaluska Assembly invites youth and children to become peacemakers at the 2010 Lake Junaluska Peace Celebration: Mosaic of Hope,…
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Jackson Child Support enforcement best in the state
 

Jackson Child Support enforcement best in the state

For the second time in three years, the Jackson County Child Support Enforcement Program has achieved the ranking of No.…
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Rabies shots likely in store for dozens
 

Rabies shots likely in store for dozens

More than 40 people in Haywood County might have been exposed to rabies after a baby raccoon a family was…
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Decrepit Swain jail to be bulldozed for extra downtown parking
 

Decrepit Swain jail to be bulldozed for extra downtown parking

Bryson City merchants can expect some relief from the downtown parking crunch once the old Swain County Jail is torn…
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Bar passes on recommending judge for vacant seat
 

Bar passes on recommending judge for vacant seat

Attorneys in the state’s seven westernmost counties sent a message to the governor this week that they don’t want a…
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Manager’s push for outside help raises concerns
 

Manager’s push for outside help raises concerns

Finding a new police chief for Sylva might take more time than anticipated after some of the town’s board members…
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Chevy hybrid put through the paces
 

Chevy hybrid put through the paces

When General Motors began looking for a good place to test the power of a new Hybrid car being released…
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Benefit dinner planned for Catman2 shelter
 

Benefit dinner planned for Catman2 shelter

The Balsam Mountain Inn will have a special dinner at 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 24 to provide donations…
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Arts building debate focuses on cost, green technology, and importance of craft industry
 

Arts building debate focuses on cost, green technology, and importance of craft industry

A crowd of 50 Haywood Community College supporters turned out Monday at a two-and-a-half hour public hearing to urge county…
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Waynesville’s special police unit puts new spin on fighting crime
 

Waynesville’s special police unit puts new spin on fighting crime

Not long ago, Waynesville’s historic Frog Level district was fraught with littered beer bottles and an unrelenting band of vagrants.…
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Trying for a lifetime to forgive
 

Trying for a lifetime to forgive

Inside Mary J. Messer’s cozy Bargain Books in Waynesville, hundreds of thousands of books are stacked ceiling high. Messer sits…
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Retired general to speak to Jackson GOP
 

Retired general to speak to Jackson GOP

The Jackson County GOP’s Orville Coward Forum on Public Issues program featuring Retired U.S. Marine Corp Gen. Geoff Higginbotham will…
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Cherokee’s new nerve center pushes the envelope inside and out
 

Cherokee’s new nerve center pushes the envelope inside and out

State-of-the-art defines just about everything the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians builds these days. Gorgeous architectural lines, native mountain building…
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Jackson businesses checked for taxable equipment
 

Jackson businesses checked for taxable equipment

Jackson County launched a comprehensive audit two years ago to make sure businesses are paying enough taxes on all their…
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Jackson Paper says tax bill tallied unfairly
 

Jackson Paper says tax bill tallied unfairly

After being hit with a county audit of its machinery, Jackson Paper factory in Sylva is disputing what it considers…
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