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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Macon Friends get $200,000 Janirve grant
 

Macon Friends get $200,000 Janirve grant

The Friends of the Macon County Library have received a $200,000 pledge of support from The Janirve Foundation of Asheville.
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Junkyard’s friends replace trees
 

Junkyard’s friends replace trees

A small contingent of friends and neighbors showed up on the doorstep of Denver Blaylock’s junkyard in Cruso Saturday (Dec.…
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Jackson five earn Governor’s Award
 

Jackson five earn Governor’s Award

Five Jackson County women were given the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service during a recent awards luncheon in Sylva.…
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Economic impact of methane project uncertain
 

Economic impact of methane project uncertain

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Translating the economic impact of Jackson County’s landfill gas recovery project into dollars and…
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Dillsboro misses out on lion’s share of flood relief
 

Dillsboro misses out on lion’s share of flood relief

It appears Dillsboro is getting the short end of the stick in state grant money intended to revitalize business districts…
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Recommended diversions
 

Recommended diversions

Cataloochee Our local ski mountain is just plain fun. My family enjoys nothing better than to make the trek through…
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Macon waiting on Peeks Creek decision
 

Macon waiting on Peeks Creek decision

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Streambank restoration along Peeks Creek in Macon County, where a massive landslide killed six…
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Bill McLarney: Peeks Creek trout population wiped out
 

Bill McLarney: Peeks Creek trout population wiped out

Local biologist and aquatic scientist Bill McLarney agreed with the Wildlife Commission’s revised recommendations to allow stream work, but for…
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Long time coming
 

Long time coming

Denver Blaylock has been prodded by enforcers for seven years to meet Haywood County’s junkyard ordinance. The sprawling complex houses…
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$6.9 million gift to WCU largest in its history
 

$6.9 million gift to WCU largest in its history

As industry experts warn of a worsening international shortage of construction professionals, Western Carolina University and one of the nation’s…
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Jackson considers grant requests
 

Jackson considers grant requests

Jackson County commissioners are weighing the merits of several municipal grant applications that will allocate a total of up to…
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Charters want cut of lottery money
 

Charters want cut of lottery money

Advocates of charter schools have launched a statewide campaign to correct what they claim is an inequality in the way…
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Blaylock tries to salvage business after Haywood court cracks down on junkyard ordinance
 

Blaylock tries to salvage business after Haywood court cracks down on junkyard ordinance

When Ricky Stokely pulled out of Denver Blaylock’s junkyard in Cruso last Friday afternoon towing a junk green Saturn, he…
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Study says water, sewer needs rising
 

Study says water, sewer needs rising

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The state’s water, wastewater and stormwater systems are faced with $6.8 billion in capital…
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School’s stormwater system will be state-of-the-art
 

School’s stormwater system will be state-of-the-art

A new elementary school under construction in Haywood County will serve as an environmental model for developers in the region.
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Land too valuable to conserve, residents say
 

Land too valuable to conserve, residents say

Nearly two years after Bryson City town leaders agreed to conserve 900 acres once used as the town’s drinking water…
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Trial forces widower to relive mountainside tragedy
 

Trial forces widower to relive mountainside tragedy

Almost two years ago, a retired couple from Florida was crushed in their home after the hillside behind their house…
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New laws should help curtail meth plague
 

New laws should help curtail meth plague

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Swain County Chief Deputy Jackie Fortner never thought he’d equate marijuana with more simple…
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Latest Ghost Town suitor eyes May 2006 opening
 

Latest Ghost Town suitor eyes May 2006 opening

The owner of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad has teamed up with a venture capitalist and an amusement operator to…
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Finishing well: Canton native dies in a war he didn’t support for the country he did
 

Finishing well: Canton native dies in a war he didn’t support for the country he did

By Michael Beadle Michael Parrott wanted to be in Iraq. He told his wife Meg about it every Sunday morning…
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Choosing replacement puts board, director at odds
 

Choosing replacement puts board, director at odds

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer There was a showdown at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Fontana Regional Library Board.…
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The body count keeps rising
 

The body count keeps rising

As of Nov. 20, the total number of U.S. troops killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom climbed to 2,083. Eleven more…
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Landslide death case ends in mistrial
 

Landslide death case ends in mistrial

A wrongful death lawsuit surrounding a landslide in Maggie Valley was declared a mistrial this week after a jury failed…
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HCC has new president
 

HCC has new president

Dr. Rose Harrell Johnson, currently working for the Virginia Community College system, has been appointed president of Haywood Community College.
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