Tourism board divided over festival funding
 

Tourism board divided over festival funding

The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is split over a budget for the coming fiscal year that would reduce funding…
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Doin’ the TDA shuffle: Haywood, Maggie Valley tourism entities ponder merger
 

Doin’ the TDA shuffle: Haywood, Maggie Valley tourism entities ponder merger

A tug-of-war over the $600,000 in tourism tax money in Haywood County and how it is used to lure travelers…
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Sylva residents rate quality of life high
 

Sylva residents rate quality of life high

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer “Overall, citizens seem fairly satisfied with the quality of life in the town of…
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Momentum builds to challenge TDA
 

Momentum builds to challenge TDA

Dissatisfaction among the Haywood County tourism industry with the way tourism tax dollars are spent has long been a constant…
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Macon superintendent departs amid harassment suit
 

Macon superintendent departs amid harassment suit

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Macon County schools personnel director Tamra Tisdale has filed a sexual harassment suit against…
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Critics say FERC not tough enough on Duke
 

Critics say FERC not tough enough on Duke

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s draft environmental assessment recommending removal of the Dillsboro…
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Swain teacher fills vital role for Latino students
 

Swain teacher fills vital role for Latino students

By Michael Beadle Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on some of the issues faced by…
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An outpouring of support
 

An outpouring of support

When Rose Smith read about the tragic death of an 8-year-old boy left in a car in the parking lot…
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One mother’s struggle: Gibson hits dead-end in quest to balance childcare and work
 

One mother’s struggle: Gibson hits dead-end in quest to balance childcare and work

When Michelle Gibson showed up at her son’s second-grade classroom with balloons, ice cream and a decorated birthday cake signed…
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‘Not guilty’: Michelle Gibson freed after jury rejects second-degree murder, manslaughter charges
 

‘Not guilty’: Michelle Gibson freed after jury rejects second-degree murder, manslaughter charges

Michelle Gibson, a single mother charged with second-degree murder in the death of her 8-year-old son, Devin, was found not…
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Celebrating 10 years as an A+ school
 

Celebrating 10 years as an A+ school

By Michael Beadle Central Elementary School capped its 10-year anniversary as an A+ school Friday, May 19, with students, parents,…
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Blue Ridge banking on cool cartons
 

Blue Ridge banking on cool cartons

The war on soft drink vending machines in schools has found an unexpected ally in Haywood County. Blue Ridge Paper…
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Railroad right of way claim could stall business expansion
 

Railroad right of way claim could stall business expansion

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A Dillsboro business owner’s recent attempt to purchase and develop land near the Great…
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Swain election protest appealed to state
 

Swain election protest appealed to state

An election protest in Swain County over alleged irregularities in the May 2 primary was dismissed in a 2 to…
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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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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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‘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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