SCC offering free tuition
 

SCC offering free tuition

Through a one-time program, Southwestern Community College will not charge tuition or fees to students for the 2021-22 academic year.
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HCC holds ‘Peak Week’
 

HCC holds ‘Peak Week’

Haywood Community College is holding Peak Week July 12 through July 16. 
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SCC’s Health Science Center ready this fall

As workers apply the last few coats of paint and other finishing touches this summer, Southwestern Community College officials are…
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Harrah’s chips away at job vacancies

Now carrying double the vacancies it had in the summer of 2019, Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos is feeling the effects of…
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Developers tee off on Waynesville Inn rehab

With some demolition work currently underway and a membership drive event held on July 12, the new owners of The…
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Alcohol referenda to appear on Cherokee’s September ballot

Cherokee voters will decide whether to loosen alcohol regulations on the Qualla Boundary this September by answering three referendum questions…
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After uproar, DOT relents on bridge replacement project

A controversial bridge replacement project that would have snarled Haywood County traffic for up to four years will likely get…
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Task force issues draft recommendations on homelessness

More than 18 months after its creation and just over 12 months since its first meeting, Waynesville’s Task Force on…
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Haywood among top school districts nationwide

Haywood County Schools has made the list of National Board Accomplished Districts recognized by the National Board for Professional Teaching…
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Nursing homes face essential worker shortage

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities were among the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, they are facing another…
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Tribal Council again refuses to consider same-sex marriage ordinance

For the second month in a row , the first item on Tribal Council’s agenda  was an ordinance to legalize…
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Labor shortage a lesser challenge for many outdoor industry businesses

While prominently displayed “now hiring” signs and sign-on bonuses attest to the difficulty many employers now face in staffing their…
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In Western North Carolina, memories of old-time baseball endure

For much of the 20th Century, small-town life in Western North Carolina revolved around the large-scale industrial enterprises that had…
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Haywood courts back in full swing

Haywood County courts are back in full swing following safety-related case delays during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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New fly shop opening in Waynesville
 

New fly shop opening in Waynesville

Tuckaseegee Fly Shop will expand into Haywood County starting Aug. 1, with plans to open a retail shop and guide…
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Maggie Valley discusses RV park rules

A draft text amendment to a Maggie Valley ordinance concerning campgrounds and RV parks has sparked a larger conversation about…
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UNC system president visits Cullowhee

University of North Carolina System President Peter Hans toured institutional improvements at Western Carolina University July 1, marking his first…
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Housing crunch exacerbates WCU’s stagnant salaries

With the state’s biennial budget process  now nearing its conclusion, Western Carolina University employees are hopeful that they could soon…
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City Lights owner to lead Sylva’s Main Street program

Bernadette Peters, owner of City Lights Café, has been hired to lead economic development efforts in downtown Sylva. 
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One step closer to affordable housing
 

One step closer to affordable housing

Southwestern NC HOME Consortium is one step closer to receiving annual allocation to bring more affordable housing to the region.
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Drake Software expands to Waynesville
 

Drake Software expands to Waynesville

An economic development venture previously referred to as “Project Duck Call” has been revealed to be a new call center…
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Man takes plea in fatal DWI case
 

Man takes plea in fatal DWI case

District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said a Haywood County man will serve the maximum sentence possible in prison after entering…
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Candidates file for municipal seats

The filing period for candidates seeking municipal governing board seats in November began at noon on Friday, July 2, with…
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Franklin Mayor Bob Scott won’t seek fifth term

Editor’s note: Bob Scott, longtime mayor of Franklin, announced today that he wouldn’t seek a fifth term in November. What…
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Labor shortage challenges employers

With help wanted signs popping up everywhere, The Smoky Mountain News investigates reasons for the labor shortage in the region…
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Lake Junaluska Women meet

On Flag Day at Lake Junaluska, about 50 of Junaluska Woman’s Club’s 75 members gathered for a luncheon at Lakeside…
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Downtown Waynesville director on leave, property likely to be removed from MSD

With a proposed contract renewal going nowhere fast, a slew of unfulfilled public records requests and the strong likelihood of…
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Waynesville budget passed over opposition

Citing their continuing support of a revenue-neutral budget, Waynesville Aldermen Chuck Dickson and Jon Feichter voted against the adoption of…
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Post-COVID employment rebounds, but where are the workers?

You’ve seen the signs, on marquees and placards, up and down streets in towns across Western North Carolina — Now…
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Help wanted in the service industry

The signs are everywhere. Now hiring, help wanted, excuse the wait times we’re short staffed and doing the best we…
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COVID cases, deaths hit new lows

Since Gov. Roy Cooper lifted the mask mandate on May 14, indoor gatherings have returned and face coverings have nearly…
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Highway project threatens havoc in Haywood

As Haywood County looks to put the Coronavirus Pandemic squarely in its rear-view mirror, a North Carolina Department of Transportation…
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Sylva asks DOT to help with Allen Street

Facing an estimated price tag of $1.5 million to fix persistent landslide issues on Allen Street, the Town of Sylva…
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Sylva resolution opposes county’s ‘Sylva Sam’ plans

Just shy of a year after it passed a resolution demanding the relocation of Sylva’s Confederate statue, the Sylva Town…
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Compensation, compassion go a long way at Sonoco Plastics

Some employers are having trouble attracting or retaining qualified employees, but those businesses could likely learn a thing or two…
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Labor shortage hits WNC

“Were there any cars in the parking lot when you got here?” Lisa Morris asked. 
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Sylva board approves agreement with Pinnacle Park Foundation

The Sylva Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an agreement with the Pinnacle Park Foundation during its June 24 meeting aimed…
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Leadership changes on WCU board

On Friday, June 4, three longtime trustees said goodbye to seats they’d held on the Western Carolina University Board of…
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School Board publicly opposes mask mandate

At a special called board meeting last week, Haywood County Schools Board of Education considered defying the current mask mandate…
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‘Mayor Mike’ steps down: Business as usual to continue at Fitzgerald Shoe Shop

After 16 years and one week on the job, Mike Fitzgerald is officially retired from Dillsboro’s town board— but not…
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First tenant announced for EBCI’s Sevier development

The 200-acre piece of land that the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is developing along Interstate 40 in Sevier County…
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Haywood man wins $100,000 lottery
 

Haywood man wins $100,000 lottery

Gary Lewis of Clyde didn’t get the scratch-off ticket he wanted when he stopped at a convenience store to play…
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Sylva, Jackson pass budgets

The boards governing Sylva and Jackson County both passed budget ordinances this month that feature a change in tax rate,…
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Farm to School program teaches nutrition, connection to food

Excitement could be heard in the unconstrained murmuring of elementary school students at Blue Ridge School Monday morning as they…
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Contractors still unpaid in Zimmer development

The first students moved into The Husk at Western Carolina University last August, but nearly a year later the companies…
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Beasley makes campaign stop in Asheville

Cheri Beasley, former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice, announced her campaign for United States Senate in April. On Friday, Beasley…
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The new trustbusters: Proposed legislation would rein in Big Tech

Over the last two weeks, the most significant set of antitrust laws since the early 1900s were proposed in Congress,…
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Milestone moment for broadband in Haywood

A public-private partnership between Haywood County and local internet service provider Skyrunner will soon result in broadband service for more…
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Data calls for empathetic approach to treating addiction

By Melanie Threlkeld McConnell • Guest writer | Two Western Carolina University professors with interests in jail populations and addiction…
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Macon purchases property for Nantahala library

Macon County commissioners are trying to move forward with plans to give the Nantahala community a new library and community…
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