Swain commissioners recommend DSS employee suspension DSS board to meet on the matter Tuesday
 

Swain commissioners recommend DSS employee suspension DSS board to meet on the matter Tuesday

Swain County commissioners voted 4 to 1 in a special meeting Thursday (March 3) to formally recommend that the  Department…
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Plows miss part of I-40
 

Plows miss part of I-40

Motorists beware: a no man’s land at exit 37 on Interstate 40 may not be plowed and salted in bad…
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Maggie ABC stores face questions amid losses
 

Maggie ABC stores face questions amid losses

Maggie Valley’s liquor stores lost money in 2010 for the second year in a row, prompting some aldermen to question…
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Does right equal might? Republicans take control next week
 

Does right equal might? Republicans take control next week

Don’t expect business as usual when the state’s General Assembly convenes January 26: not with an epic power shift from…
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Lottery money takes on new role as state budget cuts loom
 

Lottery money takes on new role as state budget cuts loom

By definition, the lottery is a gamble. There’s no guarantee of winning, no assurance that you’ll look back on your…
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Taking tabs on economic recovery: Economic situation in WNC seems to be improving for small businesses
 

Taking tabs on economic recovery: Economic situation in WNC seems to be improving for small businesses

By Colby Dunn and Quintin Ellison • Staff writers Despite a sour economy, many businesses in Western North Carolina are…
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Year in review 2010
 

Year in review 2010

Editor’s note: Here is The Smoky Mountain News’ annual Year in Review, but ours comes with a nod and a…
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A changing of the guard at Lake Junaluska: Methodist center with deep Haywood roots works to re-invent itself
 

A changing of the guard at Lake Junaluska: Methodist center with deep Haywood roots works to re-invent itself

Almost a century after its inception, Lake Junaluska Assembly is still a pillar of Haywood County’s heritage, an organic, integral…
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Road crews ready for winter
 

Road crews ready for winter

Eight inches. 10 inches. 12 inches. Wintry mix. Ice. Snow. If the winter of 2009-2010 was characterized by anything, it…
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Shuler getting comfortable in new position
 

Shuler getting comfortable in new position

In his initial bid for political office, U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., often seemed unsure of himself. The former NFL…
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Going hungry: Many in region, particularly children, are doing without for Thanksgiving
 

Going hungry: Many in region, particularly children, are doing without for Thanksgiving

It’s Thursday afternoon, and Amy Grimes has her head in a freezer digging around for a few things to add…
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Press Wars: Community newspapers thrive despite stagnant economy
 

Press Wars: Community newspapers thrive despite stagnant economy

It’s a Monday night in early November and the meeting is, in one word, boring. As a result of the…
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Does working for the government give workers a free pass to carry a gun?
 

Does working for the government give workers a free pass to carry a gun?

Chances are, the identity of your garbage truck driver doesn’t always cross your mind. You probably give him a friendly…
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Information session on ‘fixing’ N.C. 107 set for next week
 

Information session on ‘fixing’ N.C. 107 set for next week

Are you ready to rumble? Because here we go again: The great debate in Jackson County on whether traffic congestion…
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Western caught in crosshairs of First Amendment battle
 

Western caught in crosshairs of First Amendment battle

A First Amendment battle is not what Western Carolina University senior Justin Caudell expected when he returned to campus this…
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Breathing life into the Museum that Runs
 

Breathing life into the Museum that Runs

A few steps past the door at Maggie Valley’s Wheels Through Time museum, and the characteristic, unmistakable scent of a…
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Landfill for sale? Profit motive may prompt Haywood to sell landfill space
 

Landfill for sale? Profit motive may prompt Haywood to sell landfill space

Haywood County commissioners are deciding whether to sell off space in the county’s landfill, allowing trucks from elsewhere to dump…
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An uphill battle: Western  North Carolina  struggles  to overcome  digital divide
 

An uphill battle: Western North Carolina struggles to overcome digital divide

A few years ago, Michael Wade was ready to hang up tin cans and have tenants at his Rabbit Ridge…
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Alcohol sales part of grander scheme at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino
 

Alcohol sales part of grander scheme at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

Just over a year ago, the members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians voted to allow alcohol sales at…
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The great routing debate: North Carolina’s battle for the Parkway
 

The great routing debate: North Carolina’s battle for the Parkway

To mountain communities, the coming of the Blue Ridge Parkway 75 years ago was seen as economic salvation. It would…
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No longer resigned to handouts from Ghost Town, Maggie searches for its own identity
 

No longer resigned to handouts from Ghost Town, Maggie searches for its own identity

No one is more intimate with the highs and lows of amusement park Ghost Town in the Sky than the…
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Two towns at a crossroads
 

Two towns at a crossroads

For decades Maggie Valley and Dillsboro were two of the mountain’s most iconic tourist towns. Sadly, both relied heavily —…
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Luggage logistics
 

Luggage logistics

At the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville, performers’ costumes erupt from the sleeping quarters to fill spare rooms, hallways, and…
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County health rankings yield mixed results
 

County health rankings yield mixed results

Measuring the overall health of a population at the local level is an elusive and cumbersome task. As a result,…
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Skyships over Cashiers? Local women track extraterrestrial activity
 

Skyships over Cashiers? Local women track extraterrestrial activity

Eight-year-old Devon Heenan stood with her arm extended in the parking lot of the Ingles in Cashiers. With her cell…
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WNC behind state average in educator diversity

North Carolina has about 1.5 million public school students, and according to a report from the Department of Public Instruction,…
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Integration and the disappearance of Black teachers

For Lin Forney, the end of fourth grade was the end of an era.  The year was 1963, and the…
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Committed to movement: WCU professors push for diversity in education

Professors at Western Carolina University are tired of just talking about the importance of diversity within the teaching industry and…
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North Carolina ‘driving’ toward more diverse corps of educators

North Carolina’s population is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse every day, but according to a report issued by Gov.…
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ALE conducts statewide enforcement operation

In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, ALE special agents concluded a statewide enforcement operation on Friday resulting in over 200…
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Jackson commissioners weigh fire funding

Jackson County leaders are considering adding a penny to the county’s tax rate to fund the Cullowhee Volunteer Fire Department’s…
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Waynesville Inn sold, will see extensive rehab

An iconic Waynesville landmark sold for nearly $9 million last week, but the new owner’s plans to renovate the 165-acre…
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Growing pains at Haywood Community College

In preparing for Haywood Community College’s first post-pandemic budget, President Dr. Shelley White presented a stable operating budget but asked…
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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Dr. Diana Messer, a forensic anthropology professor at Western Carolina University, is working on groundbreaking research that could drastically improve…
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Firefly lottery opens Friday

The annual synchronous firefly viewing event will return to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this year, but with a…
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Vaccine appointments readily available in WNC

Vaccination rates slowed substantially across the four-county area over the past week, and the pace will likely continue to slacken…
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Canton budget goes all-in on recreation, infrastructure

The Town of Canton’s property tax rate hasn’t changed in almost two decades. This year, it looks to be headed…
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Bill addresses judicial efficiency in western counties

A House bill proposed by Western North Carolina reps. Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, and Mark Pless, R-Haywood, includes significant changes…
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WCU will offer full college experience this fall

Western Carolina University is gearing up for a traditional college experience this fall with plans to resume all typical academic,…
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Woman dismissed for overturning gravestones

Following the results of a mental evaluation, a judge on Monday ordered the release of an Oregon woman accused in…
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Murphy man pleads guilty to drug trafficking

A Murphy man who triggered an investigation into his own drug-dealing activities admitted in Graham County Superior Court to trafficking…
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COVID-19 cluster found at Haywood jail

Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency has identified a COVID-19 cluster at the Haywood County Detention Center. Over the…
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As long as water runs downhill: The story of Popcorn Sutton

People have been making moonshine almost since the day water started running downhill, and it seems like people have been…
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Waynesville residents shocked by big electric bills

Complaints from Town of Waynesville power customers about higher-than-expected electric bills prompted town officials to look into the matter, which…
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Future of Downtown Waynesville Association to be debated

It’s been almost five years since the Downtown Waynesville Association landed a multi-year contract to manage the town’s municipal service…
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Virus trends down as vaccination continues

Despite a continued pause on distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and flagging demand for appointments, the past…
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Franklin manager to leave her post

Franklin Town Manager Summer Woodard recently submitted her resignation letter after accepting a position as the town manager of Reidsville. 
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Maggie property owners oppose waterfall project

Maggie Valley Country Club Estates Property Owners Association has communicated intense opposition to the proposed Waterfall Park on 8 acres…
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Court rules in favor of Catawba casino

In a 55-page opinion filed Friday, April 16, U.S. District Court Judge James A. Boasberg gave a green light in…
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State Superintendent visits WNC schools

North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Schools, Catherine Truitt, ended a tour of Western North Carolina Schools today, April 16,…
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