Jackson County pauses J&J vaccine distribution

The Jackson County Department of Public Health will pause its use of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine following…
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Canton town manager suspended

Effective immediately Canton Town Manager Jason Burrell has been suspended indefinitely without pay pending further board action, Mayor Zeb Smathers…
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Loftis pleads guilty to sexual assault

A Franklin man admitted in Macon County Superior Court to forcing his way into a woman’s house and sexually assaulting…
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Haywood reports 95th COVID-19 death

Haywood County Health and Human Services have received notice of another COVID-19 death, bringing the total number now to 95.
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Franklin man pleads guilty to child abuse

District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said a Franklin man admitted this week in court to sexually abusing a child. He…
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‘I don’t feel like it’s safe’: For many, concerns about long-term impacts drive vaccine hesitancy

When the pandemic first hit, Waynesville resident Sammie Conner was so scared of contracting COVID-19 that she wouldn’t even go…
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The facts on the vax: Survey shows widespread support for COVID-19 vaccination

More than 80 percent of Smoky Mountain News readers have already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,…
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COVID-19 vaccine means getting back to ‘normal’

People who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things they had stopped doing because of the pandemic,…
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Vaccine hesitancy could impact employers, employees

The last time Americans lived through a global pandemic, the field of employment law wasn’t nearly as developed as it…
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Man pleads guilty in Haywood
 

Man pleads guilty in Haywood

A Buncombe County man pleaded guilty April 6 to two counts of first-degree statutory sexual offense and four counts of…
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Sylva denies one apartment application, approves another

Despite gusting winds and a temperature of 42 degrees at the time the three-hour meeting began — it was 37…
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Lunsford pleads no contest to one count of animal cruelty
 

Lunsford pleads no contest to one count of animal cruelty

More than 16 months after animal cruelty allegations were filed against Haywood resident James Lunsford, justice has finally been served. 
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Kings Mountain gaming to start this summer

A federal lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Interior’s decision to allow the South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation  to build a…
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Lottery-funded renovation coming to former Central Elementary
 

Lottery-funded renovation coming to former Central Elementary

Students enrolled in Haywood County Schools’ exceptional children’s program will soon have a new home at no taxpayer expense. 
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Swank named Macon Matriarch

By Theresa Ramsey • Guest writer | The Women’s History Trail project of the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County…
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A woman with vision: Barbara McRae leaves her mark on Macon County

Barbara McRae loved history — learning about it, sharing it with others and making it herself.  The long-time community organizer lost…
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WCU clinic to provide its 10,000th vaccine

Western Carolina University’s regional COVID-19 vaccine clinic will deliver its 10,000th vaccine to a student around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April…
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Fire at Canton mill contained

A potentially dangerous situation at the Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Canton earlier today is under control.
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First responders monitoring situation at Canton mill

Emergency services workers from several jurisdictions were responding this morning to reports of a fire at Evergreen Packaging’s Canton papermill.
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Haywood County COVID-19 update
 

Haywood County COVID-19 update

“To date, over 18,000 people in Haywood County are at least partially vaccinated. Mass vaccination efforts have been running smoothly,…
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CDC Extends Moratorium on Renter Evictions to June 30
 

CDC Extends Moratorium on Renter Evictions to June 30

Just as it was about to expire at the end of March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…
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Haywood vaccine clinic moves to Lambeth Inn

Key Updates:  Haywood County’s Mass Vaccination clinic will move this week to a new temporary location at the Lambuth Inn at…
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Dillsboro break-ins prompt caution for Jackson County businesses

Sylva Police Chief Chris Hatton is urging local businesses to secure their buildings after multiple Dillsboro restaurants were broken into…
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Latino vaccine clinic to take place April 4
 

Latino vaccine clinic to take place April 4

The International Friendship Center, the Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers and Vecinos have hosted six weekly Latino COVID-19 vaccine clinics…
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Long overdue regulation bans rebel flag in Haywood County Schools

J.D. Moore started his first year at Tuscola in 1999. He was an athlete, played football and basketball. He learned…
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Sen. Corbin again leads health care push

With the support of a bi-partisan panel including commissioners from Macon and Graham counties as well as the head of…
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Reps. Clampitt, Pless make big ask for mental health

Filed in the General Assembly on March 15, House Bill 280  contains only 112 words, but if it gains legislative…
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Room tax increases proposed for Haywood, Bryson City

Western North Carolina Republicans have introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would result in substantial changes to the…
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New tax values, fire protection costs drive rate discussion

With the 2021 property revaluation now complete, Jackson County’s taxable value will rise nearly 20 percent over the value established…
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DWA leader announces retirement
 

DWA leader announces retirement

Downtown Waynesville Association Executive Director Buffy Phillips has apparently told members of the DWA executive board that she plans to…
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Tribe approves $35 million for Sevier County project

Tribal Council voted 11-1 this month to allocate an additional $35 million toward a Kituwah LLC development project along Interstate…
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Tribe approves allocation plan for commercial gaming profits

By unanimous vote, Tribal Council approved an allocation plan for future revenues from the Southern Indiana Casino during its monthly…
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Mountain Pediatrics re-opens Canton office
 

Mountain Pediatrics re-opens Canton office

Mountain Pediatric Group’s Canton location, temporarily closed during the pandemic, has now reopened and is accepting new patients. 
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Transparency efforts underway for cops, teachers, other gov’t employees

For the very first time, the North Carolina General Assembly will consider giving the public meaningful access to personnel records…
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New leadership for Jackson County Schools

Jackson County Schools Board of Education has selected Dr. Dana Ayers as its new superintendent beginning June 1. 
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COVID-19: Those We've Lost

By Sally Kestin | Asheville Watchdog They taught students in school, delivered the mail, advised Congress, and served the country in…
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Ghost Town developers reach major milestone

In another encouraging sign of progress, ownership of the land upon which Maggie Valley’s Ghost Town in the Sky amusement…
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Vaccine distribution update from Haywood

Key Updates: Haywood County has opened vaccination to all groups eligible under North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services…
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Macon reports two more COVID-related deaths

Macon County Public Health received notification that two Macon County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have passed away.
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Detour Allows Crews to Finish Dillsboro Bridge
 

Detour Allows Crews to Finish Dillsboro Bridge

SYLVA – Just one short phase remains before a major bridge project in Jackson County is functionally complete.
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Environmental Review Process Complete for Corridor K
 

Environmental Review Process Complete for Corridor K

A major milestone has been reached in the planning phase of a project to improve Corridor K in Graham County.
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Jackson opens vaccine registration to all groups, WCU to follow

Anyone 18 or older can now schedule a vaccine appointment with the Jackson County Department of Public Health, regardless of…
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Hospitals offer incentives to attract providers

In 2019, registered nurses were listed as the third most in-demand job in the U.S., and even though enrollment in…
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Growing the pipeline: Amid pandemic, educators train new generation of healthcare professionals

As a respiratory therapist, Bruce Moyle is trained to deliver breathing therapies to people who struggle to draw oxygen. As…
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Nursing students find purpose amid difficulties of pandemic

For students in the nursing program at Western Carolina University, the Coronavirus Pandemic sauntered into their world during spring break…
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As cases recede, health experts urge caution

Vaccination numbers have nearly doubled in the four-county area of Haywood, Jackson, Swain and Macon counties over past month and…
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Early start for 2022 Haywood sheriff’s race

It’s been an open secret for a while now, but two-term incumbent Democratic Sheriff of Haywood County Greg Christopher made…
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Two apartment projects proposed for Sylva

A pair of public hearings slated for April 1 will determine the fate of two proposed apartment developments in Sylva. 
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Waynesville greenway survey needs your input

The Town of Waynesville’s chances at being awarded a $500,000 grant for greenway infrastructure could drastically improve — with your…
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