Maggie codifies park rules

Disparate parks and recreation regulations in Maggie Valley will be codified under one ordinance if the board of aldermen accepts…
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Local shop lifts up customers and creators

For Haley Gaylord and Chelsea Ramsey, opening their own small business was not an early career choice. But opening the…
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Two Macon men convicted on drug charges

Two Macon County men admitted guilt last week in connection with drug-related crimes, District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said.  
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The ‘strong right arm’ of the Republican Party flexes its muscles in Maggie Valley

Energized by recent Supreme Court rulings and eager to remake North Carolina in their own image, members of the N.C.…
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After landmark SCOTUS decisions, midterm elections carry heavy consequences

The United States Supreme Court shocked the world during its last term, issuing several rulings that had most conservatives cheering…
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Clampitt calls for unification of Bryson City, Swain County emergency services

As towns and counties across Western North Carolina grow and attract more visitors, the services provided by those places must…
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Legislation provides some assistance to school nutrition departments

After passing in Congress, President Biden signed the Keep the Kids Fed Act  on June 23, partially extending school meal…
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Decision reached to name permanent Macon Middle School Principal

Mark Sutton will continue in his role as principal of Macon County Middle School after taking the position late last…
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The Haywood partisan elections bill is dead, for now

A bill advanced by Rep. Mark Pless (R-Haywood) to make school board and municipal elections in Haywood County partisan has…
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Pisgah Legal opens Waynesville office, offers program to help working families

As Pisgah Legal Services continues to grow and better serve its clientele, a key challenge has simply been getting word…
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Five convicted in Haywood drug trafficking case

State assistant district attorneys in Haywood County Superior Court last week successfully prosecuted five residents for trafficking illegal drugs. Collectively,…
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Pleased to be here: Gary Carden Returns to The Liar’s Bench

When the snakes around here want to go somewhere they put their tails in their mouths and contort themselves into…
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Special project grants awarded by Haywood TDA

Although the indirect benefits of the unprecedented tourism boom that’s enveloped Haywood County over the past few years are readily…
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State budget goes to Gov. Cooper

Both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly approved the state’s $28 billion fiscal year 2022-23 budget last week, but…
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Tribal Council to consider supporting Clingmans Dome name change 


During its July 14 meeting, the Cherokee Tribal Council will consider a resolution that calls for Clingmans Dome, the highest…
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Vecinos spearheads services uninsured and low-income residents

Vecinos, a free and charitable clinic providing bilingual primary and behavioral health care in Western North Carolina, is leading a…
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Man dies in jail: SBI investigates Jackson’s fourth jail death since 2014

For the fourth time in eight years, a person has died while incarcerated at the Jackson County Detention Center.
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Cherokee tribes voice joint opposition 
to recognition for Lumbee, other tribes

During their annual Tri-Council session held Thursday, June 23, the three Cherokee tribes agreed unanimously to a resolution opposing state…
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United Christian Ministries dedicates newest pantry addition
 

United Christian Ministries dedicates newest pantry addition

United Christian Ministries of Jackson County held an open house on Wednesday, June 15, to formally dedicate the pantry addition…
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Distillery foreclosure auction heats up

The foreclosure auction for Maggie Valley’s beloved Elevated Mountain Distillery kicked off on May 24, and although it could have…
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Mountain Credit Union Partners with MANNA Food Bank

Earlier this month, Mountain Credit Union partnered with MANNA Food Bank to provide meals that will help end food insecurity…
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Blood and platelet donors needed around Fourth of July

As summer officially begins and people gather for holiday celebrations, the American Red Cross reminds communities that patients are counting…
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Silent no more: Native communities call for end to crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women

Maggie Calhoun Bowman’s family has spent the last 17 years making peace with the fact that they will never know…
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Tuscola student attends UT engineering program

Eireann Marcus, a rising sophomore at Tuscola High School, was one out of only 32 students selected to attend Engineering…
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Mountain Heritage Day announces music headliners
 

Mountain Heritage Day announces music headliners

Becky Buller Band and Mountain Heart will be the headline musical acts for this year’s Mountain Heritage Day, the popular…
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Catamount Cinemas to open in former site of Quin Theater

The Quin Theater shut its doors in April, but thanks to two veterans of the industry, it will find new…
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Mountain Projects takes steps forward in Jackson County

Mountain Projects had much to celebrate last week. 
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Canton braces for development with comprehensive plan

In an effort to strike a balance between development pressures and a need for growth, the Town of Canton adopted…
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As expected, Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

Almost 50 years after the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion ruling was handed down by the United States Supreme Court,…
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Vecinos spearheads services hub for uninsured and low-income WNC residents

Vecinos, a free and charitable clinic providing bilingual primary and behavioral health care in Western North Carolina, is leading a…
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Haywood County confirms first case of monkeypox

The Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency (HCHHSA) is reporting the first case of monkeypox virus infection in a…
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Two held without bond in alleged mass shooting threat

Two men are being held without bond in the Jackson County Detention Center after allegedly threatening a mass shooting in…
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Overbooked: How Highlands is attempting to regulate its short-term rental industry

Short term rentals have existed in resort towns for decades, but as Airbnb and similar services have made them more…
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State puts the brakes on US-19 flyover project

A much-needed, much-lamented bridge replacement project planned for U.S. 74 in Haywood County will be postponed, per a June 10…
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Haywood TDA to award special project grants

The biggest knock against North Carolina’s city- and county-based Tourism Development Authority system is that while it does collect and…
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Neadeau named as interim Cherokee police chief

When Chief of Police Josh Taylor’s resignation becomes effective June 27, the Cherokee Indian Police Department’s Captain of Corrections Carla…
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Designer chosen for WCU Moore Hall renovation

In a unanimous vote Friday, June 10, the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees selected Charlotte-based Jenkins Peer Architects to…
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Tourism dollars create opportunity for Jackson

This summer, the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority is in the process of accepting applications for its first round of…
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Buncombe TDA bill would bolster community spending

A  bipartisan Senate bill that would address persistent outcry from Asheville residents over the negative impacts of tourism could reflect…
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Clampitt bill would establish TDA for Bryson City

A long-simmering feud between city and county governments over TDA revenue will finally be settled, if a bill entered by Rep.…
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N.C. 107 section dedicated to Conrad Burrell
 

N.C. 107 section dedicated to Conrad Burrell

The stories flowed easily from friends, pastors and family members of the late Conrad Burrell on Tuesday afternoon at Southwestern…
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‘Climb Out of the Darkness’

Brit Klepac gave birth two-and-a-half years ago. Throughout her pregnancy, she was mentally and physically healthy, but almost immediately after bringing…
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WCU navigates pandemic fallout as enrollment shows signs of recovery

While nothing is certain until census day in September, transfer and full-time freshman enrollment for the upcoming fall semester at…
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N.C. House opposes Smokies parking fee

The N.C. House of Representatives last week condemned the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s controversial proposal to enact a parking…
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MCSO affidavits offer strange and heinous details of alleged kidnapping, homicide

A man currently in jail on charges of kidnapping and assault may soon be charged with murder if search warrants…
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Substantial voter fraud alleged in Lake Santeetlah

It may look like any other rustic vacation community, but beneath the placid surface of Lake Santeetlah, division runs deep. 
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Highlands Biological Foundation opens North Campus
 

Highlands Biological Foundation opens North Campus

After years of planning, fundraising, and construction, the Highlands Biological Foundation (HBF) officially dedicated the North Campus of the Highlands…
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Junaluska announces Summer Worship Series and events
 

Junaluska announces Summer Worship Series and events

Lake Junaluska will host outdoor, lakeside Sunday worship services led by inspirational visiting preachers from June 26 through Aug. 14…
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Slanted Window Tasting Station cuts the ribbon

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce was proud to welcome the Slanted Window Tasting Station to the community and the chamber…
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Bear injures campers at Elkmont

A bear has been euthanized after it broke into a tent occupied by a family of five and their dog,…
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