Consultant recommends Jackson library site
 

Consultant recommends Jackson library site

Where to put a new Jackson County library is no closer to a resolution following a $20,000 study by a…
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Bryson City seeks citizen input in land-use plan
 

Bryson City seeks citizen input in land-use plan

Want to build anything you want in a downtown location that receives a ton of visitors each summer? Then Bryson…
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Cherokee dedicates first section of downtown greenway
 

Cherokee dedicates first section of downtown greenway

A long-range plan to make Cherokee a friendlier place to walk, visit and shop moved forward last week with the…
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The end of the road? Park Service recommends cash instead of road
 

The end of the road? Park Service recommends cash instead of road

The National Park Service has finally chosen sides in the long-standing debate over whether to build a 30-mile road through…
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Judge rules Realtors’ loss is not irreparable
 

Judge rules Realtors’ loss is not irreparable

A group of Realtors and developers challenging the legality of Jackson County’s five-month moratorium on new subdivisions lost the first…
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What they’re saying
 

What they’re saying

“It’s well past time to bury this boondoggle and resolve the issue in this positive way for the park and…
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Ghost Town goes silver screen
 

Ghost Town goes silver screen

Dean Teaster’s Ghost Town “The Movie” will premiere at the Eaglenest Entertainment Center in Maggie Valley at 7 p.m. on…
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History of Ghost Town in the Sky
 

History of Ghost Town in the Sky

Businessman R. B. Coburn, who was inspired to build a park with a western theme after visiting several ghost towns…
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Fun Facts about Ghost Town
 

Fun Facts about Ghost Town

• Ghost Town in the Sky first opened its doors to the public in June 1961. Construction began in September…
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Ghost Town re-opens
 

Ghost Town re-opens

After being closed for five years, a North Carolina icon, Ghost Town In The Sky, is re-opening on May 25.
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Proposed election law change follows Swain nursing home irregularities
 

Proposed election law change follows Swain nursing home irregularities

The General Assembly is considering a bill that could solve a Catch 22 in election law: how to legitimately help…
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Open space requirement set at 25 percent
 

Open space requirement set at 25 percent

How much open space should be required in new developments? That question has caused the most contention among Jackson County…
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Election probe likely to swing on interpretation
 

Election probe likely to swing on interpretation

A state election investigator is trying to determine whether a Swain County voting drive targeting the poor and elderly crossed…
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A new park opens
 

A new park opens

“Ghost Town is one of the biggest things that has happened to the western end of North Carolina in many…
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Sky-high hopes: Maggie Valley’s theme park destination looks to the future with an eye on the past
 

Sky-high hopes: Maggie Valley’s theme park destination looks to the future with an eye on the past

After they opened Joey’s Pancake House in 1966, Brenda O’Keefe and her late husband would calculate how much pancake batter…
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Ressurecting the Ghost of Maggie past
 

Ressurecting the Ghost of Maggie past

Bob Cordier likes a challenge. So, when the 25-year veteran of the amusement park industry decided he was bored with…
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Jackson planners propose exempting existing lots from steep slope rules
 

Jackson planners propose exempting existing lots from steep slope rules

For the second week in a row, the Jackson County planning board watered down proposed development regulations following rounds of…
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Moratorium opponents suffer setback
 

Moratorium opponents suffer setback

A group of Realtors and developers challenging the legality of Jackson County’s five-month moratorium on new subdivisions lost the first…
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Haywood TDA helps Parkway views
 

Haywood TDA helps Parkway views

Drivers on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be able to catch a few more views from overlooks through the Haywood…
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State, local well regulators on the way
 

State, local well regulators on the way

No one knows how many wells are planted in the mountainsides of Western North Carolina.
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Survey studies public input in Macon County
 

Survey studies public input in Macon County

As county planner in Macon County, Stacey Guffey knows a little bit about controversy and soliciting public opinion.
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Planners already planning to revisit development rules
 

Planners already planning to revisit development rules

As public comments rolled in to the Jackson County planning office on a proposed steep slope ordinance, one provision that…
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Jackson planners take public advice, relax some proposals
 

Jackson planners take public advice, relax some proposals

Proposed development regulations in Jackson County were made later this week after dozens of written public comments flooded the planning…
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Impasse proves too much for Mountain Projects
 

Impasse proves too much for Mountain Projects

A disagreement between Haywood County commissioners over an intergenerational Head Start and senior day care facility has come to an…
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The big drawdown
 

The big drawdown

JD McCurry has seen his share of horror stories in his 20 plus years as a well driller. Take the…
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Cherokee contemplates Wal-Mart’s impact
 

Cherokee contemplates Wal-Mart’s impact

Some residents on the Cherokee Indian Reservation are calling for a referendum vote on whether Wal-Mart Stores should be allowed…
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No resolution yet on Head Start property
 

No resolution yet on Head Start property

Mountain Projects director Patsy Dowling hit another wall this week in her attempt to lease land from the county for…
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Lawsuit seeks lifting of subdivision moratorium
 

Lawsuit seeks lifting of subdivision moratorium

A group of Realtors and developers filed a lawsuit against Jackson County this week over a subdivision moratorium imposed by…
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Hospital response to story raises questions
 

Hospital response to story raises questions

An article that appeared in The Smoky Mountain News opinion section two weeks ago based on an anonymous interview with…
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History buffs urge Macon to protect landmarks
 

History buffs urge Macon to protect landmarks

Members of a heritage task force in Macon County want town and county leaders to form a commission with regulatory…
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Some highlights of the draft Jackson County steep slope ordinance
 

Some highlights of the draft Jackson County steep slope ordinance

• The ordinance only applies to development on slopes greater than 30 percent. • Developers must file a hydrology report,…
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Deadline nears for public input on steep slope ordinance
 

Deadline nears for public input on steep slope ordinance

The Jackson County planning board is accepting written public comment through May 14 on the latest version of a draft…
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Commissioners give HRMC board vote of confidence
 

Commissioners give HRMC board vote of confidence

All three Haywood Regional Medical Center board members were reappointed this week for another three years by the Haywood County…
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Swain leaders tout river access, horse ring upgrades
 

Swain leaders tout river access, horse ring upgrades

Not that many years ago, anglers and boaters wanting to gain access to the Tuckasegee River in Swain County essentially…
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Studio 33 wins $10,000 start-up award from Haywood Chamber
 

Studio 33 wins $10,000 start-up award from Haywood Chamber

Custom jewelry business Studio 33 and its owner Diannah Beauregard won the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Business Start-up Competition…
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Road standards would help rescue vehicles
 

Road standards would help rescue vehicles

When a roaring forest fire whipped through a mountainside development in Swain County two months ago — burning nine homes…
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New WCU business dean has academic, business experience
 

New WCU business dean has academic, business experience

Ronald A. Johnson, who holds the JP Morgan Chase Chair in Finance in the Jesse H. Jones School of Business…
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TDA quiets some critics with festival funding hike
 

TDA quiets some critics with festival funding hike

The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority gave out twice as much money in grants for festivals this year, quelling some…
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Downtown Sylva gets free wireless access
 

Downtown Sylva gets free wireless access

When Rhonda Williams fired up her laptop in the Sylva library a couple of weeks ago, she was pleasantly surprised…
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State considers controls on steep slope construction
 

State considers controls on steep slope construction

Local governments balking at controlling development on steep mountainsides would be forced into action if the General Assembly passes a…
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New ER director says transition going well
 

New ER director says transition going well

The board of the Haywood Regional Medical Center heard a glowing report last week on how the hospital’s emergency department…
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Jackson citizens asked to ‘imagine ... a library’
 

Jackson citizens asked to ‘imagine ... a library’

A coffee shop. That’s one of the more unique but interesting ideas that emerged during a series of public input…
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Affordable housing on the plateau
 

Affordable housing on the plateau

Each weekend, Carol Austin figures out what meals her family is going to eat during the upcoming workweek. She shops…
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Nantahala developer, paddlers at odds – again
 

Nantahala developer, paddlers at odds – again

Updated 1/22/20: The lawsuits between Mystic Lands landowners and developer Ami Shinitzky have since been resolved. Progess had been made…
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Tribe helps preserve Cowee Mound in Macon
 

Tribe helps preserve Cowee Mound in Macon

As a child growing up in Oklahoma, Tom Belt often heard that there were reasons a group of Cherokee had…
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Leaders, citizens demand input as road plan progresses
 

Leaders, citizens demand input as road plan progresses

After a two-year lull, debate over a controversial expressway through Jackson County known as the Southern Loop could soon re-emerge.
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Shuler touts Heritage Area funding
 

Shuler touts Heritage Area funding

Representative Heath Shuler announced Monday that the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area has been allocated a federal appropriation of $748,955…
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Nurses need more support, applicants say
 

Nurses need more support, applicants say

One of the top issues that emerged during county commissioner interviews of hospital board applicants last week was the need…
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Law provides few protections for Indian mounds
 

Law provides few protections for Indian mounds

When it comes right down to it, the good will of private landowners is often what stands between saving Indian…
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Deteriorating perception of HRMC a focus of interviews
 

Deteriorating perception of HRMC a focus of interviews

The rift between Haywood Regional Medical Center administration and the medical community needs to be repaired, and public confidence in…
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