DSA drops special tax proposal
 

DSA drops special tax proposal

The Downtown Sylva Association has dropped the idea of a special downtown property tax due to a lack of support…
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Greenwood’s slow exit gives Macon leaders rare chance
 

Greenwood’s slow exit gives Macon leaders rare chance

When Macon County Manager Sam Greenwood retires at the end of this year, he’ll take with him more than three…
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Sylva leaders to discuss proposed downtown tax
 

Sylva leaders to discuss proposed downtown tax

Controversy among downtown Sylva merchants and property owners could either escalate or come to a close this week, depending on…
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Swain makes appointments to first planning board
 

Swain makes appointments to first planning board

Swain County leaders took the first step toward regulating unchecked growth and development this week by appointing the county’s first-ever…
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Stamey named new Haywood EMS director
 

Stamey named new Haywood EMS director

Canton native Marty Stamey has been named the new director of Haywood County’s Emergency Medical Services program.
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Rural growth prompts ambulance response time debate
 

Rural growth prompts ambulance response time debate

As the population in the rural areas of Haywood County grows, leaders are being faced with the question of whether…
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Jackson may put temporary stop to growth
 

Jackson may put temporary stop to growth

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jackson County commissioners have taken the first step toward temporarily stopping new subdivision development,…
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Time to get in on Haywood 2008 bicentennial
 

Time to get in on Haywood 2008 bicentennial

It’s still 11 months away, but organizers of a year-long Haywood County bicentennial celebration in 2008 are already counting down…
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Emergency room group sues HRMC
 

Emergency room group sues HRMC

A long-time group of emergency room doctors in Haywood County filed a lawsuit against Haywood Regional Medical Center this week.
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Betting on the future
 

Betting on the future

In a suite on the 16th floor of Harrah’s Cherokee hotel and casino, Cherokee leaders happily milled about as an…
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Upping the ante
 

Upping the ante

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is placing a $650 million bet that visitors…
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WCU buys on-campus commercial buildings
 

WCU buys on-campus commercial buildings

Western Carolina University is now the proud owner of the strip of commercial property known locally as the downtown Cullowhee…
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TDA has equal parts Maggie Valley, Waynesville
 

TDA has equal parts Maggie Valley, Waynesville

The Haywood County Board of Commissioners have appointed two new members to the Tourism Development Authority board: Deborah Reed, a…
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Swain election investigation could be  two months away
 

Swain election investigation could be two months away

The North Carolina Election Board says it could be another month or two before someone can make the trip from…
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Meal deal at Swain jail worth as much as $100,000 annually, new sheriff says
 

Meal deal at Swain jail worth as much as $100,000 annually, new sheriff says

Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran has estimated how much his predecessor might have made under the table feeding jail inmates:…
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Franklin declines to help shopping center owner keep Wal-Mart
 

Franklin declines to help shopping center owner keep Wal-Mart

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Franklin town officials have turned down a request made by the owners of the…
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Economic commission overhaul stalls over board make-up
 

Economic commission overhaul stalls over board make-up

An overhaul of economic development strategy in Jackson County has temporarily stalled over who will be in charge.
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Downtown Sylva Association weighs the benefits of a taxing district
 

Downtown Sylva Association weighs the benefits of a taxing district

When Howard Alligood heard about a group of Sylva merchants lobbying for a special downtown tax, he got a little…
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Town leaders say property owner opinions will be deciding factor in downtown tax
 

Town leaders say property owner opinions will be deciding factor in downtown tax

Leaders of the Downtown Sylva Association are drumming up support for a special taxing district that would raise money to…
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Sylva may decrease size of proposed taxing district
 

Sylva may decrease size of proposed taxing district

Leaders of a downtown Sylva movement are considering downsizing a proposed special taxing district to encompass only the core downtown…
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Haywood County prepares for slope ordinance by hiring engineer
 

Haywood County prepares for slope ordinance by hiring engineer

Slope development regulations will go into effect in Haywood County on March 1.
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The school of fish: Haywood students raise fish to re-introduce into a cleaner Pigeon River
 

The school of fish: Haywood students raise fish to re-introduce into a cleaner Pigeon River

Students in Haywood County are on the front lines of an ambitious effort to reintroduce a slew of native species…
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The Pigeon flies again: Long-time fish advisory on fish consumption lifted
 

The Pigeon flies again: Long-time fish advisory on fish consumption lifted

Thanks to major environmental investments by Blue Ridge Paper Products in Canton, the last advisory against eating fish downstream of…
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More questions raised in Maggie land deal
 

More questions raised in Maggie land deal

New developments have emerged involving the the purchase of a small piece of land in Maggie Valley by the town…
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Macon joins other participants in drug discount program
 

Macon joins other participants in drug discount program

Sarah Kucharski • Staff writer A new prescription drug discount card soon will be available to Macon County residents.
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Haywood leaders mull prison recruitment: Minimum-security site reportedly needed in western part of state
 

Haywood leaders mull prison recruitment: Minimum-security site reportedly needed in western part of state

Haywood County commissioners are once again pondering the idea of recruiting a state prison.
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Swain chairman accused of handling absentee ballots
 

Swain chairman accused of handling absentee ballots

Clerk talks: Dennis Stephenson, a clerk at the Bryson City post office, supplied the following statement in an affidavit taken…
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Voter intimidation alleged in Swain election
 

Voter intimidation alleged in Swain election

Two Swain County residents claim they were victims of illegal voter intimidation during the November election.
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Voter testimony
 

Voter testimony

The following testimony was provided by Rhonda Bedsaul, 47, of Swain County. A similar account was provided by Bedsaul’s husband,…
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Everybody wants on the TDA: Recent publicity and problems are likely catalysts
 

Everybody wants on the TDA: Recent publicity and problems are likely catalysts

A record number of applicants are seeking seats on the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, likely spurred by the ongoing…
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Sylva downtown group to hire executive director
 

Sylva downtown group to hire executive director

Downtown Sylva Association members have voted unanimously to hire an executive director, setting the organization up to more actively advocate…
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Hike in early voters strains Swain election office
 

Hike in early voters strains Swain election office

The surge in early voting witnessed in the last election has prompted the Swain County election board to hunt for…
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Maggie alderman profits from land sale to town
 

Maggie alderman profits from land sale to town

An elected board member in Maggie Valley has collected $6,500 in commission from the town after acting as the town’s…
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Blue Ridge Heritage grants total $340,000
 

Blue Ridge Heritage grants total $340,000

Dillsboro and Southwestern Community College’s Heritage Arts Institute in Swain County were among the 18 grant recipients from the Blue…
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Franklin hires planner, GIS specialist
 

Franklin hires planner, GIS specialist

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff writer The Town of Franklin is taking steps toward implementing its recently adopted Principals of Growth,…
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Land-use planning takes center stage in Jackson
 

Land-use planning takes center stage in Jackson

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jackson County commissioners have set in motion a strategy to make up for the…
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Green Energy Park earns EPA recognition
 

Green Energy Park earns EPA recognition

Jackson County’s Green Energy Park has received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Project of the Year award, giving the one-of-a-kind methane…
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Franklin passes plan to help guide growth
 

Franklin passes plan to help guide growth

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Franklin’s proposed Principles of Growth flew past town aldermen Monday night in a mere…
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Cherokee heads into election with absentee  limits in place
 

Cherokee heads into election with absentee limits in place

As the Cherokee election season gets under way in the race for chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians,…
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DSA plans series of meetings to discuss downtown taxing district
 

DSA plans series of meetings to discuss downtown taxing district

The Downtown Sylva Association will hold a series of public meetings in January to answer questions about a proposed municipal…
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Principles of Growth for the Town of Franklin
 

Principles of Growth for the Town of Franklin

Preamble What can we do now to ensure that in 20 years Franklin will still be recognized as a great…
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WLOS no longer available on Mediacom
 

WLOS no longer available on Mediacom

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Local Mediacom cable subscribers up late Friday night saw their ABC affiliate WLOS Channel…
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Support builds for Haywood land trust
 

Support builds for Haywood land trust

Dave Curphey’s story is a dime a dozen. Fed up with the urban sprawl that ruined his small town in…
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Speaking out
 

Speaking out

More than 300 people attended a public hearing on Land For Tomorrow in Asheville last week, overwhelming the expectations of…
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Self-preservation
 

Self-preservation

Land For Tomorrow is a statewide initiative launched last year to set aside $1 billion for land conservation over the…
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Swain change lets the sun shine in
 

Swain change lets the sun shine in

Swain County commissioners have adopted a new policy designed to keep the public more informed and give them a bigger…
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Details of the new policy
 

Details of the new policy

A new public comment and meeting policy has been adopted by the Swain County Board of Commissioners. Here are some…
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Phoenix says transition smooth despite patient complaints
 

Phoenix says transition smooth despite patient complaints

A corporate entity took over emergency room operations at Haywood Regional Medical Center last week, and so far it hasn’t…
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Haywood pushes legislative agenda
 

Haywood pushes legislative agenda

Creation of a one-half cent local option sales tax to support building needs at Haywood Community College and tax relief…
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The EDC question: Comparing and contrasting various models, as Jackson  looks toward the future
 

The EDC question: Comparing and contrasting various models, as Jackson looks toward the future

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer If there’s one thing economic development officials agree on, it’s that there’s no one…
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