Rural animal care offers constant joy, constant challenge for vet clinic

It’s not unusual to hear a visiting veterinarian term Cherokee Animal Care Clinic an emergency day clinic, Dr. Robbie McLeod…
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Finding femininity in the family business

Amanda James Shaw never expected she’d be back in her hometown of Franklin running the family business, especially a power…
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Stepping out on faith at Sylva’s Sassy Frass

Originally from Jackson, Tennessee. Tammy Fuller moved to Sylva seven years ago. Four years after that she opened Sassy Frass…
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Commission candidates talk internet, infrastructure

Haywood County Commission candidates faced off last Thursday at a forum hosted by The Mountaineer, and while there wasn’t a…
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Jackson commissioner race heats up

Anyone who’s driven through Jackson County in the last several months is likely well aware that there’s an election underway…
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Queen-Clampitt: Third time’s a charm?

Born and raised in Swain County, Mike Clampitt is a sixth-generation Western North Carolinian with roots in the area dating…
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Education and infrastructure key issues for House candidates

It’s been 17 years since voters in North Carolina’s four westernmost counties have chosen a new representative for the state…
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Candidates seek school board seats

On Tuesday Nov. 8, voters in Haywood County will decide from amongst a slew of candidates seeking election to the…
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State candidates speak to Macon residents

Every election cycle, the Macon County League of Women Voters aims to educate its community about local and state candidates…
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Local politicians speak at Trump rally

Some local Republicans got their brief fling with fame during Donald Trump’s campaign rally Monday in Asheville.
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Candidates weigh in on board of education videos

Just prior to the Haywood County Board of Education’s work session on Aug. 4, Chairman Chuck Francis unilaterally decreed that…
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Health news

Details on Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine  The public got its first detailed look at the Mission Hospital for Advanced…
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Big city fitness in the heart of Waynesville

While motivating oneself to wake up early and hit the gym may be a constant struggle for some, whenever that…
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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for health, fitness, self-defense

The Gracie family is well known to martial arts enthusiasts across the world; as perhaps the only martial arts practitioners…
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Maggie Valley Wellness: Finding balance with a healthy mind and body

As a yoga instructor and a massage therapist, Candra Smith knows that staying healthy requires a sound mind and body,…
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Commit to be fit: Franklin Health & Fitness helps community stay healthy

Franklin Health & Fitness has invested a lot in its community, and in return, the community has been able to…
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Grant focuses on building love of outdoors for Cherokee youth

The Nantahala Racing Club is all about ensuring future generations have a love and appreciation for whitewater recreation, and a…
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Fitness by the numbers at 9Round

Enjoy working out like a fighter but hate getting punched in the face? Then a new fitness franchise concept in…
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Flying on faith: Clyde woman finds strength and spirituality in aerial silks

Wearing a leopard-print leotard and suspended 4 feet off the ground in a band of purple silk, Patricia Forgione is…
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Working toward relaxation: After years of renovation, Fusions Spa relocates to downtown Sylva

After 35 straight days on the job, Jeannine Sowers is sorely in need of a spa day. The irony of…
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Republican mega-donor backs Presnell

In the second quarter of 2016, Burnsville Republican State Rep. Michelle Presnell only received one contribution that wasn’t from a…
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Presnell, Schandevel war chests offer insights

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times — the second quarter, that is.
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Swain County to vote on quarter-cent sales tax
 

Swain County to vote on quarter-cent sales tax

Swain County residents will get to decide whether the county can levy an additional quarter-cent sales tax when they vote…
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November election lineup complete
 

November election lineup complete

Ballots have been finalized in Haywood County for November’s General Election, and while a number of national and state campaigns…
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Candidate for Jackson commission alleges wrongdoing
 

Candidate for Jackson commission alleges wrongdoing

Mickey Luker has been working on a remodel of Caney Fork General Store ever since he purchased the property in…
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November election taking shape in Haywood County
 

November election taking shape in Haywood County

Although the upcoming general election has much of the nation’s attention focused on just two candidates — a controversial populist…
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Presnell calls emissions testing a ‘sham’
 

Presnell calls emissions testing a ‘sham’

The Great Smoky Mountains are known across the world for their beauty and the unique bluish haze produced in large…
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Bryson wins June 7 congressional primary
 

Bryson wins June 7 congressional primary

Democrat Rick Bryson will move on to run against U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows in the general election after narrowly winning…
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Democratic candidates face off in congressional election
 

Democratic candidates face off in congressional election

Two Democratic candidates will face off in the June 7 election for a chance to unseat U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows,…
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Saving Preacher
 

Saving Preacher

It was a chilly pre-spring day when Olivia Hickman ventured to the Waynesville Recreation Park, looking for nothing more than…
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Macon animal rescue struggling to hold on
 

Macon animal rescue struggling to hold on

Appalachian Animal Rescue was bustling with activity Monday morning. Staff members were getting the shelter back in order following an…
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Connecting displaced cats with FUR-ever families
 

Connecting displaced cats with FUR-ever families

Jamie Powell has a special talent. She can not only tell the 100 cats living at FUR’s feline sanctuary apart,…
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$1 million pledged for new Haywood facility
 

$1 million pledged for new Haywood facility

In a perfect world, an animal shelter is just a temporary stopover for pets in search of a new owner.
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Western Carolina Dog Fanciers’ annual gatherings attract all shapes and sizes
 

Western Carolina Dog Fanciers’ annual gatherings attract all shapes and sizes

Several hundred purebred dogs converged at the Haywood County Fairgrounds last weekend to walk the proverbial red carpet in the…
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Resources
 

Resources

Here is a list of pet adoption and advocacy groups — and veterinarians — in the four western counties of…
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PAWS director passionate about placing pets
 

PAWS director passionate about placing pets

Beth Cline has rescued animals since she was a young child. Her father would scold her every time she brought…
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To eat or not to eat, that is the question
 

To eat or not to eat, that is the question

Cherished family member, societal parasite, or dinner?
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Jellybean loses sight, finds new home
 

Jellybean loses sight, finds new home

Jellybean is a 31-year-old blind miniature horse. Not being able to see her surroundings may seem like an insurmountable obstacle,…
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Lifting spirits: New attitudes toward alcohol move across region
 

Lifting spirits: New attitudes toward alcohol move across region

Haywood County is the latest in steady wave of communities across the mountains to shed its long-standing political and cultural…
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Vote on Haywood alcohol sales comes out of left field
 

Vote on Haywood alcohol sales comes out of left field

An announcement by Haywood County commissioners last week that a vote to legalize beer and wine sales countywide will appear…
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Haywood vote on countywide alcohol to pit business interests against religious convictions
 

Haywood vote on countywide alcohol to pit business interests against religious convictions

Beer is good for business. That’s the message supporters of countywide beer and wine sales in Haywood County are hoping…
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Haywood residents to vote on countywide alcohol
 

Haywood residents to vote on countywide alcohol

Haywood County voters will be asked to weigh in during the general election on whether businesses outside town limits should…
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Corbin sails to primary victory
 

Corbin sails to primary victory

By the time polls closed March 15, Kevin Corbin’s soles were feeling the pain from 12 hours of standing on…
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Commissioner incumbents win Swain primary
 

Commissioner incumbents win Swain primary

Swain County commissioner incumbents Steve Moon and David Monteith received the vote of confidence in the Democratic primary election.
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Higdon, Gillespie move forward in Macon commissioner race
 

Higdon, Gillespie move forward in Macon commissioner race

Incumbent commissioner Paul Higdon and political newcomer Karl Gillespie will move on to the general election after winning the primary…
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Clampitt and Queen to face off once more in November for state house seat
 

Clampitt and Queen to face off once more in November for state house seat

After taking home 59 percent of the vote in last week’s election, Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, is looking toward a…
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Schandevel’s win sets the stage for competitive House race
 

Schandevel’s win sets the stage for competitive House race

Haywood County Democrat Rhonda Schandevel will pose a formidable challenge in her bid for the N.C. House of Representatives this…
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Haywood commissioner field narrows
 

Haywood commissioner field narrows

The primary for Haywood County commissioner showed clear and overwhelming support for a single front-runner from each party, and both…
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Mountain voters buck statewide trend in Democratic Presidential primary
 

Mountain voters buck statewide trend in Democratic Presidential primary

An interesting anomaly played out in the mountains in the Presidential primary last week.
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