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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N.C. voters pass infrastructure bond
 

N.C. voters pass infrastructure bond

A majority of North Carolina voters approved a significant investment in the state’s future economy during the primary election by…
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Sound off: Haywood candidates talk animal shelter
 

Sound off: Haywood candidates talk animal shelter

Haywood County commissioner candidates were asked whether they think the county should spend $3.5 million on a new animal shelter.
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In state House race, Dems think viability
 

In state House race, Dems think viability

Two Democrats squaring off in the primary for the state House seat spanning Haywood, Madison and Yancey counties claim they’re…
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Sales tax on Jackson’s June ballot
 

Sales tax on Jackson’s June ballot

Sales tax in Jackson County could rise to 7 percent if voters approve a referendum vote that would add a…
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Election coverage 2016
 

Election coverage 2016

Statewide:   Haywood: Democrats scramble to recruit candidates for Haywood commissioner contest Seven seek two commissioner seats in Haywood Haywood…
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Republican reboot on tap for House 119 primary
 

Republican reboot on tap for House 119 primary

The March ballot might feel a bit like déjà vu for Republican voters in N.C. House District 119, as Aaron…
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Rep. West’s retirement leads to Republican primary tussle
 

Rep. West’s retirement leads to Republican primary tussle

Rep. Roger West’s, R-Marble, announcement that he wouldn’t be running for re-election left a void in N.C. House District 120,…
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Congressional primary moved to June 7
 

Congressional primary moved to June 7

North Carolina will now have two primary elections in 2016 as lawsuits challenging the state’s districting maps continue to play…
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Meet the candidates in Haywood County’s commissioner primary
 

Meet the candidates in Haywood County’s commissioner primary

Over the past two weeks, The Smoky Mountain News has explored where Haywood County commissioner candidates stand on education, economic…
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Parents feel railroaded in Central Elementary closure
 

Parents feel railroaded in Central Elementary closure

A study conducted by Haywood County Schools justifying the closure of Central Elementary School was a sham and failed to meet state requirements for a school closure, two speakers argued before the Haywood County School Board last week.
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Republican legislature castigated for its role in Haywood school budget woes
 

Republican legislature castigated for its role in Haywood school budget woes

State Republican lawmakers were strongly chastised for penning Central Elementary School’s death warrant during a rally prior to the Haywood County School board meeting last week.
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Blurred lines for Haywood commissioner race
 

Blurred lines for Haywood commissioner race

On the right track or wrong track? That question was posed to candidates running for Haywood County commissioner and could…
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Republican candidates deliberate Macon’s future
 

Republican candidates deliberate Macon’s future

Even though all five of the candidates running for two open seats in the Macon County commissioner primary are Republicans,…
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Budget cuts to shutter Central Elementary School: Haywood School board says it was the only option
 

Budget cuts to shutter Central Elementary School: Haywood School board says it was the only option

Parents, students and teachers of Central Elementary School in Waynesville made a desperate and impassioned final stand to save their beloved school last week, but to no avail.
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No lifeline for Haywood School budget shortfall
 

No lifeline for Haywood School budget shortfall

Haywood County commissioners deflected calls from the public this week that they should step in and help the school system out of its budget dilemma.
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Some say time is right for land-use discussions
 

Some say time is right for land-use discussions

The controversy over a proposed gun range in a rural farming community in Haywood County has raised questions about the…
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Haywood commissioners question whether scattergun economic development approach is working
 

Haywood commissioners question whether scattergun economic development approach is working

A freewheeling discussion on how to create more jobs stumped Haywood County commissioners last week as they pondered what else…
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Haywood candidates come up empty on fresh ideas for economic development
 

Haywood candidates come up empty on fresh ideas for economic development

Candidates for Haywood County commissioner all agreed economic development is one of the top issues facing the county during an…
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Democrat candidates for commissioner weigh in on Swain issues
 

Democrat candidates for commissioner weigh in on Swain issues

Five Swain County Democrats are heading for the March 15 primary election in hopes of securing a seat on the…
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If Central Elementary closes, a private school might want it
 

If Central Elementary closes, a private school might want it

Haywood School leaders have avoided talking about what would become of the 1950s-era school building that houses Central Elementary if it closes, saying it would be premature until a final decision is made.
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Blame game flares up in school closure debate
 

Blame game flares up in school closure debate

Alert: A public meeting on the possible closure of Central Elementary School has been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday due to concerns over lingering hazardous road conditions. The new meeting time is 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The potential closure…
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Update: Massive cuts on the way for Haywood schools
 

Update: Massive cuts on the way for Haywood schools

News that a beloved elementary school might close next year grabbed headlines last week, but shuttering Central Elementary School in Waynesville won’t be enough to make up for the $2.4 million budget shortfall Haywood County Schools is facing next school…
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If Central Elementary closes, then what?
 

If Central Elementary closes, then what?

The sudden announcement this week that Central Elementary School in Waynesville could be closed in Haywood County has prompted a swirling litany of questions for both parents and the public at large. SEE ALSO:• Parents shocked over Central Elementary closing• Closing Central…
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Parents shocked over Central Elementary closing
 

Parents shocked over Central Elementary closing

Parents of Central Elementary School students were shocked Tuesday morning when they heard the Haywood County School Board was considering closing down the longstanding Waynesville institution.
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Closing Central Elementary emotional for school officials
 

Closing Central Elementary emotional for school officials

Haywood County School Board members were grave and sober Monday night as they confronted the ominous prospect of closing down one of the county’s nine public elementary schools.
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Cuts widespread as Haywood faces $2.4 million shortfall
 

Cuts widespread as Haywood faces $2.4 million shortfall

A proposal to close Central Elementary School in Waynesville is only one piece of a sweeping and wide-reaching plan to close a $2.4 million budget shortfall being faced by Haywood County Schools next year, including the elimination of more than…
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Six candidates vie for two Macon commission posts
 

Six candidates vie for two Macon commission posts

Six candidates have signed up to run for two commissioner seats in Macon County next year.
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Seven in running for Swain commission
 

Seven in running for Swain commission

Seven candidates will be vying for two commissioner seats in Swain County next year.
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Uncontested primaries on tap for Jackson
 

Uncontested primaries on tap for Jackson

Though both of the Jackson County commissioners up for re-election will have competition when November rolls around, the primary season…
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Seven seek two commissioner seats in Haywood
 

Seven seek two commissioner seats in Haywood

Two additional Republicans joined the race for Haywood County commissioner in the final days of the candidate sign-up period that…
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Five signed up to run for Macon commission
 

Five signed up to run for Macon commission

Five candidates are running for two commissioner seats in Macon County and there are still five days left to sign…
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Two more sign on to run for Macon commissioner
 

Two more sign on to run for Macon commissioner

With the sign-up period for the 2016 election underway, two more candidates have tossed their hats in the ring to…
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Republican candidate files for Jackson commissioner
 

Republican candidate files for Jackson commissioner

The race for county commissioner in District 3 of Jackson County will no longer be an uncontested one following Ron…
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Haywood primary offers platter of party positions
 

Haywood primary offers platter of party positions

The race for Haywood County commissioner has begun to take shape with the candidate sign-up period now officially underway, with…
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Democrats scramble to recruit candidates for Haywood commissioner contest
 

Democrats scramble to recruit candidates for Haywood commissioner contest

The ballot for Haywood County commissioner could be a sparse one based on rumblings of who’s running — and more…
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Monica Brown, Fryemont Inn
 

Monica Brown, Fryemont Inn

Monica Brown, Innkeeper — Fryemont Inn, Bryson City. Chairperson – Smoky Mountain Host. Board Member – Swain County Tourist Development Authority. www.fryemontinn.com
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Diane Cutler, Bryson City Bicycles
 

Diane Cutler, Bryson City Bicycles

Diane Cutler, Co-owner Bryson City Bicycles. Board Member – Nantahala Area Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association. www.brysoncitybicycles.com. 
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Serving up Southern cuisine and camaraderie
 

Serving up Southern cuisine and camaraderie

There was little fanfare in 2010 when Mary Earnest opened the Blue Rooster, a Southern diner in a strip mall…
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Taking on the challenge: Bridges balances career and motherhood as casino executive
 

Taking on the challenge: Bridges balances career and motherhood as casino executive

If you’d asked Leeann Bridges 20 years ago what her ideal career would look like, she probably wouldn’t have told…
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Family pride and persistence: Macon Furniture Mart marches on
 

Family pride and persistence: Macon Furniture Mart marches on

Like many women, Karen Buchanan Bacon loves to shop. She loves skimming through Pottery Barn and Southern Living magazines looking…
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Lisa Potts: Every day is Christmas
 

Lisa Potts: Every day is Christmas

For Lisa Potts, Christmas isn’t just a holiday — it’s a way of life. Potts owns Nancy Tut’s Christmas Shop…
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Women weave talents into successful yarn store
 

Women weave talents into successful yarn store

Three women in Franklin have been able to weave their multiple talents together to run a successful downtown business.
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Hanneke Ware: Making a home in the mountains
 

Hanneke Ware: Making a home in the mountains

Back in 1990, Hanneke and George Ware’s odds for success were long. A pair of non-locals living in what was…
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Building a legacy: Sheppard Insurance is a mother-daughter, all-woman affair
 

Building a legacy: Sheppard Insurance is a mother-daughter, all-woman affair

When Kathy Sheppard got her start in the insurance world 30 years ago, she was a pioneer in a male-dominated…
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A passion for paper: Slusser’s spent her career in a male-dominated industry
 

A passion for paper: Slusser’s spent her career in a male-dominated industry

Most people don’t kick off their retirement by becoming president of a company, but Nicki Slusser is not most people.
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Self-made, self-reliant and self-driven: Michele Rogers turns whatever life deals her into a winning hand
 

Self-made, self-reliant and self-driven: Michele Rogers turns whatever life deals her into a winning hand

Michele Rogers had no job, no college degree, no husband and no place of her own when she pulled up…
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Connecting a community: Women of Waynesville make their mark
 

Connecting a community: Women of Waynesville make their mark

Turning onto North Hill Street in downtown Waynesville, you’re immediately greeted by overhanging maples sporting the latest in fall colors.…
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Women in Business 2015
 

Women in Business 2015

Women climbing the corporate ladder or owning their own businesses is nothing new, and in fact North Carolina is among…
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