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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Righteous or malicious? The Smoky Mountain News goes inside Operation Something Bruin
 

Righteous or malicious? The Smoky Mountain News goes inside Operation Something Bruin

Dozens of hunters snared in the sweeping undercover bear poaching investigation known as Operation Something Bruin have refused to take…
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Bear hunting guide brought down after failing to rein in reckless ‘client’
 

Bear hunting guide brought down after failing to rein in reckless ‘client’

By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern When Chad Arnold pulled into War Paint Kennels during fall bear season in 2011, Jerry…
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The bait battle: paw-lickin’ good
 

The bait battle: paw-lickin’ good

The hunting community and wildlife officers have been engaged in an ongoing tug-of-war over the practice of baiting bears to…
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Cast of characters
 

Cast of characters

Davey Webb (alias Davey Williams): an agent with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources who first started hunting with the…
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Hearing demands answers about bear poaching sting
 

Hearing demands answers about bear poaching sting

By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern A recurring theme emerged in a congressional oversight hearing last week aimed at shedding light…
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Congressional hearing puts spotlight on Operation Something Bruin
 

Congressional hearing puts spotlight on Operation Something Bruin

More than 100 hunters and their supporters packed the historic Haywood County courthouse last week for the latest installment in…
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Wellness program promotes healthy living in Swain schools
 

Wellness program promotes healthy living in Swain schools

Swain County schools are a little bit healthier following the conclusion of a trial wellness program this spring.
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Reconnecting today’s kids with the outdoors is critical to their well-being
 

Reconnecting today’s kids with the outdoors is critical to their well-being

There’s something ingrained in our DNA, something seared into our psyche that triggers a primal sense of harmony when we…
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The importance of balance
 

The importance of balance

By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern  Whether it is teaching a Pilates or karate class or performing massage therapy, much of…
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Relaxing more than a luxury when it comes to health
 

Relaxing more than a luxury when it comes to health

By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern  Relaxing through methods such as massages and skin care treatments is not just a luxury.…
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Wellness center empowers clients through choices
 

Wellness center empowers clients through choices

By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern Jackie Beecher wants clients to feel empowered in making decisions about their health when they…
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Naturopathy looks to treat the root of the problem
 

Naturopathy looks to treat the root of the problem

By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern As a doctor of naturopathy, Michelle Sanderbeck said one of her main concerns is finding…
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The beauty of what lies beneath
 

The beauty of what lies beneath

A medical esthetician at Salon & Skin Spa of Hazelwood Village in Waynesville, Darcia Sirianni knows exactly how important skin…
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Health care resources
 

Health care resources

Health organizations throughout Western North Carolina offer a variety of programs and services to promote wellness among residents.
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Reflexology or massage?
 

Reflexology or massage?

The Mountain Spirit Wellness building in Waynesville’s Frog Level area offers a pair of services that have the same goal…
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Yoga is about stress relief, not acrobatics
 

Yoga is about stress relief, not acrobatics

By Katie Reeder • SMN Intern It’s a myth that yoga is reserved for only the most acrobatic of people. And…
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Treating the spine, easing the pain
 

Treating the spine, easing the pain

A little bit goes a long way. That’s a key philosophy at Blue Mountain Chiropractic Center in downtown Waynesville. Good health…
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Choppy seas? Not a chance: It’s always smooth sailing for Nyda Bittmann-Neville
 

Choppy seas? Not a chance: It’s always smooth sailing for Nyda Bittmann-Neville

Nyda Bittmann-Neville is a powerhouse of business savvy. Grace and poise define her. Professional becomes her. Composed and collected —…
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Tapping into the future: Nicole Dexter of Innovation Brewing
 

Tapping into the future: Nicole Dexter of Innovation Brewing

It’s nearing lunchtime in downtown Sylva. The noonday traffic passes by a small building that houses Innovation Brewing. Inside, Nicole…
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Moonlit magic in Balsam
 

Moonlit magic in Balsam

The first time Merrily Teasley saw the Balsam Mountain Inn was somewhat dreamlike. It was during a full moon hike…
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Sold: Duke LifePoint takes ownership of Haywood Regional and WestCare hospitals
 

Sold: Duke LifePoint takes ownership of Haywood Regional and WestCare hospitals

When Janie Sinacore-Jaberg walked the halls of Haywood Regional Medical Center Friday morning, the congratulations were flowing and the balloons…
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Once again, WNC health care landscape shifts
 

Once again, WNC health care landscape shifts

Haywood County’s hospital was in trouble. The average number of patients staying overnight had dropped precipitously, causing severe problems to…
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Duke LifePoint sale to finalize by July 31
 

Duke LifePoint sale to finalize by July 31

The sale of the MedWest hospital trio in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties will be finalized by the end of…
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Signs of the pending bust were overlooked
 

Signs of the pending bust were overlooked

A Main Street law office without windows is an odd place for a such a good view. But Waynesville attorney Frank Queen has had a front-row seat to the mountains from here, witnessing thousands of acres trade hands — land…
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Development done right: Failed projects open door for those taking the long view
 

Development done right: Failed projects open door for those taking the long view

Randy Best was a rare bird in the development heyday of the 2000s. Where others just saw dollar signs, Best actually saw land. “I would spend a month walking a piece of property after we bought it. I walked every…
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The mechanics behind the Lake J petition
 

The mechanics behind the Lake J petition

Lake Junaluska residents spearheading the annexation effort realized they needed more and better ammunition to prove their case and sway holdouts in the General Assembly to let the community merge with next-door Waynesville.
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Lake Junaluska petition could move the ball in Raleigh on merger
 

Lake Junaluska petition could move the ball in Raleigh on merger

The large majority of Lake Junaluska property owners and registered voters want to join the town of Waynesville, according to a volunteer petition drive carried out over the last six months.
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Hospital sale pushes foundations into new territory
 

Hospital sale pushes foundations into new territory

The clock is ticking for the fundraising foundations of Haywood Regional Medical Center and Harris Regional Hospital to spend earmarked…
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Counties have to figure hospitals’ values before collecting tax revenues
 

Counties have to figure hospitals’ values before collecting tax revenues

The sale of the hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties to Duke LifePoint Healthcare next year will bring an…
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Haywood hospital leaders vote ‘yes’ to Duke LifePoint sale  amid outpouring of public support
 

Haywood hospital leaders vote ‘yes’ to Duke LifePoint sale amid outpouring of public support

A parade of community leaders, doctors, nurses and hospital supporters voiced overwhelming support for the sale of Haywood Regional Medical…
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Turning around community hospitals is what MedWest’s prospective buyer does best
 

Turning around community hospitals is what MedWest’s prospective buyer does best

When a “for sale” sign went up on the hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties earlier this year, it…
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Local leaders say hospital purchase good for communities
 

Local leaders say hospital purchase good for communities

The trio of MedWest hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties could be sold by next spring to Duke LifePoint…
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MedWest dissolves to make way for sale of Harris, Swain hospitals: HRMC acquisition announcement pending
 

MedWest dissolves to make way for sale of Harris, Swain hospitals: HRMC acquisition announcement pending

The MedWest system forged by the hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain County three-and-a-years ago will dissolve, ending a short-lived…
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Freestyle Kayaking World Championships descend on NOC
 

Freestyle Kayaking World Championships descend on NOC

A destination for paddlers around the world, the Nantahala River is known for its complexity of rapids and consistent waters…
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What is freestyle kayaking?
 

What is freestyle kayaking?

Combining an array of difficult tricks, precision paddling and finely tuned choreography, freestyle kayaking can be described as aquatic gymnastics.
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Meet the athletes
 

Meet the athletes

Peter Csonka Age: 28 Country: Slovakia Awards: 2012 World Cup Champion Day job: Kayak retailer I was 12 when I…
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Tide of support carries Lake Junaluska, Waynesville toward merger
 

Tide of support carries Lake Junaluska, Waynesville toward merger

Lake Junaluska homeowners and community leaders spoke out strongly last week in favor of merging with Waynesville, setting the stage for a bill to work its way through the N.C. General Assembly this summer declaring Lake Junaluska part of the…
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Emotions run high as Lake Junaluska task force votes for merger
 

Emotions run high as Lake Junaluska task force votes for merger

A Lake Junaluska task force voiced overwhelming support last week for merging the 765-home community with the town of Waynesville before a packed audience of homeowners. SEE ALSO: Ongoing coverage The 14-member task force has spent 10 months weighing the…
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Lake Junaluska a good catch for Waynesville, but light on the dowry
 

Lake Junaluska a good catch for Waynesville, but light on the dowry

Adding Lake Junaluska to its town limits won’t be a windfall for Waynesville despite $775,000 in property taxes it stands to gain each year. Likewise, Junaluska wouldn’t be a financial drain on the town, according to the results of a…
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A match made in heaven?
 

A match made in heaven?

Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown has honed his dating and engagement analogies as town leaders weigh whether to tie the knot with Lake Junaluska. They started innocently enough 10 months ago.
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Countdown to decision time
 

Countdown to decision time

Several boards and bodies will formally vote in coming weeks on whether Lake Junaluska should become part of Waynesville, form its own town or continue as a sophisticated homeowner’s association. Here’s a look at who will be weighing in and…
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The players
 

The players

Property owners: A survey was mailed to all 811 Lake Junaluska property owners last week, with a robust response rate so far. There are 765 homes at Lake Junaluska. About half are lived in year-round by their owners. Surveys also…
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Junaluska’s choices: the abridged version
 

Junaluska’s choices: the abridged version

Option 1: Join the town of Waynesville Pros: • Financial savings — This is the cheapest option, thanks to economies of scale. Residents would fork over town property taxes, but it would buy them all the services and amenities they…
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Oasis of jobs: Cherokee casino emerges as a lifeline in sour economy
 

Oasis of jobs: Cherokee casino emerges as a lifeline in sour economy

Help wanted signs aren’t too common these days. But there’s an anomaly here in the far end of the state,…
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Rank-and-file casino workers told to turn on the charm
 

Rank-and-file casino workers told to turn on the charm

In a basement classroom at Harrah’s casino, a fresh group of new hires stretched out before Al Lossiah, the latest…
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A masterful game of musical chairs
 

A masterful game of musical chairs

When all is said and expanded at Harrah’s, there will be 2,000 seats at the various restaurants scattered across the…
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Dishwasher extraordinaire
 

Dishwasher extraordinaire

Jeremiah Chatham is the kind of person who looks far too gregarious to be wearing a suit. He has an…
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