Haywood’s last female commissioner says we need more women in government

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there should be at least 31,614 women in Haywood County, but judging by this year’s commission race that number is actually zero. 
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Tough fight expected in Haywood tax collector’s race

Incumbent Republican Tax Collector Mike Matthews is seeking re-election to an office many people don’t even think should be elected at all. In fact, Haywood County is home to the state’s only remaining elected tax collector. 
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Macon commissioner incumbents run to keep seats

Two incumbent candidates running for re-election to the Macon County Board of Commissioners say they want to see the current board’s progress continue, but the two challengers — one Republican and one Democrat — say the county is moving in the wrong direction. 
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Jackson sheriff faces challenge for second term

When former Sheriff Jimmy Ashe decided not to run for re-election in 2014, a field of six Democrats and three Republicans signed up for the race to replace him, including Chip Hall and Doug Farmer. 
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WNC goes to the polls

The 2018 Midterm Elections are upon us, and there is still time to register and learn where local and state candidates stand on important issues before early voting begins on Thursday, Oct. 18.
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Jackson commissioner challenges chairman

Ron Mau is still in the midst of his first term on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, started in 2016, but this November he’s challenging incumbent Chairman Brian McMahan in McMahan’s bid for re-election. 
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Sen. Davis up for fifth term

Franklin Republican Sen. Jim Davis is probably one of the most popular legislators in the state with his constituents, winning four straight elections and garnering support on the order of 75 percent in some counties. 
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Sales tax hike back on the Swain ballot

Swain County is once again trying to increase its sales tax rate a quarter of a cent with the intent of putting additional revenue toward school improvements, but the final decision will be left up to voters. 
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Three seats open on Swain commission

Six candidates are campaigning for three open seats on the Swain County Board of Commissioners — four of the candidates are competing for two seat while the other two are competing to fill a two-year unexpired seat left vacant by the death of David Monteith. 
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Clampitt faces Queen for fourth time

While not quite reaching the level of Hatfield and McCoy, Western North Carolina’s longest running feud — that of Mike Clampitt and Joe Sam Queen — is no less competitive; after losses in 2012 and 2014, the Bryson City Republican Clampitt finally defeated the Waynesville Democrat Queen in 2016, and will predictably face him again this year in the race for House district 119. 
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Schandevel challenges Presnell for state rep

Ask Canton native Rhonda Cole Schandevel why she’s running for House district 118 again after a disappointing yet decisive loss in 2016 and she’ll tell you, in not so many words. 
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Two Republicans vie for district judge seat

One of 43 spread across the state, North Carolina’s 30th Judicial District covers Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties and is where many people have their first interaction with the court system. 
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It’s a rematch for Deitz and Cody in Jackson commissioner race

Jackson County Commissioner Boyce Deitz took office in 2014 after wresting the seat from incumbent Doug Cody, but this time around Cody is looking to reverse that result in a repeat face-off to represent District 2. 
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Two Dems in high-profile superior court race

You’ve probably seen the billboards by now, if not for months. Or, you’ve seen the candidates out campaigning in person — incumbent Superior Court Judge Brad Letts and well-known Waynesville attorney Mark Melrose.
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Incumbent sheriff challenged in Swain

Incumbent Republican Curtis Cochran is running for a fourth term as Swain County sheriff. While he’s never had an easy race, he said, this election cycle has been particularly brutal with mudslinging coming from all directions.
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Three candidates run for Macon sheriff

Talk briefly about your past experience and why you are the most qualified candidate.
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Elders and Woody vie for Jackson County Commission seat

Jackson County Commissioner Charles Elders is seeking a fourth term in office this campaign season, but challenger Gayle Woody is hoping election results will instead seat her for a first term. 
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Waynesville Salt Room now open

Why don’t Polish salt miners ever get sick? No, it’s not a joke, according to Marisa Spagnoli, owner of Waynesville…
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Coaching you through it: Physical therapy can tackle number of ailments

A majority of people wait until they’re ordered to undergo physical therapy after a surgery or injury, but physical therapy…
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Cherokee program yields harvest of self-reliance

With harvest season underway, members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are now reaping the benefits of a springtime…
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Sitting: Could it be as bad for your body as smoking?

By Dr. Tara Hogan, D.C. • Guest writer According to the Mayo clinic’s experts, sitting too often can cause a…
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Get fit: Challenge asks all in WNC to ramp up activity

This year’s eight-week WNC Get Fit Challenge is set to return Monday, Sept. 10, challenging not just Jackson County residents…
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Nervous to try yoga?

By Jerica Rossi • Guest writer While people were walking into class, I heard a woman whisper to her friend, “I’m…
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Everyone goes Keto: Health experts explain potential risks

It seems like every year there’s a new fad diet people swear is the panacea for quick weight loss. This…
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Journey toward positivity

By Wende Goode • Guest writer Negativity surrounds us, is embodied in us. Until a couple of years ago, I…
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Don’t be confused about CBD

Despite pages and pages of published studies and hundreds or thousands of anecdotes extolling the benefits of cannabidiol, it’s the…
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Out of school and into the pool

Since 2001 the Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club has been geared toward having a nationally recognized aquatics program that develops and…
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Learn to paddle at NOC youth camp

For 15 years Nantahala Outdoor Center instructors have been teaching kids and teens how to maneuver the waters of Western…
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Summer youth events at Lake Junaluska

Church youth groups of all sizes are invited to Lake Junaluska for five Summer Youth Events June 17 to July…
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Jackson launches outdoors camp

With a whole world of mountain beauty to explore, summer leaves no time to waste indoors. 
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Waynesville’s Base Camp now offered on the go

In the four years since they first launched, Waynesville’s Base Camp summer programs — day camps packed full of outdoor…
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Camp Watia offers affordable fun for local youth

A YMCA camp in Swain County specifically caters to youth in Western North Carolina by offering an affordable weeklong outdoor…
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Summer camps help kids stay sharp

When the last bell rings and the doors fly open loosing schoolchildren across the nation out into the sunny summer…
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One house at a time: Bug lady keeps WNC homes pest-free

Before Karen Walston began running her first extermination route 16 years ago, she had no plans to become The Bug…
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Serio serious about self-defense

The story of every small business is different and unique, but some follow an economic development narrative being heard more…
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Creating a community at the Blue Moon Salon

When you’ve done something for as long as Mitzi Cope has, you tend to learn a thing or two —…
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Recipe for success: Mixing women and wine always a good idea

Heather and Robert Acton have it all figured out. Living on the outskirts of Swain County near the national park…
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In the book business: Books Unlimited owner shares love of reading

The book business is rebounding thanks to people like Suzanne Harouff who’ve never given up on it.
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Power of self-healing: Dr. Sparks takes long-range approach to personal health

Too often patients visit Dr. Linda Sparks as a last resort. Only after years of not being able to find…
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Building business in Haywood County

Its no surprise that The Smoky Mountain News’ annual Women in Business issue highlights women who are in business, but…
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The family that works together: Home cooking and community still draws crowds at Granny’s Kitchen

It’s 3 p.m. on a weekday, a time when any restaurant would be well within its rights to be all…
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Bodybuilders take natural approach to health, strength

When you can’t find motivation to get up early to hit the gym or can’t find the self-control to avoid…
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Pushing the boundaries with the power of CrossFit

Josh Moss’s professional world revolved around property management and vacation rentals at the time he decided to open a CrossFit…
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Creason reflects on 40 years as Jackson County’s swim teacher

For someone who’s spent decades introducing thousands of children to the joy of swimming, Mike Creason’s relationship with water didn’t…
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Waynesville Yoga Center: Bending over backward for beginners

Haywood County competes favorably with Buncombe County in a number of areas; while employment, housing, cultural attractions and tourist amenities…
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Diabetes prevention program focuses on families

Healthy living is a whole-family affair with the Cherokee Turning Point program, a seven-week course that aims to reach kids…
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A smooth way to start your day

Like salads, smoothies are what you make of them — and you can easily make them into a high-fat, high-calorie…
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Bending and Beer: Yoga teachers reaching broader audience with pints

Yoga instructors have been trying to convince people for years that the exercise has amazing benefits for everyone, but still…
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Wild Market offers natural solutions

Located amidst the ice cream shops and candy stores in Maggie Valley’s Market Square is a different kind of establishment…
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