New Swain library not possible without county support

The clock is ticking to get a new library constructed in Swain County before the land donation reverts back to the owner, but the fundraising committee says it can’t move forward without some kind of commitment from county commissioners.

Macon wraps up fiscal year

maconMacon County commissioners had some last-minute spending decisions to make before heading into the new fiscal year that started July 1. 

Haywood’s dropout program rescued

fr schoolsaskAn innovative high school dropout program in Haywood County was rescued from the chopping block this week after county commissioners and school officials agreed to go halves on the $61,000 needed to keep it open.

Commissioner incumbents win Swain primary

swainSwain County commissioner incumbents Steve Moon and David Monteith received the vote of confidence in the Democratic primary election.

Higdon, Gillespie move forward in Macon commissioner race

maconIncumbent commissioner Paul Higdon and political newcomer Karl Gillespie will move on to the general election after winning the primary in Macon County. 

Haywood commissioners question whether scattergun economic development approach is working

fr economicA freewheeling discussion on how to create more jobs stumped Haywood County commissioners last week as they pondered what else the county could be doing that it’s not already.

Homeless shelter gets $15,000 from Jackson commissioners

jacksonA $15,000 contribution from Jackson County Commissioners will ensure that housing for the county’s homeless continues through the winter.

Macon commissioners pass on wilderness resolution

fr wildernessMacon County commissioners maintained their stance against creating more wilderness areas in the county despite The Wilderness Society’s attempt to change their minds.

Animal shelter advocates make their case

fr shelterJackson County’s animal lovers had a message for county commissioners last week, and it couldn’t have been clearer: We need a new animal shelter, and quickly, speaker after speaker told the board. 

Cashiers cell tower approved

fr towerA proposal to build a new cell tower outside Cashiers got the OK from Jackson County Commissioners last week, a decision that came after months of public discussion and heated debate.

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