Macon County floodplain ordinance debate heats up

A proposed change to Macon County’s floodplain regulation has prompted outcry from the public and rippled across the county government. 

Haywood to conduct property reappraisals

The Haywood County Tax Assessors Office is currently conducting a comprehensive reappraisal of all properties within the county for the 2025 tax year.

Downtown Waynesville Commission tunes up for ‘24

The Downtown Waynesville Commission has had two years to get on its feet since its predecessor organization imploded.

Rezoning hearing prompts larger questions about Russ Avenue

Waynesville has amended its comprehensive plan and rezoned a portion of a parcel on the east side of Russ Avenue, opening up the possibility for more commercial development north of the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway on what remains a relatively rural, low-density gateway into the town’s main commercial district south of the expressway. 

What’s next for Sylva skate? Commissioners continue to work toward a skatepark


Now that Sylva Pipes is up and running with a temporary half-pipe, commissioners are looking at next steps for the skate community.

School board approves property acquisition

The Haywood County School Board has approved the acquisition of a parcel of land off Ratcliff Cove Road for the construction of a facility that would consolidate several of its auxiliary services. 

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