Students from Haywood Community College and Haywood Early College collect trash in Richland Creek. Haywood Waterways Association photo
 

Cleanup efforts remove tons of litter

This year’s Big Sweep event in Haywood County removed a whopping 3,100 pounds of trash from county streams with the…
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COVID-19 cluster found at Haywood jail
 

COVID-19 cluster found at Haywood jail

Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency has identified a COVID-19 cluster at the Haywood County Detention Center. Over the…
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Ricky Gunter.
 

Gunter wins two Josie Music Awards

Marshall native and country music performer Ricky Gunter walked away from the Country Tonite Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, on…
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The crowd at the Grit and Grace benefit, with the Evergreen paper mill in the background. Jeff Delannoy photo
 

So many good things in one place

The socket wrench felt comfortable in my hands, which was a good thing: a quick look in a nearby box…
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Reminders of humanity after a grueling day
 

Reminders of humanity after a grueling day

In today’s unpredictable, chaotic world, we’re in search of anything that offers hope for humanity. 
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Warning on archives is just too much
 

Warning on archives is just too much

To the Editor: One can find treasures in the most improbable places. For me, the Letters to the Editor captures…
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GOP actions weaken republic
 

GOP actions weaken republic

To the Editor: Republicans keep claiming that Democrats are destroying the country. They use emotionally laden words like “socialism” and…
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Texas abortion law appears unconstitutional
 

Texas abortion law appears unconstitutional

To the Editor: The anti-abortion law enacted by Texas appears strong and worrisome. But, is it really strong? This major…
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Pfizer boosters delayed in Macon
 

Pfizer boosters delayed in Macon

Macon County Public Health will delay plans to begin giving COVID-19 boosters to eligible persons due to a number of…
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Green Hill Cemetery.
 

Etched in stone: Cemetery tour regs rub some the wrong way

Waynesville’s historic Green Hill Cemetery has long been a centerpiece of the community, but of late it’s been at the…
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The newly opened expansion at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort includes 83,000 square feet of convention space and 725 hotel rooms. Holly Kays photo
 

New convention center opens in Cherokee

After three years and $330 million, a new hotel tower and convention center is now open at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino…
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In-person early voting for municipal elections begins next week
 

In-person early voting for municipal elections begins next week

Municipal elections in Western North Carolina will be held in some jurisdictions on Tuesday, Nov. 2, but in-person early voting…
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn speaks to the Henderson County Board of Public Education, with a knife stowed beneath his chair. Jay Carey photo
 

PAC seeks Cawthorn indictment over knife incident

Another incident involving Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-Hendersonville, possessing a weapon where it’s prohibited drew renewed outrage from many on the…
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Surrounded by his family on Oct. 4, Richard French takes an oath of office for the new Council term. Later that morning, his fellow representatives elected him Council chairman. Holly Kays photo
 

Cherokee kicks off new Council term

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians marked the start of a new Tribal Council term this week, with 2021 election…
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From left: Twinkle Patel, Jeff Lee, John Hinton and Jim Owens.
 

Four candidates vie for two seats in Maggie Valley

Four candidates will compete for two open spaces on the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen in municipal elections this November. 
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Clockwise, from top: Stacey Guffey, Rita Salain, David Culpepper, Frances Seay, and Jimbo Ledford.
 

Franklin candidates: Town is moving in the right direction

The tone of this year’s Franklin Town Council election is much different than it was four years ago, making for…
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BearWaters Brewing, located beside the Pigeon River in Canton, was decimated by flooding in August but has since reopened. Cory Vaillancourt photo
 

Canton’s future at stake in upcoming election

A scant three months ago, when candidates filed for the upcoming municipal elections, the Haywood County town of Canton was…
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Clockwise from top, left: Natalie Newman, Mary Gelbaugh, Carrie McBane, and Barbara Hamilton.
 

Race for town hall: Sylva board race draws four candidates for two seats

This November, Sylva voters will have their pick of four candidates to fill two seats up for election on the…
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Jeffrey Delannoy photo
 

Benefit showcases Canton's 'Grit and Grace'

Multi award-winning bluegrass supergroup Balsam Range (who are also Haywood County locals) appeared in Canton’s Sorrells Street Park on Saturday,…
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Rolling Start provides independence
 

Rolling Start provides independence

Rolling Start N.C. recently presented a 2005 VW Jetta to a single woman living on disability who has not had…
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North Carolina's 11th Congressional District.
 

Republican field solidifies in NC-11

As the filing period for the 2022 midterm elections draws near, moves are being made on the Republican side of…
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Bear attack injures two on the Blue Ridge Parkway
 

Bear attack injures two on the Blue Ridge Parkway

A black bear injured two people near the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville when it…
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Shawn Gaddis
 

Canton police chief retires

Shawn Gaddis, chief of the Canton Police Department since March, 2018, announced his retirement today according to an email sent…
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Book explores past murders in the mountains
 

Book explores past murders in the mountains

“The lips that touch liquor shall never touch mine.”
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Mike Wurman and Scott Varn work to install a locust log water bar on the Appalachian Trail at Max Patch during a Sept. 25 volunteer work day. Holly Kays photo
 

Transformation on trail: Volunteers converge to secure Max Patch’s future

On a sunny Saturday in September, tall grasses wave a fringe atop Max Patch, framing mountain layers fading from ripened…
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Winner announced for Kids in the Creek shirt design
 

Winner announced for Kids in the Creek shirt design

Waynesville Middle School student Kate Clark is the winner of this year’s Haywood Waterways Association Kids in the Creek T-shirt…
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Highlands educator given statewide honor
 

Highlands educator given statewide honor

Patrick Brannon, outreach specialist at the Highlands Biological Station, has received the 2021 award for exceptional environmental education programs from…
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Tubman statue arrives as Confederate soldier gets new plaques
 

Tubman statue arrives as Confederate soldier gets new plaques

Chiseled by an Emmy- and Academy Award-winning artist, a 2,400-pound bronze piece depicting Harriet Tubman leading a young girl out…
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Outdoor Economy Conference postponed
 

Outdoor Economy Conference postponed

Due to the Delta variant’s continued impact on public health, the Outdoor Economy Conference originally scheduled for Oct. 12-15 has…
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Bo Hess is one of seven Democrats vying for the chance to face incumbent Rep. Madison Cawthorn.
 

Pillar of NC-11 Democrat Bo Hess’ campaign is safety

Born at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas, Democrat Bo Hess is both a product of his upbringing and…
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Mandy Allen named Haywood Teacher of the Year
 

Mandy Allen named Haywood Teacher of the Year

Bethel Elementary School fifth grade teacher Mandy Allen was named Haywood County Schools’ 2022 Teacher of the Year at a…
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Mainspring Conservation Trust photo
 

Judaculla property protected

Mainspring Conservation Trust recently closed on an in-holding of the Nantahala National Forest Service in the Caney Fork Valley of…
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Jackson schools offers onsite COVID testing
 

Jackson schools offers onsite COVID testing

Students and staff in Jackson County Public Schools will soon have a convenient option for free COVID-19 testing right in…
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Virus cases have started to fall, but hospitals are still busy
 

Virus cases have started to fall, but hospitals are still busy

The number of new daily COVID-19 cases in North Carolina fell below 3,000 last week for the first time since…
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Industry Nine photo
 

Grant award to spur WNC’s outdoor economy

Nearly $3 million in newly announced funding will support further development of the outdoor-driven community and economy in Western North…
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The aftermath of the floodwaters in Bethel last month.
 

This must be the place: Ode to ‘Grit & Grace,’ ode to coming together

Putting the truck into park, I hopped out of the Tacoma in front of the legendary WNCW studios on the…
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Tribal Council balks at golf hotel funding request
 

Tribal Council balks at golf hotel funding request

The future of a three-star hotel project at the Sequoyah National Golf Club in Whittier is uncertain after Tribal Council…
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Jackson Chamber tees off annual golf tourney
 

Jackson Chamber tees off annual golf tourney

The 30th annual Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament drew 92 golfers to participate in 23 four-person…
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Sen. Chuck Edwards (left) and Rep. Mark Pless entertain public comment at a Sept. 21 redistricting hearing.
 

Common themes emerge in redistricting hearing

Although a majority of speakers at a Sept. 21 public hearing designed to gather input on the constitutionally-mandated redistricting process…
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Dogwood Health Trust reflects on 2021 progress
 

Dogwood Health Trust reflects on 2021 progress

Dogwood Health Trust had lofty goals when it was formed in 2019 with the mission to dramatically improve the health…
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Two resign from Transylvania hospital board
 

Two resign from Transylvania hospital board

By Peter H. Lewis Asheville Watchdog Two long-time members of the Transylvania Regional Hospital board of directors resigned Monday, saying…
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Municipal election
 voting underway
 

Municipal election
 voting underway

Municipal elections in Western North Carolina will be held in some jurisdictions on Tuesday, November 2, but in-person early voting…
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Black Folks Camp Too photo
 

‘Black Folks Camp Too’ wins national award

The Brevard-based business Black Folks Camp Too was recently given The President’s Award from America’s State Parks during the organization’s…
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Waynesville Task Force 
on Homelessness issues 
final recommendations
 

Waynesville Task Force 
on Homelessness issues 
final recommendations

Riddled with dissention, defections and a lack of clear direction, Waynesville’s Task Force on Homelessness finally limped across the finish…
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Blaming unvaccinated is somewhat misplaced
 

Blaming unvaccinated is somewhat misplaced

To the Editor: In the Sept. 1 opinion piece titled, “Maskless, unvaccinated bear a responsibility,” Norman Hoffman states that the…
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Enough with the divisiveness
 

Enough with the divisiveness

To the Editor: Before I ramble on with my allotted 400 words, entertain these two ideas that I believe we…
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Access to public 
Records within reach
 

Access to public 
Records within reach

By Sandy Hurley and Bill Moss Guest Columnists When the 2021 session of the General Assembly began, passage of legislation…
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Sewer flies, mice and mold; schools need help
 

Sewer flies, mice and mold; schools need help

By John deVille & Kenya Donaldson Complaints ranged from undrinkable water, termites and even sewer flies. There was extreme overcrowding near a…
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Balsam Range.
 

Moxie and Mettle: Balsam Range on new album, flood relief show

Situated on Pisgah Drive/N.C. 110 in the outskirts of downtown Canton is the WPTL studio, a Haywood County community radio…
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Registration snafu leads to NC11 candidate withdrawal
 

Registration snafu leads to NC11 candidate withdrawal

Just five days after announcing her candidacy in the 11th Congressional District Democratic Primary, Chelsea White made another announcement.
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