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When meetings moved to Zoom and schools shut down last March, Zach Sorrells kept on reporting to work. As a…

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For Malcom Skinner, the pandemic was not a pause, but rather a call to action.  “I’ve been trained up to…

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Many people in the high-risk category for COVID-19 began isolating themselves at home last March to wait out the pandemic,…

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In the pre-pandemic world, life was a constant swirl of activity for Lynn Jones and her husband. 

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Katlin Roberts was making coronavirus contingency plans before most people in the United States had even really heard of COVID-19.…

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It’s not easy to slow Wendy Barker down. She’s been an EMT for 15 years. She’s used to working 24…

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Lisa Leatherwood, Administrator at Silver Bluff Village, has had a unique perspective of the mayhem that is the COVID-19 pandemic…

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After the results of a Town of Waynesville Planning Board meeting on March 16, Haywood County will now move into…

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Maggie Valley will soon decide whether or not to develop a waterfall park on a property it has had in…

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A pair of gun control bills passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week and are now heading for the Senate.…

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Key Updates:  Haywood County’s Mass Vaccination clinic will move this week to a new temporary location at the Lambuth Inn at…

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While most Americans are looking forward to receiving the $1,400 payments included in President Joe Biden’s $1.88 trillion American Rescue…

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Invasive zebra mussels have been found in commercially available aquatic moss balls in North Carolina, and consumers who have purchased…

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Western Carolina University is planning for a fall semester that will be “close to normal,” given current COVID-19 trends and…

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Jackson County Schools Board of Education has selected Dr. Dana Ayers as its new superintendent. 

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Haywood Community College recently held a Groundbreaking Ceremony on campus for the Health Sciences Education Building. During the ceremony, those…

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Gibbins Advisors is scheduling an informational online meeting open to all communities in Western North Carolina served by Mission Health.…

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Growing up in eastern Kentucky, Frances Figart loved any chance to glimpse the diverse wildlife species roaming those Appalachian foothills…

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The 2021 ozone season began March 1, signaling the resumption of daily air quality forecasts across North Carolina. 

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After 10 years running the WNC Regional Livestock Market, John Queen is retiring from the job, and the WNC Communities…

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Over the coming months, the U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct six prescribed burns in the Cheoah and Tusquitee Ranger…

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A partnership between the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and Brevard-based Black Folks Camp Too is expected to…

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The “Spirit of the Smokies” certificate program is starting up again, offered by the University of Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain Field…

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My sister, her husband, and a friend recently visited me for several days. Though I don’t own a television, there’s…

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Army veteran and 2020 state House candidate Josh Remillard, of Mills River, has officially entered the race for North Carolina’s…

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The Covid relief bill now working its way through Congress will mark a transformation in the way this country treats…

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I moved from Maggie Valley to Waynesville last fall. My house in Maggie was on the side of Soco Road…

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To the Editor: I am so sick of hearing this argument that we’re “changing” or “erasing” history by changing statues…

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To the Editor: The other day a friend of mine made this remark: “I never want to hear Trump supporters…

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To the Editor: I’m writing to express my outrage regarding Madison Cawthorn’s bogus attempt to defend his proxy vote when…

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To the Editor: Voting records show that North Carolina and Haywood County had the largest voter turnout ever in the…

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While summer camps were on hiatus during the height of the pandemic in 2020, many camps in Western North Carolina…

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For more than a decade, groups serving Jackson County’s homeless population have done so on a shoestring and a thin…

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The American Association of University Women was founded by a group of female college graduates in 1881 to advocate for…

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Macon County became the first county in The Smoky Mountain News’ four-county coverage area to break the 20 percent mark…

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As the town of Waynesville digs into the budget process for the 2021-22 fiscal year, aldermen are again considering ways…

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Waynesville Alderman Jon Feichter says that he’s proud of the concrete steps previous town boards took to address the affordable…

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Despite the dire predictions of spring 2020, Jackson County’s budget prognosis for the 2021-2022 fiscal year is looking downright positive,…

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Maggie Valley town officials are cautiously optimistic about the coming budget year after preliminary reports show the pandemic did not…

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At the 11th hour, Macon County Commissioners called a special meeting to discuss whether to move forward with an $8…

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Coming off Exit 85 on the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway, a funny thing happens to drivers when they’re about halfway…

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Sunday morning. Sunshine and blue skies piercing through my dusty bedroom window. I’ve been up an hour or so. And…

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By Peter H. Lewis, Asheville Watchdog | Since Madison Cawthorn took office two months ago, vowing to represent everyone in his…

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SYLVA – N.C. Department of Transportation officials recently awarded three contracts to resurface highways in Cherokee, Jackson and Henderson counties.

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Quilters at Sassy Stitches in Franklin recently presented patches of comfort to District Attorney Ashley Welch, who is undergoing treatment…

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A new online portal now allows people to schedule themselves for COVID-19 vaccine appointments through the Jackson County Department of…

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Despite the pandemic — or perhaps because of it — Western North Carolina was home to two of the nation’s…

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The Swain County United Gift Fund is pleased to announce a donation of $2,000 from Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. This…

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Vice Mayor of Franklin Barbara McRae passed away Tuesday night after a long and valiant battle against cancer.

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The U.S. Forest Service wants public input on a proposal to build 42 miles of new trails near Old Fort…

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