Nelson smiles for a headshot photo for the nursing program she begins this fall at Western Carolina University. Donated photo
 

Pandemic pivot: Some used lockdown to reach educational goals

Kaitlyn Nelson was three-and-a-half months into living her Australian dream when the Coronavirus Pandemic hit, forcing her and her partner…
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Mission Health and its parent company HCA Healthcare now face a class action lawsuit claiming the health system has a monopoly in the region.
 

Residents file suit against Mission Health

A group of Western North Carolina residents has filed a class action lawsuit against Mission Health System and its parent…
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Undeveloped parcels of this size are relatively rare in Haywood County. Haywood GIS photo
 

Zoning change could result in sale of Waynesville parcels

A pair of undeveloped parcels at the southwest corner of Asheville Highway and Howell Mill Road have undergone a zoning…
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Down Home N.C. fire local organizers
 

Down Home N.C. fire local organizers

Over the past few years, political action group Down Home North Carolina has made a name for itself in Western…
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First responders ‘Tired, frustrated, angry, fearful’
 

First responders ‘Tired, frustrated, angry, fearful’

The resurgent Delta variant of COVID-19 has created a dangerous situation across the country and across the state, and now…
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A trouble spot that appeared last spring is more severe than the area near Bobwhite Lane, requiring closure of a portion of the road since April 2020. Holly Kays photo
 

Sylva faces $2 million road repair

Fixing ongoing landslide issues on Allen Street could cost up to $2 million — an amount equivalent to more than 40%…
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Western Carolina University.
 

Labor market impacts college hiring season

Amid a nationwide struggle to fill open positions in a multitude of sectors, higher education institutions in Western North Carolina…
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A police car blocks a mud-slicked road in Downtown Canton around 7 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 18.
 

The Pigeon River Flood of 2021

Editor's note: As the sun rose above Haywood County on the morning of Aug. 18, residents and first responders were…
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More COVID cases, deaths in Haywood
 

More COVID cases, deaths in Haywood

In the week since the last press release, Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 206 new cases of COVID-19.  As…
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Chairman Chuck Francis
 

After emergency meeting, Haywood Schools still won’t require masks

Almost three weeks after controversially voting to start the school year with optional masks for students, the Haywood County Schools…
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The Town of Waynesville Board of Aldermen listens to comment from DWA board members on Aug. 12.
 

Downtown Waynesville Association narrowly survives contentious hearing

The Downtown Waynesville Association has been in the fight of its 36-year political life since Waynesville aldermen refused to renew…
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Daytime closures resume on Newfound Gap Road
 

Daytime closures resume on Newfound Gap Road

Daytime closures associated with an 8-mile paving project on Newfound Gap Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will…
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A sow pig basks in the morning light at Smoky Mountain Mangalitsa Farm in Haywood County. Holly Kays photos
 

Living high with the hogs: Mountain hog farm revives historic breed

Morning cool still hangs over the grassy fields at Smoky Mountain Mangalitsa Farm  as Catherine Topel approaches a pair of…
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Grant to increase diversity in Smokies programs
 

Grant to increase diversity in Smokies programs

A $10,000 grant from REI Co-op in Pigeon Forge will support community science programs in the Great Smoky Mountains National…
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Team Members of Harrah's Cherokee Casinos join Phil Ford, honorary chairperson of N.C. Beautiful and former North Carolina Tar Heel basketball player and coach, for a group photo during the 35th Annual Golf Classic. Donated photo
 

Harrah’s donates to N.C. Beautiful

Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos recently donated $30,000 to N.C. Beautiful, a nonprofit organization that has for 54 years supported environmental awareness,…
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A story of immigrants gone missing
 

A story of immigrants gone missing

Asheville’s own Terry Roberts is back again with another page-turner in the form of a brand new novel just released…
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The truth is not as simple as it seems
 

The truth is not as simple as it seems

So here’s a reality of the explosion of information that we all live with today: it is now more difficult…
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When distractions — and watchful angels — soothe grief
 

When distractions — and watchful angels — soothe grief

They say the weeks leading up to the anniversary of a loved one’s death are harder than the day itself. …
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Time to stop the Fear and repression
 

Time to stop the Fear and repression

To the Editor: Today, the mask debate has become so ludicrous that many people still falsely think it’s “safety first” to wear…
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Don’t let states restrict voting
 

Don’t let states restrict voting

To the Editor: Most Americans would agree a free and fair election system is fundamental to a functioning democracy. Yet…
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Haywood amends school calendar
 

Haywood amends school calendar

The Haywood County Schools Board of Education voted to amend the 2021-22 school calendar during its Aug. 9 regularly scheduled…
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Sarah Thompson joins Dogwood Health Trust
 

Sarah Thompson joins Dogwood Health Trust

Dogwood Health Trust hired seasoned economic and community development executive Sarah Thompson to join the organization’s Impact Team on Sept.…
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Hospice Executive Director Andrea Rogers-Ray, (from left) volunteer Bill Hoke and Cody, and Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Beverly Murray are pictured at a volunteer appreciation event.
 

Haywood Hospice honors volunteers

Volunteers with Haywood Hospice & Palliative Care were honored at a recent luncheon held at the First Presbyterian Church in…
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Faylen (left) and Liam Kelly helped prepare dinner at Pathways on Aug. 7. Cory Vaillancourt photo
 

A new phase for Pathways Center

It’s been nearly seven years since Haywood Pathways Center served up its first meals to the needy, after the then-prison…
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Haywood highway dedicated to fireman
 

Haywood highway dedicated to fireman

The N.C. Board of Transportation unanimously approved a resolution Thursday to dedicate a section of U.S. 276 in Haywood County…
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Cherokee establishes medical cannabis program
 

Cherokee establishes medical cannabis program

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will establish a medical marijuana program on tribal lands even as the drug remains…
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Medical cannabis advancing through General Assembly
 

Medical cannabis advancing through General Assembly

Now that the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has decided to move forward with a medical cannabis initiative, the rest…
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Parents petition Haywood school board to require masks
 

Parents petition Haywood school board to require masks

A petition to start the school year with universal masking in Haywood County Schools has over 630 signatures. This comes…
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Western Carolina University.
 

Masks back at college

With case numbers surging and fall semester beginning, local colleges and universities are reinstituting indoor masking requirements that had been…
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Swain will mandate masks in schools
 

Swain will mandate masks in schools

Swain County Schools will start the year with a mask mandate, reversing a previous decision to make masks optional for…
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Businesses impacted by COVID-19 cases
 

Businesses impacted by COVID-19 cases

A couple of Haywood County businesses have had to shut their doors temporarily after several employees were exposed to COVID-19.
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Congressman Madison Cawthorn says medical choice should be between individual and doctor.
 

As hospitals mandate staff vaccines, Mission Health resists

By Peter H. Lewis • Asheville Watchdog | The largest health care providers in Western North Carolina, including Mission Hospital…
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Forest therapy trail approved for Sylva
 

Forest therapy trail approved for Sylva

Sylva may soon be home to the first certified forest therapy trail in North Carolina following the town board’s unanimous…
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Macon woman wielding machete video goes viral
 

Macon woman wielding machete video goes viral

A video showing two white men and one Black woman wielding a machete in the middle of Georgia Road in…
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Jay Carey is a part of a six-candidate Democratic Primary Election field in NC11. Donated photo
 

Democrat Jay Carey brings perspective to NC11 field

With a father in the Navy and a mother from Poland, Jay Carey grew up in a middle-class family in…
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Jesse "Fonzie" Sneed.
 

Cherokee elections around the corner

On Thursday, Sept. 2, Cherokee voters will select the next Tribal Council, three School Board representatives and answers to three…
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After a brief pause, eviction moratorium returns
 

After a brief pause, eviction moratorium returns

A Trump-era policy designed to protect renters impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic was allowed to expire on the last day…
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Courtney and Spencer Tetrault established Axe & Awl Leatherworks six years ago as an online business. Now, they are pursuing a much-anticipated dream of opening a storefront in downtown Waynesville. Michelle Harris photo
 

Axe & Awl honors past with modern twist

By Diana Conard • Contributing writer | Courtney and Spencer Tetrault established Axe & Awl Leatherworks six years ago as…
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The String Cheese Incident. Bassist Keith Moseley is second from right. (photo: Scott McCormick)
 

Good times around the bend: Keith Moseley of The String Cheese Incident

A potent blend of rock, bluegrass, folk and electronica, The String Cheese Incident remains an innovative, intriguing force of nature…
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Phish, Nashville. (photo: Garret K. Woodward)
 

I’m floating in the blimp a lot, I feel the feeling I forgot

I knew it was going to happen. But, I just didn’t know when it would.
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Sponsored by the Canton Lions Club, the Canton High School band marches in the 1957 Canton Labor Day parade.
 

As COVID rages, Canton Labor Day events debated

After the Canton Board of Aldermen/women spent nearly three hours on Aug. 9 going back and forth with Haywood County…
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COVID-19 Outbreak at Haywood nursing home
 

COVID-19 Outbreak at Haywood nursing home

The Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency has identified a COVID-19 outbreak at Maggie Nursing & Rehabilitation in Maggie…
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Highway dedicated in honor of Beloved Cherokee man
 

Highway dedicated in honor of Beloved Cherokee man

Jerry Wolfe’s voice crackled across the speakers telling one more story.
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Sylva man found guilty of ransacking ambulance
 

Sylva man found guilty of ransacking ambulance

With admissions last week of stealing and breaking into motor vehicles, District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said, a Sylva man…
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New CEO hired at Angel Medical Center
 

New CEO hired at Angel Medical Center

Mission Health has hired Clint Kendall to serve as the new Chief Executive Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at Angel…
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Cherokee legalizes medical marijuana
 

Cherokee legalizes medical marijuana

The Cherokee Tribal Council today approved a 42-page ordinance that will establish a system to support legalized medical marijuana on…
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Yellowhill community member Mary Crowe speaks with LGBTQ advocates outside the Cherokee Council House July 8, following Tribal Council’s second refusal to consider an ordinance legalizing same-sex marriage. Holly Kays photo
 

Cherokee to consider same-sex marriage law in September

After twice refusing  to grant the legislation a perfunctory first reading, during its Aug. 5 meeting the Cherokee Tribal Council…
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Highlands Road Safety Project Underway
 

Highlands Road Safety Project Underway

FRANKLIN – A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation recently started a safety project along a stretch of Highlands Road…
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COVID-19 cluster found at Canton PD
 

COVID-19 cluster found at Canton PD

Haywood County Health and Human Services have identified a COVID-19 cluster connected to the Canton Police Department. Six employees, at…
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