Craggy Gardens
 

Parkway section closed after visitors feed young bear

Eight miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Craggy Gardens is closed after multiple visitors were reported feeding and attempting…
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Sherry Morgan distributes campaign literature at the Waynesville Post office on the afternoon of Oct. 27
 

Team Waynesville supporter appears to violate federal law

With early voting underway and municipal election races heating up, a supporter of the far-right nativist faction running for various…
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Tendrils of smoke rise through trees on Collett Ridge. USFS photo
 

Wildfire burns near Andrews

A fire ignited by lightning Oct. 23 near Andrews has grown to 90 acres with 0% containment due to rugged…
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Woman arrested after allegedly abducting her children in Haywood
 

Woman arrested after allegedly abducting her children in Haywood

A former Haywood Country resident who now lives in Virginia was arrested after she allegedly kidnapped three of her children…
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Severe drought arrives in the mountains
 

Severe drought arrives in the mountains

Much of the western region is now in drought, with severe drought entering the state for the first time since…
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Haywood County saw a massive drop in crime of over 38% between 2021 and 2022.  File photo
 

Trusting the numbers: Stats show drop in WNC crime, but can the figures be trusted?

There’s an old mantra in law enforcement: don’t take credit for the good times unless you’re willing to take equal…
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Canton will soon hold its first municipal election ever without the iconic paper mill in operation. Max Cooper photo
 

For Canton, challenges are opportunities

Despite all the important elections taking place in Western North Carolina this fall, there’s probably no other town with more…
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Julia Hall Coffey, widow of recently identified MIA Capt. Fred Hall, locates his name on the Vietnam Veterans memorial for the very first time.  Cory Vaillancourt photo
 

Honor flight brings hope, healing to veterans

For nearly two decades, a unique nonprofit with roots in Western North Carolina has helped to recognize veterans for their…
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Journeys School for the Gifted and Talented, located on Skyland Drive,  is set to open in the Fall of 2025. Journeys photo
 

Private school to open in Sylva

A new independent private school is set to open in Sylva by fall of 2025, with a focus on serving gifted…
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Huge grant for affordable housing coming to Haywood
 

Huge grant for affordable housing coming to Haywood

Haywood County Commissioners got some great news Oct. 16 that will help the community ameliorate the effects of a red-hot…
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Whittier man charged with attempted kidnapping
 

Whittier man charged with attempted kidnapping

A Whittier man could spend the rest of his life in prison after he allegedly threatened a woman at gunpoint in…
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Tribal Council approves first Constitution Convention delegates
 

Tribal Council approves first Constitution Convention delegates

Tribal Council has unanimously approved a resolution naming the first designated delegates to a planned Constitution Convention and expanding the…
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Members of the three rotary clubs in Haywood County partnered with Ingles and Haywood Schools Foundation to collect nonperishable goods for food-insecure children. Donated photo
 

Rotary clubs collect food for children in need

Haywood County’s three Rotary Clubs collected non-perishable food on Sept. 30 at the Canton and Waynesville Ingles locations.
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Seven childcare centers to close in WNC
 

Seven childcare centers to close in WNC

A slew of childcare centers in the region will be closing by the end of the month, leaving the families of…
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Jackson County teams up to curb drunk driving
 

Jackson County teams up to curb drunk driving

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program identified the seven western counties as a pilot region to test new strategies to curb…
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Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation awards grants
 

Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation awards grants

The Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation has awarded 14 grants totaling over $1.4 million in the 2023 grant cycle.
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Vaya partners with DSS to provide overview of child welfare system
 

Vaya partners with DSS to provide overview of child welfare system

Vaya Health unveiled the latest addition to its “Pathways to Permanency” program.
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Canton Mayor Zeb Smathers leads  University of North Carolina Chapel Hill faculty and administrators on a tour of Canton Oct. 19.  Holly Kays photo
 

Research to test for contamination near Canton mill property

A research project aiming to understand contamination levels outside the fence line of the now-shuttered Canton paper mill is likely to…
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The Foothills Parkway is one of the most-used areas of the park. Joye Ardyn Durham photo
 

Smokies proposes new Foothills Parkway section

Through Nov. 18, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is accepting comments on a proposal to add 9 new miles…
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Mount Pisgah  viewing platform.  Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation photo
 

Mount Pisgah platform under construction

Crews are now working to reconstruct the viewing platform atop Mount Pisgah in the Pisgah National Forest, a project that…
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Hikers walk the  Waynesville Watershed. HWA photo
 

Visit the Waynesville Watershed

A 4-mile hike exploring the Waynesville Watershed will embark at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7.
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Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn speaks at a fundraiser in Henderson County on Saturday, Oct. 21.
 

Blackburn on Israel: ‘whatever they need’

Although she hails from Mississippi, Marsha Blackburn has become a powerful force in Tennessee politics over the past 25 years,…
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Panther Top Tower stands sentinel against a golden sunset. U.S. Forest Service photo
 

Panther Top Tower open for fall leaf views

The Panther Top Tower in the Nantahala National Forest near Murphy will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct.…
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Explore Haywood
 

Explore Haywood

Spend November exploring some of the region’s most beautiful hikes with a slate of excursions offered through Haywood County Recreation…
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Hike among hemlocks
 

Hike among hemlocks

Experience the hemlock trees growing at the historic Cradle of Forestry in America during a hike starting at 10 a.m.…
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Join Blue Ridge Rising
 

Join Blue Ridge Rising

Help shape a strategic action plan for the Blue Ridge Parkway corridor during the Blue Ridge Rising Two-State Summit Dec.…
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French Broad River gets the spotlight
 

French Broad River gets the spotlight

Learn about the historic threats facing the French Broad River and an ongoing effort to secure the designation of Wild…
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One of two proposed congressional maps will probably be enacted by the General Assembly next week.
 

New NC electoral maps just more of the same for the west

Newly empowered General Assembly Republicans aren’t even trying to hide the fact that the congressional and legislative maps they drew…
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Clyde Street waterline work set to begin
 

Clyde Street waterline work set to begin

The Town of Franklin has contracted with Buckeye Bridge, LLC to replace approximately 3,630 linear feet of waterline on Clyde…
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Development pressures in Waynesville are a cause of concern for some. Allen Newland photo
 

Pivotal election in Waynesville this year

Voters in Waynesville are preparing for a contentious election that offers very different visions for the future of the town…
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Maggie Valley candidates talk growth, leadership
 

Maggie Valley candidates talk growth, leadership

With more contentious development on the horizon, residents of the small town of Maggie Valley have plenty to consider at…
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Five compete for Highlands Commission
 

Five compete for Highlands Commission

Highlands will have at least one new member on its Board of Commissioners after Election Day this November. 
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Jackson County is one of two North Carolina counties joining the Foster Care Reinvestment program. File photo
 

Jackson joins Foster Care Reinvestment program

Jackson County will soon join four other North Carolina counties taking part in a pilot program that aims to support…
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Summit Charter School broke ground on phase II of its high school expansion on Aug. 25. Kevin Nealey photo 
 

Summit Charter School asks county for loan

This year, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation that allows charter schools to request capital funding from their local…
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Medical cannabis cards come in three colors — green for patients, blue for agents and red for Cannabis Control Board members. Holly Kays photo
 

Cannabis funding decision expected soon

Cherokee issues first medical ID cards; tribe continues to work on product transport plan 
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Ashley Sessions addressed Tribal Council Thursday, Oct. 12. EBCI Communications photo
 

Former Tribal Council candidate seeks compensation for 2017 election outcome

A former Tribal Council candidate is seeking $800,000 from the tribe in compensation for “physical, mental and financial despair” allegedly inflicted…
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According to a police report, the SRO responded to a report of a disorderly student at Shining Rock Classical Academy when he broke that student’s wrist. File photo
 

Incident at Shining Rock results in student injury

A disciplinary incident at Shining Rock Classical Academy last month resulted in a fractured wrist for one student. 
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Four individuals will be given awards during the annual Chancellor’s Brunch during WCU’s Homecoming weekend. Donated photo
 

WCU to honor individuals as part of Homecoming

Members of the Western Carolina University family will come together to recognize three prominent alumni for their career accomplishments and…
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HRMC announces Lunch and Learn for October
 

HRMC announces Lunch and Learn for October

Join Haywood Regional Medical Center for a Lunch and Learn this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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I-40 lane closing for repair in Buncombe County
 

I-40 lane closing for repair in Buncombe County

A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation began a project to repair the left lane of I-40 West between…
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Great Smokies Health Foundation Announces 2023 Grants
 

Great Smokies Health Foundation Announces 2023 Grants

The Board of Directors of the Great Smokies Health Foundation has awarded $539,235 to 24 organizations for a variety of…
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American Rivers Southeast Conservation Director Erin McCombs stands next to the recently cut notch in the Beaverdam Creek dam. Holly Kays photo
 

Clearing the creek: Dam removal project frees Beaverdam watershed

Beaverdam Creek is easy to miss. Tree-lined banks shield the small, shallow stream from view as it runs toward the…
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A dusting of snow Sunday, Oct. 15, marked the first flakes of the season. LeConte Lodge photo
 

Snow falls in the mountains

The first snow of the season has fallen in the Southern Appalachians.
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Excitement high about Pisgah View State Park
 

Excitement high about Pisgah View State Park

About 185 people attended a Sept. 26 public input session to chart the future of Pisgah View State Park, and…
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Maps are released every Thursday based on data collected as of the previous Tuesday.  U.S. Drought Monitor of N.C. map
 

Drought conditions grow

Drought is strengthening in southwestern North Carolina, with 14 counties now in moderate drought and an additional 58 labeled abnormally…
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Celebrate native plants
 

Celebrate native plants

The seventh annual North Carolina Native Plants Week is underway, running Oct. 16-22, and Audubon North Carolina is encouraging people…
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Jawbone Falls in Panthertown Valley. File photo
 

Friends of Panthertown plans open house

Friends of Panthertown will celebrate the grand opening of its first ever official headquarters and office space during a drop-in…
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Help available for failing septic systems
 

Help available for failing septic systems

Funding is available to help homeowners fix failing septic systems, preventing both financial and environmental hardship.
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Listed as missing in action for more than 54 years, Capt. Fred Hall, a native of Waynesville, was laid to rest in historic Green Hill Cemetery on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
 

Home at last, Capt. Fred Hall is now at rest

The four of them lumbered along the logging road until finally reaching the old fox hunting cabin about a mile…
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Jackson continues consolidation conversation
 

Jackson continues consolidation conversation

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing over the possible consolidation of the Department of Health and…
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