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Haywood Regional Medical Center has been recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina with a Blue Distinction…

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Dale Walksler, the founder and curator of the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, passed away peacefully, with his…

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Despite dire predictions of how local governments would be financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Macon County has fared well…

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On Jan. 20, President Joe Biden issued an executive order requiring coronavirus prevention protocols — including mask-wearing — on all…

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The Whitmire property on East Main Street in Franklin could soon become a public disc golf course.

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Every year, Sylva’s department heads have a chance to tell town commissioners what they need — and what they want…

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When Macon County Commissioners met on Jan. 12, health department staff was having a difficult time meeting the demands of…

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Jackson County is still lagging behind surrounding counties when it comes to the percentage of its population that’s received a…

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Last week, North Carolina officials recommended that all schools return to in-person learning as soon as possible. 

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A bill in the North Carolina General Assembly that would allow local governments to stop publishing mandated legal notices in…

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Opponents of Haywood County’s proposed $16 million jail expansion project are ramping up pressure on county commissioners to consider alternative…

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Following an 80-minute closed session discussion, Tribal Council voted 9-3 last week to override Principal Chief Richard Sneed’s veto of…

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is moving toward construction of an indoor baseball and softball facility following a Feb.…

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It’s 8:45 a.m. and 28 degrees outside of Amici’s in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Waynesville. The sidewalk has been shoveled,…

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Late Thursday night. I’m sitting in my recliner. Netflix and the half-full lukewarm beer next to the chair have both…

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The Jackson County Arts Council has awarded $50,250.06 in business interruption grants to local nonprofit arts organizations, other organizations with…

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Two years before a total solar eclipse left area residents breathless in 2017, Southwestern Community College started working with the…

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COVID-19 Second Dose clinics are coming up in Haywood County, here is what you need to know.

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Macon County Public Health reported that three Macon County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have passed away. To protect the family…

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By Barbara Durr and Peter H. Lewis • Asheville Watchdog | Six months ago, as part of a reckoning on…

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Since mid-January Haywood County Health and Human Services has received notice of five more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number now…

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The Center for the Study of Free Enterprise at Western Carolina University has issued an assessment of economic recovery, sustainability and growth in North…

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By Steven Wall • Guest Columnist | With so much division in our country, and some  folks even losing faith…

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To the Editor: For weeks leading into the insurrection and ransacking of our Capitol on Jan. 6, Madison Cawthorn’s words…

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To the Editor: Humanity has a universal propensity for lies and distortions, and Trump-supporting extremists ruled by reality-free ideas are…

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To the Editor: I always enjoy the illuminating letters from Carol Adams. Her most recent (last week’s Smoky Mountain News, www.smokymountainnews.com/opinion/item/30705)…

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To the Editor: In the aftermath of recent events in our nation’s Capitol, we are still reeling in shock, disbelief…

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Face masks are now required at all National Park Service buildings and facilities as a result of President Joe Biden’s…

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A new professional outdoor industry certificate will be available through the Western Carolina University Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment…

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Friends of DuPont Forest will receive 100 free hours of public relations and marketing services thanks to the Stand Up…

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The sky shone an unbroken blue and afternoon sunshine cast sparkles on the lazy Pigeon River as a group of…

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Many of us who read novels find ourselves in awe of authors who create a landscape and a place so…

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Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation dedicated a memorial plaque to honor Gary Smith Dec. 17, at Sarge’s Adoption Center. 

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The number of Haywood County residents receiving a first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine jumped by 45 percent between…

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After nearly eight hours of discussion and testimony on Monday, Jan. 25, the first day of the quasi-judicial hearing that…

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He hasn’t even been in office for a month, but Western North Carolina’s Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn is already starting…

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More than 40 years after it first took up the matter, the North Carolina General Assembly may consider finally ratifying…

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As people continue to struggle through the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for pro-bono legal services has spiked, putting more demand…

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People have a new opportunity to enroll in health insurance for 2021 on HealthCare.gov, but only for a limited time.

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A Franklin man who pleaded guilty last week to trafficking in methamphetamine has been sentenced to serve 70 to 93…

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Cashiers will get a dog park following the Jackson County Commissioners’ unanimous vote Jan. 26 to approve a contract with…

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What started out as a casual jam to entertain a keg party has morphed itself into one of the most…

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Western North Carolina has lost a truly kind and beautiful soul. Erica Waldrop passed away in a tragic car accident…

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Greg Shuping was 19 years old when he launched his emergency services career in his native Burke County. The son…

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Even as the pandemic continues, employers continue to seek eager workers to fill important job roles. To help with the search,…

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Unbeknownst to many a passerby as they enter the town of Bryson City from the east, there lies a structural…

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New mobile freezers capable of capable of safely storing and transporting COVID-19 vaccine vials will soon arrive at all 15…

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Things like color, size, shape, prints and even bling, factor into the decision-making process. There are standard face coverings and…

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Cullowhee Valley School will no longer be represented by the Rebel mascot, which is personified by an old, white, confederate…

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That is the question the Pancake Day Team and staff at First United Methodist Church of Waynesville pondered last fall…

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