Health care facilities to create new jobs
 

Health care facilities to create new jobs

After successfully enlisting the help of local government, Haywood Regional Medical Center and Maggie Valley Health Investors are chasing state…
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Waynesville gets on board rail movement for passengers and freight
 

Waynesville gets on board rail movement for passengers and freight

Last week, Waynesville’s town board linked up with a growing grassroots movement that is calling for increased rail capacity. The…
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State snuffs out smoking in bars and restaurants
 

State snuffs out smoking in bars and restaurants

Promptly after ringing in the new year, North Carolina will usher in a smoking ban in restaurant and bars on…
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Towns use fees, restrictions to push back against video gambling look alike
 

Towns use fees, restrictions to push back against video gambling look alike

Local governments have begun the process of regulating cyber sweepstakes machines, which are multiplying rapidly across Western North Carolina. The…
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Campaign reminds shoppers to spend where they live
 

Campaign reminds shoppers to spend where they live

When store owners pack up their holiday decorations next month, there’s one thing Karen Wilmot hopes they will leave up…
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Franklin could reap windfall from sale of property
 

Franklin could reap windfall from sale of property

Franklin’s leaders are trying to decide what to do about a valuable piece of property on the outskirts of downtown,…
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Sylva borrows mantra of national buy local movement
 

Sylva borrows mantra of national buy local movement

As the holiday shopping season nears its final frenzy, Sylva’s business community is stressing the importance of buying local. The…
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One dollar reaps rewards seven times over
 

One dollar reaps rewards seven times over

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce 2009 Business Directory. With the final throes…
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Waynesville panel may recommend rolling back rear parking mandate
 

Waynesville panel may recommend rolling back rear parking mandate

A movement is afoot to roll back some of the smart growth principles of Waynesville’s land-use plan by loosening commercial…
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Swain settles lawsuit over sewer line cost overruns
 

Swain settles lawsuit over sewer line cost overruns

Swain County commissioners have settled a ten-month long lawsuit with Buckeye Construction for $30,000, far less than the $127,000 originally…
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Round and round we go, where it ends, nobody knows
 

Round and round we go, where it ends, nobody knows

In the news business, the interplay between the Internet, mobile devices, television and print is at a precipitous crossroads where…
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Christmas gifts from the heart
 

Christmas gifts from the heart

According to the government standards defining poverty in the 1950’s, I was poor. My father did not hold a regular…
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Recipes, 12/16/09
 

Recipes, 12/16/09

My Mother’s Chicken Pot Pie • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves—cubed • 1 cup sliced carrots • 1…
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Savagery taints classic town in King’s new novel
 

Savagery taints classic town in King’s new novel

Under the Dome by Stephen King. Scribner, 2009. 1,074 pages Before I had read 20 pages of Stephen King’s new…
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Holiday gear guide
 

Holiday gear guide

Nobody knows their way around the gear section of an outfitter store better than the people who work in them…
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SCC gaming management program takes off
 

SCC gaming management program takes off

Wanda Morris walked into uncharted territory when she started teaching Gaming Management Technology three years ago at Southwestern Community College.…
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Early mapping of the Nantahala
 

Early mapping of the Nantahala

The economic destiny of a given region is ultimately determined by its geology, flora and climate. That’s certainly been the…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

Junaluska waterfowl are plentiful, varied A quick turn around Lake Junaluska last Sunday revealed 13 species of waterfowl and/or wetland…
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Defective slot machine zaps gambler
 

Defective slot machine zaps gambler

A slot machine at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino malfunctioned, delivering a shock that floored a gambler, according to a lawsuit brought…
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Steady stream of businesses look for federal help after rockslide
 

Steady stream of businesses look for federal help after rockslide

Small businesses struggling to pay bills after a rockslide shut down Interstate 40 now have the option of applying for…
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The kindest army
 

The kindest army

Though the bell ringers have seen how hard the recession has hit the local community, they are surprised at the…
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Haywood’s lower classification pleases economic official
 

Haywood’s lower classification pleases economic official

Haywood County was more economically distressed this year, according to state rankings that essentially classify the counties from wealthiest to…
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Bell ringers cope with corporate regulations, recession
 

Bell ringers cope with corporate regulations, recession

Around Thanksgiving, they begin showing up outside stores with a red kettle, a jingling bell and a smile. In many…
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Unpaid Ghost Town workers were warned pay might not come
 

Unpaid Ghost Town workers were warned pay might not come

Ghost Town in the Sky, an amusement park in Maggie Valley, failed to pay employees for their final two weeks…
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Tribal casino gets OK for gaming floor alcohol
 

Tribal casino gets OK for gaming floor alcohol

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino may soon serve alcohol on the gaming floor, after receiving an unofficial go-ahead from a state attorney.…
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Malicious prosecution lawsuit unfounded, magistrate rules
 

Malicious prosecution lawsuit unfounded, magistrate rules

A malicious prosecution lawsuit by a woman accused of misappropriating flood relief donations should be dropped, according to the recommendation…
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WCU trustees adopt tuition increase
 

WCU trustees adopt tuition increase

Western Carolina University’s board of trustees voted to increase the school’s tuition by 6.5 percent next year. The vote to…
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Expense keeps most undocumented immigrants out of community college
 

Expense keeps most undocumented immigrants out of community college

North Carolina’s community colleges may have flung open their doors to illegal immigrants once again, but only a handful of…
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Rockslide cleanup could last through spring
 

Rockslide cleanup could last through spring

The Interstate 40 rockslide cleanup could now take until May, according to Joel Setzer, head of the N.C. Department of…
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Big Ridge mortgage holders say their loans being investigated
 

Big Ridge mortgage holders say their loans being investigated

Editor’s note: These articles first appeared in the St. Petersburg Times and are reprinted with permission of the writer. Lawyers…
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Undocumented students receive helping hand from Franklin principal
 

Undocumented students receive helping hand from Franklin principal

Despite the daunting road ahead, Franklin High School principal Gary Shields is steering his undocumented students toward the naturalization process.…
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New Sylva board member could help bridge rift
 

New Sylva board member could help bridge rift

Sylva’s incoming Mayor Maurice Moody said he wanted to start his career with a consensus vote and that’s exactly what…
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Poore chosen as CEO for MedWest Health System
 

Poore chosen as CEO for MedWest Health System

Haywood Regional Medical Center CEO Mike Poore has been named as the new chief executive officer of MedWest Health System…
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Jonathan Creek park moves closer to reality
 

Jonathan Creek park moves closer to reality

Haywood County commissioners decided Monday to move forward with the design phase for a proposed public park and sports field…
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Casino one step away from the total package
 

Casino one step away from the total package

Let’s just say it’s about time. A state special deputy attorney general said in a Nov. 25 letter that alcohol…
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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s Polar Express rides the rails in time for the holidays
 

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s Polar Express rides the rails in time for the holidays

Christmas is still two weeks away, but I’ve been rehearsing the dramatic tale of Santa’s arrival with my toddler for…
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Of golf, relationships and life
 

Of golf, relationships and life

A Son of the Game: A Story of Golf, Going Home, and Sharing Life’s Lessons by James Dodson. Algonquin Books,…
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Putting Panthertown on the map
 

Putting Panthertown on the map

Every hiker has likely named a trailside feature or two in their day. Ferns sprouting from the banks of a…
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Five miles of Parkway views preserved
 

Five miles of Parkway views preserved

A 1,488-acre tract along the Blue Ridge Parkway in McDowell County has been protected from development thanks to a conservation…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

Tessentee birds Bob Olthoff and I took advantage of last Sunday’s (Nov. 29) Indian Summer weather for a couple of…
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A skunk by any other name
 

A skunk by any other name

Five skunk species are residents in the United States: hooded, hog-nosed, western spotted, eastern spotted, and striped. Only the last…
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Maggie ABC store captures share of Waynesville business
 

Maggie ABC store captures share of Waynesville business

The recession has taken a toll on liquor sales at the ABC stores in Maggie Valley and Waynesville, in turn…
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Between language and culture
 

Between language and culture

Native American languages are unique. They came into being and evolved without the influence of writing. For scholars like Heidi…
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Canton leaders to compare and contrast lists
 

Canton leaders to compare and contrast lists

As everyone else compiles wish lists for the holiday season, Canton’s four aldermen will put together a list of their…
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Effort to revive language calls Cherokee old and young
 

Effort to revive language calls Cherokee old and young

Outside the annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner in the isolated Snowbird community, a remote corner of Graham County where the Cherokee…
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Foundering developers create vested rights dilemma
 

Foundering developers create vested rights dilemma

As developers grapple with financial woes forcing them to sell off holdings or succumb to foreclosure, environmental groups in Jackson…
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Consensus unlikely in Sylva board appointment
 

Consensus unlikely in Sylva board appointment

The moment of truth arrives for Sylva’s new town board on the day it starts work. When board members convene…
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Macon wrestles with impact of subdivision ordinance
 

Macon wrestles with impact of subdivision ordinance

Although Macon County passed its first subdivision ordinance more than a year ago, Commissioner Chairman Ronnie Beale wonders whether enough…
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Legal wrangling heats up in Jackson’s bid to wrest Dillsboro dam away from Duke
 

Legal wrangling heats up in Jackson’s bid to wrest Dillsboro dam away from Duke

Jackson County and Duke Energy squared off this week over the Dillsboro dam, marking the first major head-to-head courtroom battle…
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Compromise ends tug-of-war over who will be Harrah’s liquor distributor
 

Compromise ends tug-of-war over who will be Harrah’s liquor distributor

While the addition of alcohol sales at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel will undoubtedly be lucrative for the Eastern Band…
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