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Western North Carolina’s longest-running political feud, between two men whose families have plodded about these here hills and hollers since…

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With 51.41 percent of voters in favor of the measure, Jackson County residents approved a referendum that will allow the…

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The Democratic majority on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners could strengthen to a 4-1 hold following Election Day results.…

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Josh Young, a young Republican in his first attempt to run for public office, will join the Macon County Board…

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Two incumbents will claim their second terms on the Swain County Board of Commissioners after being the top vote-getters out…

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“I want to dance for the renewal of the world.” —Robin Wall Kimmerer

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As the colder weather settles in, many Western North Carolina counties are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases. 

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What began as a traffic stop ended with a jury finding a Waynesville man guilty last week on methamphetamine-related charges,…

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This year’s Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance may very well be the most challenging yet, with…

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Swain County commissioners recently approved about $200,000 in funding for the school system in an effort to improve student reading…

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Due to decreased casino profits related to the pandemic, December per capita payments to members of the Eastern Band of…

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Tribal Council voted 11-1 during Annual Council Oct. 29 to approve the Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise’s request to borrow up…

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A report presented to Haywood County commissioners says the county’s detention center is approaching operational capacity and because the minimum…

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A routine housekeeping measure intended to clarify who, exactly, can declare a State of Emergency on behalf of the Town…

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Amid a spike of coronavirus cases in October, some members of the Sylva town board advocated for passing a mask…

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After a 15-minute closed session discussion, Tribal Council voted unanimously Oct. 29 to allocate up to $25 million to develop…

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Two women presented a petition to the Jackson County School Board during an Oct. 27 meeting asking the board to…

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When it comes to Keller Williams, there are three key elements of his storied live performances — experimentation, fun, unity. …

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I could hear the planes overheard from the nearby Nashville airport. The room was cool. The bedsheets warm. It took…

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When the terms “systemic patriarchy” and “systemic racism” became common rhetoric in our society, they made my brow furrow. I…

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George Vanderbilt first opened Biltmore, his magnificent private estate, to family and friends on Christmas Eve 1895. Today, 125 years…

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Vecinos Farmworker Health Program was honored to receive a $10,000 grant from Nantahala Health Foundation, which partners and collaborates with…

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Haywood County Public Health received notice of 33 new cases of COVID-19 since Oct. 23. As of 5 p.m. Oct. 29, the…

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Macon County has identified that a sixth Macon County Public Health employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

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District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch’s office intends to seek the death penalty against a Haywood County man accused of killing…

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Democratic vice-presidential nominee/California Senator Kamala Harris visited Western North Carolina last week, reminding voters of the importance of getting to…

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By the Officers of Digali’i As enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the officers of Digali’i,…

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More than six years ago, Southwestern Community College officials started looking into making necessary safety improvements at their firing range…

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Tuesday night at approximately 5 p.m. Haywood County received notice that a local bear hunter, Richard Warren, had been injured…

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The Jackson County Department of Public Health has identified a COVID-19 cluster at a child care center.

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Due to decreased casino profits related to the pandemic, December per capita payments to members of the Eastern Band of…

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Search and Rescue Team members in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park found missing hiker Fred Braden Jr. last night…

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To the Editor: Of all the childhood films I can still bear to watch as an adult, I love “Superman.”…

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To the Editor: In most professions work experience is a major factor as to whether you get the job or…

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To the Editor: I’m writing in response to Ted Carr’s letter in the October 21 edition of your paper. Unlawful,…

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To the Editor: I support Randy McDowell for a seat on the Haywood County Board of Education.

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To the Editor: There were 8,820 bills and joint resolutions submitted to Congress in 2019. Two-thirds were submitted in the…

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To the Editor: Filling a Supreme Court vacancy a week before the election is wrong. Spray as much rose water…

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To the Editor: Don’t you get it? Mask (keep your germs to yourself), socially distance (don’t stand close to each…

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To the Editor: Do you believe that your vote doesn’t matter? Your vote doesn’t matter to the Democrats. Here’s an…

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To the Editor: In my faith tradition when someone is baptized, everyone in the congregation renews their promises to God…

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To the Editor: Madison Cawthorn’s website states: “Send a fighter to Congress.” 

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To the Editor: I keep hearing conservatives say that the Democratic Party is the party of hate and divisiveness. However,…

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To the Editor: If you believe permanent one-party rule is desirable; big cities should always determine who becomes President; the…

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To the Editor: I must have been 7 or 8 years old when I first realized my grandma hung out…

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To the Editor: In normal times, we are not unduly impacted by the actions of our elected officials, whether they…

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To the Editor: It’s so past time we shared health care with all North Carolinians

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To the Editor: I am not a big Donald Trump fan. However, this man is the one who proved in…

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To the Editor: I have a tendency to speak my mind. I have intentionally not done so during this election…

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To the Editor: How insulting Joe Biden is to the American public … us the voters, the ones who deserve…

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