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Beginning Jan. 6, Haywood County residents over the age of 75, who have not already been included in a previous…

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One fond childhood memory involves a yellow fiberglass canoe and the Yadkin River. My dad, one of my younger brothers,…

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Starting Monday, Jan. 11, the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville will resume its normal winter hours of 8 a.m. to 7…

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By Geoff Cantrell • Contributing writer | In a typical school year, Highlands Biological Station serves nearly 10,000 students through…

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By Jonathan Austin • Contributing writer | A recently documented bee species has been identified living in the Great Smoky…

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How does one best express gratitude? That thought kept coming up as I sat down to write a column for…

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By Heather Hyatt Packer • Guest Columnist | There’s a lot of discussion about freedom, rights and patriotism when discussing…

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To the Editor: “Incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government, or any action (especially in speech or writing) promoting such…

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To the Editor: I am worried. Our newly elected congressman Madison Cawthorn contests what he has tweeted about as the…

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To the Editor: Arts organizations have had an extraordinarily challenging time during the pandemic, and it’s been no different for…

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A group of 14 tribal members that includes two sitting Tribal Council members and a former principal chief has entered…

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The COVID-19 death count in Jackson County nearly doubled over the holiday season, increasing from 10 as of Nov. 25…

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One of the loudest voices against masks and vaccines during recent public comment sessions in Haywood County also serves on…

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On a frosty Appalachian mountain morning in 1962, 22-year-old Waynesville man Charles Miller brought his car to a stop on…

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After a four-month investigation into the sudden death of a 25-year-old Cherokee man inside the Swain County Detention Center, the…

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A Nov. 3 report by the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office demonstrating the need for a $16 million expansion to the…

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Grabbing a seat inside Mad Anthony’s Taproom in downtown Waynesville one recent evening, Benji Boessel and Alex Tinsley can’t help…

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It was somewhere around the the second mile of my New Year’s Eve jog that I realized that day marked…

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In the week since the last press release, Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 327 new cases of…

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The mountain counties of Western North Carolina posted yet another strong month of home sales in November according to the…

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Haywood County Health and Human Services is reporting six more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number now to 68. 

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On Monday, Jan. 4, Down Home North Carolina Haywood and local community members will hold a press conference to announce…

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RALEIGH —The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced beginning Jan. 4, households can apply for the Low-Income…

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Three Macon County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have passed away. The persons were over the age of 65 and had…

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Former National Park Service Director Gary Everhardt passed away on Sunday, Dec. 27, following a battle with COVID-19 and just days after…

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Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency has begun distribution of its first allotment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. 

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The Junaluska Sanitary District experienced a discharge of untreated sewage from a broken sewer main.

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There’s been a lot of focus lately on all the ways that the last 12 months have been hard and…

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The N.C. Agricultural Hall of Fame now has three new members following the induction of John Holman Cyrus, Fred N.…

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Rob Young, director of Western Carolina University’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, was recently appointed by Virginia Gov.…

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Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking the public, particularly anglers, to submit any sightings of mudpuppies to…

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All families have their secrets, but some families have deeper and darker secrets than others. In June Titus’s novel Banjo Man…

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This year has prompted a reckoning unlike any in memory, so we’re all looking to put a bow on 2020…

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In February 2020, I was in New York City attending a children’s book writing conference. My boyfriend attended the conference…

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To the Editor: Republicans seem to have given up on our Constitution and democracy. Instead, they have opted to follow…

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To the Editor: Your recent report about Waynesville’s Emergency Ordinance (“Waynesville passes State of Emergency ordinance”) includes a description of Janet…

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To the Editor: I recently read an article that asked, “What will be your story of 2020?” I’ve since given…

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By Cory Vaillancourt • Fake News Editor | When I started writing this yearly feature five years ago, it was…

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They say hindsight is 2020 and that is definitely true as we’re all eager to put this disaster of a…

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Macon County Human Services building (which includes the Department of Social Services, Macon County Public Health, and Code Enforcement) was…

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Macon County has identified a rabies positive raccoon. The raccoon was turned over to Macon County Animal Services after it…

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In the pantheon of legendary jam-grass acts, a handful of pioneering bands broke new ground in the 1980s and 1990s…

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Christmas Eve. Downtown Waynesville. Sitting alone in my one-bedroom apartment, I was bummed that I couldn’t be back home in…

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Between Dec. 23 and Dec. 28, Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 185 new cases of COVID-19.  

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Macon County Public Health has identified a COVID-19 cluster of positive cases in Macon County’s 9-1-1 Communication Center.

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Macon County Public Health has identified a COVID-19 cluster of positive cases at the nonprofit Macon Program for Progress.

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Teachers from across North Carolina have been selected as finalists for the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching…

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Between Dec. 18 and Dec. 21, Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 129 new cases of COVID-19. 

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To allow all employees an opportunity to get tested for COVID-19 after the winter break, Southwestern Community College will be…

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Ceasars Entertainment and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians today released a formal announcement regarding the sale of operations at…

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