Lumpy Lambert, executive director of Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino, shares progress from the construction site Dec. 11.
 

Murphy gaming expansion set to open in spring

The Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel in Murphy is abuzz these days as 200 on-site construction workers hustle…
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The lawsuit is filed in the U.S. District Court in Asheville.
 

Judge rules on motion to dismiss claims in police shooting suit

The court has made its decision in the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office’s request to dismiss  many of the complaints in…
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Kathy Greeley.
 

Alumna gift will create endowment for interior design program

Students in Western Carolina University’s interior design program soon will have access to new experiential learning opportunities thanks to a…
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Here’s what the disloyalty cards look like in downtown Waynesville’s Twigs & Leaves Gallery.
 

Courting disloyalty: New program encourages shoppers to patronize Waynesville businesses

The disloyalty card is here and it’s, in a sense, exactly what it sounds like. 
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Cherokee One Feather Editor Robert Jumper discusses proposed changes to the Editorial Board ordinance with Tribal Council during a Nov. 21 work session.
 

Cherokee Editorial Board ordinance withdrawn: Council, chiefs will retain appointments

An ordinance seeking to change the makeup of the Cherokee One Feather’s editorial board made it back in front of…
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This map shows where the social district would exist in Franklin.
 

Public hearing set for Franklin social district

The Town of Franklin will move forward with a public hearing for its proposed social district, despite inaction from the…
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Macon County School Board.
 

Macon schools to consider policy on Narcan

Macon County Schools will follow the example of several other school districts and consider a policy on administration of Narcan. 
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Just days remain in 2024 candidate filing period
 

Just days remain in 2024 candidate filing period

North Carolina’s candidate filing period for the 2024 General Election ends at noon , Friday, Dec. 15, and if the…
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From left are Chamber Ambassadors Chad Gerrety, Matt Saenger, Marne Harris, Patricia Bryson-Wink, American Museum of the House Cat Director Harold Sims, Marketing Director Kimberly Crow, Museum Manager Julie Kimbrell (holding official museum cat Mimi), and ambassadors Patricia Stanberry, Karson Walston, Natalie Newman and Chris Stuckey.
 

Ribbon cutting for the house cat museum

On Thursday, Nov. 30, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Team held a grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony for the…
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Rachel Sease, a longtime employee of Blue Moon, purchased the downtown Canton bookstore.
 

The next chapter: New owner at Blue Moon Books

One of Haywood County’s used bookstores is entering its next chapter with a change of ownership and a continuation of…
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Michele Woodhouse.
 

Woodhouse returns as NC-11 GOP chair

Henderson County resident Michele Woodhouse has been reelected as chair of the North Carolina Republican Party’s 11th Congressional District after…
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Mountain Projects calls for participation in housing surveys
 

Mountain Projects calls for participation in housing surveys

Three surveys from Mountain Projects that aim to help the nonprofit develop a housing plan, identify housing projects that will…
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Jackson County license plate agency to close: Office will reopen under new contractor
 

Jackson County license plate agency to close: Office will reopen under new contractor

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles’ license plate agency in Jackson County will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 15. 
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Statewide holiday ‘Booze It & Lose It’ enforcement campaign underway
 

Statewide holiday ‘Booze It & Lose It’ enforcement campaign underway

 This holiday season, the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program joins local and state law enforcement to urge drivers against impaired driving. 
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The Sarge’s pack explores the Dahlia Ridge Trail System at Haywood Community College. Lyndsey Tate photo
 

Nose for adventure: New program gets Sarge's shelter dogs hiking

Monday mornings have a bad reputation, but for dogs at Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation in Waynesville, they’ve become the best part…
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Amy McIntosh snuggles one of Misfit Mountain’s furry residents. Donated photo
 

Misfit Mountain seeks to help animals and owners alike

The holiday season is among the toughest times in the animal rescue world. Adopting pets isn’t always front of mind…
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Study reveals the red wolf’s ecological impact
 

Study reveals the red wolf’s ecological impact

According to a study published last month in the scientific journal Animal Conservation, wild red wolves in eastern North Carolina…
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Franklin County deer tests positive for CWD
 

Franklin County deer tests positive for CWD

A 2.5-year-old female white-tailed deer harvested during firearm season in Franklin County has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, an…
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Ski after school or after work
 

Ski after school or after work

Cataloochee Ski Area offers discounted rates for youth and adults to explore the slopes and hone their skills with several…
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Race Cataloochee
 

Race Cataloochee

The racing season is back at Cataloochee Ski Area, starting in January for ages 8 through adult. 
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Money available for farmers who experienced lending discrimination
 

Money available for farmers who experienced lending discrimination

Through Jan. 13, farmers, forest landowners and ranchers who have experienced discrimination in farm lending from the U.S. Department of…
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Friends group launches for Cherokee National Forest
 

Friends group launches for Cherokee National Forest

Friends of the Cherokee National Forest, a new nonprofit based in Knoxville, aims to become a driving force in preserving…
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Joe Russo.
 

What does it mean to be: A conversation with Joe Russo

When drummer Joe Russo takes a moment to reflect on his decades-long friendship and collaboration with guitarist Tom Hamilton, he…
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A church in communion with all creatures
 

A church in communion with all creatures

The Covid pandemic has produced many new books with many of them addressing the current situation in which we humans…
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Pictured from left to right are members of North Canton Fire Department’s drone unit  — Allen Newland, Tony Pope, Steve Kelley, Chance Best and Billy Hannah.  Not pictured are Levi Allen and Christian Wilkie. Julie Newland photo
 

Up in the air: North Canton Fire Department puts eyes in the sky to save lives

As technology evolves, every entity and industry finds new and innovative ways to use those advances to improve their operations.
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Program Director Kelly Kelley (left) celebrates with a  University Participant Program student following  the spring 2016 commencement. WCU photo
 

Vision for the future: WCU program helps intellectually disabled students achieve their dreams

As he entered his sophomore year at Andrews High School in Cherokee County, David Maennle started to notice his classmates…
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Macon County’s school board has made it clear that it opposes the push from some county commissioners to make its elections partisan. File photo
 

Macon school board opposes partisan elections

After county commissioners considered signing a resolution in support of transitioning the Macon County Board of Education to a partisan-elected…
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Vonterius Woolbright brings the ball up the court. Donated photo
 

WCU men's basketball picks up steam

It’s a great time to be a Catamount basketball fan, certainly the best in a while. 
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Volunteers break ground on the Walton Woods neighborhood after the land donation in 2009. Donated photo
 

Habitat’s ‘return on investment': Building strong communities, strong futures

It’s  tough out there for anyone hoping to gain entry into the housing market. 
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 The Locust Cove #2 Fire is one of two currently burning in McDowell County. USFS photo
 

Fire activity resumes

Despite an uptick in precipitation and humidity levels, the region is still facing the worst drought conditions  since 2017, with…
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Two grants help Haywood students
 

Two grants help Haywood students

Haywood County Schools recently received two grants from Dogwood Health Trust. One will benefit students at the Haywood Community Learning…
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Candidates continue filing for 2024 election
 

Candidates continue filing for 2024 election

North Carolina’s candidate filing period for the 2024 General Election began on Monday, Dec. 4, with candidates slowly making their…
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Darlene Fox. Donated photo
 

Fox named interim county manager

Less than a month after Jackson County Manager Don Adams announced his resignation, commissioners have appointed an interim to fill…
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Tyler James Ponder
 

Man arrested for child sex crimes in Haywood

On Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, Haywood County Sheriff’s deputies from the Criminal Suppression Unit located and arrested Tyler James Ponder,…
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Dr. Allison Johnson.  File photo
 

Johnson named Preceptor of the Year

Haywood Regional Medical Center announced that Dr. Allison Johnson was named Preceptor of the Year by the Virginia College of…
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Doug Mcelvy owns Mountain Fly Outfitters, which first opened Nov. 18 in Canton.  Holly Kays photo
 

Casting for Canton: Papertown gets its first fly shop

Doug Mcelvy was only 3 or 4 the first time he picked up a fishing rod, but it sparked a…
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Smokies burn ban lifted
 

Smokies burn ban lifted

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park  has lifted a burn ban that’s been in effect for weeks amid drought conditions…
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Magnificent ramshorn. NCWRC photo
 

Endangered snail reintroduced to the wild

After 20 years of living only in captivity, the federally endangered magnificent ramshorn has been returned to the wild. 
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Farmland preservation grants available
 

Farmland preservation grants available

County governments and conservation nonprofits have until Dec. 18 to apply for farmland preservation grants from the N.C. Agricultural Development…
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Drake Fowler.
 

Arboretum leader to lead landscape architecture association

Drake Fowler, deputy executive director at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, has been named president of the N.C. Chapter…
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Drought disaster funding available for farmers
 

Drought disaster funding available for farmers

Family farms across the region are eligible for emergency loan assistance from the Farm Service Agency due to damage or…
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Grants awarded to protect N.C. farmland
 

Grants awarded to protect N.C. farmland

Western North Carolina is well represented in the more than $15 million recently awarded to protect working farms and forests,…
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Outdoor businesses selected for mentorship program
 

Outdoor businesses selected for mentorship program

Mountain BizWorks has named eight outdoor businesses that have been selected for the fifth cohort of its annual Waypoint Accelerator…
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Medicaid expansion is here; Pisgah Legal offers free advice on gaining access
 

Medicaid expansion is here; Pisgah Legal offers free advice on gaining access

More than 500,000 North Carolinians stand to gain free health coverage in the coming months. 
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Buncombe County Rep. Caleb Rudow is the first Democrat to challenge WNC's incumbent congressman. Donated photo
 

Rudow announces congressional bid in Western North Carolina

The 2024 election season isn’t quite yet officially underway, but one Democrat isn’t waiting for Dec. 4 to get into…
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Ernest Pheasant. CIPD photo
 

Cherokee man arrested in cold case murder

Nearly a decade after 26-year-old Marie Walkingstick Pheasant’s body was found in a burned-out vehicle in Cherokee’s Big Cove community,…
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This map shows where the social district would exist in Franklin. Donated photo
 

No county property for proposed Franklin Social District

Without discussion or stated reasoning, Macon County commissioners decided not to allow Franklin to use county property for its proposed…
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Working through Thanksgiving, firefighters battling the Black Bear Fire  eat their holiday meal on the job. U.S. Forest Service photo
 

Burn bans lift and wildfires wind down following rain

Burn bans have been lifted and wildfires contained after steady rains Tuesday, Nov. 21, put a pause in a relentless drought that…
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Arson investigations follow some wildfires
 

Arson investigations follow some wildfires

Arsonists were responsible for some of the wildfires first responders have battled over the past month, with one arrest made…
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The state of emergency services: Macon’s EMS Director highlights transport and staffing concerns
 

The state of emergency services: Macon’s EMS Director highlights transport and staffing concerns

Macon County Emergency Services Director Warren Cabe came before the Board of Commissioners this month to outline problems his department…
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