Renderings for housing units in the proposed development show multi-story stone buildings with plentiful windows. Lew Oliver Inc rendering
 

Cashiers Council prepares for development hearing

The future of a massive development proposed for the Cashiers crossroads is still up in the air following a Jan.…
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Student grades, retention slip at WCU
 

Student grades, retention slip at WCU

With the first full semester of pandemic instruction now in the books, preliminary numbers at Western Carolina University show dips…
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Haywood makes error in vaccine appointments
 

Haywood makes error in vaccine appointments

In the process of implementing new systems to create a fair and equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Haywood County Public Health recently…
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Janet Presson speaks at a Waynesville Board of Aldermen meeting on Dec. 8, 2020. Haywood County photo
 

HHF trustees to discuss Presson’s views

A nonprofit health care foundation serving Haywood County is set to discuss whether one of its trustee’s anti-vaccine, anti-mask advocacy…
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Claude Coleman, Jr.  The historic Rabbit’s Motel (right). (photos provided by Victory Lap Publicity)
 

Rehearsal studio opens in historic former Asheville motel

An internationally beloved musician, Claude Coleman, Jr. would often find himself in Asheville while on tour drumming with his band,…
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This must be the place: Sometimes the righteous win; most times, it’s a losing battle
 

This must be the place: Sometimes the righteous win; most times, it’s a losing battle

Finishing up my second cup of coffee at Orchard in Waynesville, I gazed out the large bay window onto Depot…
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Insurrection: WNC leaders react
 

Insurrection: WNC leaders react

In the interest of transparency, all responses from local officials regarding the Jan. 6 insurrection have been published online, in…
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First responders vaccinated in Haywood County
 

First responders vaccinated in Haywood County

Over 80 firefighters, EMS, and rescue squad personnel who are frontline care providers were vaccinated Wednesday afternoon at a drive-through…
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Haywood COVID deaths reach 71
 

Haywood COVID deaths reach 71

Between Jan. 5 and Jan. 7, Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 155 new cases of COVID-19.  As…
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Update on vaccine roll out in Haywood
 

Update on vaccine roll out in Haywood

Vaccinations are underway in Haywood County and currently, we are nearing completion on the first phase, known as 1A, which…
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Webster endorses Jackson County namesake change; county will discuss issue
 

Webster endorses Jackson County namesake change; county will discuss issue

With the Jackson County Board of Commissioners’ first public discussion about changing the county’s namesake scheduled for Jan. 12, the…
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Alcohol referendum proposed for Cherokee
 

Alcohol referendum proposed for Cherokee

Two years after tribal members voted down a similar referendum, the Tribal Alcohol Beverage Control Commission is seeking to place…
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn speaks at a rally in Sylva this past summer.
 

Cawthorn: mob that breached capitol ‘disgusting and pathetic’

Newly-elected Western North Carolina Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn, R-Hendersonville, hadn’t yet been on the job for three whole days before…
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DA Welch Appointed to Innocence Commission
 

DA Welch Appointed to Innocence Commission

District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch has been named prosecuting attorney commissioner for the N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission.
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Lake Junaluska Begins Drawing Down Water Levels
 

Lake Junaluska Begins Drawing Down Water Levels

Lake Junaluska began the drawdown of the lake on Dec. 30. The lake drawdown, which happens every few years, allows…
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COVID-19 cluster found at Macon Valley
 

COVID-19 cluster found at Macon Valley

Macon County Public Health has identified a COVID-19 outbreak at Macon Valley. Thirteen residents and four staff members have tested…
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Elderly in Haywood can pre-register for vaccine
 

Elderly in Haywood can pre-register for vaccine

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

Life, dreams, canoes and rivers

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

Arboretum shifts to winter hours

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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In lieu of in-person programming, Outreach Education Specialist Patrick Brannon has been busy creating virtual science experiences for students and teachers. WCU photo
 

Virtual nature: Highlands Biological gets creative with outreach amid pandemic

By Geoff Cantrell • Contributing writer | In a typical school year, Highlands Biological Station serves nearly 10,000 students through…
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A pair of observations logged in  2019 marked the first time this newly recognized species, the cellophane-cuckoo bee, had been observed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Donated photo
 

New bee species found in the Great Smokies

By Jonathan Austin • Contributing writer | A recently documented bee species has been identified living in the Great Smoky…
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A promise to keep on keepin’ on
 

A promise to keep on keepin’ on

How does one best express gratitude? That thought kept coming up as I sat down to write a column for…
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Freedom isn’t free
 

Freedom isn’t free

By Heather Hyatt Packer • Guest Columnist | There’s a lot of discussion about freedom, rights and patriotism when discussing…
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After Trump, table is set for dictator
 

After Trump, table is set for dictator

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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Cawthorn’s judgement should worry us
 

Cawthorn’s judgement should worry us

To the Editor: I am worried. Our newly elected congressman Madison Cawthorn contests what he has tweeted about as the…
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Folkmoot’s future is in good hands
 

Folkmoot’s future is in good hands

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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In addition to slots and table games, Caesars Southern Indiana offers sports betting.  Laurencio Ronquillo photo
 

Tribal members seek to reverse casino purchase

A group of 14 tribal members that includes two sitting Tribal Council members and a former principal chief has entered…
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Jackson County fire chief dies from COVID
 

Jackson County fire chief dies from COVID

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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Independent fact-checkers have debunked a number of Janet Presson’s Facebook posts, including this one from July, 2020. Facebook photo
 

Anti-mask, anti-vax views raise concerns

One of the loudest voices against masks and vaccines during recent public comment sessions in Haywood County also serves on…
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Charles Miller (left) sits with longtime friend Earl Lanning behind a non-working still Miller built for Western Carolina University some years ago. Donated photo
 

Pardon me? Haywood man’s presidential pardon reveals systemic inequities

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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State finds Swain jail death caused by cardiac arrest
 

State finds Swain jail death caused by cardiac arrest

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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Crystalyn Jackson, who’s served several stints in prison for drug-related crimes, speaks to the need for more recovery resources in Haywood County. Cory Vaillancourt photo
 

Opposition forms against proposed Haywood jail

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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Located inside Mad Anthony’s Taproom in Waynesville, Dough Boys Pizza & Wings offers an array of specialty and made-to-order artisanal New York style pies.
 

Proof is in the pie: Dough Boys artisanal pizza opens in Waynesville

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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Lava Lake in Big Sky, Montana. (photo: Garret K. Woodward)
 

This must be the place: One hundred years from this day, will the people still feel this way

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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327 new COVID cases reported in Haywood
 

327 new COVID cases reported in Haywood

In the week since the last press release, Haywood County Public Health has received notice of 327 new cases of…
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Positive gains continue in WNC housing market
 

Positive gains continue in WNC housing market

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 reports six more COVID-19 deaths
 

Haywood reports six more COVID-19 deaths

Haywood County Health and Human Services is reporting six more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number now to 68. 
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A proposed jail addition would result in the demolition of the current jail annex. Haywood County photo
 

Down Home Haywood leads campaign against new jail

On Monday, Jan. 4, Down Home North Carolina Haywood and local community members will hold a press conference to announce…
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Residents can apply for heating assistance from N.C.
 

Residents can apply for heating assistance from N.C.

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 new COVID deaths reported in Macon
 

Three new COVID deaths reported in Macon

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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The Everhardt family. Back row: Phil Everhardt, Gary Everhardt. Front row: Karen Everhardt, Nancy Everhardt.
 

Former NPS director dies from COVID-19

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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Jeanine Harris, Preparedness Coordinator, Public Health Education Specialist at HHSA was among the first to be vaccinated today. "I am so proud and fortunate to be part of public health history," she said.
 

Haywood Health begins COVID vaccinations

Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency has begun distribution of its first allotment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. 
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Untreated sewage discharged into Pigeon River
 

Untreated sewage discharged into Pigeon River

The Junaluska Sanitary District experienced a discharge of untreated sewage from a broken sewer main.
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Zeb Powell during  Men’s Snowboard at Winter X 2020 in Aspen.  Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool photo
 

Ten great outdoor moments from 2020

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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Bring knowledge to your home garden
 

Bring knowledge to your home garden

A series of horticulture classes aimed at home gardeners will be offered in the New Year through Haywood County Cooperative…
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Three added to Agricultural Hall of Fame
 

Three added to Agricultural Hall of Fame

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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WCU professor tapped for Virginia governor’s coastal planning team
 

WCU professor tapped for Virginia governor’s coastal planning team

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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Report mudpuppy sightings
 

Report mudpuppy sightings

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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Secrets, winning friends, and ‘Ivanhoe’
 

Secrets, winning friends, and ‘Ivanhoe’

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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Nowhere to go but forward into 2021
 

Nowhere to go but forward into 2021

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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