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As vaccination of North Carolinians continues and positive coronavirus case reports decline, today Gov. Roy Cooper announced changes to a…

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It’s not something that happens all that often, but a late fourth-quarter drive by Western North Carolina’s state and local…

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Weary and sore they came upon a small copse of Loblolly pines swaying high above a sea of softly undulating…

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Haywood County Health and Human Services has received notice of five more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number now to…

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NC-11 Congressional Rep. Madison Cawthorn spent last week engaging with his constituents in the western reaches of the district.

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Expanding on an existing partnership, Haywood County Emergency Services has contracted Haywood Vocational Opportunities, Inc. to manufacture COVID pod covers…

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced the release of a video highlighting the Smokies Hikes for Healing program. In response to social…

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By Barbara Durr, Asheville Watchdog — Priscilla Ndiaye Robinson looked across the empty fields where her Southside neighborhood once thrived. “It’s…

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District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said a Macon County woman who was arrested as part of a multiple-person drug sting…

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, Foxfire has been collecting stories, memories, photographs and artifacts related to the experiences of…

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When it was first scheduled, the Feb. 22 meeting of the Cashiers Area Community Planning Council was expected to be…

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Widespread winter storms last week drastically slowed down vaccination efforts in Jackson County, which still has the lowest percentage of…

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The world watched with bated breath Jan. 6 as what is normally a perfunctory proceeding — the Senatorial certification of…

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Jackson County will close its phone-based vaccine appointment registration system on Friday, Feb. 26, as the county prepares to offer…

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CLYDE – A late-night operation at the interchange of U.S. 74 West and U.S. 19 South in Haywood County requires…

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The Town of Maggie Valley recently decided on several upgrades and changes to the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds this month.…

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the past year’s likely been topsy-turvy in all kinds of unexpected ways. With…

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Due to the forecast for windy, cold weather, the Annual Lake Cleanup at Lake Junaluska, originally scheduled to take place…

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Daniel “Danny” Steven Lucas will spend a minimum of almost 19 years in prison for operating a substantial opiate and…

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Ron Davis Sr. was just 17 years old when he arrived in the tiny town of Clyde, completely alone.  It…

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That is the question the Pancake Day Team and staff at First United Methodist Church of Waynesville pondered last fall…

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