Living in bearadise: Encounters highlight need for human responsibility in bear country

After flying into town and renting a car for their Memorial Day Weekend visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National…
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Waynesville comes up short in property tax rate cut

During a rare special called meeting on the morning of June 16, aldermen shaved another 1.5 cents off the proposed…
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Sylva, Jackson pass budgets

The boards governing Sylva and Jackson County both passed budget ordinances this month that feature a change in tax rate,…
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Curatory creates space for contemporary art, community

Ashten McKinney is the new kid on the block, but already she’s making friends with her neighbors and offering a…
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‘Why do we have to normalize what’s already normal?’

During the pandemic, Asheville-based artist Pearl Renken wrestled with the pain, isolation and racial reckoning happening in the United States. Her…
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Cherokee joins three-tribe hotel partnership

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will partner with two other Native American tribes and a developer to build a…
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‘As normal as possible’: WCU outlines plans for Fall 2021

As the pandemic continues to recede, Western Carolina University is planning for a fall semester that “will look more like…
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Revenue-neutral revolt: Local government budgets under scrutiny

A countywide property reappraisal earlier this year generated substantial increases in property value for many homeowners, who will now have…
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Maggie Valley passes budget, lowers taxes

Maggie Valley Town Board of Alderman passed the proposed 2021-22 budget on June 8. 
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Aldermen put the brakes on DWA contract renewal

What should have been a simple contract renewal process has turned into an all-out fiasco for the Downtown Waynesville Association,…
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Misleading claim by Down Home North Carolina isn’t their first

Perhaps the only true statement in a June 7 Down Home North Carolina email is that the fight against jail…
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Super PAC formed to oppose Cawthorn

Retired Air Force Col. Moe Davis may have lost to Madison Cawthorn in last year’s General Election, but that doesn’t…
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Former linebacker Gash looks to sack Cawthorn

Right now, life seems to be about full-circle moments for Henderson County native Eric Gash, who describes himself as “a…
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Contractor offers to help Franklin build skatepark

JE Dunn Construction was hired by HCA Healthcare to build the new Angel Medical Center in Franklin, but Superintendent Steve…
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Macon commissioners narrowly approve budget

Macon County commissioners approved the 2021-22 fiscal budget, but two Republican commissioners opposed its passage because they disagreed with increasing…
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Jackson passes resolution to uphold the U.S. Constitution

By unanimous vote during their Tuesday, June 1, meeting, Jackson County commissioners passed a resolution  that “calls upon the North…
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Trump makes early endorsement 
in 2022 NC Senate race

Voters excited about the possibility of a new chapter in the Trump family’s political legacy were in for a bit…
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Waynesville fires 
town attorney

Following public complaints, the Waynesville Board of Aldermen voted to terminate the contract of its town attorney, Bill Cannon. 
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Vaya, Cardinal merge to take on Medicaid transformation

Two of North Carolina’s largest managed care organizations recently announced they will consolidate in preparation for the state’s transformation to…
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Tribal Council silent on proposed same-sex marriage law

Every month, the Tribal Council agenda starts the same way. The chairman calls the meeting to order, and then there’s…
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Public educators’ association tours 100 counties

The North Carolina Association of Educators’ “We Heart Public Schools Tour’’ stopped in Haywood County Friday. The tour visited every…
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Macon raises tax rate to address capital needs

County Manager Derek Roland was tasked with delivering a flat budget for the 2021-22 budget year, but after countless hours…
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Jackson considers more salary for first responders

After multiple work sessions and a public hearing, Jackson County commissioners may designate an additional $444,000 in the 2021-22 budget…
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Cherokee voters choose Primary Election winners

Tribal Council incumbents fared well in Thursday’s Primary Election, with all six representatives who faced primary contests sailing easily toward…
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The Return of the Don

Former President Donald Trump made one of his first major public appearances since losing the 2020 election, returning to the…
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Park visitors cited for feeding bear peanut butter

Visitors who fed a bear peanut butter in Cades Cove received a citation from Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers…
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