Potential free clinic partnership sparks both enthusiasm and concern

fr goodsamaritanA partnership that could quadruple patient volume and expand medical staffing for the uninsured of Jackson County has been the subject of a flurry of meetings and conversations since The Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County announced last week that it’s moving toward a partnership with Hendersonville-based Blue Ridge Health Center.

Steam engine project still on track

fr steamengineGreat Smoky Mountain Railroad officials say they will make their deadline for getting a steam engine back up and running in Bryson City.

Canton proposes $2 million pool project

haywoodCanton’s outdoor pool has given the community a place to gather, play, exercise and relax for more than 70 years.

WCU chancellor pledges transparency, faculty involvement to vet controversial Koch money

WCUWestern Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher announced to faculty this week that he would engage their input and oversight in crafting the terms and conditions of a $2 million grant from the politically charged Charles Koch Foundation.

Nonprofits line up for Franklin funding

maconEach year, Macon County organizations stand before the Franklin Board of Aldermen to ask for a piece of the nonprofit grant funding the town sets aside in the budget.

With grant for cattle facility landed, group scrambles to find site

fr livestockLanding the grant is turning out to be far from the end of the road in an effort to bring a cattle loading facility to Jackson County.

Jackson tourism board discusses how to improve new grant award system

fr TDAjacksonJackson County’s tourism association has had a lot of things to figure out since its formation in 2012. Not least of those is how to divvy up the grant fund it keeps to help the county’s festivals and events promote these happenings outside the local area.

Making it matter: the new paradigm behind Haywood’s tourism grants

haywoodThere was something markedly absent from the nearly $300,000 in tourism grants awarded by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority this year: contention.

Musical tiers: Counties receive 2015 economic designations

fr tiersEach year an economic report card issued by the North Carolina Department of Commerce determines which counties will be given first dibs on state grant money — and each year no one seems satisfied with their grades.

Haywood’s status improved, for instance, but Economic Development Director Mark Clasby wasn’t rejoicing.

County votes ‘yes’ on hospice grant

fr hospicehouseHospice House of WNC passed a hurdle in its fundraising effort when the Macon County Board of Commissioners voted to submit a grant application on the organization’s behalf. In a 4-0 vote, the commissioners unanimously agreed to support the hospice house’s bid for the $100,000 Building Reuse Grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce. 

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