Haywood commissioners support tax hike to fund school resource officers
Absent any meaningful gun legislation by the North Carolina General Assembly or by Congress, the cost of protecting Haywood County’s children from being gunned down at their desks will now fall squarely upon county taxpayers, once a tax increase in next year’s proposed budget gets the final OK from commissioners.
Old Kmart plaza sold
Less than two weeks after a story in The Smoky Mountain News revealed that a real estate marketing flyer along with correspondence between the town of Waynesville and Aldi indicated that the German grocer was eyeing a spot in the old Kmart plaza on Russ Avenue, the plaza has found a new owner.
Abortion bill will test Republican supermajority
It’s been a little over a year since a draft of the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling was leaked, and a little under a year since the ruling was issued, overturning Roe v. Wade. Now, North Carolina’s Republican-dominated General Assembly will finally have its abortion bill — if they can get past Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s promised veto.
Student wins WCU College of Business pitch competition
Avery Pittman, a first-year entrepreneurship and interior design major from Startown, won first place in the Western Carolina University College of Business Pitch Competition.
Meetings set to discuss Waynesville historic preservation
The Town of Waynesville Historic Preservation Commission will host a pair of public meetings to discuss the preparation of a preservation plan for Main Street and Frog Level.
Teen driver law changes take effect
Upon passage of a bill by the North Carolina General Assembly, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles announced changes to the graduated driver licensing (GDL) program for teens.
Man pleads guilty to child sex crimes
A South Carolina man who used social media to groom then entice an underage teen to meet him in both Franklin and Cherokee recently pleaded guilty to statutory rape, District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said.
Car show reminds people to slow down and move over
Following her son’s death, a Haywood County mom is on a mission to get people to slow down and move over.