Kyle Perrotti

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When Superior Court Judge William Coward announced his retirement late last year, it caught many in the Western North Carolina legal community off guard and set in motion a process with little precedent.

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For the first time in almost two decades, Western North Carolina is getting a new district court judge, and with no one from any other parties running the contest will be decided by the March 5 Republican Primary. 

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At a time when natural foods and medicines are becoming more prevalent, the popularity of honey has soared to record levels. 

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Two seats are open on the Swain County Board of Commissioners in 2024, and while three Republicans squaring off in the Primary Election are probably treating this like a General Election since no Democrats filed, one unaffiliated candidate is trying to muster enough support to appear on the November General Election ballot. 

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Haywood County hadn’t logged a coronavirus-related death in the better part of a year. But since Dec. 19, 2023, it has seen five.  

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At a time when emergency services agencies across the country are facing a dire staffing shortage, here in Western North Carolina, Southwestern Community College has revamped an innovative program that can take a bite out of the problem here at home. 

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Challenges and trauma impact people in different ways. For Haywood County native J.J. Singleton, who has battled cancer for about nine years now, it presented an opportunity for personal growth, growth he feels would have never otherwise been possible. 

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Most people don’t contribute to the world over a lifetime what Charlotte Joy Norris did in just two short years.   

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The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office has been ordered by a judge to provide dash and body cam footage to a man who claims his Fourth Amendment rights may have been violated. 

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The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office has been ordered by a judge to provide dash and body cam footage to a man who claims his Fourth Amendment rights may have been violated.

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The disloyalty card is here and it’s, in a sense, exactly what it sounds like. 

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The holiday season is among the toughest times in the animal rescue world. Adopting pets isn’t always front of mind for people, and harsh weather can create a sense of urgency when rehoming furry friends. 

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As technology evolves, every entity and industry finds new and innovative ways to use those advances to improve their operations.

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It’s a great time to be a Catamount basketball fan, certainly the best in a while. 

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After several months of filling gaps in court calendars with visiting judges, Western North Carolina will finally fill its District Court vacancy with Swain County native Justin Greene. 

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Maggie Valley will retain two of its incumbents, including its mayor, for the next four years. 

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When Hamas hit Israel with a massive terrorist attack on Oct. 7, there were an estimated 600,000 Americans in the country. While many were residents, there were also plenty who were tourists and had planned to head home within just a few days. 

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As the war between Israel and Hamas continues, folks around the world have become more divided in their support for one side or the other as misinformation fuels the fires of confusion. 

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Maggie Valley will retain two of its incumbents, including its mayor, for the next two years.

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There’s an old mantra in law enforcement: don’t take credit for the good times unless you’re willing to take equal responsibility for the bad. 

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With more contentious development on the horizon, residents of the small town of Maggie Valley have plenty to consider at the ballot box this year.

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A week after Amy Elizabeth Curry was charged in federal court with wire fraud and money laundering, search warrants reveal how the Waynesville woman allegedly embezzled at least $1.5 million from a Haywood County senior living and care facility. 

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New bill includes 2% occupancy tax increase

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Western North Carolina courts are about to get a leg up, but it isn’t all that everyone hoped for. 

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District Attorney Ashley Welch will seek the death penalty in the odd and heinous murder case of Tina Walkingstick Frizsell. 

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Group was met with energy and an award from congressman but few in uniform 

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Nonprofits gear up for implementation but still have concerns 

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Gone are the days of backroom poker tournaments where players peer through a haze of smoke just to see their cards. 

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is one step closer to drafting its new action plan following a series of seven regional meetings.

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It was one of the best opportunities I’d been given since I became a journalist and moved to Western North Carolina about seven years ago.

For the first time since 9/11, the Tennessee Valley Authority opened up Fontana Dam to a tour by members of the public and I was lucky enough to go along and write this story. 

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The first thing anyone likely sees when they walk into Amanda Seay’s Haywood County Courthouse office is her quote of the month. 

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What does Jason Aldean have to do with the recent uproar over a transgender person using the swimming pool at the Waynesville Rec Center? 

Everything.

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It’s been a long road for Bill Wilke to become Haywood County’s sheriff, and now that he’s got the job, he’s made some changes. 

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New sheriffs in North Carolina are bombarded with new information and leadership duties their first year in office, but Macon County Sheriff Brent Holbrooks came into the position with a unique understanding of the job because he’s seen it firsthand — his father, Homer Holbrooks, was sheriff for 16 years. 

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Settling into the role of sheriff is tough for any law enforcement professional, but in Jackson County, Doug Farmer brings a wide range of police experience to the role — experience that has made the transition a bit easier. 

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Mark Pless has escalated his war against three of the five Maggie Valley aldermen. 

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As residents in counties across Western North Carolina continue to face food insecurity issues, the Haywood Health Care Foundation is stepping up to put a dent in the problem for two of the community’s most vulnerable groups — children and elderly individuals. 

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Waynesville’s USA Farm Labor is suing the federal government in hopes of changing a new rule it claims will cost the company hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions, of dollars per year. 

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The Macon County GOP is poised to take action against one of its precinct chairs, Rob Tolp, after he sent emails threatening to censure four of the five Republican members of the county’s board of commissioners. 

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The Macon County GOP is poised to take action against one of its precinct chairs, Rob Tolp, after he sent emails threatening to censure four of the five Republican members of the county’s board of commissioners.

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Former congressional candidate Lynda Bennett has been sentenced to 12 months of probation after pleading guilty in March to violating the Federal Campaign Act of 1971.

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Western North Carolina’s judicial system might get the help it’s needed for several years now.

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After five years of litigation the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and former Macon Deputy Anthony Momphard have agreed to settle the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Estate of Michael “Scott” Knibbs for $900,000.

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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.

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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.

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Following her son’s death, a Haywood County mom is on a mission to get people to slow down and move over.

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