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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:41

Finding common ground

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Standing in the back of The Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley last week, several languages could be heard in every…
Lisa Leatherman wasn’t trying to prove a point when she joined Nantahala Power and Light in 1987, the company’s third-ever…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 13:59

Kayaking Worlds kicks off in downtown Bryson City

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A cacophony of voices and cheers echoed across Bryson City as a sea of humanity overtook the small town, a…
Swain County social workers in charge of protecting children are paid less and handle more cases than those elsewhere in…
The Swain County Department of Social Services falsified records relating to the abuse and neglect of a 15-month-old baby who…
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 18:24

Local government doesn’t fare well in poll

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By Christopher Cooper and Gibbs Knotts Confidence in politics, politicians and government is low. President Obama’s approval rating hovers around…
Though many Jackson County residents shy away from publicly airing their views on alcohol, a recent poll shows that a…
A year ago, Scott Cummings would never have pictured himself standing on the sidewalk pumping a homemade sign in the…
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 19:30

Poll shows little confidence in government

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Government approval ratings are low all over the country. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’re also low in…
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 19:27

Jackson County Poll Results

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1. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Jackson County government? Favorable 33% Unfavorable 46% Not Sure 20%…
A new polling project developed by Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute and The Smoky Mountain News aims to get…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:52

Election coverage 2016

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Statewide:   Haywood: Democrats scramble to recruit candidates for Haywood commissioner contest Seven seek two commissioner seats in Haywood Haywood…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:15

Women in Business 2015

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Women climbing the corporate ladder or owning their own businesses is nothing new, and in fact North Carolina is among…
There’s a secret ingredient behind the bright lights, splashy costumes and glossy programs of Folkmoot: for every two parts planning,…
Each year international groups from all over the world travel abroad to share their traditional folk dances and songs with…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:19

Meet the performers of Folkmoot 2015

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:18

Folkmoot USA 2015 highlights

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With just days until the 32nd annual Folkmoot USA international dance and music festival is set to kick off, the…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:13

The ‘glorious chaos’ that is Folkmoot

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Q&A with new Folkmoot Executive Director Angie Schwab, who took the reins in March from former director Karen Babcock.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 00:00

Schedule of events

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Nyda Bittmann-Neville is a powerhouse of business savvy. Grace and poise define her. Professional becomes her. Composed and collected —…
It’s nearing lunchtime in downtown Sylva. The noonday traffic passes by a small building that houses Innovation Brewing. Inside, Nicole…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 14:38

Moonlit magic in Balsam

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The first time Merrily Teasley saw the Balsam Mountain Inn was somewhat dreamlike. It was during a full moon hike…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 14:24

Women in Business: Profiles

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When Janie Sinacore-Jaberg walked the halls of Haywood Regional Medical Center Friday morning, the congratulations were flowing and the balloons…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:34

Once again, WNC health care landscape shifts

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Haywood County’s hospital was in trouble. The average number of patients staying overnight had dropped precipitously, causing severe problems to…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:11

Duke LifePoint sale to finalize by July 31

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The sale of the MedWest hospital trio in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties will be finalized by the end of…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:46

Hospital sale pushes foundations into new territory

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The clock is ticking for the fundraising foundations of Haywood Regional Medical Center and Harris Regional Hospital to spend earmarked…
The sale of the hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties to Duke LifePoint Healthcare next year will bring an…
A parade of community leaders, doctors, nurses and hospital supporters voiced overwhelming support for the sale of Haywood Regional Medical…
When a “for sale” sign went up on the hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties earlier this year, it…
The trio of MedWest hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties could be sold by next spring to Duke LifePoint…
The MedWest system forged by the hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain County three-and-a-years ago will dissolve, ending a short-lived…
A destination for paddlers around the world, the Nantahala River is known for its complexity of rapids and consistent waters…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:18

Events + Happenings

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:16

What is freestyle kayaking?

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Combining an array of difficult tricks, precision paddling and finely tuned choreography, freestyle kayaking can be described as aquatic gymnastics.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 02:27

Meet the athletes

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Peter Csonka Age: 28 Country: Slovakia Awards: 2012 World Cup Champion Day job: Kayak retailer I was 12 when I…
Help wanted signs aren’t too common these days. But there’s an anomaly here in the far end of the state,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:16

Rank-and-file casino workers told to turn on the charm

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In a basement classroom at Harrah’s casino, a fresh group of new hires stretched out before Al Lossiah, the latest…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:32

A masterful game of musical chairs

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When all is said and expanded at Harrah’s, there will be 2,000 seats at the various restaurants scattered across the…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:32

Dishwasher extraordinaire

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Jeremiah Chatham is the kind of person who looks far too gregarious to be wearing a suit. He has an…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:31

Finding a custom fit, 2,000 times over

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Deep in the labyrinthine basement at Harrah’s, in an ordinary hallway sits an extraordinary room. There’s a service counter and…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:30

Gardener sees casino as a canvas

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Twelve thousand. That’s how many annuals Zeke Cooper and his crew have installed in the last month in and around…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:29

Luring gamers to play longer, play harder

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Go to Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino on any given day, and there’s a good chance you’ll encounter a promotion…
When a new federal law in the 1990s opened the door for Indian tribes to build casinos, it set the…
To hear many Cherokee leaders on the eve of last week’s tribal elections, the tribe is incredibly close to striking…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:05

No limits

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A chandelier over a high-limit gaming table at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino costs $150,000, more than the median selling price of…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 12:57

Hello Bellagio, meet Cherokee

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The Mirage has a volcano. There’s the Fountains of Bellagio, and the pyramid-shaped Luxor. Cherokee will have the Rotunda, the…
As Harrah’s Cherokee Casino closes on the final year of a massive $633 million expansion, the hum of construction that’s…
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