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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:10

Connecting Pets and People

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coverIn recognition of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30, The Smoky Mountain News is highlighting the organizations and volunteers in the region that help connect pets and people every day. Western North Carolina has a variety of nonprofits working toward rescuing animals, promoting spay and neuter programs, and being a voice for those who can’t speak.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:08

Maggie Valley to rethink town center design

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fr maggieMaggie Valley leaders agreed to go back to the drawing board after several business owners expressed opposition to a portion of the proposed town center master plan.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:07

Bear zoo case will go to appeal

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fr bearsAfter a federal judge ruled that the Cherokee Bear Zoo isn’t breaking the law with its treatment of the grizzly bears in its care, the two Cherokee women who had sued the bear zoo in the first place are appealing the decision.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:05

Cherokee banishes 15 for drug offenses

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fr banishedCherokee’s Tribal Council was all business this month as members plowed through a list of 15 names proposed for banishment. There wasn’t much discussion, but there was uniformity of intent as councilmembers raised their hands, 15 times in a row, for 15 unanimous votes to forbid those named from ever stepping foot on tribal lands again.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:04

Swain commissioners oppose removal of boathouses

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fr houseboatsSwain County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution last week opposing the Tennessee Valley Authority’s proposal to remove all boathouses from its reservoirs within 20 years. 

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:03

Development being considered in Forest Hills

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jacksonThe sleepy village of Forest Hills could look a good bit different over the coming years if a handful of development concepts under discussion come to fruition.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:01

New CEO in the cards for Haywood Regional

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haywoodThe CEO of Haywood Regional Medical Center stepped down suddenly last week, effective immediately.

law enforcementA foot chase by a Waynesville Police officer through downtown Hazelwood just before dawn last week ended with police nabbing suspects wanted for botched break-ins at two local pharmacies and under investigation for a string of larcenies in other towns, as well.

fr coachesBudget cuts impacting assistant coaches at the middle and high school level will likely be restored in Haywood County Schools following public outcry from the youth athletics community.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 13:57

WCU chancellor diagnosed with brain tumor

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fr belcherWestern Carolina University’s well-liked leader Chancellor David Belcher has been diagnosed with a small brain tumor, he announced last week.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 13:54

Political and racial discussions continue at WCU

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fr chalkSidewalk chalk was all anyone was talking about as campus woke up Thursday morning (April 21) at Western Carolina University. The chalk was everywhere, its biggest explosion around the fountain behind the A.K. Hinds University Center, colorful dust spelling out phrases running the gamut from  “Build that wall” and “concealed carry saves” to “Hillary for prison,” and “blue lives matter.”