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coverIt was barely 11 a.m. and Hazelwood was hopping. The scent of freshly roasted coffee beans spilled out of Smoky Mountain Coffee Roasters. Two doors down, a pair of workmen on ladders balanced a sign for a new artist studio. Across the street, a pack of women with shopping bags on their elbows strolled out of Hazelwood Soap Company.

Maxed out: parking crunch in Hazelwood will soon be fixed
Plans under way for Plott hound art piece in Hazelwood
Meet John Burgin, the wizard of Hazelwood

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:54

Planning director search hits a roadblock

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jacksonJackson County had been without a planning director for half a year when commissioners sent out a job offer this month. But the offer came back rejected, and the position will have to stay vacant for a little while longer.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:52

Brasstown Possum Drop gets bad news in court

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election timeBrasstown might be facing another possumless Possum Drop this year after a Wake County judge shot down the state’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA.

fr kituwahWith the school year nearing its midpoint, sixth-graders at New Kituwah Academy in Cherokee are starting to ask an increasingly urgent question: Will I have to change schools next year?

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:48

Applicants wanted for Maggie board vacancy

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haywoodDespite the recent election, the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen still has an empty seat to fill.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:46

Hawthorn Heights opens new Bryson City shelter

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fr hawthorneWhile the former Hawthorn Heights teen shelter presented a number of challenges, the only challenge for teens moving into the new shelter will be calling dibs on their favorite room.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:41

SBI investigates former SCC employees

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jacksonA State Bureau of Investigations probe is looking into possible wrongdoing on the part of a pair of former Southwestern Community College employees.

fr shootingrangeAfter measuring lead levels of more than 200 times the state limit for safety near its shooting range, Southwestern Community College is getting ready for some potentially pricy cleanup.

jacksonIf the selection panel’s pick gets the backing of the full board, Jackson County’s likely to have a new tourism director in place by the time 2016 rolls around.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:33

Macon commissioner to seek state office

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fr corbinMacon County Commission Chairman Kevin Corbin announced his plans Monday night to run next year for the North Carolina House of Representatives.

fr storywalkFranklin will soon be joining other communities around the world who are incorporating a love for reading with a love of the outdoors.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:28

Meet John Burgin, the wizard of Hazelwood

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fr hazelwoodburginFrom the outside, John Burgin looks like a lucky guy, a guy in the right place at the right time to cash in on the revitalization sweeping Hazelwood.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:26

Plans under way for Plott hound art piece in Hazelwood

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haywoodHazelwood will soon be home to a sculpture of a Plott hound, the fabled bear-hunting breed steeped in local lore and history.

fr hazelwoodparkingWaynesville is stepping up to the plate to solve a parking bottleneck in Hazelwood Village, with plans to double the size of the public parking lot and spiff up its curb appeal.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 14:48

Support small businesses Saturday

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fr smallbizWhat would Western North Carolina’s small towns be like without a strong base of small businesses?

haywoodThe ballot for Haywood County commissioner could be a sparse one based on rumblings of who’s running — and more notably who’s not running.