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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:22

The future for this region is bright

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In last week’s edition of The Smoky Mountain News we published articles about positive political and economic signs in two towns in our coverage area. Sylva and Canton both have a lot of momentum right now and were the towns we wrote about.

But for the most part, the entire coverage area of The Smoky Mountain News — Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties, along with Cherokee — is actually doing pretty well and beating the odds versus a lot of places in North Carolina. Unemployment is low, population is growing modestly, and the small businesses we deal with on a weekly basis remain optimistic about the future.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 18:33

Duke Energy rate hike request to hurt working families

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Working families in Western North Carolina know that when you earn less money, you tend to use less electricity to make ends meet. When you’re struggling to pay the bills and the mortgage and to put food on the table, you learn to be careful about turning off the lights when you leave the room, and throwing on another sweater before turning up the thermostat. But Duke Energy Carolinas wants to increase our energy rates 16.7 percent — or by $18.72 per month. And with their new mandatory fee, all families would be charged a minimum of $17.79 per month — about $213 per year — even if they never turned their lights on.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:21

I’m just that kind of fan

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From the time I was about 10 years old, I have been a rabid sports fan. In the beginning, I chose my allegiances whimsically. I liked the Cowboys because they had stars on their helmets and were called “America’s Team” and I lived in America, and because I liked Coach Tom Landry’s fedora. I chose to pull for the Lakers because they had an actual giant on their team, a man named Wilt Chamberlain who wore a cool bright yellow headband. And I picked the Dodgers because my dad liked them and I wanted to be like him or least have something in common with him.

Monday, 13 August 2012 00:00

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