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U.S. Rep. Joe Sam Queen  and former governor Jim Hunt will lead a virtual fundraiser on Wednesday.
09/21/2020
Queen fundraiser set for Sept. 23

U.S. Rep. Joe Sam Queen and former governor Jim Hunt will lead a virtual fundraiser on Wednesday.

Join U.S. Rep. and candidate for N.C. House seat in District 119 Joe Sam Queen as he welcomes former governor Jim Hunt to a campaign fundraising event on Wednesday, Sept.

Since 1999, Rhonda Wester has taught hundreds of students between her positions at Tuscola High School, Canton Middle Sc...
09/19/2020
Pisgah teacher named county-wide Teacher of the Year

Since 1999, Rhonda Wester has taught hundreds of students between her positions at Tuscola High School, Canton Middle School, and Pisgah High School.

Pisgah High School teacher Rhonda Wester has been named Haywood County School’s 2020-21 Teacher of the Year.

“Our role is to build trust around this vaccine, and we want to start prepping for mass distribution.” — Public Health D...
09/19/2020
Haywood to distribute virus vaccine when it becomes available

“Our role is to build trust around this vaccine, and we want to start prepping for mass distribution.” — Public Health Director Patrick Johnson.

Haywood County public health officials are preparing to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

The hiking duo has been consistently averaging between 25 and 30 miles a day during their first two weeks.
09/19/2020
Haywood hiker sets out on record-setting 900-mile Tour de Smokies

The hiking duo has been consistently averaging between 25 and 30 miles a day during their first two weeks.

A hiker from Lake Junaluska has embarked on an extraordinary challenge and inspiring adventure to traverse all 900 miles of trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in record

"The place where I had my first job. The place where I spent my teen years. The place, where, for a dozen years, if I wa...
09/18/2020
An inside look at Charlie's Restaurant — and its cast of characters

"The place where I had my first job. The place where I spent my teen years. The place, where, for a dozen years, if I wanted to see both of my parents at the same time (besides like 3 a.m.) I had to be there." — Debbie Porter Shook

I shed tears the day Charlie’s Restaurant (later DuVall’s) was torn down.

Click to see Tuscola's full football schedule:
09/18/2020
Tuscola announces football schedule

Click to see Tuscola's full football schedule:

The Tuscola Mountaineers have known for weeks now that their football season would take place in February. Now, they know who they'll play, and when.

The festive autumn displays, made of full-length corn stalks, scarecrows and colorful Indian corn, are bound with twine ...
09/18/2020
All Decked Out

The festive autumn displays, made of full-length corn stalks, scarecrows and colorful Indian corn, are bound with twine to literally dress up 300 telephone poles.

MAGGIE VALLEY — It’s fall y’all.

School systems have the option of bringing K-5 students back to school full tilt, at full capacity, starting Oct. 5.
09/17/2020
Will Haywood County Schools bring elementary students back full-time?

School systems have the option of bringing K-5 students back to school full tilt, at full capacity, starting Oct. 5.

Come October, elementary schools in North Carolina will no longer have to limit the number of students in the building at any given time — eliminating the need for a

The COVID cluster at Enchanting Hair Fashions involved three stylists and five customers.
09/17/2020
COVID cluster identified at Canton hair salon

The COVID cluster at Enchanting Hair Fashions involved three stylists and five customers.

Thirteen COVID-19 cases, including three patients who have been hospitalized, have been traced to a hair salon in Canton.

Don’t delay getting healthcare out of fear it will increase COVID-19 exposure — the hospital is perfectly safe.
09/17/2020
Seeking health care is safe

Don’t delay getting healthcare out of fear it will increase COVID-19 exposure — the hospital is perfectly safe.

As Haywood County residents navigate the new reality of life during a pandemic, the local hospital has some sage advice.

"It’s like I’ve been locked up in a straight jacket for the last four years and all that pressure just got released at o...
09/17/2020
Pisgah's Neyland Walker makes college commitment

"It’s like I’ve been locked up in a straight jacket for the last four years and all that pressure just got released at one time."

Pisgah football senior offensive lineman Neyland Walker has made his college decision. Walker, going into his third year on the Bears’ varsity team, announced on his Twitter account Wednesday night

“We are lower than we’ve ever been and there’s been more families that have never asked for help that have had to ask fo...
09/17/2020
Rotarians collect groceries for children in need

“We are lower than we’ve ever been and there’s been more families that have never asked for help that have had to ask for help now.” — Michelle Mull, Haywood County Schools social worker

This Saturday, Sept. 19, all Rotary clubs in Haywood County will join forces and partner with Ingles to collect needed donations that will fill a depleted pantry.

Though it will be under a different format with a lower number of teams, there will be playoffs in every sport.
09/16/2020
Haywood County Clash is a go — next February

Though it will be under a different format with a lower number of teams, there will be playoffs in every sport.

As high school sports in North Carolina inch closer to a September return, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association came out with a pair of key updates last week.

Down in southern Ohio, in Warren County, is… Waynesville, Ohio, named for the same General “Mad” Anthony Wayne as is our...
09/16/2020
A tale of two towns (with apologies to Charles Dickens)

Down in southern Ohio, in Warren County, is… Waynesville, Ohio, named for the same General “Mad” Anthony Wayne as is our Waynesville.

Down in southern Ohio, in Warren County, is…guess what? Waynesville, Ohio, named for the same General “Mad” Anthony Wayne as is our Waynesville.

Haywood County Board of Elections has received almost 6,000 requests for absentee ballots.
09/16/2020
Voting update: Sept. 16, 2020

Haywood County Board of Elections has received almost 6,000 requests for absentee ballots.

As of 9 a.m. on Sept. 15, the Haywood County Board of Elections has received almost 6,000 requests for absentee ballots, and they keep coming every day, said director Robbie

A 25-year-old is believed to have drowned in Midnight Hole in the Big Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National P...
09/16/2020
Drowning suspected in Big Creek area of Smokies

A 25-year-old is believed to have drowned in Midnight Hole in the Big Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

A 25-year-old man visiting from Illinois is believed to have drowned Monday at Midnight Hole in the Big Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park located in the

"The 74 percent of students who have chosen to return to school will be split into two groups — an A group and a B group...
09/16/2020
Barreling toward a back-to-school date

"The 74 percent of students who have chosen to return to school will be split into two groups — an A group and a B group. Each group will attend school for a week, then track out for a week in order to keep class size down per state mandate."

The countdown is officially on: students will walk through the doors of 15 school buildings across Haywood County on Monday, Sept. 28.

The cause of death is still being determined...
09/15/2020
Did bear play a role in Smokies hiker's death?

The cause of death is still being determined...

The cause of death of a 43-year-old male backpacker whose body was discovered in a remote area on the N.C. side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park over the

"These recent infections mostly involve people letting their guard down and getting exposed at work or while traveling, ...
09/15/2020
COVID-19 update from the county health director

"These recent infections mostly involve people letting their guard down and getting exposed at work or while traveling, then passing the virus on to other family members." — Patrick Johnson, Haywood County Health Director

Haywood County Health Director Patrick Johnson reports that, since late August, Haywood County has continued to average 3-5 new COVID-19 cases per day.

To secure Browning’s extradition, the District Attorney’s Office had to secure an order from N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper.
09/15/2020
Man charged with sex crimes in Haywood arrested in Georgia

To secure Browning’s extradition, the District Attorney’s Office had to secure an order from N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper.

A Waynesville man is getting extradited from Georgia after being charged with numerous statutory sex offenses in Haywood County.

Nonprofits in a county have the opportunity to earn $20 for every person in the county they assist in signing up for the...
09/15/2020
Census count going well; nonprofits can earn $20 for each sign-up

Nonprofits in a county have the opportunity to earn $20 for every person in the county they assist in signing up for the census.

Even though the Haywood self-reporting numbers for the 2020 Census is 10 percent below national numbers, and six percent behind state rates, numbers exceed the 2010 count.

“I was very, very upset,” said Susan Folds, a Laurel Ridge homeowner. “It is incompatible to the Laurel Ridge brand, whi...
09/14/2020
Uproar scuttles idea of RV park at Laurel Ridge

“I was very, very upset,” said Susan Folds, a Laurel Ridge homeowner. “It is incompatible to the Laurel Ridge brand, which is arguably the most sought-after community with the greatest number of high-end properties in Haywood County.”

Homeowners around Laurel Ridge Country Club got a shock two weeks ago when a mysterious map titled “Proposed RV Park” anonymously showed up in some mailboxes.

Take a listen and you may learn things you may not have thought about about concerning our nation's foundational documen...
09/14/2020
So you wanna talk about the constitution: Inside Haywood Episode 29

Take a listen and you may learn things you may not have thought about about concerning our nation's foundational document.

This week's guest is Ralph Hamlett, a Canton alderman who has spearheaded a town proclamation in honor of Constitution Week ever since he was elected to the board in 2013.

A survey conducted by Haywood County Schools over the past week revealed that a majority of parents want their children ...
09/14/2020
Survey: Parents want in-person school

A survey conducted by Haywood County Schools over the past week revealed that a majority of parents want their children back in school.

Parents want their kids back in school.

"The signature fall festival hosted by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce won’t look like that of past years. Instea...
09/14/2020
Apple Harvest Daze gets green light for downtown Waynesville this fall

"The signature fall festival hosted by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce won’t look like that of past years. Instead, it will be modified as more of a shopping event..."

A modified version of the Apple Harvest Festival is a go in downtown Waynesville this fall, following approval by the town board this week.

Activities include the zorb ball, foot golf and more.
09/13/2020
Free activities for the kids at Waynesville Rec Center

Activities include the zorb ball, foot golf and more.

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department’s Base Camp On the Go will offer free activities for kids at the All-Abilities Playground in Recreation Park in Waynesville. This will take place

"Each grave at the cemetery is capped with a mound of white gravel, so small it is almost sand. Old mounds are refreshed...
09/13/2020
Grave-mounding tradition continues in one high mountain cemetery

"Each grave at the cemetery is capped with a mound of white gravel, so small it is almost sand. Old mounds are refreshed with a new coating of the gravel, while new graves are mounded, if they have not been so treated already. "

The second Saturday in August, my cousins and their neighbors still gather atop our home mountain, with shovels, weed-eaters, rakes and other tools to clean the Bald Mountain cemetery.

Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will be hosting two of the biggest names in bluegrass in the coming weeks.
09/13/2020
Music to Maggie's ears

Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will be hosting two of the biggest names in bluegrass in the coming weeks.

MAGGIE VALLEY — Live music is coming back to Haywood County in a big way.

The lodge site where George Vanderbilt and his guests experienced the Pisgah forest’s wild mountains has been preserved ...
09/12/2020
Remembering George W. Vanderbilt’s Buck Spring Lodge

The lodge site where George Vanderbilt and his guests experienced the Pisgah forest’s wild mountains has been preserved and is easily accessible today.

A drive along western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway can offer more than a scenic passage through the mountains with breath-taking views of wilderness forests.

Order from the Pampered Chef online part to purchased top-notch cooking products and support FUR at the same time.
09/12/2020
Purchase from Pampered Chef and support FUR

Order from the Pampered Chef online part to purchased top-notch cooking products and support FUR at the same time.

The Pampered Chef is hosing a fundraiser for Feline Urgent Rescue (FUR) of WNC.

All are invited to meet the candidates who are running for local positions, including the Haywood County Board of Educat...
09/12/2020
Get to know local candidates at a Meet and Greet in Canton

All are invited to meet the candidates who are running for local positions, including the Haywood County Board of Education. Plus, free hot dogs!!

The Haywood County Martin Luther King Committee is hosting a community meet and greet with local election candidates.

Like all Habitat projects, the homes are affordable not only because of the generous individual and corporate donors, bu...
09/12/2020
New Habitat community breaks ground in Waynesville

Like all Habitat projects, the homes are affordable not only because of the generous individual and corporate donors, but because of the sweat equity future homeowners put into building their home.

This week, Haywood Habitat for Humanity embarked on its most ambitious project in 31 years — planning and building a 10-home community in the Chestnut Park area of Waynesville.

On Thursday, hundreds of United Way volunteers put on their generous hats and went to work to give back to residents of ...
09/12/2020
Day of Caring: A day that makes a difference

On Thursday, hundreds of United Way volunteers put on their generous hats and went to work to give back to residents of Haywood County.

On Thursday, Sept. 10 hundreds of United Way volunteers put on their generous hats and went to work to give back to residents of Haywood County.

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