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Spate of new downtown Waynesville businesses emerges

With his thick Brooklyn accent, Danny Mannlein isn’t exactly the type of “local” most Haywood County residents are used to seeing, but as Waynesville’s downtown business district continues to boom, more and more people like him are making Main Street their commercial home.


Race against time for Waynesville homeless camp

The longstanding brouhaha over a makeshift dwelling near Frog Level has escalated to the point where enforcement action is likely in the coming days. “Before 15 days, I have to clean it up or file an appeal,” said Ron Muse, who owns the Church Street parcel where Ronnie Hicks and fiancé Sassy Fulp h


Alleged meth dealer arrested, held on over $100,000 bond

A Waynesville man well-known to law enforcement as a drug dealer has been arrested on multiple felonies. Christopher Lewis Hester, 34, was arrested by Haywood County Sheriff’s deputies on Feb. 17 for a failure to appear on several pending felonies. At the time of arrest, Hester was allegedly in poss


Intern killed by lion at North Carolina wildlife center was dragged around by her neck, fought back

The 22-year-old intern killed by an escaped lion at a North Carolina wildlife education center tried to fight off the animal as she was dragged around by the neck, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday.


The table is set: Pancake Day is free to community this year

The table is set — all you have to do is come sit down and be served. You can get pancakes, bacon and coffee just about anywhere, but there’s just something special about filling up on the breakfast favorites during the annual Pancake Day at First United Methodist Church of Waynesville. The voluntee


Living soil: Waynesville woman digs into worm farming

Valley View Worms has an origin story that’s about as unusual as the vermiculture business itself, with plotlines hinging on a Facebook post, a felony conviction and 60 pounds of red wiggler composting worms.


North Carolina lagging behind as marijuana legalization sweeps nation

Marijuana legalization can affect multiple things from a state's tax income to incarceration rates. Will North Carolina legalize it? And if so, when?


Mark Harris' son warned him about operative in North Carolina scandal

In emotional testimony Wednesday, the son of North Carolina Republican Mark Harris said he warned his father about the absentee ballot strategy used by Leslie McCrae Dowless, the political operative now at the center of an election fraud scandal in the state's 9th Congressional District.


Winter weather in Western North Carolina continues

Alexa Rodriguez provides an update from WNC on the conditions of roads and power as winter weather looms. (February 20, 2019)


HCC offers free tuition to needy Haywood students

Financial aid and scholarships are a great way to pay for college, but not everyone qualifies. For those who do, financial aid doesn’t always cover the full cost of tuition, making it harder for some to break the cycle of generational poverty through education.


African-American history at Sunburst oft overlooked

In a county as old as Haywood, there exist all manner of half-remembered places and faces long gone from the physical world yet immortalized through penciled notes on the backs of dog-eared, sepia-toned photographs.


Lion killed intern at No. Carolina zoo when gate was blocked, witness says in report

BURLINGTON, N.C. — A witness told authorities a gate blocked by a ball at a North Carolina animal preserve allowed a lion to reach three people cleaning an enclosure and begin a fatal attack, biting one intern's ankle and pulling her into the enclosure, according to a medical examiner's report.


Gas prices skyrocketing across North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - Gas prices have gone up by 12 cents in North Carolina in just the last week, AAA reports. Last Wednesday, the average price of gas was $2.15. It is now $2.27 and that's even four cents higher than Tuesday.


Squatters camp on vacant lot in Waynesville to be disbanded

A months-long stand-off over a homeless encampment on a vacant lot near the Frog Level area of Waynesville will soon come to an end. Waynesville tried to disband the camp last fall after complaints started poring in from neighbors. The property owner of the lot, Ron Muse, said he felt sorry for the


Medicaid on their minds at Rep. Queen’s town hall

Four-time freshman legislator and recently re-elected Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, launched into this year’s legislative session by hosting a trio of town hall meetings across his district, but if the ones held in Jackson and Swain counties were anything like the one in Waynesville on Feb. 16,


HCC Professional Crafts faculty exhibition, talk

Haywood Community College is currently hosting a Professional Crafts Faculty Exhibition in the Mary Cornwell Gallery on campus in Clyde. Through April, the public is invited to view the exhibition 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.


Haywood schools' firearms teams seek better practice facility

Love it or hate it, guns have been a big part of Appalachian culture since the first European settlers came to this region several hundred years ago. For generations, learning to shoot was as much a rite of passage as learning to drive in many families.


Spotting winter time birds in our mountain are

Looking out the window on a frosty morning for birds, mountain residents may only see black crows hovering in trees and yards in cold winter months. But there’s more than meets the eye of the casual observer.


A landmark day in Pisgah wrestling history

GREENSBORO — Before last weekend, only one wrestler in Pisgah history had won an individual state title. That was Dillon O’Neil in 2015. By the end of Saturday, that number had risen to three.


Small bites: Ending food waste in WNC

Since 2017, Food Waste Reduction and Recovery WNC has held quarterly meetings throughout the the state’s westernmost counties as part of its ongoing mission to unite, educate and support communities in ending food waste and food insecurity. On Saturday, Feb. 23, the group will continue its efforts w