February 19, 2017

News
Man Sentenced for Role in 2013 Murder in Swain County

Joshua Daniel Calhoun, 22, of Cherokee, was sentenced Feb. 14 in Swain County Superior Court to a maximum of 38 years and five months in prison for his role in the 2013 murder of Calup “Joe” Caston. He will serve at least 30 years before he is eligible for consideration for parole. Calhoun is the ...
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Swain County commissioners are accepting applications from community members to serve on a newly formed Broadband Advisory Committee. The committee will be tasked with developing a county initiative focused on stimulating the deployment of broadband networks throughout the county and assist the underser...
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Missing Buncombe County Woman

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a woman who was reported missing on Feb. 12. Crystal Lee Hutchinson, 31, was last seen on Patton Avenue on Feb. 9. She was seen driving a 1982 brown Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck with a dog box in the truck bed. Hutchinson is described as a white ....
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Smokies hike lineup announced for 2017

A new lineup of hikes exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been announced for 2017, with Friends of the Smokies taking its annual Classic Hike Series into the seventh year. Starting in March, monthly hikes will be offered on the second Tuesday of each month, led by local Smokies enthusi...
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WCU to celebrate all things Cherokee during 2017-18

As director of Western Carolina University’s Cherokee Center, Sky Sampson serves as a liaison between the university and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. When Sampson learned that WCU chose Cherokee as its campus learning theme for the 2017-18 academic year, she couldn’t wait to relay the news to t...
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Evergreen grant boosts Meridian’s jail services

A grant from the Evergreen Foundation to Meridian Behavioral Health in the amount of $27,000 has made it possible for many people who have been arrested to receive behavioral health assessments, services and continued engagement of services after release from jail. This grant has supported a partnership...
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