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May 28, 2017

Harmon Den Timber Harvesting Project Update

A project that includes timber harvesting has begun in the Harmon Den area of the Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest, approximately 25 miles northwest of Asheville, North Carolina.  Benefits of the timber harvesting include improved wildlife habitat for species including elk, deer...
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Speed Limit to Drop During Repair

Motorists heading west on U.S. 74 to Waynesville and points beyond will need to be more alert and aware during new construction beginning Monday. One westbound lane will be closed near Exit 104 for one mile in Haywood County in order for an N.C. Department of Transportation team to perform maintenance o...
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Drivers to Get a Grip on Merging Ramp

A small transportation project in Haywood County will help drivers get a grip. A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will close the U.S. 74 eastbound ramp to Interstate 40 West on Monday night. A crew of pavement experts will place a high-friction surface treatment on the road which wil...
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Graveyard Fields Adds More Opportunity for Education

New educational panels are now on display at Graveyard Fields, a popular hiking area along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The signs offer bear and waterfall safety tips, guidelines for responsible hikers, and information on how to keep streams healthy. Funded by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the project i...
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Decade of Denial: Paid Sick Days Act Languishes in NC

For the past 10 years, various lawmakers have introduced legislation that would create a paid sick days policy for North Carolina workers. The Healthy Families and Workplaces Paid Sick Days Act has never seen a vote over the last decade in the State General Assembly, despite the fact that 1.6 million ci...
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NC Law Front and Center Again in Federal Court

A North Carolina law once again is being reviewed by a federal court. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., today is to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 2. Also known as the “Magistrate Recusal” law, it allows magistrates who don’t believe in marriage eq...
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Robbinsville Man Charged in Knife Assault

A Graham County man is accused of assaulting a man with a knife. 54-year-old Jackie Slaughter, of Robbinsville, was taken into custody on Monday. Deputies found a bloody man lying on Slaughter’s porch.  30-year-old Cody White was airlifted to a hospital in Tennessee. Slaughter is no stranger to la...
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