April 24, 2017

News
New Haywood County Rest Area Opens to the Public

The N.C. Department of Transportation opened a new rest area near Balsam today. The rest area will serve the southbound lane of U.S. 23/74. The new facility has dual restrooms, a family restroom, a vending area, and parking for cars, long-distance vehicles and trucks. It also offers picnic tables, a wat...
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NC DOT Delivers During Winter Weather

From the mountains to the coastal plain, NCDOT employees responded in full force to the first significant statewide winter storm of 2016. Highway maintenance crews spread 2.2 million gallons of brine along interstate, U.S. and N.C. routes in advance of the storm to help minimize ice sticking to the pave...
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WCU recognized for services provided to military students

Western Carolina University was recently recognized by several media outlets for the services the university provides to military students. WCU once again has been named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, a Pennsylvania-based company that surveys 7,000 schools nationwide to rate the services...
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USDA expands microloans to help farmers

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S...
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Two County Car Chase Ends in Wreck & Arrest

A car chase initiated in Haywood County that ended in a single-vehicle wreck in Buncombe County led to several charges for the driver.   A Haywood County deputy observed a white Dodge Durango on Interstate 40 traveling eastbound at speeds in excess of the speed limit around 11 p.m. Wednesday. The d...
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Former Board of Elections Director A Wanted Fugitive

The former Board of Elections director in Macon County has been declared a wanted fugitive. Kim Bishop failed to turn herself into authorities by 11 a.m. on Wednesday. On Monday, a True Bill of Indictment was issued and an order of arrest was made for five counts of felony attempted embezzlement by a lo...
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WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center hosting Apartheid exhibit

An exhibit that traces South Africa’s struggle to end Apartheid will be on display beginning Monday, Feb. 1, and continuing through Friday, May 20, at Western Carolina University. Created by the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa, the exhibit “From Apartheid to Democracy” will be on view in...
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