WNC News Roundup

The sour economy is a thread running through stories making headlines across Western North Carolina.

Here’s a look at news stories from community newspapers around the region:

• The Smoky Mountain News reports that Macon County commissioners have decided not to fund the construction of a new $15 million K-4 school. The county manager says the county would have to raise property taxes if it took on that debt, a move that’s out of the question in these tough economic times.

• Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is cutting 100 jobs because of the bad economy, according to the Smoky Mountain News.

• Goody’s Family Clothing store in Sylva will close after almost 30 years, reports the Sylva Herald. The chain’s corporate office blames the worsening national economy.

• The Riverwalk development, a planned upscale, gated community to be built at the headwaters of the Cullasaja River, is in foreclosure, according to the Highlands News.

• The Hendersonville Times-News talks to people about their financial resolutions and how they plan to survive the down economy.

• Superior Court Judge Marlene Hyatt, a Haywood County native who serves the judicial district that covers Haywood and Jackson counties, will step down March 1 after 24 years of service, according to the Sylva Herald.

Sonna Lyda, the school superintendent in Transylvania County who has worked for the school system for 38 years, will retire this summer, reports the Transylvania Times.

• No less than five Appalachian State University football players recently underwent successful arthroscopic surgical procedures recently, according to the Watauga Democrat.

• Asheville’s newspaper covering the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community recently unveiled a new name and Web site design. The newspaper used to be called Out in Asheville. It’s now Stereotypd. Click here to check it out.

• The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for temporary employees to help with the upcoming 2010 census around Western North Carolina, including in Polk and Rutherford counties, reports the Tryon Daily Bulletin.

• Finally, the Spruce Pine Library has adopted a new cat, reports the Mitchell News, and the cat needs a name. Patrons can pay a dollar and offer a suggestion. The money will go toward feeding the feline. The library was inspired to adopt the cat after hearing about Dewey, the cat who came to fame for living in a Spencer, Iowa, library and is the subject of a book.


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3 thoughts on “WNC News Roundup

  1. Jeff

    One that you missed is that Auto Trader magazine’s last issue is the one arriving on newsstands this week.

  2. Chad Nesbitt

    Not to sound like one of those 3 o’clock in the morning infomercials or anything but –
    Think positive and surround yourself with positive people. If you keep listening to Fox, MSNBC, ABC, and others about a doomed economy you yourself is destined to be doomed.

    Constantly think about how you can make money. Most people are getting their tax refund soon. Don’t go buy yourself new cloths or a 52 inch TV. Go buy a cheap car in the IWANNA for $500.00 or a $1000.00 dollars. Clean it up and put it up for sale on side of the road. Sell it for 3 hundred to $1000.00 dollars
    more than you bought it for. You would be surprised what a good cleaning job will bring.
    Keep buying and selling.

    Is your credit bad. Take your tax money and negotiate a lower price with Equifax. Pay it off.
    Credit card company’s love late payments. They get more money in the long run.
    So if you really want to clean your credit get another social security number and start over.

    How do you do that? What I’m about to tell you is by no means legal advice but this is how people illegally do it.

    They call 911 and tell the 911 operator they have been mugged. The police officer comes out and files an incident report. They tell the officer that the mugger stole their wallet and identification. The officer puts that in the incident report. NOTE* telling an officer of the law a false statement can land you in jail and I don’t recommend anyone giving a false statement.

    Next they get a copy of the incident report and tell the Social Security Office they want a new social security number because they are afraid of identity theft. They give them the copy of the “certified law enforcement incident report” and by law the Social Security Office has to give them a new SS#. NOTE* telling a government agency a false statement can also land you in jail and I don’t recommend anyone giving a false statement.

    And for you Stomper haters, no, I’ve never lied to a police officer or got a new SS#. I just have a real problem with the credit card industry sucking people in for their own gain. I’ve seen to many people go down the tubes. Credit card company sales tactics remind me of Obama theatrics.

    If any of you are interested in getting AAA credit in 2 weeks, free healthcare, or how to make it in hard times, I will continue in this post for just $19.95 with no shipping or handling. LOL

    Seriously, the bottom line is, get a hold of your money and your future. Try working for yourself. Keep your body healthy, discipline yourself, and stay positive. You will make it and your dreams will come true.

  3. Piffy!

    “Credit card company sales tactics remind me of Obama theatrics. ”

    Thats funny. And if the cadence was better, it would be a good rhyme.

    Unfortunately, it is just partisan nonsense coming from you.

    That could be your rap-group, Chad. Nebitt and the Partisans.

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