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.