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Tree farm business booms

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The 2019 Christmas tree shopping season was a resounding success according to local tree farmers in the area. 

Campgrounds, parks close due to virus

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The U.S. Forest Service has closed all campgrounds on National Forest land in North Carolina effective immediately. The closure, announced on Monday, will remain in place until further notice.

Hurricanes shine at Clemson meet

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Area swimmers on the Highlands Hurricanes swim team competed in the Clemson Aquatics Team Invitational for the second straight year and did quite well, according to their coach.

Mini-budgets fill gaps as deadlock drags on

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  As the General Assembly and Gov. Roy Cooper continue to debate a state budget months after the deadline, state legislators have been passing “mini budgets” to fund initiatives including rural internet access and teacher pay raises. District 120 Rep. Kevin Corbin said he and his...

Otto man dies in fire

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A house fire on Monday claimed the life of an Otto man. The victim was identified on Wednesday as Dean D. Ellis, 66. The cause of death was smoke inhalation, according to the Macon County medical examiner. Otto Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire on American Way Drive at about 4 p.m....

Thanksgiving morning race expected to again draw hundreds to Cashiers

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/ Staff CASHIERS -- Organizers expect that the second annual Thanksgiving Day Gobble on the Green 5K will again draw hundreds of participants to Cashiers. More than 500 runners from 27 states competed in last year’s inaugural 3.1-mile foot race, going from the Village Green Commons along Cashiers...