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Off-year elections shake up local municipalities

For Asheville residents, 2021 was a relatively quiet year in politics. While a handful of candidates announced their runs for City Council — and one resident, Democratic Buncombe County Commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, declared a run for the U.S. House — no voting took place. (A 2018 provision passed by the General Assembly at the behest of Mayor Esther Manheimer moved the city’s elections to even years.)
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Man on a mission: Darren Nicholson on new album, new chapter

On his way from performing at a Sunday church service in Highlands to an afternoon gig at Ole Smoky Distillery in Gatlinburg, Darren Nicholson pulled over somewhere outside of Cherokee, right where there was enough cell service to conduct a phone interview. There’s a lot going on in Nicholson’s life...
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Cherokees announce $275M expansion for NC casino, record profits in FY2021

Tribal distributions for the 2021 fiscal year were 45% higher than 2020 and 17% above 2019. A $275M loan agreement has been approved for expansion plans on the Valley River Casino and Hotel in Murphy, North Carolina; the tribe hopes to break ground in February or March. The news comes only half a year after a $330M expansion in the Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort.
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moe. Guitarist Chuck Garvey Suffers a Stroke

Moe. guitarist Chuck Garvey is reportedly in the hospital after he suffered from a stroke at his home this past Saturday (November 6th). The bandmates of moe. took to Instagram to announce the unfortunate news about the guitarist. “We are sad to share that on early Saturday morning, Chuck suffered a stroke while at home. He is currently hospitalized and in stable condition. We remain hopeful for a full and speedy recovery. Please keep him in your hearts, thoughts, and prayers.”
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