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Regional Report Western November 2009

Bears didn’t boogie in the woods, but the yearlong 75th-anniversary celebration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hasn’t been a bust.


Regional Report Western October 2009

Anglers cast for rainbows and brownies, but the trout in western North Carolina waters are all green: Fishing for them has an economic impact of $174 million a year, including motel rentals, guide fees and tackle sales, a state Wildlife Resources Commission study estimates.


The sands of time

It’s usually sunrise, not midmorning, when the Silverado leaves Carolina Beach for waters around Frying Pan Shoals.


Regional Report Eastern July 2009

Toiling away on a state road-construction project, Beth Smyre and her team uncovered some long-buried paperwork that could make a winning lottery ticket look penny ante.


Regional Report Eastern June 2009

If you want to lure fishermen to your pier, it helps to sell beer and undercut competitors.


Regional Report Western June 2009

They call Ghost Town in the Sky’s rollercoaster the Cliff Hanger. That could describe this season for the Maggie Valley amusement park, which declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March.


Regional Report Western March 2009

Fortune finally has frowned on Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Eleven years after opening, the casino has dealt its first layoffs, dropping employment from 1,800 to 1,700 after revenue slipped 8.5% last year.

Y’all come – and stay awhile

Gasoline prices fell dramatically during the final days of 2008, but it wasn’t enough to help the hospitality industry.

Economic outlook

Always wanted waterfront property but couldn’t afford it? If you buy land in the right place, rising sea level will bring the beach to you.

Regional Report Triad December 2008

It’s no surprise that High Point Market President Brian Casey wants to put the best face on the city’s fall furniture show. But he’s also a realist.

A big blow a-comin’

Disaster strikes. Everyone pays because of the failures of policymakers. Major companies go down the tubes. Middle-class workers mutter about a bailout of rich fat cats living the high life. The meltdown on Wall Street? No. Try a meltdown of the market for home-owners insurance in North Carolina.

Regional Report Triangle November 2008

“We’re not a glam city,” says Roger Krupa, director of the Raleigh’s new $221 million convention center. But it has something else going for it: geek appeal.

Regional Report Western November 2008

Grandfather Mountain won’t become the Myrtle Beach of the west.

Regional Report Western October 2008

Sparta’s little teapot museum is short of funds, so it won’t be as stout as imagined.

Regional Report Charlotte September 2008

In the waning days of the Civil War, Union Gen. George Stoneman’s cavalry raided parts of the Piedmont. After plundering Salisbury and burning its military prison, the Yankees turned their attention to a railroad bridge over the Yadkin River near Spencer. More than 140 years later, a longer battle was waged over that property. But this time the hostilities were between historic preservationists and Atlanta developer Richard Combs, who wants to build a “racing country club” there.

Regional Report Eastern August 2008

First it was the faltering economy, then the birds, specifically nesting plovers, an imperiled species that prompted the closing of some popular Cape Hatteras National Seashore fishing beaches. Together, figures Carolyn McCormick, managing director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, they cast a pall over tourism. Then came a real pall, a fire at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge that wafted smoke over Eastern North Carolina.

Regional Report Triangle August 2008

Last summer, Raleigh-Durham International Airport was flying high. Its 243 daily departures in July represented a 9% increase from the previous year. Since then, it has lost altitude, giving back all it gained and then some. This July, RDU had just 219 daily departures, and some of those are scheduled to end soon.

Tall order

Western North Carolina boosters say the region’s quality of life will
help it achieve its economic-development goals.

Regional Report Western June 2008

Since 2005, you could have had the Land of the Sky “Any Way You Like It.” Now there’s “Appalachia Comin’ Atcha.” It’s branding season in the Blue Ridge, and the latest slogan-setter is a $20,000 video target- ing visitors with a familial interest in western North Carolina.

Regional Report Western April 2008

Gambling, proponents predicted, would be the biggest boon to western North Carolina since the other one — Daniel — crossed the Blue Ridge. Sin, critics cried, calling it the road to perdition when Harrah’s Cherokee Casino opened in 1998. However, the smart money now calls it the path to prosperity: A new report by Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians shows the casino has grossed $1.6 billion in 10 years. The Cherokees own the casino and, except for a management fee to the Las Vegas-based operator, pocket the profit, but the economic impact reaches beyond the Qualla Boundary, as the 56,000-acre Indian reservation is officially known.