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Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:43

The flim-flam men at work in Jackson

To the Editor: I thought that I would warn you about a multimillion dollar foreign-owned operation that is attempting to con and manipulate elected officials here in Jackson County out of millions of your money for their personal gain. Heery…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:42

GOP leaders take on regulatory reform

To the Editor: Now that the state legislature is in short session, one of the themes is regulatory reform.  Let’s examine what their version of reform has meant to you so far.   Until the ash spill, Duke Power has…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:42

Bear shooter should be prosecuted

To the Editor: On Monday June 2, a man shot and killed a bear because she supposedly tried to attack him on his porch in Maggie Valley. He also said that she had been in his bird feeder and then…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:41

Standing up for Haywood GOP and its future

To the Editor: I am a 55-year-old native of Haywood County, who has been a registered Republican from the time I turned 18. I am writing this in response to all the negative articles written about the Haywood GOP and…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:39

If war is not the answer, then what is?

By Doug Wingeier • Columnist A group calling ourselves “Neighbors for Peace” have been holding a peace vigil in front of the Haywood County Courthouse nearly every Wednesday — rain or shine — since before the start of “Shock and…
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of more than $625,000 to Western Carolina University for a project designed to boost the number of students pursuing degrees in engineering and technology fields as part of an effort to address…
Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Canton could get $12 million in state assistance to offset the cost of converting from coal to natural gas, if a proposal pending in the General Assembly goes through.
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:31

State law eliminates business license fees

Business license fees will disappear in North Carolina following the recent passage of the Omnibus Tax Law Changes. Currently, towns and cities use any of a number of schemes for calculating how much a business must pay for the privilege…
It’s been more than a month since seven of the Pigeon River Fund Board’s nine members learned that a dictum from Raleigh was booting them off midterm, but the restructured board is still raising eyebrows and ire. Typically, the board…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:24

Jackson assesses cell tower regulations

A conversation has begun in Jackson County regarding the revision of the county’s regulations pertaining to cell phone towers.  “We’re just barely into it,” said Ed Weatherby, a member of the Jackson County Planning Board. 
Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, faced a group of 50 Macon County teachers and staff last Tuesday in the library of South Macon Elementary School, and it was not a happy crowd. 
Thom Tillis has a recurring daydream. The Republican Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives and candidate for the U.S. Senate, laid out his fantasy during the GOP’s annual convention held last weekend in Cherokee.    “It goes something…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:13

Sylva mother questions park ban

After her teenage daughter was banned from Poteet Park for a year, a Sylva mother sought an audience with the town’s commissioners.  “Everywhere I try to address my concerns, I’m ignored,” Deborah Woolverton told Sylva commissioners during a recent board…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:13

Haywood GOP faction loses bid to oust chair

An ongoing tug-of-war for control of the Haywood County Republican Party reached a finale last week. A faction of conservative activists failed in their bid to wrest the chairman’s seat away from Pat Carr, who represents the mainstream party establishment.…
Waynesville leaders will face a tough choice in coming weeks: either raise the property tax rate by 3 cents or cut town services and amenities. That’s the message Town Manager Marcy Onieal shared with Waynesville aldermen at a budget workshop…
By Michael Beadle Take to the rails through Western North Carolina, and you’re bound to hear some history. In the late 19th century, tracks were being laid from Asheville to Murphy by a group of convicts working on a portion…
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:00

Newgrass with strong roots

It seems that in the realm of jam-oriented “newgrass” music, there are very clear lines between the things that work and those things that don’t. Extended improvisations are fine, but they have to be grounded in actual songs, not mere…
Mention the phrase “insect society,” and most folks automatically think of such natural phenomena as the bee hive, the ant colony, the wasp nest or the termite mound — structured civilizations characterized by a precise division of labor among their…
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:00

Town quells Allens Creek ‘jake’ brake problem

Residents along Allens Creek in Waynesville are cheering a long-sought ban on the use of “jake” brakes by gravel trucks on their way to and from a rock quarry located in their otherwise residential community. “It is like living in…
Controversy over the handling of flood repairs by Haywood County Schools two years ago have been the subject of media attention over the past two weeks. This week, school board members were asked to weigh in and share their thoughts…
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:00

Slate of events focuses on Hispanic Heritage

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The third annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties will kick off with a Mexican Independence Day celebration held from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in the…
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:00

The war in Iraq: local residents speak out

By Michael Beadle When it comes to the war in Iraq, Americans are divided on what should be done, but a majority of Haywood County residents recently interviewed in a random sampling say the U.S. should stay in Iraq until…
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:00

Taylor vs. Shuler: In the hot seat

By Michael Beadle Editor’s note: From today until the election on Nov. 7, The Smoky Mountain News will run a series of articles on issues we have asked Rep. Charles Taylor and challenger Heath Shuler to address. As U.S. Rep.…
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:00

Nighttime navigators

Usually I sit on the front deck of our house for a while after getting home from work. Then, before dusk, I normally retire to the kitchen area to listen to the radio while eating supper. One evening last week,…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Mickey Rooney. Chances are that if you’re into classic Hollywood you’ve seen at least one of his films, and even if you’re not, well you probably know the name. Pretty much everybody does.
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

Myspace Surely you’ve heard of Myspace. It’s that Internet phenomenon where people can find out a little too much about each other in way too little time, musicians can network with other musicians, and people can continue communicating without actually…
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:00

Death call Everyman

When I registered as a sophomore at Western Carolina University (then, Western Carolina Teachers’ College) in 1954, I heard a number of my classmates talking about Dr. George Herring. “Get a class under him, Gary,” they said. “Hurry! His literature…
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:00

Duke convinces Dillsboro to ‘retract’ letter

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Dillsboro Mayor Jean Hartbarger has retracted a letter that could have led to a legal squabble with Duke Power. Hartbarger had signed a letter requesting that the N.C. Division of Water Quality hold a…
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:00

Certain medicines can be a killer combination

By Dr. Allan Zacher & JC Walkup Editor’s note: A recent overdose by a patient inspired Dr. Allan Zacher of Hywood County to work with a free-lance writer on the following article. “I hope that my story will prevent at…
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:00

The race is on to Election Day

As the front page of this week’s paper illustrates, it’s election season. Trouble is, it’s just not feeling much like it yet. U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor, R-Brevard, and Heath Shuler, this Democratic challenger from Waynesville, are still mostly preaching to…
It’s a chicken or egg argument, but in this case it doesn’t really matter which is right. Either way the whole region benefits.
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:00

Unaffiliated voters are an emerging force

By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Political change may arrive with the speed of a tsunami transforming all before it. The GOP takeover of Congress in 1994 was such an event. Another change may move more slowly like a steadily…
Managers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are bracing for a higher-than-normal level of bear activity this fall and are warning Park visitors and neighbors to be especially careful about protecting their food and garbage from bears.
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:00

See no warming, hear no warming, speak no warming

Two ostriches with their heads buried in the sand were having a conversation. The first ostrich said, chuckling, “Man can you believe it — all those wild stories about the earth heating up and the oceans rising?”
It’s almost time for resolution and termination but first some last minute housekeeping. You should know that I do not believe Adam and Eve are historical people. I was taught Darwin’s theory of biological evolution by the Jesuits and that’s…
My buddy, “Ralph,” teaches at a major university. He is about as bright a guy as I’ve ever met and one of the most well rounded. He can expound on any topic from the physical sciences to the formation of…
The theme throughout this book has been: When a person is emotionally messed up, he or she was made that way, in most instances, from childhood experiences. This is not my idea; I’ve just brought it to your attention. Those…
When listening to my patients tell about their less-than-perfect, sometimes horrific, childhoods, I sometimes asked myself, “Who saved their butts?” Yes, they were in analysis and, yes, they had a multitude of problems yet they were, in most cases, able…
When children are growing up their parents are omnipotent, so it is safe to say they will have enormous impact on their children’s emotional development. When environmentally caused problems arise, a parent is probably — at least partially — responsible,…
Many of the maladies that affect our emotional systems are fueled by the amount of anger we have storehoused in our unconscious minds. This cache of dangerous energy will dictate more than any other factor whether we are at peace…
The majority of my patients came to see me because they were depressed. Some were especially down in the dumps and others were only vaguely sad — but all the time. Depression is now at the epidemic level in the…
I was sitting in the rocking chair on the front porch of our house in the North Carolina mountains enjoying the summer night. Barbara was out of town visiting her parents. It was an extraordinarily pleasant evening with soft breezes…
People go through life with a multitude of eyeballs. Architects see structures noting design and materials; realtors look for FSBO’s (for sale by owner’s); clergymen see the wondrous hand of God on his creation, or they see the mark of…
Shrinks, like other professionals, are a kaleidoscope of humanity. They are fat, skinny, tall, short, handsome, beautiful, ugly. Some have bombastic personalities and others are terribly shy. If there is a common thread, and of course there is, shrinks, like…
Early in our training we were taught that our most important tool to help patients was our intuition, because the heart and gut are more attuned to emotions than is the logic of the brain. Intuition, we learned, superceded academic…
Sigmund Freud, M.D., of Vienna, Austria, is known as The Father of Psychoanalysis. Note, that is the Father, not the founder. The founder was another medical doctor, Joseph Breuer, who was a friend and mentor to Sigmund. Dr. Breuer had…
Wednesday, 28 June 2006 00:00

Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 13: Dreams

At a social gathering I am introduced to someone. The conversation goes like this: Mutual Friend: “Helen, I’d like you to meet Jim Joyce.”
Wednesday, 21 June 2006 00:00

Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 12: Gotcha

Rush hour traffic is heavy in all directions as you come to a red light. You are in the left lane with one car in front of you. The driver signals for a left turn, which is what you are…
Albert Einstein said that insanity is when someone does the same thing over and over but expects different results each time. Einstein was wrong. That is not insanity, but it is the hallmark of a psychological phenomenon called, “The repetition…
Like so many of the psychic forces that affect our lives, transference is mostly conducted at the unconscious level. (I’ll bet you are not surprised.) But unlike some other unconscious forces, transference is fairly easy to spot once we grasp…