Susan Ervin has served on Macon County’s Planning Board for so long she can’t actually remember how many years it’s been.
Blessed are the planners, for in their hands rest the fate of these mountains.
7:37 a.m. — Snatched out of sleep by the ceaseless opening and closing of drawers. Goodness, woman, what can there…
By Chris Lowe • Guest columnist “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education,” said Albert Einstein. Einstein is…
The status of a given plant as either a “noxious weed” or a “lovely wildflower” is pretty much a matter…
REACH of Jackson County, a non-profit that aids victims of domestic violence, is being sued by the family of a woman shot and killed at a domestic violence shelter last September by her deranged husband.
Over the next few weeks in The Naturalist’s Corner, I’m going to be exploring different aspects of the alternative and…
After Ann McDuff was struck and killed while riding her bicycle in February 2003, her husband, Larry, spearheaded a money-raising…
By Kathleen Lamont Soy is found in all kinds of foods we eat today, but do you know what’s in…
County commissioners, planners and planning board members from the state’s seven westernmost counties will meet this month in a first-of-its-kind attempt to discuss land management on a regional level.
By John Armour At the end of every week I take stock of what’s happened. Rare are the weeks which…
We want the state Agricultural Research Station in Waynesville to remain open, but the Senate budget proposal that attempts to…
This is about war, but only from a distance. When I read about deaths in Iraq or Afghanistan, it mostly…
By Michael Beadle William Bartram only came through Western North Carolina for a handful of days in the spring of…
Greenies, tree-huggers, granolas and old hippies are mothers, dads and grandmoms too. And there is a sincere desire to live…
By Chris Cooper Sometimes your ears want something different. Maybe they need to hear that which steps beyond traditional form…
“John From Cincinnati” Call this a leap of faith, but with “The Sopranos” now gone for good, HBO’s new series,…
Father’s Day, surely a boon to the greeting card industry and certain segments of the male apparel industry, has taken…
By Julia Mrchant • Staff Writer A decades-long battle between advocates for a clean Pigeon River and the Canton-based company Blue Ridge Paper Products reared its head last week at a rally where several groups called for further clean-up of…
Ray Trine eased past the gatehouse guarding the entrance of a Cashiers development and turned up a gentle road landscaped with boulders, ferns and rhododendrons that give way to the forest.
After years of the public waiting for a new library in Jackson County, county commissioners last week pledged to set aside $4.2 million to start construction in 2008.
Jackson County commissioners whittled down three construction projects on their wish list to two last week.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer After months of rigorous planning sessions, Maggie Valley town officials are finally ready to reveal to the public a new land-use plan they hope will help the town deal with anticipated growth.
A procession of impassioned speakers pleaded with Jackson County commissioners to slow the rapid pace of development on mountainsides during a public hearing Monday (June 11).
A non-profit that helps abused women escape domestic violence could be facing a budget cut by Jackson County commissioners this year.
A recent study in the Bethel Community revealed that “working land conservation easements” would be valued as high as $7,900 to $9,400 per acre for flat or rolling land outside the floodway of the Pigeon River or other streams.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer In the end, the acquisition of Blue Ridge Paper Products by the New Zealand-based Rank Group for $338 million last week may have been the result of the purchase of a single factory in…
A tight race could be in store for the two candidates vying for principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians between now and the final election in September.
A dam broke on an irrigation pond at Balsam Mountain Preserve in Jackson County two weeks ago unleashing hundreds of tons of mud downstream.
Unlike most town and county governments in Western North Carolina, Franklin’s elected leaders had the foresight more than five decades ago to pass zoning regulations.
As Chuck Bennett rang up a sale at his electrical supply store in Cashiers, he showed no fear of the business slowdown some predict as fallout from a slate of development regulations coming down the pipe in Jackson County.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer It appears that the re-opening of Ghost Town in the Sky on Memorial Day weekend has made the town of Maggie Valley anything but.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Architects last week unveiled plans for a new three-level building that will house the Waynesville Police Department and town planning offices.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Parking for free Public parking for as long as you want in downtown Waynesville:
The damming of creeks and streams by private developments is on the rise in Western North Carolina — so much so that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has voiced concern over the cumulative impacts.
If you like native Appalachian plants that are variable and adaptive, have interesting natural histories with abundant associations in both…
Kayden is doing her very best not to tell me about the preparations she and mom and Jack have made…
Those who supported Heath Shuler’s bid to represent this region in Congress probably did not believe the detractors who spent…
The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust honored those that donated land and conservation agreements in 2006 at a recent celebration.
Most people tend to think of electric (EVs) and hybrid (HEVs) vehicles in the same sphere, but the two are…
By Michael Beadle Fishing for something fun to do this weekend? Head downstream to the Maggie Valley Fairgrounds for the…
By Chris Cooper It’s been a year at least since I did a live show review, and it’s likely that…
Traveling Wilburys Re-release On June 12 the Traveling Wilburys re-released the supergroup’s two albums along with (depending on whether you…
Certain genres of literature fare better when critically judged by the standards of that particular genre rather than by any…
By Chris Cooper In the mid 90’s it would’ve been nearly impossible to write about “new to the scene” female…
A Man, A Can, A Plan My youngest son and I have gotten a kick out of using this cookbook…
Gun Show Nation: Gun Culture and American Democracy by Joan Burbick. New Press, 2007. 288 pages. While teaching Latin at…
Bryson City’s tourism leaders have long touted this Swain County town as the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Great Smoky Mountains, and a book now available in stores nationwide helps undergird their claim.
When Howard Taylor heard what workers at Blue Ridge Paper Products were being offered as part of a pending buyout of the mill in April, he realized his work was cut out for him.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Walking his dog in a Waynesville neighborhood one summer evening several weeks ago, fear was the farthest thing from Dan Elliott’s mind. So when a pit bull came charging after Elliott and his 80-pound…
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