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Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:36

Traffic simulations for 2035 takes leap of faith

As the debate over the Southern Loop rages on, a faceless cadre of number crunchers have been assigned a seemingly impossible task: predict who will be driving on N.C. 107 and why 25 years from now. The answer could ultimately…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:35

Don’t jump up and do anything

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With Clayton Cathey On a weekday afternoon the Walker Service Station in Waynesville is busy with a steady stream of…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:34

Tough times strike dealerships

Scott Rodes’ first job in the automobile industry was 30 years ago washing and selling cars for his grandfather in Sylva. Rodes was in high school, and the car business was much easier then. Now the owner of a GM…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:33

Swain hunts for inmates to fill overbuilt jail

When 400 people poured in to Swain County’s jail one day in late September, Sheriff Curtis Cochran was thrilled. And on an equally unusual note, the crowd at the jail was more than happy to be there. Of course, the…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:33

Commissioners make extra meetings official

The Macon County commissioners on Monday voted to start having two regularly scheduled meetings a month, rather than just one — a move that follows a Smoky Mountain News article that criticized the board’s meeting practices. Macon County Commissioner Brian…
The town of Waynesville has done little to jumpstart a promised review of its land use plan, and critics say the lack of movement is causing the town to lose prospective businesses that don’t want to abide by the plan’s…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:31

Task force seeks answers to water shortages

The newly formed Jackson County Water Study Task Force met for the first time Thursday (Dec. 4) to begin discussing ways to combat water shortages. The task force was formed after several county residents recently reported that their wells and…
U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, said he is unsure if he will support a bailout of the auto industry. The auto industry over the years has made poor decisions that led to its current situation, Shuler said. Shuler wonders why…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:29

Nance Dude: Legend, murderer, victim

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By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Stoned by children, considered a witch by some and a complete outcast by others,…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:28

Open yourself to the simple pleasures of the season

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By Linda McFarland • Guest Columnist Here we are in the holidays, the most sacred and profane time of year.…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:27

Town settles disagreement over pilfered stone

The town of Franklin has settled a disagreement with a man who took slate and doors that belonged to the town without first receiving permission from the town board. Under the agreement, the former resident, David Whitmire, now of Alaska,…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:25

Come rain, snow or cold, holiday lights go up

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By David Curtis If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it…
With only a couple weeks left for holiday shopping, local outfitters are stocked with solutions for the outdoor aficionados on…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:23

A night of music with a purpose

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By Chris Cooper My participation in the Play For Peace project has been, honestly, primarily for purely selfish reasons. The…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:22

There are ways to reduce chance of getting the flu

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By Dr. Allan Zacher, M.D. Flu season is here. You and your family and friends have not gotten it yet,…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 14:21

Vintage King

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Just After Sunset by Stephen King. Scribner and Sons, 2008. 367 pages. Unlike the majority of his peers, Stephen King…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:20

The Naturalist's Corner

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Bees do it and die Honeybees are not native to the States. But these prolific pollinators arrived with the earliest…
While sales of new vehicles have plummeted, the service side of the automotive industry is holding steady as people opt to keep their old cars and trucks running. “So far, it’s extremely busy,” said Earl Hannon, service department director at…
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:11

Here come the seed catalogs

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By Jim Janke Editor’s note: This is a regular feature on gardening by the Haywood County master gardeners. Look for…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:38

Prime time pushes trend in crime forensics

Waynesville defense attorney Don Patten has noticed an interesting trend among jurors in recent years. They are hungry for hard and fast evidence like hair samples, DNA, blood traces and firearm analysis — tidbits most likely picked up from TV…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:37

Unsung guitar hero’s latest keeps it lively

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By Chris Cooper It’s in the phrasing; the careful sculpting of each and every note. It’s something about the intent,…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:36

Twin path productions: Two friends, one dream

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By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Wearing white sneakers with a buzz haircut, Tighe Wachacha enters the Burger King in…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:34

The Naturalist's Corner: Bad moon ‘risin

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When we headed for the car after a glorious Thanksgiving dinner, the skies above Jonathan Creek were dark and clear,…
The idea of using the region’s readily accessible natural resources in daily life is nothing new in the mountains, a…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:33

Commissioners select Haywood’s top leader

Commissioner Kirk Kirkpatrick took the helm as the new chairman of the Haywood County Board of Commissioners this week. Every two years following a commissioner election, the five members appoint a chairman from among their ranks. The chairman conducts meetings,…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:32

Haywood proud winner of 22 acres, but what now?

After a 15-month legal battle, Haywood County can finally claim ownership free and clear over a 22-acre tract in the Jonathan Creek area that the county wants to make a recreation park. The county paid $1.1 million for the parcel…
Construction of a new center for seniors in Swain County has ground to a halt because the project has run out of money. The 6,000-square-foot facility, which sits atop a hill next to the new Swain County jail, will remain…
A lawyer for Duke Energy told the Jackson County commissioners on Monday that if the county continues to hold up permits necessary for removal of the Dillsboro dam that “further legal action” will be taken. Duke wants to tear down…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:27

New Folkmoot director takes helm

The new executive director of Folkmoot USA, Haywood County’s famed international dance festival, is perfectly poised to help the event’s multinational participants adjust to their unfamiliar surroundings — after all, she’s a newcomer here herself. Karen Babcock, 47, was recently…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:23

My birding through the warbler

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It wasn’t until the late 1970s that my wife, Elizabeth, and I first started birding in a systematic fashion. That…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:22

A reminder to keep the public in mind

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“’Official meeting’ means a meeting, assembly, or gathering together at any time or place ... of a majority of the…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:20

Bragg explores fatherhood by looking at his dad’s past

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The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg. Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. 272 pages. Biography affords the reader a rare chance…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:19

Schools struggle with state budget recall

By Josh Mitchell & Julia Merchant • Staff Writers The downturn in the economy is forcing schools to send back some of their state money. The state has asked local school systems to send back $39 per student, or 0.75…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:18

Choices in home energy systems

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By Avram Friedman • Executive Director, Canary Coalition Getting “off the grid” is more and more appealing to many of…
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:18

Snow days are like heaven for 12-year-olds

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You are 12 years old and it’s December and a school day. The days are shorter now, meaning it is…
When a hunter discovered human skeletal remains in the woods in Macon County last winter, investigators didn’t know who the dead person was, how long he’d been there or if foul play was involved. It was a classic situation for…
By Zack Dean • Smoky Mtn. High School I had to work late on Nov. 4, so upon coming home…
For two weeks every summer, the Folkmoot Center is a popping nightspot. Well after midnight, little crowds cluster around the…
Seventy kilos is a lot of weight to hold on your head. It’s about 150 pounds. That’s like carrying a…
(Editor’s note: This column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News in July 2005.) Are you by chance looking for…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:49

Extreme dog action comes to Cherokee

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Dogs performing aerial tricks and other extreme stunts will come to Cherokee for the Carolina Dock Dogs exhibition Aug. 5…
Kids ages 3 to 11 will swarm the river bank at Oconaluftee Island Park in Cherokee for the 10th annual…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:48

Learn angling tips from the pros

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Owners of the region’s largest fly shops and fishing outfitters will share insight on local waters at the next meeting…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:44

Swain 4-H’ers learn outdoor basics

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Swain’s newest 4-H Club, the Outdoor Adventurers, hiked Clingmans Dome to the observation tower and participated in two Junior Ranger…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:40

Scenic byway lands to get protection

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North Carolina’s land trusts, including the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, have for a…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:39

Hop on board tour to learn about beer brewing

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Learn to put a little hop in your brew on a tour of Hop’n Blueberry Farm and Pisgah Brewing Company.…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:39

Heritage celebration held at Waterrock Knob

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Appalachian crafters, old-timey demonstrations, Cherokee culture and mountain music will be celebrated during a special event at the Waterrock Knob…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:38

Hunting safety courses planned at HCC

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Learn how to be safe in the woods while hunting through a series of Hunter Safety courses at Haywood Community…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:37

Campers get lessons in water quality

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Young campers from the Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center in Waynesville were given a hands-on lesson about water quality in…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:36

Map leads the way to Haywood farm spots

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The new 2011 edition of the Haywood County farm map and brochure has been released. The new publication lists more…