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Wednesday, 09 November 2005 00:00

Zoro's Field wins state non-fiction prize

Author Thomas Rain Crowe has been selected to receive the 2005 Ragan Old North State Award for his naturalist-based work ZoroÕs Field.
Wednesday, 09 November 2005 00:00

Cell tower proposal splits White Oak neighbors

Two Cingular cell towers proposed for the White Oak and Panther Creek communities - a rugged and rural part of Haywood County near the Tennessee line - pitted neighbor against neighbor at a public hearing Monday night (Nov. 7).
Wednesday, 09 November 2005 00:00

Community activist faces embezzlement charges

A well-known Waynesville community leader has been charged with embezzling a $15,000 donation made to the Pigeon Community Development Club for a playground by the Waynesville Kiwanis Club.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jackson County residents will continue to suffer the bang and the clatter of a burgeoning construction industry, as commissioners voted down a request Monday night (Nov. 7) to revisit the county's noise ordinance and…
Wednesday, 09 November 2005 00:00

Dealing with strays a hit or miss affair in Swain

Every Monday morning, Justin Mack roles through the Swain County dispatch office to pick up a list of the week's most-wanted before heading out for a day of bounty hunting.
Jesse Wills, a local artist who has autism, will present his paintings at an art show at Hardwood Gallery at 102 N. Main Street in Waynesville beginning Nov. 19. The show will open with a gallery reception/benefit from 6 to…
By Michael Beadle On pedestals they stand. Whimsical arrangements of colored glass bottles, leaning, bending to resemble animated statues caught in the push and pull of conversation. These plastic forms look like baby bottles brought to life, acting out some…
Wednesday, 16 November 2005 00:00

CYHSY makes their own way

By Joe Hooten Popular music is made trendy by sweaty handshakes, neon dollar signs, shady deals, and artificial relationships that become an entangled web of companies, corporations, and conglomerates pushing what they deem as marketable in hopes of making a…
Wednesday, 16 November 2005 00:00

Recommended diversions

Jack Russells I was surprised to discover that Jack Russell terriers bear the name of a 19th century English clergyman (Devon) who bred foxhounds and shorthaired terriers. Well, my dog (Jack) has never seen a fox, but he is acquainted…
In The Three Sisters, Anton Chekhov tells audiences that suffering, education and work will lay the foundation for a new Russia. Or as Chekhov might put it: Suffering! Education! Work! For in scene after scene, this play depicts the old…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The crowd held its breath, barely shifting in creaky metal chairs as a stunned, uncomfortable silence settled like fog around their ankles with the ending of “The Tragedy of Glady.”
By Michael Beadle It’s no secret the “War in Iraq” is not going well. Even the most optimistic reports show the continuing violence as suicide bombers attack civilians and Iraqi military after the country’s historic constitutional referendum.
Wednesday, 16 November 2005 00:00

Finding wetlands in the most unlikely places

As Mickey Henson waded into a brambly thicket bordering a town park in Sylva, he stopped a few steps in, bent down and retrieved a single blade of grass, plucked and displayed between the thumb and forefinger above his head…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The Forest Hills mayoral election came down to the flip of a coin Tuesday morning (Nov. 15) as candidates Jim Davis and Sue Burton sought to settle a tied vote.
The boards of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce and Maggie Valley Visitor Center and Convention Bureau met last week to discuss the prospect of joining forces.
Wednesday, 16 November 2005 00:00

Seeing nature through new eyes

When Mickey Henson looks at a creek, he sees a physics equation.
Wednesday, 16 November 2005 00:00

Macon residents worried about devlopment

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A long-range study that analyzed perceptions about the mountain landscape among Macon County residents has been released, revealing striking statistics that will shape the region’s future.
Wednesday, 16 November 2005 00:00

HCC has new president

Dr. Rose Harrell Johnson, currently working for the Virginia Community College system, has been appointed president of Haywood Community College.
Wednesday, 16 November 2005 00:00

Requiem for a heavyweight

The eastern hemlock has long been one of my favorite trees. Like many people reading this column, my wife, Elizabeth, and I have a number of very large specimens growing on our property, especially alongside a creek that traverses the…
Wednesday, 16 November 2005 00:00

Contemplating the end of Eden

“At times I think there are no words But these to tell what’s true And there are no truths outside the Gates of Eden.” — Bob Dylan (“The Gates of Eden”), For Michael Davitt and Sam Gray, in memory
Wednesday, 16 November 2005 00:00

The job’s done, now it’s time to leave

By Lee Shelton • Guest Columnist The U.S. recently incurred — and then quickly exceeded — the 2,000th casualty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. At this writing, it is 2,055, and climbing.
Wednesday, 16 November 2005 00:00

Who’s dying in Iraq?

Seventy-five percent of the deaths were active duty and 24.8 percent were National Guard or Reserves. Of these, 67.9 percent were Army, 29.1 percent were Marines (Marines only comprise 9.8 percent of the total U.S. military force, thus they are…
Wednesday, 16 November 2005 00:00

Paying the price – a parents’ weekend at WCU

By Nancy Geiger • Guest Columnist I went to my first college parent’s weekend this month. I’d been to plenty as a student, but this year, it was my turn to play the role of parent, and as I was…
Wednesday, 16 November 2005 00:00

Schools must help with obesity woes

It should come as no shock to learn that children in Western North Carolina, as in the rest of this country and in much of the industrialized world, are getting fatter. What is surprising, however, is that many school systems…
The clock is ticking for hemlock trees in Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 16 November 2005 00:00

A season of our own

Here’s a riddle for you. If the leaves turn in the mountains and there are no tourists to see them, are they still beautiful?
Wednesday, 16 November 2005 00:00

New shelter near Max Patch ready for hikers

A new Appalachian Trail shelter that can sleep 18 backpackers has been built in the Max Patch area of Haywood County.
By Michael Beadle At first it sounds like a contradiction — a land developer interested in protecting the environment. Is it possible to balance commercial interests and at the same time protect pristine forests with diverse habitats?
Wednesday, 23 November 2005 00:00

Landslide death case ends in mistrial

A wrongful death lawsuit surrounding a landslide in Maggie Valley was declared a mistrial this week after a jury failed to come to a unanimous decision.
By Chris Cooper Let’s just go ahead and say it: terrible title for an album. Thankfully, a lot of the music on the disc is quite good, and even does have some soul, as noted in the press release. This…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer David Lamotte is a safe driver. Headed south to Columbus, Ga., last Friday afternoon he pulled over his car when his cell phone rang, his voice amiably, but absently, chorusing the words “hang on,”…
Wednesday, 23 November 2005 00:00

Recommended diversions

“Elizabethtown,” Soundtrack From everything I hear, the movie turned out to be entirely less than it was cracked up to be – another faux pas a la Orlando’s pretty face not having much substance between the ears. It’s a shame…
Wednesday, 23 November 2005 00:00

Pottery, naturally

By Greg Sessoms • Correspondent Upon entering Susan Balentine’s home off of Howell Mill Road in Waynesville, one could be forgiven for assuming that the quaint brick farmhouse is just a typical family residence and Balentine, a friendly and dedicated…
Wednesday, 23 November 2005 00:00

Remembering the Civil War

This year marks 140 years since the end of the American Civil War. In that time a gigantic library of books regarding the conflict between the Gray and the Blue has come into being with scores of books published annually…
Wednesday, 23 November 2005 00:00

The body count keeps rising

As of Nov. 20, the total number of U.S. troops killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom climbed to 2,083. Eleven more U.S. troops’ deaths are still waiting to be confirmed. In addition, more than 15,000 U.S. soldiers have been wounded since…
Wednesday, 23 November 2005 00:00

Choosing replacement puts board, director at odds

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer There was a showdown at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Fontana Regional Library Board. Randolph Bulgin, chairman of the Macon County Library Board of Trustees, issued a terse response to a pointed memorandum from…
By Michael Beadle Michael Parrott wanted to be in Iraq. He told his wife Meg about it every Sunday morning while he was over there. “Greetings from Mesopotamia,” he would write in letters. He savored his time in the cradle…
Wednesday, 23 November 2005 00:00

Latest Ghost Town suitor eyes May 2006 opening

The owner of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad has teamed up with a venture capitalist and an amusement operator to strike a deal to buy Ghost Town and get it back in operation.
Wednesday, 23 November 2005 00:00

New laws should help curtail meth plague

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Swain County Chief Deputy Jackie Fortner never thought he’d equate marijuana with more simple times.
Almost two years ago, a retired couple from Florida was crushed in their home after the hillside behind their house in the Wild Acres subdivision of Maggie Valley collapsed.
Wednesday, 23 November 2005 00:00

Making use of natural surroundings

When the Cherokees emerged as a distinctive culture more than a thousand years ago, they situated themselves so as to take advantage of the many resources available in the southern mountains and adjacent foothills. By locating major settlements in the…
Wednesday, 23 November 2005 00:00

Pressure mounts to get out of Iraq

Many of us who call these mountains home rely on the isolation, the distance from the cold realities of modern times that one can find in a home nestled deep in a high mountain cove. But it’s really a false…
Wednesday, 23 November 2005 00:00

Brothers in arms

Jacob, Luke and Ben Sutton were once considered renegade snowboarders at Cataloochee Ski Area.
Wednesday, 23 November 2005 00:00

Chickadee code cracked

Chickadee #1: Chick-a-DEE!-DEE!-DEE!-DEE!-DEE!-DEE!-DEE! Translation: There’s a sharp-shinned hawk behind you!
Wednesday, 23 November 2005 00:00

NOC founder inducted into Hall of Fame

Payson Kennedy, co-founder of Nantahala Outdoor Center, was inducted into the inaugural class of the International Whitewater Hall of Fame last month.
Wednesday, 23 November 2005 00:00

Ranger Rick rappels into cave to rescue dog

Rangers with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park rappelled into a 70-foot underground cave last week to rescue a hunting dog that had fallen into a sinkhole in the Cades Cover area.
Phil Francis, the long-time assistant superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has been appointed superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Wednesday, 30 November 2005 00:00

Bright nights in Dillsboro

By Michael Beadle Dillsboro becomes a village of glittering lights for the first two Friday and Saturday nights in December during the annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries.
Wednesday, 30 November 2005 00:00

NY rock quartet conjures a blast from the past

By Joe Hooten Scene: A Friday night, Firebirds and Camaros fill a Main Street parking lot after the big high school football game, teenagers are mingling and celebrating human nature, speakers are pumping a thunderous noise. A distinctively 70s-era riff…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer This Friday (Dec. 2) marks the close of what Waynesville Gallery Association chairman David Erickson has called an “off the top of the charts” Art After Dark season.