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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer On a cold, grey Sunday afternoon just before Thanksgiving, Polly Smith sits behind the register counter at Outer Spaces Gallery in Waynesville wrapped in a sweater, not too far from the store’s gas fireplace.
Wednesday, 30 November 2005 00:00

Recommended diversions

Graham Greene Recently I have begun revisiting authors I read back in my 20’s — Thomas Wolfe, Hemingway, Faulkner, some of the Russian greats, and Graham Greene. Greene in particular hits home with me in his handling of moral dilemmas…
Shortly after completing Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier discussed the possible subject of his next novel. Frazier said that he wanted to write about the life of a white man who was made an Indian chief, served in the government in…
Wednesday, 30 November 2005 00:00

Land too valuable to conserve, residents say

Nearly two years after Bryson City town leaders agreed to conserve 900 acres once used as the town’s drinking water source, some residents are clamoring to see the tract sold off for development instead.
A new elementary school under construction in Haywood County will serve as an environmental model for developers in the region.
Wednesday, 30 November 2005 00:00

Study says water, sewer needs rising

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The state’s water, wastewater and stormwater systems are faced with $6.8 billion in capital improvement needs, a figure that is expected to reach $16.5 billion by 2030, according to a new study released by…
Wednesday, 30 November 2005 00:00

A long tradition of greenery and Christmas

Christmas greenery is a Southern Appalachian specialty. This region has been furnishing the eastern United States with quantities of various evergreen materials (trees, running ground cedar, mistletoe, galax, and so on) for well over a century. Of these, one of…
Wednesday, 30 November 2005 00:00

Playing politics at the expense of our soldiers

By Major Gen. Geoffrey B. Higginbotham In 1998, while serving as a Marine Corps Bases Commander in Japan, I had the opportunity to brief Rep. John Murtha, D-Pennsylvania, on Pacific Rim political and military issues. I was very impressed with…
Wednesday, 30 November 2005 00:00

Things change, and sometimes not for the best

I’m not sure where home is, but my children know. They’re first-generation mountaineers, which means, should they stay, they’ve got a lot riding on their shoulders. I hope they’re up to it.
Wednesday, 30 November 2005 00:00

The Naturalist's Corner

The front that passed through the week before Thanksgiving brought the first waterfowl fallout of the season to Lake Junaluska. I passed by on Thursday afternoon (11/17) and observed one snow goose with a small group of Canadian geese. Friday…
By Michael Beadle It’s 26 degrees on a November morning, and Jamie Tidmore has just finished another whitewater kayaking run at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Wesser.
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

The boats that once plied mountain waters

When one thinks about navigation in regard to the rivers here in the Smokies region, its old-time ferries and modern-day canoes, kayaks, rafts, tubes, and motorboats come to mind. But there have been other sorts of navigation involving flatboats, keelboats,…
When I read the notice about a new book — The Fishes Gathered in Cherokee Country — in the Nov. 16 edition of the Smoky Mountain News, it piqued my curiosity. I contacted the book’s author, U.S. Fish and Wildlife…
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

The downside of motorcycle tourism

By Lee Shelton • Guest Columnist There has been much discussion about attracting more motorcyclists and motorcycle rallies to the Maggie Valley area as part of the tourism efforts. I understand that the TDA recently committed funds to this endeavor.…
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

Remember the privilege of giving

By Bill Nolte • Guest Columnist Last week I was providing my ongoing parental taxi service. I can’t remember if we were rushing to soccer practice or Wednesday night church activities or wherever. From the back seat one of the kids…
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

Jackson, others need to learn to plan

By John Edwards • Guest Columnist Positive planning by developers, government officials and local citizens could be of great benefit in dealing with the rapid growth taking place in southern Jackson County.
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

Hemp and the rule of law

It looks like the old adage “necessity is the mother of invention” may bear fruit (or gas) when it is applied to our current energy crisis. In fact, one “alternate energy” source is already generating considerable interest in Canada, North…
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

Watershed decision was right on target

Bryson City leaders avoided the temptation to sell off their watershed land for development, instead opting to follow through with an earlier commitment to conserve the pristine property. It was the right decision and one that will pay a long-term…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jewelry artist Debbie Higdon makes what she likes to wear — handmade pieces, created from twisted and soldered silver wires and cut silver sheets.
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

Power guitar trio delivers

By Chris Cooper The G3 tours are a traveling celebration of the virtuoso rock guitarist. Joe Satriani developed the concept of G3 in reaction to his sense of isolation from other artists in his genre.
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

Larry Watson — a student of the song

By Michael Beadle It was Chet Atkins who really put the hook in Larry Watson. Atkins had that masterful style of finger-picking on the guitar Watson saw one night on “The Jimmy Dean Show” back in the 1960s while growing…
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

(Un)RecommendedDiversions

Here’s the deal. I’m not going to be “recommending” anything in this installment of “Diversions.” I’m just going to tell a story about Wednesday, Nov.16, 2005 — starting right around noonish.
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

Make way for the holidays

The Compleat Gentleman by Brad Miner. Spence Publishing, 2004. 264 pages. The Truth of the Matter by Robb Forman Dew. Little & Brown, 2005. 336 pages.
When Ricky Stokely pulled out of Denver Blaylock’s junkyard in Cruso last Friday afternoon towing a junk green Saturn, he didn’t realize just how down to the wire things were.
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

Charters want cut of lottery money

Advocates of charter schools have launched a statewide campaign to correct what they claim is an inequality in the way lottery money will be doled out for education. North Carolina legislators passed a lottery this year. The revenue will go…
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

Jackson considers grant requests

Jackson County commissioners are weighing the merits of several municipal grant applications that will allocate a total of up to $20,000 for projects across the county. The purpose of the municipal grant program is to assist the municipalities of the…
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

$6.9 million gift to WCU largest in its history

As industry experts warn of a worsening international shortage of construction professionals, Western Carolina University and one of the nation’s largest personnel recruiting firms are teaming up to boost the number of college graduates prepared for management positions in the…
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

Long time coming

Denver Blaylock has been prodded by enforcers for seven years to meet Haywood County’s junkyard ordinance. The sprawling complex houses numerous lots piled high with used vehicles, appliances, parts cars, and just plain parts, as well as storage lots for…
Local biologist and aquatic scientist Bill McLarney agreed with the Wildlife Commission’s revised recommendations to allow stream work, but for an unusual reason — the trout population, at least in Peeks Creek, is gone.
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

Macon waiting on Peeks Creek decision

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Streambank restoration along Peeks Creek in Macon County, where a massive landslide killed six residents following back-to-back hurricanes in September 2004, is on hold as county officials wait to hear if they will receive…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Recommended diversions

Cataloochee Our local ski mountain is just plain fun. My family enjoys nothing better than to make the trek through Maggie Valley and then up to the high-elevation resort for a few hours of skiing and snowboarding. On clear days…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

An Asheville trio’s mad swing-a-billy party

By Joe Hooten The Roaring ‘20s ushered in an era of looseness, flair, and simplistic decadence that would quickly diminish once the big crash and the Great Depression set in. For every drop of liquor that was poured out during…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Giving art a hand

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer David Cozzo, director of the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources project, stands on a small stage in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University in front of a crowd of about 15…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

A mutual enterprise

By Michael Beadle Sometimes John Grant sees a bear inside a rough block of soapstone. Sometimes he sees a buffalo or an eagle.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Exploring Shakespeare

Shakespeare: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd. Random House, 2005. 572 pages. Yikes! Saints and guardian angels defend us! It is yet another biography of Shakespeare! Is it possible that Peter Ackroyd, the venerable biographer of Chaucer, Blake, Dickens, T. S. Eliot…
It appears Dillsboro is getting the short end of the stick in state grant money intended to revitalize business districts that flooded during the hurricanes of 2004 that swept across Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Economic impact of methane project uncertain

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Translating the economic impact of Jackson County’s landfill gas recovery project into dollars and cents may prove harder than expected.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Jackson five earn Governor’s Award

Five Jackson County women were given the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service during a recent awards luncheon in Sylva. These winners were Mary Adams, Joyce Cooper, Margie Hall, Stella Hall and Elaine White.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Junkyard’s friends replace trees

A small contingent of friends and neighbors showed up on the doorstep of Denver Blaylock’s junkyard in Cruso Saturday (Dec. 10) armed with shovels and donated hemlock trees.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Macon Friends get $200,000 Janirve grant

The Friends of the Macon County Library have received a $200,000 pledge of support from The Janirve Foundation of Asheville.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Some question attempt to help only one business

Some Dillsboro merchants have questioned why town leaders based their entire application for flood revitalization money from the state on aiding just one business owner.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Waynesville downtown now on Historic Register

The Waynesville Main Street Historic District has been accepted to be on the National Register of Historic Places.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A recent statement that Cashiers area residents will be footing the majority of the bill to build a new library in Jackson County and that construction of a less expensive, joint library with Southwestern…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Traditional Cherokee dyes

“Woven goods—baskets and mats—document what women did, when, and how. They illuminate the work of women who transformed the environments that produced materials for basketry. They point to women’s roles in ceremonial, subsistence, and exchange systems. As objects created and…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Count on me to lead the Grinch Fan Club

About this time each year, when the days and tempers get short and the traffic lines get long — when I begin to see people trudging wearily in and out of stores and shopping malls — I think about the…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Not so long ago, we treated liars differently

By Kirk Adcock • Guest Columnist I would first like to thank Gen. Geoffrey Higgenbotham (“Playing politics at the expense of our soldiers,” Nov. 30, Smoky Mountain News) for his long and distinguished service to our country. I very much…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Fishermen struggle with loss of stream access

Editor’s note: This article was written by Mallory Martin and Carl Kittel of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Martin is the Mountain Region Fisheries Supervisor. Kittel is the Coldwater Production Coordinator.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Bamboo by any other name

Bamboo is the common name applied to a wide and varied group of woody grasses from all around the world. There are more than 1,000 species of bamboo. Bamboo grows in temperate and tropical climates in the Americas and throughout…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

One step at a time

When Lisa Ashe signed up for the newly formed Jeff Galloway running group in Jackson County last year, her dream to complete her first marathon in six months was more than a fitness goal or lifetime dream.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Park considers more elk

The North Carolina Wildlife Commission is still weighing whether to allow the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to bring more elk into the Cataloochee Valley area of the park.