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Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Ray or the worm – the worm or Ray?

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Once again,science and scientists go head to head with the forces of nature to see who can best predict the…
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

The honeymoon ends ... now

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In the aftermath of last week’s election, we’ve seen a seemingly endless parade of politicians and pundits on both sides…
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

Looking for ways to fix the health care system

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By Mark Jaben Last time, we talked about EMTALA (the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act), managed care and…
“Dance with the one that brung ‘ya” is an old Texas mantra, and Texas oilman George W. Bush has filled…
Environmental activists across the country are heralding the Democratic sweep of Congress as a mandate for better stewardship of natural…
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

So, what is there to do around here?

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By Chris Cooper Though Sylva might not qualify as a simmering hotbed of musical and cultural hipness, to a degree…
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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The New Yorker Waynesville’s James Joyce is not only an excellent writer (as evidenced in his latest work Use Eagles…
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

A ghost in the city of angels

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Ask the Dust by John Fante. Black Sparrow Press. $13 (paperback) — 165 pages. Back in Charles Bukowski’s youth (the…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Cable subscribers in Jackson and Macon counties are facing the possibility of losing local ABC affiliate WLOS Channel 13 unless cable provider Mediacom and Sinclair Broadcast Group can reach an equitable agreement before Dec.…
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

Film explores Cherokee cultural identity issues

A documentary film on Cherokee aired nationwide on public television stations last week. The 90-minute documentary, produced by an all-Native American team, explored cultural, social, education, economic and health issues that are central to life in Native American communities through…
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

Haywood TDA challenged with windfall

The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has an extra $90,000 to spend and everyone seems to have an idea of how it should be put to use.
Haywood County commissioners are poised to pass a slope development ordinance at their meeting next week, but a big question remains: when will the new ordinance go into effect?
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

Tribe, area colleges collaborate on art degrees

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Officials with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on Monday unveiled plans for a new Associate in Fine Arts degree focusing on Native American art to be offered in collaboration with Southwestern Community College.
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

Entrepreneurs open wine stores in Bryson

Swain County residents tired of the wine selection at the grocery store will soon have not one but two new wine stores to chose from.
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

The natural order of things

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While observing your backyard bird feeder this winter, you may be startled by a blue flash that suddenly rockets into…
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

Election procedures could use some fundamental fixing

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It’s time to change the voting laws and procedures in North Carolina to reflect today’s reality and to help alleviate…
By Michael Beadle Like artists inspired by the drama of their own lives, some art studios have their own back…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Effortless extraction from the days of fusion

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By Chris Cooper Music, and the artists that make it, have no choice but to evolve as time goes by.…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“Dexter” There is so much bad television that I’m usually way behind the curve on good new shows because I…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Crucial issues facing America

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Al Qaeda in Europe: The New Battleground of International Jihad by Lorenzo Vidino. Prometheus Books, 2005. 403 pages. The Democrats…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Golf course on the rocks

An ongoing lawsuit against the owners of Smoky Mountain Golf Course alleges numerous problems with the course’s management under its out-of-state owners.
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Ensley wants room tax money for recreation

Recreation programs in Haywood County could get a huge boost from tourism dollars if commissioners follow through on a recommendation made at the Monday work session.
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Commissioners to send extra room tax to corridors

Haywood County commissioners agreed on Monday (Nov. 20) to ask the General Assembly for an increase in the room tax and to distribute the extra money to tourism board subcommittees in each zip code.
A three-year legal saga between the owners of Smoky Mountain Golf Course and the developers of Smoky Mountain Country Club moved one step closer to a resolution this week.
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Group gathers to discuss growth in Jackson

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer About 80 area residents gathered at the Jackson County Recreation Center Thursday night to learn more about the county’s new land development plan and discuss the future of growth.
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Haywood waters down slope ordinance

Haywood County commissioners made significant changes to a slope development ordinance created by the county planning board before passing it unanimously Monday night (Nov. 20), watering down some of the key safety measures.
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Slope development ordinance: Key changes

Haywood County Commissioners made several changes to the slope development ordinance before passing it. The ordinance kicks in when a cut-and-fill slope exceeds a certain threshold. That threshold is what commissioners altered. Here’s the net effect of the changes: •…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Macon planners seek high-rise moratorium

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The Macon County Planning Board wants county commissioners to enact a moratorium on any construction over 38 feet in height to temporarily stop construction of a 10-story high-rise condominium just outside of Highlands.
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Many Sylva building owners support downtown tax

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Most business and property owners have reacted positively to a Downtown Sylva Association proposal to create a municipal service district that would tax the downtown area to pay for improvements, say DSA officials.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Several area governments are taking steps to keep constituents who subscribe to Mediacom cable service from losing the local ABC affiliate and with it their only source of local news.
While most golfers are clearing space in the closet for their clubs this winter, Travis Stephenson is already thinking ahead to next season. And he’s a bit worried.
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

The art of well-watching

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Now is the time to start looking for yellow-bellied sapsuckers here in the Smokies region. Of the various woodpecker species…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Going after the good guys

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The fine line between a cop doing one’s duty or overdoing his duty is once again in the grip of…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Keeping college affordable

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Some time this holiday weekend, my nephew Sterling will come for a visit at my mother’s house. He’s a high…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Memories prevent me from celebrating Veterans Day

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By Jim Joyce In five hours and twenty minutes it will be midnight and Veterans Day 2006 will be over.…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

A prime time for North Shore debate to end

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It’s time to end this debate.With another pro-settlement county board, the election of Swain Count native and pro-settlement congressman Heath…
By Michael Beadle North Carolina’s population is expected to rise by nearly 3 million people in the next two decades.…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

No compromise

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When I was a full-time staff writer at the Smoky Mountain News, I spent a lot of time covering the…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:27

Water has a magical draw on us

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We are attracted to water. Mountain paths always wind down to water — springs, branches, creeks and rivers. Water is…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:26

Trout derby weekend in Cherokee

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Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby is set for Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Oconaluftee River Islands Park in Cherokee. The…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:25

Triathlon at Tsali

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The Tsali Challenge Triathlon will take place Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, at the Tsali Recreation Area outside…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:21

AT video contest solicits submissions

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is accepting submissions for the “I am the Appalachian Trail” video contest, a nationwide search for…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:20

Get your Breakaway jersey and pedal

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The Haywood Chamber of Commerce has released the 2013 Blue Ridge Breakaway jersey design. The Aug. 17 ride will feature…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:20

Trail conservancy chooses new leader

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has a new executive director and CEO.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:18

Smokies looks to include kids in hands-on science

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is offering a citizen scientist program for a chance to be part of ongoing research…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:17

Section of parkway closed to vehicles

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A 21-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina is closed — from Ox Creek Road to Mount…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:15

REI gives a boost to trail crews

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Recreational Equipment Inc. has donated $5,000 to support trail work in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:14

Expert to talk about the red wolf in the Appalachians

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The red wolf is one of the most endangered animals in the world and a native of North Carolina. Wildlife…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:06

Where martins hang

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Purple martin “scouts” are some of the earliest harbingers of spring. I recorded one in February at Black Bayou Lake…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:03

Global warming imperils Golden-winged warbler

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The steady decline of the Golden-winged Warbler on the Southern Appalachian landscape is a trend that not only threatens the…