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Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Today’s writing smacks of sameness

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The 1920s were a golden age for American fiction and poetry. F. Scott Fizgerald helped give the decade its name…
When Greg Kidd saw his odometer hit 250,000 miles last spring, he knew he would reluctantly be catapulted into the market for a new car sooner rather than later.
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Ghost Town has a deluge of job applicants

When Ghost Town in the Sky recently held auditions to fill its entertainment needs, about 40 potential cowboys competed for 10 available slots.
Developers in Jackson County could be asked to designate 25 percent of new developments as conserved open space under a provision the Jackson County planning board is weighing.
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Reasons for closing Jobs Corps still unclear

Three weeks after federal officials rolled into town and abruptly shut down the Oconaluftee Jobs Corps Center in Swain County, the reasons for the closure are still being debated.
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Legality of Job Corps votes questioned

When Mike Clampitt was making get out the vote calls during his campaign for Swain County commissioner last fall, he noticed an interesting pattern on the voter registration lists.
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

Let’s stop the hypocrisy

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Thank goodness for Don Imus. After 25 years of gutteral lyrics in the name of entertainment, none of which was…
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

I know just what you’re thinking ...

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Call me a little superstitious, but I defend my right to harbor a few fears. That’s why, after breaking my…
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

WNC is at the forefront of the green revolution

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The expansion announced last week by Smoky Mountain Biofuels and Mountain Energy will help place Western North Carolina at the…
For years, Jack Lansford and his mountain biking buddies in Franklin would have to load up their bikes and hit…
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

Navy still at war with NC

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You have to admire the tenacity of America’s armed forces. We can all take pride in the heroism, courage and…
Walking into the new nature center at the Balsam Mountain Preserve in Jackson County is like walking into a replica…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Sitting at a workbench in the back of his gallery on Main Street in…
By Chris Cooper See, the primary difference between Todd Snider and Ryan Adams is that Snider didn’t get so caught…
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Guests of the Ayatollah and Kite Runner Trying to understand the Middle East? Here are two books — one non-fiction…
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

Heir to the King

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Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. William Morrow, 2007. 376 pages Although both the publisher and the author of Heart-Shaped Box…
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

Adding it up

A traffic study was conducted to assess the traffic impacts of a new Super Wal-Mart and Home Depot complex coming to West Waynesville.
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

Crowded field seek seats in Cherokee

Seven people have plunked down the necessary $500 filing fee required to campaign for principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

What the new road will look like

About $1.5 million in roadwork is planned to accommodate the increased traffic on South Main Street and Hyatt Creek Roads from the Super Wal-Mart and Home Depot development. There will be two entrances to the development: one off Hyatt Creek…
Haywood County commissioners continue to disagree on what kind of deal to give Mountain Projects on a tract of county land to house an intergenerational Head Start program and senior day care.
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

What should a new library look like?

The Sylva library is favorite destination for Kim Mathis and her four children. There’s just one problem. “The library has been this same size since I was a child,” said Mathis, 39. “I just want it to be larger and…
Southwestern Community College officials anticipate holding classes this fall at a new satellite campus in Macon County, more than a half-year later than originally planned.
Brace yourself, West Waynesville: a new Super Wal-Mart and Home Depot complex due to open next summer will bring an extra 21,000 vehicles on to the surrounding roads on a typical Saturday, according to a recent traffic study conducted for…
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

Guyot’s Smokies

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Paul Fink and Myron H. Avery were two of the foremost explorers of the Southern Appalachians — especially the Great…
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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National Poetry Month In honor of National Poetry Month this April, here are some recommendations for poetry lovers and those…
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Livingroom predators

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Relentless Enemies: Lions and Buffalo by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. National Geographic, 2006. 176 pages. Four years ago, my family…
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Access management

Access management deploys numerous design techniques to reduce congestion on clogged roads, five-lane drags being the primary candidate.
The rift between Haywood Regional Medical Center administration and the medical community needs to be repaired, and public confidence in the hospital restored, Haywood County commissioners said last week.
When it comes right down to it, the good will of private landowners is often what stands between saving Indian mounds and losing these pieces of ancient history.
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Nurses need more support, applicants say

One of the top issues that emerged during county commissioner interviews of hospital board applicants last week was the need for better-trained, better-paid and additional nurses at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Shuler touts Heritage Area funding

Representative Heath Shuler announced Monday that the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area has been allocated a federal appropriation of $748,955 for 2007. BRNHA’s appropriation was the third largest amount allocated to any of the 24 National Heritage areas that received…
After a two-year lull, debate over a controversial expressway through Jackson County known as the Southern Loop could soon re-emerge.
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Tribe helps preserve Cowee Mound in Macon

As a child growing up in Oklahoma, Tom Belt often heard that there were reasons a group of Cherokee had remained in the East when others were forcibly marched west.
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Bartram’s early accounts of Cowee

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The preservation of the Cowee mound and village site alongside the Little Tennessee River in Macon County is truly significant…
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Media blew it at Virginia Tech

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The same popular culture that some have alleged to produce yet another mass murderer wasted no time in trying to…
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Haywood nurses frustrated by changes

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Editor’s note: A group of nurses who work at the Haywood Regional Medical Center Emergency Room recently contacted The Smoky…
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

No time for sentimentality

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By Dawn Gilchrist Young   “ ... and all day I turn over my own best thoughts, each one as…
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Two Poems by Zora Walker

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The Man in the Pickup Truck You may be a man who drives a cadillac and lives in a big…
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

West Waynesville roadwork needs to be designed well

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Imagine how this scenario could work, if it was a reality: a state Department of Transportation in lockstep with the…
By Michael Beadle Jay Blackburn never figured he’d be competing against the best axe-chopping, saw-cutting athletes in the country when…
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Navy’s top 10 reasons for choosing Site C

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The Navy has decided that a site in Washington and Beaufort counties in eastern North Carolina, about three to five…
By Michael Beadle Along with death and taxes, one of the most predictable things in life seems to be political…
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Laying down the Lawson

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By Chris Cooper Fusing soaring gospel harmony with finely tuned bluegrass firepower, Doyle Lawson has forged an easily recognizable and…
Bill Dyar has long been interested in Native American dances. When he was 15 years old, he formed his first…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Grant-Lee Phillips scores two in a year

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By Chris Cooper First, if you don’t already know (I sure as heck didn’t) fire up Google and read about…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“The Sopranos” Down now to the last five episodes before creator David Chase closes down the series for good, the…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Southern Comfort

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Cornbread Nation 2 by Lolis Eric Elie. The University of North Carolina Press, 2007. In the last 50 years, home…
A conflict between river outfittters and a developer in the Nantahala Gorge has resurfaced, this time over a footbridge the developer hopes to build over part of the river to a private island.
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Affordable housing on the plateau

Each weekend, Carol Austin figures out what meals her family is going to eat during the upcoming workweek. She shops for groceries and fills her vehicle’s gasoline tank before Monday morning.
A coffee shop. That’s one of the more unique but interesting ideas that emerged during a series of public input sessions last week for a new Jackson County library.