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Amateur boxers will square off at the Haywood County Fairgrounds to vie in the Roughest and Toughest Brawl this weekend, pitting off-the-street fighters against each other for a chance to win $600 in each of the three weight classes. There…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Merger input sought in countdown to decision

Waynesville residents will get their first chance to weigh in on the possibility of adding Lake Junaluska to the town limits with two public hearings this month.
Customers have asked Katie Seymour to monogram just about everything — from the typical towels or cloth purses to the completely abstruse car mats or sports bras.
Lately, it seems Ann Melton was born in the wrong century. During the past two years, Melton has spent more time living in the late 1800s — the days when boarding houses and hitching posts lined Waynesville’s Main Street, when…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Stecoah Valley bluegrass series tickets on sale

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Season tickets are now on sale for the “2013 Appalachian Evening Concert Series” in at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Want to learn to do pottery?

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There will be a variety of pottery classes offered at Pincu Pottery in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Guitar virtuoso hits WCU stage

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Guitarist Frank Vignola will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Innovation through tradition

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Rhiannon Giddens is an old soul, but one that embraces modernity. Vocalist/fiddler of renowned Americana string band the Carolina Chocolate…
A country which has accepted the mantle of “empire,’ however inimical that mantle may be to its professed destiny; a…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Wislawa Szymborska One of the best poets I’ve read in quite a while, this Polish Nobel Laureate has a wonderful…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

The guiltiest of guilty pleasures

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By Chris Cooper OK, yes, it’s a widely held opinion that the Reagan years doled out its fair share of…
Want to build anything you want in a downtown location that receives a ton of visitors each summer? Then Bryson City, with its total lack of rules governing development, is just the place for you.
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Consultant recommends Jackson library site

Where to put a new Jackson County library is no closer to a resolution following a $20,000 study by a consultant intended to lay the groundwork for building a library.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Haywood Community College is finally on track to receive some much needed funding after county commissioners announced plans this week to allocate $3 million to the school.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Haywood County officials are jumping at the chance to purchase 22 acres of land for recreational space that will help make the county’s master recreation plan a reality.
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Haywood leaders voice support for test farm

The region might be at risk of losing an important agricultural research station in Haywood County if a proposed state cost-cutting measure goes through.
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Macon planning efforts gaining momentum

Susan Ervin has served on Macon County’s Planning Board for so long she can’t actually remember how many years it’s been.
Blessed are the planners, for in their hands rest the fate of these mountains.
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Another day, and it’s off to the races

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7:37 a.m. — Snatched out of sleep by the ceaseless opening and closing of drawers. Goodness, woman, what can there…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Afterschool programs still looking for respect

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By Chris Lowe • Guest columnist “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education,” said Albert Einstein. Einstein is…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Weed or wildflower?

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The status of a given plant as either a “noxious weed” or a “lovely wildflower” is pretty much a matter…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Victim’s family sues REACH for negligence

REACH of Jackson County, a non-profit that aids victims of domestic violence, is being sued by the family of a woman shot and killed at a domestic violence shelter last September by her deranged husband.
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Green energy

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Over the next few weeks in The Naturalist’s Corner, I’m going to be exploring different aspects of the alternative and…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

New shelter graces Wayah Bald

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After Ann McDuff was struck and killed while riding her bicycle in February 2003, her husband, Larry, spearheaded a money-raising…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Soy ... the rest of the story

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By Kathleen Lamont Soy is found in all kinds of foods we eat today, but do you know what’s in…
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Western counties to share land-use ideas

County commissioners, planners and planning board members from the state’s seven westernmost counties will meet this month in a first-of-its-kind attempt to discuss land management on a regional level.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Feudin’ banjos and writin’ laws

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By John Armour At the end of every week I take stock of what’s happened. Rare are the weeks which…
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Research farms will benefit from more efficient system

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We want the state Agricultural Research Station in Waynesville to remain open, but the Senate budget proposal that attempts to…
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

How do we really support the troops?

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This is about war, but only from a distance. When I read about deaths in Iraq or Afghanistan, it mostly…
By Michael Beadle William Bartram only came through Western North Carolina for a handful of days in the spring of…
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

The drive to alternative fuels

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Greenies, tree-huggers, granolas and old hippies are mothers, dads and grandmoms too. And there is a sincere desire to live…
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

A voyage beyond new age

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By Chris Cooper Sometimes your ears want something different. Maybe they need to hear that which steps beyond traditional form…
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“John From Cincinnati” Call this a leap of faith, but with “The Sopranos” now gone for good, HBO’s new series,…
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Dad’s take on father’s day

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Father’s Day, surely a boon to the greeting card industry and certain segments of the male apparel industry, has taken…
By Julia Mrchant • Staff Writer A decades-long battle between advocates for a clean Pigeon River and the Canton-based company Blue Ridge Paper Products reared its head last week at a rally where several groups called for further clean-up of…
Ray Trine eased past the gatehouse guarding the entrance of a Cashiers development and turned up a gentle road landscaped with boulders, ferns and rhododendrons that give way to the forest.
After years of the public waiting for a new library in Jackson County, county commissioners last week pledged to set aside $4.2 million to start construction in 2008.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Library, senior complex win budget approval

Jackson County commissioners whittled down three construction projects on their wish list to two last week.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Maggie Valley unveils new land-use plan

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer After months of rigorous planning sessions, Maggie Valley town officials are finally ready to reveal to the public a new land-use plan they hope will help the town deal with anticipated growth.
A procession of impassioned speakers pleaded with Jackson County commissioners to slow the rapid pace of development on mountainsides during a public hearing Monday (June 11).
A non-profit that helps abused women escape domestic violence could be facing a budget cut by Jackson County commissioners this year.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Study puts values on working easements

A recent study in the Bethel Community revealed that “working land conservation easements” would be valued as high as $7,900 to $9,400 per acre for flat or rolling land outside the floodway of the Pigeon River or other streams.
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

Blue Ridge workers hopeful after buyout

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer In the end, the acquisition of Blue Ridge Paper Products by the New Zealand-based Rank Group for $338 million last week may have been the result of the purchase of a single factory in…
A tight race could be in store for the two candidates vying for principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians between now and the final election in September.
A dam broke on an irrigation pond at Balsam Mountain Preserve in Jackson County two weeks ago unleashing hundreds of tons of mud downstream.
Unlike most town and county governments in Western North Carolina, Franklin’s elected leaders had the foresight more than five decades ago to pass zoning regulations.
As Chuck Bennett rang up a sale at his electrical supply store in Cashiers, he showed no fear of the business slowdown some predict as fallout from a slate of development regulations coming down the pipe in Jackson County.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer It appears that the re-opening of Ghost Town in the Sky on Memorial Day weekend has made the town of Maggie Valley anything but.
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

A great look, but too expensive

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Architects last week unveiled plans for a new three-level building that will house the Waynesville Police Department and town planning offices.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Parking for free Public parking for as long as you want in downtown Waynesville: