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The board of the Haywood Regional Medical Center heard a glowing report last week on how the hospital’s emergency department is going following an abrupt transition four months ago.
Local governments balking at controlling development on steep mountainsides would be forced into action if the General Assembly passes a state bill introduced earlier this month.
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Downtown Sylva gets free wireless access

When Rhonda Williams fired up her laptop in the Sylva library a couple of weeks ago, she was pleasantly surprised to pick up a wireless Internet signal.
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority gave out twice as much money in grants for festivals this year, quelling some of the controversy that erupted last year following cuts to festival funding.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Cameron Farlow, an intern at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Oconaluftee Visitors Center,…
Ronald A. Johnson, who holds the JP Morgan Chase Chair in Finance in the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University, is the next dean of the College of Business at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Persecution of the dandelion

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It seems that every lawn care commercial on TV or radio these days is aimed at touting a product which…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Fluffy turns out to be a greaser

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By Stephanie Wampler My fluffy white dog was no longer white — his snout was grey with grease, the hair…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Re-thinking transportation is a must

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Dark clouds were rolling in on Saturday as I sat in our Sylva office while Western North Carolina’s original environmental…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Bog bet succeeds

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When Gary Wein came on board as the executive director of the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust a year ago, he…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Unique bog protected

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Botanists are cheering the recent acquisition of a 38-acre tract that’s home to a mountain bog near Cashiers thanks to…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

They’re baaaaccckkk!

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In late March there was a lot of talk on the Carolina birders’ listserv about early migration as Neotropical migrants…
By Kathleen Lamont It was Saturday, March 24, and I was walking through the Greenlife Grocery parking lot in Asheville…
The Wilderness Society has signaled a strong interest in the future of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests with the…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Road standards would help rescue vehicles

When a roaring forest fire whipped through a mountainside development in Swain County two months ago — burning nine homes to the ground — the narrow, steep road leading to the community stymied efforts of firefighters.
Custom jewelry business Studio 33 and its owner Diannah Beauregard won the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Business Start-up Competition and a $10,000 prize last week.
Not that many years ago, anglers and boaters wanting to gain access to the Tuckasegee River in Swain County essentially had to bushwhack their way to the water.
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Flame on

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Flame azalea is one of our most magnificent common shrubs here in the Smokies region. From late spring into early…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Bush’s obstinance is a rare opportunity

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With President Bush’s veto of the Democrats’ bill to set a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq,…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

A distant memory of child’s play

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By Kathryn Stripling Byer Soon school will be over for the year. Students will leave their classrooms and bound out…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Nurses deserve support for speaking up

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By Michael Rey I would like to offer some words of support for those Emergency Department Nurses at Haywood Regional…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Letter to Haywood Regional Medical Center

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Dr. Michael Ray, who worked for Haywood Emergency Physicians before quitting in summer 2006, wrote this letter to the Haywood…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

The right choices for healthier air

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Roughly 45 percent of people (more than 2.9 million) in North Carolina lives in an area with unhealthful short-term levels…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

A peek at the watershed

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One hundred and twenty people or so took advantage of Waynesville’s first Watershed Appreciation Month to see and learn more…
Danny Bernstein still remembers her first tough hike — a three-day journey in 1969 up Mount Marcy, the highest peak…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

A serendipitious selection of CDs

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By Chris Cooper Ah ... the joys of moving. Once you’ve got everything boxed up and ready to go, there’s…
By Michael Beadle New York City has long enjoyed a reputation as a melting pot of music — especially when…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Pied Piper stages at Smoky Mountain Community Theatre

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By Michael Beadle An old German town has a very serious rat problem. Luckily, a stranger arrives with just the…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Afternoon Naps with the Windows Open A recent dental surgery has left me at home the past few days in…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Hootnoggers: History, definitely delightful

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First, the tomatoes. Then the applause. Rob Neufeld’s Mountains, Heroes & Hootnoggers: A Popular History of Western North Carolina (The…
All three Haywood Regional Medical Center board members were reappointed this week for another three years by the Haywood County commissioners.
The Jackson County planning board is accepting written public comment through May 14 on the latest version of a draft steep slope ordinance.
• The ordinance only applies to development on slopes greater than 30 percent. • Developers must file a hydrology report, geotechnical analysis and a tree survey and reforestation plan. They must also provide an assessment describing the impact of the…
Members of a heritage task force in Macon County want town and county leaders to form a commission with regulatory powers to protect historical districts and landmarks.
An article that appeared in The Smoky Mountain News opinion section two weeks ago based on an anonymous interview with several nurses from the Haywood Regional Medical Center Emergency department prompted a rebuttal from hospital employees last week.
A group of Realtors and developers filed a lawsuit against Jackson County this week over a subdivision moratorium imposed by the county in February.
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

No resolution yet on Head Start property

Mountain Projects director Patsy Dowling hit another wall this week in her attempt to lease land from the county for an intergenerational Head Start and senior day care center.
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

Kudzu goes barefoot

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Paul Bratter, a newlywed young lawyer, sits on the couch of his fifth-floor brownstone…
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

When ‘it’ is right in front of you

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By Chris Cooper Sia: Lady Croissant To a degree, it seems like Zero 7 makes “electronic” music for people that…
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Tomato plants If there’s one food that always tastes better fresh from the garden than bought at the store, it…
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

The first lady of the South

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First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis’s Civil War by Joan E. Cashin. Belknap Press, 2006. Civil wars are marked…
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

Cherokee contemplates Wal-Mart’s impact

Some residents on the Cherokee Indian Reservation are calling for a referendum vote on whether Wal-Mart Stores should be allowed to build there.
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

The big drawdown

JD McCurry has seen his share of horror stories in his 20 plus years as a well driller. Take the homeowner in Highlands who struck out finding water after building a $1 million house on the property.
A disagreement between Haywood County commissioners over an intergenerational Head Start and senior day care facility has come to an end.
Proposed development regulations in Jackson County were made later this week after dozens of written public comments flooded the planning office expressing concerns.
As public comments rolled in to the Jackson County planning office on a proposed steep slope ordinance, one provision that seemed to cause the most ire was already a moot point.
As county planner in Macon County, Stacey Guffey knows a little bit about controversy and soliciting public opinion.
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

State, local well regulators on the way

No one knows how many wells are planted in the mountainsides of Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

Real estate school for elected leaders

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Money and politics. Right now in the mountains, we can add real estate to that equation.
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

Will we ever learn history’s lessons of war?

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By Michael Beadle World wars, civil wars, the Crusades, wars of rebellion and independence. Why does humanity continue to go…