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From behind the prescription counter at Village Pharmacy in Waynesville, Jim Winfree has a bird’s eye view of rising drug costs in America.
Heath Shuler: America is truly facing a health care crisis. Over 46 million Americans are currently living without health insurance — 27 million of those are working Americans whose employers do not offer insurance.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer If you or someone you know is thinking about leaving an abusive relationship, there are some things that are good to know.
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

The landscapes of our lives

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By Michael Beadle Shafts of sun pierce through a misty forest. A thick river of fog rolls through ancient mountains.…
By Chris Cooper “Timeless” is one of those words tossed around a lot in reference to music. Everybody wants to…
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Book By Book Michael Dirda, a reviewer for The Washington Post Book World and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for…
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

Sifting through the stack

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For many people, autumn means more than colorful leaves and blue, crisp days. For them fall is, like spring, a…
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

Bridge project brings community together

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Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

An open letter to Sylva

Most of us in the course of a week find a reason to go to downtown Sylva. We may go out to eat, or to the library, post office or bank, or perhaps just shop. There’s plenty of pleasure —…
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

Candidates evenly split on North Shore Road

Some voters in Swain County consider the North Shore Road a litmus test for candidates in the county commissioners race and base their decision accordingly. The Swain County Board voted 4 to 1 four years ago in favor of a…
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

Case management key issue in DA’s race

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The race for District Attorney is garnering what some may say is an unusual amount of attention, considering that whomever is elected is someone that most of the general public hopes never to have…
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

Differences are obvious, say Haire, Carpenter

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The candidates for the District 119 House race describe themselves as polar opposites.
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

How do you stand on the North Shore Road issue?

Charles Taylor: The federal government should live up to its 60-year-old commitment to Swain County residents and complete the North Shore Road.
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

What is the North Shore Road?

The North Shore Road is proposed to go through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Bryson City to Tennessee along the north shore of Lake Fontana. The area was not always backcountry, however. It was once home to mining…
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

The road ends here

If Congressman Charles Taylor is defeated in two weeks, it could spell the end of plans to build a road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park outside Bryson City.
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

Swain challengers question spending

All five seats on the Swain County Board of Commissioners are up for election this year. The winners will serve for four years.
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

Ancient animals of the Blue Ridge

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Names of places throughout the Blue Ridge country pay tribute to the familiar wildlife of the region: Bear Wallow Stand…
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

Optimisim reigns at Blue Ridge

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The ups and downs across a graph that tell of a business’ profits and losses may not be very interesting,…
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

Finding ways to help the innocent

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Over the last two decades, the number of drug-affected infants has been growing. It is estimated that as many as…
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

A survival guide for direct-to-consumer ads

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By Mark Jaben In the 1970s, a book written about a doctor’s internship experience, The House of God, reached near…
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

Using development to save mountain farms

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Not too long ago there occurred an unlikely meeting of the minds. Sylva developer John Beckman and Whittier farmer William…
By Michael Beadle There are still dark corners in this world yet to be explored.
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

Winter means waterfowl at Lake Junaluska

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Anyone who follows the Naturalist’s Corner knows that I have devoted much ink to the birds one might encounter at…
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

Keith Presnell

1. What specific legislation or policies are at the top of your list? Jobs, to make sure we have infrastructure in place to bring new jobs into our communities. 2. What are three of the most pressing issues facing the…
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

Joe Sam Queen

What specific legislation or policies are at the top of your list?
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 00:00

Three commission seats up for grabs in Macon

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Macon County’s three Democratic commissioners are facing a challenge from three Republican contenders in a race that could potentially swing the board’s majority rule.
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 00:00

Voters need to look closely at the Good Governance Legion

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By Lee Shelton As the Nov. 7 election date approaches, the “Good Governance Legion” is, again, “banging their noise makers”…
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 00:00

Smith thrills in his new dark suspense

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“The Ruins does for Mexican vacations what Jaws did for New England beaches.” — Stephen King The Ruins by Scott…
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 00:00

The value of endorsements

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Come Nov. 7, voters will choose candidates based on many different factors. In almost all cases, those choices will be…
The scene at Haywood County commissioner meetings today is quite different from that four years ago. In the year prior to that election, there were so many disgruntled spectators at commissioner meetings that people lined up in the hallway trying…
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 00:00

The horrifying beauty of Halloween made simple

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“Excuse me, miss, but did you happen to see a princess and a small cow come through here a minute…
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 00:00

How ‘bout them toad suckers? Ain’t they clods?

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When my wife came home the other evening, she asked if I had heard about the toad-sucking dog on NPR.
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 00:00

Simple living

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By Kathleen Lamont Have you heard? The recent marriage of sustainable food production and big business is on the rocks.
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 00:00

Macon sheriff's race

Robert Holland, 39, has been Macon County Sheriff for four years and with the sheriff's department since 1991. He is married. He graduated from high school in Florida, and attended Southwestern Community College and the N.C. Justice Academy.
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 00:00

Spotlight on Endangered Species in WNC

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Green Salamander — Although listed by the state as endangered and recognized as a species of concern by the U.S.…
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 00:00

Paying for the purchase

Here’s how Swain County plans to pay for the school land purchase.
Cowee Mound, a 71-acre site in Macon County and once a major Cherokee village, will be preserved thanks to a…
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 00:00

Some critical of price paid for Swain land

The price of a recent land purchase by Swain County for school expansion has raised some eyebrows among candidates running for commissioner and for school board.
If you’re not careful, you could miss it.
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 00:00

Most Swain candidates cite need for land planning

As growth and development accelerate in Swain County, discussion over the need for road and slope regulations has increasingly taken center stage. Swain County lacks any provisions governing mountainside subdivisions. The county does not have a county planning board or…
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 00:00

Five vie for three seats on Haywood board

There are five candidates running for three seats on the Haywood County Board of Commissioners. Kirk Kirkpatrick, Democrat, attorney Kirkpatrick has served four years on the board. He was the top vote-getter among the five candidates in the Democrat primary.…
By Michael Beadle It’s a chilly fall morning in downtown Bryson City, and U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor steps up into a fire truck to pose for pictures.
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 00:00

Shuler camp presses message that change is needed

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer It’s 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, and Andrew Whalen, 11th Congressional District candidate Heath Shuler’s Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director, sits at a small desk in a small office strewn with small stacks…
All five candidates running for Haywood County commissioner say they support a proposed slope development ordinance, which is poised for passage this month before the new board takes office.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

From the pick of the old time pickin’ litter

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By Chris Cooper Rafe Stefanini: Ladies Fancy Rafe Stefanini is something of a walking encyclopedia of old-time fiddle and banjo…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jacob Clark, a sixth-grader at Waynesville Middle School, likes the trumpet. “It’s easy to…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Freakonomics OK, I’m often late to the game, but this book published a few years is just fascinating. While working…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Occupational reading

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Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers by Amy Stewart. Algonquin Books, 2006.…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Bonfoey keeps seat in tight race against Forga

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Mike Bonfoey defeated Republican challenger Donna Forga 34,445 to 29,771 to retain his position as 30th Judicial District Attorney.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Democrats sweep commissioners race

It was a tight race between two candidates running for Swain County commission chairman, but Chairman Glenn Jones hung on to his seat by a mere 184 votes against challenger Jim Douthit.