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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.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Haire keeps 119th House seat

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer District 119 incumbent Phil Haire, D-Sylva, has once against defeated Marge Carpenter, R-Waynesville, for state House of Representatives. Haire registered 13,099 votes to Carpenter’s 9,267, taking nearly 59 percent of the vote overall.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Kirkpatrick, Upton and Curtis in Haywood

An unusually large margin separated Democratic and Republican candidates in the Haywood County commissioners race, suggesting that Republican candidates were victims of national sentiments — namely disapproval of President Bush and the Republican-led Congress.
By Michael Beadle When John and Suzanne Gernandt’s son Matthew began showing signs of schizophrenia, it might have been misread as teenage rebellion — a phase he would pass through once the hormones settled down.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Democrats swept the Jackson County Board of Commissioners as voters elected Cashiers’ Mark Jones over Republican challenger Geoff Higginbotham to fill the one remaining seat.
A county-appointed tourism task force charged with making recommendations to improve the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority agrees on one thing: the tourism board is too weighted towards lodging owners.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Ronnie Beale is the newest Macon County commissioner and will join incumbent Bob Simpson, who won re-election on Nov. 7. Republican candidate Brian McClellan upset incumbent Allan Bryson in the race to represent the…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Queen retakes 47th District

Overwhelming support from Haywood County voters will return Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, to the state Senate after a two-year hiatus following a defeat in 2004.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Shuler triumphs in upset over Taylor

By Michael Beadle Call it a fourth-quarter, game-winning touchdown. A stunning upset over the perennial powerhouse. Pick your sports metaphor.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Snow easily defeats newcomer McKim

Sen. John Snow, D-Murphy, handily won his second term in the North Carolina Senate, beating challenger Ken McKim 38,537 to 28,903.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Upset in Swain sheriff race

One of the biggest upsets in Tuesday’s election was the Swain County sheriff’s race, where Republican challenger Curtis Cochran beat long-time Democratic Sheriff Bob Ogle by a mere 92 votes.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Tourism task force makes final proposals

The tug-of-war over how best to spend tourism promotion dollars in Haywood County continues, but this time it appears it will be left up to county commissioners to sort out.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Interrupting irruptives

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Some winters there will be an influx of northern bird species into the southeastern United States. Here in the Smokies…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Backpacking Fifth Avenue style in Hazel Creek

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By Al Smith • Guest Columnist Hazel Creek Trail in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is located in the…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Front-row Kid dreams of riding once again

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“Riding the range once more Toting my old 44 Where you sleep out every night Where the only law is…