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Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:33

At 14, we’re no longer a baby in the business

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There’s just not much exciting about turning 14, but that’s what The Smoky Mountain News turned a couple of weeks…
Swain County commissioners last week tentatively agreed to increase the property tax rate by 3 cents to cover a budget deficit — the first property tax increase Swain has seen in more than two decades.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:29

Highlands soccer complex gets a green light

Macon County has it sights set on building a new soccer field in Highlands, one of the few mountain communities where the sport is king of the fall season, not football.
Illegal drug abuse and its repercussions are costing Haywood County taxpayers. An increase in drug use has led to more drug-related arrests. That means more inmates in the county jail, which it turn takes more jailers.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians could make the inmates housed in its future jail pay — literally.
Delvin Adams stood at the top a ladder leaning against the underbelly of a bridge near Harmon Den in Haywood County, banging the rustiest looking metal beam with a hammer.
Building owners in Waynesville’s historic districts may have to jump through extra hoops before undertaking renovations or alterations to their property in an effort to retain the town’s historic character. 
Judge not lest ye be judged. The Waynesville Planning Board is delving into the town’s sign ordinance to create more uniform, yet more permissive signs in its three downtown shopping districts — greater Main Street, Frog Level and Hazelwood — something…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:17

Painting the town orange

A slap-happy spray paint job by a utility contractor has tarnished the quaint brick sidewalks in downtown Waynesville with obtrusive and excessively large orange stripes.
Charged with stealing, 15-year-old Charles Eason was sentenced to work on a prison chain gang. It was 1882, and the teenager from Martin County soon found himself side-by-side with other convicts, many two and three times his age. Mostly from…
There’s been a noticeable decline in the number of ducks and geese at Lake Junaluska since a feeding ban went into effect last fall.
Cullowhee community activists have finally made headway in a push to create a community land-use plan to regulate growth and development in the area.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:50

WCU retirees organize to renew old bonds

While many professors and staff members enjoyed their careers teaching, assisting students and helping to keep the ever-growing Western Carolina University operating on a daily basis, retired life inevitability beckons. But a movement afoot hopes to maintain a stronger connection…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:46

Hear a DJ set by The Crystal Method

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Electronic gurus The Crystal Method will hold a special DJ set at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Harrah’s Cherokee…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:46

PlottFest returns to Maggie Valley

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Showcasing the Plott hound and local music, PlottFest is set for June 22-23 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. The…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:39

Mountain momma

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We have lots of bug barns in our house: from the old-fashioned Mason jar with holes punched in the lid…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:38

Handmade crafts come to Cullowhee

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Mountain Artisans’ Summertime Arts & Crafts Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29-30, in the Ramsey…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:38

Handmade crafts come to Cullowhee

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Mountain Artisans’ Summertime Arts & Crafts Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29-30, in the Ramsey…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:35

Billy Idol rocks Harrah’s

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Rock-n-roll legend Billy Idol performs at 9 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:34

Francis mill receives recognition, holds open house

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The Trantham Family will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at an open house for the recently…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:28

This must be the place

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It was the reason I came to the South. Situated in the southeastern corner of Tennessee, the city of Chattanooga…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00

In search of the sound

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In Western North Carolina, it seems the two most important things are tradition and family – and nothing incorporates those…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Inspired effort from the Smiths has something for everyone

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By Chris Cooper Inspiration comes from a variety of sources. And as much as a new love, a rainy day…
By Michael Beadle Imagine hundreds of stainless steel threads woven together to make a scarf that looks like silk. An…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Working her way past the miniature Christmas village homes and a star topped tree,…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Pickles and sun gods?

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer For Germanic cultures having a Christmas tree was all about finding the pickle.
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Stand on Zanzibar In 1968, a British science fiction writer named John Brunner wrote a novel, a 50-year projection into…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Christmas stories aloud

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The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. Penguin - 6th edition, 2006. 432 pages Of course, we cannot all read aloud…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

ER physicians call foul over contract termination

After a sudden termination of their contract by Haywood Regional Medical Center last week, emergency room doctors say the reputation of hospital CEO David Rice is making it difficult to recruit new doctors to the county.
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Macon prepares high-rise moratorium

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A high-rise moratorium is in the works for Macon County. On Monday night (Dec. 4), county commissioners directed new county attorney Lesley Moxley and Macon County Planner Stacy Guffey to draft an ordinance prohibiting…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Mid-stream contract rewrite

Haywood Regional Medical Center and Haywood Emergency Physicians disagree over whether it was necessary to rewrite the doctors’ contract with the hospital while there is still 18 months left on the agreement.
A regional effort is afoot to address mountainside and slope development as a region rather than relying on individual counties to implement development standards.
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Sylva librarian resigns as of Jan. 31

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jackson County Librarian Michael Cartwright will be resigning from his post by the end of the year, prompting the Fontana Regional Library System to begin a search for his replacement.
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Turf war leads to ousting of ER docs

An ongoing power struggle between Haywood Regional Medical Center CEO David Rice and doctors in the emergency room came to a head last week when the hospital board, at Rice’s recommendation, voted to hand over ER operations to a corporate…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Spreading seeds — a special feat

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While conducting plant identification workshops, I always try to remember to discuss two aspects that are essential if one is…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Backroom deals should all just go away

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In the years I’ve been going to Swain County, David Monteith has emerged as a barometer of sorts. One may…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Sylva’s elected leaders should take the lead

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Downtown Sylva Association members are doing all the legwork on discussing the creation of a special downtown taxing district. At…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Another step toward protecting farm land in Bethel

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A new initiative is now underway to encourage landowners to keep the Upper Pigeon River Valley in the Bethel community…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Go forth and add

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It’s time once again for the Granddaddy of bird counts. Audubon’s 107th annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) takes place between…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Simple Living: Care to unplug?

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It’s highly possible that you have been daydreaming about a less stressful holiday season, and it includes those memories of…
By Michael Beadle Kathy Boydston was never one to sit quietly in retirement. A veteran elementary school teacher, world traveler,…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

By the numbers

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A private research and public opinion firm was hired by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to measure public sentiment…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Land trust and neighbors secure 154 acres on Cowee

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Landowners in Jackson County are in the process of protecting 154 acres on Cowee Mountain from future development by placing…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Fat and sassy

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Dwayne Martin loves birds, loves learning about birds and loves educating about birds.
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

The Sunday ban: Hunters hope to lift 1869 hunting law

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Many hunters in Western North Carolina are hoping that an 1869 law banning hunting on Sunday might finally be lifted.
By Michael Beadle Cyrano’s Bookshop in downtown Highlands may be all of 700 square feet, but that hasn’t stopped its…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Three from the vault

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By Chris Cooper I’m beginning to notice a relationship between the acquisition of “new” used CDs at my place of…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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NPR’s All Songs Considered Podcast Admittedly, I’ve been slow to catch on to the iPod revolution. I received a green,…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

A darkness that resides

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Coronado by Dennis Lehane. William Morrow Publishers, 2006. $24.95 — 232 pages.
The Francis Mill Preservation Society in Haywood County is gearing up for a major campaign to replace the metal wheel on the grist mill.