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When Joe Sam Queen arrived at a reception hosted by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce earlier this year, the greeters working the door plucked a red carnation from a vase of water, snipped the stem, pinned it to his…
A small spot on the side of a valley overlooking the Tuckasegee River outside Dillsboro may not seem the obvious place for any kind of technological firsts, but that’s what alternative energy experts were proclaiming last Friday (Oct. 6) at…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer • Mark Jones, 47, a Democrat, has been the general manager of High Hampton Inn since 1997. He began working there in 1987 as a bellman. He is divorced. He graduated from Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 00:00

Ken McKim says choice is clear in 50th District

Thirty-six year-old Ken McKim has lots of ideas about the issues he would tackle if he can wrest the 50th District state Senate seat from incumbent Democrat Sen. John Snow.
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 00:00

Scorecards

Several groups compile score cards for state legislators based on their voting record. Queen and Presnell were both ranked by these groups during their respective years in the state Senate.
When Sen. John Snow talks about being a senator for the far western counties that he calls home, he becomes animated and impassioned.
It appears Swain County commissioners were out of sync with public consensus two months ago when they decided to postpone…
Gibbs Knotts, a political science professor at Western Carolina University, took time to address the gay marriage issue and how it might affect the upcoming election between Rep. Charles Taylor, R-Brevard, and challenger Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville.
Taylor: My position is, and has always been, that marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman.
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 00:00

A beech for winter

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“... the mellowing year marks its periods of decline with a pageantry
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 00:00

Change of a good kind is in the air

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I’m not sure when the characteristics of being frugal and not wasting became derisive traits, why it became wimpy to…
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 00:00

Lawsuit thrown out, paddlers pledge appeal

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Hikers, fishermen and environmentalists won a small victory last week in an on-going tug-of-war with paddlers over the upper Chattooga…
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 00:00

Ivory-billed hiatus

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Ornithologists Geoff Hill of Auburn University and Dan Mennill from University of Windsor presented a program at this year’s American…
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 00:00

Scientists look at ways to stop invasive species

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Resource managers and plant specialists with the Blue Ridge Parkway are calling on neighboring landowners to help rein in the…
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 00:00

Marge Carpenter

1. What specific legislation or policies are at the top of your list?
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 00:00

Phil Haire

1. What specific legislation or policies are at the top of your list?
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 00:00

Ken McKim

1. What specific legislation or policies are at the top of your list?
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 00:00

John Snow

1. What specific legislation or policies are at the top of your list?
Bond numbers Haywood County voters approved a $25 million school bond in May 2005 intended to pay for a host of projects. The list of cost estimates presented to the public is as follows:
Wednesday, 18 October 2006 00:00

Safe haven: Domestic violence hits home

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Editor’s note: The names of domestic violence victims Linda and Anne, who were interviewed for this story, have been changed. The afternoon Linda decided to leave her fiancé, she waited until he was asleep,…
Slope ordinance Haywood County commissioners are considering a slope development ordinance with the following restrictions:
Wednesday, 18 October 2006 00:00

Cold weather and deep sleepers

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This past weekend’s sudden drop in overnight temperatures into the high 20s (26 degrees and 28 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively, at…
Wednesday, 18 October 2006 00:00

Where do you get medical advice?

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By Mark Jaben I always marvel at people that tell me they haven’t been to a doctor in 25 years.…
Wednesday, 18 October 2006 00:00

Need negative ad material? We’ve got it

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Heath Shuler says he will bring integrity and accountability to Washington? Ha! We have here in our satchel 76 examples…
Wednesday, 18 October 2006 00:00

Lauderdale’s Country Super is super country

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By Chris Cooper The stellar songwriting talents of Jim Lauderdale have been tapped by a “who’s who” of country music…
Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Jim Stoltz first learned to appreciate nature on family camping trips.
Wednesday, 18 October 2006 00:00

Tisn’t the season, but...

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A couple of Sundays ago Bob Olthoff, Blair Ogburn (senior naturalist at Balsam Mountain Preserve) and I were at Balsam…
By Michael Beadle The marathon can be such a fickle race. As much as you prepare for it, a lot…
Wednesday, 18 October 2006 00:00

Connecting with nature

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Editors note: Bill and Sharon Van Horn with the Nantahala Hiking Club in Franklin recently attended a conference in West…
Democratic congressional candidate Heath Shuler’s decision to back away from a debate with Rep. Charles Taylor sent shockwaves through the…
Wednesday, 18 October 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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A Tall One Earlier this month North Carolina won five medals at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival Competition —
Wednesday, 18 October 2006 00:00

Ashes to ashes

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Before Cormac McCarthy’s nameless father and son have ventured more than a few yards down The Road, we realize that…
Wednesday, 18 October 2006 00:00

Haywood County school board race

There are four seats up for election on the Haywood County school board this November. The county is divided into geographic districts for the school board race. No matter where you live, you can vote in each race. The geographic…
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…