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Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Crowded, contentious hearing remains civil

More than 1,300 people crowded into the public hearing last week over a proposed moratorium on new subdivisions in Jackson County.
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Fontana library system has deep roots

The six libraries in Macon, Jackson and Swain counties are part of the Fontana Regional Library system, headquartered at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. The system has deep roots in the region, dating its beginnings to 1944 when the…
The debate over a proposed moratorium on new subdivisions in Jackson County is divided into two main camps: those who claim an economic downturn will result and those who feel protecting the mountains from unsavory development is critical to the…
It’s no small task moving a library.
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Improving the science of development

When Bob Brannon saw a newspaper announcement last spring seeking developers to participate in a pilot mapping project, he already had most of the planning for his development, Mountain Watch, in place.
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Accounts of a horned serpent

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I have on more than one occasion written about Uktenas, the giant horned serpents modeled on timber rattlesnakes that appear…
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Easley’s budget goes wrong way on lottery

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Gov. Mike Easley’s proposed budget would decrease the portion of lottery proceeds going to education — before legislators have a…
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Tax policy can help save rural land

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By Susan Ervin • Guest Columnist The recent tax revaluations in Macon County have many people worried — not just…
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Fire on the mountain

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A forest fire burned nearly 40 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Getting jiggy at the vernal pool

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It’s March 1, the night is black and soggy. It’s around 50 degrees and “pourin the rain” as natives say.
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Simple living: Up from grassroots

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By Kathleen Lamont   There are lots of examples today of what a few determined and focused people can do.…
By Michael Beadle Running can be a lonely sport. It’s hard finding someone who has a similar pace, someone who…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Newly formed Balsam Range features some of the finest

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Balsam Range, a newly formed group of all-star pickers, will play a free concert…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Chocolate sensation

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By Michael Beadle Come March 24, sink your teeth into blueberry truffles, fudge cookies, and mocha cheesecake.
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Food of the Gods

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By Michael Beadle Call it a Kiss. A sweet treat. A bonbon. A decadent delight.
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Air skillfully paints a delicate soundscape

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What exactly do you say about these guys? There’s certainly something nostalgic in just how painfully arty what they’re doing…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Lucinda Williams, West If you don’t already know her, go back to the beginning and catch up, because you’ve missed…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Fascinating as Lewis himself

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Among Christians, C.S. Lewis has a reputation that runs in several directions. As the author of The Chronicles of Narnia,…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

So you want to be a beekeeper?

If you want to keep bees, the best thing you can do is join a local beekeeping club. Here you’ll find expert advice and support, and perhaps a personal mentor to explain the intricacies of beekeeping.
Hugh Gibby knows a little something about honeybees. He’s kept them for 63 of his 78 years, following in the footsteps of his parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

What commissioners said

Chairman Brian McMahan, lone “no” vote “I’ve thought long and hard about this process. I thought about what will the moratorium accomplish? What would the consequences potentially be? It’s not really going to stop anything. There will be more houses…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Compromise eases moratorium’s chill

Jackson County commissioners approved a five-month moratorium on new subdivisions in a 4 to 1 vote last week, but not without tacking on a compromise measure that will give developers caught in the lurch a way out.
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Countdown to killer bees

With the Africanized honeybee now established in Florida, experts say it is only a matter of time before the so-called “killer bee” is introduced into this state.
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Ghost Town begins selling tickets on-line

Ghost Town amusement park in Maggie Valley — slated to re-open on May 25 after five years — began selling tickets for the summer season on-line this week.
A proposed 1-cent increase in Haywood County’s tax on overnight lodging and a completely new make-up of its tourism board will likely be approved during this session of the General Assembly.
Jackson County planner Linda Cable has more than 60 applications on her desk from developers who hope the moratorium won’t apply to them.
Tourism leaders in Swain County want county commissioners to withdraw state legislation requesting a 1 percent increase in the room tax to allow time for study.
When County Commissioner Will Shelton gave up time on his farm and with his four young children to run for political office in Jackson County last year, he made a pledge to voters to address the uncontrolled growth sweeping the…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Tradition of the cockfight

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As most everyone knows, a cockfight is a match between two specially trained roosters traditionally held in a ring called…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Upper Chattooga River will suffer from boating

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By James Costa • Guest Columnist There has been much discussion in recent weeks regarding the notion of opening the…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

High time for a new morning ritual

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I don’t wear a watch. Why should I? Everywhere I look, I see the time of day. In fact, no…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Protecting the best of mountain culture

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“The highest form of morality is not to feel at home in one’s own home.” “What has become alien to…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

A new approach to smart growth

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“What we’re trying to do here is reduce the impact of development. That’s really what conservation is, the wise use…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Why the Easter bunny brings eggs

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Did you ever wonder why this big, furry, long-eared mammal was hoping around with eggs in its basket?
What would you like to see in your new library?
Franklin’s elected leaders will review how much it would cost to replace the siding on a town-owned building in downtown before deciding whether to relocate administration offices there.
Haywood County’s new solid waste director intends for the county to dump the dubious distinction of being the only one in Western North Carolina not recycling glass. Stephen King, who came to Haywood County in February after holding previous solid…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Massie: Library site still to be decided

The best location for a new library in Jackson County appears to be up for discussion once more — with the idea of renovating and adding on to the vacant historic courthouse downtown back on the table.
The Swain County Board of Commissioners has formally asked the district attorney to investigate spending practices by former sheriff Bob Ogle.
The moratorium on new subdivisions in Jackson County might be over before the five-month time period originally estimated if the planning board charged with drafting development regulations keeps up its current pace.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Neufeld’s book on Appalachia

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There is a newly published collection of essays that deserves the full attention of any reader interested in this region’s…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Contacting my hirsute love

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Back in the early 1950s when Western Carolina University was still Western Carolina Teachers College, I got a crush on…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

A mother’s remedy for shark attacks

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By Stephanie Wampler It was one of those days .... One of those days when an unnecessarily shrill alarm clock…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Giving up too much for fear

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There’s been a lot of discussion about the attack on the student in the cafeteria of Tuscola High School a…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Initiative puts a new face on an important issue

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Being environmentally conscious has become mainstream, but we still have a long way to go before mankind figures out how…
Chris North might not wile away his work week scaling trees in search of endangered Carolina Northern Flying Squirrels, but…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Ice age relics

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Chris Kelly didn’t seem fazed by the frigid February temperatures as she rock-hopped an icy stream and plunged down a…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

The great salamander adventure

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Twelve of the world’s foremost salamander authorities converged on Balsam Mountain Preserve Sunday March 11 for an informal survey. The…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Honoring the lost voices

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By Michael Beadle Iranian-born author Farnoosh Moshiri writes about people who are enemies of the state, those who have disappeared,…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

For a swinging sound, look no further than downtown

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By Chris Cooper If you’ve wandered down Main Street in the early part of a summer evening over the years,…