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Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

That’s Suuthern flyin’ squerl, y’all

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I’ve written about these small nocturnal hang gliders before, but I posted a pic of a group from my home,…
You’ve got your chain well-oiled, air in your tires and water in your bottles. You are all set for a…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

King’s Joyland set in eastern North Carolina

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There is something about carnivals, amusement parks and shoddy summer circus operations that inspire a special kind of supernatural tale.…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Mountain momma

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As a kid, my sister and I had an unspoken pact. If one of us heard Cyndi Lauper come on…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

‘Hazelwood haircut’ is a destructive practice

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To the Editor: I wanted to reply to the “Did That Used to be a Tree?” article in the June…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

We must pass immigration reform

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To the Editor: As Congress wrestles with immigration reform, it appears that folks of all political stripes are convinced that…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

A moving ‘Liar’s Bench’ performance

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Editor’s note: Marie Cochran attended the production of the “Liar’s Bench” on June 20 at the Mountain Heritage Center on…
The Lake Junaluska Assembly is marking its 100th anniversary this year, and a plethora of activities will take place at…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Wrestling superstars in Cherokee

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Pro wrestling stars from the WWE, WCW, NWA and ECW jump into the ring at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 7,…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Native American speaker at Junaluska

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Jonathan Maracle of Broken Walls will be the guest speaker and facilitator at the Native American Conference June 28-30 at…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

American Idol singer in Franklin

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American Idol singer Lauren Alaina will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 3, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

July 4th in Southern Appalachia

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Nothing says summer more than the 4th of July, and in Western North Carolina, we celebrate Independence Day with gusto.
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 20:00

Balsam Range, artist studio tour in Graham

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The 12th annual Graham County Artisan Drive-About will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28-29 in conjunction…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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Getting poison ivy is my official sign summer is here. Like old men whose knees ache when there’s an impending…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Lake Junaluska celebrates 100 years

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A hundred years of history and community will come together during the Centennial Homecoming Week at Lake Junaluska Conference and…
By Michael Beadle The leg. The hand. The face. The breast.
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Albert Race Sample, aka “RACEHOSS.” (Instead of listing several diversions, I have decided to devote the entire column to a…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Atypical King

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Stephen King has written more than 40 novels now — books that are classified in the “horror/thriller/fantasy genre.” King is…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Behind the lens: Turlington finds art in industry

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Images from Sylva-based photographer Matthew Turlington’s 1998 work “A Photographic Depiction of Jackson Paper Company” stand out on the company’s corporate office walls, lining the hallway with their stark black and white freeze frames…
An uncharacteristically large crowd packed the Swain County commissioners meeting last week (Nov. 21) to oppose a move that will effectively lower the salary of the newly elected sheriff.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A lawsuit over deed restrictions that could prevent a controversial high-rise condominium near Highlands from being built is past due for mediation.
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Motive questioned in budget cut

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A 3 to 1 vote by the Swain County Board of Commissioners last week will effectively reduce the salary of the newly elected sheriff.
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

A long paper trail

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jackson Paper Engineer Chas Mathis strides confidently through the company’s used cardboard warehouse, up a steep metal grate, and up to the pulper. The machine churns like a giant blender as loads of cardboard…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Plug may be pulled on WLOS Dec. 1

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The deadline for Mediacom and Sinclair Broadcast Group to reach an agreement that will allow the cable provider to continue carrying Sinclair stations — including local ABC affiliate WLOS Channel 13 — is up…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Recreation could be big winner in TDA shuffle

The tax on overnight lodging in Haywood County could be increased next year pending approval by the state legislature.
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Blemishes uncovered

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Winter is unsparing. It exposes the lines and blemishes on human faces. It reveals worn hillsides and rutted backcountry lanes.…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Snow time like the present

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By Michael Beadle Cataloochee Ski Area, North Carolina’s oldest ski slope, can now boast the longest running ski season in…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

A sparrowing we will go

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For a bunch of “little ole ladies in tennis shoes,” birders are a hardy lot. Gone is the green of…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Tis the elk rutting season

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The shorter days and cooling temperatures of September and October were an important time of the year for the elk…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

What the system needs now

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By Mark Jaben In an earlier column, I discussed whether cutting costs should be the underlying motive for our health…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Haywood slope law not as good as it could be

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Here’s the main problem with the slope development ordinance passed last week by Haywood County commissioners: it wasn’t the ordinance…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

The meaning of this one escapes me

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When tragedy strikes and someone we know is suddenly gone, we are still compelled to go looking for them in…
Listen! Did you hear that? I’ve been hearing it for weeks now, the faint but steadily growing whisper of something…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 14:02

Elderberry gets me thinking with my stomach

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A plant that always gets me to thinking with my stomach is common elderberry (Sambucus canadensis), which is just now…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:57

Earnhardt to discusses N.C. eco-heritage

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Tom Earnhardt, host of the television program “Exploring North Carolina,” will give a presentation highlighting the uniqueness of the state’s…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:57

Bear poachers sent to prison

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A U.S. District Court judge has sentenced 10 defendants for illegal hunting activities involving black bears and other wildlife and…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:56

Massey Branch Boat Ramp reopened

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As of late May, the U.S. Forest Service has reopened the Massey Branch Boat Ramp on the Cheoah Ranger District,…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:55

Man injured by tree in tornado

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An injured hiker was successfully airlifted from Low Gap Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Friday evening, June…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:54

Park closes trails as it assesses storm damage

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Several trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been closed due to extensive damage from wind and rain. 
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:54

Co-ed softball league starting in Waynesville

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Batter up ladies and gentlemen. The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a co-ed softball league this summer.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:52

A milkweed by any other name

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Every year as summer approaches and the days begin to heat up, I marvel at the beautiful orange explosion that…
This year’s PlottFest will give hound enthusiasts from the region, across the country and around the globe a chance to…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:48

The power of books to change lives

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Here are the true stories of some young people, all of them still under the age of 35. For the…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:38

Liberal arts education pays different dividends

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To the Editor: Bob Wilson’s recent column in a local publication condemning a liberal arts college education is full of…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:37

N.C. headed toward Third World status

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To the Editor: North Carolina is now a state role model — a model for what will happen when a…
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.