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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…
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.…