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Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

Literature deprived

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Certain genres of literature fare better when critically judged by the standards of that particular genre rather than by any…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Women to watch

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By Chris Cooper In the mid 90’s it would’ve been nearly impossible to write about “new to the scene” female…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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A Man, A Can, A Plan My youngest son and I have gotten a kick out of using this cookbook…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

A clean miss

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Gun Show Nation: Gun Culture and American Democracy by Joan Burbick. New Press, 2007. 288 pages. While teaching Latin at…
Bryson City’s tourism leaders have long touted this Swain County town as the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Great Smoky Mountains, and a book now available in stores nationwide helps undergird their claim.
When Howard Taylor heard what workers at Blue Ridge Paper Products were being offered as part of a pending buyout of the mill in April, he realized his work was cut out for him.
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Rise in dog bites sparks concerns

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Walking his dog in a Waynesville neighborhood one summer evening several weeks ago, fear was the farthest thing from Dan Elliott’s mind. So when a pit bull came charging after Elliott and his 80-pound…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

The mysterious art of dowsing

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Searching for the term “dowsing” on the Internet will bring up all kinds of Web sites related to the paranormal. But to many who practice the craft, including Alvin Fradey, dowsing is simply an…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

New life for an old Sylva graveyard

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer After decades of neglect, an overgrown hill in Jackson County holding the remains of residents of the old Jackson County Home was nearly forgotten. Thanks to the determination of one man, however, the old…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Whittier golf course to re-open

Following months of course reconstruction, Smoky Mountain Country Club in Whittier will re-open 9 holes of golf this weekend.
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

The elusive hellbender

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Have you ever noticed that once you start thinking about something or someone you haven’t seen in awhile, it’s not…
By John Armour You’d think that what happens in Western North Carolina, in the 11th Congressional District, isn’t very important…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Waynesville building fits well with downtown

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A government building for a mountain town that looks like it belongs in the mountains? Funny how that is going…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Bush goes south of the border for popularity

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By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Concerned Americans await the concluding acts of the political drama the president and his…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

We can’t stop the changes

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Some have charged that the true, underlying sentiment among those who support stringent development regulations in Jackson County — and…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Life too often revolves around the minutiae

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By Stephanie Wampler Stuff. Life is all about the stuff, isn’t it? We have stuff to amuse us, educate us,…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Working triple time in Jackson County

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By Nancy Geiger • Guest Columnist My daughter, Brittany, is staying at Western Caroina Univesity this summer. The hotel she…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Chattooga at the crossroads

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A recurring debate between camps in the Chattooga River controversy is how many paddlers would actually come to the river.…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

The hype on hybrids

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Editor’s note: Naturalist Don Hendershot is writing a series of columns exploring the use of alternative energy and fuels.  …
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:49

The hardest tree in North America

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I wrote a tribute to the black locust tree some time back. It’s time to take another look. This time…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:47

Hiking club rolls out two new trail challenges

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To celebrate its 90th anniversary, the Carolina Mountain Club Challenge committee has added two new hiking challenges this year to…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:46

Sign-up for behind-the-scenes look at the Smokies

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is beginning a new program that allows nearby residents, business people, teachers and community…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:39

Conservancy adds on to protected Roan Mountain lands

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A 601-acre tract in Avery County near Roan Mountain has been purchased and conserved by the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:37

Arrrggghh – a wintry mix

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Limeade, tequila and cointreau is not a wintry mix — that is a margarita; something you may resort to when…
A large Appalachian Trail gathering is coming to Western Carolina University this summer, and local trail clubs hosting the week-long…
By Jill Ingram • Guest writer, WCU public affairs office Covering long distances in and around Cataloochee Valley, a Western…
Of all the Beat writers of the 1940s and 1950s — Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, John Clellon Holmes, Gary Snyder,…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:12

We need to keep track of all firearms

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To the Editor: I miss Martin Luther King. His enlightened reason and fervent advocating for equal rights is sorely missed.…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:11

Timber harvest at Devil’s Courthouse a good idea

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To the Editor: Nature abhors a vacuum. Mother Nature assures change. Organisms are constantly adapting, changing, improving, evolving. Understand-ing life…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:10

Last issue of SMN painted a vivid picture

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To the Editor: How incredibly serendipitous that your newspaper of Jan. 23 should headline the flooding and landslides that occurred…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:09

More than ever, schools need forest service money

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By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist When the 1911 Weeks Act was passed, allowing the federal government to purchase land…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:58

Upcoming improvement projects on I-40

Tunnel projects to delay work on I-40 The N.C. Department of Transportation will perform work on three tunnels in the Pigeon River Gorge on Interstate 40 in Haywood County during a two-week period starting Monday, Feb. 4. • Traffic reduced…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:56

Medical foundation appoints new chairman

The Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees recently appointed Laura Leatherwood as the new chairman of the board. Leatherwood is the vice president of Student and Workforce Development at Haywood Community College, where she has worked since 2000.…
A long overdue $4 million payment may finally make its way to Swain County after languishing for the past year in the budget dungeons of the National Park Service. The payment is part of a larger $52 million cash settlement…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:48

The biggest little show in Haywood

Editor’s Note: Given the national debate over gun legislation and controversy swirling around gun shows in particular, The Smoky Mountain News was curious to see just what goes on at a gun show. Join our reporter on a stroll through…
The newly formed Jackson County Tourism Development Authority is taking on the task of “branding,” an important first step for the entity that’s been tasked with developing a unified tourism promotion strategy for the county.
A rain-induced landslide in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park left a gaping hole in U.S. 441, but its impact could leave a lot bigger hole in the local economy if park officials are not able to fix the road…
Susan Gathers was kicked back in the student union one afternoon, her thumbs poised over her smart phone, simultaneously bantering with friends while texting — sometimes even texting the same person she was talking to. This impressive skill to seamlessly…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has launched a new website with information specifically for lodging owners.
A company hired by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has found a dozen businesses that have been evading a 4 percent lodging tax.
Although Jackson County’s Economic Development Commission has not met in several years, all its board members’ terms have expired and its director has long-since resigned, it technically still exists.
As Jackson County officials craft plans to open a liquor store in Cashiers, possibly as soon this summer, they must first determine whether the town of Sylva is in or out.
Lake Junaluskans got their first glimpse this weekend at what it would take for the community to become its own town. Incorporating as its own town comes with a host of regulatory, political and logistical hurdles. A task force studying…
The death of Haywood County Sheriff John Phillip Noland — a murder story set against the backdrop of the American Civil War — sounds as if it belongs in the pages of Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain.
The decrepit state of Canton’s aging outdoor swimming pool has left town leaders with two options — bulldoze it and build a new one or simply close it.
Proposed pay raises for county workers in Macon has prompted skepticism from at least two of the five county commissioners, who are asking if now is the right time for that. The proposed pay raise would boost the salaries of…
Macon County commissioners are analyzing the geographic system of electing county leaders after two commissioners from outlying communities questioned whether the process is too weighted in Franklin’s favor.
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00

HCC craft student wins national award

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Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Fiber student Rebecca Porche is the recipient of the Handweavers Guild of America’s Dendel Scholarship…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00

HART makes big leaps in theater fundraising

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Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville has raised $160,000 since last summer in a capital campaign to build a second…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00

Fire & Ice gallery show opens

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Onlooker John Highsmith takes a gander at “Blue Heron,” the latest metal sculpture from Grace Cathey at the “Fire &…