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Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Frankly eye-opening

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Militant Islam in America by Marshall Frank. Fortis Books, 2006. 198 pages. This morning (Dec. 9), I sat down to…
By Becky Johnson • Staff Writer Community outrage with Haywood Regional Medical Center continues to escalate over a move by hospital administration to oust a long-time group of emergency room doctors.
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Q&A with Haywood ER doctors

Haywood Emergency Physicians held a two-hour town hall style meeting Tuesday night to answer questions about the termination of their contract by Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Biodiesel station opens in Cullowhee

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The delivery of 3,000 gallons of B-20 biodiesel manufactured by Smoky Mountain Biofuels made Hop’s Gas and Grocery on Old Cullowhee Road the first station to offer a public biodiesel pump west of Asheville…
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Doctor's resolution

Here is a copy of the resolution, which was passed by the Medical Executive Committee on Dec. 6 and affirmed by a meeting of the medical staff on Dec. 12:
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Jackson County mulls EDC participation

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Two years have passed since the Jackson County Commissioners suspended their participation with the local Economic Development Commission, launched an internal investigation and audit of the EDC and EDC office and attempted to remove…
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Land for Tomorrow wins Jackson support

Jackson County Commissioners passed a resolution Monday night (Dec. 18) encouraging the state General Assembly to provide funding for the Land for Tomorrow program in 2007.
The Haywood County medical community sent a strong message at a countywide meeting of doctors last Tuesday night (Dec. 12). In a 50 to 2 vote, physicians asked the hospital board of Haywood Regional Medical Center to reconsider their decision…
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Moratorium stops high-rises

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Macon County Commissioners unanimously approved a moratorium on high-rise development Monday, giving county planning and legal staff 11 months to write an ordinance that if adopted could potentially prohibit such development for a long…
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Affordable college is available

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By Bill Rhodarmer I read with interest a recent column in a local news publication concerning the high cost of…
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Temporary high-rise ban a wise move

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The last thing Macon County — or any of the counties west of Asheville — needs is a high-rise condominium…
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Winter workout

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By Michael Beadle Just because the temperatures drop and days grow shorter doesn’t mean you have to give up your…
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

The Naturalist's Corner

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Winter solstice
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Survey shows more mountain residents enjoy the outdoors

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A statewide survey to gauge support for making hunting on Sundays legal revealed some interesting side statistics on outdoor recreation.
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Hospital board stands by ER decision

A new set of doctors will take over emergency room operations at Haywood Regional Medical Center at midnight on the night of Dec. 28.
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Speace’s style still rings true

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Something I’ve noticed over the years is that the longer you’re on this planet, the smaller said planet seems to…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Five questions

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Tell us about what you do. How did you learn what you do? What are your duties day-to-day? What about…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Hospital board stands by ER decision

Despite outcry from the medical community and general public, the hospital board of Haywood Regional Medical Center has stood by its decision to oust a long-time group of ER doctors and replace them with a corporate physician staffing company.
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Selling national forest land is just a bad idea

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The proposed sale of U.S. Forest Service land to find money for counties who have lost revenue from declining timber…
Jackson County Commissioners last week strategically deferred making a decision about who would become the newest member of the Jackson County Airport Authority, in effect throwing out the list of names authority members submitted for approval.
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Give the lasting gift of independent media

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Several years ago, as Christmas approached, I remember my youngest daughter saying, “I can’t imagine what I want for Christmas;…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

It is a sad day, indeed

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Thursday night, the Haywood Regional Medical Center Board chose to breach the hospital’s contract with Haywood Emergency Physicians rather than…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Reality, outcomes and education spending

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This deserves emphasis, given the central role that public education plays in North Carolina political debate: our schools have vastly…
Haywood Emergency Physicians expressed concern at a public forum last Tuesday night (Dec. 19) about the turnover of emergency room operations at Haywood Regional Medical Center to a new corporate physician staffing entity at midnight the night of Thursday, Dec.…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

The news of 2006

2006 was a big year for news in the mountains. From the economy to the world of politics, there’s been a lot of change. We’ve selected some of the best quotes from newsmakers in 2006 to help put the year…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Winter workout and wear

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By Rachel Tomlinson With the winter season in full swing, dressing appropriately to prevent cold injuries is often overlooked, especially…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

New fish species gets boost from Fish and Wildlife grant

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The sickle-fin redhorse, a new species of fish recently discovered that dwells in only a handful of rivers in WNC,…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Resolving to go green(er)

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The only New Year’s resolution that I know I have kept came after a particularly devastating New Year’s morning back…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Outside in 06

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The Smoky Mountain News Outdoors section has printed scores of news about the environment, adventure sports and outdoor activities in…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Traditions It’s over now, but the 24 hours between Christmas Eve afternoon, say around 6 p.m., and the evening of…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Abandoned library 06

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Well I just received a hurriedly written letter from 2006. (It was on a page torn from a Gideon Bible).…
The current falling out between Haywood Regional Medical Center and the ER doctors is a symptom of a larger problem afoot, according to physicians who appealed to the hospital board on behalf of the medical community last week.
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

It’s that time again

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By Kathleen Lamont The tradition of New Year’s Resolutions can be accurately traced to 153 B.C., although it could go…
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Working on the fly

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By Michael Beadle Wintertime may not offer the best opportunities for fly-fishing, but that doesn’t mean fly fishers aren’t busy.
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Start the year with some drama — HART style

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By Michael Beadle What is art? What makes a relationship stand the test of time? How do you move on…
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

I Got A Guitar For Christmas ... Now What Do I Do?

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By Chris Cooper Christmas is one of those times where there’s a surge of buying in the instrument market, and…
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Small, but Big Something most retail stores do before a busy Christmas season is run some kind of “sales report”…
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Steps towards manhood

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I’m Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers by Tim Madigan. Gotham, 2006. 208 pages. Dear Chris, Your questions…
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

A brief history of a complicated situation

By Sarah Kucharski In January 2005, Jackson County Commissioners called in more than $1.2 million in loans issued to six local industries, suspended participation in the Economic Development Commission and launched an investigation of the commission’s financial records.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer If there’s one thing economic development officials agree on, it’s that there’s no one right way to do it.
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Haywood pushes legislative agenda

Creation of a one-half cent local option sales tax to support building needs at Haywood Community College and tax relief from spiraling property values are among the issues Haywood County commissioners are urging legislators to address when the North Carolina…
A corporate entity took over emergency room operations at Haywood Regional Medical Center last week, and so far it hasn’t gone great, according to patients and those working inside the ER.
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Details of the new policy

A new public comment and meeting policy has been adopted by the Swain County Board of Commissioners. Here are some highlights:
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Swain change lets the sun shine in

Swain County commissioners have adopted a new policy designed to keep the public more informed and give them a bigger voice in county affairs.
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Hopeful thinking for the coming year

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New Year’s resolutions? Don’t believe in most of them, especially those that are akin to a miracle diet or those…
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Suffering through a fever to find the holiday spirit

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Sometime before daylight on the day before Christmas Eve, Tammy and I were gently nudged out of sleep by a…
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

The Annual Balsam CBC

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The fifth annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count was conducted last Saturday, Dec. 30. The 15-mile diameter circle, which covers a…
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Self-preservation

Land For Tomorrow is a statewide initiative launched last year to set aside $1 billion for land conservation over the next five years.
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Speaking out

More than 300 people attended a public hearing on Land For Tomorrow in Asheville last week, overwhelming the expectations of those conducting the hearing. Some people drove for nearly two hours to come voice their support for the initiative.
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Support builds for Haywood land trust

Dave Curphey’s story is a dime a dozen. Fed up with the urban sprawl that ruined his small town in Florida, devouring a landscape once dominated with orchards in just 10 short years, he packed his bags and moved to…