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By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A proposed project by Ingles to expand its Waynesville store and add a gas station suffered a setback after parts of it were soundly rejected by members of the Community Appearance Commission.
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:00

Al Gore to ride to the Democrats’ rescue

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As the war in Iraq drags on with no end in sight amid reports that al-Qaeda has regrouped and is…
By David Curtis The cows ate my corn. My corn is Silver Queen sweet corn. It’s an 80-day corn, which…
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Guide to William Bartram’s Travels There are guidebooks and then there are GUIDEBOOKS. If you’re a Bartram junkie as I…
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:00

Steep Canyon Rangers sharpen their bluegrass skill set

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By Chris Cooper Finding a line between respecting the bluegrass form and tradition, while gently pushing its boundaries, is a…
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:00

Fuels down the pike

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This week’s alternative fuels column will discuss three fuels (methanol, p-series and hydrogen) that all have one thing in common…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Supporters of a 30-mile road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that would fulfill a decades-old promise were thrilled last month when the Swain County commissioners agreed to hold the first-ever public hearing…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Old is new again

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The diesel engine created by Rudolf Diesel was designed to run on biodiesel. The prototype demonstrated at the World Fair…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Pinnacle Park

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The town of Sylva has nearly completed its goal of eternal preservation of the 1,100-acre Pinnacle Park in the Plott…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Haywood County commissioners last week put a halt to their bidding for a 22-acre tract of land in Jonathan Creek after opposing parties skyrocketed the price to more than $1 million.
The developer of a proposed upscale RV community alongside Cartoogechaye Creek in Macon County says a moratorium on floodplain and watershed development hasn’t nixed or changed his plans.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Waynesville voters will have plenty of choices on their ballot for mayor and town board this fall in what is shaping up to be both an interesting and crowded race. Competition for the Waynesville…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

A new tax by any other name

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By John Hood • Guest Columnist The North Carolina General Assembly seems poised to enact a new $300 million tax…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Hispanic culture has infused nearly every aspect of American life — from restaurants to bilingual education, its influence is impossible to ignore. Yet, much to their detriment, many businesses in Western North Carolina are…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Deer hunting in the twilight of American culture

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The Twilight of American Culture by Morris Berman. W. W. Norton & Company, 2001. 224 pages. When I think of…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

What other towns have done

• Bryson City recently conserved the old Lands Creek watershed, getting $1.5 million from the Clean Water trust fund to protect the 800-acre tract and $500,000 from a private donor. Bryson City’s conservation agreement allows hiking, hunting, fishing, picnicking, horseback…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Here’s what is wrong with the debates

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By Marshall Frank As of this writing, five presidential debates — three Republican and two Democratic — have been held,…
The voters of Forest Hills will get the chance to weigh in on their preference for mayor this fall after being trumped by a coin toss in the last election.
By Chris Cooper It’s warm out, people are out wandering the streets later in the evening, guitars clang and drums…
Jackson County commissioners heard yet another round of public comment last week in the final countdown to passing the most restrictive slate of development regulations in the state. The public hearing was billed as the final one on the issue,…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Town elections are important for future of WNC

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A coin toss. That’s what decided the race for mayor two years ago in the Jackson County town of Forest…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Hike to Pinnacle Peak

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There are two ways to hike to Pinnacle Peak, renowned for its 360-degree views from the Plott Balsams. Option one:…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Canton Two weeks ago this Thursday my husband and I moved to Canton. Anyone who’s been in the area for…
Cherokee Middle School students have been getting a dose of hands-on science in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Conserving Fisher Creek

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The steep slopes of the Fisher Creek watershed provided drinking water to the town of Sylva for many decades, from…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Sicklefin redhorse and the Cherokee

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An article by Jon Ostendorff headed “Rare fish released into Oconaluftee River” appeared in this past Monday’s edition of the…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

It’s not about the trees at all

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I really don’t think we are as stupid as they think we are. Developers of commercial retail shopping centers have…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:10

Kudzu’s unstoppable march across the South

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Few people want to get close enough to observe the attractive flowers that kudzu produces. The plant probably won’t actually…
The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and John Warren will lead an Eco Tour to Timber Ridge, part of the Warren Estate…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:07

Kids in the Creek invites community to take part

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The 15th annual Kids in the Creek program for Haywood County eighth-graders will be held Sept.17-19 at the Canton Recreation…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:07

Trout Unlimited brings conference to WNC

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Trout fishermen from across the country will convene in Asheville this weekend for the Trout Unlimited annual conference Sept. 14-16.…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:06

Blaze a farm trail through the mountains

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Farms across Western North Carolina will welcome the public to traipse through their fields, barns and greenhouses during the annual…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:05

Pitch in for the Big Sweep along your local waterways

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Volunteers will rescue creeks and rivers from a tangle of accumulated trash that builds up along the banks and in…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:05

Get a taste of fishing, archery and shooting

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National Hunting and Fishing Day will be celebrated with family-oriented outdoor events at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education from…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:04

Potentially fatal disease could pose risk to deer

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An outbreak of a disease spread by biting gnats has turned up deer populations in several foothill counties.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:02

Local adventurers share their stories at Jackson Library

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The adventure stories of several Jackson County residents is the subject of a new collection of exhibits and a program…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:02

Inaugural Tuck River Festival set for Sept. 16

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The inaugural Tuckasegee River Festival — “Fiddler on the River” — is sponsored by the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:01

Restaurants take part in Parkway fundraiser

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will hold the first annual Plates for the Parkway event on Sept. 18 in which…
10 percent of Mast General Store sales in Waynesville on Sept. 15 will go to the Friends of the Smokies…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:00

Learn about growing organic broccoli

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North Carolina State University is hosting a workshop on organic broccoli production from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sept. 19 at…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:59

Ginseng seminar offered in Sylva

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The Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva will host Cooperative Extension agent Christy Bredenkamp for a free seminar on ginseng production for homeowners…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:58

Last splash

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Everyone who woke up to 48 degrees Fahrenheit this morning knows that the days of “butts in the creek” are…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:55

When disaster hits, horses will still hold their own

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Will it be a bomb, an oil shortage, energy grid damage or an electromagnetic pulse that renders America’s modern modes…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:54

New book addresses Washington, D.C. gridlock

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Author Jim Staggers will read from and discuss his book Messages To My Descendents — Please Fix Our Government from…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:53

A meet, greet and eat with Johnnie Sue Myers

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Johnnie Sue Myers, author of The Gathering Place, will visit City Lights Bookstore at 1 p.m. Sept. 16. The Gathering…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:51

As fall nears, let’s clear the clutter

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By early September in these mountains the markers of autumn are very much with us. The cool nights diminish the…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:50

The end is nigh, but too few will admit it

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By Kenn Jacobine • Guest Columnist According to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, we are about to…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:49

The GOP’s message of Social Darwinism

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To the Editor: The 2012 campaign illustrates two oft-quoted maxims: that war is a continuation of politics by other means,…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:48

Alderman replacement process should be open

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To the Editor: As a full-time resident of Maggie Valley, I am shocked at the shenanigans taking place in our…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:47

Some things should not be on public property

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To the Editor: While I support the display of the Confederate flag or the Ten Commandments as a means of individual personal…