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By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Much like a band-aid on a kid’s scraped elbow, No Child Left Behind was put in place to mend an educational system many claimed was in disrepair. An increasing number of critics, however, are…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Life in the midst of change

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A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas. Harcourt, 2006. 192 pages A blurb on the front cover of Abigail Thomas’…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Baby birding

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It’s almost fall and the skies are beginning to fill with feathered vagabonds headed to their traditional southern winter habitats.…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Voter interviews reflect close race

Interviews with Cherokee voters exiting the polling booths last week revealed just how divided the tribe is over who will be their next chief. The race was decided by just 30 votes — representing less than 1 percent of the…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Is oil like a mineral, vegetable or animal?

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By S. Michael Hewitt • Guest Columnist Remember the game of 20 Questions? One person thinks of a thing. A…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“Come Early Morning” This is the kind of movie that gets past you, a small budget movie that didn’t get…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

For gays, desperation too often a way of life

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A few years ago, I received a letter from a reader that I have never forgotten. Upset over the suicide…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Duke seeks permit for new coal plant

A public hearing on whether Duke Energy should be allowed to build a new coal-fired power plant in the Shelby area will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Forest City. Duke Energy must get an air pollution permit from the…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Walnut toxicity

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The walnut trees along the creek where we live are exhibiting a bumper crop this year. At night we are…
By Michael Beadle Peter Bates inspects a trio of cucumber trees growing closely together on a 20-acre tract of woods…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

School gets scant attention out in the jungle

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By David Curtis As a teacher in the public school system I have often heard teachers express their frustrations by…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Nearly two years after receiving a grant to study traffic issues on Russ Avenue, Waynesville is finally moving forward with the project. Town planner Paul Benson said the…
Jackson County leaders might be lending their tacit endorsement, albeit unintentionally, to the proposed Southern Loop, a controversial highway that would bisect Jackson County.
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Dillsboro Dam important part of Jackson’s heritage, economy

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By Susan Leveille Editor’s note: This letter, which contains some updates, was sent by Susan Leveille to the Maggie Salas,…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Courthouse site doable for new Jackson library

Years of wrestling over a location for a new Jackson County library will come to a close next month. Jackson County commissioners pledged to pick a site for a new library at their next meeting on Oct. 1. There are…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Time to fix NCLB to better reflect the real world

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Congress is likely to re-authorize the No Child Left Behind Act sometime this fall. If that is indeed the case,…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Waynesville PD net 6 arrests in Internet sex sting

When Crystal Shuler posted an ad on Craig’s List this summer offering a full-service massage in Waynesville, she was flooded with email responses, more than 70 to be exact. Shuler, a Waynesville police detective, wasn’t actually surfing for action but…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Swain nearly ready to vote on road rules

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Swain County’s first-ever planning board is nearly finished with its first project — drafting an ordinance to regulate road construction — and will send it on to county commissioners to review next week.
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Intersection of American minds

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American Bloomsbury by Susan Cheever. Simon & Schuster, 2006. 240 pages Susan Cheever, novelist, critic, and writer of acclaimed memoirs…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer David Tripp’s workshop is piled head-high with wood. There are tree limbs here, locust…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Balsam Range redefines regional bluegrass

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By Chris Cooper Two things still stick in my mind about Darren Nicholson’s excellent self-titled 2006 release; state of the…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

How it might work

Jackson County commissioners sanctioned a feasibility study on whether a new library would fit on the hill behind the historic courthouse. McMillan Smith and Associates concluded it would work, based on the following rough plan.
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Michael Buble In his four albums of the American Song bag series, Rod Stewart brought back many American classics from…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Saying farewell to summer

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It’s mid-September ... late summer is sliding toward early autumn. The end of summer officially arrives with the autumnal equinox…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Arrests made for soliciting at park

The Internet sex sting conducted by the Waynesville Police Department was part of an undercover operation dubbed “Summer Heat,” which captured headlines last week for the more prominent part of the sting — arresting men soliciting gay sex in the…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Dillsboro’s Riverwood Shops fetes 50 years

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Riverwood Shops, a group of artisans’ studios overlooking the town of Dillsboro, will commemorate their 50th anniversary from 10 a.m.…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

WATR tries to stay active

By Joel Adams • Contributing Writer Strong public interest in the aftermath of the dam break at Balsam Mountain Preserve has prompted Roger Clapp, executive director for the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River, to organize a public forum on…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Haywood to create farmland protection plan

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Haywood County commissioners have agreed to pay for the creation of a farmland protection plan they hope will guide efforts to preserve the region’s farming tradition for generations to come.
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Hurricane survivors

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One of those paradoxes of getting older: it seems you have more occasions to gather with friends and family, but…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Swain voter fraud investigation sent to feds

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has concluded its investigation into allegations of voter fraud in Swain County, but a final decision on whether the activities amounted to wrongdoing is still pending.
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 14:04

Cardinal flower among the most popular in U.S.

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The late summer wildflower season has arrived. Along roadsides and woodland edges some of our more robust native plants are…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 14:02

Parking lot offers native plant lesson

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The native garden located at the Bridge Park parking lot in the triangle surrounding the Jackson County Farmers Market sign…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 14:00

Arboretum hosting world renowned gardeners

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The Speaking of Gardening symposium Aug. 24-25 at the N.C. Arboretum will bring some of the world’s finest gardeners to…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:58

Family tours of Tuckasegee tributary

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The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River is offering guided adventure tours from 9 to 11 a.m. each Saturday morning…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:57

Group celebrating AT anniversary

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail with a summer games…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:56

New law legalizes night hunting of coyotes, boar

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New state hunting laws make it legal to hunt coyotes and feral swine at night on private lands. The laws…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:55

HCC to offer Hunter Safety courses

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Haywood Community College’s Natural Resources Division and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will offer Hunter Safety courses from 6-9:30…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:55

Outdoor Sportsman’s Day Aug. 18

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The WNC Sportsman’s Club and the Lake Logan Episcopal Center are sponsoring an Outdoor Sportsmans Day beginning at 9 a.m.…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:53

Dinner to benefit Elk Foundation

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold a fundraising banquet and auction on Aug. 18 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Hotel…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:52

Lecture to center on extinct cougar

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Dr. Ron Sutherland will give a presentation on the eastern cougar at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16 as part of…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:51

Seminars focus on forest stewardship

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North Carolina State University’s Forestry & Environmental Outreach Program is co-sponsoring a series of four workshops for private forest landowners…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:49

Onward and upward

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Last week I wrote about the dark subterranean part of our little family adventure, which was a visit to Linville…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:44

Blue Ridge Breakaway breaks path for bike culture

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By Paul Clark • Contributing writer Hundreds of bicyclists will soon be zipping along the scenic byways of Haywood County…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:43

Book event includes Asian food tasting

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An author reading, book signing, and Vietnamese food tasting with Deanna Klingel, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug.…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:42

Novelist to discuss local struggles

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Author Wayne Caldwell will discuss his novel Cataloochee at 6 p.m. on Aug. 9 in the Haywood County Public Library…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:40

Crisp prose and humor keep novel moving

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In her latest novel, Starting From Happy (ISBN 978-1-4391-02185, $24), Patricia Marx, author of Him Her Him Again The End…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:28

Democrats never met a tax they didn’t like

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To the Editor: Both political parties say with a straight face that the other party is to blame for the…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:27

GOP is party of those who want to work

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To the Editor: In answer to the statement made two weeks ago by Lisa Weeks as to why working people…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:25

Debt burden will crush main street if unsolved

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In his 1961 inaugural address, John F. Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you —…
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:16

Endowment a fitting legacy for Mib and Phil Medford

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When Lori and I moved to Waynesville with our then 2-year-old daughter Megan, we made a conscious choice to build…