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A 40-acre island in the Little Tennessee River will be protected from development if the owner can successfully hammer out an agreement with conservation groups. “We’ve been in dialogue with the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and some other…
By Michael Beadle Ron Davis is tracking a very special timber rattlesnake along a road at Balsam Mountain Preserve in…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Is anyone counting the losses?

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By Sami Felmet • Guest Columnist The birds and the bees. We’re losing them, you know. How will we explain…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

An interview with Masha Hamilton

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Editor’s note: Margaret Osondu, owner of Osondu Booksellers in Waynesville, recently conducted an email interview with Masha Hamilton, one of…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Swain seeks more input on road regulations

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Contractors, Realtors and graders in Swain County claim they need more time to comment on an ordinance that would regulate the slope and width of mountainside roads. County commissioners, who have already held two…
N.C. Gov. Mike Easley signed a $20.7 billion budget bill Tuesday, July 31, that includes $46.2 million in funding for a new health and gerontological sciences building at Western Carolina University. The 145,000 square-foot facility that will house WCU’s educational…
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

Dayco deal finalized after three-year process

An abandoned rubber plant in Waynesville that once seemed destined to rust into the ground was officially turned over to developers of a Super Wal-Mart and Home Depot two weeks ago.
A battle over whether to tax property transactions will soon be playing out in communities across the state, but likely nowhere as fervently as the mountains where resentment toward newcomers runs high, but so does fear of upsetting the real…
If retirees Fred Plesner and Ray Behr are any indication of how voters in Macon County are reacting to a vote on $64 million in bonds, Macon County’s leaders could find that November is a cold month indeed.
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

Energy bill weak, but a good start

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There are serious problems with the energy legislation passed this session in the North Carolina General Assembly, but the bill…
Haywood Regional Medical Center has downsized its workforce by 36 positions in response to a decrease in patient volume and a drop in revenue in recent months. The move will save $1.6 million annually. The hospital is not exactly in…
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

Poo by any other name is still...

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What’s in a name? What about Scat? Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Maybe. Shakespeare seemed…
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

Harry — The boy who lived

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By Katie Polonsky I’m a firm believer that when reading a novel, you bring to it the whole of your…
It’s a first for the president and a first for Macon County. Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees named the new Macon Campus after the college’s President Cecil Groves, whom they called “the visionary leader” behind the project. The name…
Jackson County commissioners have given final approval to what are generally regarded as the state’s toughest subdivision and steep slope ordinances. The approval of the ordinances was followed by a lifting of the controversial moratorium on new subdivisions that was…
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

Alternative science

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Although my series on alternative fuels is done, I think I will stay in the alternative universe. Science, which is…
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

Cherokee candidates square off at forum

With just one month left until the election, candidates for chief and vice chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians squared off in a debate Monday night. Candidates were asked to outline their plans to combat drug use, increase…
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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The Rhythm of Life Subtitled “Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose,” Matthew Kelly’s The Rhythm of Life is in…
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

For teachers, success is in smell

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By David Curtis As a schoolteacher you always wonder how your students will remember you. “She was a good teacher,…
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

Maggie Valley sways vote on recreation site

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A sudden turn of events in Haywood County’s bidding for a 22-acre tract slated for use as a park has exposed an overwhelming desire for recreation in the Jonathan Creek and Maggie Valley areas.
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

The golden season

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It’s starting to become the goldenrod time of the year. Goldenrods — like asters, thistles, cosmos, zinnias, daisies, coneflowers, dahlias,…
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

Q&A with David Rice

Has there ever been a workforce reduction at HRMC in the past 15 years, and does this workforce reduction indicate any long-term financial problems? This re-engineering process is similar to 1993 when I first arrived. In 1993 there were different…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A bill hailed by state and local officials as a way to help pad the bank accounts of county governments may not turn out to be as simple, or as lucrative, as it initially…
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

Slaying the coal dinosaurs

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Abattle over antiquated coal plants that started in North Carolina landed in the U.S. Supreme Court this year, setting precedent…
By Michael Beadle So you think you’ve got singing talent? Think you have what it takes to leap and strut…
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

One for the kiddies; one for the fans

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By Chris Cooper Ronnie McCoury: Little Mo’ McCoury You’d be hard pressed to find a family more deserving of the…
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

Use the ‘front porch’ barometer for politicians

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By John Armour If you’ve read many of these columns you know I’m addicted to politics. My spouse, among others,…
By Chris Cooper So, answer me this: how many people, artists especially, can maintain a vital career for 38 years…
By Michael Beadle Maggie Valley’s annual running event is only days away, and it looks to be regaining its reputation…
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 00:00

Heading Home waffles but New Stories shines

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Choosing the genre in which to write is, of course, a major factor in the success with which we communicate…
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 00:00

Is summer over already?

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When I went back to teaching full time about three years ago, one of the things I looked forward to…
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 00:00

Profile: Rose Johnson

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The woman at the forefront of Haywood Community College’s progressive new vision of sustainability didn’t come to the college to champion that cause. Her vast life experiences, though, did help to mold her desire…
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 00:00

Bury Ed in Appalachia

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By Brett Martin Western North Carolina is rich with great literature written on the region, and there are still a…
Haywood County experienced its best tourism year ever during the 2006-2007 fiscal year, according to lodging tax figures released by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. From July 2006 through June 2007, Haywood County accommodations collected more than $700,000 in…
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 00:00

Ginkgo — a living fossil

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When a street was being cut in front of the new county administration building here in Bryson City back in…
Every morning, the dispatcher for Haywood Emergency Medical Services starts his shift with a call to the emergency room of Haywood Regional Medical Center. “Is there an orthopedist on call today?” the dispatcher asks.
Duke Energy has cleared a major hurdle in its efforts to tear down the nearly 100-year-old Dillsboro dam. Duke got approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last month to tear down the dam. Removal could happen as early as…
By Michael Beadle Actress Barbara Bates Smith was bound to meet novelist Lee Smith. Back in 1985, a friend sent…
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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One thing I've noticed over these years of teaching guitar lessons is the principle that not only do we all…
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 00:00

Hats off to Jackson County commissioners

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Last week Jackson County commissioners passed what is being called the strongest set of development regulations in North Carolina. They’ve…
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 00:00

Hot stuff

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An unplanned trip to Louisiana the first weekend in August sent us to the land of the heat-index factor. Of…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer One of the driest periods in the last 118 years is prompting TVA to draw down waters on Fontana Lake to wintertime levels, a move costing boat dock owners thousands of dollars of business.
Candidates for vice chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians shared their views on an array of issues facing the tribe during a debate last week.
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 00:00

Sustainability at HCC

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer If Dr. Rose Johnson has her way, the future campus of Haywood Community College will serve as a model of sustainable practices. The college is making it its goal to practice what it preaches.…
Macon County will be the first in Western North Carolina to test the idea of a new tax on real estate transactions. Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to put the new property transfer tax on the ballot in November, along…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 03:06

Dueling was a common way to right a wrong

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Let’s suppose that you intentionally or unintentionally insult someone; after all, that’s something that does happen from time to time.…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 03:05

Adult soccer league sign-up in Haywood

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Sign-ups are underway for an adult soccer league in Haywood County. The league is run by Haywood County Recreation &…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 03:04

Freestyle paddlers converge on the Gorge

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The 2012 Freestyle Kayaking World Cup Champion will culminate Sept. 7-9 on the Nantahala River with athletes from more than…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 03:04

Spring into fall with Cherokee Harvest run

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The Cherokee Harvest Half-Marathon and 5K will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Cherokee. Both races will…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 03:02

5K paired with WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day

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A 5K race will be held at Western Carolina University at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, as part of festivities…