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Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Bear frenzy over acorns attracts a crowd

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Sometimes Bill Stiver, a wildlife biologist in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, feels more like a social scientist than…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Who’ll pay the price?

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer It’s lunchtime in downtown Hazelwood, and the small area’s only parking lot of roughly 30 spaces is jam-packed. People jump out of their cars to grab a bite to eat, a haircut, medications, or…
By Michael Beadle Indulge in a seven-course meal that includes roasted pheasant, foie gras and braised wild boar. Sip award-winning…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

What to do when you meet a bear

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In his younger, more naïve hiking days, Joel Zachary found himself watching in slow motion as a bear charged toward…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Halloween Ramblings, 2007

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There’s a connection between being a musician and Halloween that goes beyond the obvious skulls/pumpkins/fake blood/heavy metal stereotype, at least…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Decision expected soon on quarry permit

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Tuckasegee community members will learn next week if a rock quarry gets state approval to be placed in their neighborhood.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer The possibility of relocating Franklin’s town hall has been a topic of debate among town board members and residents for some time now.
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Macon citizens deserve better from DOT on Siler Road project

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A major road is in the planning stages, and neighbors and others in the community feel like it’s more of…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Shelter plan irks Hall Top residents

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer It’s a typical neighborhood with houses, trees, bikes in the yard, a basketball goal and — an animal shelter?
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Lessons from the jungle

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The Airmen and the Headhunters: A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesman and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Burmese need our voices our courage

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By Michael Beadle The tired diatribes of partisan politics may continue to capture the headlines in the coming campaign months,…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Spookables

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It’s Halloween and goblins, ghouls, witches and vampires are wreaking havoc — and that’s before they get all that sugar…
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:00

Paging all book lovers

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Readers of the Smoky Mountain News are acutely aware of the writing and storytelling talent here in Western North Carolina.…
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Going to the movies Every now a then a great batch of movies is released, calling me to the movie…
By Michael Beadle A few days before Halloween, strange sounds were coming from room 451 in the Coulter Building on…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer In their fight to stop progress to the proposed Southern Loop, members of the Jackson County Smart Roads Alliance filed a public records request last week with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to…
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:00

Watershed to be clearcut – planted in tobacco

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OK, now that I’ve got your attention — there has been a recent flurry of hyperbole, rhetoric and misinformation regarding…
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:00

A life in the rapids

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By Jennifer Garlesky •Staff Writer The raging Class II rapids of the Cacapon River, which flows along the eastern panhandle…
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:00

Martin removed as editor in Cherokee

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Last week Eastern Band of Cherokee officials made the decision to remove The Cherokee One Feather Editor Joe Martin from his newspaper position.
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:00

When litter is good

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Due to the virtual absence of wind and rain, the fall color season is lingering with us. But winter weather…
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:00

Saving rain makes sense

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By Kathleen Lamont This month’s column was a tossup. I was encouraged by a recent article on the Haywood County…
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:00

Ever-evolving, always surprising

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By Chris Cooper Mountain Heart released a fantastic album last year with Wide Open, demonstrating a remarkable ability to make…
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:00

Macon makes mistakes in quest to pass school bonds

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Macon County Schools superintendent Dan Brigman, school board attorney John Henning Jr. and the school board as a whole did…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Convicted sex offenders don’t have many advocates, but a recent rush of laws banning them from public parks has called into question just how many civil liberties these people should have to give up.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Building a strong downtown district will be a top priority of the new Sylva Town Board of Commissioners.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Former alderman Gavin Brown is now the new mayor of Waynesville, unseating 16-year incumbent Henry Foy. The two candidates were aligned on almost all issues but one — Brown has promised to make a…
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:00

Some memories just spell T-R-A-U-M-A

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I am pretty sure I am going to get lashed for saying this, especially as an English teacher, but I…
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:00

Jackson Airport study OK’d

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Jackson County commissioners have decided to invest money in the county’s airport. Commissioners voted 4-1 on Monday (Nov. 5) to award $65,000 to the airport authority to conduct a feasibility study of the mountaintop…
Voters in Swain and Macon counties soundly defeated land-transfer tax ballot initiatives Tuesday, dashing hopes that the newly approved measures would provide a new revenue source.
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:00

Franklin takes steps to fix sewage woes

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Franklin town leaders are in the process of fixing some of the sewage spills throughout town, Franklin Town Manager Mike Decker said.
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Ski season Count me among those who continue to be like a kid at Christmas when it’s the beginning of…
By Michael Beadle When nurse Josie Ellis set out to take pictures of Hispanic migrant families several years ago, she…
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Tuckasegee quarry permit denied

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Tuckasegee community members are at ease now that the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources denied a quarry permit to Carolina Boulder and Stone.
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Carter through the eyes of a friend

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Prophet From Plains: Jimmy Carter and His Legacy by Frye Gaillard. University of Georgia Press, 2007. 144 pages In the…
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Gauging a country’s greatness

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By David Curtis Making the rounds in teacher’s email inboxes is a story about an educator from Arkansas who taught…
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Highlands prepares for mixed drinks, beer

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Restaurant patrons in Highlands will soon be able to sip on rum and coke while eating a steak or order a pitcher of beer while eating pizza now that citizens voted “yes” to an…
Last Tuesday’s vote was as illuminating as any recent elections, and it should send a few good signals to those…
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Haywood TDA shakeup underway

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Legislation passed in the most recent session of the General Assembly calls for the restructuring of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority Board.
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Courthouse on track for bicentennial festivities

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The renovation of Haywood County’s historic courthouse is halfway complete, and things continue to move along smoothly — for the most part.
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Winter preparation

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If you’ve been getting out in the woods at all lately, you’re aware that it’s been an especially good season…
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Filling up a room with more than a table

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By Sarah Kucharski Sunlight streams in our house’s south facing windows. The rays bring out the color in the Kiatt…
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Krauss and Plant deliver no less than expected

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By Chris Cooper It’s not such an odd pairing when you think about it; two voices as recognizable as these,…
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Avian rescue at Central Elementary

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It’s a little unsettling to hear your kindergartner’s voice when you answer the phone at midday. But I could tell…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Snow is once again blowing at the Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, marking…
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

New mayor embraces new face of Bryson City

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The election of Brad Walker, Bryson City’s new mayor, is more than just a changing of the guard — it’s representative of how the tiny Swain County town has transformed in recent years from…
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Of Fathers and Wardrobes

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Men’s Style: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Dress by Russell Smith. Thomas Dunne Books, 2007. 256 pages. For many years…
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Omnivore’s Dilemma What should we eat for dinner? Do we buy organic? Do we grow our own food? Should we…
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Dark and empty night skies — a thing of the past

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By Brent Martin For those who have read Charles Frazier’s excellent Western North Carolina tale, Thirteen Moons, you will most…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer If all goes as planned, Haywood County will one day be home to a 4,500-acre mega-resort that could drastically change the face of tourism in Western North Carolina — and what it means to…