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Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:35

New building crowns SCC campus in Sylva

Southwestern Community College officially dedicated a new $8.8 million building on its main campus in Sylva last week. The building was built with a majority of state money but also a large contribution by Jackson County.
The redrawing of flood maps for North Carolina has made one of Jackson County’s million-dollar properties a tough sell. The Jackson County Industrial Park, which was formerly the Drexel furniture factory in Whittier, sits along the Tuckasegee River. But starting…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:32

How about a misdemeanor with that code violation?

Jackson County officials are mulling over several ways to improve compliance with the county’s ordinances, especially those which are enforced by the Planning Department. County Attorney Jay Coward said currently the county’s legal language is inconsistent in its book of…
The fate of state-subsidized preschool for at-risk, low-income 4-year-olds rests in the hands of the next General Assembly. The state currently does not provide enough funding to serve the estimated 67,000 children who meet the definition of at-risk. This year,…
Armed with a stack of folded construction paper, Charlotte Rogers ushered a four-year-old child to sit down at a pint-sized writing desk, take up a pencil and scratch out the words “I love you” in crooked letters on the inside.
If you want to protest, you have to protest by the rules — that’s the message the Jackson County commissioners are poised to send to unruly social dissidents. For the first time in Jackson County, the commissioners may pass an…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

The Naturalist's Corner: Ethanol

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Editor’s note: This is another in a series of columns by Don Hendershot about alternative energy Ethanol Ethanol is grain…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

LWCF has been a great resource for this country

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When most of us here in Western North Carolina go for a hike on the Appalachian Trail, hunt or fish…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Haywood County commissioners are currently ensnarled in bidding wars for two separate properties that will cost them more than $1.2 million. Commissioners have been trying to obtain a 22-acre tract of land near Jonathan…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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The Tour de France Each July for the past decade or so, I’ve been riveted by this race, especially the…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

Lottery could help solve state’s teacher shortage

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Since North Carolina is having such a hard time finding enough teachers, one place education leaders might look for help…
By Michael Beadle Several years ago, Haywood Arts Regional Theatre’s executive director Steve Lloyd confided in fellow actors that he’d…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

A man’s got to work and fish

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This past Sunday afternoon I decided to go for a walk along the Tuckasegee River west of Bryson City. If…
Jackson County is in the final countdown to approving what appear to be the toughest development regulations in the state of North Carolina.
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

Keeping the wheels spinning

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By Michael Beadle Local cyclists can rest assured that one of the region’s longest-running bicycle shops will be around for…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

Foy, Brown vying for mayor of Waynesville

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The big race to watch in this year’s Waynesville town elections is between Alderman Gavin A. Brown and incumbent Mayor Henry Foy, with Foy vying to keep his office while Brown attempts to unseat…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

Tomatoes really can save the world

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I am a firm believer that the world would be a much better place if everyone just grew tomatoes. This…
By Chris Cooper Through the last few “Play For Peace” extravaganzas I’ve been lucky enough to meet and perform with…
By Linda Watson • Guest Columnist Recently, a member of my family was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at…
Last week was more than the season for fireworks and cookouts. As second-home owners descended on the mountains to kick back in their vacation abodes, it also marked the high point for homeowners association annual meetings, timed to coincide with…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

Macon considers floodplain moratorium

A countywide moratorium on floodplain and watershed development in Macon gained some momentum following the town of Franklin’s decision to formally express concern over a proposed RV community.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Entire half hours dedicated to finding a parking space. Cars backing into each other. Employees and customers with nowhere to park. The parking situation in Bryson City is reaching crisis levels, and local business…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

Summertime and the reading’s hazy

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On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Penguin Classics. 310 pages Summertime, and the living is easy ... For most of…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

A smashing residency in Asheville

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By Joe Hooten As I was barreling down Interstate 40, racing to make it to Asheville in time to see…
Instead of the stick, Macon County might try carrots as this fast-growing area tries to control its booming construction industry.
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:00

Road supporters not giving up

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Canceling the public hearing on the North Shore Road couldn’t shake the unwavering determination of almost 125 people who packed a Swain County courtroom Monday night to share their thoughts and opinions on the…
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:00

The thrill of new discoveries

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I’ve had the opportunity to spend a lot of time recently up on the Blue Ridge Parkway conducting natural history…
One of the top concerns over the removal of the Dillsboro dam is the unleashing of sediment backed up behind the dam. Estimates peg accumulated sediment behind the dam at more than 100,000 cubic yards. Duke Power initially was not…
One of the most prominent defense lawyers in the region is trading in a long and lucrative career defending the accused to become a prosecutor with the district attorney’s office. Reid Brown, a defense lawyer based in Waynesville, has built…
Jackson County is on the verge of passing the toughest development regulations in the state this week, potentially making it a target for lawsuits. There is an organized coalition of developers and Realtors in Jackson County, namely in the Cashiers…
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:00

Author’s bias shows through

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What’s Liberal About The Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and “Bias” in Higher Education by Michael Berube. W. W. Norton, 2006.…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has known it needed a new visitors center on the North Carolina side of…
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:00

The truth about the ‘Three R’s’ of conservatism

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By Arthur Hancock • Guest Columnist With 70 percent of Americans now disapproving of the way George W. Bush is…
By Michael Beadle More acid rain and invasive insect pests. Fewer trout in mountain streams. More “code red” days with…
A break-in at the Cherokee election office a few days after the primary last month did not compromise the results of the election, according to officials.
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:00

Dam removal process faces stiff opposition

The proposed removal of the Dillsboro dam on the Tuckasegee River is up for review by state water quality officers, who could make or break Duke Power’s controversial plans to tear down the dam. The state must grant Duke Power…
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…