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Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Republicans to Taylor: Make up your mind

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Ever since Democrat Heath Shuler’s upset of incumbent Charles Taylor in the 2006 election, Republicans have been plotting their strategy to take back control of the 11th Congressional District. Taylor is the first choice…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Heath Shuler’s time so far in the House of Representatives is shorter than his career in pro-football, but he’s already attracting more attention as a rookie member of the House than he ever did…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

HRMC announces $16.5 million expansion

Haywood Regional Medical Center is planning a $16.5 million expansion including a surgery support wing, an endoscopy unit, a new lobby and unfinished shell space for future expansion. The expansion is being billed as a new surgery center, although it…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Hospital defends timing of expansion

Haywood Regional unveiled plans for a $16.5 million expansion two weeks ago on the heels of a workforce reduction designed to stem three months of financial losses. Hospital officials realize the timing of the expansion announcement following layoffs is “sensitive,”…
Families piling into rafts at the Dillsboro put-in on the Tuckasegee River last week cast a leery eye at what seemed like a scene from a ‘70s James Bond movie: three men in black wetsuits and masks moved stealthily up…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Voting in North Carolina just got easier

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The U.S. Justice Department gave final approval last week to a new North Carolina law allowing people to register and…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Voter rolls in Swain get house cleaning

The Swain County Board of Elections last week purged 110 voters from its rolls who had listed their voting address as the Oconaluftee Job Corps Center, a job training and education center for at-risk youth. The voters had been students…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Burning down the house

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An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England by Brock Clarke. Algonquin Books, 2007. 305 pages. Some writers come…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

All in a day’s work

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One of the more interesting and entertaining early descriptive accounts of the southern mountains is contained in a diary kept…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Ah, the old TV cartoons from childhood...The Smurfs. The Super Friends. Scooby Dooby…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Jackson cyclist continues on his journey across US

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A.J. Rowell of Cullowhee is ticking off the miles on his transcontinental bike ride from the Arctic Ocean back home…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Case between McClure, Jackson County rages on

A lawsuit against Jackson County for disbanding the Jackson County Airport Authority two-and-a-half years ago is headed for another round in court. The case had advanced to the N.C. Court of Appeals, which last week ruled the lawsuit was a…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Vick a poster child for depraved stars

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Has any professional athlete ever made more a mess of his life than Atlanta Falcon quarterback Michael Vick? At the…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

On being Heath Shuler

The Smoky Mountain News caught up with Rep. Heath Shuler at his home in Haywood County. Here’s what he had to say about the attention surrounding his good looks, the fast pace of life in Washington, and how his time…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Truth is, Sloe Gin fizzed

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By Chris Cooper Robben Ford: Truth Not many guitarists can meld the harmonic sensibilities of jazz with the visceral punch…
By Michael Beadle It’s been called the poor man’s silver, but its shine and durability have made it prized in…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

The perilous world of mussels

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Decades ago, fresh water mussels littered the river bottoms of Western North Carolina. River otter and muskrats ate them, Cherokee…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Keep me in the dark

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Scott McLeod, my editor, tossed an Aug. 20, 2007, New Yorker on his desk and said there was a good…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Deed faux pas gives animal shelter to airport

Jackson County accidentally gave away the county’s animal shelter to the Jackson County Airport Authority 10 years ago, and now it wants it back. The blunder was only recently discovered. The error dates back to 1998 when the county transferred…
Samuel J. Hunnicutt was one of the original characters of the Smokies region before the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:54

King Of The Smokies Triathlon set for Lake J on Sept. 1

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The King of the Smokies sprint and international distance triathlons will be held at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:53

Talk looks at learning outside the classroom

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Dr. Karen Kandl, associate director at the Highlands Biological Station, will speak on “Biodiversity of the Southern Appalachians: Learning outside…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:52

Labor Day LakeAlooza party at Fontana Village

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Fontana Village Resort will host a LakeAlooza party on Labor Day weekend. A full day of water activities at Fontana…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:51

Public television show focuses on environmental issues

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This American Land, a new weekly half-hour series that delves into key environmental issues, is now airing on UNC-TV every…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:49

High school students complete WCU bike trek

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Eleven high school students from Western North Carolina had an opportunity to learn about biology and ecology this summer as…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:46

Volunteer needed at Oconaluftee

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to help the park staff by roving the River Trail, Mountain…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:41

Photography classes turn the eye to nature in WNC

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A field photography program that includes four Wednesday morning shoots, three evening group critiques and field discussions will be held…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:40

Aug. 16 telethon is great chance to help the Smokies

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It’s amazing what can happen in just 60 minutes. Each year, the Friends Across the Mountains telethon showcases inspiring images…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:39

DuPont forest trip for seniors

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The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a trip for seniors to DuPont State Forest near Brevard on Sept.…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:39

Interactive fishing map released

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently added a new interactive map to its website that identifies more than 500 public…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:39

Plant-insect symbiosis focus of hike

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Blue Ridge Parkway rangers will lead a “Sweet Summer Nectar” hike to the meadow near Sams Knob beginning at 10…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:37

Stoked for storks

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As we started over the bridge on the Isle of Palms Connector, I noticed a line of large black and…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:35

AT celebrates 75 years

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As the legend goes, Earl Shaffer, the first man to hike the Appalachian Trail from end-to-end in 1948, used leather…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:34

Rare book harkens back to a different time

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Ramblin’ in Rabun is a reprint of a delightful book that was written down in Clayton, Ga., some 40 years…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:31

Reading Room news briefs

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Real-life mystery talks focus Margaret Dunbar Cutright, author of A Case for Soloman, will be at Blue Ridge Books in…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:21

Letter writers were simply off the mark

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To the Editor: A pair of letters in this (last) week’s Smoky Mountain News made me check the calendar to…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:09

Let’s restore common sense in November

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To the Editor: Last Saturday afternoon, Aug. 11, hundreds of people traveled to Jackson County to attend a rally which…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:09

We need laws to control loud, dangerous pets

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To the Editor: What an ignorant letter (“People, not dogs, are the problem,” Aug. 1, The Smoky Mountain News) written…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:08

It’s important to protect the golden goose

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To the Editor: As Western North Carolina strives to attract more businesses into this area, a major selling point is…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:07

Valid criticism better than false accusations

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To the Editor: I have been in such a state of shock over a letter published in your newspaper (“Obama…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 13:59

Raymond Fairchild and a vanishing tradition

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By Charles and Cynthia Seeley • Guest Columnists I am a visitor to Maggie Valley. My husband, two friends and…
Jackson County leaders appear to be backing down from a lofty vision to transform U.S. 441 leading to Cherokee into a pedestrian-friendly boulevard. The planning board has spent several months rewriting commercial development guidelines for the 3.5-mile stretch of highway.…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 13:55

State senate candidates stake out positions

Verbal sparring over key campaign issues in this fall’s state senate race was lively and pointed between N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and former Democratic state Sen. John Snow at an Aug. 9 forum the Macon County League of Women…
When Tom Sigmon tells people in Charlotte that he only lives there part-time, they often ask where he spends the rest of his year. Waynesville, he responds.
A task force charged with creating guidelines for a joint Jackson County Tourism Development Authority is still struggling to figure out exactly how everything will work — and the deadline for making recommendations to the county leadership is drawing nearer. Jackson…
Many counties are seeing an increase in tourism-related spending this year, but most have still not bounced back to their pre-recession numbers. The only real way for counties to measure how many tourists are stopping in their towns is through…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 12:34

Team weight-loss competition starts soon

The Franklin Angel Medical Center is hosting the kick-off for its third team weight-loss competition 9 a.m. Aug. 25 in the hospital dining room. The competition is call Lighten UP 4 Life and consists of four-person teams who face-off against…
The Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation in Waynesville is lowering the fee to $5 to adopt cats five months or older. The promotion will run for five days starting Aug. 14. The unwanted cat population increases in the summertime, and many…
The HRMC Foundation is hosting its 21st annual Charitable Classic Golf & Gala, a two-day fundraiser Aug. 28-29 to benefit MedWest-Haywood. The tournament will kick off with the men’s golf tournaments at 8:30 a.m. at the Maggie Valley Club and…
The Haywood Community College Board of Trustees have apparently rejected five finalists in its search for a new college president and will now cast a wider net by selecting five additional candidates. In a split vote earlier this month, the…