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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…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Deer hunting in the twilight of American culture

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The Twilight of American Culture by Morris Berman. W. W. Norton & Company, 2001. 224 pages. When I think of…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

What other towns have done

• Bryson City recently conserved the old Lands Creek watershed, getting $1.5 million from the Clean Water trust fund to protect the 800-acre tract and $500,000 from a private donor. Bryson City’s conservation agreement allows hiking, hunting, fishing, picnicking, horseback…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Here’s what is wrong with the debates

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By Marshall Frank As of this writing, five presidential debates — three Republican and two Democratic — have been held,…
The voters of Forest Hills will get the chance to weigh in on their preference for mayor this fall after being trumped by a coin toss in the last election.
By Chris Cooper It’s warm out, people are out wandering the streets later in the evening, guitars clang and drums…
Jackson County commissioners heard yet another round of public comment last week in the final countdown to passing the most restrictive slate of development regulations in the state. The public hearing was billed as the final one on the issue,…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Town elections are important for future of WNC

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A coin toss. That’s what decided the race for mayor two years ago in the Jackson County town of Forest…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Hike to Pinnacle Peak

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There are two ways to hike to Pinnacle Peak, renowned for its 360-degree views from the Plott Balsams. Option one:…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Canton Two weeks ago this Thursday my husband and I moved to Canton. Anyone who’s been in the area for…
Cherokee Middle School students have been getting a dose of hands-on science in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Conserving Fisher Creek

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The steep slopes of the Fisher Creek watershed provided drinking water to the town of Sylva for many decades, from…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Sicklefin redhorse and the Cherokee

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An article by Jon Ostendorff headed “Rare fish released into Oconaluftee River” appeared in this past Monday’s edition of the…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

It’s not about the trees at all

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I really don’t think we are as stupid as they think we are. Developers of commercial retail shopping centers have…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:10

Kudzu’s unstoppable march across the South

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Few people want to get close enough to observe the attractive flowers that kudzu produces. The plant probably won’t actually…
The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and John Warren will lead an Eco Tour to Timber Ridge, part of the Warren Estate…