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Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Sharing the moments as time marches on

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By David Curtis Does time go by faster the older you get, or do we just have a better way…
The dean of Western Carolina University’s Honors College hopes to replicate a successful fundraiser from a decade ago when he begins a three-day bicycle ride to Mount Mitchell to raise scholarship money for the college’s students.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Now that a site has been chosen for the new Jackson County library, the Friends of the Library have a huge undertaking — raising up to $1 million for furnishing the interior of the…
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Tax opponents organize in Macon, Swain

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A property transfer tax that could potentially bring nearly a million dollars a year to county coffers is meeting fierce opposition in two Western North Carolina counties where the tax will appear on the…
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Rock On: An Office Power Ballad Written by Dan Kennedy, this venture into life in the corporate music business isn’t…
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

The right too often hides behind the children

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On a political talk show recently, a well-known Republican political consultant spent a lot of time attacking public schools in…
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

Sharon Jones conjures up the heart of soul

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By Chris Cooper Sharon Jones and her amazing band of funk/soul revivalists were responsible for one of the happiest musical…
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

Residents debate motives behind proposed road

Some Macon County residents are questioning the need for a proposed $11.5 million road project billed by the N.C. Department of Transportation as vital to assist development.
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

The gall

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The various relationships that exist between plants and animals are fascinating. My view of wildflower ecology is dominated by the…
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

Watershed logging remains election issue

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer An issue that caused a firestorm of controversy for Waynesville’s current town board is rearing its head in this election cycle — and may prove to be a defining factor in how voters cast…
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

A health care fix is needed

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Our story last week about a fund that helps women pay for breast cancer testing and treatment pointed out cracks…
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

Free press and tribal politics

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The decision by Michell Hicks, chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, to do away with a column in The…
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

Forgotten poetry illuminated by Dark Horses

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Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems by Joy Katz and Kevin Prufer.  University of Illinois Press, 2007. 232 pages Dark…
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

Four options considered for the new road

The N.C. Department of Transportation is mulling four options for a new road in Macon County that would facilitate future development, but some members of the community wonder why a fifth option — simply improving the existing road — isn’t…
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

Halloween recipes

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Pumpkin Nut Bread 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon each salt and baking soda 1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon, ginger and…
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

Siler Road timeline

The benefits to private development of the Siler Road project in Macon County figured prominently in early planning documents and meetings, but were later toned down. Here’s a time line.
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

Something Pumpkin this way rolls ...

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By Michael Beadle Carve ‘em. Cook ‘em. Turn ‘em into glowing faces. There’s plenty you can do with this year’s…
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

The Naturalist's Corner

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I’m so dizzy I tripped over the equinox and fell backwards away from the sun, and now I’m spinning so…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer A complaint filed against the Macon County School Board over questionable campaign actions has the school district in hot water with the North Carolina Board of Elections.
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

Days like these can go on forever

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I miss all those Sundays at my grandma’s house, so many Sundays, so many years. Once upon a time, it…
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“Away From Her” Based on the great short story “The Bear Came Over The Mountain” by the ever-amazing Alice Munro,…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Overnight hibernation

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As I write this on Monday morning, we’ve just had our initial hard frost of the year here in Swain…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Some people really can work miracles

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By Stephanie Wampler I walked across the floor, the crowds cheering, the woman smiling as she handed me an award.…
The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee has taken the protection of the historic landscape one step further with the…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Brian Regan Live! Whether you purchase this CD or simply Google Brian Regan on your computer, you will find yourself…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

The nice ones are all red and shiny

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By David Curtis If you are driving west along U.S. 23/74 and nearing exit 102, the Waynesville exit, you will…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Transfer tax would help Swain schools

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer After several years of trying to secure funding for school improvements, Swain County officials say that money generated by a land transfer tax may be the answer they’ve been looking for.
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…