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Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Turn and face the change

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Are you ready for a change, I mean a REAL change? The candidates for president of the United States are…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Shine on you crazy Miners

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By Chris Cooper A few years ago there was this gangly guy with a mop of shaggy blonde hair sitting…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Last challenge to Duke worth a try

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Jackson County is almost at the end of its rope in the fight against Duke Power, but it is important…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Sneaky snipe stamps scouts

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Until I started birding seriously as an adult, I didnÕt know that snipe actually existed. For years that bird was…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Tom Dowell searches a large topographic map of Jackson County for his home located along Airy Lane. He is one of the many residents whose homes may be in jeopardy if the North Carolina…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Patricia Frisbee Meyer’s son needed help. The mental illness he had battled since childhood stayed mostly under control, but Meyer knew the onset of a bad episode when she saw it. Meyer, along with…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Stay out of my space with the cell phone

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By Angela Faye Martin Presently, I am stalking though my local library collecting my thoughts on what I will write…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Watershed represents diverse ecosystems

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Norm Christensen told the Waynesville Watershed Advisory Board (WAB), representatives from the town and a few interested onlookers that despite…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

TDA chair says pot charge no problem

The chair of Haywood County’s Tourism Development Authority says a misdemeaor marijuana charge against the organization’s executive director will not affect her job status.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Viewers across the state will have the opportunity to learn about Jackson County’s green energy production from their living room.
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Park’s brookie population withstands drought well

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By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer The Southern Appalachian brook trout population is surviving through the drought that has been…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Denton waits for green light on EDC job

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer After working two years as Sylva’s town manager, Jay Denton will be leaving his post Jan. 31 with the hopes of becoming the new executive director for Jackson County’s Economic Development Commission.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer When Denise Tyson realized she would have to trek to another county to take part in celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, she did just what the famous civil rights leader would have done…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Since in this age of home video, I seldom get to see many of the best movies of any given…
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

Evolution In a Nutshell — the book

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Evolution In A Nutshell by Martin Malloy. Trafford Publishing, 2007. 302 pages Evolution is one of those wonderfully fiery topics…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer In one room, a jagged crack runs from wall to wall, evidence of an unstable foundation. In another, the shifting earth has pushed one side of the floor higher than the other at a…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Emergency rooms crowded with mentally ill patients. Sheriff’s deputies spending 96 hours supervising one individual. A sick man or woman whose situation is growing more dire by the second. It all adds up to…
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

Anticipation

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It’s nine o’clock and my 6-year-old is snug in her bed and sound asleep even though she’s been told it…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Rachel Upchurch wants to protect the mountains that tower throughout Jackson County however; the Smokey Mountain Elementary student also wants to see more houses and shopping centers built throughout the Qualla community.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Macon County welcomed its new County Manger Jack Horton back to Western North Carolina earlier this month. Horton, 57, returned to Macon County to fill the county manager position after the retirement of former…
By Michael Beadle What would New York City be without its Statue of Liberty? Picture St. Louis without its Gateway…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Coal-fired power plants and renewable energies took center stage as topics at last Saturday’s lieutenant governor’s debate in Asheville.
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

Is it unpatriotic to save the rebate?

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Don’t you just love being an American. Just the mere mention of the word “recession” and the next thing you…
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

The growing issue of elder abuse in WNC

The senior citizen population is growing in Western North Carolina, and with that increase comes the increasing potential for abuse, exploitation, or neglect of the elderly.
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

A rowdy good time at some familiar stomping grounds

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Reverend Horton Heat: Reverend Organdrum Maybe all that needs to be said is that somewhere around three and a half…
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

It’s a dog’s life

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A new book has been published that will be of particular interest to area hunters, outdoorsmen, and dog lovers. It…
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

Go west yon hiker

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A new hiking club has joined the ranks of an already burgeoning collection of trail trotters in WNC.
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“3:10 To Yuma” Russell Crowe as vicious murder Ben Wade and Christian Bale as Dan Evans, a farmer hired to…
Perhaps it is going to take a complete fracturing of the mental health system before policymakers finally realize that North…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Not too long ago, the number of people who carried on the ancient Cherokee…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Sylva’s search for a new town manager ended Jan. 17 after Town Manager Jay Denton asked the board for his job back.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer It’s been almost a year since Bonita Fox and her family have taken a sip of water from their well.
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Public weighs in on future of U.S. 441

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Progress on Jackson County’s corridor study for U.S. 441 is taking shape after three public meetings last week.
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Sales tax is most palatable way to meet HCC’s needs

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Haywood Community College needs help, and the community that benefits from this beloved institution is going to step up. The…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

The peril of complacency

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The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture by Andrew Keen. Doubleday, 2007. $22.95 Web 2.0…
For nature photographer Bill Lea, Cades Cove is heaven on earth.
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Jim and Rhonda do it different

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Jim Lauderdale: The Bluegrass Diaries If you recognize the name, little more needs to be said. Long one of the…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Tis the season of politics and lies

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The truth is that, at the state level, no one is giving Pat Smathers a chance to win in his…
More than 150 people traveled from all over Western North Carolina to attend the first official Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Bryson City’s Historic Calhoun House on Jan. 21.
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Reward offered in Parkway bear killing

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A driver on the Blue Ridge Parkway last November witnessed a group of hunters and their dogs corner a black…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“No Country For Old Men” There’s a whole list of movies (films?) I’ve seen that I respected, on many levels…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Oh, the glorious memory of boredom

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George Bernard Shaw once said, “It’s a shame that youth is wasted on the young.” If that is true, then…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Fundamental issues are ignored in immigration debate

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By Marsha Crites • Guest Columnist She is very thin, about 6 years old, her hair is unkempt and her…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer With a potential end to the North Shore Road saga looming, supporters of constructing the 30-mile road through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park are confronting their fear of what a wilderness designation would…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Right in the thick of it

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Our southern mountains are old and relatively sedate when compared with the Himalayas, Rockies, and other “young” mountain ranges. But…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

The Naturalist's Corner

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There she was when I got up around 6:30 this morning, the buttons from her blue jeans shining radiantly just…
A long-awaited decision over paddling on the Upper Chattooga is expected within weeks by the National Forest Service.
By Michael Beadle Watch out Broadway. Get Carnegie Hall ready.
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Wings of winter

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Winter birding is often slow going. There is no chorus of rowdy and randy males singing lustily, and weather conditions…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Dr. Elisha Mitchell

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While scanning the shelves of a rare bookstore in Asheville several months ago, I happened upon a regional volume by…