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By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer At speeds faster than 50 mph, drivers zoom down U.S. 441 into Cherokee’s business district, passing mostly billboards, a couple of gas stations and a few small businesses. The two-mile stretch of roadway is…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Haywood water quality a mixed bag

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Haywood County consistently has some of the best water quality in North Carolina, according to stream samples collected by volunteers…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Haywood County Arts Council celebrates 30

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer When Paula McElroy is asked about the art scene in Haywood County when she moved here in 1966, she chuckles.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer It’s almost as though one can hear the creaking sighs of the old, hand-hammered…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Christmas past is what we’re aiming for

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As you know, the Christmas season these days begins about 20 minutes after the last of the trick or treaters…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Vandals strike Macon greenway

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Vandals have been wreaking havoc at Macon County Recreation Park and the Little Tennessee River Greenway by burning picnic tables, destroying park benches, and breaking into concession stands, according to county recreation leaders.
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Jackson may put an end to Wal-Mart dog mart

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Jackson County residents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns about the county’s revisions to its animal control ordinance at a public hearing on Dec. 17.
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Ingles’ “go bagless” campaign a success in Bryson

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A group of eco-conscious citizens and Ingles grocery store in Bryson City teamed up last month to encourage shoppers to…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Before The Devil Knows Your Dead I’m a little surprised that this gem of a movie is not getting more…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Sounds like Christmas ...

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By Chris Cooper There are folks that get into full holiday mode, displaying their favorite snowman and fir tree embroidered…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Reading for the holidays

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Books are the ideal gift for the Yuletide season. Think of the many advantages in giving a book to a…
A foundation started by a deceased Cherokee County native has provided a large boost to Sylva’s Bridge Park Project.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

Canary Coalition aims for the airwaves

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer A Sylva-based environmental organization may be sending its message out over the airwaves. For 60 days the Federal Communications Commission opened a window to allow organizations across the county to submit an application for…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

Taylor makes it official: He’s not running

After months of keeping his fellow Western North Carolina Republicans guessing, former U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC) has decided not to run for the seat he lost to Democratic rookie Heath Shuler in the 2006 elections. Taylor made the announcement…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

Macon County explores TDA options

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Macon County business leaders are devising a plan to ensure that the county’s lodging tax will promote tourism and travel throughout the county.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

It’s Grammy season ... do you care?

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We’re rapidly approaching that part of the year referred to endearingly as “Grammy Season.” This is the time when we…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Into Great Silence The Carthusian monks of Grande Chartreuse, regarded as one of the most austere monasteries in the world,…
By David Rice • Guest Columnist The results of a survey of nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide indicate Haywood Regional Medical…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer In the 10 years since the opening of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in November 1997, a remarkable transformation has occurred among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The casino has brought a surge of unprecedented…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

A look at the dark side of the season

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The Christmas Curmudgeon is available at: Barnes &Noble.com, the Western Carolina Internet Café in Dillsboro, or directly from the author…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

Canton gains ground as mill’s dominance recedes

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Things are changing in Canton. That in itself is somewhat newsworthy.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

WCU forges ongoing relationship with Canton

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer With a new town board, a new town manager, and a growing influx of young Asheville commuters looking for affordable housing, the town of Canton is setting itself up for some major changes —…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

Getting close to the food you eat

By Adam Bigelow • Guest Columnist The morning chill had lifted, mist had risen into the air, and as I walked towards the waiting group I had no idea what to expect from this day. We were all here for…
By Michael Beadle Terry Painter and his wife Anita love collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree each year, but they…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

The way of the sword

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The 47th Samurai by Stephen Hunter. Simon & Schuster, 2007. 384 pages. Eight seconds. Eight seconds, according to Stephen Hunter…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

Preserving the giant’s rock

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By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Up in the mountains along Caney Fork Road in Jackson County lies an important…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

Rocking out

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Here in the southern mountains there are magical habitats to be explored in every direction and at every elevation. Periglacial…
Duke Energy has received clearance from the state to tear down the Dillsboro dam but will be forced to dredge a backlog of sediment from behind the dam first.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

A year from the Naturalist’s Corner

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“ATBI identifies 5,000-plus species — 1/10/07 I have written several columns regarding this ambitious program to document all species within…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Developers in Swain County eyeing a quick, easy connection to Bryson City’s sewer system for their newly built properties are out of luck — at least for now. Bryson’s town board is currently denying…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

The maples face an emotional buzz saw

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By David Curtis Trees are making the news again in Haywood County as two commissioners are debating the sugar maples…
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:00

The new year begins

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I know, I know, it’s not Jan. 1 yet. But that’s just a date on a calendar. This year, Dec.…
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:00

Macon seeks solution to animal woes

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Dealing with stray dogs and cats has been a problem for Macon County officials for some time now, Sheriff Robbie Holland said.
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:00

You cats dressed in blue, this is for you

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(Editor’s note: Smoky Mountain News columnist Chris Cox delivered this address to the graduating class at Southwestern Community College this…
An ornately decorated tree in the foyer of the Women’s Care Center at Haywood Regional Medical Center will help families who have lost children at, or shortly after, birth because of birth defects.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Tommy Calhoun of Whittier stares at a web page on his white Mac notebook’s screen. He is checking his email at Bubacz’s Underground, a coffee shop in downtown Sylva. Connecting to the Underground’s wireless…
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:00

Christmas traditions from the Moravians

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Moravian Christmas in the South by Nancy Smith Thomas. The University of North Carolina Press, 2007. 184 pages Easter is…
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Flight Of The Conchords on DVD Two discs of complete silliness from Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, New Zealand’s “not…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Nearly 200 people packed a Swain County public hearing on Dec. 10 to voice their opposition to the county’s first-ever development regulations — a subdivision ordinance dictating road widths and grades.
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:00

Foy’s influence will endure

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The praise for outgoing Waynesville Mayor Henry Foy has been plentiful. Both of the other newspapers in Haywood County have…
Jackson County commissioners are weighing whether to continue a four-year fight against Duke Energy or cut their losses and bow out.
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:00

Ten yers after Harrah’s, Cherokee is a better place

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Harrah’s Cherokee Casino quietly marked its 10th anniversary in November, but it’s impossible to ignore exactly what it has meant…
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:00

A honey of a locust

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Every few years, there will be a bumper crop of long flat strap-shaped honey locust pods, many up to two…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer This Christmas season, Laura Ammons has scoured for presents for her loved ones, checking off her list as she scoops up the perfect item. Rather than encountering a mad frenzy of crowds, however, Ammons…
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:00

Disappearing fringes threaten national forests

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By Brent Martin We see it everywhere we look in Western North Carolina — land advertised and marketed for its…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer As mayor of Canton, Pat Smathers has overcome his fair share of obstacles — most notably the floods that devastated this Haywood County community in 2004. Now, Smathers is gearing up to face perhaps…
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:00

Warren Haynes’ 19th Annual Christmas Jam — mostly

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By Chris Cooper Before getting started, let me say that I completely missed Grace Potter’s performance at the Christmas Jam.…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer As captain of the Maggie Valley police department, Jason Moody normally keeps his emotions in check. Today, though, as he leads a tour around the police department’s new building, he’s beaming.
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:00

Gifts that keep giving

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Looking for a Christmas present? Western North Carolina is home to many outdoors organizations, conservation groups, outing clubs, nature societies…
After a successful five-month run at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the “Emissaries of Peace: The 1762 Cherokee and British Delegations,” will return to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and reopen on Jan. 3.