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Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Candidates reveal their take on land use plan

Four years ago, the Waynesville town board passed a revolutionary land-use plan that elevated Waynesville to a state example of smart growth principles. Few could disagree the town’s commercial districts are already looking better as a result: landscaped parking lots,…
By Chris Cooper David Holt is a happy guy. In a recent phone (cell phone, no less) conversation as he…
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Growth a major concern for Highlands hopefuls

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Six candidates are vying for three spots on the Highland’s Town Board of Commissioners.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer What to do with advice to give, but no audience to receive it? That’s the dilemma facing participants of the Haywood County Growth Readiness Roundtable. The diverse group of Haywood County representatives — including…
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Sandy Mush land owners receive conservation grant

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More than 400 acres on a mountain in Sandy Mush have been protected thanks to a special conservation fund created…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The town of Canton will experience an infusion of dollars Oct. 12 when Blue Ridge Paper workers get their cash payouts from the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Verdict out on the North Shore Road

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The National Park Service announced its long-awaited but much expected decision last week over the North Shore Road: don’t build…
When Matt Rosenthal opened the doors of a new fly-fishing shop in Waynesville last week, word spread quickly among the…
By Michael Beadle Making a mess never looked so fun. It’s Friday morning at Studio 598 in downtown Sylva, and…
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Where do postage stamps come from?

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By Sami Felmet • Columnist My muse seems to be marred in divorce and family issues lately. I think it…
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

The wilderness around the corner

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For the more intrepid sojourner, the word “wilderness” may conjure up visions of Death Valley, the Alaska Peninsula or the…
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

New owners cut 150 jobs at paper mill

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A round of layoffs struck Evergreen Packaging (formerly Blue Ridge Paper) last week when officials cut the positions of 28 salaried employees outright and decided to eliminate 122 hourly positions through attrition.
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Crowded field seeks Canton seats

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Five candidates are stepping up to challenge the four incumbents on Canton’s town board, who are all running for re-election. For the past several election cycles, the board has gone unopposed. Two major issues…
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

An undefined culture gets its own guide

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Emo. Emo. Emoooooo. Occasionally the word (pronounced, I believe, I-moo) pops up on the Internet or jumps out of some…
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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The Green Book Looking for more ways to help save energy costs and be more environmentally responsible? Check out this…
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

A Storm in the Big Easy

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The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke. Simon & Schuster, 2007. 384 pages. Fans of James Lee Burke’s bayou…
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Ex Tempore: Impromptu excellence

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By Chris Cooper I first heard Johnny Irion years ago at a little venue in Charlotte. He was performing with…
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Wildland etiquette: The right and wrong way to view wildlife

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By Kathryn Sherrard • Contributing Writer Do you like to visit a state or national park? Why? For thousands of…
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Recovering a ghost

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NBC News did a segment of their “Fleecing of America” on the $27.8 million proposed by the recovery plan, which…
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Breaking the made in China addiction

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By Angela Faye Martin My husband is unwittingly celebrating my month-long, albeit relative, independence from Chinese goods. He sits across…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A mammogram costs $200 out of pocket. A round of radiation is close to $40,000. And so far, this bill doesn’t include chemotherapy, a mastectomy, or hospital stays.
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Two more seek 11th District GOP nomination

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Spence Campbell, chair of the Henderson County Republican Club, declared his intentions two weeks ago to run for the 11th Congressional District seat against Rep. Heath Shuler.
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Two more seek 11th District GOP nomination

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Last week, John Armor, a Highlands attorney, became the third candidate to declare his bid for the 11th District Congressional seat.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer The removal of an anonymous opinion column in the Cherokee One Feather has sparked a heated freedom of speech debate among Cherokee leaders.
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Uncovering winter’s delight

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Some trees that might be difficult to locate during the spring through fall foliage season become more apparent in winter.…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Bright yellow sunflowers ring the edges of Skipper Russell’s Cold Mountain Corn Maize in…
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…