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When Doug Trantham was a kid, he wanted to impress his father. “I was 10-years-old when my dad made a…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Beach Boys coming to Canton

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By Chris Cooper The ocean’s a powerful thing. Source of life, nice to look at ... all that stuff. How…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Nature inspired art

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education specialist Lee Sherrill dips out a cup full of…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Duke just hasn’t offered much to the region

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The phrase “do the right thing,” the name of an early Spike Lee movie, has become a part of the…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Swain appoints members to re-configured TDA

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The restructuring of the Swain County TDA is well under way with a host of new board members appointed at the county commissioners’ Aug. 14 meeting. The selection of the new TDA differed from…
After visiting the Town of Waynesville’s recreation center, Michelle Green left marveling at the range and quality of activities the facility provides Haywood County residents. Swimming, racquetball, basketball courts, an indoor walking track and more — there’s simply not a…
Balsam Mountain Preserve has failed so far in its promise to make things right following a dam break that unleashed a wave of sediment into more than eight miles of mountain streams, according to state and federal environmental agencies. Balsam…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

A telling tale

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“Gambling on a Ghost Bird” in the current issue of the journal Science (www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/5840/888/F1 - there’s a $10 fee) regarding…
Balsam Mountain Preserve is off the hook on one front: it didn’t need a permit from the state dam safety office before constructing a dam at its golf course.
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Muddy math plays into sediment calculations

Calculating the volume of mud that washed downstream with the collapse of a large earth dam at Balsam Mountain Preserve has emerged as a source of contention between the developer and state and federal agencies. The packed earth dam —…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Remarkable red cedar

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I sometimes have occasion to drive Interstate 81 up the Great Valley of Tennessee and Virginia to Washington, D.C. As…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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 In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick If you want an adventure-tragedy…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

It’s always somebody’s fault, isn’t it

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We are a nation of blamers. When something goes wrong, or something tragic happens we, as Americans, are quick to…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Duke tries to get out of dredging behind dam

Duke Power does not want to dredge backlogged sediment from behind the Dillsboro dam before tearing it down despite both state and federal agencies insisting otherwise. Duke filed an appeal this week protesting a decision by the Federal Regulatory Energy…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

New TDA make-up leaves questions unanswered

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer New legislation to restructure the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority calls for a drastic overhaul of the organization while leaving much open to interpretation. The overhaul was prompted by controversy over the TDA’s budget,…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Canton bridge project to cause delays

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Construction is slated to begin immediately on a structurally deficient bridge in downtown Canton, a project the Department of Transportation says will take months and force them to re-route a major thoroughfare. The bridge…
After years of debate over stray animals in Macon County — namely the lack of anywhere to take them — county leaders decided last week that it’s time to build a county animal shelter. Along with the shelter will come…
Haywood County has emerged as the high bidder for 22-acre tract of land in Jonathan Creek that will become a recreation park. The county’s bid of $1,114,029.15 was not upset. For the last two months the county and a private…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

Put your money on Saratoga Fleshpot

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Murdering Americans by Ruth Dudley Edwards. Poisoned Pen Press, 2007. 236 pages. Skewering the politically correct codes of our colleges…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

TDA changes ramrodded by county manager

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By Scot Warf As past chairman of the Swain County Tourism Development Authority (TDA), I feel compelled to share with…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Republicans to Taylor: Make up your mind

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Ever since Democrat Heath Shuler’s upset of incumbent Charles Taylor in the 2006 election, Republicans have been plotting their strategy to take back control of the 11th Congressional District. Taylor is the first choice…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Heath Shuler’s time so far in the House of Representatives is shorter than his career in pro-football, but he’s already attracting more attention as a rookie member of the House than he ever did…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

HRMC announces $16.5 million expansion

Haywood Regional Medical Center is planning a $16.5 million expansion including a surgery support wing, an endoscopy unit, a new lobby and unfinished shell space for future expansion. The expansion is being billed as a new surgery center, although it…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Hospital defends timing of expansion

Haywood Regional unveiled plans for a $16.5 million expansion two weeks ago on the heels of a workforce reduction designed to stem three months of financial losses. Hospital officials realize the timing of the expansion announcement following layoffs is “sensitive,”…
Families piling into rafts at the Dillsboro put-in on the Tuckasegee River last week cast a leery eye at what seemed like a scene from a ‘70s James Bond movie: three men in black wetsuits and masks moved stealthily up…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Voting in North Carolina just got easier

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The U.S. Justice Department gave final approval last week to a new North Carolina law allowing people to register and…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Voter rolls in Swain get house cleaning

The Swain County Board of Elections last week purged 110 voters from its rolls who had listed their voting address as the Oconaluftee Job Corps Center, a job training and education center for at-risk youth. The voters had been students…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Burning down the house

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An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England by Brock Clarke. Algonquin Books, 2007. 305 pages. Some writers come…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

All in a day’s work

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One of the more interesting and entertaining early descriptive accounts of the southern mountains is contained in a diary kept…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Ah, the old TV cartoons from childhood...The Smurfs. The Super Friends. Scooby Dooby…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Jackson cyclist continues on his journey across US

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A.J. Rowell of Cullowhee is ticking off the miles on his transcontinental bike ride from the Arctic Ocean back home…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Case between McClure, Jackson County rages on

A lawsuit against Jackson County for disbanding the Jackson County Airport Authority two-and-a-half years ago is headed for another round in court. The case had advanced to the N.C. Court of Appeals, which last week ruled the lawsuit was a…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Vick a poster child for depraved stars

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Has any professional athlete ever made more a mess of his life than Atlanta Falcon quarterback Michael Vick? At the…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

On being Heath Shuler

The Smoky Mountain News caught up with Rep. Heath Shuler at his home in Haywood County. Here’s what he had to say about the attention surrounding his good looks, the fast pace of life in Washington, and how his time…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Truth is, Sloe Gin fizzed

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By Chris Cooper Robben Ford: Truth Not many guitarists can meld the harmonic sensibilities of jazz with the visceral punch…
By Michael Beadle It’s been called the poor man’s silver, but its shine and durability have made it prized in…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

The perilous world of mussels

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Decades ago, fresh water mussels littered the river bottoms of Western North Carolina. River otter and muskrats ate them, Cherokee…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Keep me in the dark

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Scott McLeod, my editor, tossed an Aug. 20, 2007, New Yorker on his desk and said there was a good…
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 00:00

Deed faux pas gives animal shelter to airport

Jackson County accidentally gave away the county’s animal shelter to the Jackson County Airport Authority 10 years ago, and now it wants it back. The blunder was only recently discovered. The error dates back to 1998 when the county transferred…
Samuel J. Hunnicutt was one of the original characters of the Smokies region before the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:54

King Of The Smokies Triathlon set for Lake J on Sept. 1

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The King of the Smokies sprint and international distance triathlons will be held at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:53

Talk looks at learning outside the classroom

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Dr. Karen Kandl, associate director at the Highlands Biological Station, will speak on “Biodiversity of the Southern Appalachians: Learning outside…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:52

Labor Day LakeAlooza party at Fontana Village

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Fontana Village Resort will host a LakeAlooza party on Labor Day weekend. A full day of water activities at Fontana…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:51

Public television show focuses on environmental issues

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This American Land, a new weekly half-hour series that delves into key environmental issues, is now airing on UNC-TV every…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:49

High school students complete WCU bike trek

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Eleven high school students from Western North Carolina had an opportunity to learn about biology and ecology this summer as…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:46

Volunteer needed at Oconaluftee

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to help the park staff by roving the River Trail, Mountain…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:41

Photography classes turn the eye to nature in WNC

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A field photography program that includes four Wednesday morning shoots, three evening group critiques and field discussions will be held…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:40

Aug. 16 telethon is great chance to help the Smokies

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It’s amazing what can happen in just 60 minutes. Each year, the Friends Across the Mountains telethon showcases inspiring images…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:39

DuPont forest trip for seniors

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The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a trip for seniors to DuPont State Forest near Brevard on Sept.…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:39

Interactive fishing map released

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently added a new interactive map to its website that identifies more than 500 public…