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Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Filling up a room with more than a table

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By Sarah Kucharski Sunlight streams in our house’s south facing windows. The rays bring out the color in the Kiatt…
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Krauss and Plant deliver no less than expected

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By Chris Cooper It’s not such an odd pairing when you think about it; two voices as recognizable as these,…
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Avian rescue at Central Elementary

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It’s a little unsettling to hear your kindergartner’s voice when you answer the phone at midday. But I could tell…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Snow is once again blowing at the Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, marking…
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

New mayor embraces new face of Bryson City

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The election of Brad Walker, Bryson City’s new mayor, is more than just a changing of the guard — it’s representative of how the tiny Swain County town has transformed in recent years from…
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Of Fathers and Wardrobes

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Men’s Style: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Dress by Russell Smith. Thomas Dunne Books, 2007. 256 pages. For many years…
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Omnivore’s Dilemma What should we eat for dinner? Do we buy organic? Do we grow our own food? Should we…
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Dark and empty night skies — a thing of the past

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By Brent Martin For those who have read Charles Frazier’s excellent Western North Carolina tale, Thirteen Moons, you will most…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer If all goes as planned, Haywood County will one day be home to a 4,500-acre mega-resort that could drastically change the face of tourism in Western North Carolina — and what it means to…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Voters in Macon County rejected a $42.1 million bond that would have provided new funding to build new schools, leaving county officials no choice but to seek out alternative funding.
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Surreptitious sounds

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By Chris Cooper Every so often a few releases slip beneath the radar, or at least my radar. Massachusetts based…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer It’s been more than a week since Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue raised some eyebrows with his atypical approach to getting rain to fall in the drought-ravaged state. With no rainfall in site and the…
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

The last syrup of makers

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By Brent Martin • Contributing Writer I recently met with Merritt Fouts, a multi-generational resident of Macon County, to talk…
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Cherokee asks for input into corridor planning

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer As Jackson County officials work to develop a plan to regulate commercial growth along U.S. 441, officials from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians say a partnership needs to be formed to ensure that…
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Charlotte voters make tough, smart choice

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These days Americans aren’t known for making tough choices. To the contrary, our national reputation is one of being soft.…
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Horton returns to WNC as Macon county manager

By Jennifer Garlesky & Becky Johnson • Staff Writers An influential yet controversial figure in public policy is reclaiming a leadership post in the mountains three years after his forced departure as Haywood County’s manager.
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

How the cookie crumbles

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I look at you. You look at me. We’re dancing sort of, but I’m not much of a dancer and…
By Julia Merchant and Becky Johnson • Staff Writers One of the consultants involved in pulling off Cataloochee Wilderness Resorts — a 4,500 acre development supposedly coming to Haywood County — has raised some eyebrows in the community.
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Aerial assassins

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Alaskan shooters are poised to take to the skies again this year to slaughter as many wolves as possible. This…
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Allen ends bid for re-election

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Sylva town board member Danny Allen conceded his race against fellow board member Ray Lewis on Monday, settling the tie between the two candidates following the Nov. 6 election.
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Quiz time

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Naturalists are always being quizzed about this or that. Turn about is fair play. So, are you ready for a…
By Michael Beadle For the longest time, Buffy Queen and John Buckley wanted to share their love of movies with…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Burrell, Setzer plug plan for Southern Loop

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Members of Jackson County Smart Roads Alliance are sifting through paperwork at the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division 14 office in Webster to find out how the Southern Loop road project suddenly appeared…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Even Grinch knows Christmas isn’t in the store

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“And they’re hanging their stockings!” he snarled with a sneer. “Tomorrow is Christmas! It’s practically here!” Then he growled, with…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Pardon the irruption

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Common redpolls have been reported in Chatham County and evening grosbeaks in Catawba County here in North Carolina. Bohemian waxwings…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Today’s youth are missing in action

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I was 22 years old in 1967. Although it’s become fashionable to downgrade the sweeping changes brought about by my…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

An English breakdown

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Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences by Kitty Burns Florey. Melville House Publishing,…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Looking to start your own business? You should do well in Western North Carolina. Seeking a job in traditional manufacturing? Good luck, experts say — it won’t be easy to find.
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“The Santaland Diaries” If you’re reading this, you may already be too late — get thee right now to a…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Smokies plates lead to annual sales record

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Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park appear to have hit a home run with a new license plate…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

The essential nature of winter

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When late November finally arrives, my wife, Elizabeth, and I go into another mode. Her busy season in the gallery-studio…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Jonathan Creek project is just not a good fit

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Rumors have been circulating for years about the proposed mega-development in the Jonathan Creek area, the one with a thousand…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Trischka doubles the pleasure with modern banjo greats

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By Chris Cooper It hardly needs to be said that the banjo has taken major leaps in the hands of…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Bear Care

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Kathy Sherrard and Anne Allison have dedicated their lives to educating the public about black bears.
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Making a list, forgetting to check it

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By David Curtis Wool socks, silk long johns, cotton turtleneck, boots, down vest, wool jacket, Gortex insulated camo gloves. Deer…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Imagine having the flu and sitting in a folding chair in a crowded waiting room for five hours just to see a doctor. For those with no health insurance this is probably the best…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Macon County commissioners spoke in favor of committing nearly $40 million to fund school construction at their meeting Nov. 26 but stopped short of taking any formal vote on the projects.
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

Sarge’s scraps plans for Hall Top shelter

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Sarge’s Animal Rescue has scrapped its plans to build a no-kill animal shelter in a location that was fiercely opposed by nearby residents. The Haywood County non-profit originally won approval to build the shelter…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:09

World beat hits Main Street

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By Garret K. Woodward • Staff Writer If Norman Rockwell ever ventured out of New England, as the crow flies,…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:08

The ties that bind – one high five at a time

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By Garret K. Woodward • Staff writer I had just finished my third steamed carrot when the yelling began. It…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:04

The evocative power of the color blue

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Green used to be the color that caught my eye. Now it’s blue. So much so that I wrote an…
Dr. Dan Pittillo will explore the natural history of the southern Appalachians at 7 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:02

Local produce to make its way to students’ trays

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A Farm to School project will provide food awareness and better nutrition education for students and staff at five Haywood…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:01

Volunteers needed at Cataloochee Ranch

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Volunteers are being sought for a workday at Cataloochee Ranch in Haywood County that will enhance the habitat for migratory…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:00

Reward for elk information upped

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 A $20,000 reward is being offered for information about the recent killing of three elk near the Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:59

Hear the creeks’ cry for help

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While heavy rains have washed wayward trash into creeks in recent weeks, kids from Whitehouse, Tenn., helped scoured the banks…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:58

Get a taste of space science

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Several all-day Space Science Labs for adults or kids will be held on various dates in late July and early…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:57

Clinic teaches horsemen to lighten their impact

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Treading lightly on the land isn’t always easy if you’re sitting on top of 1,000 pounds and four stout hooves,…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:57

Volenteers needed to man Clingmans Dome

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to help staff the visitor contact station at Clingmans Dome through Nov.…