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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…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Body found in Macon in missing hiker case

Skeletal remains found in Macon County’s Nantahala National Forest Feb. 2 are those of an 80-year-old hiker who disappeared in October 2007, authorities say.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Living “green” is a way of life for Mark and Darcia Bondurant. The Haywood County family of four works diligently everyday to reduce their carbon footprint by doing everything from buying locally produced food…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Garden questions

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By Jim Janke • Special to the Smoky Mountain News Editor’s note: This is the first of what will become…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Final countdown to the Chattooga decision

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There are nine scenarios on the table in the debate over whether paddling should be allowed on the Upper Chattooga.…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Driving a tractor-trailer in Haywood County or a motorcycle in Swain? Use caution. Both counties top the list of AAA Carolinas recently released report on the most dangerous places to drive in North Carolina.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Macon County residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on amendments to the county’s flood damage prevention and watershed ordinances at a public hearing on Feb. 11.
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

North Shore area won’t be designated a wilderness

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By Rep. Heath Shuler After more than 60 years of contentious debate that has divided our community, we are finally…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Letter writers take me to task twice in one week

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Fair’s fair, so I’ll print an anonymous letter I received over the weekend. We usually don’t print anonymous submissions, but…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Kindle In case you don’t know, the Kindle is Amazon’s answer to the paperless book. It’s a wireless, portable electronic…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Bluegrass’ contemporary class

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The term “contemporary bluegrass” is open to a ridiculous amount of interpretation. For some it signifies anything that strays even…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Life chronicles

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How To Make A Journal Of Your Life by D. Price. Ten Speed Press, $9.95. Ant Farm by Simon Rich.…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

This rodent won’t make it to the White House

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PUNXSUTAWNEY, Penn. — A year from the day he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president, Punxsutawney Phil,…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Counties need full-time economic development director

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There’s not a one-size-fits-all model for how counties should promote economic development, but at the very least there should be…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Business owners and their trash

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Jackson County solid waste officials are cracking down on how businesses dispose of their trash, a move that has small business owners like Teresa Dowd up in arms.
By Jennifer Garlesky & Julia Merchant • Staff Writers Two Swain County employees will join representatives from the Department of Interior, the State of North Carolina and the Tennessee Valley Authority to negotiate a new contract that will replace the…
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Forest Service should let boaters on the Chattooga

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The U.S. Forest Service is about to release its opinion on whether to allow boating on the Chattooga River. It’s…
By Victoria McDonald • Guest Columnist Reverend C. T. Vivian is a living legend of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Macon County’s eight-month moratorium on the permitting of recreational vehicles in the floodplain will be lifted next month.
Unsafe levels of fecal coliform in the Tuckasegee River and two tributaries around Dillsboro have Jackson County public health officials…
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Upper world guardians

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We are all fascinated by birds. In addition to being pretty (even buzzards are pretty in their own way), they…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Owners of Plott Hounds will say that the hound is unlike any other.
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Sylva wants to diversify Pinnacle Park usage

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Sylva Town Board members want to see hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers sharing the trails in Pinnacle Park, 1,100 acres of land located at the northern part of town.
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

The greening of America

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“I suddenly think about my friends, you know, getting on their private jets. And I think, well, you know, maybe…
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Gems from the used bin

By Chris Cooper Ah, the joy of finding good stuff in the “undeservedly discarded disc” section of any music store. Here a few recent scores: pop melodrama from Bleu and a superb album from the most underappreciated — and one…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer It’s a scenario that plays out every day: A bored 12-year-old girl named Crystal enters a Yahoo chatroom. Immediately, a screen pops up. “A/S/L/?” — age, sex, location? — another chat user inquires. Within…
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Poems from Guantanamo They’re supposed to be the worst of the worst from al-Qaeda and the Taliban, evildoers locked up…
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Development regs at issue in Jackson election

When Jackson County commissioners passed strict mountainside development regulations last year, opponents pledged to get even come election time.
Voters in Jackson County could have a rematch in the May primary between two candidates who ran against each other for county commissioner two years ago — Joe Cowan and Darrell Fox for the district that includes Webster and Cullowhee.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer A plan to distribute Macon County’s occupancy tax has been formulated, leaving the final approval up to the board of commissioners.
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Franklin leaders mull downtown options

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Sandi Dotherow loves the town of Franklin so much that she spends all her free time shopping and dining at downtown businesses.
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

Poetry dying for readers

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In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus: New and Selected Poems, 1955 by X.J. Kennedy. — The Johns Hopkins University Press,…