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Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

(Un)RecommendedDiversions

Here’s the deal. I’m not going to be “recommending” anything in this installment of “Diversions.” I’m just going to tell a story about Wednesday, Nov.16, 2005 — starting right around noonish.
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

Make way for the holidays

The Compleat Gentleman by Brad Miner. Spence Publishing, 2004. 264 pages. The Truth of the Matter by Robb Forman Dew. Little & Brown, 2005. 336 pages.
When Ricky Stokely pulled out of Denver Blaylock’s junkyard in Cruso last Friday afternoon towing a junk green Saturn, he didn’t realize just how down to the wire things were.
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

Charters want cut of lottery money

Advocates of charter schools have launched a statewide campaign to correct what they claim is an inequality in the way lottery money will be doled out for education. North Carolina legislators passed a lottery this year. The revenue will go…
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

Jackson considers grant requests

Jackson County commissioners are weighing the merits of several municipal grant applications that will allocate a total of up to $20,000 for projects across the county. The purpose of the municipal grant program is to assist the municipalities of the…
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

$6.9 million gift to WCU largest in its history

As industry experts warn of a worsening international shortage of construction professionals, Western Carolina University and one of the nation’s largest personnel recruiting firms are teaming up to boost the number of college graduates prepared for management positions in the…
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

Long time coming

Denver Blaylock has been prodded by enforcers for seven years to meet Haywood County’s junkyard ordinance. The sprawling complex houses numerous lots piled high with used vehicles, appliances, parts cars, and just plain parts, as well as storage lots for…
Local biologist and aquatic scientist Bill McLarney agreed with the Wildlife Commission’s revised recommendations to allow stream work, but for an unusual reason — the trout population, at least in Peeks Creek, is gone.
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 00:00

Macon waiting on Peeks Creek decision

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Streambank restoration along Peeks Creek in Macon County, where a massive landslide killed six residents following back-to-back hurricanes in September 2004, is on hold as county officials wait to hear if they will receive…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Recommended diversions

Cataloochee Our local ski mountain is just plain fun. My family enjoys nothing better than to make the trek through Maggie Valley and then up to the high-elevation resort for a few hours of skiing and snowboarding. On clear days…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

An Asheville trio’s mad swing-a-billy party

By Joe Hooten The Roaring ‘20s ushered in an era of looseness, flair, and simplistic decadence that would quickly diminish once the big crash and the Great Depression set in. For every drop of liquor that was poured out during…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Giving art a hand

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer David Cozzo, director of the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources project, stands on a small stage in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University in front of a crowd of about 15…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

A mutual enterprise

By Michael Beadle Sometimes John Grant sees a bear inside a rough block of soapstone. Sometimes he sees a buffalo or an eagle.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Exploring Shakespeare

Shakespeare: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd. Random House, 2005. 572 pages. Yikes! Saints and guardian angels defend us! It is yet another biography of Shakespeare! Is it possible that Peter Ackroyd, the venerable biographer of Chaucer, Blake, Dickens, T. S. Eliot…
It appears Dillsboro is getting the short end of the stick in state grant money intended to revitalize business districts that flooded during the hurricanes of 2004 that swept across Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Economic impact of methane project uncertain

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Translating the economic impact of Jackson County’s landfill gas recovery project into dollars and cents may prove harder than expected.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Jackson five earn Governor’s Award

Five Jackson County women were given the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service during a recent awards luncheon in Sylva. These winners were Mary Adams, Joyce Cooper, Margie Hall, Stella Hall and Elaine White.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Junkyard’s friends replace trees

A small contingent of friends and neighbors showed up on the doorstep of Denver Blaylock’s junkyard in Cruso Saturday (Dec. 10) armed with shovels and donated hemlock trees.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Macon Friends get $200,000 Janirve grant

The Friends of the Macon County Library have received a $200,000 pledge of support from The Janirve Foundation of Asheville.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Some question attempt to help only one business

Some Dillsboro merchants have questioned why town leaders based their entire application for flood revitalization money from the state on aiding just one business owner.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Waynesville downtown now on Historic Register

The Waynesville Main Street Historic District has been accepted to be on the National Register of Historic Places.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A recent statement that Cashiers area residents will be footing the majority of the bill to build a new library in Jackson County and that construction of a less expensive, joint library with Southwestern…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Traditional Cherokee dyes

“Woven goods—baskets and mats—document what women did, when, and how. They illuminate the work of women who transformed the environments that produced materials for basketry. They point to women’s roles in ceremonial, subsistence, and exchange systems. As objects created and…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Count on me to lead the Grinch Fan Club

About this time each year, when the days and tempers get short and the traffic lines get long — when I begin to see people trudging wearily in and out of stores and shopping malls — I think about the…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Not so long ago, we treated liars differently

By Kirk Adcock • Guest Columnist I would first like to thank Gen. Geoffrey Higgenbotham (“Playing politics at the expense of our soldiers,” Nov. 30, Smoky Mountain News) for his long and distinguished service to our country. I very much…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Fishermen struggle with loss of stream access

Editor’s note: This article was written by Mallory Martin and Carl Kittel of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Martin is the Mountain Region Fisheries Supervisor. Kittel is the Coldwater Production Coordinator.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Bamboo by any other name

Bamboo is the common name applied to a wide and varied group of woody grasses from all around the world. There are more than 1,000 species of bamboo. Bamboo grows in temperate and tropical climates in the Americas and throughout…
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

One step at a time

When Lisa Ashe signed up for the newly formed Jeff Galloway running group in Jackson County last year, her dream to complete her first marathon in six months was more than a fitness goal or lifetime dream.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Park considers more elk

The North Carolina Wildlife Commission is still weighing whether to allow the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to bring more elk into the Cataloochee Valley area of the park.
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:00

Tags raising money for Friends of the Smokies

Those sporting the trendy turquoise and pink Great Smoky Mountains National Park license plates on their bumpers raised $181,800 this year for projects sponsored by the Friends of Smokies, making 2005 the most productive year yet for the specialty license…
By Michael Beadle Laura Boosinger was a student at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa in the late 1970s when she decided to take a banjo class for a college credit.
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 00:00

Tobacco settlement money to help farmers

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee was recently awarded a portion of a $200,000 grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.
By Chris Cooper If you didn’t know already, Jamie Cullum is that kid who was on Pay-Per-View last summer. It was a “freeview” concert, I think, during which he ran around like a complete nut on a huge stage, before…
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 00:00

Recommended diversions

Christmas shopping Granted it’s four days before Christmas and those of you that haven’t yet gotten your shopping done are most likely in the throes of anxiety, making a mad dash to get something – anything – for your loved…
By Michael Beadle The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will probably have to rebuild its box office and concession stand after a pipe burst earlier this month, flooding the floors of the lobby, auditorium and lower-level rooms of the Performing Arts…
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 00:00

Mind those manners

Talk To the Hand #?*!: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door by Lynne Truss.Gotham Books, 2005. $25 — 216 pages.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Approximately 80 workers will be laid off from Cashier’s Consolidated Metco plastics plant beginning in January in the largest downsizing in Jackson County since the Ashley Company furniture plant closed in 2002.
Cherokee business owners are forming a chamber of commerce that will give the business community a voice in shaping the town’s future and strengthen the economic climate.
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 00:00

Damaged greenway section re-opens

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Repairs along a section of trail on the Little Tennessee Greenway in Macon County damaged by hurricane flooding have been completed and the trail reopened for use, marking the end of a successful season…
An effort to install wireless Internet service throughout Downtown Waynesville is making a year-end push for donations.
McGill Associates, a large engineering firm in Asheville, gets the lion’s share of government water and sewer contracts in the region, while smaller, local engineering firms are blocked from competing, according to several local engineers in the region.
By Jason Kimenker • Guest Columnist Winter has arrived, and the holiday season is in full swing. Wonderful and warm traditions of family and community bring us together in this cherished season.
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 00:00

The little things in life

I’m sure you’ve noticed it’s the little things that, in the long run, mean the most in life? That’s a time-worn cliché if there ever was one. But as of now, I prefer to believe that it’s true. And furthermore,…
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 00:00

Newspapers in need of iPod moment

We in the newspaper business are supposed to be having the bejesus scared out of us because of the power of the Internet. And right now, as people are spending billions making Internet purchases for Christmas, this fact is hitting…
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 00:00

Methane gas project at old landfill is all good

It’s not always about the money, at least not at first. That’s a point to keep in mind as the methane gas recovery project in Jackson County continues to move forward.
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 00:00

Birdigo

Brock Hutchins slid out of the front seat of his four-wheel drive and walked a few yards down a snow-crusted gravel road, casting about with the focus of a shaman leading a hunt. Placing a knuckle between his lips, Hutchins…
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 00:00

Get your birding on a trail near you

A North Carolina Birding Trail is under way and could one day could link popular birding sites across the state from the coast to the mountains.
Wednesday, 21 December 2005 00:00

It’s hornets vs. swans in OLF controversy

One would think swans would probably be a sure bet in such a scenario. After all, they are bigger and stronger. But these aren’t your average hornets. These are Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters.
Wednesday, 28 December 2005 00:00

At least I got the books

When I heard the screen door slam, I knew she was gone. I made it to the window just in time to see Joni Mitchell’s big yellow taxi pulling away and sweet, little 2005, waving at me from the back…
Wednesday, 28 December 2005 00:00

They said it — 2005

Residents of Western North Carolina confronted many important issues in 2005, whether it was another chapter unfolding in an ongoing political feud or deep philosophical challenges like balancing growth and preservation. As we wrote about these events, the common thread…