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Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

Westcare prepares for patient load

WestCare’s Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva will be filling a major void in the region’s health care in the wake of to the Medicare and Medicaid crisis at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

The seach goes on

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For the past four years — five years total, if you count the magical, muddy, mystery tour in Louisiana back…
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“Juno” The little movie that could is this year’s “Little Miss Sunshine,” another quirky comedy that broke out of its…
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

Timeline of a crisis

June 9, 2006 Haywood Regional Medical Center receives a visit from the Department of Health and Human Services Division of Medicaid and Medicare Services, the state agency responsible for overseeing hospital compliance with standard of care requirements. Inspectors cite the…
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

HRMC's survival vital to Haywood

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Some are saying Regional Medical Center faces an uncertain future, but we believe it is vitally important for community leaders,…
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

Tuning in once again

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The Sweetest Sounds The sweetest sounds I’ll ever hear Are still inside my head. The kindest words I’ll ever know…
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

Many say Medicare action too heavy-handed

Doctors and officials at Haywood Regional Medical Center are accusing state inspectors of being heavy-handed, draconian, unprecedented, dangerous and unfair by pulling the hospital’s Medicare and Medicaid status.
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

Camping to return at Needmore

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When some 4,400 acres along the Little Tennessee River known as the Needmore Tract was taken over by the N.C.…
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

Campaign for Needmore campground goes public

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Mountain Neighbors for Needmore Preservation hope to raise about $250,000 to make a family campground on the Needmore tract a…
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

Signs that we are growing up

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Sparta, N.C. – I am on my way to town to get a birthday cake for my son, Jack. He…
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

Henderson pours some hot sauce on it

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By Chris Cooper In guitar circles, certain names are spoken in hushed, respectful tones. Players like Mike Stern, Allan Holdsworth…
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

Close encounters

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Skywalker: Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Walker. Indigo Publishing, 2007. 224 pages. Bill Bryson’s account of his…
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

Issues flare up at Jackson Green Energy Park

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Jackson County officials say its high-profile tenant at the Green Energy Park is in violation of its lease, and now the county is requiring the biodiesel producer to comply or move elsewhere.
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

Fallout from funding crisis still unfolding

The future of Haywood Regional Medical Center could be in jeopardy following the termination of the hospital’s Medicare and Medicaid status due to violations uncovered by health care inspectors.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Bryson City adopts first land use plan

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Bryson City Alderman have adopted the town’s first land development plan.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Green Energy Park is not dangerous

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By Timm Muth My thanks to the editor for giving me the opportunity to respond to the recent allegations about…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

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A Continual Feast Evelyn Vitz’s cookbook offers a fine array of rituals and recipes from the Christian calendar. Greek lamb…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Outpouring of support for HRMC

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Donning purple ribbons of support, members of the community came together Monday in a show of encouragement for the embattled Haywood Regional Medical Center, which is facing a financial crisis after losing its Medicare…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

The politics of python invasions

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By David Curtis Just when you thought you had enough to worry about here comes a news report that’s right…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Musicians will soon be able add another venue to their tour list next year.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Next year Eastern Band of Cherokee tribal members will be able to watch the latest blockbuster flicks on the big screen, get their weekly groceries at Wal-Mart and enjoy a friendly game of golf…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Situation changes daily at medical facility

Anyone following the saga of Haywood Regional Medical Center has to feel like their head is spinning. So much has happened so fast that keeping it all straight is likely proving difficult, even for those with the most nimble minds.
The healing power of forgiveness is at the top of the list of things in which I believe strongly. It’s…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Unexpected guest

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There are almost as many reasons for watching birds as there are birders. Whether you are a backyard birder content…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Taking back America for Christianity

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God’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America by Hanna Rosin. Harcourt, 2007. 304 pages Every once…
By Julia Merchant With its CEO gone and a new consulting group on board, Haywood Regional Medical Center is working around the clock to regain its Medicare and Medicaid funding.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

DOT takes input on N.C. 107 project

Jackson County residents weighed in on proposed road improvements for N.C. 107 at a citizens informational workshop Feb. 25 at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Nurses at HRMC caught in downward spiral

Over-worked and underpaid. It’s a complaint most in America could wage against their boss. But at Haywood Regional Medical Center, it was just the tip of workplace complaints.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Marchers protest Canton mill’s discharges

“Keep it clean! We’re downstream!” was the rallying cry for protesters at a demonstration held Saturday (March 1) demanding that Evergreen Packaging clean up the Pigeon River.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

An early account of Western NC

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While crossing the Blue Ridge north of present Asheville in the early 1540s, Hernando de Soto’s scribes entered some brief…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

In the studio...

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You start a band. The band writes material, rehearses, and plays some shows. What’s the next step? Merchandising? A world…
The National Forest Service is trying to hash out a new policy for building wind towers on public lands. The…
By Michael Beadle Sara Tramper can take you to the powwow at end of the world.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Haywood doctors open for business

The first stop for sick people in Haywood County should still be their local doctor.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 19:06

Second election primary results

Mark Meadows won the second primary on July 17 by a sweeping majority. The conservative Republican candidate for U.S. Congress garnered 76.3 percent of the vote Tuesday.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:08

The countries of Folkmoot USA

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New Zealand — Whitireia Performing Arts Whitireia Performing Arts is affiliated with New Zealand College of Performing Arts. This school…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:06

Guides serve as ambassadors to visiting performers

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For many teens growing up in Haywood County, becoming a Folkmoot guide is a dream come true. The job means…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:04

Serbian performers return to Folkmoot

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The Serbian group Talija Art Co., crowd pleasers at the 2009 Folkmoot, will make a return appearance at this year’s…
By George Ivey • Contributing writer What in the world would bring together the Great Smoky Mountains and the country…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:54

Homeward bound

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After Jersey and the Big Apple (see last week’s Naturalist’s Corner — www.smokymountainnews.com/outdoors/item/7554-famous-nyc-offspring), it was time for a leisurely trip…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:54

The dam is gone, so how’s the Tuck doing?

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Learn about biological changes afoot in the Tuckasegee River since the removal of the Dillsboro dam two years ago during…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:52

Canoe trip to explore the Little Tennessee

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A guided canoe float trip down the Little Tennessee River will be held on July 19 as part of the…
The fast growing sport of Open Water Swimming has been added to the Lake Logan Multisport Festival held Aug. 4…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:51

Girls on the Run to increase presence in Macon County

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Girls on the Run is reaching out to elementary and middle school girls in Franklin to get involved in a…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:50

Bringing back the native river cane

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River cane, a native type of bamboo that once grew in large stands along mountain rivers, has gotten a helping…
A special guided hike to the Ridges of Cedar Knob in the Highlands area will explore a high-elevation granite dome…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:48

Get off the eaten path with guided wild mushroom hunt

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Join a renowned mushroom forager for a guided mushroom hunt from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday July 29.…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:46

A measure of hope for the hemlock forests?

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A scientist fighting to save the dying hemlock forests of the Southern Appalachians will give a talk on ongoing efforts…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:46

Smokies workshop to engage teachers

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An all-day workshop on July 31 will explore the ethics and ethos behind ecology and conservation in the Great Smoky…