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Wednesday, 11 March 2009 19:50

First things first: How many cars too many?

The Jackson County transportation task force has spent the past several months signing off on a projected traffic count for the future, namely the year 2035. Until road planners had a projection in front of them, they didn’t know what…
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 19:47

Artifacts endangered by airport project

When Neal Hoppe dies he wants his body cremated and his ashes spread over the Macon County Airport. “When I die, my soul will depart my body,” said Hoppe, who manages the airport’s terminal. “I don’t want a hole dug…
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 19:46

Mr. February, me and my wife make happy

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I love dogs. Except during that period in my life when I lived in a seemingly endless series of shoebox…
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 19:45

The curious habits of birds

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The curious lifestyles and distinctive habits one can observe in the bird world are continually fascinating. Some things you can…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Two Swain County commissioners are having second thoughts about a move to end contracted fire service with the town of Bryson City after listening to the impassioned pleas of volunteer firefighters who shared their…
Questions continue to follow former Smoky Mountain Center for Mental Health director Tom McDevitt — who resigned amid scrutiny last year — in his role as director of the agency’s multi-million dollar nonprofit arm. McDevitt apparently stepped up as the…
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 19:41

Dillsboro ups the ante as a green town

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Two electric vehicles will soon be tooling around the town of Dillsboro thanks to a state grant aimed at reducing…
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 19:39

Celebrating Southern filmmakers: Flicks for thought

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By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Spotlighting filmmakers from Georgia, Louisiana and Florida, Haywood County Arts Council presents the 2nd…
The $400,000 that Duke Energy was expecting to get from the state to help tear down the Dillsboro dam may no longer be available. The N.C. General Assembly appropriated the $400,000 in 2008, but the money was never certified by…
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 15:49

Give your vegetable garden a head start

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By Jim Janke The last frost date is many weeks away, but everyone is anxious to get vegetable seeds and…
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 15:48

Climbers asked to relinquish cliffs for peregrine falcons

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Wildlife biologists are asking rock climbers to avoid known nesting habitats of the peregrine falcon as breeding and nesting season…
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 15:47

Conservatism with a small “c”

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Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Ant-Imperialism by Bill Kauffman. Metropolitan Books, 2008. 304…
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 15:46

Popeyed pleasures

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Many people who spend some time walking the woodland stream banks and other wet areas here in the Smokies region…
Prominently displayed in the window of the Bryson City Fire Department last week were several signs with the same defiant words: “We serve people, not politics.” The message was a direct reference to a controversy heating up between the town’s…
The prospect of an outpatient surgery center in Haywood County has drawn support from 14 doctors willing to pitch in on a feasibility study to get the ball rolling. Haywood Regional Medical Center will split the cost of a $40,000…
The Smoky Mountain News won four awards for its news coverage in the recent North Carolina Press Association News and Editorial Awards contest, including first place in the Community Service category for the staff’s comprehensive coverage of Haywood Regional Medical…
A homeless shelter has opened in Sylva to provide an escape from the frigid nights. The shelter, located at Lifeway Church in Sylva, is the only homeless shelter in Jackson County. It will remain open through March. About a month…
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 15:24

Flood Relief Funds: What really happened

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By Denise A. Mathis • Guest Column One of the most publicized criminal cases in Haywood County history centered around…
Waynesville Alderman Kenneth Moore passed away Monday (March 2) after a heart attack. He was 74. Moore was the former police chief of the town of Hazelwood, and had been an alderman since 1995. He was serving his fourth term.…
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 15:22

The Naturalist's Corner

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Peregrine pads protected Rock climbing trails across the Carolina mountains near known peregrine falcon nest sites have once again been…
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 15:21

Tough year for HRMC teaches hard lessons

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It’s a cultural tradition in nearly every society, the firm belief that people and institutions become stronger once they’ve been…
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 15:19

Canton town manager search drags on

There are just two candidates left in the bid to be Canton’s next town manager, but Mayor Pat Smathers said he doesn’t know how much longer it will take the board to finally pick one. The town has been without…
A member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Franklin is prohibited from bringing his hunting knife to church after another member saw him with the blade at a Sunday service and got worried. The knife carrier, Charles Rowe, said there…
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 15:16

Canton stuck in bidding quagmire

A flawed bidding process for a demolition job that left a local company out of the loop is causing a major headache for the town of Canton. The town put its engineering contractor, McGill and Associates, in charge of soliciting…
A design has been finalized for a new $3 million visitor center at the North Carolina entrance to the Great…
By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Capturing a grandmother’s story of survival, a fiancé’s sigh, or a best friend’s joke…
Emotions are sizzling over a plan to extend the Macon County Airport runway over Cherokee burial grounds and artifacts. At an Airport Authority meeting last week in Franklin resident Selma Sparks said it is disrespectful to the Cherokee. Airport board…
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 15:09

Smokies keeps status as most visited national park

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The economy and high gas prices last summer led to slightly fewer visitors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
People in Cherokee will no longer have to drive or hitch rides into Bryson City to cast ballots during early voting. The Swain County Board of Elections recently agreed to establish an early voting site in Cherokee, a move that…
A proposed Haywood County ordinance that prohibits various kinds of waste and junk was harshly criticized by speaker after speaker at a public hearing Monday (March 2). The “Public Nuisance” ordinance prohibits everything from outdoor storage of scrap metal to…
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:44

HRMC: A timeline

Oct. 2006-Feb. 2008 — HRMC has several problems with federal inspectors, culminating in the threat to revoke its ability to get reimbursement for Medicare and Medicaid patients. Feb. 13, 2008 — HRMC given notice that Medicare funding will be revoked…
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:43

Purported mega-development disappears from radar

Cataloochee Wilderness Resort, a 4,500-acre proposed development in Haywood County’s Jonathan Creek community, appears to have fallen off the map. Developers first announced plans for the massive Resort in November 2007. They touted residential, commercial and retail phases, including golf…
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:42

Cowbirds a favorite to despise

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Some folks can’t stand house sparrows (a native of north Africa and Eurasia) while others detest starlings (a native of…
Today at HRMC, 10 sets of eyes peer over the shoulders of the hospital administration, ready and willing to question every move. Though the hospital had a board of directors in place when the hospital lost its Medicare and Medicaid…
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:39

Jackson library deserving of community support

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Deduction would tell us that in the information age libraries would be accorded great respect, but somehow that isn’t universally…
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:38

In tough times, local company looks to expand

In yet another piece of positive economic news, Waynesville-based Haywood Vocational Opportunities announced a proposed expansion that would create at least 50 new jobs. HVO, which makes disposable medical supplies, plans to pay $400,000 for 10 acres at the Beaverdam…
A 7-year-old Jackson County boy is fighting for his life after being mauled by a dog last week, according to Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe. Dalton Mathis is listed in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Mission…
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:36

Shuler said he’ll fight for stimulus funds

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, spoke to a crowd of about 200 town and county government officials from Western North Carolina last Thursday at the Renaissance hotel in Asheville about the $787 billion stimulus plan. North Carolina is set to…
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:34

Pop Music Icon Chubby checker swings through Cherokee Feb. 28

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By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Chubby Checker clears his throat and states with pomp, “I plan on tearing the…
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:33

Haywood extends token to Canton solar farm

FLS Solar Energy wants a tax break from Haywood County in exchange for an $8 million solar farm the company is building near Canton. FLS is asking county commissioners for financial incentives that would allow the company to pay 20…
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:32

For young illegals, a coming-of-age quandary

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Irene is not just a good student. She is one of the very best at her school, near the top…
One thing became clear during my little bird feeding experiment. If you’re looking for one birdseed that will attract just…
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:30

Brooding obsessions

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Dying Light by Donald Hays. MacAdam/Cage, 2006. 261 pages In recent years, I’m sure that the average reader feels intimidated…
As Mike Poore waited for an elevator between floors at Haywood Regional Medical Center Monday morning, he gazed out the sixth floor window to see cars circling the packed parking lot hunting in vain for a space. “That’s a good…
Last February, a crisis landed on the doorstep of Haywood Regional Medical Center. After failing federal inspections, the hospital lost its Medicare and Medicaid status, followed by an exodus of private insurance companies. The hospital effectively shut its doors aside…
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:22

Sylva board rift heats up

Split votes are becoming increasingly common on the Sylva town board, throwing into question whether the board can meet its stated goal of agreeing on a new town manager. Town commissioners Harold Hensley and Ray Lewis often vote together against…
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:21

Free clinic plugs mental health holes

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By Marth Teater • Guest Columnist The Good Samaritan Clinic of Haywood County has served the medical needs of our…
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 19:18

Could hops be one of WNC’s new cash crops?

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Tobacco is no longer the cash crop it once was in North Carolina, but its partner in crime — hops…
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 19:17

Carden’s insights and answers to Appalachian 101

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What would surprise someone the most about the Appalachian culture? Well, assuming that they are not Appalachian, it would probably…
The results are in and the fourth annual Hendershot Birdapalooza at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe, Louisiana…