Sat05272017

     Subscribe  |  Contact  |  Advertise  |  RSS Feed Other Publications

Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:27

How to decide?

Written by
A new rule could make it easier to open up trails in national parks to mountain biking. Mountain biking isn’t…
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:26

Park-and-ride in Haywood gains traction

A shuttle to transport commuters between Haywood and Buncombe counties is gaining momentum following the state’s recent offer to donate land for a park-and-ride lot. The proposed lot is at Exit 33 along I-40 in Canton on land owned by…
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:25

Landowners held accountable in wake of landslide

Property owners at the site of last month’s landslide in Maggie Valley are being tasked by county officials with the job of stabilizing the mountain in the wake of the slide. The county has given the property owners until Feb.…
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:24

Electing sheriffs leaves too much to chance

Written by
By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist A municipality would never think of electing a chief of police. But in North…
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:23

Owls remain mysterious, alluring

Written by
Of late, I have been hearing the owls sounding off on the slopes and ridge lines behind our home. Some…
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:22

Haywood gets serious about tapping landfill methane

Written by
Haywood County officials want to tap the pent up methane in the county’s landfill to help the environment and hopefully…
The landslide last month that destroyed a home in Maggie Valley has spurred the Haywood County commissioners to ask the state for help in keeping county residents safe. The board of commissioners discussed two separate requests for the state at…
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:18

Can mountain bikes find a home in the Smokies?

Written by
Mountain bikers face a long, steep climb in their fight to see more trails opened to tires in the Great…
Swain County would need more than $4 million to renovate its historic courthouse, putting plans for a cultural museum to be housed on the second floor in jeopardy. The 1908 building has undergone few repairs since it was built, and…
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:16

Software CEO doing well in bad times

Drake Software CEO Phil Drake is taking the tough economic times with ease. He believes he can get through the recession without closing any businesses or laying anyone of his employees off. With 500 employees, Drake is the second largest…
Attempts to pass Swain County’s first-ever planning regulations are showing signs of movement, but not in the direction that planning advocates hope. A county subdivision ordinance, primarily setting standards for road widths and grades, was dropped from discussion by county…
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:14

A duty to protect Swain’s citizens

Written by
By Curtis Cochran • Guest Columnist As sheriff of Swain County, I would like to take this opportunity to respond…
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:13

Sawmill manager: World going to hell

T&S Hardwoods General Manager Jack Swanner sat in his office with an ashtray full of cigarette butts next to him and an unopened bottle of merlot on his desk. Laying beside him was a Wall Street Journal, and Swanner said…
Jackson Paper employee Tim Coggins Jr. has something a lot of people don’t have these days — job security. Jackson Paper has not laid off any of its 120 employees and doesn’t plan to. “That makes me feel excellent,” said…
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:10

Task force seeks answers to water shortages

As a task force continues to probe solutions to the drought-induced water shortage in Jackson County, one idea on the table is passing out low-flow showerheads and aerators for the public to install on their faucets. Task Force Chairman Tom…
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:08

The ultimate rock ’n’ roller

Written by
By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Feb. 3 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of music legend Buddy Holly,…
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 16:47

The Naturalist's Corner: To feed or not to feed?

Written by
Anyone who reads this column regularly knows I am a fan of backyard bird feeding. The constant feathered activity just…
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 16:46

Haywood sheriff candidates

Q: Haywood County has a growing Hispanic population. How will you address language barriers in serving that population? Hollifield: Would sign deputies up for Spanish classes at the community colleges and would employ an interpreter. Suttles: Agrees that deputies should…
Tom McDevitt, the former director of the Smoky Mountain Center for Mental Health who resigned amid scrutiny last fall, was barely out the door when he was tapped by the state to head up a mental health agency down east…
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 16:44

Wildlife could be affected by hunting laws

Written by
It’s not too late to weigh in on a few controversial changes to the state’s hunting laws under study by…
A proposed expansion to the Sylva Volunteer Fire Department building could be up in the air now that the project has come in almost $500,000 more than expected. The overruns are due to parking and drainage issues that weren’t originally…
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 16:42

Bicentennial celebration of a mountain community

Written by
By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer An exhibit focusing on the history of Haywood County is now on display at…
A controversial bill to regulate development on steep slopes to prevent landslides will be reintroduced in the state legislature this year after dying in committee last time. The bill was crafted by Rep. Ray Rapp, D-Mars Hill, who said it…
An effort to end a six-year-long dispute between Jackson County and Duke Energy failed in a 3-2 vote last week, as the county commissioners decided to move forward with the case to save the Dillsboro dam. County Commissioner Tom Massie…
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 16:39

Quieting the monster cries

Written by
For nearly a year, my 3-year-old son Jack has been obsessed with heavy machinery. We rent films from the library…
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 16:38

Cherokee covers lunch for its own

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has recently begun funding the school lunches for enrolled members of the tribe who attend school off the Qualla Boundary. The tribe has funded the lunches of those who attend school on the reservation…
Five candidates vying to be the next Haywood County Sheriff appeared at a question and answer forum Saturday, Jan. 24 before a crowd of almost 100, the majority of which were members of the Haywood County Democratic Party executive committee.…
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 16:34

Your friendly guide to area museums and historical sites

Written by
By Christi Marsico While looking for something fun and inexpensive to do in these tough economic times, look no further…
A hulking space in the strip mall along U.S. 74 in Clyde that has sat vacant since the departure of Wal-Mart could get a new tenant — the Haywood County departments of Health and Social Services. A new building to…
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 16:31

The common beauty of the robin

Written by
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 16:27

A new take on murderess legend

Written by
Midwinter by Maurice Stanley. Whittler’s Bench Press, 2008. 208 pages. North Carolina’s folklore and music resonates with the pain of…
The state legislative session began in Raleigh this week with the big issue being the budget during tough economic times. The current fiscal year budget of $21.35 billion is expected to have a shortfall of $2 billion, and Gov. Beverly…
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 16:25

Military a strong pull in this economy

Written by
The military remains a popular employment choice for young people today, and the poor economy is probably helping steer many…
It was the ultimate David and Goliath battle. North Carolina officials, fed up with coal-fired power plants pumping pollution into their state, took on the nation’s largest public power company — the Tennessee Valley Authority — and won. The landmark…
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 16:22

Celebrating the vision of Joe Legge

Written by
Joe Legge’s “official funeral ceremony” was held at the Estatoah Wayfarers’ Chapel in Dillard, Ga., on Jan. 17 at 4…
Canton Mayor Pat Smathers is determined to realize his dream of turning a historic house in downtown Canton into a hotel, restaurant and retail space— and he wants taxpayers to help fund it. Smathers has sat on the 129-year-old building…
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 16:20

Long-awaited Panthertown maps, trail signs move forward

Written by
The Friends of Panthertown has received a $7,500 grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area to develop a trail…
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 16:19

Dillsboro dam fight heads into state hearing

In the latest in Jackson County’s quest to save the Dillsboro dam from demolition, the county will get its day in court to argue the merits of a state water quality permit that makes or breaks whether the dam comes…
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 16:09

Massie questions permit hold-up

Jackson County Commissioner Tom Massie is skeptical of whether it is legal for the county to withhold permits that Duke Energy may need to tear down the Dillsboro dam. Massie also questions whether Duke actually needs the county permits to…
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 16:08

The blue side of Derek Trucks

Written by
By Chris Cooper The Derek Trucks Band: Already Free It’s tough to find something new and profound to say about…
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 16:07

Westward Revelations

Written by
Art in America by Ron McLarty. Viking Adult, 2008. 384 pages. In Art in America (ISBN 978-0670—01895-6, $25.95), Ron McLarty…
Bright colors, vibrant beats and contagious joy flood the room as the African Children’s Choir performs, and their boundless energy…
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 16:05

Waynesville land use plan review moves forward

A comprehensive review of the town of Waynesville’s award-winning land use plan is set to begin following the town’s selection last week of a consulting company to lead the process. The board of aldermen unanimously approved a $54,000 contract with…
The attorney representing Jackson County in its legal fight against Duke Energy was expected to meet with county commiseting Tuesday (Jan. 20). The meeting will fall after The Smoky Mountain News’ deadline, but be sure to check smokymountainnews.com for a…
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 16:03

Duke, county at odds over permits

Written by
Duke Energy, which sued Jackson County two weeks ago for failing to issue county permits to tear down the Dillsboro…
Swain County residents with family buried in cemeteries in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park claim the park service is…
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 16:00

Special moments, a spoonful at a time

Written by
You hear it often, mostly from those of us who are guilty. I’m talking about making a promise of spending…
An effort to end a six-year-long dispute between Jackson County and Duke Energy failed in a 3-2 vote Tuesday night (Jan. 20), as the county commissioners decided to move forward with the case to save the Dillsboro dam. County Commissioner…
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 15:58

Graves in the park

Written by
When Fontana Lake was constructed during WWII, some communities were submerged by the rising lake while others were merely rendered…
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 15:57

Getting to know liverworts

Written by
Some years ago, when I was first interested in plant identification, I became curious about liverworts. They are one of…