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Wednesday, 01 March 2006 00:00

No loaves, just fish ... sticks

I pride myself on being a good cook. After 10 years of effort, I have finally mastered homemade cinnamon rolls. Entire batches have been known to disappear in seconds. I can cook suppers dripping with cheeses and overflowing with tangy…
Wednesday, 01 March 2006 00:00

Power carries a yoke of responsibility

By Michael Beadle • Columnist The recent worldwide protests against cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Mohammed have given humanity a chance to take a closer look at itself, and it’s not a pretty sight. Too often the opportunity for self-examination…
Wednesday, 01 March 2006 00:00

Logging plan for Kirby Knob forest upheld

A coalition of environmental groups and local residents lost their appeal against a logging operation in the Nantahala National Forest in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. Residents in Macon and Jackson counties joined three regional conservation groups — Southern Appalachian…
Wednesday, 01 March 2006 00:00

A double crested whammy

We were leaving Monroe, La., just after dawn last Sunday, Feb. 19. We crossed over a small levee and dam on Bayou Desiard. There, strung out down the bayou like a flotilla, were 100 or more double-crested cormorants. When I…
Wednesday, 08 March 2006 00:00

The Underground Panthers

A hunter was in the woods one day in winter when suddenly he saw a panther coming toward him and at once prepared to defend himself. The panther continued to approach, and the hunter was just about to shoot when…
Wednesday, 08 March 2006 00:00

Mountain lion lore

I frequently hear from people who have spotted a mountain lion in Western North Carolina. Or at least they think that’s what they saw. I’d guess that about 95 percent of these sightings are of something else. But the other…
Wednesday, 08 March 2006 00:00

We admired Andy but related to Barney

We lost Barney Fife last week. When the news came that Don Knotts had died of pulmonary and respiratory failure in California at the age of 81, those of us who have always counted “The Andy Griffith Show” pretty high…
Wednesday, 08 March 2006 00:00

Radical Islam is infiltrating U.S.

By Marshall Frank “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.” — Ariel Durant, author and historian Not long ago, I was encouraged by a publishing company to write a book on the…
Wednesday, 08 March 2006 00:00

So many reasons to oppose forest sale

“This is an administration that believes in natural resource exploitation, and hang any future cost to the public owners. This is not incompetence at work (as some might say, looking at Iraq or Katrina), but ideology, and these people are…
Wednesday, 08 March 2006 00:00

Handouts by the numbers

Counties with national forest or park land in their borders get two types of money from the federal government: payment in lieu of taxes, known as PILT, and a 25 percent cut of logging revenue.
Wednesday, 08 March 2006 00:00

Just the dregs

Those pitching the plan to sell off pieces of the national forest claim the parcels on the list are inconsequential. The tracts on the chopping block are small, isolated islands surrounded by privately-owned land, don’t contribute to forest ecology, aren’t…
Wednesday, 08 March 2006 00:00

Land for sale — yours

When Dick Morgan, a fisherman from Maggie Valley, heard that two acres on Hurricane Mountain was on the chopping block in the proposal to sell off portions of the national forest, the gravity of the plan hit home. One of…
Wednesday, 08 March 2006 00:00

A daffodil by any other name

Around 8 a.m. last Sunday (Feb. 26), my wife and I backed out of the driveway and headed to Clyde’s restaurant so my daughter Izzy could have a pancake for breakfast. It was around 19 degrees. On the side of…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Macon County Art Association publicity manager Pat Mennenger busied herself arranging crackers on a platter while a gaggle of fellow board members unwrapped homemade hors d’oeuvres, positioning them on two tables in the back…
By Chris Cooper Duncan Sheik demonstrates a sort of understated brilliance that’s almost alarming when you hear it. Ballads slip from majestic to broken at the turn of a phrase. Grit and political outrage collide with hypnotic guitar and carefully…
By Michael Beadle A farm girl recounts her memories of a special calf named Rupert and a gravedigger tells of his long career around a cemetery. These two poignant and yet comical stories about birth and death feature masterful storytellers…
Wednesday, 08 March 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

Ali Farka Toure Guitarist Ali Farka Toure has been hailed for his distinctive mix of Arabic-influenced Malian sound and American blues — often billed as the West African answer to John Lee Hooker. Toure was born in 1939 into a…
Wednesday, 08 March 2006 00:00

Modern twist on southern gothic

Dear readers, your attention, please! Hailing from the backwater town of Alexandria, Miss., allow me to introduce 12-year-old Harriet Dufresnes! Although she isn’t as attractive as her older sister, Allison, Harriet is well read (Kipling’s The Jungle Book and a…
Wednesday, 08 March 2006 00:00

Greenway contract dispute settled

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Macon County and Natural Resources Conservation Services officials have negotiated a settlement to a disputed bill submitted by engineering firm McGill Associates that came in approximately $200,000 higher than expected.
Wednesday, 08 March 2006 00:00

HCC gets grant for machining center

The Golden LEAF Foundation has made a $1,573,109 grant to Haywood Community College to establish an advanced machining center at its Regional High Technology Center in Waynesville.
The fate of a controversial figure on the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is still up in the air two weeks after the tourism board voted 5 to 3 to have him ousted. The decision whether to remove Wade Reece…
By Becky Johnson and Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writers A plan to sell off more than 6,500 acres of the national forests in Western North Carolina has galvanized strong opposition in recent weeks, laying the issue at the feet of…
Wednesday, 08 March 2006 00:00

Rogers, newspapers earn Main Street awards

The Downtown Waynesville Association’s Patsy Rogers was honored as a Main Street Champion in a recent Main Street awards ceremony in Salisbury, and a project recognzing DWA’s 20th anniversary was given an Award of Merit.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Sylva voters will have another go at passing liquor by the drink in this May’s primary elections. Since 1994, Sylva has held two votes, both rejecting liquor by the drink sales. The margin of…
Wednesday, 15 March 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

“Fortunes of War” Based upon the autobiographical novels of Olivia Manning, this BBC production tells the story of Guy Pringle (Kenneth Branagh), his wife Harriet (Emma Thompson), and their involvement in the dangerous politics of Romania and the Balkans during…
Wednesday, 15 March 2006 00:00

Leaving no doubt behind

About 15 years ago, one frequent guest at our bed and breakfast here in Waynesville was a Mrs. Irene Harrison, wife of a well-known New York state attorney and daughter of Charles Seiberling, the tire manufacturer. Though Mrs. Harrison was…
Wednesday, 15 March 2006 00:00

LTLT helps conserve 53-acre historic farm

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) recently acquired a “working farm conservation easement” protecting 53 acres of rich bottomland and a half-mile of Little Tennessee River frontage on the historic Hall Farm in the Cowee community of northern…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Arthur Pitts sat in a plastic lawn chair waiting to pick up prescriptions from The Village Pharmacy in Waynesville Monday afternoon (March 13). At 73, he is one of the nation’s many Medicare subscribers.…
A metal building recently erected on Main Street in Bryson City has sparked discussion over what can be done to preserve the town’s historic character while still remaining business-friendly.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer As the revamped Medicare system moves from policy to practice, pharmacies nationwide increasingly are faced with confused customers and bureaucratic red tape. Customers come in with a prescription to be filled and for one…
Western North Carolina Rep. Charles Taylor, R-Brevard, has spoken out against the proposed sale of 300,000 thousand acres of National Forest land. During U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth’s testimony on the Forest Service’s 2007 budget request hearing before the…
Wednesday, 15 March 2006 00:00

The Asian connection

I’ve never been to Asia, but ever since I was a youngster I have, from time to time, fantasized about doing so. For years, I read every adventure-travel book I could find about the region. And I still love happening…
Wednesday, 15 March 2006 00:00

Savoring the coming political season

When the political season cranks up, as it’s about to, this business gets a lot more fun. I’m one of those who believe newspapers are the best place to learn about candidates’ positions. We, along with the other print journalists…
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has announced a three-year, $138,600 grant to renew its support for science education programs for middle and high school students on the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Concerned by continuing decline of the cerulean warbler, five conservation groups, including some based in Western North Carolina, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Interior Secretary Gale Norton calling for the bird’s protection.
Wednesday, 15 March 2006 00:00

Spring is on the wing

Step out on the deck with your morning coffee or pause in the yard for a moment after you strap the kids in the car for the ride to school and listen. Yep, those are birds singing. Chickadees, tufted titmouses,…
By Michael Beadle By day, Nancy Lux crunches numbers as a certified public accountant in Waynesville. After work, you may see her whizzing by on her road bike breaking the sound barrier. Well, maybe not that fast, but in an…
North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley called last week for roadless areas to be protected in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests — in opposition to a Bush Administration move last year that lifted bans on logging and road building in…
By Chris Cooper It’s tricky when you find the word “hype” used repeatedly in the glowing fan reviews of a band, as in: “living up to the hype” or “easily surpassing the hype” and so forth.
By Michael Beadle Succulent shrimp. Marinated roast beef. Creamy soups and sweet vegetables. And don’t forget dessert.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:52

Harlem Hellfighters deserve their due

I have always been something of a fanatic about graphic novels and my collection includes Maus (which depicts the holocaust — with cats as Nazis and mice as Jews — and the two-volume set of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, which is…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:45

Chamber music in Waynesville

The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival will continue with the Jasper Quartet at 7:30 p.m. July 20 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. The quartet will perform the “Octet” by Schubert. This massive, classic piece of chamber music was…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:45

Storytellers at Franklin Folk Festival

Two renowned storytellers will be performing during the Franklin Folk Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Franklin Town Hall Meeting Room. Teller Wendel Craker will spin yarns and share folklore drawn from a range…
The Andy Roddick Mountain Challenge will be July 25-26 at the Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:41

BBQ festival in Maggie Valley

The Smokin’ in the Valley Western North Carolina BBQ Festival will be from noon to 9 p.m. July 25 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 26 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
Renowned rock band Collective Soul will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:39

Folkmoot brings music, dance to Franklin

Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s official international folklore festival, will hit the stage for a special performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:37

This must be the place

I am the human sponge. As far back as I can remember, into the early days of my youth, I have always wandered, wondered and wished. My senses have been my guide, with maps thrown out the window as I…
Hundreds of Elvis Presley fans converged on Cherokee last weekend to pay homage to the King. They arrived from a five-state area for a tribute to beat all tributes. The goal: to amass the most Elvis impersonators ever convened under…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:08

Getting at the nitty gritty of history

Regional histories are my favorite literary genre. It’s in them that the nitty-gritty of everyday life is most clearly portrayed. Dr. H.G. Jones’ Scoundrels, Rogues and Heroes of the Old North State (Charleston SC: The History Press, 2005, soft cover,…