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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,…
A six-part lecture series on nature, ecology and conservation will kick off with a program titled “Plott Balsams Business Case for Conservation” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the Jackson County Library in downtown Sylva. The relationship between the…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:58

Birders bring Africa to Highlands

Highlands will get a chance to experience South Africa through a presentation from Jim and Ellen Shelton, long-time birders whose recent trip across the globe allowed them to glimpse some spectacular birds and mammals.
More than a dozen farmers and gardeners will be featured in the annual Jackson County Farm Tour coming up July 26-27. Tour-goers get a self-guided brochure and can visit the sites in whatever order they please, running from 1 to…
Water quality, aquatic habitats and outdoor recreation will see a boost in Haywood County thanks to $132,000 in new grants awarded through the Pigeon River Fund grant cycle for the first half of the year. The Pigeon River Fund has…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:55

Battle for the brookie

As the only native trout in North Carolina, brook trout is a well-loved fish, but it’s fallen on some hard times. Competition from introduced rainbow, brown and genetically different northern brook trout has taken its toll, as have acid rain…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:55

Rare wetland habitat to get an upgrade

A three-acre wetland near Cherokee Central Schools will get $25,000 worth of restoration work thanks to a grant that Great Smoky Mountains National Park received from the National Park Foundation to help the Ravensford floodplain wetland keep its natural character. …
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:54

Growing native in Highlands

A slate of programs July 23-25 at the Highlands Biological Foundation will highlight the benefits of gardening with native plants, including a workshop on maintaining home flowerbeds, a lecture on native plants and a guided tour of the Southern Highlands…
Haywood Community College student Logan Hawks recently placed third in the nation in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Collegiate Lumberjack Competition. He is the third HCC student since 2007 to rank as a top place finisher in the national woodsmen competition. 
The summer is shaping into a pretty good rafting season for Tee Davis. “It’s awesome, man,” said Davis, owner of Smoky Mountain Adventures. Much better than last summer, anyway. Last year, rains wreaked havoc on the rafting season.  “Night and…
The four-legged officers of Haywood County are now bulletproof, thanks to a donation from the Western North Carolina Dog Fanciers Association. Of the seven K9s in the county, two had been missing the Kevlar protection they’d need to stay safe…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:40

A few problems with one-sided letter

To the Editor: In his column, Martin Dyckman disparages supply-side economics but contradicts himself two paragraphs later stating that teachers are leaving North Carolina, supposedly for higher salaries.  Jude Wanniski, a leading proponent of supply-side economics, observed that whatever our…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:39

Your property rights are at risk

To the Editor: Republican Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, co-sponsored SB 786, which is now law. • It fast tracked fracking in North Carolina. Fracking is a process of selecting some chemicals from a toxic group of about 600 types which are then mixed with about…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:38

The truth about Common Core

To the Editor: Common Core and understanding the ramifications of the future of our children’s education are something all citizens of the United States of America should be aware.  My granddaughter advised me that she could not read my handwritten…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:35

Can anyone afford to get sick?

By John Beckman • Guest Columnist About eight months ago I had a misunderstanding with a pile of lumber which, when resolved, left me with shattered right wrist. Yes, that right wrist, just like the one you use everyday. Two…
The summer ritual of naming new principals and assistant principals before the start of the next school year wrapped up in Haywood County this week. The annual shuffle is usually trigged by a couple of principals somewhere in the school…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:25

WestCare to open primary care clinic

WestCare Health will launch a new full-time primary care clinic in the Health and Human Sciences Building at Western Carolina University, with a targeted opening in September.  The clinic is the result of a partnership between the hospital and the…
A Canton business has recently found itself in the midst of a heated parking debate. Blackbear Automotive & Transmission, located on the corner of Pisgah Drive (N.C. 110) and Johnson Street, is generating traffic concerns from the community. Those concerns…