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By Marian Larson • Contributing Writer Not even a broken limb could keep one die-hard fan from missing a Folkmoot performance. But then, “Folkmoot-fanaticism” seems to run in Karen Ford’s family.
By Marian Larson • Contributing Writer They are part camp counselor, part dorm parent, and part U.N. ambassador. As Folkmoot arrives in Waynesville this week, the visiting dancers must somehow orient to their temporary American life in the mountains. Someone…
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00

A perfect time for a visit in the park

Now is the perfect time to plan a mountain getaway excursion in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. One of the drives favored by many is the Blue Ridge Parkway to Balsam Mountain Campground Road and along Heintooga Ridge to…
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00

I hear the mountains calling

Even though she’s an Indiana girl who had only seen the ocean once before we met, there is something about the beach that feels like home to Tammy. She especially likes Sunset Beach, where we go every summer. When I…
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00

Lottery’s proceeds unfairly flowing east

The effort to change the lottery funding formula so that counties in Western North Carolina get their fair share of proceeds is, for all intents and purposes, dead for this year. That’s too bad, but it also leaves voters with…
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00

Franklin athlete chosen for US Team

Dave Linn, a triathlete from Franklin, has been chosen for the United States triathlon team going to the World Championships in Switzerland at the end of August.
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00

The specter of litigation

A federal judge in Arkansas halted on Thursday, July 20, an ambitious Army Corps of Engineers plan to pump water out of the White River to help farmers in Arkansas’ Grand Prairie region irrigate crops. The suit was brought by…
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00

Watching for what’s in the water

By Michael Beadle It’s mid-morning at Cartoogechaye Creek just below the Macon County Recreation Park’s tennis courts in Franklin. Bill McClarney, a veteran aquatic biologist, instructs a dozen volunteers to put on waders and descend into the cool, foot-high waters…
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

Hot summer songsters

No, it’s not another reality TV series, and there’s no need to call in and vote for your favorite. But if you pause a moment with that first cup of coffee, you’ll notice that the mornings are becoming quieter. It’s…
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

My Chattooga?

Controversy over a paddling ban on the upper Chattooga River attracted more than 125 people to a public meeting in Highlands last week held by the U.S. Forest Service. Paddlers are challenging the 30-year-old ban, while fishermen, hikers, birdwatchers and…
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

USDA rabies vaccination targets raccoons

Tasty, fish flavored morsels will be dropped from overhead aircraft along the North Carolina-Tennessee line in Haywood and Swain counties in coming weeks to be gobbled up by raccoons.
By Michael Beadle Phil Smathers still vividly recalls those Saturdays as a kid when 25 cents bought a hot dog, sucker and a movie at the Colonial Theatre. He’d be there all day with his friends watching the latest Buck…
By Chris Cooper Kate Campbell’s roots in southern storytelling and musical tradition run deep. Her earlier albums, specifically Songs From The Levee and Moonpie Dreams bridged the gaps between folk, country and pop in a manner not unlike Mary Chapin…
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

Books by Larry Brown It’s probably a prejudice on my part, but it seems to me there are more good writers from the South than all the other regions in the country combined, and Brown, who died too young from…
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

150 show up to oppose Tuckasegee quarry

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Opposition to a proposed rock quarry near the intersection of N.C. 107 and N.C. 281 in Jackson County has prompted state officials to take an unusual step by calling for a public hearing on…
By Patrick Willis • Guest Writer Just more than 100 years ago, Canton welcomed a man from Ohio who would change the town’s history forever. In early 1905, an industrialist named Peter G. Thomson decided to visit Western North Carolina…
Labor Day festivities start early this year in Canton. In commemoration of its 100th Labor Day celebration — believed to be one of the oldest, continual celebrations of its kind in the country — the Town of Canton has pulled…
The Swain County Board of Commissioners heard concerns from a county election board member last week over the adequacy of the county’s early voting station.
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

Franklin OK’s alcohol sales

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The Franklin Board of Elections went to work Tuesday morning (Aug. 1) to certify results of a referendum in which voters passed beer and liquor sales, opening the door for local businesses to begin…
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

Champion and Blue Ridge Paper timeline

1893 — The town of Pigeon River is reincorporated by the N.C. General Assembly as Canton, N.C.
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

Neighbors surprised by Dayco development

Brenda Fowler’s customers usually keep her posted of the latest news and gossip when they stop in at her produce stand on South Main Street in Waynesville. But word of a big-box development sporting Home Depot and Super Wal-Mart coming…
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

Pathways gives awards to mark signing of ADA

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Pathways for the Future Center for Independent Living and the Jackson County Department on Aging held the 1st Annual Mountain Community Access Awards Presentation Friday, July 21.
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

The Smokies back then

Scott Weidensaul, who lives in the mountains of Pennsylvania, is one of my favorite nature writers. His Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians (Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, 1994) has become one of the basic books about…
They didn’t show up. That alone signals, or maybe “symbolizes” is the proper word, a shift in citizen attitudes that would have seemed unimaginable just a couple of years ago.
Ho-hum. Franklin voters approved the sale of mixed drinks and beer in a vote held last week. Few were surprised the measure passed. In truth, few seem to care too much.
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently awarded $25,000 to a group of 13 land conservation organizations working collectively to protect wildlife habitat, farmland, scenic landscapes and clean drinking water in the southern region of Western North Carolina’s. Blue…
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Ebony, ivory and ... chocolate

When world-renowned pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski comes to the Performing Arts Center in Waynesville this weekend, audiences will get a good look at one of today’s rising stars in classical music.
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Knight rolls with the punches

By Chris Cooper It’s pretty rough going for the characters in Chris Knight’s songwriting. There’s booze, violence and regret lurking around every corner. There are sad folks using other sad people to make themselves feel better, families losing their farms,…
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

Hands on the wheel For less than $20, you can buy a decent hands-free earset for your cellular phone. I’m not talking about wearing it walking around town — people with those Blue Tooth things in their ears look a…
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Three dark gems

Almost a decade ago, I wrote an unabashed rave review of Howard Bahr’s The Black Flower (1997), a darkly beautiful novel based on one of the Civil War’s most tragic events, the Battle of Franklin.
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Appearance commission holds its own

“You can do better.” That was the message last week from Waynesville town leaders to developers of a Super Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Staples complex being considered in the former Dayco site in west Waynesville. The developers are seeking a…
The Haywood County center of the NC Cooperative Extension Service has received a $15,000 grant from the Pigeon River Fund. This project will promote understanding of storm water issues and implement at least 10 residential rain pockets, a storm water…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer With a quick trip on Main Street in downtown Sylva, it’s easy enough to see the small town as a quaint collection of professional offices, locally owned restaurants, galleries, clothing and specialty shops. Each…
As part of its transformation to an upscale club and resort, the new Maggie Valley Club is in the midst of a $6 million clubhouse renovation and redesign.
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Sylva mulls over creating ETJ

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Residents from Jackson County’s Allen’s Branch community said they didn’t know exactly what Sylva town officials were talking about during an informational session regarding plans to bring the area under the town’s extra territorial…
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

A legacy of lookers

From time to time, I like to reflect upon the plant hunters, botanists and horticulturalists that first entered these mountains during the late 18th century to survey, collect, and propagate the unsurpassed floral riches of the region.
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Somebody get that cow a pizza

Driving down Russ Avenue on yet another scorching day, I saw a couple of girls out in front of the Pizza Hut waving at people as we drove by. Behind them, there was a big sign promoting a sale on…
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Meds vs Medicare

Louis Garnett • Guest Columnist This wasn’t my doctor’s office; it was the vendor exhibit hall at a symposium on pharmaceutical promotion. The clerk behind the window stuck a form into an Effexor clipboard and handed me a Gentiva pen.…
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Elk population on the rise

The elk herd in Cataloochee Valley added at least eight babies to its ranks this summer, giving the herd a needed population boost. Since the elk herd was released in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park five years ago, black…
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

WCU professor leads Elwha project

Thanks to a National Science Foundation grant-funded project led by a Western Carolina University professor, 25 young people from Washington’s Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe are seeing firsthand how the nation’s largest dam removal project will impact a river system with…
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Beak tweaking or evolution

One of the tenets of the theory of evolution is a phenomenon known as character displacement. Character displacement states, in essence, that when two similar species inhabit the same environment and compete for the same resources, natural selection favors a…
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Peregrine falcons make a tenuous comeback

Peregrine falcons, a recovering endangered species, once again nested successfully this spring on Whiteside Mountain in Highlands.
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

First-Ever Tour de Tuck to challenge cyclists

Cyclists will be testing their legs and lungs on the roads of Western North Carolina later this month in the debut of the Tour de Tuck Bike Challenge on Saturday, Aug. 19.
Checking email has gotten a lot more exciting for Wendy Johnson lately. As the organizer for the 28th Annual Maggie Valley Moonlight Race this year, Johnson sees a message show up in her in-box every time a runner registers on-line.…
Wednesday, 16 August 2006 00:00

Monarch migration

The king of insect migration – King Billy – will soon be gliding its way to Mexico by the millions. The monarch butterfly was dubbed “King Billy” by early North American settlers because its bright orange color reminded them of…
Wednesday, 16 August 2006 00:00

Remarkable talent shines in Rosser’s latest

By Chris Cooper Man, I don’t want to start off with the whole “He’s done it again!” thing. You know, the kind of review where the author is obviously a fan of the artist already, and can do nothing but…
Students in Haywood Community College’s Film and Video Production Technology Program just finished an original film written by one of its students.
Canton’s 100th Labor Day Celebration will feature three showings of a 30-minute documentary about the town’s history at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25; 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27; and at 4 p.m. on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. All showings…
Wednesday, 16 August 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

Storytelling The term “storytelling” has been acquired by a diverse number of creative folks from musicians (the late Harry Chapin, for example) to artists, filmmakers and writers.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer For the past 24 years, crowds have gathered at Happy Holiday Campground in Cherokee for the annual Cherokee Bluegrass Festival.