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Wednesday, 27 September 2006 00:00

The life of a hellbender

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Most salamanders are born in the water as tadpoles. Later they grow legs and emerge onto land, albeit with a…
Wednesday, 27 September 2006 00:00

The hunt for hellbenders

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As a passel of high school interns tugged and squirmed their way into wetsuits along the edge of the Oconaluftee…
Wednesday, 27 September 2006 00:00

Local racers score high in Tsali Triathlon

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More than 300 competitors converged on Tsali Recreation Area earlier this month for the 14th annual Tsali Challenge Triathlon, a…
Wednesday, 27 September 2006 00:00

Ivory-billed redux?

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Here we go again Grail bird’s back in town again
Wednesday, 27 September 2006 00:00

What threatens the salamander

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Illegal poaching of hellbenders, a gigantic prehistoric-looking salamander, has become so problematic scientists like Dr. Michael Freake are omitting data…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer It’s late at night and Georgie is standing at the door waiting for Dave…
Wednesday, 27 September 2006 00:00

Fine playing on a Kinky collaboration

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By Chris Cooper I have to admit — I really don’t know much about Kinky Friedman. I mean, most of…
Wednesday, 27 September 2006 00:00

HART: Thinking outside of the (ticket) box

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer In most rural small-town communities, local theater isn’t known for being particularly racy, daring,…
By Michael Beadle Appalachian storyteller and musician Jerry Harmon will perform at Eaglenest in Maggie Valley for one special performance…
Wednesday, 27 September 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Los Lobos: The Town and the City Remembered by most as “that band that revived ‘La Bamba’,” this criminally under-appreciated…
Wednesday, 27 September 2006 00:00

Truer and grittier

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If you remember Charles Portis’ wonderful 1968 novel, True Grit (and the subsequent Kim Darby/John Wayne film), you are likely…
Wednesday, 27 September 2006 00:00

One board seat up for grabs in Jackson

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jackson County commission candidate Mark Jones, a Democrat, will face Republican Geoff Higginbotham this November in the only contested race for the county board.
Wednesday, 27 September 2006 00:00

Bonfoey discusses shelter safety issues

Following the brutal shooting death of a Jackson County woman staying at a local shelter for battered women, District Attorney Mike Bonfoey met with representatives of domestic violence victim advocacy groups in the 30th Judicial District last week to discuss…
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

When a book becomes an industry

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By Michael Beadle “Where is Cold Mountain?” Nearly a decade after Charles Frazier’s debut novel became an international success, folks…
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

The eighties uncovered

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By Chris Cooper It’s all too easy to dismiss the ‘80s as an era of day-glow clothes, poofy hair and…
By Michael Beadle It’s a gorgeous autumn afternoon in Asheville just a few days before author Charles Frazier begins an…
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

Haywood Open Studios Tour features more than 30 artists

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By Michael Beadle The world where artists create can often be a private place off limits to the general public.
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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If you do a lot of surfing on the Internet, you probably know that astonishing changes are taking place there.…
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

The way things could have been

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Back some 30 years ago when I still had some tenuous claim to academic respectability (I taught literature), my teaching…
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

About the candidates

Bob Cathey Cathey worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 34 years in timber inventory and currently serves on the soil and water board. He has served on the school board and Haywood Community College Board.
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

Beale resigns from planning board

Citing his candidacy for county commissioner, Macon County planning board chairman Ronnie Beale announced his resignation last Wednesday (Sept. 27) putting vice-chairman Larry Stenger in line for the job.
A long-standing controversy over extending water and sewer lines to the semi-rural community of Bethel could be a defining issue in the election for the Haywood County Soil and Water Conservation District board this November.
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

Commissioners weigh in on Bethel sewer debate

A survey conducted by the Bethel Community Club asked candidates for the Haywood County Board of Commissioners to weigh in on the controversial issue of running water and sewer lines to Bethel.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Prices at the gas pump began falling last month with the announcement that a new pocket of deep-sea oil had been found off the Gulf of Mexico. Locally, regular unleaded hit a mere $2.25…
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

Jackson Green Energy Park opens

The Jackson County Green Energy Park will celebrate the opening of Phase 1 of the park with an open house to be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Oct. 6.
Taylor: Each time we visit the gasoline pump, it is clear that the U.S. has become overly dependent on foreign sources of oil for our energy needs. While the previous Administration – joined by environmental extremists – refused to allow…
Slope proposal • Cut-and-fill slopes taller than 40 feet are not allowed.
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

Planning issues dominate Macon election

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Macon County commissioner candidates fielded several questions about growth and the county’s future during a forum conducted by the League of Women Voters last Thursday night (Sept. 28).
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

The peculiar grace of the mink

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“On a morning in October, when a light mist hung over the pond, a mink appeared following this path beside…
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

Do what it takes to protect battered women

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There was so much blood all over the place that her home looked more like a slaughterhouse. That’s what she…
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

The needy suffer for the wasteful spending politicians

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By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Just over a month remains before voters make the decision who will rise and…
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

Segways deserve a place on the greenway

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The answer to the problem with Segways on the Little Tennessee Greenway in Franklin is not to enact an outright…
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

Seeing is bee-living

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School students who visited the Haywood County Fair last week learned all about bees at a traveling bee hive exhibit…
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

Fall in the garden

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The onset of fall marks the end of the active gardening season for most. It also marks the beginning of…
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

Falling for autumn

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The furnace has been on a couple of nights already to take the chill off. Driving home from Asheville the…
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

Simple living

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By Kathleen Lamont Buying local produce enables you to: • Eat fresher, better tasting, and healthier foods.
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:31

Another eventful day in Bryson City

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The whistle of the excursion train on the far side of the river shrieked three times. From where I sat…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:27

Wooden bats only in Waynesville softball league

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The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer an old school, “wooden bat” softball league this summer. The organizational meeting…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:27

Sylva man given state conservation award

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A retired Western Carolina University professor and Jackson County environmentalist has been given top honors for his work in education…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:26

Students and teachers make the Smokies their classroom

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This summer was no waste for teachers and students who enrolled in a Great Smoky Mountains Park program that put…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:24

Conservationist recognized for Dillsboro Dam work

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have honored a Duke Energy scientist for his work in helping to restore aquatic…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:23

Folkmoot center gardens get TLC

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Main Street Waynesville wasn’t the only place to get a spit and polish before visitors and performers from around the…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:22

Take a journey into space and back in time

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The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute will host a program about the role of the astronomical site in the Pisgah National…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:20

Taking the smart out of growth

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North Carolina House Bill 94 (Amend Environmental Laws) has passed the House and Senate and awaits the governor’s signature. HB…
No, it’s not Aquaman’s preferred mode of commuting; nor the latest urban workout trend or new-fangled underwater gym equipment. The…
Priscille Sibley’s The Promise of Stardust (ISBN 978-0-06-219417-6, 399 pages, $15.99) is a fine first novel by a woman who…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:03

Illustrator to hold demos in Bryson City

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The Art League of the Smokies will meet at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Swain County Center for…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:02

Dharma teachings offered in Cullowhee on Aug. 3

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Dharma teacher Trish Thompson, ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh and a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction instructor, will offer a workshop…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:02

Dining out for The Bascom

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“Dining for The Bascom” will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Lakeside Restaurant in Highlands. …
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:01

Renowned illusionist family brings spectacle to Franklin

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Spencers Theatre of Illusion will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Smoky Mountain Center for…