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Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Haire keeps 119th House seat

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer District 119 incumbent Phil Haire, D-Sylva, has once against defeated Marge Carpenter, R-Waynesville, for state House of Representatives. Haire registered 13,099 votes to Carpenter’s 9,267, taking nearly 59 percent of the vote overall.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Kirkpatrick, Upton and Curtis in Haywood

An unusually large margin separated Democratic and Republican candidates in the Haywood County commissioners race, suggesting that Republican candidates were victims of national sentiments — namely disapproval of President Bush and the Republican-led Congress.
By Michael Beadle When John and Suzanne Gernandt’s son Matthew began showing signs of schizophrenia, it might have been misread as teenage rebellion — a phase he would pass through once the hormones settled down.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Democrats swept the Jackson County Board of Commissioners as voters elected Cashiers’ Mark Jones over Republican challenger Geoff Higginbotham to fill the one remaining seat.
A county-appointed tourism task force charged with making recommendations to improve the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority agrees on one thing: the tourism board is too weighted towards lodging owners.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Ronnie Beale is the newest Macon County commissioner and will join incumbent Bob Simpson, who won re-election on Nov. 7. Republican candidate Brian McClellan upset incumbent Allan Bryson in the race to represent the…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Queen retakes 47th District

Overwhelming support from Haywood County voters will return Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, to the state Senate after a two-year hiatus following a defeat in 2004.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Shuler triumphs in upset over Taylor

By Michael Beadle Call it a fourth-quarter, game-winning touchdown. A stunning upset over the perennial powerhouse. Pick your sports metaphor.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Snow easily defeats newcomer McKim

Sen. John Snow, D-Murphy, handily won his second term in the North Carolina Senate, beating challenger Ken McKim 38,537 to 28,903.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Upset in Swain sheriff race

One of the biggest upsets in Tuesday’s election was the Swain County sheriff’s race, where Republican challenger Curtis Cochran beat long-time Democratic Sheriff Bob Ogle by a mere 92 votes.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Tourism task force makes final proposals

The tug-of-war over how best to spend tourism promotion dollars in Haywood County continues, but this time it appears it will be left up to county commissioners to sort out.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Interrupting irruptives

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Some winters there will be an influx of northern bird species into the southeastern United States. Here in the Smokies…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Backpacking Fifth Avenue style in Hazel Creek

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By Al Smith • Guest Columnist Hazel Creek Trail in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is located in the…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Front-row Kid dreams of riding once again

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“Riding the range once more Toting my old 44 Where you sleep out every night Where the only law is…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

What the health care system needs now

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Do the rules of our health care system work anymore? That is the question posed in this column two weeks…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

The real work begins the day after the election

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By Rob Schofield This year, those who care about preserving and expanding the common good in North Carolina would do…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

The school board, economics and political insight

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By the time we hit the streets with this edition and this column is read, the election that has been…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Bush tax cuts soaked the rich

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By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Every election year there are always claims and counter claims over federal tax policy.…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Foundation connects youth with national Park

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The non-profit Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation recently awarded a $98,000 grant for rangers to conduct educational outreach programs for students…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Not so backcountry

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When Al Smith arrived at the backcountry campsite in the Lake Fontana area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Ray or the worm – the worm or Ray?

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Once again,science and scientists go head to head with the forces of nature to see who can best predict the…
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

The honeymoon ends ... now

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In the aftermath of last week’s election, we’ve seen a seemingly endless parade of politicians and pundits on both sides…
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

Looking for ways to fix the health care system

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By Mark Jaben Last time, we talked about EMTALA (the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act), managed care and…
“Dance with the one that brung ‘ya” is an old Texas mantra, and Texas oilman George W. Bush has filled…
Environmental activists across the country are heralding the Democratic sweep of Congress as a mandate for better stewardship of natural…
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

So, what is there to do around here?

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By Chris Cooper Though Sylva might not qualify as a simmering hotbed of musical and cultural hipness, to a degree…
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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The New Yorker Waynesville’s James Joyce is not only an excellent writer (as evidenced in his latest work Use Eagles…
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

A ghost in the city of angels

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Ask the Dust by John Fante. Black Sparrow Press. $13 (paperback) — 165 pages. Back in Charles Bukowski’s youth (the…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Cable subscribers in Jackson and Macon counties are facing the possibility of losing local ABC affiliate WLOS Channel 13 unless cable provider Mediacom and Sinclair Broadcast Group can reach an equitable agreement before Dec.…
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

Film explores Cherokee cultural identity issues

A documentary film on Cherokee aired nationwide on public television stations last week. The 90-minute documentary, produced by an all-Native American team, explored cultural, social, education, economic and health issues that are central to life in Native American communities through…
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

Haywood TDA challenged with windfall

The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has an extra $90,000 to spend and everyone seems to have an idea of how it should be put to use.
Haywood County commissioners are poised to pass a slope development ordinance at their meeting next week, but a big question remains: when will the new ordinance go into effect?
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

Tribe, area colleges collaborate on art degrees

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Officials with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on Monday unveiled plans for a new Associate in Fine Arts degree focusing on Native American art to be offered in collaboration with Southwestern Community College.
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

Entrepreneurs open wine stores in Bryson

Swain County residents tired of the wine selection at the grocery store will soon have not one but two new wine stores to chose from.
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

The natural order of things

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While observing your backyard bird feeder this winter, you may be startled by a blue flash that suddenly rockets into…
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

Election procedures could use some fundamental fixing

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It’s time to change the voting laws and procedures in North Carolina to reflect today’s reality and to help alleviate…
By Michael Beadle Like artists inspired by the drama of their own lives, some art studios have their own back…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Effortless extraction from the days of fusion

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By Chris Cooper Music, and the artists that make it, have no choice but to evolve as time goes by.…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“Dexter” There is so much bad television that I’m usually way behind the curve on good new shows because I…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Crucial issues facing America

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Al Qaeda in Europe: The New Battleground of International Jihad by Lorenzo Vidino. Prometheus Books, 2005. 403 pages. The Democrats…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Golf course on the rocks

An ongoing lawsuit against the owners of Smoky Mountain Golf Course alleges numerous problems with the course’s management under its out-of-state owners.
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Ensley wants room tax money for recreation

Recreation programs in Haywood County could get a huge boost from tourism dollars if commissioners follow through on a recommendation made at the Monday work session.
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Commissioners to send extra room tax to corridors

Haywood County commissioners agreed on Monday (Nov. 20) to ask the General Assembly for an increase in the room tax and to distribute the extra money to tourism board subcommittees in each zip code.
A three-year legal saga between the owners of Smoky Mountain Golf Course and the developers of Smoky Mountain Country Club moved one step closer to a resolution this week.
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Group gathers to discuss growth in Jackson

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer About 80 area residents gathered at the Jackson County Recreation Center Thursday night to learn more about the county’s new land development plan and discuss the future of growth.
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Haywood waters down slope ordinance

Haywood County commissioners made significant changes to a slope development ordinance created by the county planning board before passing it unanimously Monday night (Nov. 20), watering down some of the key safety measures.
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Slope development ordinance: Key changes

Haywood County Commissioners made several changes to the slope development ordinance before passing it. The ordinance kicks in when a cut-and-fill slope exceeds a certain threshold. That threshold is what commissioners altered. Here’s the net effect of the changes: •…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Macon planners seek high-rise moratorium

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The Macon County Planning Board wants county commissioners to enact a moratorium on any construction over 38 feet in height to temporarily stop construction of a 10-story high-rise condominium just outside of Highlands.
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Many Sylva building owners support downtown tax

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Most business and property owners have reacted positively to a Downtown Sylva Association proposal to create a municipal service district that would tax the downtown area to pay for improvements, say DSA officials.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Several area governments are taking steps to keep constituents who subscribe to Mediacom cable service from losing the local ABC affiliate and with it their only source of local news.