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Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Pickles and sun gods?

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer For Germanic cultures having a Christmas tree was all about finding the pickle.
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Stand on Zanzibar In 1968, a British science fiction writer named John Brunner wrote a novel, a 50-year projection into…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Christmas stories aloud

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The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. Penguin - 6th edition, 2006. 432 pages Of course, we cannot all read aloud…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

ER physicians call foul over contract termination

After a sudden termination of their contract by Haywood Regional Medical Center last week, emergency room doctors say the reputation of hospital CEO David Rice is making it difficult to recruit new doctors to the county.
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Macon prepares high-rise moratorium

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A high-rise moratorium is in the works for Macon County. On Monday night (Dec. 4), county commissioners directed new county attorney Lesley Moxley and Macon County Planner Stacy Guffey to draft an ordinance prohibiting…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Mid-stream contract rewrite

Haywood Regional Medical Center and Haywood Emergency Physicians disagree over whether it was necessary to rewrite the doctors’ contract with the hospital while there is still 18 months left on the agreement.
A regional effort is afoot to address mountainside and slope development as a region rather than relying on individual counties to implement development standards.
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Sylva librarian resigns as of Jan. 31

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jackson County Librarian Michael Cartwright will be resigning from his post by the end of the year, prompting the Fontana Regional Library System to begin a search for his replacement.
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Turf war leads to ousting of ER docs

An ongoing power struggle between Haywood Regional Medical Center CEO David Rice and doctors in the emergency room came to a head last week when the hospital board, at Rice’s recommendation, voted to hand over ER operations to a corporate…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Spreading seeds — a special feat

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While conducting plant identification workshops, I always try to remember to discuss two aspects that are essential if one is…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Backroom deals should all just go away

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In the years I’ve been going to Swain County, David Monteith has emerged as a barometer of sorts. One may…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Sylva’s elected leaders should take the lead

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Downtown Sylva Association members are doing all the legwork on discussing the creation of a special downtown taxing district. At…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Another step toward protecting farm land in Bethel

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A new initiative is now underway to encourage landowners to keep the Upper Pigeon River Valley in the Bethel community…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Go forth and add

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It’s time once again for the Granddaddy of bird counts. Audubon’s 107th annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) takes place between…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Simple Living: Care to unplug?

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It’s highly possible that you have been daydreaming about a less stressful holiday season, and it includes those memories of…
By Michael Beadle Kathy Boydston was never one to sit quietly in retirement. A veteran elementary school teacher, world traveler,…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

By the numbers

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A private research and public opinion firm was hired by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to measure public sentiment…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Land trust and neighbors secure 154 acres on Cowee

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Landowners in Jackson County are in the process of protecting 154 acres on Cowee Mountain from future development by placing…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Fat and sassy

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Dwayne Martin loves birds, loves learning about birds and loves educating about birds.
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

The Sunday ban: Hunters hope to lift 1869 hunting law

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Many hunters in Western North Carolina are hoping that an 1869 law banning hunting on Sunday might finally be lifted.
By Michael Beadle Cyrano’s Bookshop in downtown Highlands may be all of 700 square feet, but that hasn’t stopped its…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Three from the vault

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By Chris Cooper I’m beginning to notice a relationship between the acquisition of “new” used CDs at my place of…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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NPR’s All Songs Considered Podcast Admittedly, I’ve been slow to catch on to the iPod revolution. I received a green,…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

A darkness that resides

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Coronado by Dennis Lehane. William Morrow Publishers, 2006. $24.95 — 232 pages.
The Francis Mill Preservation Society in Haywood County is gearing up for a major campaign to replace the metal wheel on the grist mill.
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Community Assurance Statement

The following statement was provided to The Smoky Mountain News following a meeting of the Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospital Authority Board of Commissioners on Monday, Dec. 11.
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Divided Franklin board OKs Super Wal-Mart

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer With the announcement of plans to bring a new Wal-Mart Supercenter to Franklin, some say town aldermen have given away their only real bargaining chip that would aid negotiations to make the Big Box…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Mayor wants windfall from watershed invested

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The Town of Sylva has begun surveying the Fisher Creek watershed in anticipation of receiving a $3.5 million conservation easement to be awarded by the Clean Water Management Trust Fund.
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Phoenix says doctor recruitment going well

Phoenix Emergency Physicians is making progress rounding up a new set of emergency room doctors to work at Haywood Regional Medical Center, according to Chris Lutes, the manager of the corporate physician staffing agency.
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Physicians seek solution to HRMC-ER dispute

The Haywood County medical community was expected to voice its disatisfaction Tuesday night with a move by Haywood Regional Medical Center CEO David Rice to oust a long-time group of emergency room physicians and turn over the ER to a…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Sylva discusses downtown parking woes

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Parking along Sylva’s downtown Main Street is a challenge.
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

WCU students help with Cullowhee church plans

The competition between Western Carolina University students to win a building contract at a Cullowhee church was just for fun, but the construction ideas and issues they pointed out recently were real — and appreciated.
Emergency room doctors at Haywood Regional Medical Center have been on a collision course with hospital administration since a brand-new $5 million emergency room opened in December 2004.
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Journal to remember

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Maintaining a nature journal has been one of my ongoing, albeit intermittent, preoccupations. Keeping such a journal assists me in…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

The joy of jogging was the eating

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There was a time, about 18 years and 80 pounds ago, that I actually enjoyed jogging. I was never exactly…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Reinstating draft could be a good thing

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Jan. 20, 1961. Inauguration Day. The words that stuck in the minds and hearts of all citizens: “Ask not what…
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Bush attitude toward global warming is growing stale fast

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When the administration of George Bush argued Nov. 29 before the Supreme Court that the EPA did not have the…
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“A Man for All Seasons” Robert Bolt’s award-winning play was released as a movie in 1966, winning six Academy Awards…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The Craft Revival: Shaping Western North Carolina Past and Present Web site is located…
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Frankly eye-opening

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Militant Islam in America by Marshall Frank. Fortis Books, 2006. 198 pages. This morning (Dec. 9), I sat down to…
By Becky Johnson • Staff Writer Community outrage with Haywood Regional Medical Center continues to escalate over a move by hospital administration to oust a long-time group of emergency room doctors.
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Q&A with Haywood ER doctors

Haywood Emergency Physicians held a two-hour town hall style meeting Tuesday night to answer questions about the termination of their contract by Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Biodiesel station opens in Cullowhee

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The delivery of 3,000 gallons of B-20 biodiesel manufactured by Smoky Mountain Biofuels made Hop’s Gas and Grocery on Old Cullowhee Road the first station to offer a public biodiesel pump west of Asheville…
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Doctor's resolution

Here is a copy of the resolution, which was passed by the Medical Executive Committee on Dec. 6 and affirmed by a meeting of the medical staff on Dec. 12:
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Jackson County mulls EDC participation

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Two years have passed since the Jackson County Commissioners suspended their participation with the local Economic Development Commission, launched an internal investigation and audit of the EDC and EDC office and attempted to remove…
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Land for Tomorrow wins Jackson support

Jackson County Commissioners passed a resolution Monday night (Dec. 18) encouraging the state General Assembly to provide funding for the Land for Tomorrow program in 2007.
The Haywood County medical community sent a strong message at a countywide meeting of doctors last Tuesday night (Dec. 12). In a 50 to 2 vote, physicians asked the hospital board of Haywood Regional Medical Center to reconsider their decision…
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Moratorium stops high-rises

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Macon County Commissioners unanimously approved a moratorium on high-rise development Monday, giving county planning and legal staff 11 months to write an ordinance that if adopted could potentially prohibit such development for a long…
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Affordable college is available

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By Bill Rhodarmer I read with interest a recent column in a local news publication concerning the high cost of…
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Temporary high-rise ban a wise move

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The last thing Macon County — or any of the counties west of Asheville — needs is a high-rise condominium…