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Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Give the lasting gift of independent media

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Several years ago, as Christmas approached, I remember my youngest daughter saying, “I can’t imagine what I want for Christmas;…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

It is a sad day, indeed

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Thursday night, the Haywood Regional Medical Center Board chose to breach the hospital’s contract with Haywood Emergency Physicians rather than…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Reality, outcomes and education spending

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This deserves emphasis, given the central role that public education plays in North Carolina political debate: our schools have vastly…
Haywood Emergency Physicians expressed concern at a public forum last Tuesday night (Dec. 19) about the turnover of emergency room operations at Haywood Regional Medical Center to a new corporate physician staffing entity at midnight the night of Thursday, Dec.…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

The news of 2006

2006 was a big year for news in the mountains. From the economy to the world of politics, there’s been a lot of change. We’ve selected some of the best quotes from newsmakers in 2006 to help put the year…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Winter workout and wear

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By Rachel Tomlinson With the winter season in full swing, dressing appropriately to prevent cold injuries is often overlooked, especially…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

New fish species gets boost from Fish and Wildlife grant

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The sickle-fin redhorse, a new species of fish recently discovered that dwells in only a handful of rivers in WNC,…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Resolving to go green(er)

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The only New Year’s resolution that I know I have kept came after a particularly devastating New Year’s morning back…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Outside in 06

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The Smoky Mountain News Outdoors section has printed scores of news about the environment, adventure sports and outdoor activities in…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Traditions It’s over now, but the 24 hours between Christmas Eve afternoon, say around 6 p.m., and the evening of…
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 00:00

Abandoned library 06

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Well I just received a hurriedly written letter from 2006. (It was on a page torn from a Gideon Bible).…
The current falling out between Haywood Regional Medical Center and the ER doctors is a symptom of a larger problem afoot, according to physicians who appealed to the hospital board on behalf of the medical community last week.
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

It’s that time again

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By Kathleen Lamont The tradition of New Year’s Resolutions can be accurately traced to 153 B.C., although it could go…
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Working on the fly

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By Michael Beadle Wintertime may not offer the best opportunities for fly-fishing, but that doesn’t mean fly fishers aren’t busy.
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Start the year with some drama — HART style

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By Michael Beadle What is art? What makes a relationship stand the test of time? How do you move on…
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

I Got A Guitar For Christmas ... Now What Do I Do?

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By Chris Cooper Christmas is one of those times where there’s a surge of buying in the instrument market, and…
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Small, but Big Something most retail stores do before a busy Christmas season is run some kind of “sales report”…
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Steps towards manhood

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I’m Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers by Tim Madigan. Gotham, 2006. 208 pages. Dear Chris, Your questions…
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

A brief history of a complicated situation

By Sarah Kucharski In January 2005, Jackson County Commissioners called in more than $1.2 million in loans issued to six local industries, suspended participation in the Economic Development Commission and launched an investigation of the commission’s financial records.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer If there’s one thing economic development officials agree on, it’s that there’s no one right way to do it.
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Haywood pushes legislative agenda

Creation of a one-half cent local option sales tax to support building needs at Haywood Community College and tax relief from spiraling property values are among the issues Haywood County commissioners are urging legislators to address when the North Carolina…
A corporate entity took over emergency room operations at Haywood Regional Medical Center last week, and so far it hasn’t gone great, according to patients and those working inside the ER.
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Details of the new policy

A new public comment and meeting policy has been adopted by the Swain County Board of Commissioners. Here are some highlights:
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Swain change lets the sun shine in

Swain County commissioners have adopted a new policy designed to keep the public more informed and give them a bigger voice in county affairs.
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Hopeful thinking for the coming year

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New Year’s resolutions? Don’t believe in most of them, especially those that are akin to a miracle diet or those…
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

Suffering through a fever to find the holiday spirit

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Sometime before daylight on the day before Christmas Eve, Tammy and I were gently nudged out of sleep by a…
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 00:00

The Annual Balsam CBC

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The fifth annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count was conducted last Saturday, Dec. 30. The 15-mile diameter circle, which covers a…
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Self-preservation

Land For Tomorrow is a statewide initiative launched last year to set aside $1 billion for land conservation over the next five years.
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Speaking out

More than 300 people attended a public hearing on Land For Tomorrow in Asheville last week, overwhelming the expectations of those conducting the hearing. Some people drove for nearly two hours to come voice their support for the initiative.
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Support builds for Haywood land trust

Dave Curphey’s story is a dime a dozen. Fed up with the urban sprawl that ruined his small town in Florida, devouring a landscape once dominated with orchards in just 10 short years, he packed his bags and moved to…
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

WLOS no longer available on Mediacom

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Local Mediacom cable subscribers up late Friday night saw their ABC affiliate WLOS Channel 13 go dark at midnight, as the company and Sinclair Broadcast Group have failed to reach an agreement that would…
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Overcoming a dysfunctional relationship

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Haywood Regional Medical Center, the entire medical community and its volunteer board of directors have some work to do. That…
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

County must take role in new Jackson EDC

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The business sector in Jackson County will benefit from the renewed efforts to establish a working Economic Development Commission.
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Coexistence on the Chattooga

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Paddlers floated down the Chattooga River outside Cashiers last weekend for the first time in 30 years since the U.S.…
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

ATBI identifies 5,000-plus species ... and counting

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The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory, an ambitious project to identify every organism in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is…
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Principles of Growth for the Town of Franklin

Preamble What can we do now to ensure that in 20 years Franklin will still be recognized as a great place to live? This question is critical as we grapple with the formidable challenge of managing growth. In North Carolina…
By Sarah Kucharski It was Allen Bailey’s aim to bring about a better understanding of black culture and the church’s…
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

A hip, humanitarian collaboration

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By Chris Cooper Some conclusions could be drawn after listening to Rhythms Del Mundo in its entirety.
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield Margaret Lea, the daughter of an antique book collector, receives a curious letter from…
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Dexter: friendly, gruesome with a twist of sociopath

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. New York: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. $12.95 – 288 pages. Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff…
The Downtown Sylva Association will hold a series of public meetings in January to answer questions about a proposed municipal service district tax, DSA president Sheryl Rudd recently told town board members.
As the Cherokee election season gets under way in the race for chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, there’s one dynamic that won’t be at play: catering to the hundreds of enrolled tribal members who live in far-flung…
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Franklin passes plan to help guide growth

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Franklin’s proposed Principles of Growth flew past town aldermen Monday night in a mere 15 minutes, earning unanimous approval and setting a new policy for directing future growth.
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Green Energy Park earns EPA recognition

Jackson County’s Green Energy Park has received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Project of the Year award, giving the one-of-a-kind methane gas recovery project some much deserved recognition.
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Land-use planning takes center stage in Jackson

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jackson County commissioners have set in motion a strategy to make up for the past and plan for the future, directing the planning board to make several land-use ordinances this year’s top priority.
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

World wide from Canton

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By Sarah Kucharski — Staff Writer John Anderson’s boisterous voice streams out from the computer speakers.
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

In your Internet ear

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Just before Christmas, singer/songwriter Ashley Chambliss of Sylva got an email from the online music site where her music is…
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

Darren Nicholson: Darren Nicholson

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By Chris Cooper Yeah, it’s a quip that’s terribly overused — the one about “... there must be something in the…
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

Snowed in and booked up

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“I never trusted happiness,” Robert Duvall says in “Tender Mercies.” I have begun to feel the same way about vacations.
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

Recommended Diversions

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In putting together my annual list of the year’s best albums, I was reminded of what a terrific year 2006…