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Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Plug may be pulled on WLOS Dec. 1

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The deadline for Mediacom and Sinclair Broadcast Group to reach an agreement that will allow the cable provider to continue carrying Sinclair stations — including local ABC affiliate WLOS Channel 13 — is up…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Recreation could be big winner in TDA shuffle

The tax on overnight lodging in Haywood County could be increased next year pending approval by the state legislature.
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Blemishes uncovered

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Winter is unsparing. It exposes the lines and blemishes on human faces. It reveals worn hillsides and rutted backcountry lanes.…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Snow time like the present

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By Michael Beadle Cataloochee Ski Area, North Carolina’s oldest ski slope, can now boast the longest running ski season in…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

A sparrowing we will go

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For a bunch of “little ole ladies in tennis shoes,” birders are a hardy lot. Gone is the green of…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Tis the elk rutting season

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The shorter days and cooling temperatures of September and October were an important time of the year for the elk…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

What the system needs now

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By Mark Jaben In an earlier column, I discussed whether cutting costs should be the underlying motive for our health…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

Haywood slope law not as good as it could be

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Here’s the main problem with the slope development ordinance passed last week by Haywood County commissioners: it wasn’t the ordinance…
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 00:00

The meaning of this one escapes me

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When tragedy strikes and someone we know is suddenly gone, we are still compelled to go looking for them in…
Listen! Did you hear that? I’ve been hearing it for weeks now, the faint but steadily growing whisper of something…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 14:02

Elderberry gets me thinking with my stomach

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A plant that always gets me to thinking with my stomach is common elderberry (Sambucus canadensis), which is just now…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:57

Earnhardt to discusses N.C. eco-heritage

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Tom Earnhardt, host of the television program “Exploring North Carolina,” will give a presentation highlighting the uniqueness of the state’s…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:57

Bear poachers sent to prison

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A U.S. District Court judge has sentenced 10 defendants for illegal hunting activities involving black bears and other wildlife and…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:56

Massey Branch Boat Ramp reopened

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As of late May, the U.S. Forest Service has reopened the Massey Branch Boat Ramp on the Cheoah Ranger District,…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:55

Man injured by tree in tornado

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An injured hiker was successfully airlifted from Low Gap Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Friday evening, June…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:54

Park closes trails as it assesses storm damage

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Several trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been closed due to extensive damage from wind and rain. 
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:54

Co-ed softball league starting in Waynesville

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Batter up ladies and gentlemen. The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a co-ed softball league this summer.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:52

A milkweed by any other name

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Every year as summer approaches and the days begin to heat up, I marvel at the beautiful orange explosion that…
This year’s PlottFest will give hound enthusiasts from the region, across the country and around the globe a chance to…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:48

The power of books to change lives

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Here are the true stories of some young people, all of them still under the age of 35. For the…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:38

Liberal arts education pays different dividends

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To the Editor: Bob Wilson’s recent column in a local publication condemning a liberal arts college education is full of…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:37

N.C. headed toward Third World status

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To the Editor: North Carolina is now a state role model — a model for what will happen when a…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:33

At 14, we’re no longer a baby in the business

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There’s just not much exciting about turning 14, but that’s what The Smoky Mountain News turned a couple of weeks…
Swain County commissioners last week tentatively agreed to increase the property tax rate by 3 cents to cover a budget deficit — the first property tax increase Swain has seen in more than two decades.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:29

Highlands soccer complex gets a green light

Macon County has it sights set on building a new soccer field in Highlands, one of the few mountain communities where the sport is king of the fall season, not football.
Illegal drug abuse and its repercussions are costing Haywood County taxpayers. An increase in drug use has led to more drug-related arrests. That means more inmates in the county jail, which it turn takes more jailers.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians could make the inmates housed in its future jail pay — literally.
Delvin Adams stood at the top a ladder leaning against the underbelly of a bridge near Harmon Den in Haywood County, banging the rustiest looking metal beam with a hammer.
Building owners in Waynesville’s historic districts may have to jump through extra hoops before undertaking renovations or alterations to their property in an effort to retain the town’s historic character. 
Judge not lest ye be judged. The Waynesville Planning Board is delving into the town’s sign ordinance to create more uniform, yet more permissive signs in its three downtown shopping districts — greater Main Street, Frog Level and Hazelwood — something…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:17

Painting the town orange

A slap-happy spray paint job by a utility contractor has tarnished the quaint brick sidewalks in downtown Waynesville with obtrusive and excessively large orange stripes.
Charged with stealing, 15-year-old Charles Eason was sentenced to work on a prison chain gang. It was 1882, and the teenager from Martin County soon found himself side-by-side with other convicts, many two and three times his age. Mostly from…
There’s been a noticeable decline in the number of ducks and geese at Lake Junaluska since a feeding ban went into effect last fall.
Cullowhee community activists have finally made headway in a push to create a community land-use plan to regulate growth and development in the area.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:50

WCU retirees organize to renew old bonds

While many professors and staff members enjoyed their careers teaching, assisting students and helping to keep the ever-growing Western Carolina University operating on a daily basis, retired life inevitability beckons. But a movement afoot hopes to maintain a stronger connection…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:46

Hear a DJ set by The Crystal Method

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Electronic gurus The Crystal Method will hold a special DJ set at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Harrah’s Cherokee…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:46

PlottFest returns to Maggie Valley

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Showcasing the Plott hound and local music, PlottFest is set for June 22-23 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. The…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:39

Mountain momma

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We have lots of bug barns in our house: from the old-fashioned Mason jar with holes punched in the lid…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:38

Handmade crafts come to Cullowhee

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Mountain Artisans’ Summertime Arts & Crafts Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29-30, in the Ramsey…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:38

Handmade crafts come to Cullowhee

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Mountain Artisans’ Summertime Arts & Crafts Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29-30, in the Ramsey…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:35

Billy Idol rocks Harrah’s

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Rock-n-roll legend Billy Idol performs at 9 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:34

Francis mill receives recognition, holds open house

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The Trantham Family will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at an open house for the recently…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:28

This must be the place

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It was the reason I came to the South. Situated in the southeastern corner of Tennessee, the city of Chattanooga…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00

In search of the sound

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In Western North Carolina, it seems the two most important things are tradition and family – and nothing incorporates those…
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Inspired effort from the Smiths has something for everyone

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By Chris Cooper Inspiration comes from a variety of sources. And as much as a new love, a rainy day…
By Michael Beadle Imagine hundreds of stainless steel threads woven together to make a scarf that looks like silk. An…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Working her way past the miniature Christmas village homes and a star topped tree,…
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…