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A non-profit that helps abused women escape domestic violence could be facing a budget cut by Jackson County commissioners this year.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Study puts values on working easements

A recent study in the Bethel Community revealed that “working land conservation easements” would be valued as high as $7,900 to $9,400 per acre for flat or rolling land outside the floodway of the Pigeon River or other streams.
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

Blue Ridge workers hopeful after buyout

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer In the end, the acquisition of Blue Ridge Paper Products by the New Zealand-based Rank Group for $338 million last week may have been the result of the purchase of a single factory in…
A tight race could be in store for the two candidates vying for principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians between now and the final election in September.
A dam broke on an irrigation pond at Balsam Mountain Preserve in Jackson County two weeks ago unleashing hundreds of tons of mud downstream.
Unlike most town and county governments in Western North Carolina, Franklin’s elected leaders had the foresight more than five decades ago to pass zoning regulations.
As Chuck Bennett rang up a sale at his electrical supply store in Cashiers, he showed no fear of the business slowdown some predict as fallout from a slate of development regulations coming down the pipe in Jackson County.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer It appears that the re-opening of Ghost Town in the Sky on Memorial Day weekend has made the town of Maggie Valley anything but.
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

A great look, but too expensive

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Architects last week unveiled plans for a new three-level building that will house the Waynesville Police Department and town planning offices.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Parking for free Public parking for as long as you want in downtown Waynesville:
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

Rash of private dams altering WNC landscape

The damming of creeks and streams by private developments is on the rise in Western North Carolina — so much so that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has voiced concern over the cumulative impacts.
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

Beware the leaves of three

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If you like native Appalachian plants that are variable and adaptive, have interesting natural histories with abundant associations in both…
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

Some gifts are always keepers

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Kayden is doing her very best not to tell me about the preparations she and mom and Jack have made…
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

Shuler shows that he will vote his conscience

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Those who supported Heath Shuler’s bid to represent this region in Congress probably did not believe the detractors who spent…
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

Donors honored for conservation easements

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The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust honored those that donated land and conservation agreements in 2006 at a recent celebration.
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

Electric vehicles

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Most people tend to think of electric (EVs) and hybrid (HEVs) vehicles in the same sphere, but the two are…
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

How ‘bout the trout?

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By Michael Beadle Fishing for something fun to do this weekend? Head downstream to the Maggie Valley Fairgrounds for the…
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

The rhythm method weekend

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By Chris Cooper It’s been a year at least since I did a live show review, and it’s likely that…
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Traveling Wilburys Re-release On June 12 the Traveling Wilburys re-released the supergroup’s two albums along with (depending on whether you…
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

Literature deprived

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Certain genres of literature fare better when critically judged by the standards of that particular genre rather than by any…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Women to watch

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By Chris Cooper In the mid 90’s it would’ve been nearly impossible to write about “new to the scene” female…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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A Man, A Can, A Plan My youngest son and I have gotten a kick out of using this cookbook…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

A clean miss

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Gun Show Nation: Gun Culture and American Democracy by Joan Burbick. New Press, 2007. 288 pages. While teaching Latin at…
Bryson City’s tourism leaders have long touted this Swain County town as the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Great Smoky Mountains, and a book now available in stores nationwide helps undergird their claim.
When Howard Taylor heard what workers at Blue Ridge Paper Products were being offered as part of a pending buyout of the mill in April, he realized his work was cut out for him.
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Rise in dog bites sparks concerns

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Walking his dog in a Waynesville neighborhood one summer evening several weeks ago, fear was the farthest thing from Dan Elliott’s mind. So when a pit bull came charging after Elliott and his 80-pound…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

The mysterious art of dowsing

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Searching for the term “dowsing” on the Internet will bring up all kinds of Web sites related to the paranormal. But to many who practice the craft, including Alvin Fradey, dowsing is simply an…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

New life for an old Sylva graveyard

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer After decades of neglect, an overgrown hill in Jackson County holding the remains of residents of the old Jackson County Home was nearly forgotten. Thanks to the determination of one man, however, the old…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Whittier golf course to re-open

Following months of course reconstruction, Smoky Mountain Country Club in Whittier will re-open 9 holes of golf this weekend.
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

The elusive hellbender

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Have you ever noticed that once you start thinking about something or someone you haven’t seen in awhile, it’s not…
By John Armour You’d think that what happens in Western North Carolina, in the 11th Congressional District, isn’t very important…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Waynesville building fits well with downtown

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A government building for a mountain town that looks like it belongs in the mountains? Funny how that is going…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Bush goes south of the border for popularity

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By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Concerned Americans await the concluding acts of the political drama the president and his…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

We can’t stop the changes

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Some have charged that the true, underlying sentiment among those who support stringent development regulations in Jackson County — and…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Life too often revolves around the minutiae

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By Stephanie Wampler Stuff. Life is all about the stuff, isn’t it? We have stuff to amuse us, educate us,…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Working triple time in Jackson County

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By Nancy Geiger • Guest Columnist My daughter, Brittany, is staying at Western Caroina Univesity this summer. The hotel she…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Chattooga at the crossroads

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A recurring debate between camps in the Chattooga River controversy is how many paddlers would actually come to the river.…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

The hype on hybrids

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Editor’s note: Naturalist Don Hendershot is writing a series of columns exploring the use of alternative energy and fuels.  …
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:49

The hardest tree in North America

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I wrote a tribute to the black locust tree some time back. It’s time to take another look. This time…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:47

Hiking club rolls out two new trail challenges

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To celebrate its 90th anniversary, the Carolina Mountain Club Challenge committee has added two new hiking challenges this year to…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:46

Sign-up for behind-the-scenes look at the Smokies

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is beginning a new program that allows nearby residents, business people, teachers and community…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:39

Conservancy adds on to protected Roan Mountain lands

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A 601-acre tract in Avery County near Roan Mountain has been purchased and conserved by the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:37

Arrrggghh – a wintry mix

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Limeade, tequila and cointreau is not a wintry mix — that is a margarita; something you may resort to when…
A large Appalachian Trail gathering is coming to Western Carolina University this summer, and local trail clubs hosting the week-long…
By Jill Ingram • Guest writer, WCU public affairs office Covering long distances in and around Cataloochee Valley, a Western…
Of all the Beat writers of the 1940s and 1950s — Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, John Clellon Holmes, Gary Snyder,…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:12

We need to keep track of all firearms

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To the Editor: I miss Martin Luther King. His enlightened reason and fervent advocating for equal rights is sorely missed.…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:11

Timber harvest at Devil’s Courthouse a good idea

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To the Editor: Nature abhors a vacuum. Mother Nature assures change. Organisms are constantly adapting, changing, improving, evolving. Understand-ing life…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:10

Last issue of SMN painted a vivid picture

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To the Editor: How incredibly serendipitous that your newspaper of Jan. 23 should headline the flooding and landslides that occurred…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:09

More than ever, schools need forest service money

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By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist When the 1911 Weeks Act was passed, allowing the federal government to purchase land…