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Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Afterschool programs still looking for respect

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By Chris Lowe • Guest columnist “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education,” said Albert Einstein. Einstein is…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Weed or wildflower?

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The status of a given plant as either a “noxious weed” or a “lovely wildflower” is pretty much a matter…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Victim’s family sues REACH for negligence

REACH of Jackson County, a non-profit that aids victims of domestic violence, is being sued by the family of a woman shot and killed at a domestic violence shelter last September by her deranged husband.
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Green energy

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Over the next few weeks in The Naturalist’s Corner, I’m going to be exploring different aspects of the alternative and…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

New shelter graces Wayah Bald

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After Ann McDuff was struck and killed while riding her bicycle in February 2003, her husband, Larry, spearheaded a money-raising…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Soy ... the rest of the story

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By Kathleen Lamont Soy is found in all kinds of foods we eat today, but do you know what’s in…
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Western counties to share land-use ideas

County commissioners, planners and planning board members from the state’s seven westernmost counties will meet this month in a first-of-its-kind attempt to discuss land management on a regional level.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Feudin’ banjos and writin’ laws

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By John Armour At the end of every week I take stock of what’s happened. Rare are the weeks which…
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Research farms will benefit from more efficient system

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We want the state Agricultural Research Station in Waynesville to remain open, but the Senate budget proposal that attempts to…
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

How do we really support the troops?

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This is about war, but only from a distance. When I read about deaths in Iraq or Afghanistan, it mostly…
By Michael Beadle William Bartram only came through Western North Carolina for a handful of days in the spring of…
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

The drive to alternative fuels

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Greenies, tree-huggers, granolas and old hippies are mothers, dads and grandmoms too. And there is a sincere desire to live…
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

A voyage beyond new age

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By Chris Cooper Sometimes your ears want something different. Maybe they need to hear that which steps beyond traditional form…
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“John From Cincinnati” Call this a leap of faith, but with “The Sopranos” now gone for good, HBO’s new series,…
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Dad’s take on father’s day

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Father’s Day, surely a boon to the greeting card industry and certain segments of the male apparel industry, has taken…
By Julia Mrchant • Staff Writer A decades-long battle between advocates for a clean Pigeon River and the Canton-based company Blue Ridge Paper Products reared its head last week at a rally where several groups called for further clean-up of…
Ray Trine eased past the gatehouse guarding the entrance of a Cashiers development and turned up a gentle road landscaped with boulders, ferns and rhododendrons that give way to the forest.
After years of the public waiting for a new library in Jackson County, county commissioners last week pledged to set aside $4.2 million to start construction in 2008.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Library, senior complex win budget approval

Jackson County commissioners whittled down three construction projects on their wish list to two last week.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Maggie Valley unveils new land-use plan

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer After months of rigorous planning sessions, Maggie Valley town officials are finally ready to reveal to the public a new land-use plan they hope will help the town deal with anticipated growth.
A procession of impassioned speakers pleaded with Jackson County commissioners to slow the rapid pace of development on mountainsides during a public hearing Monday (June 11).
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.