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Wednesday, 31 January 2007 00:00

A better future for the Pigeon

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Few rivers have been the focus of as much controversy over the last century as the Pigeon, a fact that…
Wednesday, 31 January 2007 00:00

A.T. license plates raise dollars for conservancy

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Drivers with Appalachian Trail license plates raised $55,000 last year to support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in North Carolina.
By Michael Beadle If you’re a mountain biker looking for a challenging course that’s as cold as it is fun,…
Wednesday, 31 January 2007 00:00

Peanut butter log is the bomb

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This past summer I stopped feeding birds, except for the hummers. The squirrels had become too brazen and were chewing…
By Anna Fariello • Guest Writer William Rogers has been a professional metalsmith for more than 25 years, but nothing…
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 00:00

The world according to glass

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By Michael Beadle Glass dazzles. It bears no secrets. It illuminates the world around itself.
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 00:00

Stone Black aims high with a familiar formula

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Expectations are tricky things. You can crack open a CD with basically one of two mindsets: “This is going to…
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Honeymoon Edition So my husband and I celebrated our three-month anniversary by finally going on our honeymoon this January. We…
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 00:00

The Stone Raft: Surreal of so real

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If you remember those wonderful fairy tales in which the hero acquires the aid of “helpers” in their journey to…
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 00:00

Upping the ante

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is placing a $650 million bet that visitors to Harrah’s casino and hotel are looking for amenities akin to those that are becoming standard across the gaming industry.
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 00:00

Betting on the future

In a suite on the 16th floor of Harrah’s Cherokee hotel and casino, Cherokee leaders happily milled about as an architectural animation of expansion plans played repeatedly on a flat-screen TV.
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 00:00

Emergency room group sues HRMC

A long-time group of emergency room doctors in Haywood County filed a lawsuit against Haywood Regional Medical Center this week.
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 00:00

Time to get in on Haywood 2008 bicentennial

It’s still 11 months away, but organizers of a year-long Haywood County bicentennial celebration in 2008 are already counting down the days until the kick-off.
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 00:00

Jackson may put temporary stop to growth

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jackson County commissioners have taken the first step toward temporarily stopping new subdivision development, calling for a Feb. 27 public hearing on a six-month moratorium.
As the population in the rural areas of Haywood County grows, leaders are being faced with the question of whether it’s time to station new ambulances in these outlying areas.
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 00:00

A harrowing tale of bear encounters

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In the natural world there are certain experiences that rivet our attention and remain stored in our memory banks. Through…
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 00:00

Jackson leaders take a bold – and wise – step

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Jackson County took the first step this week to ban new subdivisions until it can write an ordinance to control…
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 00:00

Finding the essence of the Smokies

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Micah McClure, a graphic designer in Waynesville, faced a daunting task when asked to redesign the Friends of the Smokies…
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 00:00

Bear your support

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When George Ivey broached the idea of a new specialty license plate design for Friends of the Smokies, feedback on…
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 00:00

Stairway to heaven

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In 1885 Jerome B. Freeman built a stairway to the top of a 535-million-year-old granite monolith overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge.
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 00:00

What Price Sweetness

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By Kathleen Lamont In the late 1970’s, Dr. Robert Atkins had a clinic in Santa Monica, Calif., where people went…
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

Stamey named new Haywood EMS director

Canton native Marty Stamey has been named the new director of Haywood County’s Emergency Medical Services program.
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

Swain makes appointments to first planning board

Swain County leaders took the first step toward regulating unchecked growth and development this week by appointing the county’s first-ever planning board.
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

Sylva leaders to discuss proposed downtown tax

Controversy among downtown Sylva merchants and property owners could either escalate or come to a close this week, depending on what route the Downtown Sylva Association takes at a town board meeting Thursday expected to draw crowds of merchants.
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

A chip off the ole mauler block

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Just after Christmas, my wife, Elizabeth, and I were driving south in the San Luis Valley of Colorado headed for…
When Macon County Manager Sam Greenwood retires at the end of this year, he’ll take with him more than three decades of governmental experience and an encyclopedic understanding of the county’s political scene.
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

A real-life love story – sort of

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It’s an old story, the only one worth telling, really, especially here on Valentine’s Day. It’s a love story, the…
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

Harrah’s success should prompt state to allow live dealers

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Gambling at the Harrah’s casino in Cherokee is wildly successful. That success — and the state’s own actions — makes…
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

Technology can help us beat global warming

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By Doug Wingier • Guest Columnist We American consumers are richer than most in the world, and as voters more…
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

Tipping one back with Baby

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By Carl Iobst Gee, what’ll they think of next. In Olympia, the capital of Washington state, there’s a state representative…
By Michael Beadle The cost of college can get pretty expensive, especially when it comes to paying the monthly electric…
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

Ivey wins conservation award

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George Ivey, a well-known leader in conservation efforts in Haywood County, received the Pigeon River Award for 2006 from Haywood…
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

No excuses

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Now here’s a way to bird from your kitchen table, in your pajamas and slippers, with a steaming hot cup…
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

American Whitwater withdraws lawsuit on Chattooga paddling

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American Whitewater has withdrawn its lawsuit challenging a paddling ban on the upper Chattooga River outside Cashiers.
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

DSA drops special tax proposal

The Downtown Sylva Association has dropped the idea of a special downtown property tax due to a lack of support among merchants.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Downtown Sylva will host a non-partisan stand for peace on Saturday, Feb. 17, with…
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

As her craft evolves, Jones’ spirit remains true

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By Chris Cooper When Norah Jones swept the 2003 Grammies, it was more than just a victory for a new…
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“The Painted Veil” Kitty (Naomi Watts), a bored London socialite, marries Walter Fane (Edward Norton), a doctor and student of…
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

Two outta three ain’t bad

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Snow and falling temperatures — we’ve had little of the former this winter, and some of the latter — provide…
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

Twenty questions

Jackson County commissioners have called for a public hearing on a proposed moratorium on new subdivision development while the planning board authors a subdivision ordinance. Commissioners want the ordinance to address concerns such as steep slope development and minimum standards.…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A group of about 20 angry Realtors and developers showed up uninvited at a special media briefing Thursday to have another crack at Jackson County officials and further express their dissatisfaction with commissioners’ moves…
The Commission for a Clean County has announced the first place and honorable mention winners of its 2006 Haywood County Community Pride annual awards program.
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:00

New golf course owner promises major upgrades

Following several years of decline and neglect, Smoky Mountain Golf Course in Whittier has been wrested away from its out-of-state owners by a local developer pledging a major overhaul of the course.
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

Broadway comes to Cullowhee

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By Michael Beadle He’s been a Beast. An alien bounty hunter. A Rum Tum Tugger and Inspector Javert. And now…
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

Mountain Heart serves up musical surprise

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By Chris Cooper To say that Mountain Heart isn’t exactly your “average” bluegrass band is more than a slight understatement.…
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

The Fine Art of Being Wrong (sort of...)

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I spend a considerable amount of time being disappointed by music. It’s sad, because I also happen to love music,…
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

Locked away

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Coventry by Joseph Bathanti. Novello Festival Press, 2006. 261 pages. When 30-year-old Calvin Gaddy finds himself working as a guard…
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

Election controversy plagues Swain

When Commissioner Glenn Jones pulled into the Stillhouse Branch trailer park in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Swain County last October, he’d strayed far from the campaign path of most candidates.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The owner of Ghost Town in the Sky and the North Carolina Department of Labor have signed a unique agreement that aims to ensure that the historic Maggie Valley amusement park opens on time.
Haywood County commissioners suggested they could be amenable to a slight property tax increase this year if there is something really important they want the money for.