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Tourism leaders in Swain County want county commissioners to withdraw state legislation requesting a 1 percent increase in the room tax to allow time for study.
When County Commissioner Will Shelton gave up time on his farm and with his four young children to run for political office in Jackson County last year, he made a pledge to voters to address the uncontrolled growth sweeping the…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Tradition of the cockfight

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As most everyone knows, a cockfight is a match between two specially trained roosters traditionally held in a ring called…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Upper Chattooga River will suffer from boating

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By James Costa • Guest Columnist There has been much discussion in recent weeks regarding the notion of opening the…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

High time for a new morning ritual

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I don’t wear a watch. Why should I? Everywhere I look, I see the time of day. In fact, no…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Protecting the best of mountain culture

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“The highest form of morality is not to feel at home in one’s own home.” “What has become alien to…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

A new approach to smart growth

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“What we’re trying to do here is reduce the impact of development. That’s really what conservation is, the wise use…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Why the Easter bunny brings eggs

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Did you ever wonder why this big, furry, long-eared mammal was hoping around with eggs in its basket?
What would you like to see in your new library?
Franklin’s elected leaders will review how much it would cost to replace the siding on a town-owned building in downtown before deciding whether to relocate administration offices there.
Haywood County’s new solid waste director intends for the county to dump the dubious distinction of being the only one in Western North Carolina not recycling glass. Stephen King, who came to Haywood County in February after holding previous solid…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Massie: Library site still to be decided

The best location for a new library in Jackson County appears to be up for discussion once more — with the idea of renovating and adding on to the vacant historic courthouse downtown back on the table.
The Swain County Board of Commissioners has formally asked the district attorney to investigate spending practices by former sheriff Bob Ogle.
The moratorium on new subdivisions in Jackson County might be over before the five-month time period originally estimated if the planning board charged with drafting development regulations keeps up its current pace.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Neufeld’s book on Appalachia

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There is a newly published collection of essays that deserves the full attention of any reader interested in this region’s…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Contacting my hirsute love

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Back in the early 1950s when Western Carolina University was still Western Carolina Teachers College, I got a crush on…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

A mother’s remedy for shark attacks

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By Stephanie Wampler It was one of those days .... One of those days when an unnecessarily shrill alarm clock…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Giving up too much for fear

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There’s been a lot of discussion about the attack on the student in the cafeteria of Tuscola High School a…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Initiative puts a new face on an important issue

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Being environmentally conscious has become mainstream, but we still have a long way to go before mankind figures out how…
Chris North might not wile away his work week scaling trees in search of endangered Carolina Northern Flying Squirrels, but…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Ice age relics

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Chris Kelly didn’t seem fazed by the frigid February temperatures as she rock-hopped an icy stream and plunged down a…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

The great salamander adventure

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Twelve of the world’s foremost salamander authorities converged on Balsam Mountain Preserve Sunday March 11 for an informal survey. The…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Honoring the lost voices

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By Michael Beadle Iranian-born author Farnoosh Moshiri writes about people who are enemies of the state, those who have disappeared,…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

For a swinging sound, look no further than downtown

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By Chris Cooper If you’ve wandered down Main Street in the early part of a summer evening over the years,…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

From Waynesville to the Big Apple

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By Michael Beadle Nick Taylor’s career in journalism has spanned four decades and several cities, but it all began in…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“300” OK, to be perfectly honest, this is a “qualified recommendation.” “300” is currently in the theatres, but the original…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

War can be murder

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Recently, a distressing bit of information surfaced on CNN about the war in Iraq. There has been a significant increase…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Cashiers librarian takes Sylva post

A new director has been hired for the Jackson County library system — Dottie Brunette, currently the head librarian at the Albert-Carlton Cashiers Community Library, will be promoted to the post.
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

Franklin carver hatches a unique idea

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The duck egg is just slightly larger than the chicken egg, its shell a…
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

Masters of their musical domains

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By Chris Cooper Two very different artists and albums, but similar in the pursuit of uniqueness and mastery in their…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Culinary connoisseurs will have a chance to sample the skills of a dozen local…
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Slam Poetry Poetry need not be lame. Two Tuesdays ago Western Carolina University’s Lectures, Concerts and Exhibitions series and Last…
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

The rise and rise of the American empire

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H.W. Crocker’s Don’t Tread On Me: A 400-Year History of America at War, from Indian Fighting to Terrorist Hunting gives…
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

Life in the blogosphere

Go to scoopscott.squarespace.com on the Internet and you enter the world of Macon County resident Bob Scott.
Local leaders and employees of the Oconaluftee Job Corp Center are questioning the motives behind a sudden shutdown of the site by the federal government last week.
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

Director hired for Cherokee art institute

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A coordinator has been selected for the visual arts program of the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts (OICA), a joint…
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

Federal agencies long ignored needed repairs

The federal government has long been aware of run down buildings at the Oconaluftee Job Corps Center but failed to provide the center with funds to fix the problems, according to multiple reports, inspections and annual assessments conducted by the…
Many in the community will be watching closely in April when the Haywood County Board of Commissioners appoint three members to the board of Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

New Zealand group eyes Blue Ridge Paper

Blue Ridge Paper Products might have found a buyer — a New Zealand-based paper company called The Rank Group that has recently moved into the United States paper market.
Sinquarious Graham, a 16-year-old Job Corps student from Alabama, was pulling on his coat to go to breakfast at 6:30 a.m. last Thursday when his roommate came in and told him class was canceled, he could go back to bed.
Jo Glover joined the Waynesville Recreation Center after moving to Haywood County from Alabama in December. She likes the recreation center’s atmosphere — no music blaring, windows around the indoor track, a fitness class in the morning that fits into…
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

The storied bloodroot

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Bloodroot is surely one of most widely admired wildflowers in the eastern United States. Walk now through any rocky, deciduous…
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

In truth, boating won’t harm the Chattooga

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By Bruce Hare • Guest Columnist I would like to respond to Mr. James Costa’s letter (March 14, The Smoky…
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

Another deadline – not a problem

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Everywhere I go, I get the same question: “How do you do it? How do you find the time and…
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

Granny’s Farm and the boys from Chicago

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By Jim Joyce My great- grandparents, on my mother’s side, “Bestafahr” and “Bestamour” (Nelson and Christiana Wurtz) emigrated from Denmark…
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

Be a sport, get involved in Senior Games

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By Dick and Sandy Michener Are you a serious competitor or a weekend athlete? Are you an accomplished artist or…
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

Meal deal shines light on Swain’s dirty politics

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It’s not clear what Swain County commissioners are hoping to accomplish by turning over to the District Attorney’s office the…
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

Antlers born anew

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By Joe Yarkovich Spring is upon us and with the days beginning to lengthen, signs of the season can be…
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

Move over harbingers

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George Ellison talked about the harbingers of spring in his Feb. 28 column in The Smoky Mountain News. Well those…
First let me get this disclaimer out of the way. I am thrilled to hear that Congressman Heath Shuler has…