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• The ordinance only applies to development on slopes greater than 30 percent. • Developers must file a hydrology report, geotechnical analysis and a tree survey and reforestation plan. They must also provide an assessment describing the impact of the…
Members of a heritage task force in Macon County want town and county leaders to form a commission with regulatory powers to protect historical districts and landmarks.
An article that appeared in The Smoky Mountain News opinion section two weeks ago based on an anonymous interview with several nurses from the Haywood Regional Medical Center Emergency department prompted a rebuttal from hospital employees last week.
A group of Realtors and developers filed a lawsuit against Jackson County this week over a subdivision moratorium imposed by the county in February.
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

No resolution yet on Head Start property

Mountain Projects director Patsy Dowling hit another wall this week in her attempt to lease land from the county for an intergenerational Head Start and senior day care center.
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

Kudzu goes barefoot

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Paul Bratter, a newlywed young lawyer, sits on the couch of his fifth-floor brownstone…
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

When ‘it’ is right in front of you

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By Chris Cooper Sia: Lady Croissant To a degree, it seems like Zero 7 makes “electronic” music for people that…
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Tomato plants If there’s one food that always tastes better fresh from the garden than bought at the store, it…
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

The first lady of the South

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First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis’s Civil War by Joan E. Cashin. Belknap Press, 2006. Civil wars are marked…
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

Cherokee contemplates Wal-Mart’s impact

Some residents on the Cherokee Indian Reservation are calling for a referendum vote on whether Wal-Mart Stores should be allowed to build there.
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

The big drawdown

JD McCurry has seen his share of horror stories in his 20 plus years as a well driller. Take the homeowner in Highlands who struck out finding water after building a $1 million house on the property.
A disagreement between Haywood County commissioners over an intergenerational Head Start and senior day care facility has come to an end.
Proposed development regulations in Jackson County were made later this week after dozens of written public comments flooded the planning office expressing concerns.
As public comments rolled in to the Jackson County planning office on a proposed steep slope ordinance, one provision that seemed to cause the most ire was already a moot point.
As county planner in Macon County, Stacey Guffey knows a little bit about controversy and soliciting public opinion.
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

State, local well regulators on the way

No one knows how many wells are planted in the mountainsides of Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

Real estate school for elected leaders

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Money and politics. Right now in the mountains, we can add real estate to that equation.
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

Will we ever learn history’s lessons of war?

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By Michael Beadle World wars, civil wars, the Crusades, wars of rebellion and independence. Why does humanity continue to go…
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

Cherokee language and zoology

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Doctoral dissertations don’t usually make for exciting reading. There are, however, exceptions.
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

The day Uncle Billy’s sheep got baptized

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By Carl Iobst Down in the flatlands of Eastern North Carolina there’s an Apex man that’s got a powerful interest…
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

Swain takes encouraging step with road proposals

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Swain County is drafting a set of road standards that will serve its citizens well on two levels. First, the…
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

Soggy birding

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May 5 was a soggy morning. At 7:30 a.m. a light drizzle had engulfed Lake Junaluska. We sat in our…
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

Haywood TDA helps Parkway views

Drivers on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be able to catch a few more views from overlooks through the Haywood County stretch of the popular scenic drive.
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 14:22

Mountain Momma

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I have faint but fond memories of picking strawberries as a kid: the twisty, dusty gravel roads leading to the…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:53

The mystical allure of moving water

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We are attracted to water. Mountain paths always wind down to water. Water is the essence of our very being…
Warm weather brings with it a greater risk for mosquito-borne illnesses, but health officials say precautions can be taken to…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:46

The Owl Prowl is back in Highlands

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A birds of prey program will put participants face to face with live raptors and give them a chance to…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:45

Don’t touch that fawn!

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They are awfully cute, and often times look abandoned, but the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding the public not…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:44

See winged hunters up close and personal

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be the site of an upcoming birds of prey program, featuring live raptors…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:43

Planetarium and stargazing on the agenda at PARI

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A summer night sky viewing event and open house will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:42

Audobon Society, here I come

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Maybe someone heard my plea. For the last two weekends, the rain, for the most part, has stayed away, giving…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:39

Time to SWEAT on the Appalachian Trail

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Volunteers are being sought to work in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on its Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:36

Serendipitous beach trip

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Conscientious, detailed vacation planning; anticipating the “what ifs” and having contingency plans; route planning and hashing out all the logistics…
A mountainside in Macon County once destined for a housing development is now destined to be a community forest area…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:18

A book to help wade through self-help industry

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In The Last Self-Help Book You’ll Ever Need: Repress Your Anger, Think Negatively, Be a Good Blamer, and Throttle Your…
After two false starts, Ghost Town in the Sky theme park in Maggie Valley remains closed this week.
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:15

Site chosen for Cashiers liquor store

A new Jackson County liquor store will soon be under construction in Cashiers, with plans to open for business by early next year.
Jackson County commissioners were implored by library advocates this week to give the Sylva and Cashiers libraries a sizeable bump in their budget. 
The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching in Jackson County had its funding slashed in half in 2011, and this year, Raleigh may finish the job.
Lackluster at best and run-down at worst, it’s no question the has-been commercial district on Western Carolina University’s doorstep needs a life line.
Jackson County will begin building the first leg of a long-awaited greenway along the Tuckasegee River this summer.
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:07

Finding your element

David Burress wants to live forever. Not necessarily in the immortal sense though. Burress is an accomplished blacksmith. And for him, it’s all about sharing and perpetuating the sacred traditions of working with the elements of the Earth — fire,…
An Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration will showcase mountain culture, heritage, music, dance, storytelling, arts and crafts and demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, on Main Street in downtown Waynesville. Headliners for the festival include David Holt and…
The Cashiers Chamber of Commerce leaders claim they have been slighted their fair share of visitor center funding from the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority.
Jackson County Planning Board members discussed axing part of the steep slope rules aimed at protecting mountain viewsheds. The viewshed provisions stipulate new mountainside construction should  not be readily visible from public right of ways or public lands.
In his brief five months in Congress, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, has kept busy — voting on several pieces of key legislation, sitting in on committee hearings, drafting bills of his own and when he can, traveling back to Western…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will receive more federal aid than originally promised after January’s rainstorms, flooding and mudslides. In March, the Eastern Band became the first tribe to garner the Presidential Declaration of Disaster, which made it eligible…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:58

Tribe settles suit over sewage spills

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has settled a civil lawsuit claiming overflows from the tribe’s sewage treatment plant were backing up on nearby private property. Linda Lambert sued the tribe in May 2011, saying sewage overflows on her property…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:53

Battle over degrees at WCU could heat up

Western Carolina University is grappling with whether to cut unpopular or obsolete majors, posing a conundrum as it and other universities examine their deeper role in society: to provide a well-rounded, liberal arts education or steer students toward degrees in…
Haywood County’s budget will increase by more than $2 million next fiscal year, but it will still be nearly that amount shy of the county’s pre-recession budget.