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Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

Honeybees and hemp: Where did we go wrong?

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By Kathleen Lamont I’ve got two cents to add to the honeybee dilemma. There are approximately 20,000 species of bees…
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

Rebel Records Roundup, Part 2

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By Chris Cooper Rebel Records, that esteemed purveyor of all that is and has been high and lonesome for the…
A king named Midas wishes for riches and ends up with a wealth that kills. A singer named Orpheus descends…
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Good Friday & Easter Easter, of course, is more than dyed eggs, plastic straw, and strange bunnies.
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

WCU reels in Half Frame Film Fest

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Western Carolina University will launch the Half Frame Film Festival, a daylong celebration of documentary filmmaking, on Monday, April 9,…
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

Stories from the dead

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In the small Southern community where she lives, Finch Nobles, the narrator of A Gracious Plenty, easily qualifies as a…
A military expedition against Cherokee villages at the onset of the Revolutionary War has been documented with the publication of a full-color informational brochure.
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

A how-to crash course in smart growth

Ginny Faust, a professional planning consultant, posed a tough question to members of the Sylva Town Board and planning board last week.
Cherokee Preservation Foundation has awarded 29 grants totaling $3.6 million during its spring cycle.
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

New director wants to grow Swain chamber

Lucretia Stargell, the new director of the Swain County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, said her goals include building membership and finding additional ways to market the area to prospective visitors.
The town of Sylva is embarking on a smart growth plan that could reshape some of the town’s more unsightly commercial corridors in coming decades.
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

River island project raises concerns

The possibility that a 40-acre island in the Little Tennessee River might be developed has sparked outrage among conservationists and calls for preservation from those living nearby.
By Michael Beadle When Waynesville Town Manager Lee Galloway meets fellow town managers from across the state, he inevitably hears his counterparts say, “Your town looks great. What’s your secret?”Without a beat, Galloway replies, “Let me give you a phone…
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

Swain tourism board faces changes

Swain County commissioners are moving forward with a plan to reshape the county’s tourism board despite some opposition.
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

Ash bats and the boys of summer

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Some essays get to their point or points right away. Others are discursive, beating around the bush before getting there.…
By John Armor Who are these people? Katie Couric used to be on the Today Show, then she fell off the map. You’ve never heard of Becky Johnson? Allow me to help.
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

There’s no acceptable reason not to recycle glass

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He’s on record, and we for one will hold him to it: Haywood County’s new solid waste director says anything…
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

Beetles being raised to save hemlocks

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A new lab has opened at the University of Georgia to raise predator beetles aimed at countering the deadly hemlock…
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

Road to Nowhere: Getting dimmer by the day

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Those opposed to building a $600 million, 30-mile road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park got welcome news last…
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

The Northshore Road: What they say

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Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville “As a Swain County native, I have a deep, personal understanding of the issues and emotions…
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

New market ignites biofuel expansion

Less than six months after cranking out their first batch of biodiesel, Alan Begley and Sam Gray have sealed the largest deal ever for a biodiesel producer in the state of North Carolina.
For decades, soil experts like Duane Vanhook have been showing farmers how a crop of winter wheat can recharge soil nutrients or how to shore up a stream bank decimated by cattle hooves.
When the well heeled are in need of a pampered retreat in Western North Carolina, they often look toward the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands.
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Still on the table

Jackson County planning board meetings likely will get even more interesting as members move on to the nuts and bolts of a slope ordinance this month.
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

The Tsali legend

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Since the mid-1980s, I’ve been researching and writing about events surrounding the Cherokee removal of 1838, especially those pertaining to…
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Cousin Eugene fights the train

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By Carl Iobst Ed Stephens of Dillsboro recently had a problem with the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. According to the…
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Some people — all the time

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Some people complain all the time, about everything. They complain about the weather, the price of gasoline, their neglectful friends,…
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Landing jobs should be part of the mix

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By Becky Anderson This is the time for members of the 2007 North Carolina General Assembly to follow their hearts…
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

May the North Shore Road rest in peace

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Swain County native Heath Shuler is doing his home county a favor by putting together a powerful congressional coalition to…
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Hiking to build a better world

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By Michael Beadle Jon Brown and Scott Cochran want to help a small town in Bosnia and Herzegovina rebuild after…
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Judge strikes blow for property rights advocates

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A federal judge in San Francisco told the Bush administration on March 30 that it didn’t have the right to…
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Figuratively speaking

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By Sarah Kucharski Entering figurative sculptor Wesley Wofford’s studio one is struck by the sheer size of his works.
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Cowboy Junkies reflect on the family dynamic

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The Cowboy Junkies have this thing that only they can do, and as easy as it is to recognize that…
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Well, let’s just consider this a collection of things I would NOT recommend. But maybe reading this will constitute a…
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Today’s writing smacks of sameness

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The 1920s were a golden age for American fiction and poetry. F. Scott Fizgerald helped give the decade its name…
When Greg Kidd saw his odometer hit 250,000 miles last spring, he knew he would reluctantly be catapulted into the market for a new car sooner rather than later.
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Ghost Town has a deluge of job applicants

When Ghost Town in the Sky recently held auditions to fill its entertainment needs, about 40 potential cowboys competed for 10 available slots.
Developers in Jackson County could be asked to designate 25 percent of new developments as conserved open space under a provision the Jackson County planning board is weighing.
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Reasons for closing Jobs Corps still unclear

Three weeks after federal officials rolled into town and abruptly shut down the Oconaluftee Jobs Corps Center in Swain County, the reasons for the closure are still being debated.
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Legality of Job Corps votes questioned

When Mike Clampitt was making get out the vote calls during his campaign for Swain County commissioner last fall, he noticed an interesting pattern on the voter registration lists.
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

Let’s stop the hypocrisy

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Thank goodness for Don Imus. After 25 years of gutteral lyrics in the name of entertainment, none of which was…
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

I know just what you’re thinking ...

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Call me a little superstitious, but I defend my right to harbor a few fears. That’s why, after breaking my…
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

WNC is at the forefront of the green revolution

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The expansion announced last week by Smoky Mountain Biofuels and Mountain Energy will help place Western North Carolina at the…
For years, Jack Lansford and his mountain biking buddies in Franklin would have to load up their bikes and hit…
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

Navy still at war with NC

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You have to admire the tenacity of America’s armed forces. We can all take pride in the heroism, courage and…
Walking into the new nature center at the Balsam Mountain Preserve in Jackson County is like walking into a replica…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Sitting at a workbench in the back of his gallery on Main Street in…
By Chris Cooper See, the primary difference between Todd Snider and Ryan Adams is that Snider didn’t get so caught…
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Guests of the Ayatollah and Kite Runner Trying to understand the Middle East? Here are two books — one non-fiction…
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

Heir to the King

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Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. William Morrow, 2007. 376 pages Although both the publisher and the author of Heart-Shaped Box…