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Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

Encountering my own inner goddess

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By Stephanie Wampler I begin this article with a momentous announcement. This announcement will, I think, bring a general feeling of…
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

Making the case for using tax money to buy open spaces

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Sometimes, change is for the good.
By Michael Beadle Sutton Bacon once had dreams of becoming a surgeon.
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

Canary Coalition reaches membership milestone in 2006

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Canary Coalition, a regional air quality advocacy group based in Sylva, recently reached the 1,000 mark in members, showing a…
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

Urban archery and tally ho!

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The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has decided that creating an urban bowhunting season would be a wonderful resource municipalities…
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 00:00

Filling in the blanks ain’t always easy

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When my nephew came walking in with a letter from one of our state’s universities, he handled it like something…
By Michael Beadle For the longest time, forest fires were viewed as hazardous events to avoid at all costs. Remember…
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 00:00

Deer dilemma

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This week’s column is a follow-up to last week’s piece about urban archery seasons and deer/human conflicts within municipalities. Most…
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 00:00

Listening to the stone

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By Michael Beadle A goddess rises through ribbons of translucent alabaster. A pair of doves flutters from bronzed hands. An old,…
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 00:00

Revenge rising

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Well, dear readers, modern pop fiction’s most famous killer, Hannibal the Cannibal, has quietly returned. For those of you who…
Clerk talks: Dennis Stephenson, a clerk at the Bryson City post office, supplied the following statement in an affidavit taken by Swain County election board member John Herrin.
Haywood County commissioners are once again pondering the idea of recruiting a state prison.
Sarah Kucharski • Staff writer A new prescription drug discount card soon will be available to Macon County residents.
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 00:00

More questions raised in Maggie land deal

New developments have emerged involving the the purchase of a small piece of land in Maggie Valley by the town for a park. Alderman Phil Aldridge made $6,500 in commission for acting as the town’s real estate agent in the…
Thanks to major environmental investments by Blue Ridge Paper Products in Canton, the last advisory against eating fish downstream of the mill was lifted this month — ending a 20-year effort to clean up the river following decades of pollution…
Students in Haywood County are on the front lines of an ambitious effort to reintroduce a slew of native species to the Pigeon River following decades of pollution from the Canton paper mill that destroyed the aquatic habitat.
Slope development regulations will go into effect in Haywood County on March 1.
Leaders of a downtown Sylva movement are considering downsizing a proposed special taxing district to encompass only the core downtown area.
Leaders of the Downtown Sylva Association are drumming up support for a special taxing district that would raise money to promote downtown.
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 00:00

Medicinal plants of the Southern Appalachians

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Back in November at the Great Smoky Mountains Book Fair in Sylva I met Patricia Kyritsi Howell and purchased a…
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 00:00

Elana James: A fiery violinist takes it solo

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By Chris Cooper Swing can take many forms. It can bop and bounce like Calloway and Ellington, or it can…
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 00:00

Recommended Diversions

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As you probably know by now, we are on the verge of another “revolution in technology.” Specifically, your current DVD…
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 00:00

Remembering the spirit of Saide Luck

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I grew up thinking that libraries had a lot in common with churches. I guess I need to explain that.
Wednesday, 31 January 2007 00:00

Local lo-fi gets a high five

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By Chris Cooper Morning Missed: Broken Cords Of Rotten Wood
Wednesday, 31 January 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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The Grey Eagle Over the last four years I have had the great opportunity to work with David Holt in…
Wednesday, 31 January 2007 00:00

History 2 - Food 1

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The Avenger Takes His Place: Andrew Johnson and the 45 Days that Changed the Nation by Howard Means. Harcourt, 2006.…
When Howard Alligood heard about a group of Sylva merchants lobbying for a special downtown tax, he got a little suspicious.
An overhaul of economic development strategy in Jackson County has temporarily stalled over who will be in charge.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Franklin town officials have turned down a request made by the owners of the Wal-Mart plaza in Franklin to help encourage expansion in the store’s current location along the U.S. 441 bypass rather than…
Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran has estimated how much his predecessor might have made under the table feeding jail inmates: the figure comes in well over $100,000 a year.
The North Carolina Election Board says it could be another month or two before someone can make the trip from Raleigh to Bryson City to look into complaints of illegal voter intimidation and improper handling of absentee ballots associated with…
Wednesday, 31 January 2007 00:00

TDA has equal parts Maggie Valley, Waynesville

The Haywood County Board of Commissioners have appointed two new members to the Tourism Development Authority board: Deborah Reed, a leader of the Canton merchant’s association FOCUS, and Art O’Neil, owner of Sunset Inn, Sunset Bakery and Sunset Café at…
Wednesday, 31 January 2007 00:00

WCU buys on-campus commercial buildings

Western Carolina University is now the proud owner of the strip of commercial property known locally as the downtown Cullowhee business district.
Wednesday, 31 January 2007 00:00

Recounting natural history

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For me, no pursuit is truly worthwhile unless it has an associated body of literature one can consult from time…
Wednesday, 31 January 2007 00:00

Just a blip, but meaningful to some

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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.