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Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Two Poems by Zora Walker

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The Man in the Pickup Truck You may be a man who drives a cadillac and lives in a big…
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

West Waynesville roadwork needs to be designed well

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Imagine how this scenario could work, if it was a reality: a state Department of Transportation in lockstep with the…
By Michael Beadle Jay Blackburn never figured he’d be competing against the best axe-chopping, saw-cutting athletes in the country when…
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Navy’s top 10 reasons for choosing Site C

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The Navy has decided that a site in Washington and Beaufort counties in eastern North Carolina, about three to five…
By Michael Beadle Along with death and taxes, one of the most predictable things in life seems to be political…
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Laying down the Lawson

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By Chris Cooper Fusing soaring gospel harmony with finely tuned bluegrass firepower, Doyle Lawson has forged an easily recognizable and…
Bill Dyar has long been interested in Native American dances. When he was 15 years old, he formed his first…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Grant-Lee Phillips scores two in a year

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By Chris Cooper First, if you don’t already know (I sure as heck didn’t) fire up Google and read about…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“The Sopranos” Down now to the last five episodes before creator David Chase closes down the series for good, the…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Southern Comfort

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Cornbread Nation 2 by Lolis Eric Elie. The University of North Carolina Press, 2007. In the last 50 years, home…
A conflict between river outfittters and a developer in the Nantahala Gorge has resurfaced, this time over a footbridge the developer hopes to build over part of the river to a private island.
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Affordable housing on the plateau

Each weekend, Carol Austin figures out what meals her family is going to eat during the upcoming workweek. She shops for groceries and fills her vehicle’s gasoline tank before Monday morning.
A coffee shop. That’s one of the more unique but interesting ideas that emerged during a series of public input sessions last week for a new Jackson County library.
The board of the Haywood Regional Medical Center heard a glowing report last week on how the hospital’s emergency department is going following an abrupt transition four months ago.
Local governments balking at controlling development on steep mountainsides would be forced into action if the General Assembly passes a state bill introduced earlier this month.
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Downtown Sylva gets free wireless access

When Rhonda Williams fired up her laptop in the Sylva library a couple of weeks ago, she was pleasantly surprised to pick up a wireless Internet signal.
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority gave out twice as much money in grants for festivals this year, quelling some of the controversy that erupted last year following cuts to festival funding.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Cameron Farlow, an intern at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Oconaluftee Visitors Center,…
Ronald A. Johnson, who holds the JP Morgan Chase Chair in Finance in the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University, is the next dean of the College of Business at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Persecution of the dandelion

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It seems that every lawn care commercial on TV or radio these days is aimed at touting a product which…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Fluffy turns out to be a greaser

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By Stephanie Wampler My fluffy white dog was no longer white — his snout was grey with grease, the hair…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Re-thinking transportation is a must

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Dark clouds were rolling in on Saturday as I sat in our Sylva office while Western North Carolina’s original environmental…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Bog bet succeeds

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When Gary Wein came on board as the executive director of the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust a year ago, he…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Unique bog protected

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Botanists are cheering the recent acquisition of a 38-acre tract that’s home to a mountain bog near Cashiers thanks to…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

They’re baaaaccckkk!

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In late March there was a lot of talk on the Carolina birders’ listserv about early migration as Neotropical migrants…
By Kathleen Lamont It was Saturday, March 24, and I was walking through the Greenlife Grocery parking lot in Asheville…
The Wilderness Society has signaled a strong interest in the future of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests with the…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Road standards would help rescue vehicles

When a roaring forest fire whipped through a mountainside development in Swain County two months ago — burning nine homes to the ground — the narrow, steep road leading to the community stymied efforts of firefighters.
Custom jewelry business Studio 33 and its owner Diannah Beauregard won the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Business Start-up Competition and a $10,000 prize last week.
Not that many years ago, anglers and boaters wanting to gain access to the Tuckasegee River in Swain County essentially had to bushwhack their way to the water.
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Flame on

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Flame azalea is one of our most magnificent common shrubs here in the Smokies region. From late spring into early…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Bush’s obstinance is a rare opportunity

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With President Bush’s veto of the Democrats’ bill to set a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq,…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

A distant memory of child’s play

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By Kathryn Stripling Byer Soon school will be over for the year. Students will leave their classrooms and bound out…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Nurses deserve support for speaking up

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By Michael Rey I would like to offer some words of support for those Emergency Department Nurses at Haywood Regional…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Letter to Haywood Regional Medical Center

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Dr. Michael Ray, who worked for Haywood Emergency Physicians before quitting in summer 2006, wrote this letter to the Haywood…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

The right choices for healthier air

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Roughly 45 percent of people (more than 2.9 million) in North Carolina lives in an area with unhealthful short-term levels…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

A peek at the watershed

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One hundred and twenty people or so took advantage of Waynesville’s first Watershed Appreciation Month to see and learn more…
Danny Bernstein still remembers her first tough hike — a three-day journey in 1969 up Mount Marcy, the highest peak…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

A serendipitious selection of CDs

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By Chris Cooper Ah ... the joys of moving. Once you’ve got everything boxed up and ready to go, there’s…
By Michael Beadle New York City has long enjoyed a reputation as a melting pot of music — especially when…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Pied Piper stages at Smoky Mountain Community Theatre

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By Michael Beadle An old German town has a very serious rat problem. Luckily, a stranger arrives with just the…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Afternoon Naps with the Windows Open A recent dental surgery has left me at home the past few days in…
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Hootnoggers: History, definitely delightful

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First, the tomatoes. Then the applause. Rob Neufeld’s Mountains, Heroes & Hootnoggers: A Popular History of Western North Carolina (The…
All three Haywood Regional Medical Center board members were reappointed this week for another three years by the Haywood County commissioners.
The Jackson County planning board is accepting written public comment through May 14 on the latest version of a draft steep slope ordinance.
• 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.