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Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield Margaret Lea, the daughter of an antique book collector, receives a curious letter from…
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Dexter: friendly, gruesome with a twist of sociopath

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. New York: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. $12.95 – 288 pages. Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff…
The Downtown Sylva Association will hold a series of public meetings in January to answer questions about a proposed municipal service district tax, DSA president Sheryl Rudd recently told town board members.
As the Cherokee election season gets under way in the race for chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, there’s one dynamic that won’t be at play: catering to the hundreds of enrolled tribal members who live in far-flung…
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Franklin passes plan to help guide growth

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Franklin’s proposed Principles of Growth flew past town aldermen Monday night in a mere 15 minutes, earning unanimous approval and setting a new policy for directing future growth.
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Green Energy Park earns EPA recognition

Jackson County’s Green Energy Park has received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Project of the Year award, giving the one-of-a-kind methane gas recovery project some much deserved recognition.
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

Land-use planning takes center stage in Jackson

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jackson County commissioners have set in motion a strategy to make up for the past and plan for the future, directing the planning board to make several land-use ordinances this year’s top priority.
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

World wide from Canton

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By Sarah Kucharski — Staff Writer John Anderson’s boisterous voice streams out from the computer speakers.
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

In your Internet ear

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Just before Christmas, singer/songwriter Ashley Chambliss of Sylva got an email from the online music site where her music is…
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

Darren Nicholson: Darren Nicholson

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By Chris Cooper Yeah, it’s a quip that’s terribly overused — the one about “... there must be something in the…
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

Snowed in and booked up

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“I never trusted happiness,” Robert Duvall says in “Tender Mercies.” I have begun to feel the same way about vacations.
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

Recommended Diversions

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In putting together my annual list of the year’s best albums, I was reminded of what a terrific year 2006…
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

Franklin hires planner, GIS specialist

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff writer The Town of Franklin is taking steps toward implementing its recently adopted Principals of Growth, hiring both a town planner and GIS mapping specialist.
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

Blue Ridge Heritage grants total $340,000

Dillsboro and Southwestern Community College’s Heritage Arts Institute in Swain County were among the 18 grant recipients from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

Maggie alderman profits from land sale to town

An elected board member in Maggie Valley has collected $6,500 in commission from the town after acting as the town’s real estate agent in the purchase of land for a small park.
The surge in early voting witnessed in the last election has prompted the Swain County election board to hunt for a new office location.
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

Sylva downtown group to hire executive director

Downtown Sylva Association members have voted unanimously to hire an executive director, setting the organization up to more actively advocate for the downtown community.
A record number of applicants are seeking seats on the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, likely spurred by the ongoing tug of war over the best way to spend $650,000 annually in tourism promotion dollars.
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

Voter testimony

The following testimony was provided by Rhonda Bedsaul, 47, of Swain County. A similar account was provided by Bedsaul’s husband, Ron, 42. Both affidavits have been turned over to the state election board for further investigation.
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

Voter intimidation alleged in Swain election

Two Swain County residents claim they were victims of illegal voter intimidation during the November election.
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:00

We’re all special, according to Time

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When I saw that I had been named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year,” the first thing I felt like…
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…