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Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

Mountain Heart serves up musical surprise

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By Chris Cooper To say that Mountain Heart isn’t exactly your “average” bluegrass band is more than a slight understatement.…
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

The Fine Art of Being Wrong (sort of...)

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I spend a considerable amount of time being disappointed by music. It’s sad, because I also happen to love music,…
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

Locked away

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Coventry by Joseph Bathanti. Novello Festival Press, 2006. 261 pages. When 30-year-old Calvin Gaddy finds himself working as a guard…
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

Election controversy plagues Swain

When Commissioner Glenn Jones pulled into the Stillhouse Branch trailer park in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Swain County last October, he’d strayed far from the campaign path of most candidates.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The owner of Ghost Town in the Sky and the North Carolina Department of Labor have signed a unique agreement that aims to ensure that the historic Maggie Valley amusement park opens on time.
Haywood County commissioners suggested they could be amenable to a slight property tax increase this year if there is something really important they want the money for.
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

Opponents lining up to challenge Chief Hicks

Even before filing opens March 1, four candidates have emerged to challenge Principal Chief Michell Hicks for the top leadership position of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

Plug pulled on downtown Sylva taxing district

The Downtown Sylva Association has dropped the idea of a special downtown property tax due to a lack of support among merchants.
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

Swain seats new planning board

One Swain County resident expressed concern last week that developers and speculators will rush to break ground on mountainside subdivisions in the next few months to beat out development regulations coming down the pipe.
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

Old remedies for the toothache

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As noted previously in several Back Then columns, the Cherokees and later on the white settlers here in the Blue…
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

Ask not what your county can do for you

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Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their county. Ask not…
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

Common goal is the same – a thriving downtown

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Downtown Sylva is a special place. The events of the last couple of months only reinforce that fact, and so…
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

Tribe, unlike Google and others, isn’t asking for a handout

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By David Redman • Guest Columnist There is absolutely no doubt about the economic impact the Eastern Band of Cherokee…
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

The realities of being green

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The Western Carolina Forest Sustainability Initiative (WCFSI) under the direction of Pete Bates, associate professor of Natural Resources Management at…
Landmark Learning, a Cullowhee-based wilderness training center for the outdoor industry, has forged a new partnership with the National Outdoor…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:49

First of the Floppy Disc: Almond School

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I wrote first by hand and then with a manual typewriter. Starting about 1990, I moved “up” to a Tandy…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:45

Outdoor gear store in Franklin celebrates expansion

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Franklin’s downtown outdoor gear store just got bigger.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:43

Canoe series starts this weekend in the gorge

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June kicks off the first of a three-part event at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, near Bryson City, called the Canoe…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:43

Eat to support the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Eateries in Western North Carolina have agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:42

Learn to co-exist with mountain black bears

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Mountain visitors and residents can learn more about their black bear neighbors at an upcoming seminar. A program called “Understanding…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:42

Predator birds come to Waynesville

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Get ready for live talons, Waynesville. Doris Mager, better known as “The Eagle Lady,” will appear with her birds of…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:40

Book details the fall and the rise of elk in the East

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A new book has been published detailing the story of the grand, four-legged keepers of the Great Smoky Mountains Park:…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:38

From slaughterhouse to garden sanctuary

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The Macon County Master Gardener Association is hosting an open house from 1 until 4 p.m. June 15 at the…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:37

Like a good neighbor

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The folks in the mountains of Western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee share more than a common boundary, they share…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:33

Great Smoky Mountains Association looks back

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The Great Smoky Mountains Association has turned 60 years old, and although it has changed during the years, its mission…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:29

Bridging the gap between young, old

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With each passing day, the first-person accounts of what life was like in the Smokies before Google, iTunes or even…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Morgan conjures the past with a poet skill

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Robert Morgan has a rare and cunning gift: he can sift through the detritus of the past, pluck objects and…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Cutting courthouse trees was a disgrace

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To the Editor: I have returned to Waynesville for the summer. I drove past the courthouse and could not believe…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Rep. Meadows becomes Tea Party poster boy

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To the Editor: Rep. Mark Meadows would like us to think of him as a “moderate or centrist Republican” (SMN,…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Let’s stop the senseless civilian deaths

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To the Editor:  At this Memorial Day time of year, we not only honor veterans but also mourn the recent tragic loss…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

GOP leadership wasting money, time and more

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To the Editor: The 2013 legislation coming out of Raleigh is bad enough to cause sleepless nights and worried man…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

GOP ‘progress’ takes this state backwards

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To the Editor: Recently I saw Ralph Laughter, chairman of Macon County’s “Me Party.” We talked about his letter to…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Pay on, Jackson residents, pay on

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To the Editor: It is true I have been accused of being a negative person concerning a few of the…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Wilderness Society had key role in Hall Mountain

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To the Editor: Thank you for your coverage of the historic return of Hall Mountain to the Cherokees (www.smokymountainnews.com/outdoors/item/10467). While the…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Even in tight times, libraries deserve priority funding

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By Doug Woodward • Guest Columnist What entity in our community serves the needs of every one of our citizens, whether…
Waynesville officials are looking under a different couch cushion for additional revenue after losing income from sweepstakes operations and its ABC store.
Nearly two months after a majority of Macon County commissioners approved a slew of salary raises for all county employees, the nitty-gritty details of the pay hikes have been released.
For law enforcement, video gambling is like a bad case of poison ivy that keeps cropping back up all over the place, and now, it’s going after them.
A church is looking to bring a little more religion to downtown Sylva, but some local business owners, as well as elected officials, are skeptical of the move.
Four years after Swain County leaders trashed a skewed property reassessment, the county has completed a new revaluation.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Sylva dips into reserves to avoid tax hike

Sylva town leaders have chosen not to raise taxes next year and instead delay town expenditures, save money where they can and dip into reserve funds to shore up the budget.
Jackson County commissioners will discuss two sets of proposed planning regulations at an upcoming workshop at 2 p.m. on June 17 in the county’s Justice and Administration Building. One of the items being considered is a new ordinance that was…
Repairs to the dam at Balsam Lake in the Nantahala National Forest have been delayed because of high creek levels, leaving the popular lake drained as the Western North Carolina tourist season gets under way.
The effort to introduce zoning laws in Cullowhee is being taken up by Jackson County Commissioners at an upcoming workshop at 2 p.m. June 17 at the county’s Administration and Justice Building near Sylva.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

From the backyard to your table

The “Buy Haywood” initiative is a work-in-progress example of how local businesses benefit by connecting with each other.
Haywood County just got a little sweeter. Specializing in “handcrafted, locally produced, artisan beverages,” Waynesville Soda Jerks is a new business that has opened at the Waynesville Historic Farmer’s Market. At the center of it all are founders Megan Brown…
For more than a month, 25-year-old Slyenia Rhein and her three children lived in a single hotel room with her mother, her father, her sister, a dog and a cat.
Foot traffic undeniably brings dollars to Waynesville’s downtown businesses. But what the passerby also brings is trash.
Mitigating the deadly and damaging effects of mountain landslides might be as simple as understanding them.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

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Count my daughter among the millions of kids whose first word was “doggy.” For a several-week stretch, “doggy” was also…