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Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Its not easy being green

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Balsam Mountain Preserve is, first and foremost, a real estate development. As such, it is subject to all the pressures,…
By Chris Cooper The phrase “well rounded” gets thrown about pretty often, but it fits few people better than banjoist…
When a workshop on proper and improper sexual behavior in preschoolers premiered at a childcare conference in the region a few years ago, more than 60 childcare workers packed the session, surprising even the organizers. The reason for the popularity…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Enchanting the summer evening

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No late summer wildflower is more widely recognized than evening primrose. The four broad yellow petals that open in the…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Fontana Lake businesses close for the season

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Two of the three boat docks on the Swain County side of Fontana Lake shut their doors before Labor Day, traditionally one of the biggest money-making weekends of the season for lake businesses.
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Jackson’s Green Energy Park undergoes expansion

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The Jackson County Green Energy Park is slated to get even greener with the expansion of the Smoky Mountain Biofuels’ production facility and the addition of six greenhouses on the site.
By Michael Beadle Once upon a sitcom, Linda Lavin was America’s hardest-working waitress. Remember “Alice” — a household name in…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

SCC ranks fourth among all U.S. community colleges

Southwestern Community College ranks fourth in the nation in a new listing of America’s best community colleges and was the only representative from North Carolina in the top ten. That’s according to a report in the Washington Monthly. While colleges…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Childcare center’s closing surprises community

First United Methodist Church’s Child Development Center in Waynesville suddenly closed its daycare and after-school programs two weeks ago, leaving 65 children without childcare. The preschool is still operating. The center cited the loss of both its director and assistant…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Heaven in a bucket, a hillside and some blueberries

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By Stephanie Wampler Have you ever doubted the existence of Heaven? If so, then I will jump to the hasty…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Chickens and fall garden chores

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By Kathleen Lamont I have had laying hens on and off for the past 20 years. My first flock of…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Roll the credits, please – ASU 34, Mich. 32

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For the last 24 hours, I have felt like a character in a movie. You have seen the movie, probably…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Bond hearings planned in Macon

Macon County leaders will get their first real taste of how the public feels about a $64 million bond vote at a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in the Macon County courthouse. Macon residents will be voting…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Spray Paint Took a page from “Trading Spaces” and all those other home renovation/redecoration shows this past weekend and salvaged…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Sling Shots: Disc golf course proves popular in Waynesville

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By Michael Beadle It’s 5:30 on a steamy Monday night at the Waynesville Recreation Park, and pairs of disc golfers…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Osama, this is George: I need you, man

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By Arthur Hancock • Guest Columnist I had a dream that the following communication came into my hands. I read…
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:00

Swain to put land transfer tax on November ballot

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Swain County residents will vote November 6 on whether to enact a new tax on real estate transactions to bolster county coffers. The tax is equivalent to 0.4 percent of a real estate transaction,…
A new community group dedicated to revitalizing Cullowhee will host an open house at the Cullowhee Café from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22. “CuRvE, the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavour, is still in the initial planning stages, and now is…
A public hearing Monday on a $64 million bond for various construction projects in Macon County attracted relatively few naysayers. Voters in Macon will get to weigh in on the slate of construction projects in a countywide vote on Nov.…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

SCC ranking a sign of the high quality of community colleges

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In this day and age, as the gap between the rich and poor continues to widen and this country’s manufacturing…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

What Sylva is and isn’t: you be the judge

Buxton, a consulting firm that analyzes a community’s demographics, has 60 some population classes that it uses to describe the population. The Jackson County Economic Development Commission disagrees with how the firm described the Sylva area. The analysis seems to…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Incumbent Hicks wins in tight Cherokee election

The election for chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians came down to a mere 30 votes last week, and apparently isn’t over yet.
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

EDC says marketing study not worthwhile

An $18,000 marketing study conducted for Jackson County by consultants from Texas fell short of what the firm promised, according to members of the Jackson County Economic Development Commission. So the economic development commission is asking for its money back.
Recreation at a four-wheel drive and ATV playground in the Nantahala National Forest could be curtailed after environmental and outdoor…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Sarah Rolland first connected with clay on an emotional level. With lunch plans to…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Fresh voices gain ground

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Angi West: Orange Thread In A Blue Sea Thoughtfully arranged tunes that wander through elements of folk, sun-dappled guitar and…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A petition by Maggie Valley Mayor Roger McElroy to re-zone a 90-acre tract of land to allow for higher density development is being met with vehement protests from town residents.
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Defending their turf

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Four-wheel drive enthusiasts are prepared to defend their use of the Tellico Off-Road Area in the Graham County section of…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Much like a band-aid on a kid’s scraped elbow, No Child Left Behind was put in place to mend an educational system many claimed was in disrepair. An increasing number of critics, however, are…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Life in the midst of change

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A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas. Harcourt, 2006. 192 pages A blurb on the front cover of Abigail Thomas’…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Baby birding

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It’s almost fall and the skies are beginning to fill with feathered vagabonds headed to their traditional southern winter habitats.…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Voter interviews reflect close race

Interviews with Cherokee voters exiting the polling booths last week revealed just how divided the tribe is over who will be their next chief. The race was decided by just 30 votes — representing less than 1 percent of the…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Is oil like a mineral, vegetable or animal?

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By S. Michael Hewitt • Guest Columnist Remember the game of 20 Questions? One person thinks of a thing. A…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“Come Early Morning” This is the kind of movie that gets past you, a small budget movie that didn’t get…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

For gays, desperation too often a way of life

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A few years ago, I received a letter from a reader that I have never forgotten. Upset over the suicide…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Duke seeks permit for new coal plant

A public hearing on whether Duke Energy should be allowed to build a new coal-fired power plant in the Shelby area will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Forest City. Duke Energy must get an air pollution permit from the…
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 00:00

Walnut toxicity

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The walnut trees along the creek where we live are exhibiting a bumper crop this year. At night we are…
By Michael Beadle Peter Bates inspects a trio of cucumber trees growing closely together on a 20-acre tract of woods…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

School gets scant attention out in the jungle

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By David Curtis As a teacher in the public school system I have often heard teachers express their frustrations by…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Nearly two years after receiving a grant to study traffic issues on Russ Avenue, Waynesville is finally moving forward with the project. Town planner Paul Benson said the…
Jackson County leaders might be lending their tacit endorsement, albeit unintentionally, to the proposed Southern Loop, a controversial highway that would bisect Jackson County.
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Dillsboro Dam important part of Jackson’s heritage, economy

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By Susan Leveille Editor’s note: This letter, which contains some updates, was sent by Susan Leveille to the Maggie Salas,…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Courthouse site doable for new Jackson library

Years of wrestling over a location for a new Jackson County library will come to a close next month. Jackson County commissioners pledged to pick a site for a new library at their next meeting on Oct. 1. There are…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Time to fix NCLB to better reflect the real world

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Congress is likely to re-authorize the No Child Left Behind Act sometime this fall. If that is indeed the case,…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Waynesville PD net 6 arrests in Internet sex sting

When Crystal Shuler posted an ad on Craig’s List this summer offering a full-service massage in Waynesville, she was flooded with email responses, more than 70 to be exact. Shuler, a Waynesville police detective, wasn’t actually surfing for action but…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Swain nearly ready to vote on road rules

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Swain County’s first-ever planning board is nearly finished with its first project — drafting an ordinance to regulate road construction — and will send it on to county commissioners to review next week.
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Intersection of American minds

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American Bloomsbury by Susan Cheever. Simon & Schuster, 2006. 240 pages Susan Cheever, novelist, critic, and writer of acclaimed memoirs…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer David Tripp’s workshop is piled head-high with wood. There are tree limbs here, locust…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

Balsam Range redefines regional bluegrass

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By Chris Cooper Two things still stick in my mind about Darren Nicholson’s excellent self-titled 2006 release; state of the…
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 00:00

How it might work

Jackson County commissioners sanctioned a feasibility study on whether a new library would fit on the hill behind the historic courthouse. McMillan Smith and Associates concluded it would work, based on the following rough plan.