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Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Bryson City adopts first land use plan

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Bryson City Alderman have adopted the town’s first land development plan.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Green Energy Park is not dangerous

By Timm Muth My thanks to the editor for giving me the opportunity to respond to the recent allegations about safety at the Green Energy Park. The article in last week’s paper (“Issues flare up at Green Energy Park,” Feb.…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

A Continual Feast Evelyn Vitz’s cookbook offers a fine array of rituals and recipes from the Christian calendar. Greek lamb soup, baked Easter ham, and Russian Easter bread, for example, are only a few of the recipes offered for the…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Outpouring of support for HRMC

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Donning purple ribbons of support, members of the community came together Monday in a show of encouragement for the embattled Haywood Regional Medical Center, which is facing a financial crisis after losing its Medicare…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

The politics of python invasions

By David Curtis Just when you thought you had enough to worry about here comes a news report that’s right out of a bad Hollywood B movie — the giant snakes are coming.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Musicians will soon be able add another venue to their tour list next year.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Next year Eastern Band of Cherokee tribal members will be able to watch the latest blockbuster flicks on the big screen, get their weekly groceries at Wal-Mart and enjoy a friendly game of golf…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Situation changes daily at medical facility

Anyone following the saga of Haywood Regional Medical Center has to feel like their head is spinning. So much has happened so fast that keeping it all straight is likely proving difficult, even for those with the most nimble minds.
The healing power of forgiveness is at the top of the list of things in which I believe strongly. It’s the best drug on earth, doing more good for more people than anything a doctor ever learned in medical school.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Unexpected guest

There are almost as many reasons for watching birds as there are birders. Whether you are a backyard birder content to fill the feeders and occasionally glance out the window to see who’s flitting about or a hardcore lister, traveling…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Taking back America for Christianity

God’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America by Hanna Rosin. Harcourt, 2007. 304 pages Every once in a while a book sees print that inadvertently tells the unwashed what the elite thinks of them. Massa waltzes…
By Julia Merchant With its CEO gone and a new consulting group on board, Haywood Regional Medical Center is working around the clock to regain its Medicare and Medicaid funding.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

DOT takes input on N.C. 107 project

Jackson County residents weighed in on proposed road improvements for N.C. 107 at a citizens informational workshop Feb. 25 at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Nurses at HRMC caught in downward spiral

Over-worked and underpaid. It’s a complaint most in America could wage against their boss. But at Haywood Regional Medical Center, it was just the tip of workplace complaints.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Marchers protest Canton mill’s discharges

“Keep it clean! We’re downstream!” was the rallying cry for protesters at a demonstration held Saturday (March 1) demanding that Evergreen Packaging clean up the Pigeon River.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

An early account of Western NC

While crossing the Blue Ridge north of present Asheville in the early 1540s, Hernando de Soto’s scribes entered some brief descriptions of the landscape in their journals. In all likelihood, a letter written in 1674 by Abraham Wood, a Virginia…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

In the studio...

You start a band. The band writes material, rehearses, and plays some shows. What’s the next step? Merchandising? A world tour? Possibly a big fat record deal and huge cash advance from the label? Wait a minute; the record industry…
The National Forest Service is trying to hash out a new policy for building wind towers on public lands. The move is prompted by “increasing industry interest in development of wind energy facilities on National Forest Service lands,” according to…
By Michael Beadle Sara Tramper can take you to the powwow at end of the world.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

Haywood doctors open for business

The first stop for sick people in Haywood County should still be their local doctor.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 19:06

Second election primary results

Mark Meadows won the second primary on July 17 by a sweeping majority. The conservative Republican candidate for U.S. Congress garnered 76.3 percent of the vote Tuesday.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:15

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:08

The countries of Folkmoot USA

New Zealand — Whitireia Performing Arts Whitireia Performing Arts is affiliated with New Zealand College of Performing Arts. This school is an energetic setting that prides itself on high-quality performing art programs and performers.
For many teens growing up in Haywood County, becoming a Folkmoot guide is a dream come true. The job means spending two weeks with a group of international dancers and musicians, helping them with everything from getting to performances on…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:04

Serbian performers return to Folkmoot

The Serbian group Talija Art Co., crowd pleasers at the 2009 Folkmoot, will make a return appearance at this year’s folk festival.
By George Ivey • Contributing writer What in the world would bring together the Great Smoky Mountains and the country of Iceland way up there in the cold waters of the North Atlantic?
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:54

Homeward bound

After Jersey and the Big Apple (see last week’s Naturalist’s Corner —, it was time for a leisurely trip home. We headed south to Cape May and took the Cape May-Lewes Ferry across the Delaware Bay to Lewes, Del.…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:54

The dam is gone, so how’s the Tuck doing?

Learn about biological changes afoot in the Tuckasegee River since the removal of the Dillsboro dam two years ago during a program by a fish biologist at 7 p.m. July 23 in Sylva. Mark Cantrell of the U.S. Fish and…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:52

Canoe trip to explore the Little Tennessee

A guided canoe float trip down the Little Tennessee River will be held on July 19 as part of the Highlands Biological Foundation Think About Thursdays series. 
The fast growing sport of Open Water Swimming has been added to the Lake Logan Multisport Festival held Aug. 4 and 5 at Lake Logan in Haywood County. The open water event will be held on Sunday. The weekend’s events…
Girls on the Run is reaching out to elementary and middle school girls in Franklin to get involved in a group running program designed to build self-esteem and confidence. An open house for girls, their parents and volunteers will be…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:50

Bringing back the native river cane

River cane, a native type of bamboo that once grew in large stands along mountain rivers, has gotten a helping hand from at-risk youth at Oconaluftee Job Corps Center in the Smokies.
A special guided hike to the Ridges of Cedar Knob in the Highlands area will explore a high-elevation granite dome on Friday, July 20. The hike is part of the Eco Tour series hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, designed…
Join a renowned mushroom forager for a guided mushroom hunt from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday July 29. “Stalking the Wild Mushroom” will be led by Alan Muskat, known as the “Mushroom Man.” Muskat demystifies the art of…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:46

A measure of hope for the hemlock forests?

A scientist fighting to save the dying hemlock forests of the Southern Appalachians will give a talk on ongoing efforts and challenges at 7 p.m. on July 26 at the Highlands Nature Center.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:46

Smokies workshop to engage teachers

An all-day workshop on July 31 will explore the ethics and ethos behind ecology and conservation in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The workshop is part of the Leopold Education Project, which promotes thoughtful land stewardship by forging a…
The historic cabins, churches, school houses and farmhouses that date back to the times of early Appalachian settlers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are in need of a little TLC from volunteers.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:41

Looking for carnivorous plants in WNC

Some plants like Jack-in-the-pulpit and Dutchman’s-pipe have evolved methods of entrapping insects in their flowers so as to assure pollination. But only a few plant species in North America actually devour insects so as to obtain life-giving sustenance. The carnivorous…
The Friends of the Haywood Library annual book sale begins at 9 a.m. on July 26 and runs through Saturday, July 28. This year’s event has the largest collection of nonfiction books ever assembled for this sale. The books are…
Frank Foster will sign copies of his recently published thriller, Catch a Falling Knife, at Shakespeare & Co. Books from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. Foster, a summer resident of Highlands, will speak about his novel and his writing,…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:26

Martin earns mention alongside Tolkien

I apologize. About a month ago, when I concluded my review of Clash of Kings, I noted that I would not continue reviewing all of the books in the Songs of Ice and Fire series (I believe that there are…
To the Editor: OccupyWNC, an affiliate of, along with groups all across the United States, has worked diligently to bring resolutions to the attention of local governments. The resolutions propose, in part, that an amendment should be brought before…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:23

Obama was in over his head from day one

To the Editor: Election time is approaching and we are facing a promise gap. In 2008 when vice presidential candidate Joe Biden visited Maumee, Ohio, he berated and ridiculed the previous administration for the size of the national debt, and…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:22

Looking forward to our own Hunger Games

To the Editor: Have you heard the latest about our local sportsmen? Well, it’s been reported that three elk were found shot to death and left to rot in the Cataloochee area. And let’s not forget (or “dis-remember”) those other…
“You know, this is really the only thing I know I’ve wanted to do my whole life.” That was my daughter Hannah, a rising senior at Tuscola. She’s had a lifelong gift for coming up with sweeping, profound declarations that…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:05

Where’s Waldo craze infiltrates Sylva

By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Waldo fans take heed. The gauntlet has been thrown down. Are you up to the challenge? Tiny Where’s Waldo figures have been cleverly hidden on the shelves and racks of stores throughout downtown Sylva, and…
More than 40 historic photographs of Canton will be on display at Canton library from July 9 through Aug. 31, and reception of the exhibit will be held at the library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9.…
A clothes swap to benefit children of Haywood County will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 at Keller Williams Realty’s Waynesville office. The event, which is sponsored by the real estate company, will allow parents and…
A Tuscola football player charged with a felony cross burning targeting a biracial classmate will remain on the team, at least for now. Ben Greene, a rising junior and running back on the varsity football team, will have to sit…
Four teenagers in Haywood County were recently charged with burning a cross in the yard of a biracial classmate. The act is considered a hate crime, a severe form of intimidation that is classified as a felony. All four students…