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Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Vote on Southern Loop postponed

Opponents of the Southern Loop have questioned whether the controversial highway should be included on a list of top priority road projects for the region.
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Blessed, demented genius

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By Chris Cooper The picture you see when you flip open the new Moolah Temple Stringband CD shows singer/guitarist/found-sound alchemist…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Mumpower first to formally challenge Shuler

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer With no word yet from former U.S. House Rep. Charles Taylor on his decision to run for re-election, one Republican candidate — Asheville city councilman Dr. Carl Mumpower — has stepped up to announce…
By Michael Beadle Several Western North Carolina running teams recently concluded the 208-mile Blue Ridge Relay Race from Grayson Highlands…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Chick lit, chauvinism and modern Ireland

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Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy. Knopf, 2007. 352 pages. Recently my sister asked me if I had met anyone, which…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A clean water advocacy group is questioning why an accidental discharge of a paper-making byproduct into the Pigeon River by the former Blue Ridge Paper mill hasn’t been the subject of more scrutiny.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Roger Winge knew a good deal when he spotted one. Before Super Wal-Mart had announced plans to set foot in Waynesville, Winge, a local realtor, took one look at the 30-acre former industrial site…
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Changing electorate could shake up Sylva election

The race for the Sylva town board this fall could speak volumes about the changing demographics of the town — namely whether the downtown scene dominated by a young, perhaps more progressive, clientele is truly where the town’s heart is.
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 00:00

Ending the curse of Babel may be our only, best chance

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By Arthur Hancock Anyone who is among the living has hope — even a live dog is better off than…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Southern Loop opposition mounts

Jackson County residents opposed to the construction of the Southern Loop — a new major highway that would bisect Jackson County — are gearing up for a fight with the N.C. Department of Transportation to halt the slow but steady…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Supreme Court ruled Saturday that a new election will not be held on the Qualla Boundary, putting to rest a month-long debate filled with accusations of eligible voters…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

What’s in a permit?

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Duke Energy must get a permit from the N.C. Division of Water Quality before it can tear down the Dillsboro…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Jackson library to go atop courthouse hill

A decade of debate over where to build a new library in Jackson County was put to rest this week. County commissioners voted 3-2 Monday night (Oct. 1) to build a new library next to the historic courthouse overlooking downtown…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Giant Van Halen rock lands in NC

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By Armando Basulto • Guest Writer There is something vaguely depressing about watching your nostalgia for your adolescent years transformed…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Swain urged to tap into motorcycle tourism

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The roar of motorcycles is a familiar sound in the mountains of Western North Carolina. And for many business owners, it’s music to their ears. Bikers mean warm bodies to occupy beds, eat in…
By Michael Beadle If you’re lucky enough to visit the Flying Cat Studio just off U.S. 276 in Jonathan Creek,…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

In the wake of death, new life

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By Marsha Crites • Guest Columnist Much has been written in this paper and others about what is causing our…
When Doug Anderson unfurled the blueprints for his latest assignment — a new Bojangles’ going up in Waynesville — he was expecting the same cookie-cutter design as the last 10 Bojangles’ his construction company built.
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Voters can thank the recently formed Haywood County League of Women Voters for the opportunity to hear what each Waynesville mayor candidate had to say about the important issues in the Nov. 6 race.
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

DOT needs to hit the brakes on Southern Loop

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There’s one fundamental reason the Southern Loop needs more discussion before it is considered a done deal — the simple…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

What magazines would work best for Swain?

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Advertising was the hot topic of discussion at the second meeting of the recently re-organized Swain County Tourism Development Authority on Sept. 26. The board was presented with a range of magazine options, courtesy…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Waynesville candidates make their cases

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Over 50 people came out to hear Waynesville’s next mayor speak at the this election season’s first mayor’s forum, held by the recently formed chapter of the League of Women Voters.
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Raising Sand Duet albums are about as original as cheeseburgers, but this one has stayed in my car’s disc player…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Dillsboro dam debate rages on

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A plan by Duke Energy to tear down the century-old Dillsboro dam drew a crowd of opponents to a public…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

It’s all over but the texting

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By David Curtis The 21st Century arrived at the Curtis residence this past Friday. We have evolved from caveman, cavewoman…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Hoss: clawing their way to the top

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Bands just have to stick with it. Whether on the grand scale of being a signed, touring group or one…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

NC birding trail wings its way to the mountains

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Site nominations for the mountain region of the North Carolina Birding Trail kicked off Oct. 1. Sites for the coastal…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

In the heat of summer, it’s every tomato for itself

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By Stephanie Wampler With a long flash of silver, the golf club revolved in a wide, smooth arc. The glinting…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Taking stock of our local treasures

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By Kathleen Lamont There has been a lot of planning, talking and meeting lately regarding the buzzword of the decade:…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Not such a safe place

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The Pesthouse by Jim Crace. Nan A. Talese, 2007. 255 pages “Let’s drop the big one and see what happens.”…
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 00:00

Shrills in the night

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When I was growing up in the tobacco-farming portion of the southern Virginia piedmont, there were many haunted outbuildings throughout…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:19

Zeke was a friend I won’t forget

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Dogs have been a part of my life since I was a boy. My first dog — part one thing,…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:18

Learn about seed saving and lending

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A program on the local seed lending library in Jackson County will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 8…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:17

Learn to identify plants from the best

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Dr. Dan Pittillo will lead a two-part workshop on plant identification beginning at 10 a.m. on Aug. 6 at the…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:17

Carnivorous plant tour in Highlands

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The Highlands Botanical Garden will offer a free tour focusing on carnivorous plants of the Southern Appalachians at 10:30 a.m.…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:16

Teachers and students become park rangers

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Local teachers and students will return to school with a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from a summer working…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:15

15K trail run at Camp Daniel Boone

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The Daniel Boone Scramble 15k Trail Run will take place on Aug. 11 at Camp Daniel Boone in Haywood County.…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:14

Teddy Roosevelt helps J-MCA raise money

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Joe Wiegand, regarded as the nation’s premiere Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, will bring the conservation-minded president to life during a fundraising…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:14

‘Why do you love AT’ video contest

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) — to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the completion of the AT — is hosting…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:13

GSMNP visitation trending upward

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Visitation to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is on the rise, a good sign for Western North Carolina counties…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:12

Appalachian Trail turns 75

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), the longest hiking-only footpath in the…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:10

Classic hike series heads to Mt. Cammerer

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The Friends of the Smokies next “Classic Hike of the Smokies” will be to the top of Mt. Cammerer, where…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:09

Main Street Mile in Waynesville is Aug. 10

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The third annual Main Street Mile will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 in downtown Waynesville. The event…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:08

Biking the Trail of Tears

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Seven members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee and 16 members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma recently participated in…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:06

From the darkness to the light – literally

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Legend has it that curious fishermen watching trout seemingly disappear into Humpback Mountain back in 1822 discovered an entrance into…
By Jack Moore • Contributor J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “Not all those who wander are lost,” and he may as well…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:59

Author to present her debut short story collection

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Stephanie Powell Watts will read from her new collection of short stories, We Are Taking Only What We Need, at 6:30…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:59

Appalachian authors to read from compilation book

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Contributors of the Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel Literary Journal will visit City Lights Bookstore at 6:30 p.m. on Friday,…
Rutherford County resident and New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper will visit regional bookstores this week to read from…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:58

Book sale goes into second week

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The Haywood Friends of the Library‘s Annual Book Sale will go into the second week on Aug. 3-4. On Friday,…