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Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Since in this age of home video, I seldom get to see many of the best movies of any given…
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

Evolution In a Nutshell — the book

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Evolution In A Nutshell by Martin Malloy. Trafford Publishing, 2007. 302 pages Evolution is one of those wonderfully fiery topics…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer In one room, a jagged crack runs from wall to wall, evidence of an unstable foundation. In another, the shifting earth has pushed one side of the floor higher than the other at a…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Emergency rooms crowded with mentally ill patients. Sheriff’s deputies spending 96 hours supervising one individual. A sick man or woman whose situation is growing more dire by the second. It all adds up to…
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

Anticipation

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It’s nine o’clock and my 6-year-old is snug in her bed and sound asleep even though she’s been told it…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Rachel Upchurch wants to protect the mountains that tower throughout Jackson County however; the Smokey Mountain Elementary student also wants to see more houses and shopping centers built throughout the Qualla community.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Macon County welcomed its new County Manger Jack Horton back to Western North Carolina earlier this month. Horton, 57, returned to Macon County to fill the county manager position after the retirement of former…
By Michael Beadle What would New York City be without its Statue of Liberty? Picture St. Louis without its Gateway…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Coal-fired power plants and renewable energies took center stage as topics at last Saturday’s lieutenant governor’s debate in Asheville.
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

Is it unpatriotic to save the rebate?

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Don’t you just love being an American. Just the mere mention of the word “recession” and the next thing you…
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

The growing issue of elder abuse in WNC

The senior citizen population is growing in Western North Carolina, and with that increase comes the increasing potential for abuse, exploitation, or neglect of the elderly.
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

A rowdy good time at some familiar stomping grounds

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Reverend Horton Heat: Reverend Organdrum Maybe all that needs to be said is that somewhere around three and a half…
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

It’s a dog’s life

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A new book has been published that will be of particular interest to area hunters, outdoorsmen, and dog lovers. It…
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

Go west yon hiker

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A new hiking club has joined the ranks of an already burgeoning collection of trail trotters in WNC.
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“3:10 To Yuma” Russell Crowe as vicious murder Ben Wade and Christian Bale as Dan Evans, a farmer hired to…
Perhaps it is going to take a complete fracturing of the mental health system before policymakers finally realize that North…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Not too long ago, the number of people who carried on the ancient Cherokee…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Sylva’s search for a new town manager ended Jan. 17 after Town Manager Jay Denton asked the board for his job back.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer It’s been almost a year since Bonita Fox and her family have taken a sip of water from their well.
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Public weighs in on future of U.S. 441

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Progress on Jackson County’s corridor study for U.S. 441 is taking shape after three public meetings last week.
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Sales tax is most palatable way to meet HCC’s needs

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Haywood Community College needs help, and the community that benefits from this beloved institution is going to step up. The…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

The peril of complacency

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The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture by Andrew Keen. Doubleday, 2007. $22.95 Web 2.0…
For nature photographer Bill Lea, Cades Cove is heaven on earth.
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Jim and Rhonda do it different

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Jim Lauderdale: The Bluegrass Diaries If you recognize the name, little more needs to be said. Long one of the…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Tis the season of politics and lies

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The truth is that, at the state level, no one is giving Pat Smathers a chance to win in his…
More than 150 people traveled from all over Western North Carolina to attend the first official Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Bryson City’s Historic Calhoun House on Jan. 21.
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Reward offered in Parkway bear killing

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A driver on the Blue Ridge Parkway last November witnessed a group of hunters and their dogs corner a black…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

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“No Country For Old Men” There’s a whole list of movies (films?) I’ve seen that I respected, on many levels…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Oh, the glorious memory of boredom

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George Bernard Shaw once said, “It’s a shame that youth is wasted on the young.” If that is true, then…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Fundamental issues are ignored in immigration debate

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By Marsha Crites • Guest Columnist She is very thin, about 6 years old, her hair is unkempt and her…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer With a potential end to the North Shore Road saga looming, supporters of constructing the 30-mile road through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park are confronting their fear of what a wilderness designation would…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Right in the thick of it

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Our southern mountains are old and relatively sedate when compared with the Himalayas, Rockies, and other “young” mountain ranges. But…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

The Naturalist's Corner

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There she was when I got up around 6:30 this morning, the buttons from her blue jeans shining radiantly just…
A long-awaited decision over paddling on the Upper Chattooga is expected within weeks by the National Forest Service.
By Michael Beadle Watch out Broadway. Get Carnegie Hall ready.
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Wings of winter

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Winter birding is often slow going. There is no chorus of rowdy and randy males singing lustily, and weather conditions…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Dr. Elisha Mitchell

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While scanning the shelves of a rare bookstore in Asheville several months ago, I happened upon a regional volume by…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Body found in Macon in missing hiker case

Skeletal remains found in Macon County’s Nantahala National Forest Feb. 2 are those of an 80-year-old hiker who disappeared in October 2007, authorities say.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Living “green” is a way of life for Mark and Darcia Bondurant. The Haywood County family of four works diligently everyday to reduce their carbon footprint by doing everything from buying locally produced food…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Garden questions

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By Jim Janke • Special to the Smoky Mountain News Editor’s note: This is the first of what will become…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Final countdown to the Chattooga decision

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There are nine scenarios on the table in the debate over whether paddling should be allowed on the Upper Chattooga.…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Driving a tractor-trailer in Haywood County or a motorcycle in Swain? Use caution. Both counties top the list of AAA Carolinas recently released report on the most dangerous places to drive in North Carolina.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Macon County residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on amendments to the county’s flood damage prevention and watershed ordinances at a public hearing on Feb. 11.
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

North Shore area won’t be designated a wilderness

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By Rep. Heath Shuler After more than 60 years of contentious debate that has divided our community, we are finally…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Letter writers take me to task twice in one week

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Fair’s fair, so I’ll print an anonymous letter I received over the weekend. We usually don’t print anonymous submissions, but…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Kindle In case you don’t know, the Kindle is Amazon’s answer to the paperless book. It’s a wireless, portable electronic…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Bluegrass’ contemporary class

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The term “contemporary bluegrass” is open to a ridiculous amount of interpretation. For some it signifies anything that strays even…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Life chronicles

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How To Make A Journal Of Your Life by D. Price. Ten Speed Press, $9.95. Ant Farm by Simon Rich.…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

This rodent won’t make it to the White House

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PUNXSUTAWNEY, Penn. — A year from the day he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president, Punxsutawney Phil,…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Counties need full-time economic development director

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There’s not a one-size-fits-all model for how counties should promote economic development, but at the very least there should be…