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Wednesday, 19 July 2006 00:00

Congressmen should weigh in on relicensing

When a room full of elected officials pleaded with a U.S. senator and a congressman last week to step into the fray over Duke Power’s plan to manage waterways in three western North Carolina counties, they were arguing for the…
Wednesday, 19 July 2006 00:00

Groups take stand against logging

The Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project and WNC Alliance are opposing a logging proposal in the vicinity of Looking Glass Rock, a popular hiking and rock-climbing destination in the Pisgah National Forest.
Wednesday, 19 July 2006 00:00

Meet the stars

About a million years ago, through a wormhole, while I was still in college and Grumman aluminum was state of the art in whitewater canoes, some friends and I made a trip to Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas…
Wednesday, 19 July 2006 00:00

Water, water... everywhere?

A rafting and tubing outfitter on the upper Tuckasegee River in Jackson County claims he is being slighted in a tug-of-war over water flows that favor rafting companies downstream.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A warm mid-morning sun beats down on the back parking lot of the Family Resource Center in Webster where cups of color and paintbrushes await hands eager to put the finishing touches on a…
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00

Canvas stretchers

Yes, this is another of those pesky “music you may want to check out” articles. The “canvas stretcher” opening refers to a few artists that, in my opinion, took a relatively comfortable, recognizable form of music (the canvas, if you…
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00

Hope in a rude world

In the last 40 years, the living waters of American law and politics have flattened into a bog of faction and dissent, of lawsuits and grievance groups, of hatreds both petty and grand.
Developers of a proposed big box complex in Waynesville are seeking several exemptions from the town’s land-use plan. Waynesville has won several state and national awards for its progressive land-use plan, aimed at preserving the unique small town character.
Cedarwood Development is no stranger to big box developments like the one the company is proposing in Waynesville. The company is not new to demands for better looking big box stores either, according to a review of similar projects built…
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever, by Will Blythe For those who enjoy reading about the rise and fall of empires, epic battles and heroic warriors, go and read Blythe’s masterpiece on one of the greatest rivalries…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Franklin voters cast their ballots Tuesday on a referendum on whether to allow malt beverage and mixed drink sales. The ballot separated the two alcoholic beverages, with voters casting a vote “for” or “against”…
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00

FERC ruling favors Duke’s proposals

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s final decision on Duke Power’s relicensing applications for its Western North Carolina hydropower plants heavily favors the proposals developed by the utility in a multi-year stakeholder process.
A proposed big box development featuring a Home Depot and Super Wal-Mart as anchor stores would bring a $45 million investment to the town of Waynesville, according to Haywood County Economic Development Director Mark Clasby.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer In an effort to heal wounded relationships in the downtown Sylva community, local residents and leaders are uniting to develop an underused area of downtown into an attractive, accessible and functional public park.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A group of Jackson County residents has banded together in protest of a proposed rock crushing operation and quarry to be located in the Tuckasegee community on N.C. 281. County planning official, however, say…
By Marian Larson • Contributing Writer So you’ve been to several of the performances, shopped for souvenirs, even hung out with some of the dancers? Here are a few things you still may not know about the behind-the-scenes side to…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The 2006 Folkmoot USA international dance festival marks an important first for new executive director Jamye Cooper. This year will be the first year that she has organized the festival from start to finish,…
By Marian Larson • Contributing Writer Not even a broken limb could keep one die-hard fan from missing a Folkmoot performance. But then, “Folkmoot-fanaticism” seems to run in Karen Ford’s family.
By Marian Larson • Contributing Writer They are part camp counselor, part dorm parent, and part U.N. ambassador. As Folkmoot arrives in Waynesville this week, the visiting dancers must somehow orient to their temporary American life in the mountains. Someone…
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00

A perfect time for a visit in the park

Now is the perfect time to plan a mountain getaway excursion in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. One of the drives favored by many is the Blue Ridge Parkway to Balsam Mountain Campground Road and along Heintooga Ridge to…
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00

I hear the mountains calling

Even though she’s an Indiana girl who had only seen the ocean once before we met, there is something about the beach that feels like home to Tammy. She especially likes Sunset Beach, where we go every summer. When I…
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00

Lottery’s proceeds unfairly flowing east

The effort to change the lottery funding formula so that counties in Western North Carolina get their fair share of proceeds is, for all intents and purposes, dead for this year. That’s too bad, but it also leaves voters with…
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00

Franklin athlete chosen for US Team

Dave Linn, a triathlete from Franklin, has been chosen for the United States triathlon team going to the World Championships in Switzerland at the end of August.
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00

The specter of litigation

A federal judge in Arkansas halted on Thursday, July 20, an ambitious Army Corps of Engineers plan to pump water out of the White River to help farmers in Arkansas’ Grand Prairie region irrigate crops. The suit was brought by…
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00

Watching for what’s in the water

By Michael Beadle It’s mid-morning at Cartoogechaye Creek just below the Macon County Recreation Park’s tennis courts in Franklin. Bill McClarney, a veteran aquatic biologist, instructs a dozen volunteers to put on waders and descend into the cool, foot-high waters…
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

Hot summer songsters

No, it’s not another reality TV series, and there’s no need to call in and vote for your favorite. But if you pause a moment with that first cup of coffee, you’ll notice that the mornings are becoming quieter. It’s…
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

My Chattooga?

Controversy over a paddling ban on the upper Chattooga River attracted more than 125 people to a public meeting in Highlands last week held by the U.S. Forest Service. Paddlers are challenging the 30-year-old ban, while fishermen, hikers, birdwatchers and…
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

USDA rabies vaccination targets raccoons

Tasty, fish flavored morsels will be dropped from overhead aircraft along the North Carolina-Tennessee line in Haywood and Swain counties in coming weeks to be gobbled up by raccoons.
By Michael Beadle Phil Smathers still vividly recalls those Saturdays as a kid when 25 cents bought a hot dog, sucker and a movie at the Colonial Theatre. He’d be there all day with his friends watching the latest Buck…
By Chris Cooper Kate Campbell’s roots in southern storytelling and musical tradition run deep. Her earlier albums, specifically Songs From The Levee and Moonpie Dreams bridged the gaps between folk, country and pop in a manner not unlike Mary Chapin…
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

Books by Larry Brown It’s probably a prejudice on my part, but it seems to me there are more good writers from the South than all the other regions in the country combined, and Brown, who died too young from…
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

150 show up to oppose Tuckasegee quarry

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Opposition to a proposed rock quarry near the intersection of N.C. 107 and N.C. 281 in Jackson County has prompted state officials to take an unusual step by calling for a public hearing on…
By Patrick Willis • Guest Writer Just more than 100 years ago, Canton welcomed a man from Ohio who would change the town’s history forever. In early 1905, an industrialist named Peter G. Thomson decided to visit Western North Carolina…
Labor Day festivities start early this year in Canton. In commemoration of its 100th Labor Day celebration — believed to be one of the oldest, continual celebrations of its kind in the country — the Town of Canton has pulled…
The Swain County Board of Commissioners heard concerns from a county election board member last week over the adequacy of the county’s early voting station.
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

Franklin OK’s alcohol sales

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The Franklin Board of Elections went to work Tuesday morning (Aug. 1) to certify results of a referendum in which voters passed beer and liquor sales, opening the door for local businesses to begin…
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

Champion and Blue Ridge Paper timeline

1893 — The town of Pigeon River is reincorporated by the N.C. General Assembly as Canton, N.C.
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

Neighbors surprised by Dayco development

Brenda Fowler’s customers usually keep her posted of the latest news and gossip when they stop in at her produce stand on South Main Street in Waynesville. But word of a big-box development sporting Home Depot and Super Wal-Mart coming…
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

Pathways gives awards to mark signing of ADA

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Pathways for the Future Center for Independent Living and the Jackson County Department on Aging held the 1st Annual Mountain Community Access Awards Presentation Friday, July 21.
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 00:00

The Smokies back then

Scott Weidensaul, who lives in the mountains of Pennsylvania, is one of my favorite nature writers. His Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians (Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, 1994) has become one of the basic books about…
They didn’t show up. That alone signals, or maybe “symbolizes” is the proper word, a shift in citizen attitudes that would have seemed unimaginable just a couple of years ago.
Ho-hum. Franklin voters approved the sale of mixed drinks and beer in a vote held last week. Few were surprised the measure passed. In truth, few seem to care too much.
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently awarded $25,000 to a group of 13 land conservation organizations working collectively to protect wildlife habitat, farmland, scenic landscapes and clean drinking water in the southern region of Western North Carolina’s. Blue…
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Ebony, ivory and ... chocolate

When world-renowned pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski comes to the Performing Arts Center in Waynesville this weekend, audiences will get a good look at one of today’s rising stars in classical music.
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Knight rolls with the punches

By Chris Cooper It’s pretty rough going for the characters in Chris Knight’s songwriting. There’s booze, violence and regret lurking around every corner. There are sad folks using other sad people to make themselves feel better, families losing their farms,…
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

Hands on the wheel For less than $20, you can buy a decent hands-free earset for your cellular phone. I’m not talking about wearing it walking around town — people with those Blue Tooth things in their ears look a…
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Three dark gems

Almost a decade ago, I wrote an unabashed rave review of Howard Bahr’s The Black Flower (1997), a darkly beautiful novel based on one of the Civil War’s most tragic events, the Battle of Franklin.
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Appearance commission holds its own

“You can do better.” That was the message last week from Waynesville town leaders to developers of a Super Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Staples complex being considered in the former Dayco site in west Waynesville. The developers are seeking a…
The Haywood County center of the NC Cooperative Extension Service has received a $15,000 grant from the Pigeon River Fund. This project will promote understanding of storm water issues and implement at least 10 residential rain pockets, a storm water…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer With a quick trip on Main Street in downtown Sylva, it’s easy enough to see the small town as a quaint collection of professional offices, locally owned restaurants, galleries, clothing and specialty shops. Each…