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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:51

School fundraiser gets family hiking

Nancy East, a member of Shining Rock Classical Academy’s board, has rallied her family to an experience-full fundraiser to gather dollars for the school’s planned focus on experiential learning. 
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:49

Charter school finds a home

After signing a five-year lease for a 29-acre property on Ratcliffe Cove Road, just past the traffic circle in Waynesville, Haywood County’s first charter school will soon be able to move somewhere a little bigger than the single-room office it…
Security upgrades are on the way at the Jackson County Justice Center, but commissioners have decided to hold off on any expansion of the lobby area — at least for now.
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:42

Sylva parking rules land in the Legislature

A parking enforcement ordinance in Sylva is making an appearance in the state Legislature.
If Lisa Muscillo has a superpower, it’s probably her ability to zero in on roadside litter, no matter how well it’s hidden or how high the speed limit.
A stalled rewrite of Jackson County’s steep slope development rules will remain stalled for months, or even longer.
Macon County commissioners appear to be amenable to the planning board’s proposed plan to deal with nuisance noise, but the public will have one more chance to voice its opinions before the board takes a final vote. 
Macon County is taking the final steps to expand its landfill life expectancy by 60 years, likely the last expansion before the county will have to figure out a new plan for disposing waste.  Commissioners recently approved purchasing two tracts…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:28

Critics be damned, I’m watching it anyway

There are plenty of Ron Rash fans who have been waiting — and waiting — for “Serena” the movie to come out, and they won’t let all those bad reviews rain on their parade.
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:25

Hollywood take on novel a flop?

Just because something looks good on paper doesn’t mean it’ll work in method. Case in point, the new Hollywood film “Serena,” which is a silver screen adaptation of the Ron Rash novel of the same name. The book, a Great…
Little bits of local lore riddle the pages of Ron Rash’s Serena. “As a fiction writer I know I am going to get things wrong, but you do the best you can to get those details as correct as possible,”…
It’s been nearly a century since the logging boom swept across Appalachia, but the story is timeless, forever engraved on the landscape and in the psyche of mountain people. “It permanently and irrevocably changed the entire face of Western North…
Evergreen Packaging Family Pharmacy and Family Medical Center in Canton announced that it has received an extension to stay open through the end of April.  Evergreen announced in January that it would close the employee clinic and pharmacy at the…
There’s good news in the marketplace for Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Canton.
To the Editor: On behalf of the Western Carolina Affiliate of the National Move To Amend and We the People of Jackson County, I’d like to profoundly thank the Jackson County Commissioners for passing the resolution to call on our…
To the Editor: Last week I attended a really good workshop in Swain County on landowner rights that was sponsored by the N.C. State Cooperative Extension and the Rural Advancement Foundation International, USA. Even though I intellectually understood that recent…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:06

Too many weighing in on annexation issue

To the Editor: I was disturbed by the article by Becky Johnson regarding the annexation of Lake Junaluska into the town of Waynesville. It stated that all the neighboring towns and county commissioners had passed resolutions supporting it. Excuse me, but why…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:05

I don’t want to smell smoke on Main Street

To the Editor: Regarding the letter titled, “Waynesville smoking ban just a bad idea” printed in the March 18-24 issue of your excellent publication, I have several thoughts to share. In case Mr. Nowakowski hasn’t noticed, smoking has been proven…
Turning and turning in the widening gyreThe falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world …. — The Second Coming, William Butler Yeats The dissension among Haywood County Republicans took a…
Wednesday, 02 November 2005 00:00

Freakwater offers up steely South

Every now and then a disc arrives that I have absolutely no idea what to do with. Freakwater’s latest, Thinking of You, is without a doubt just such a disc. Considering the fact that they’ve existed in a kind of…
By Michael Beadle • Staff Writer As the retail industry gears up for another busy holiday season of sales, some local potters have joined together to spotlight the business of their craft and help the public understand what goes into…
A study released earlier this month by the North Carolina Arts Council shows that cultural travelers to the state spend nearly a third more than the national average and almost twice the per-day spending of general travelers to the state.
Wednesday, 02 November 2005 00:00

Recommended diversions

Wild animal sightings I was driving in Francis Cove near Waynesville before sunrise one day last week.
Wednesday, 02 November 2005 00:00

Maggie Valley candidates preach unity

Town board, pick three
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Mayor, pick one
Something is out of joint in the little fishing village of Bareneed on the coast of Newfoundland. The rules that govern reality (natural laws) appear to have been suspended. It began with the flying fish. Of course, no one actually…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Mayor, pick one
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Mayor, pick one
Wednesday, 02 November 2005 00:00

Challengers say changes are needed

Mayor running unopposed • Jerry Walker, 69, retired from Blue Ridge Paper Products engineering and maintenance. Part-time security at Blue Ridge Paper Products.
Wednesday, 02 November 2005 00:00

Bryson City challengers running as a team

Mayor — pick one
Wednesday, 02 November 2005 00:00

Sylva to get newcomers on board

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Some might call Sylva’s upcoming town board and mayoral races an election of attrition.
Wednesday, 02 November 2005 00:00

More than armchair historians

Every regular reader of this column has an interest in this region’s history. But most of us are, more or less, armchair historians. We mostly read books or watch documentaries produced either on TV or as videos. We might, from…
Wednesday, 02 November 2005 00:00

We are amusing ourselves to death

When I am at home, the TV is usually on. I like the company, and since I am almost deaf, I don’t hear the constant yammer, clang and whistle, complete with musical interludes and the smarmy good will of the…
The experimental elk reintroduction into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park should be given every chance to succeed. If that means an additional release of more elk, then park biologists and state wildlife officials need to work cooperatively to help…
Wednesday, 02 November 2005 00:00

To elk or not to elk

By the time this column hits the streets (11/2), the results from two public meetings regarding the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s experimental elk release will be known. The park is proposing extending the experiment for two years and bringing…
Wednesday, 02 November 2005 00:00

A view from above

Editor’s note: The Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project, a regional environmental group, took the Smoky Mountain News on an aerial tour of the seven western counties last month. The group’s goal was to convey their perspective on threats facing the changing…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Lunchtime at Smoky Mountain High School is like a swarm of orderly locusts, as students hold our their plates for tongs full of French fries and hot dogs covered with a hearty helping of…
Wednesday, 09 November 2005 00:00

Public weighs in on methane project

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Planning for Jackson CountyÕs landfill gas recovery project continued last week with a series of three public input meetings held to garner ideas and answer questions about the venture.
Wednesday, 09 November 2005 00:00

Poetic license never hurts a good tale

Accounts of events always vary, especially when one is supposedly factual and one is admittedly fictional. Here's an instance.
Wednesday, 09 November 2005 00:00

Press, newsgatherers get special powers in U.S.

I'm sure my paranoia was partly flamed by the buzz about the case of the CIA operative whose name was leaked to the media by Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, with many still suspecting - and even more…
Wednesday, 09 November 2005 00:00

Summer's gone, but not forgotten

By John Beckman • Columnist The summer now seems long gone and autumn is headed in the same direction as evidenced by frosty winds, the re-opening of the forest canopy and the browning hulls of walnuts and hickories under foot.…
Wednesday, 09 November 2005 00:00

The Naturalist's Corner

Endangered Species Act Threatened A California cowboy is trying to hobble the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Congressman Richard Pombo (R-Calif.), head of the House Resources Committee has herded his Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act of 2005 through the US…
By Michael Beadle Journey back to Christmas Eve, December 1941. The United States has just entered World War II after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, and emotions run high as families say goodbye to their sons, who must go off…
The Blue Ridge Parkway plans to build a visitor center outside Asheville in coming years that will provide information on the Parkway and become a tourist outpost for all of Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 09 November 2005 00:00

Bound Away - a great piece of work

By Chris Cooper Eric Brace writes damn fine songs. His band Last Train Home plays these songs pretty damn well, too. Heck, Mr. Brace does some great stuff with the songs he didn't write, as well. Bound Away is such…
Wednesday, 09 November 2005 00:00

Recommended diversions

Schoolhouse Rock Growing up on mindless hours of Saturday morning cartoons, I never knew how much fun parts of speech could be. But, lo and behold, I still have the songs of Schoolhouse Rock stuck in my head as living…
This week letÕs peruse three unrelated books whose only commonality lies in the fact that they were either written by Southerners or were published in the South. The first is an interesting volume about Christmas in America, which might be…
By Michael Beadle By the end of the 19th Century, the once powerful Russian aristocracy was crumbling, and playwright Anton Chekhov knew it. His plays, which he called comedies, portray an upper class bored and frustrated with their lives but…
Wednesday, 09 November 2005 00:00

Zoro's Field wins state non-fiction prize

Author Thomas Rain Crowe has been selected to receive the 2005 Ragan Old North State Award for his naturalist-based work ZoroÕs Field.
Wednesday, 09 November 2005 00:00

Cell tower proposal splits White Oak neighbors

Two Cingular cell towers proposed for the White Oak and Panther Creek communities - a rugged and rural part of Haywood County near the Tennessee line - pitted neighbor against neighbor at a public hearing Monday night (Nov. 7).