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Wednesday, 26 December 2007 00:00

A Christmas gift

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Citizens of Washington County, hundreds of thousands of migrating waterfowl and Navy pilots who would have been put in harm’s…
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 00:00

WCU trustees OK fee increases

Western Carolina University’s board of trustees unanimously approved proposed tuition and fees for the 2008-09 academic year, including increases to support operational costs for a new indoor recreation center currently under construction and to begin meeting student requests for enhanced…
A Franklin-based mining company has filed an appeal against the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources decision denying a permit to operate a rock quarry in the Tuckasegee community in Jackson County.
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 00:00

A plant’s purpose

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There are more than 300,000 plant species in the world. Some are edible, some can be used for their medicinal…
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Christmas Eve dinner Not the particular food, per se, but the tradition. In our home it’s Lori’s homemade lasagna, and…
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 00:00

In WNC, voters showing support for Edwards, Huckabee

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By Tom Jensen • Guest Columnist John Edwards and Mike Huckabee are the most popular Presidential candidates in their own…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer On June 1, 2007, A.J. Rowell left Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and began pedaling a bicycle across North America. Just before 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Dec. 19), the Jackson County native pulled into Sylva, seven…
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 00:00

Parkway views from Waynesville overlook protected

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A ridgeline tract adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway overlooking Waynesville has been saved from development, thanks to the acquisition…
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 00:00

When Florida was wild

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Crackers in the Glade: Life and Times in the Old Everglades edited Betty Savidge Briggs. University of Georgia Press, 2007.…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Frank Singleton, the spokesman for the 4,500-acre proposed Cataloochee Wilderness Resort in Haywood County, stopped by The Smoky Mountain News office to answer some questions about the planned development. Singleton said the ball is…
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 00:00

A little moss, hopefully, is forever

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By Stephanie Wampler A thick, green sheet of moss is growing across my roof. When I first noticed it the…
When back-to-back tropical storms hit the mountains with heavy rains in 2004, the saturated soils triggered more than 140 landslides. Some were small, others big, but all pointed to how vulnerable some mountain slopes are to the forces of nature…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer For more than 60 years, students have been learning at Cowee Elementary School. But with the rise in Macon County’s student population, county leaders are looking to build a new school to accommodate the…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Landfills in North Carolina should become a lot emptier due to a new law requiring nearly 8,000 restaurants to start recycling alcoholic beverage containers.
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:00

Hits and misses

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The Carolina Field Birders (CFB) conducted their sixth annual Christmas Bird Count this past Saturday (12/29.) The annual CBC count…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Students at Smokey Mountain Elementary and Cherokee Indian Reservation schools will be learning an important lesson about land development.
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:00

What? Me read?

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Letters to My Son on the Love of Books by Roberto Coltroneo. Ecco Press, 1998. 151 pages. In the Dec.…
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:00

An engineer’s take on N.C. 107

Walter Kulash, a private traffic engineer, has been advising the Jackson County Smart Roads Alliance on and off for four years on issues pertaining to the Southern Loop. Kulash specializes in “livable traffic” design and has worked as a consultant…
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:00

Remember – every year is a new year

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So it’s the New Year. The ball has dropped, the parties are all over, your Kool and the Gang album…
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Kinky Boots Start the year off on the right foot with this 2005 Brit flick starring Joel Edgerton as Charlie…
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:00

A few notes on 2007

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By Chris Cooper Looking back on the albums and/or shows (be they local, regional or major label offerings) I’ve had…
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:00

HART opens 2008 Studio Season with ‘Demons’

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By Michael Beadle A lawyer battling personal demons returns to a small town near Pittsburgh where a sensational crime forces…
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:00

A tough farming year

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By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer “Overall, it’s been a really tough year for farming,” said Jackson County farmer William…
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:00

2008 will be telling year for Cataloochee resort

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The best news about the proposed Cataloochee Wilderness Resort is that it appears that from here on out, there will…
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:00

Cherokee and their bird stories

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The second soul, that of physiological life, is located in the liver, and is of primary importance in doctoring and…
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:00

Competing road studies likely for N.C. 107

The next year could play out as a battle of the traffic studies between the Department of Transportation and opponents to a new four-lane divided highway through Jackson County.
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer After investigating the actions of the Macon County School Board for the past two months, officials at the North Carolina State Board of Elections have determined that the school district violated two campaign finance…
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

In living colour

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Cedar waxwings and American holly are with us year round. The waxwings wander around a lot in extended family groups,…
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

An account of Haywood County

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The crowning achievement of Haywood County’s bicentennial celebration is a 600-page, hardcover book that will be the first definitive account of the county’s 200-year history.
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

Recycling requirement passes costs on to rightful party

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One is a new law that just took effect Jan. 1, and the other is a hoped-for statute that we…
By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer The Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail hope its first-ever executive director will be able…
Jackson County commissioners are contemplating drastic measures in their fight against Duke Energy to stop the Dillsboro dam from being torn down.
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

Parkway rangers work to save hemlocks

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With a massive die-off of hemlock trees all but imminent in the mountains, Ranger Chris Ulrey is putting faith in…
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Skinny Dip, Carl Hiaasen This 512-page novel is a fast read that unfolds like a movie, painting a vivid picture…
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

Southern Comfort Food

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By Michael Beadle Long before the days of microwaves and fast food meals, there was the slow-cooked stew, a Southern…
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

‘Rainbows’ plays as Radiohead should

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There was an interesting coincidence on July 11, 2006. Thom Yorke released Eraser to mixed reviews, and the same day…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The widening of Howell Mill Road in Waynesville will take years to complete, cost millions of dollars and displace residents who live along the thoroughfare. The two-lane road starts at Russ Avenue next to…
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

Day hikes along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

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Balsam Gap Segment This portion of the trail runs for approximately 35 miles from Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) Balsam Gap…
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

Sylva manager resigns, but new job is in limbo

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Sylva Town Manager Jay Denton has resigned from his job to become the executive director of Jackson County’s Economic Development Commission, but county commissioners refused to confirm his appointment to that position when they…
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

Big as a mountain

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The Encyclopedia of Appalachia.  University of Tennessee Press, 2007. 1864 pages Sometimes good things come in big packages. And the…
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

Stew recipes

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Upcountry Carolina Beef Hash 5 lbs lean beef, cut up for stew 1 1/2 lbs large onions diced 1 lb…
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

Haywood fields to get artificial turf

School official will use lottery proceeds to install artifical turf at the Pisgah and Tuscola high school stadiums, it was announced at a county commissioners meeting on Jan. 7.
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

Jackson students need a balanced education

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By Michael Sanera • Guest Columnist In what appears to be a first in Jackson County, planners from a private…
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

Winter tourism up in WNC

By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer As Shelli Milling of Georgia unpacked her minivan she watched her two sons play in the snow at Maggie Valley’s Jonathan Creek Inn parking lot.
The state recently gave Duke Energy the green light to tear down the Dillsboro dam, a move that Jackson County and the town of Franklin are now formally protesting.
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

A big bowl of politics and football

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By David Curtis College football and presidential primary politics make strange bedfellows, but in this New Year I think they…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

When the snows fell on Babbie’s house

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When winter comes now, and I see those familiar pale shafts of sunlight that briefly touch the tops of the…
By Michael Beadle Brad Ulrich was 10 years old when he began playing the trumpet. He’d started with the guitar…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Another mystery mines our fascination with the past

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The Machiavelli Covenant by Allan Folsom. Forge Books,2006. 560 pages The last 20 years have seen the creation of a…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Next president has abig hole to dig us out of

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“Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.” — Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson believed in…