Willing participation key to Greens Creek cleanup
 

Willing participation key to Greens Creek cleanup

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Fifty years ago, Jackson County’s Greens Creek was used as a dumping ground —…
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Waynesville ‘blew them all out of the water’
 

Waynesville ‘blew them all out of the water’

Preliminary results of a zip code market analysis being conducted in Waynesville shows signs of a strong and healthy retail…
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Subject to tax, where applicable
 

Subject to tax, where applicable

Every few weeks, Scotty Ellis cruises the newspaper classifieds, scans Web sites and scrounges brochures from kiosks at visitor centers…
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Baby steps toward green power
 

Baby steps toward green power

Talitha and Louis Mes erected a 100-foot tall wind tower on a ridge above Crabtree last week to generate environmentally-friendly…
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DSA rallies support to oppose funding cut
 

DSA rallies support to oppose funding cut

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Sylva town board members should expect a heated public comment session at their upcoming…
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Duke could owe tribe Oconaluftee dam profits
 

Duke could owe tribe Oconaluftee dam profits

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is questioning whether Duke Power concealed the boundary of its hydropower operation on the Oconaluftee…
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Green power: no longer a pipe dream
 

Green power: no longer a pipe dream

By Michael Beadle At first it sounds too good to be true. Imagine being able to pipe methane gas from…
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Macon free dental clinic eyes expansion
 

Macon free dental clinic eyes expansion

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Macon County’s Molar Roller is on the move in a forward direction. The mobile…
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Reece’s larger-than-life presence will be missed, say friends
 

Reece’s larger-than-life presence will be missed, say friends

Wade Reece, a well-known figure in Maggie Valley civic life and the tourism industry, passed away last week, leaving a…
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On Sacred Ground
 

On Sacred Ground

By Michael Beadle Nearly two centuries have passed since the last time Cherokees held a council meeting on the sacred…
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Momentum keeps building for Stop I-3 coalition
 

Momentum keeps building for Stop I-3 coalition

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The Stop I-3 Coalition — the grassroots organization that aims to prevent construction of…
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Verizon expands DSL service in rural areas
 

Verizon expands DSL service in rural areas

High-speed Internet access has been expanded into several rural areas in the region thanks to a technology investment by Verizon…
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Sylva slashes funding for downtown group
 

Sylva slashes funding for downtown group

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Faced with a $20,000 budget cut, the Downtown Sylva Association is re-examining its plans…
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How to herd a bill
 

How to herd a bill

Sen. John Snow, D- Murphy, had a whopper of a week last week. He had four bills on the table…
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A moment of your time? Lobbyists courting lawmakers take center stage in Raleigh
 

A moment of your time? Lobbyists courting lawmakers take center stage in Raleigh

Editor’s note: Smoky Mountain News reporter Becky Johnson spent two days in Raleigh last week covering local representatives at work…
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Pulling the right strings: Lawmakers work to bring home the bacon
 

Pulling the right strings: Lawmakers work to bring home the bacon

It was a big week in the legislative building in Raleigh last week. The House of Representatives would vote on…
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Franklin hires Main Street coordinator
 

Franklin hires Main Street coordinator

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A month into her new job as Franklin’s Main Street Program Coordinator, Nancy Deeks…
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Haywood appoints second committee to study TDA
 

Haywood appoints second committee to study TDA

A study committee charged with examining the role and structure of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will be formed…
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Bethel survey
 

Bethel survey

The Bethel survey polled a random sample of 273 residents in Bethel via telephone. The Bethel Rural Community Organization sanctioned…
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Macon survey
 

Macon survey

The survey in Macon County set out to quantify the value the public places on the landscape. Surveys sought to…
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Some question Rinehart’s TDA status after move to Asheville
 

Some question Rinehart’s TDA status after move to Asheville

Joetta Rinehart, a member of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority board, recently moved to Asheville, throwing into question her…
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TDA’s Reece injured in motorcycle accident
 

TDA’s Reece injured in motorcycle accident

Wade Reece, a member of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority and a Maggie Valley businessman, was in a motorcycle…
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Land for Tomorrow: Will it pass the state legislature?
 

Land for Tomorrow: Will it pass the state legislature?

Land for Tomorrow is a statewide campaign to raise $1 billion in state funds to preserve farmland and forestland, create…
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Heritage Area program will give out $350,000 in 2006
 

Heritage Area program will give out $350,000 in 2006

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area has announced its 2006 Heritage Grants Program, which will provide and leverage funding for…
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Hearing heated, but no surprises
 

Hearing heated, but no surprises

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s public hearing regarding the recently released draft environmental assessment…
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Haywood considers wider tourism study
 

Haywood considers wider tourism study

The town of Maggie Valley could be getting more than it bargained for when it called on fellow towns in…
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Geologists nearly finished with Macon landslide study
 

Geologists nearly finished with Macon landslide study

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer N.C. Geological Survey staff hopes to finish its survey of Macon County’s landslide prone…
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Farmers increasingly feel forced off their own land
 

Farmers increasingly feel forced off their own land

Butch Deals’ day doesn’t fit the image of the simple farming life. Perched in the air-conditioned cab of a John…
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Bryson City developing first zoning plan
 

Bryson City developing first zoning plan

An influx of growth has prompted Bryson City leaders to address land-use planning with hopes of drafting the town’s first…
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Buchner’s father/son account wins literary acclaim
 

Buchner’s father/son account wins literary acclaim

Craig Buchner and his father didn’t say much during their weekends in upstate New York checking spigots on sugar maples,…
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Feelin’ festive: Local event planners examine festival trends
 

Feelin’ festive: Local event planners examine festival trends

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer June through October is known as festival season in the mountains, and its no…
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Elected officials meet to hear tourism complaints
 

Elected officials meet to hear tourism complaints

Elected town and county leaders will be dragged into the Haywood County tourism saga this week. They will be asked…
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Spill the beans
 

Spill the beans

Confession is good for the soul. As any practicing Catholic will tell you, that old tune still plays true. You…
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Tourism board divided over festival funding
 

Tourism board divided over festival funding

The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is split over a budget for the coming fiscal year that would reduce funding…
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Doin’ the TDA shuffle: Haywood, Maggie Valley tourism entities ponder merger
 

Doin’ the TDA shuffle: Haywood, Maggie Valley tourism entities ponder merger

A tug-of-war over the $600,000 in tourism tax money in Haywood County and how it is used to lure travelers…
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Sylva residents rate quality of life high
 

Sylva residents rate quality of life high

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer “Overall, citizens seem fairly satisfied with the quality of life in the town of…
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Momentum builds to challenge TDA
 

Momentum builds to challenge TDA

Dissatisfaction among the Haywood County tourism industry with the way tourism tax dollars are spent has long been a constant…
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Macon superintendent departs amid harassment suit
 

Macon superintendent departs amid harassment suit

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Macon County schools personnel director Tamra Tisdale has filed a sexual harassment suit against…
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Critics say FERC not tough enough on Duke
 

Critics say FERC not tough enough on Duke

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s draft environmental assessment recommending removal of the Dillsboro…
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Swain teacher fills vital role for Latino students
 

Swain teacher fills vital role for Latino students

By Michael Beadle Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on some of the issues faced by…
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An outpouring of support
 

An outpouring of support

When Rose Smith read about the tragic death of an 8-year-old boy left in a car in the parking lot…
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One mother’s struggle: Gibson hits dead-end in quest to balance childcare and work
 

One mother’s struggle: Gibson hits dead-end in quest to balance childcare and work

When Michelle Gibson showed up at her son’s second-grade classroom with balloons, ice cream and a decorated birthday cake signed…
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‘Not guilty’: Michelle Gibson freed after jury rejects second-degree murder, manslaughter charges
 

‘Not guilty’: Michelle Gibson freed after jury rejects second-degree murder, manslaughter charges

Michelle Gibson, a single mother charged with second-degree murder in the death of her 8-year-old son, Devin, was found not…
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Celebrating 10 years as an A+ school
 

Celebrating 10 years as an A+ school

By Michael Beadle Central Elementary School capped its 10-year anniversary as an A+ school Friday, May 19, with students, parents,…
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Blue Ridge banking on cool cartons
 

Blue Ridge banking on cool cartons

The war on soft drink vending machines in schools has found an unexpected ally in Haywood County. Blue Ridge Paper…
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Railroad right of way claim could stall business expansion
 

Railroad right of way claim could stall business expansion

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A Dillsboro business owner’s recent attempt to purchase and develop land near the Great…
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Swain election protest appealed to state
 

Swain election protest appealed to state

An election protest in Swain County over alleged irregularities in the May 2 primary was dismissed in a 2 to…
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Pesticide contaminants found in subdivision
 

Pesticide contaminants found in subdivision

The Haywood County Health Department has asked for state assistance to conduct tests in two subdivisions after soil samples from…
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New Waynesville recreation director has marketing expertise
 

New Waynesville recreation director has marketing expertise

Rhett Langston with the Buncombe County Parks and Recreation Department has been selected from a pool of 63 applicants to…
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Learning the language
 

Learning the language

By Michael Beadle When Lori McLeod first started teaching English as a Second Language at Tuscola High School in Haywood…
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