TVA ruling could signal beginning of a new era
 

TVA ruling could signal beginning of a new era

A recent court victory by the state of North Carolina will require the Tennessee Valley Authority to reduce emissions at…
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Electing sheriffs leaves too much to chance
 

Electing sheriffs leaves too much to chance

By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist A municipality would never think of electing a chief of police. But in North…
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A duty to protect Swain’s citizens
 

A duty to protect Swain’s citizens

By Curtis Cochran • Guest Columnist As sheriff of Swain County, I would like to take this opportunity to respond…
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Quieting the monster cries
 

Quieting the monster cries

For nearly a year, my 3-year-old son Jack has been obsessed with heavy machinery. We rent films from the library…
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Military a strong pull in this economy
 

Military a strong pull in this economy

The military remains a popular employment choice for young people today, and the poor economy is probably helping steer many…
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Celebrating the vision of Joe Legge
 

Celebrating the vision of Joe Legge

Joe Legge’s “official funeral ceremony” was held at the Estatoah Wayfarers’ Chapel in Dillard, Ga., on Jan. 17 at 4…
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Special moments, a spoonful at a time
 

Special moments, a spoonful at a time

You hear it often, mostly from those of us who are guilty. I’m talking about making a promise of spending…
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Not a social networking butterfly, but I’m out of the cocoon
 

Not a social networking butterfly, but I’m out of the cocoon

Of course I had HEARD of Facebook. I may be well into the marrow of middle age by now, but…
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This time, WCU passes academic integrity test
 

This time, WCU passes academic integrity test

This time, WCU passes academic integrity test If you want a messy issue with lots of overtones, then let’s talk…
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A year of opportunity
 

A year of opportunity

By Carl Iobst • Guest Columnist 2008 was an interesting year. Not the worst on record, but tough enough. 2009…
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A second Gilded Age is upon us
 

A second Gilded Age is upon us

By Bob Scott Steal a loaf of bread to feed your family and you go to jail. Steal $50 billion…
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Here’s to a swift kick to the trash heap for 2008
 

Here’s to a swift kick to the trash heap for 2008

The new years toasts are over, and we’re a week into 2009. If hindsight is 20-20, then it’s time to…
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Memories of WCTC’s feline director of all things theater
 

Memories of WCTC’s feline director of all things theater

Back in the days when WCU was WCTC (Western Carolina Teachers’ College), I was one of a few kids that…
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It’s past time for land use review to get started
 

It’s past time for land use review to get started

The acknowledgement by Waynesville’s leaders that they let a review of the town’s much-heralded land use plan languish and now…
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It’s all about the kids, right?
 

It’s all about the kids, right?

We stood looking at the dinosaur for quite awhile. As parents of children ages 7 and 3, we are more…
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Bad economy leads to a few good things
 

Bad economy leads to a few good things

By John Beckman • Guest Columnist A lot of attention lately has been focused on how bad the economic downturn…
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With each visit home, college daughter is more grown up
 

With each visit home, college daughter is more grown up

By David Curtis Just a short two weeks ago I was texting my daughter, who was in the process of…
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That’s me on the couch, counting my blessings
 

That’s me on the couch, counting my blessings

The holidays are upon us, I’m walking almost normal, and I’m ready to sit on the couch and count my…
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Sustainable travel makes sense
 

Sustainable travel makes sense

By Cynthia Deale • Western Regional Representative, Center for Sustainable Tourism Editor’s note: This series of green living tips is…
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DOT meeting should have been advertised
 

DOT meeting should have been advertised

By James McCarthy • Guest Columnist Did the N.C. Department of Transportation hold an illegal meeting on Dec. 4 at…
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Public land stewardship as economic stimulus
 

Public land stewardship as economic stimulus

Editor’s Note: The following is testimony delivered by Mark Singleton of Sylva, who is the chairman of the Outdoor Alliance.…
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Waynesville needs to get going on land use plan update
 

Waynesville needs to get going on land use plan update

It’s time for Waynesville to get going on its land use plan review, especially since the economic downturn has slowed…
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No guns, no bikes, and no dogs
 

No guns, no bikes, and no dogs

By Danny Bernstein • Guest Columnist Our national parks have been assaulted by new rulings in the closing days of…
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Schools give money back, Big Three ready to take it
 

Schools give money back, Big Three ready to take it

As the economic picture gets more and more bleak, the ironies loom larger and larger. Public school systems, community colleges…
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Don’t jump up and do anything
 

Don’t jump up and do anything

With Clayton Cathey On a weekday afternoon the Walker Service Station in Waynesville is busy with a steady stream of…
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Open yourself to the simple pleasures of the season
 

Open yourself to the simple pleasures of the season

By Linda McFarland • Guest Columnist Here we are in the holidays, the most sacred and profane time of year.…
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Come rain, snow or cold, holiday lights go up
 

Come rain, snow or cold, holiday lights go up

By David Curtis If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it…
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There are ways to reduce chance of getting the flu
 

There are ways to reduce chance of getting the flu

By Dr. Allan Zacher, M.D. Flu season is here. You and your family and friends have not gotten it yet,…
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A reminder to keep the public in mind
 

A reminder to keep the public in mind

“’Official meeting’ means a meeting, assembly, or gathering together at any time or place ... of a majority of the…
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Snow days are like heaven for 12-year-olds
 

Snow days are like heaven for 12-year-olds

You are 12 years old and it’s December and a school day. The days are shorter now, meaning it is…
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Choices in home energy systems
 

Choices in home energy systems

By Avram Friedman • Executive Director, Canary Coalition Getting “off the grid” is more and more appealing to many of…
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In high school, more than you might imagine do care about politics
 

In high school, more than you might imagine do care about politics

By Zack Dean • Smoky Mtn. High School I had to work late on Nov. 4, so upon coming home…
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Forgive yes, but first a look at HRMC’s recent past
 

Forgive yes, but first a look at HRMC’s recent past

The healing power of forgiveness is at the top of the list of things in which I believe strongly. It’s…
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The politics of python invasions
 

The politics of python invasions

By David Curtis Just when you thought you had enough to worry about here comes a news report that’s right…
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Green Energy Park is not dangerous
 

Green Energy Park is not dangerous

By Timm Muth My thanks to the editor for giving me the opportunity to respond to the recent allegations about…
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Signs that we are growing up
 

Signs that we are growing up

Sparta, N.C. – I am on my way to town to get a birthday cake for my son, Jack. He…
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Tuning in once again
 

Tuning in once again

The Sweetest Sounds The sweetest sounds I’ll ever hear Are still inside my head. The kindest words I’ll ever know…
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HRMC's survival vital to Haywood
 

HRMC's survival vital to Haywood

Some are saying Regional Medical Center faces an uncertain future, but we believe it is vitally important for community leaders,…
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Valentine's Day, often, is about survival
 

Valentine's Day, often, is about survival

By David Curtis Whew ... I survived another Valentine’s Day. That is a big accomplishment if you are a man,…
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In winter, the joy of gardening is the beauty of a blank slate
 

In winter, the joy of gardening is the beauty of a blank slate

By Marsha Crites • Guest Columnist Whether I am working on a watercolor design, organizing a community group, decorating a…
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Mental health crisis will need enlightened leadership
 

Mental health crisis will need enlightened leadership

By Ed Seavey • Guest Columnist The recent issue of the Smoky Mountain News (Jan. 16, “WNC Confronts Mental Health…
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Resisting the prospect of extinction
 

Resisting the prospect of extinction

By Brent Martin Almost 10 years ago, science writer David Quammen published an essay in Harper’s Magazine titled A Planet…
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The innate traits of the male species
 

The innate traits of the male species

By Stephanie Wampler Step-by-cautious step, the man crosses the room, casting his eyes in all directions to make sure no…
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A favorite plant
 

A favorite plant

By Jim Janke • Special to SMN Editor’s note: This is a regular feature on gardening by the Haywood County…
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Development rules will get test in commissioner race
 

Development rules will get test in commissioner race

When the Democratic primary election rolls around in Jackson County on May 6, many will finally get the chance they’ve…
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Too close to call
 

Too close to call

The most fascinating race for President of the United States in my lifetime could have become a good bit more…
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The greening of America
 

The greening of America

“I suddenly think about my friends, you know, getting on their private jets. And I think, well, you know, maybe…
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Reverend C. T. Vivian sheds light on roots of Civil Rights movement
 

Reverend C. T. Vivian sheds light on roots of Civil Rights movement

By Victoria McDonald • Guest Columnist Reverend C. T. Vivian is a living legend of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.…
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Forest Service should let boaters on the Chattooga
 

Forest Service should let boaters on the Chattooga

The U.S. Forest Service is about to release its opinion on whether to allow boating on the Chattooga River. It’s…
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Counties need full-time economic development director
 

Counties need full-time economic development director

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