Biodiesel station opens in Cullowhee

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer

The delivery of 3,000 gallons of B-20 biodiesel manufactured by Smoky Mountain Biofuels made Hop’s Gas and Grocery on Old Cullowhee Road the first station to offer a public biodiesel pump west of Asheville last week.

Then & Now: Project catalogs the ongoing artistic value of what was once mere necessity

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer

The Craft Revival: Shaping Western North Carolina Past and Present Web site is located at

Much of what is considered to be historic Appalachian art work began as anything but. The quilts and clay bowls, hand-wrought iron and homemade dresses were items made for their function.

Sylva discusses downtown parking woes

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer

Parking along Sylva’s downtown Main Street is a challenge.

Mayor wants windfall from watershed invested

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer

The Town of Sylva has begun surveying the Fisher Creek watershed in anticipation of receiving a $3.5 million conservation easement to be awarded by the Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

Divided Franklin board OKs Super Wal-Mart

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer

With the announcement of plans to bring a new Wal-Mart Supercenter to Franklin, some say town aldermen have given away their only real bargaining chip that would aid negotiations to make the Big Box store more visually appealing — water and sewer rights.

Recommended diversions

NPR’s All Songs Considered Podcast

Admittedly, I’ve been slow to catch on to the iPod revolution. I received a green, personalized iPod mini almost two years ago, but just this month began puttering around on iTunes’s Podcast Web site to find a treasure trove of information.

Macon prepares high-rise moratorium

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer

A high-rise moratorium is in the works for Macon County.

On Monday night (Dec. 4), county commissioners directed new county attorney Lesley Moxley and Macon County Planner Stacy Guffey to draft an ordinance prohibiting new commercial and residential construction over 48 feet in height or four stories for six months.

Pickles and sun gods?

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer

For Germanic cultures having a Christmas tree was all about finding the pickle.

Deck the halls: Decorators’ diverse demands drive the ornament market

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer

Working her way past the miniature Christmas village homes and a star topped tree, Vickie Horne stood fingering ornaments on the wall of Nancy Tut’s Christmas Shop in Dillsboro with an index card full of names in her hand.

Plug may be pulled on WLOS Dec. 1

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer

The deadline for Mediacom and Sinclair Broadcast Group to reach an agreement that will allow the cable provider to continue carrying Sinclair stations — including local ABC affiliate WLOS Channel 13 — is up Dec. 1, and it appears that there is no resolution in sight.

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