The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

Junaluska waterfowl are plentiful, varied A quick turn around Lake Junaluska last Sunday revealed 13 species of waterfowl and/or wetland…
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Defective slot machine zaps gambler
 

Defective slot machine zaps gambler

A slot machine at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino malfunctioned, delivering a shock that floored a gambler, according to a lawsuit brought…
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Steady stream of businesses look for federal help after rockslide
 

Steady stream of businesses look for federal help after rockslide

Small businesses struggling to pay bills after a rockslide shut down Interstate 40 now have the option of applying for…
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The kindest army
 

The kindest army

Though the bell ringers have seen how hard the recession has hit the local community, they are surprised at the…
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Haywood’s lower classification pleases economic official
 

Haywood’s lower classification pleases economic official

Haywood County was more economically distressed this year, according to state rankings that essentially classify the counties from wealthiest to…
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Bell ringers cope with corporate regulations, recession
 

Bell ringers cope with corporate regulations, recession

Around Thanksgiving, they begin showing up outside stores with a red kettle, a jingling bell and a smile. In many…
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Unpaid Ghost Town workers were warned pay might not come
 

Unpaid Ghost Town workers were warned pay might not come

Ghost Town in the Sky, an amusement park in Maggie Valley, failed to pay employees for their final two weeks…
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Tribal casino gets OK for gaming floor alcohol
 

Tribal casino gets OK for gaming floor alcohol

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino may soon serve alcohol on the gaming floor, after receiving an unofficial go-ahead from a state attorney.…
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Malicious prosecution lawsuit unfounded, magistrate rules
 

Malicious prosecution lawsuit unfounded, magistrate rules

A malicious prosecution lawsuit by a woman accused of misappropriating flood relief donations should be dropped, according to the recommendation…
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WCU trustees adopt tuition increase
 

WCU trustees adopt tuition increase

Western Carolina University’s board of trustees voted to increase the school’s tuition by 6.5 percent next year. The vote to…
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Expense keeps most undocumented immigrants out of community college
 

Expense keeps most undocumented immigrants out of community college

North Carolina’s community colleges may have flung open their doors to illegal immigrants once again, but only a handful of…
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Rockslide cleanup could last through spring
 

Rockslide cleanup could last through spring

The Interstate 40 rockslide cleanup could now take until May, according to Joel Setzer, head of the N.C. Department of…
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Big Ridge mortgage holders say their loans being investigated
 

Big Ridge mortgage holders say their loans being investigated

Editor’s note: These articles first appeared in the St. Petersburg Times and are reprinted with permission of the writer. Lawyers…
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Undocumented students receive helping hand from Franklin principal
 

Undocumented students receive helping hand from Franklin principal

Despite the daunting road ahead, Franklin High School principal Gary Shields is steering his undocumented students toward the naturalization process.…
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New Sylva board member could help bridge rift
 

New Sylva board member could help bridge rift

Sylva’s incoming Mayor Maurice Moody said he wanted to start his career with a consensus vote and that’s exactly what…
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Poore chosen as CEO for MedWest Health System
 

Poore chosen as CEO for MedWest Health System

Haywood Regional Medical Center CEO Mike Poore has been named as the new chief executive officer of MedWest Health System…
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Jonathan Creek park moves closer to reality
 

Jonathan Creek park moves closer to reality

Haywood County commissioners decided Monday to move forward with the design phase for a proposed public park and sports field…
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Casino one step away from the total package
 

Casino one step away from the total package

Let’s just say it’s about time. A state special deputy attorney general said in a Nov. 25 letter that alcohol…
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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s Polar Express rides the rails in time for the holidays
 

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s Polar Express rides the rails in time for the holidays

Christmas is still two weeks away, but I’ve been rehearsing the dramatic tale of Santa’s arrival with my toddler for…
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Of golf, relationships and life
 

Of golf, relationships and life

A Son of the Game: A Story of Golf, Going Home, and Sharing Life’s Lessons by James Dodson. Algonquin Books,…
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Putting Panthertown on the map
 

Putting Panthertown on the map

Every hiker has likely named a trailside feature or two in their day. Ferns sprouting from the banks of a…
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Five miles of Parkway views preserved
 

Five miles of Parkway views preserved

A 1,488-acre tract along the Blue Ridge Parkway in McDowell County has been protected from development thanks to a conservation…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

Tessentee birds Bob Olthoff and I took advantage of last Sunday’s (Nov. 29) Indian Summer weather for a couple of…
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A skunk by any other name
 

A skunk by any other name

Five skunk species are residents in the United States: hooded, hog-nosed, western spotted, eastern spotted, and striped. Only the last…
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Maggie ABC store captures share of Waynesville business
 

Maggie ABC store captures share of Waynesville business

The recession has taken a toll on liquor sales at the ABC stores in Maggie Valley and Waynesville, in turn…
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Between language and culture
 

Between language and culture

Native American languages are unique. They came into being and evolved without the influence of writing. For scholars like Heidi…
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Canton leaders to compare and contrast lists
 

Canton leaders to compare and contrast lists

As everyone else compiles wish lists for the holiday season, Canton’s four aldermen will put together a list of their…
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Effort to revive language calls Cherokee old and young
 

Effort to revive language calls Cherokee old and young

Outside the annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner in the isolated Snowbird community, a remote corner of Graham County where the Cherokee…
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Foundering developers create vested rights dilemma
 

Foundering developers create vested rights dilemma

As developers grapple with financial woes forcing them to sell off holdings or succumb to foreclosure, environmental groups in Jackson…
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Consensus unlikely in Sylva board appointment
 

Consensus unlikely in Sylva board appointment

The moment of truth arrives for Sylva’s new town board on the day it starts work. When board members convene…
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Macon wrestles with impact of subdivision ordinance
 

Macon wrestles with impact of subdivision ordinance

Although Macon County passed its first subdivision ordinance more than a year ago, Commissioner Chairman Ronnie Beale wonders whether enough…
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Legal wrangling heats up in Jackson’s bid to wrest Dillsboro dam away from Duke
 

Legal wrangling heats up in Jackson’s bid to wrest Dillsboro dam away from Duke

Jackson County and Duke Energy squared off this week over the Dillsboro dam, marking the first major head-to-head courtroom battle…
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Compromise ends tug-of-war over who will be Harrah’s liquor distributor
 

Compromise ends tug-of-war over who will be Harrah’s liquor distributor

While the addition of alcohol sales at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel will undoubtedly be lucrative for the Eastern Band…
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Tiger hurts himself with silence
 

Tiger hurts himself with silence

Poor Tiger Woods. He is not only the greatest golfer of all time, but also perhaps the world’s most popular…
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Satire hits hard, but it works
 

Satire hits hard, but it works

Satire is one of language’s most powerful weapons, and when used effectively, it can foster meaningful dialogue on important topics.…
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Lighting the way Dillsboro celebrates illuminating festival in December
 

Lighting the way Dillsboro celebrates illuminating festival in December

Every year for more than a quarter century, the village of Dillsboro transforms itself into a quintessential Christmas scene, warm…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

The omnibus stops here Reliable, undisclosed anonymous sources tell this reporter that the Fiscal year 2010 Omnibus Bill expected to…
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UNC students conduct research while in Highlands
 

UNC students conduct research while in Highlands

University students conducting environmental fieldwork and research at the Highlands Biological Station have spent the past semester delving into the…
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Memories from ‘up at the barn’
 

Memories from ‘up at the barn’

You’ve noticed how old barns are recognized as special places? When a person says, “I’m going down to the barn,”…
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Loophole in video poker ban makes way for cyber sweepstakes
 

Loophole in video poker ban makes way for cyber sweepstakes

Sweepstakes have never before been so controversial — or so complicated. Far removed from the days of dropping an entry…
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An unstable past
 

An unstable past

Located atop a nearly 3,000-foot mountain in Cullowhee, the Jackson County Airport was built to avoid the low-lying fog that…
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With real estate market still in flux, Macon postpones property reappraisal
 

With real estate market still in flux, Macon postpones property reappraisal

Macon County has joined a growing trend in deciding to postpone its property revaluation process for two years. The county…
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WCU hosts January dulcimer weekend at Lake Junaluska
 

WCU hosts January dulcimer weekend at Lake Junaluska

Western Carolina University will sponsor its fifth annual Mountain Dulcimer Winter Weekend beginning Thursday, Jan. 7, and continuing through Sunday,…
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Judgment day arrives
 

Judgment day arrives

The Cleansing by Ben Eller. Fireside Publications, 2009. 292 pages In Ben Eller’s science fiction novel, The Cleansing, (2020), progress…
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Master plan underway for Sylva’s Pinnacle Park
 

Master plan underway for Sylva’s Pinnacle Park

Pinnacle Park, a favorite recreational haunt in Sylva that was once home to the town’s watershed, will benefit from a…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

The hunter is back Orion the hunter, one of the most noted and most recognizable constellations in the heavens is…
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Nantahala headwaters tract protected
 

Nantahala headwaters tract protected

A 248-acre tract known as Rainbow Springs at the headwaters of the Nantahala River in Macon County has been protected…
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Suspects nabbed in Macon church break-in spree
 

Suspects nabbed in Macon church break-in spree

A string of church break-ins that had captured widespread attention in Macon County came to an end last week when…
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Macon tax hike in store to pay for new elementary school
 

Macon tax hike in store to pay for new elementary school

Macon County’s schools will get a long-awaited upgrade, but its taxpayers are going to have to pay extra for it.…
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Franklin students’ hard work helps greenway
 

Franklin students’ hard work helps greenway

Franklin High students became active volunteers in a service-learning program this fall to improve the ecosystem along the Franklin Greenway.…
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