Back to nature
 

Back to nature

Burt Kornegay is a one-match man. As the owner of Slickrock Expeditions and the longest running independent outdoor guide in…
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The beetles' fall tour
 

The beetles' fall tour

No, not the Fab Four — more like the Fab Gazillion. Swarms of thousands to perhaps hundreds of thousands of…
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Satulah has long been a WNC favorite
 

Satulah has long been a WNC favorite

One can still see why flatlanders started pouring into the Cashiers-Highlands region after the Civil War. The scenic ridge, valley…
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Swain fails to make headway in cash settlement talks
 

Swain fails to make headway in cash settlement talks

The National Park Service and Swain County appear locked in a stalemate over how much the federal government should pay…
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21 write-ins get votes in Webster
 

21 write-ins get votes in Webster

In an unusual election storyline, voters in Webster cast ballots for a total of 21 write-in candidates because too few…
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Enamored with stacked stone and timber, planners push mountain look
 

Enamored with stacked stone and timber, planners push mountain look

Western North Carolina has so embraced mountain vernacular architecture that local planning boards across the area are prodding developers into…
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New leaders to forge future for Dillsboro with or without railroad
 

New leaders to forge future for Dillsboro with or without railroad

Faced with a collapsing tourism marketplace caused by a national recession and the pullout of its featured attraction — the…
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Fee charged to overseas visitors would fund tourism marketing abroad
 

Fee charged to overseas visitors would fund tourism marketing abroad

A bill is moving through Congress that could help boost the local economy and create jobs by drawing international tourists…
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Residents value rural heritage and environment in highway debate
 

Residents value rural heritage and environment in highway debate

An overwhelming majority of citizens who showed up at a public hearing in Robbinsville spoke out against the Corridor K…
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Third party steps in to run Balsam Mountain Preserve
 

Third party steps in to run Balsam Mountain Preserve

Balsam Mountain Preserve has been stripped of control and custody of its development as lenders continue their march toward foreclosure.…
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Fresh faces will lead Canton
 

Fresh faces will lead Canton

As with the election two years ago, Canton will once again see three new faces on the board. Voters had…
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Franklin voters stick with familiar faces
 

Franklin voters stick with familiar faces

Not one face is changing in Franklin’s local government despite close contests for mayor and aldermen. In a neck-and-neck race,…
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Regional election results
 

Regional election results

Clyde Town boardSeats up for election:    2Total seats on board:    4Carroll Mease (I)    103Jim Trantham (I)    95Alan Trantham    42Registered voters:  …
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Price and Pauley ride easily into office in quiet Maggie race
 

Price and Pauley ride easily into office in quiet Maggie race

After a feel-good race lacking much controversy, Maggie Valley voters have re-elected Saralyn Price to her second term on the…
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WNC juggles perceptions and realities of rockslide blockade
 

WNC juggles perceptions and realities of rockslide blockade

The main message that local and state authorities are frenetically broadcasting to the world is that Western North Carolina is…
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Tracing the roots of WNC’s signature style
 

Tracing the roots of WNC’s signature style

Love it or hate it, mountain vernacular architecture has stubbornly planted its roots in Western North Carolina and shows no…
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Allen joins Knotts on Sylva board
 

Allen joins Knotts on Sylva board

Danny Allen, a former Sylva town commissioner who has been off the board for two years, will reclaim his seat…
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Ugly public discourse and the future of truth
 

Ugly public discourse and the future of truth

More and more these days, it seems those who follow the news have strong opinions on the tone of public…
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Pride of the Mountains band and receives marching’s highest honor
 

Pride of the Mountains band and receives marching’s highest honor

Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band has been awarded the prestigious Sudler Trophy, the nation’s highest and…
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Ivey’s ‘Up River’ offers valuable lessons
 

Ivey’s ‘Up River’ offers valuable lessons

Up River: A Novel of Attempted Restoration by George Ivey. Dog Year, 2009. 304 Pages. George Ivey’s Up River: A…
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Blue Ridge Parkway kicks off 75th anniversary
 

Blue Ridge Parkway kicks off 75th anniversary

The Blue Ridge Parkway will kick off its 75th anniversary celebrations this month with several historical, symbolic and entertaining events,…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

It’s 11 p.m. – do you know where your wood thrush is? “Hello, Ms. Stutchbury, this is OnStar. Your wood…
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HCC offers green building certificate for construction students
 

HCC offers green building certificate for construction students

A model home under construction on the Haywood Community College campus is giving construction majors hands-on training in green building…
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HCC trains tomorrow’s developers in sustainable methods
 

HCC trains tomorrow’s developers in sustainable methods

When Candace Stimson lost her job last winter due to the recession, she seized the opportunity to go back to…
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The grand finale
 

The grand finale

We tend to hone in on the showy flowering phase of a plant’s life for observation, identification, and enjoyment. But…
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Lessie Williams performance to benefit library fund
 

Lessie Williams performance to benefit library fund

Lessie Williams, a well-known and nationally recognized gospel singer, will give a concert of inspirational music at 7 p.m. Oct.…
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NOC expedition gains attention
 

NOC expedition gains attention

An outdoor expedition to Bolivia that puts paddlers to work delivering medical supplies to remote villages organized by Nantahala Outdoor…
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Old houses, spirits and comfort food
 

Old houses, spirits and comfort food

By Karen Dill • Special to Smoky Mountain News October is a glorious month. Brilliant colors dot the mountains against…
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Hospital denies county commissioners a seat at the table
 

Hospital denies county commissioners a seat at the table

Despite their requests, Haywood County commissioners will not be guaranteed a spot on the new joint operating board of Haywood…
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Canton’s future pivots on heated board race
 

Canton’s future pivots on heated board race

When voters head to the polls in Canton next week, they will face a daunting and even unwieldy list to…
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Balsam Mountain Preserve property owners pull off grassroots fundraising on a colossal scale
 

Balsam Mountain Preserve property owners pull off grassroots fundraising on a colossal scale

Affluent property owners in Balsam Mountain Preserve have raised commitments of $16.3 million in an effort to stave off foreclosure…
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Cullowhee a good sports town for athletes and spectators
 

Cullowhee a good sports town for athletes and spectators

By Gibbs Knotts • Guest Columnist Some local sportswriters have expressed bewilderment at a recent ranking by a nationally circulated…
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Meet the candidates
 

Meet the candidates

Two of the five seats on the Sylva town board are up for election. Both incumbents are running for re-election…
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A page from the past: Smokies’ artifacts tender rare glimpse into life before the park
 

A page from the past: Smokies’ artifacts tender rare glimpse into life before the park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to one of the most intact and comprehensive collections of early Americana,…
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Withstanding winter’s cold
 

Withstanding winter’s cold

Editor’s note: George Ellison is on sabbatical this week and will return next week. This is a previously published column.…
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Irritating public comment must be tolerated
 

Irritating public comment must be tolerated

Haywood County elected officials may sometimes get fed up dealing with the incessant public record requests and the three-hour meetings…
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Haywood-WestCare Joint Operating Agreement Frequently Asked Questions
 

Haywood-WestCare Joint Operating Agreement Frequently Asked Questions

Is it true that Haywood and WestCare have merged? No. The boards of Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) and WestCare…
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Waynesville Rec Center struck by vandals
 

Waynesville Rec Center struck by vandals

The Waynesville Recreation Center was vandalized late sometime late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. The vandals entered the building…
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HRMC, WestCare affiliation creates MedWest
 

HRMC, WestCare affiliation creates MedWest

A long-awaited affiliation of the hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties will become official in January 2010. That’s when…
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A peculiar angst
 

A peculiar angst

Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book by Walker Percy. Picador, 2000. 272 pages. Walker Percy not only wrote…
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Sylva candidates split on funding for downtown projects
 

Sylva candidates split on funding for downtown projects

The election for Sylva town board next week will determine the philosophical direction for the town. The board has been…
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No quick fix for rock slide that closes I-40
 

No quick fix for rock slide that closes I-40

Western North Carolina is bracing itself for the impact of a massive rockslide that will shut down a major chunk…
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Meet the candidates
 

Meet the candidates

There are 10 candidates running for four seats on the Canton town board. Only two sitting aldermen are running for…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

The rush to be green is making me blue Let’s see, automakers can get CAFÉ (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) credits…
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Haywood County braces for economic impacts of prolonged I-40 closure
 

Haywood County braces for economic impacts of prolonged I-40 closure

By all indications, the closing of Interstate 40 due to a massive rockslide will be more than just a minor…
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Recipes
 

Recipes

Spiced Pumpkin, Lentil and Goat Cheese Salad (loosely based on the recipe from the October 2009 Bon Appétit magazine) •…
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Macon rallies to defense of river and wins
 

Macon rallies to defense of river and wins

Macon County has won a partial victory in the fight over the permitting of an industrial wastewater treatment plant in…
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Downtown platform
 

Downtown platform

Several candidates have made downtown revitalization the central tenet of their campaign and consider it the one of the most…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

Slogging through the watershed It was dark, 39 degrees and a steady light drizzle when I walked from the house…
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Is this the change you waited for?
 

Is this the change you waited for?

By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist In the election of 2008 many Americans aspired for hope and change when Barack…
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