Loss of transparency likely for Haywood under new hospital joint venture
 

Loss of transparency likely for Haywood under new hospital joint venture

Haywood Regional Medical Center and WestCare are in the final stages of forming a partnership, with plans to launch a…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

Just leisure time in good company So much of our time in this soured economy is spent paying homage to…
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Duke’s rate hike request is poorly timed, not needed
 

Duke’s rate hike request is poorly timed, not needed

The state should turn down Duke Energy’s request for a nearly 13 percent hike in utility rates and instead encourage…
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A little hometown appreciation
 

A little hometown appreciation

Country music recording artist Matt Stillwell will return to his roots Thursday, Oct. 15, for a hometown Homecoming week concert…
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A sanctuary for scientists: Smokies’ slopes seen as frontier in global warming research
 

A sanctuary for scientists: Smokies’ slopes seen as frontier in global warming research

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most studied national parks in the country. It consistently ranks…
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Costa’s eye for unique insect details
 

Costa’s eye for unique insect details

Western Carolina University biologist Jim Costa traces his interest in insect societies to studies of social interactions of caterpillars made…
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Kephart’s novel a time capsule from bygone era
 

Kephart’s novel a time capsule from bygone era

Among the varied “revelations” brought to light during the celebrations attending the 75th Anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National…
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Task force wants final crack at honing road list
 

Task force wants final crack at honing road list

Dueling solutions for relieving traffic on N.C. 107 in Sylva are poised to make the final cut in the long-awaited…
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Lorraine Conard to unveil ‘Riding on Your Wings’ at Colonial Theater Oct. 17
 

Lorraine Conard to unveil ‘Riding on Your Wings’ at Colonial Theater Oct. 17

Local singer-songwriter Lorraine Conard celebrates the release of her new CD, “Riding on Your Wings,” with a release party to…
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Bridging the divide: Maggie struggles to find new identity among tourists, second-home owners and year-round residents
 

Bridging the divide: Maggie struggles to find new identity among tourists, second-home owners and year-round residents

Home to 3,000 motel rooms yet only 1,610 year-round residents, Maggie Valley can’t exactly escape the term “tourist town.” Anyone…
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Maggie chases festivals as ticket to tourism
 

Maggie chases festivals as ticket to tourism

When the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen purchased land for a town festival ground in 2002, it had high hopes…
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Storytelling traditions live on
 

Storytelling traditions live on

Naturalist, herbalist, lecturer, writer, adventure trip leader, folklorist and prize-winning harmonica player Doug Elliott has a new book. Titled Swarm…
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Rebellion reigns in historical novel
 

Rebellion reigns in historical novel

Devil’s Brood: The Last Days of the Tempestuous Marriage of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine by Sharon Kay Penman.…
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Graham and Swain part ways over Deal’s Gap debate
 

Graham and Swain part ways over Deal’s Gap debate

Graham County delivered yet another jolt to the three-month debate over who should provide emergency services to Deal’s Gap, a…
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Cat lovers quietly care for wild colonies
 

Cat lovers quietly care for wild colonies

Move over rabbits, it’s cats that multiply like crazy in Haywood County. According to the Haywood Animal Welfare Association, there…
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Swain at last makes foray into animal control
 

Swain at last makes foray into animal control

Swain County Manager Kevin King has an ambitious idea for finally addressing the years-old issue of animal control, or lack…
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Citizen groups from all 50 states call for swift action on climate change
 

Citizen groups from all 50 states call for swift action on climate change

By Brent Martin • Guest Columnist With the long August recess now behind them, Senators have returned to Washington, D.C.,…
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What’s in a name? Tourism web site succumbs to proper spelling
 

What’s in a name? Tourism web site succumbs to proper spelling

The Haywood Tourism Development Authority announced some good news last week for all those miffed by the incorrect spelling of…
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Shortchanged again, WNC demands highway dollars back
 

Shortchanged again, WNC demands highway dollars back

Western North Carolina has steadily lost out on tens of millions in federal highway dollars over the past decade, despite…
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Task force declared finished as draft plan advances for public review
 

Task force declared finished as draft plan advances for public review

Some members of the Jackson County Transportation Task Force feel like the list of road projects bearing their name has…
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September in the Mountains: Homecoming, Watergate Salad, and the possibility of change
 

September in the Mountains: Homecoming, Watergate Salad, and the possibility of change

September in the mountains is an emotionally poignant time as it signals the end of summer and the beginning of…
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Working to bring back the American chestnut
 

Working to bring back the American chestnut

By Julie Ball • Correspondent As a boy, Gene Gibson remembers his parents heading to some of Western North Carolina’s…
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Duke faces stiff opposition to proposed rate hike
 

Duke faces stiff opposition to proposed rate hike

Duke Energy’s rate hike request met strong opposition at a public hearing before members of the N.C. Utilities Commission in…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

Dancin' on the dunes “Look at the butterflies!” I said. “I know, I’ve been counting them – 27, 28, 29,…
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It’s time to go, but the cord won’t cut so easily
 

It’s time to go, but the cord won’t cut so easily

I have lived in a lot of places in my life — countless apartments, dorm rooms, and houses, some of…
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Lasting precedent doubtful as county closes books on erosion suit
 

Lasting precedent doubtful as county closes books on erosion suit

Developers looking for shortcuts around erosion laws won’t find amnesty in a recent court case between a landowner and Haywood…
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Local illustrator part of upcoming Open Studios Tour
 

Local illustrator part of upcoming Open Studios Tour

James Lyle is an internationally renowned illustrator and artist whose work appears in comic books, in campaigns for major corporations,…
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Corridor K inches forward
 

Corridor K inches forward

A road project known as Corridor K will boast the longest tunnel in the state of North Carolina if built…
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Recipes, 9/30/10
 

Recipes, 9/30/10

Watergate Salad • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant pistachio pudding mix • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, with juice…
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Webster scrambles to drum up candidates for town board
 

Webster scrambles to drum up candidates for town board

When voters head to the polls to elect town leaders in Webster this fall, the choices will be slim. Mighty…
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Local restaurants support Haywood County farmers
 

Local restaurants support Haywood County farmers

Local chefs are proving to be some of the best supporters of Haywood County farmers. “The Buy Haywood project is…
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Expert offers tips to keep downtown businesses kicking
 

Expert offers tips to keep downtown businesses kicking

Small business expert Tom Shay told local store owners in Franklin, Sylva and Waynesville that recessions are good for one…
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Documentary tells captivating tale about the creation of GSMNP
 

Documentary tells captivating tale about the creation of GSMNP

When America tunes in to Ken Burns’ long-awaited documentary on the national parks next week, the hard-fought battle to save…
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Buck Knob residents, officials seek fire protection compromise
 

Buck Knob residents, officials seek fire protection compromise

After years of fruitlessly demanding fire protection from a local volunteer fire department, homeowners on Buck Knob Island in the…
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WCU announces 2009-10 theater season
 

WCU announces 2009-10 theater season

The department of stage and screen is kicking off Western Carolina University’s 2009-10 “Mainstage” theater season with the hip, dark…
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After delay, schools getting lottery dollars
 

After delay, schools getting lottery dollars

By Julie Ball • Correspondent Some lottery money used to pay the debt on local school projects is coming to…
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‘John Muir’ makes a return visit to WNC
 

‘John Muir’ makes a return visit to WNC

By Thomas Crowe “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is…
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Landslide maps one component of steep slope planning
 

Landslide maps one component of steep slope planning

The Macon County committee charged with proposing regulations for building on steep slopes is still swimming in a sea of…
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County settles Cameron lawsuit for $75,000
 

County settles Cameron lawsuit for $75,000

Haywood County is shelling out $75,000 for an out-of-court settlement that resolves an ongoing lawsuit by a landowner over the…
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The new caretakers: Through job losses and other factors, number of stay-at-home dads on the rise
 

The new caretakers: Through job losses and other factors, number of stay-at-home dads on the rise

By Julia Merchant • Contributing Writer A year and a half ago, Fatie Atkinson spent most of his time in…
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Film highlights Asheville’s many offerings
 

Film highlights Asheville’s many offerings

“The Spirit of Asheville” (video) by Arthur Hancock and Katie Brugger. Time Capsule Video: Highlands. Running Time: 73 minutes. The…
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WCU marching band director honored with national award
 

WCU marching band director honored with national award

Bob Buckner, director of Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, is one of the first two recipients…
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Revealing a love for the Smokies
 

Revealing a love for the Smokies

Angler and writer Harry Middleton (1949-1993) is an elusive figure. Except for what he chose to reveal in his books…
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Fly-fishing tournament offers hefty prize
 

Fly-fishing tournament offers hefty prize

A $10,000 cash prize is at stake for the second annual Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Masters Tournament on Sept.…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

Act swiftly No, I don’t mean fly around in a circle above a chimney or smokestack before disappearing into it.…
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Peace conference aims to foster multi-faith dialogue
 

Peace conference aims to foster multi-faith dialogue

With much controversy circling around how to conduct the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a conference at Lake Junaluska this…
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Hard drive connects, but some data is lost
 

Hard drive connects, but some data is lost

By Jon Beckman • Guest ColumnistThe human brain must have been the first computer, capable of capturing and storing data…
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Swain makes cuts to plug million dollar shortfall
 

Swain makes cuts to plug million dollar shortfall

The recession has finally caught up with Swain County. While other counties began bracing for declining revenues in late 2008,…
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Rooting out landslide prone slopes
 

Rooting out landslide prone slopes

As much as mountain dwellers take pride in the gnarled and weathered Rhododendron thickets that characterize Appalachian mountainsides, the signature…
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Duke countersues Jackson
 

Duke countersues Jackson

Duke Energy has fired back at Jackson County’s attempt to seize the Dillsboro Dam with a counterclaim of its own.…
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