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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Future of Jackson airport up in the air
 

Future of Jackson airport up in the air

The Jackson County airport has reached a crossroads. For years the little aviation field above the clouds has been a…
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The life and times of Cataloochee Ranch
 

The life and times of Cataloochee Ranch

Tom Alexander, a famed mountain man, forester and founder of Cataloochee Ranch, chronicled his adventures over the course of his…
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As rockslide cleanup trudges on, misleading detour signs plague tourism industry
 

As rockslide cleanup trudges on, misleading detour signs plague tourism industry

The cost of repairing Interstate 40 after a massive rockslide in late October will now be borne by the federal…
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Shuler collects baggage, but he’ll likely survive this one
 

Shuler collects baggage, but he’ll likely survive this one

Now that it’s clear that Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, did indeed mislead everyone about his involvement in a land deal…
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Legacy of a mountain family
 

Legacy of a mountain family

For 75 years, Cataloochee Ranch has been serving up a taste of the Wild West in the Smokies. From its…
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Rutabagas and history of Hemphill Bald
 

Rutabagas and history of Hemphill Bald

Let us consider the relationship between grassy balds, Tom Alexander and the self-proclaimed “Potato and Rutabaga King of Haywood County.”…
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At free clinics survival trumps politics
 

At free clinics survival trumps politics

Dr. David Trigg, medical director at the Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County, doesn’t know if he should do more…
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Parkway right-of-way battle hard-fought through Cherokee
 

Parkway right-of-way battle hard-fought through Cherokee

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians played an integral role in the creation of the Parkway. The Parkway was envisioned…
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Past illness leaves woman ‘uninsurable’
 

Past illness leaves woman ‘uninsurable’

Though Sylva resident Marsha Crites had no risk factors, she suffered a major cerebellum stroke at the age of 49.…
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While politics reign in Washington, real people struggle with health care costs
 

While politics reign in Washington, real people struggle with health care costs

It was late September, and Travis George, a 27-year-old Waynesville resident, was almost done mowing his grandmother’s yard. With just…
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Haywood library to accept canned food in lieu of fines
 

Haywood library to accept canned food in lieu of fines

Haywood County library is experimenting with novel methods for wiping out some of the $250,000 in late fees it is…
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Flirting with my own mortality
 

Flirting with my own mortality

I felt something clutch, almost seize up, and then a shooting pain in my chest, and my first thought was,…
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Thanksgiving in the mountains: Memories and food from the past
 

Thanksgiving in the mountains: Memories and food from the past

By Karen Dill • Special to the Smoky Mountain News My memories of Thanksgiving in the mountains are of simple…
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Tickets soon available for Garrison Keillor appearance at WCU
 

Tickets soon available for Garrison Keillor appearance at WCU

Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 30, for an appearance at Western Carolina University by Garrison Keillor, host of the…
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Shooting bear on Parkway nets prison time
 

Shooting bear on Parkway nets prison time

Two Jackson County men were sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for shooting a bear on the Blue Ridge…
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Grant to restore migration in Little T tributaries
 

Grant to restore migration in Little T tributaries

The Little Tennessee Watershed Association has received a $75,000 grant to help restore migration for aquatic species. Two years ago,…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

I wanna go home with the armadillo When you’re stuck in one place for 12 hours at a time, a…
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Commissioners perplexed by white paint samples
 

Commissioners perplexed by white paint samples

Jackson County Commissioners pondered paint samples at their meeting this week in an attempt to pick an exterior color for…
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Jackson commissioners faced with resigning EDC members
 

Jackson commissioners faced with resigning EDC members

Four of the nine members on the Jackson County Economic Development Commission have resigned in the past month, signaling growing…
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When insurance falls short, out-of-pocket costs become rapidly out-of-reach
 

When insurance falls short, out-of-pocket costs become rapidly out-of-reach

As if dealing with the trauma of breast cancer wasn’t enough, Martha Yonce, 62, was also hit with a devastating…
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When the health care crisis hits home: Three sisters share stories of insurance illusions
 

When the health care crisis hits home: Three sisters share stories of insurance illusions

Nothing could have prepared Franklin sisters Suzanne Thomas and Karen Rice for the total financial ruin that followed their injuries.…
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Macon County asks for public input, take three
 

Macon County asks for public input, take three

After two unsuccessful attempts at creating a comprehensive land-use plan, Macon County’s commissioners have directed staff to take another bite…
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Developers have plans for sites near Wal-Mart
 

Developers have plans for sites near Wal-Mart

A local developer has purchased a key parcel alongside Super Wal-Mart in Waynesville, potentially kick-starting long-awaited commercial redevelopment along the…
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Recipes
 

Recipes

Turkey Rubs Before cooking the big bird, I like to use a poultry rub. I have two recipes: one that…
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Eli Book takes us back to a nostalgic time
 

Eli Book takes us back to a nostalgic time

Eli the Good by Silas House. Candlewick Press, 2009. 295 pages Eli Book, the 10-year-old narrator/protagonist of Silas House’s new…
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Smokies elk shot down in Cataloochee Valley
 

Smokies elk shot down in Cataloochee Valley

A man has been arrested for shooting an elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last Friday. The elk…
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Ghost Town’s spotty financial disclosure frustrates creditors
 

Ghost Town’s spotty financial disclosure frustrates creditors

As Ghost Town heads toward its first big showdown in bankruptcy court next week, objections from those owed money are…
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WCU rides wave of new applicants
 

WCU rides wave of new applicants

Over the past three years the applicant pool at Western Carolina University has nearly tripled. The increase in prospective students…
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Caliber of student could rise as admissions get more selective
 

Caliber of student could rise as admissions get more selective

A surge in students applying to Western Carolina University has allowed the college to be more selective. Despite a rise…
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Shuler caught short of truth
 

Shuler caught short of truth

While Congressman Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, was cleared two weeks ago by the House Ethics Committee of any wrongdoing related to…
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Hope of paper mill job attracts hundreds to ESC
 

Hope of paper mill job attracts hundreds to ESC

More than 300 people waited in line at the N.C. Employment Security Commission in Waynesville on Monday to submit job…
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Symbolic torch passing honors national park anniversaries
 

Symbolic torch passing honors national park anniversaries

A Cherokee elder presided over a ceremonial torch passing from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Blue Ridge…
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Swain braces for loss of jail revenue
 

Swain braces for loss of jail revenue

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians recently got a big push forward in building its own jail after receiving an…
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