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Precarious boulder prompts creative action by DOT
 

Precarious boulder prompts creative action by DOT

There’s a big problem looming over a rural Swain County road — literally — and exactly how to solve it…
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Peace Jam provides unique opportunity for students
 

Peace Jam provides unique opportunity for students

By Linda McFarland • Guest Columnist Imagine you are an eighth-grade student intent on learning all you can about social…
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Around here, March madness is a religion
 

Around here, March madness is a religion

March Madness is upon us, and if you or anyone in your house has ever played basketball or perhaps even…
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Water task force gives a glimpse of the future
 

Water task force gives a glimpse of the future

Sometimes what at first seems utterly ridiculous turns out to be a foreshadowing. It’s happening with water use in this…
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Frank is always provocative and thought-provoking
 

Frank is always provocative and thought-provoking

Criminal Justice in America by Marshall Frank. AuthorHouse, 2008. 276 pages. In Criminal Injustice in America: Essays by a Career…
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Macon runway likely to clear hurdle of cash shortfall
 

Macon runway likely to clear hurdle of cash shortfall

It appears an $853,000 shortfall facing the Macon County airport runway extension may be covered with additional state and federal…
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Landslide highlights, once again, need for new laws
 

Landslide highlights, once again, need for new laws

Another landslide occurred a little over a week ago, this one leaving a home teetering on the edge of a…
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Recapturing the magic of Disney‘s “Beauty and the Beast”
 

Recapturing the magic of Disney‘s “Beauty and the Beast”

By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Dressed in flip flops and shorts with an aroma of teen spirit in the…
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A complex legacy
 

A complex legacy

William Dudley Pelley by Scott Beckman. Syracuse University Press. 269 pages. The first time I heard the name William Dudley…
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Hiking every last trail in the Smokies, and then some
 

Hiking every last trail in the Smokies, and then some

By Danny Bernstein For the past year, I’ve kept a trail map of the Smokies and the trusted manual Hiking…
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Airport officials hold private meeting about runway
 

Airport officials hold private meeting about runway

Local, state and federal officials involved in the controversial Macon County Airport runway extension held a private meeting last week.…
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Basil: king of herbs
 

Basil: king of herbs

By Jim Janke Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an incredible herb. Essential for tomato sauces, basil has plenty of other…
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Duke Energy, Jackson argue cases in court
 

Duke Energy, Jackson argue cases in court

Duke Energy and Jackson County appeared in court Monday (March 16) to argue over permits related to the removal of…
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The Naturalist's Corner: Cornell knows birds – and I don’t
 

The Naturalist's Corner: Cornell knows birds – and I don’t

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a citizen-science venture conducted under the auspices of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and…
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WCU announces faculty layoffs
 

WCU announces faculty layoffs

Under a budget cut scenario announced last Friday (March 13), 31.75 employees will be laid off from Western Carolina University…
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Uplifted by the flight of birds
 

Uplifted by the flight of birds

Lately, I’ve been writing a lot about birds. I guess I have them on my mind, in part, because the…
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Agencies, departments reeling from county budget cuts
 

Agencies, departments reeling from county budget cuts

Non-profit agencies and county departments in Haywood County are still reeling from massive budget cuts announced by commissioners last week.…
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Troubled park hopes to get back on feet
 

Troubled park hopes to get back on feet

The dire state of finances at Maggie Valley Ghost Town in the Sky led the amusement park to file for…
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Jackson ponders solutions to dry wells
 

Jackson ponders solutions to dry wells

A Jackson County task force appointed last fall to develop solutions to water shortages caused by the drought presented its…
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Runway extension faces funding shortfall
 

Runway extension faces funding shortfall

The Macon County Airport Authority is short about $853,000 of what it needs to pay for a controversial runway extension,…
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Moonshiner dead in apparent suicide
 

Moonshiner dead in apparent suicide

Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, 62, was found dead of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning in a car near his Parrotsville, Tenn., residence,…
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A tax break for one business is not a plan
 

A tax break for one business is not a plan

Before Haywood County commissioners approve a request to cut property taxes on a business that plans to build an $8…
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Digging up John Williams
 

Digging up John Williams

Butcher’s Crossing by John Williams. New York Review of Books, 1960 reissued 2007. 274 pages. For those of us who…
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Environmental groups poised to win long battle
 

Environmental groups poised to win long battle

Following a prolonged debate, the national forest service wants to close a system of four-wheel drive trails in the Tellico…
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Balsam Range’s mountain mantra
 

Balsam Range’s mountain mantra

By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Little girls clacked their clogging shoes while families ate hushpuppies and barbecue in anticipation…
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Another landslide jeopardizes Maggie Valley home
 

Another landslide jeopardizes Maggie Valley home

A Maggie Valley man alerted Haywood County officials this week of a landslide posing a risk to his home in…
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What is the Evergreen Foundation?
 

What is the Evergreen Foundation?

The Evergreen Foundation was formed by the Smoky Mountain Center for Mental Health in 1977. At that time, state mental…
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Task force aims to fix future traffic snarls
 

Task force aims to fix future traffic snarls

A Jackson County task force has entered the nitty-gritty stage in its quest to fix traffic congestion on N.C. 107…
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The Naturalist's Corner: Bat–tling for survival
 

The Naturalist's Corner: Bat–tling for survival

A mysterious malady is decimating bat populations across the Northeast and spreading south. The malady, called white-nose syndrome (WNS) because…
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A community can provide real help to those in need
 

A community can provide real help to those in need

By Marsha Crites • Guest Columnist It occurred to me as I was hiking up my mountain today that one…
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Missed deadline costs HRMC potential revenue
 

Missed deadline costs HRMC potential revenue

Haywood Regional Medical Center could miss out on as much as $750,000 in revenue over the course of a year…
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First things first: How many cars too many?
 

First things first: How many cars too many?

The Jackson County transportation task force has spent the past several months signing off on a projected traffic count for…
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Artifacts endangered by airport project
 

Artifacts endangered by airport project

When Neal Hoppe dies he wants his body cremated and his ashes spread over the Macon County Airport. “When I…
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Mr. February, me and my wife make happy
 

Mr. February, me and my wife make happy

I love dogs. Except during that period in my life when I lived in a seemingly endless series of shoebox…
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The curious habits of birds
 

The curious habits of birds

The curious lifestyles and distinctive habits one can observe in the bird world are continually fascinating. Some things you can…
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Swain leaders divided on contentious fire station plan
 

Swain leaders divided on contentious fire station plan

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Two Swain County commissioners are having second thoughts about a move to end contracted…
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Board members confused about McDevitt contract
 

Board members confused about McDevitt contract

Questions continue to follow former Smoky Mountain Center for Mental Health director Tom McDevitt — who resigned amid scrutiny last…
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Dillsboro ups the ante as a green town
 

Dillsboro ups the ante as a green town

Two electric vehicles will soon be tooling around the town of Dillsboro thanks to a state grant aimed at reducing…
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Celebrating Southern filmmakers: Flicks for thought
 

Celebrating Southern filmmakers: Flicks for thought

By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Spotlighting filmmakers from Georgia, Louisiana and Florida, Haywood County Arts Council presents the 2nd…
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State could pull contribution to Duke for dam removal
 

State could pull contribution to Duke for dam removal

The $400,000 that Duke Energy was expecting to get from the state to help tear down the Dillsboro dam may…
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Give your vegetable garden a head start
 

Give your vegetable garden a head start

By Jim Janke The last frost date is many weeks away, but everyone is anxious to get vegetable seeds and…
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Climbers asked to relinquish cliffs for peregrine falcons
 

Climbers asked to relinquish cliffs for peregrine falcons

Wildlife biologists are asking rock climbers to avoid known nesting habitats of the peregrine falcon as breeding and nesting season…
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Conservatism with a small “c”
 

Conservatism with a small “c”

Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Ant-Imperialism by Bill Kauffman. Metropolitan Books, 2008. 304…
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Popeyed pleasures
 

Popeyed pleasures

Many people who spend some time walking the woodland stream banks and other wet areas here in the Smokies region…
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Swain pushes Bryson fire department aside in turf war
 

Swain pushes Bryson fire department aside in turf war

Prominently displayed in the window of the Bryson City Fire Department last week were several signs with the same defiant…
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Physicians, HRMC may partner on surgery center
 

Physicians, HRMC may partner on surgery center

The prospect of an outpatient surgery center in Haywood County has drawn support from 14 doctors willing to pitch in…
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Press awards recognize ‘dogged commitment’
 

Press awards recognize ‘dogged commitment’

The Smoky Mountain News won four awards for its news coverage in the recent North Carolina Press Association News and…
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Churches pool to offer refuge for homeless in Sylva, Waynesville
 

Churches pool to offer refuge for homeless in Sylva, Waynesville

A homeless shelter has opened in Sylva to provide an escape from the frigid nights. The shelter, located at Lifeway…
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Flood Relief Funds: What really happened
 

Flood Relief Funds: What really happened

By Denise A. Mathis • Guest Column One of the most publicized criminal cases in Haywood County history centered around…
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Waynesville mourns passing of long-time alderman
 

Waynesville mourns passing of long-time alderman

Waynesville Alderman Kenneth Moore passed away Monday (March 2) after a heart attack. He was 74. Moore was the former…
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