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Hair Wars: May the gel be with you
 

Hair Wars: May the gel be with you

By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Movie stars are coming to Cullowhee. With a snip here and a dye job…
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A long and winding road
 

A long and winding road

Sylva’s current library opened in 1970 and is 6,400 square feet. The debate over where to locate a new library…
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Paver design chosen for Waynesville police station
 

Paver design chosen for Waynesville police station

Courtney Boessel’s “Patchwork Community” was chosen as the winning entry for Waynesville’s new police station paver design as part of…
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Haywood commissioners asked for more oversight of mega-developments
 

Haywood commissioners asked for more oversight of mega-developments

A group of Haywood residents appealed to county commissioners for an ordinance assessing the impacts of large developments. The ordinance…
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Guarding the Little Tennessee from exotics
 

Guarding the Little Tennessee from exotics

Environmental groups in Macon County are joining forces to tackle the scourge of exotic plants along the Little Tennessee Greenway…
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Reservoir rendezvous
 

Reservoir rendezvous

Joe Wright was born and raised in the high Nantahalas in the northwest corner of Macon County. He was 90-some-years-old…
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Smokies’ mania: 75 hikes for the 75th anniversary
 

Smokies’ mania: 75 hikes for the 75th anniversary

Jerry Span stared down the sign post for Old Settlers Trail. The temperature registered a mere 6 degrees, and the…
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Library success rides on public support
 

Library success rides on public support

Dr. John Bunn of Sylva lived through the Great Depression and said people bind together during tough times to help…
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Tight times force tough choices for Swain schools
 

Tight times force tough choices for Swain schools

The Swain County School District has terminated a popular program that emphasized science and math education, offered students smaller classes…
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Mandated cutbacks mean tough decisions
 

Mandated cutbacks mean tough decisions

The first Friday in February came with some bad news for the Swain County School District and systems around the…
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Closed session minutes an opportunity for openness
 

Closed session minutes an opportunity for openness

What a great way to earn public trust: a public body decides that minutes from closed sessions no longer need…
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Forsythia heralds the spring season
 

Forsythia heralds the spring season

The recent warm spell has the birds singing and various plants budding. One of these is forsythia. My wife, Elizabeth,…
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For Terry, the world was too much
 

For Terry, the world was too much

“Unique” is a word much abused as a descriptor for human beings. I have heard many, many people described as…
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Environmentalists come in many forms at fair
 

Environmentalists come in many forms at fair

Standing next to a display that showed pictures of West Virginia mountains scarred by mountaintop removal coal mining, Austin Hall…
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Jackson undeterred by price tags or economy in pursuit of library
 

Jackson undeterred by price tags or economy in pursuit of library

Despite tough economic times, Jackson County commissioners decided last week to move forward with three multi-million dollar projects. In a…
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Four-legged crisis brewing in Swain
 

Four-legged crisis brewing in Swain

Swain County’s complete lack of services to handle the growing stray animal population is putting a heavy burden on a…
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Food cooked with love can fend off February’s chill and soothe a wounded heart
 

Food cooked with love can fend off February’s chill and soothe a wounded heart

By Karen Dill • Guest Writer The weather in February can be as fickle as new love. In the mountains…
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Building better, conserving energy
 

Building better, conserving energy

Western Carolina University is leading the way in a state mandate to cut energy production on college campuses. WCU has…
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Psych unit improving mental health system, officials say
 

Psych unit improving mental health system, officials say

At a time when the state’s fractured mental health care system seems beyond repair, local mental health officials have hit…
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With proposals in, work starts on partnership
 

With proposals in, work starts on partnership

One of three hospitals courting Haywood Regional Medical Center and WestCare for a partnership has dropped out of the running.…
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A stockyard lost: Cattle farmers round up support for new auction
 

A stockyard lost: Cattle farmers round up support for new auction

How far would you drive for $100? That’s the dilemma Haywood County cattle farmer Neal Stamey faces each time he…
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Tales of survival from the American frontier
 

Tales of survival from the American frontier

Fine Just the Way It Is by Annie Proulx. Simon & Schuster, 2008. 240 pages. When critics attempt to define…
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Recipes, 2/11/09
 

Recipes, 2/11/09

Lentil Soup • 1 onion, chopped • 1/4 cup olive oil • 2 carrots, diced • 2 stalks celery, chopped…
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Dillsboro dam is simply worth preserving
 

Dillsboro dam is simply worth preserving

By Anna Fariello • Guest Columnist OK, so I have to admit that part of the appeal of the Dillsboro/Duke…
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Past pursuit of building projects proved less than organized
 

Past pursuit of building projects proved less than organized

Commissioner Tom Massie wants to see the county formalize how it funds capital projects. Under the current method entities simply…
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The Naturalist's Corner: Birder bucks
 

The Naturalist's Corner: Birder bucks

The mountain section of the North Carolina Birding Trail (NCBT) is complete and the Mountain Region Trail Guide, describing, with…
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Bardo pledges to defer to deans
 

Bardo pledges to defer to deans

Western Carolina University Chancellor John Bardo in an interview with The Smoky Mountain News last week said that he is…
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Suttles gets nod for Haywood sheriff
 

Suttles gets nod for Haywood sheriff

The Haywood County Democratic Party has tapped Chief Deputy Bobby Suttles to replace outgoing Sheriff Tom Alexander. Suttles is a…
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WCU in ‘flux’ as it braces for state budget cuts
 

WCU in ‘flux’ as it braces for state budget cuts

Proposed budget cuts at Western Carolina University are beginning to affect students like Will Furse, who says he won’t graduate…
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WCU Cherokee studies professor wins Oklahoma book award
 

WCU Cherokee studies professor wins Oklahoma book award

Robert Conley, the Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University, is winner of the 2009 Arrell Gibson…
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Gardeners get a bargain
 

Gardeners get a bargain

By Jane Young Haywood County Master Gardeners had you in mind when they wrote The Gardener’s Guide to Growing in…
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Community lobbies DOT to save a piece of history
 

Community lobbies DOT to save a piece of history

Citizens in the Oak Grove community of Macon County hope to save a bridge from demolition by the Department of…
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Feeling slighted, TDA yanks grant
 

Feeling slighted, TDA yanks grant

Farmer Skipper Russell thought he was helping drive tourism with his famous corn “maize,” an agricultural attraction he operates each…
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Savage salvation
 

Savage salvation

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. HarperCollins, 2008. 752 pages. Wally Lamb’s newest novel, The Hour I First…
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Franklin wants process for releasing closed session minutes
 

Franklin wants process for releasing closed session minutes

The Franklin aldermen on Monday night (Feb. 2) unanimously voted to formalize a process for releasing the minutes from previously…
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Another piece of farmland saved
 

Another piece of farmland saved

Hickory Nut Gap Farm, a historic and scenic farm in Buncombe County, has been permanently protected through a conservation agreement…
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The Naturalist's Corner: When not to feed the birds
 

The Naturalist's Corner: When not to feed the birds

Last week I wrote about the spiraling cost of birdseed and about experimenting with different seed and protocol for those…
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TVA ruling could signal beginning of a new era
 

TVA ruling could signal beginning of a new era

A recent court victory by the state of North Carolina will require the Tennessee Valley Authority to reduce emissions at…
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How to decide?
 

How to decide?

A new rule could make it easier to open up trails in national parks to mountain biking. Mountain biking isn’t…
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Park-and-ride in Haywood gains traction
 

Park-and-ride in Haywood gains traction

A shuttle to transport commuters between Haywood and Buncombe counties is gaining momentum following the state’s recent offer to donate…
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Landowners held accountable in wake of landslide
 

Landowners held accountable in wake of landslide

Property owners at the site of last month’s landslide in Maggie Valley are being tasked by county officials with the…
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Electing sheriffs leaves too much to chance
 

Electing sheriffs leaves too much to chance

By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist A municipality would never think of electing a chief of police. But in North…
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Owls remain mysterious, alluring
 

Owls remain mysterious, alluring

Of late, I have been hearing the owls sounding off on the slopes and ridge lines behind our home. Some…
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Haywood gets serious about tapping landfill methane
 

Haywood gets serious about tapping landfill methane

Haywood County officials want to tap the pent up methane in the county’s landfill to help the environment and hopefully…
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Prone to landslides, Haywood seeks priority in slope hazard mapping
 

Prone to landslides, Haywood seeks priority in slope hazard mapping

The landslide last month that destroyed a home in Maggie Valley has spurred the Haywood County commissioners to ask the…
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Can mountain bikes find a home in the Smokies?
 

Can mountain bikes find a home in the Smokies?

Mountain bikers face a long, steep climb in their fight to see more trails opened to tires in the Great…
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Dreams for Swain’s old courthouse hinge on big money
 

Dreams for Swain’s old courthouse hinge on big money

Swain County would need more than $4 million to renovate its historic courthouse, putting plans for a cultural museum to…
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Software CEO doing well in bad times
 

Software CEO doing well in bad times

Drake Software CEO Phil Drake is taking the tough economic times with ease. He believes he can get through the…
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Swain leaders indifferent to lack of building regulations
 

Swain leaders indifferent to lack of building regulations

Attempts to pass Swain County’s first-ever planning regulations are showing signs of movement, but not in the direction that planning…
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A duty to protect Swain’s citizens
 

A duty to protect Swain’s citizens

By Curtis Cochran • Guest Columnist As sheriff of Swain County, I would like to take this opportunity to respond…
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