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The view from the bench
 

The view from the bench

For 25 years, Superior Court Judge Marlene Hyatt has often worked as much as 12 hours a day, five days…
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More gems from the used bin
 

More gems from the used bin

Robben Ford and the Blue Line: Handful Of Blues No, it’s not out of print, nor is “Handful Of Blues”…
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The Naturalist's Corner
 

The Naturalist's Corner

Happy new ivory-billed search in 2009 May old woodpeckers be forgot and never photoshopped. A $50,000 reward has been offered…
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Merger prospect talk of the town
 

Merger prospect talk of the town

While Dillsboro leaders claim the idea of merging Sylva is in its mere infancy, opinions on the issue are already…
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Not a social networking butterfly, but I’m out of the cocoon
 

Not a social networking butterfly, but I’m out of the cocoon

Of course I had HEARD of Facebook. I may be well into the marrow of middle age by now, but…
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Franklin seeks AT town designation
 

Franklin seeks AT town designation

Franklin’s role on the Appalachian Trail Franklin is an important town on the Appalachian Trail because it is one of…
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This time, WCU passes academic integrity test
 

This time, WCU passes academic integrity test

This time, WCU passes academic integrity test If you want a messy issue with lots of overtones, then let’s talk…
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Casino job losses first since Cherokee opening
 

Casino job losses first since Cherokee opening

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is cutting 100 jobs because of the national economic downturn. The cuts represent about 5 percent of…
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An interested observer
 

An interested observer

omething banged against the office window above my desk. I assumed it was a bird of some sort. And since…
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WNC continues to captivate
 

WNC continues to captivate

There’s something about Haywood County. In recent years, the small Western North Carolina community has found itself as the setting…
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Searching for clarity after muddy disaster
 

Searching for clarity after muddy disaster

It was around 1:30 a.m. on an exceptionally rainy Wednesday that Bruce and Lorraine Donin’s world came crashing down. One…
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Macon leaders struggle with budget shortfall
 

Macon leaders struggle with budget shortfall

K-4 school on hold due to economy Due to the national economic downturn the Macon County commissioners have decided not…
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Trash or treasure?
 

Trash or treasure?

Denver Blaylock sees nothing wrong with his junkyard that straddles U.S. 276 in the Cruso area of Haywood County.
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Cataloochee reaches out to women
 

Cataloochee reaches out to women

Ski instructor Kathy New can truly empathize with the nervous beginners she teaches at the Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie…
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