Friday, June 30, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
On these ridgetop developments, interesting article about Madison County in the Christian Science Monitor: North Carolina's mountaintop homes stir debate. From the article:
But these scenic views come with other costs: Ridge-top building may cause downstream water pollution and wreck trout streams by causing too much silt to pour off denuded slopes. Others worry that as rooftops, decks, and greens poke out from the ridges, this pursuit of the perfect view may ruin the view for others - and compromise the region's most precious asset: its beauty.(Via BlogAsheville)
Hear, hear. And it's not just rooftops and decks poking out from the ridges. Huge swaths of trees are removed, and that exposes a lot of bare soil from roadbuilding. Some ridgetops around here look scalped. A full page ad in the Asheville Citizen Times recently is touting a mountain top airport community near Burnsville. Hmmm.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
After posting this, I looked at the ads coming up on right. Seems they're most always ads for property for sale (although there are cabin rentals, b&bs and the like, too). I don't think I need to be advertising real estate here, but I could use the income if these ads ever make me any money (you need to click on them for that to happen).
But there was one here earlier that made me queasy: new homesites accessed from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Please, no. Are those beautiful rural views going to be filled with developments, too?
Friday, June 23, 2006
You can search for something specific or just browse a topic. I browsed Music and found a link to Berea College's library on a local Murphy man, banjo player J. Roy Stalcup. The information in the essay came mostly from 1970's articles in the Cherokee Scout and the Clay County Progress.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
And, Saturday is the BlogAsheville one-year anniversary party. More here. If you're a Western NC blogger, email for directions.
Note BlogAsheville's new design, too, with a great WNC blogroll and links to blogging tools, as well as newsy postings and photos.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
Lots of categories to browse: under 'Balds', for example, two pages of mountaintop photos, including one of the old lodge on Hooper Bald, near the modern-day Cherohala Skyway, and of the tower on top of Wayah Bald, near Nantahala and Franklin.
I first went there in the late '70s a couple times, then rediscovered it on a trip about 10 years ago, after seeing reference to it in one of Jane and Michael Stern's Road Food books, and have been back once or twice since.
Very glad to hear it's still worth the detour. And entertaining to read the comments on Neal's posting, because as usual, the old NC vs. TN (and every other state) barbecue question always comes up.
Monday, June 05, 2006
UNCTV has a site dedicated to Morton and his career. The Grandfather Mountain website has more.
In the Citizen-Times, obituary and more links including multimedia.
Newspaper people and photographers remembered Morton: here's Scott Fowler in the Charlotte Observer; Jack Betts in the Observer; Lenslinger; The AP's Chuck Burton.