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A year of opportunity
 

A year of opportunity

By Carl Iobst • Guest Columnist 2008 was an interesting year. Not the worst on record, but tough enough. 2009…
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Memories of WCTC’s feline director of all things theater
 

Memories of WCTC’s feline director of all things theater

Back in the days when WCU was WCTC (Western Carolina Teachers’ College), I was one of a few kids that…
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Here’s to a swift kick to the trash heap for 2008
 

Here’s to a swift kick to the trash heap for 2008

The new years toasts are over, and we’re a week into 2009. If hindsight is 20-20, then it’s time to…
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Paddling industry pins hope on new designs to stoke interest
 

Paddling industry pins hope on new designs to stoke interest

The new lines of kayaks and canoes this year have one mission in common: to lure new converts. “Most of…
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Old Swain courthouse holds promise as museum, visitor center
 

Old Swain courthouse holds promise as museum, visitor center

A visitor center that would showcase the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a local heritage museum could one day…
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Duke sues Jackson County for holding permits hostage
 

Duke sues Jackson County for holding permits hostage

Duke Energy filed a lawsuit against Jackson County and county Planning Director Linda Cable on Monday (Jan. 5) for failing…
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Striking an electronic chord
 

Striking an electronic chord

By Chris Cooper Truth be told, I’m not exactly the biggest fan of — here’s the old fogey coming out…
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A second Gilded Age is upon us
 

A second Gilded Age is upon us

By Bob Scott Steal a loaf of bread to feed your family and you go to jail. Steal $50 billion…
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All in the design: NOC experts lend ideas on kayaks
 

All in the design: NOC experts lend ideas on kayaks

When the new line of 2009 kayaks hits the outfitters’ stores in coming weeks, the mark of paddling guru Wayner…
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Therapists: Hard times test marriages
 

Therapists: Hard times test marriages

The national economic downturn is taking its toll on married couples dealing with financial stress, according to area marriage counselors.…
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The Naturalist's Corner: In the midnight hour
 

The Naturalist's Corner: In the midnight hour

Like ships that collide in the middle of the night, “midnight rules” and their undoing perpetuate and reinforce philosophical and…
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Wolf lore
 

Wolf lore

In the beginning, the people say, the dog was put on the mountain and the wolf beside the fire. When…
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Smart Roads calls on county to step up in 107 planning
 

Smart Roads calls on county to step up in 107 planning

A member of the Jackson County Smart Roads group told county commissioners on Monday (Jan. 5) that there needs to…
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From Dylan to Delaware: The musical pursuits of David Bromberg
 

From Dylan to Delaware: The musical pursuits of David Bromberg

By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer David Bromberg, the well-known vocalist/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, was headed home for a quiet evening with his…
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Grow your plants from seeds
 

Grow your plants from seeds

By Jim Janke Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series on growing plants from seeds. Today we…
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Cherokee’s own big fish legend
 

Cherokee’s own big fish legend

Editor’s note: This George Ellison column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News in March 2005. “Then Jonah prayed unto…
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Chance to wet those lines for cash; tournament this month in Cherokee
 

Chance to wet those lines for cash; tournament this month in Cherokee

A trout-fishing tournament open to all ages will be held March 26 in Cherokee from daybreak until 5 p.m. The…
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Pink Beds area slated for controlled burn
 

Pink Beds area slated for controlled burn

In the next six weeks, depending on weather conditions, rangers in the Pisgah National Forest plan a prescribed burn in…
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Learn to fly fish from seasoned anglers
 

Learn to fly fish from seasoned anglers

The Tuckaseigee Chapter of Trout Unlimited will conduct basic fly-fishing courses at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Jackson Street in…
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Runners embrace spring with lineup of 5Ks
 

Runners embrace spring with lineup of 5Ks

Spring is nearly here, and the running calendar proves it. Here are some 5Ks coming up in the next few…
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Want to keep bees?
 

Want to keep bees?

A daylong course in beginner beekeeping will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the…
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Sell plants, more at Dillsboro growers’ fair
 

Sell plants, more at Dillsboro growers’ fair

A growers’ fair will be held April 16 in Dillsboro to benefit Full Spectrum Farms, a nonprofit devoted to supporting…
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First major paddling race of the season
 

First major paddling race of the season

Watch world-class paddlers compete in both downriver and slalom competitions in the season’s first major competitive event on the Nantahala…
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Tourism entities get ready for the spotlight during world kayak championships
 

Tourism entities get ready for the spotlight during world kayak championships

The 2013 World Freestyle Kayaking Championships being held in the Nantahala Gorge are still two years away, but planning must…
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Kayak demo day at WCU
 

Kayak demo day at WCU

Western Carolina University’s Base Camp Cullowhee has teamed up with local kayak manufacturers to host its sixth annual kayak demo…
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Know what to do in a wilderness emergency?
 

Know what to do in a wilderness emergency?

A Wilderness First Aid course will be held at Medwest Health & Fitness Center in Haywood County from 9 a.m.…
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The Naturalist's Corner: Ridin’ the tide
 

The Naturalist's Corner: Ridin’ the tide

On a recent trip to Isle of Palms, South Carolina, we had access to a sea kayak and decided to…
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Hemp house going up at Lake Junaluska
 

Hemp house going up at Lake Junaluska

If someone said the word “hemp,” the first thing to spring to mind probably wouldn’t be home construction. But if…
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Poems, nonfiction readings at City Lights in Sylva
 

Poems, nonfiction readings at City Lights in Sylva

City Lights Bookstore in Sylva will feature local authors of poetry and nonfiction in the coming week. Coffee with the…
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Mystery author gives reading
 

Mystery author gives reading

Author Leanna Sain will give a reading at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville from 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 26.…
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Hiking the Pacific Coast Trail with Skywalker
 

Hiking the Pacific Coast Trail with Skywalker

Some The Smoky Mountain News readers may remember a review here several seasons ago of Bill Walker’s Skywalker: Close Encounters…
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We must expand energy exploration
 

We must expand energy exploration

To the Editor: An absence of vision and leadership in Washington is threatening the very existence of our nation. Our…
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WCU could do better with job reductions
 

WCU could do better with job reductions

To the Editor: I find the stories regarding the downsizing of personnel at WCU deeply disturbing. As an alumnus, be…
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Don’t pass a voter ID requirement
 

Don’t pass a voter ID requirement

To the Editor: I ask that our newly elected Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, lead the way for the state Republican…
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Books are an end unto themselves
 

Books are an end unto themselves

Books are one of the greatest delights of my life. I don’t need many excuses to buy new ones, frankly,…
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Make open government a part of constitution
 

Make open government a part of constitution

In this country, the people own the government. It’s ours. End of debate. That’s something we can all be thankful…
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Mountain visitors guide now available
 

Mountain visitors guide now available

Tourists and visitors can now pick up a free copy of the 2011 NC Mountains Visitors Guide from the Jackson…
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Restaurants in Sylva busy despite worries about economy
 

Restaurants in Sylva busy despite worries about economy

The economy be damned — the burgeoning restaurant scene in Sylva continues to boom, with four eating establishments in this…
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Jobs lost, but construction and buying continue without pause on WCU campus 
 

Jobs lost, but construction and buying continue without pause on WCU campus 

A $138,000 fountain, the crowning jewel in a larger, $2.3 million construction project, is being built at Western Carolina University.…
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Inaugural Golf Classic comes to Lake Junaluska
 

Inaugural Golf Classic comes to Lake Junaluska

The inaugural Golf Classic hosted by the Wesley Foundation at Western Carolina University is coming April 16 to the Lake…
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Documentary screening on school reform
 

Documentary screening on school reform

A viewing of Davis Guggenheim’s film, “Waiting for Superman” will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the…
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Waynesville guards water supply despite pressure to unleash the spigot
 

Waynesville guards water supply despite pressure to unleash the spigot

The Town of Waynesville is negotiating with its biggest water customer, trying to take a stronger role in the future…
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Boulevard redesign could be in the cards for Macon’s busiest thoroughfare
 

Boulevard redesign could be in the cards for Macon’s busiest thoroughfare

Eve Boatright isn’t prepared to openly criticize motorists speeding past her bookshop along U.S. 23/441 south of Franklin. The British…
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Sylva bypass loses steam as priority
 

Sylva bypass loses steam as priority

Sylva leaders, asked to list their top road-building priorities, did not include a controversial bypass proposed by the state Department…
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Cherokee trust shaken in Swain DSS
 

Cherokee trust shaken in Swain DSS

Tribal members and leaders alike vented their discontent with Swain County’s handling of child welfare for Cherokee children at this…
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Crowd berates Swain commissioners, supports DSS board
 

Crowd berates Swain commissioners, supports DSS board

A large crowd turned out at the Swain County commissioners meeting this week to voice support for the beleaguered Department…
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Accounting probe prompts firing, resignation at Haywood County Schools
 

Accounting probe prompts firing, resignation at Haywood County Schools

Haywood County Schools is currently without a finance director, after long-time finance officer Larry Smith stepped down amid an investigation…
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Queen sues opponent after losing state election
 

Queen sues opponent after losing state election

All is fair in love and war, but apparently not in politics. Former state Sen. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, is…
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Students Shine at Arts Council’s 13th Annual Student Honors Recital
 

Students Shine at Arts Council’s 13th Annual Student Honors Recital

The Haywood County Arts Council held its 13th Annual Student Honors Recital on Sunday, March 13, at 3 p.m. at…
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Cooking up a Taste of Home
 

Cooking up a Taste of Home

Part class, part performance, the Taste of Home Cooking School is coming to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing…
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