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Wednesday, 28 December 2011 13:57

Judo classes to start

Beginner judo classes in Waynesville start Jan. 3 through the Waynesville Kodokan Judo Club. The club practices at the Waynesville Recreation Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Children participate from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and adults…
Despite a double-digit rise in revenue this year, the Sequoyah National Golf Club in Cherokee is at least five more years away from breaking even — let alone turning a profit. “The cost of maintaining a golf course is astronomical,”…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 13:53

School wants to help foundation

Smokey Mountain Elementary seventh-grade students will help the Tye Blanton Foundation through their “Service to Others” project. Tye, who died after a four-and-a-half month battle in Neo-natal ICU, was the son of slain Highway Patrol Trooper Shawn Blanton and his…
Jim Pennington’s rebuilt Mustang car is a thing of beauty. Candy-apple red, spotlessly clean, sleek lines and an immaculate, original interior make for one amazing car. Toiling over the Mustang has been a labor of love for Pennington. He needs…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 13:17

2011 In Review

The Smoky Mountain News takes note this week of some of the newsmakers of 2011 by handing out our annual awards. Back issues of the newspaper never fail to reveal a variety of humdingers: the funny, the astonishing, the interesting,…
N.C. Rep. Phil Haire’s decision not to run for re-election after 14 years in office opens the door for a possible free-for-all of both Democratic and Republican candidates seeking the suddenly available House seat. Tuesday’s news spread like an out-of-control…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 21:53

Long-time state legislator retires

N.C. Rep. Phil Haire, D-Sylva, will retire from the state legislature this year after 14 years in office. Haire will be 76 next year and said that he realized it’s time to trade in the long drives back and forth…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:57

Building community protects against calamity

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While reading the article “Getting ready: Growing number of preppers work to ensure survival in case of societal collapse” (Dec.…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:56

99 percenters better pay attention to GOP

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To the Editor: To all 99 percenters. You had better be paying attention to what Newt Gingrich and his cronies…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:56

Does the right practice what it preaches?

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To the Editor: We find ourselves during the holidays celebrating the birth of a man whose teaching greatly affected our…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:55

Cutting Russ Avenue trees was bad move

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To the Editor: I think that clear-cutting the slope on Russ Avenue across the road from Kmart was ridiculous. I…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:55

Why spend money moving art during tough times?

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To the Editor: As I bounce merrily along the potholes on the way into town, I often wonder if the…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:53

Staring down a blank computer on deadline

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It happens to writers much better than me. I know this, because I need only to open a book and…
The number of people applying for library cards in Jackson County has doubled since the new library opened this summer. Jackson’s striking increase in library use in part is a testament to just how low use was before. A dismally…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:11

New Sylva library top in the state

Everyone who has seen and toured Jackson County’s new public library knows that it’s beautiful, but now the state has put an official stamp on that fact. The library recently won the Outstanding Facility Award for new libraries larger than…
Donations are already rolling in for the Waynesville Art Commission’s latest public art piece, a replica of the historic Smokies’ arch over Main Street, but the group is still looking for donors. “I am real pleased with the response so…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:06

Clyde’s top cop sidelined on suspension

Clyde’s police chief has been placed on suspension, but town leaders are not saying why. Police Chief Derek Dendy is currently on a 30-day unpaid suspension, with the possibility of further action pending the outcome of a hearing in two…
The coordinators of the annual Rally in the Valley motorcycle event have strapped Maggie Valley leaders a seemingly impossible ultimatum that could leave the town in straits no matter what they decide. Rally in the Valley coordinators asked the town…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:01

Jack Stern demos his oil painting techniques

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Landscape painter Jack Stern will demonstrate oil painting techniques at 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 5 at the Swain County Center…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 20:00

Sylva library offers monthly music performances

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The Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva hosts a daytime music program on the first Friday of every month…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 19:59

‘Memories’ with Barbara Bates Smith

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Actress Barbara Bates Smith will perform her adaptation of the Lee Smith short story, “The Happy Memories Club,” at 2…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 19:58

Fiber artist to give rug hooking demo in Jackson

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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host fiber artist Jerry Spears for a demonstration of traditional rug hooking…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 19:57

Bryson City library to show family classic

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The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will show another family classic at 3:30 p.m., Jan. 3. The 2011 movie…
The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series will continue at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center on Jan. 5…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 19:56

Gateway Club to host New Year party

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The Gateway Club in Waynesville will hold a New Year’s Eve party on Dec. 31 in its dining room. The…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 19:55

N.C. Humanities Council invests in cultural projects statewide

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The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded $57,486…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 19:54

Fireworks in the mountains on New Year’s Eve

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Fontana Village Resort is planning its annual New Year’s Eve celebration in the Smokies. The 2011 New Year’s Eve Bash…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 19:52

HCC goes high-tech for the holidays

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At Haywood Community College’s Regional High Technology Center, students created a Christmas tree like no other — a high-tech tree. All…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 19:46

Learning the craft

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In a classic case of the student becoming the teacher, Brock Martin signed up for his first blacksmithing class at…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:13

Navigating the waterways of WNC

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When one thinks about navigation in regard to the rivers here in the Smokies region, it’s old-time ferries and modern-day…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:12

Gov. Purdue recognizes Save the Frogs Day

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Gov. Beverly Purdue of North Carolina recently issued a proclamation officially declaring April 28 “Save the Frogs Day” in the…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:12

Group negotiates compromise to save old-growth stands

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Conservation groups are hailing an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service that they say will protect an area of rare…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:11

Friends save tract bordering the park

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park got an early Holiday gift on Dec. 14 when the Friends of the Smokies officially…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:10

National Park road updates hit Twitter

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If you want to know which roads are closed because of weather conditions in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:10

New NC bird habitat map online via Audubon

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Audubon North Carolina has put out a new edition of Important Bird Areas of North Carolina, a full-color publication with…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:09

Start the New Year with a hike at Gorges Park

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Gorges State Park is sponsoring a free, guided hike on New Year’s Day. This is a part of First Day…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:09

Frosty Foot trail races coming to Tsali

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Feeling sprightly in the New Year? Then hit the trails in the Tsali National Forest Recreation Area Jan. 7 with…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:08

Walking trail at Lake Junaluska lengthened

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The walking trail at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center is getting longer thanks to a new one-half mile extension…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:08

Become a Master Gardener

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If you are in Jackson and Swain counties, it’s time to sign up for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service’s Master…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:05

A wonderful Christmas gift

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The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), Wild South, the Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA) and the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition…
The common phrase heard among kayakers daring the Nantahala’s new wave: “It’s getting there.” The Wave in the Nantahala Gorge…
Scott Nicholson will visit City Lights Bookstore to present and sign his three latest horror novels: Chronic Fear, Liquid Fear…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:53

A season to reconnect with familiar stories

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That time of year has arrived when ritual and custom weave their magical threads into our lives. We sip Uncle…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:52

Art classes offered at Old Armory Recreation Center

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The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer art classes at the Old Armory Recreation Center beginning in January. There…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:52

Casino to host New Year’s Eve gala

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Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel will celebrate the New Year with a burlesque show. The evening will feature live entertainment at…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:51

HCC names winners in first-ever photo contest

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Haywood Community College recently announced the winners of the school’s first photo contest. HCC student Samantha Faust’s “Learning to Swim”…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:51

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad hosts New Year’s Eve bash

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The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will ring in the New Year with a dinner and dance Dec. 31. As the…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:50

The Moody Blues to perform at Harrah’s in March

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The Moody Blues will perform at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel on March 31 as part of their 32-city U.S.…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:50

Freight Hoppers to appear at Jack of the Wood

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The Freight Hoppers, a nationally known string band, will play at Jack of the Wood in Asheville at 11 p.m.,…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:49

Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir comes to Asheville

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The Soweto Gospel Choir will fill the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium with music at 4 p.m. on Jan. 29. Part of…