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Wednesday, 17 September 2014 14:59

This must be the place

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I did it again. It’s 9 a.m. last Saturday at the starting line of the Cashiers Trail Mix five-mile backwoods…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 14:57

Crossing the musical bridge of Appalachia

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For the better part of the last 45 years, David Holt has ventured down a rabbit hole. Born in Texas,…
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:10

This must be the place

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How do you do it? I get asked this question quite often. Folks, whether friends, family or strangers, approach me and…
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:05

Never giving up Hope

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Tracy O’Neil has a lot less weight on his shoulders these days. “We never accepted that we could lose the…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:47

This must be the place

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They were stuck. Sitting around the bar at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva, the members of rockabilly band Rumble Seat…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:42

Crafting the future — Dillsboro at 125

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Joe Frank McKee knows what Dillsboro is capable of. “It’s a fighting town,” he said. “There are more craftsmen involved…
French Kirkpatrick can sum up Carroll Best. “What he did with the banjo was above and beyond,” Kirkpatrick said. “He was…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:36

This must be the place

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What to do? That was the question I posed to myself when I found out my girlfriend was visiting from…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00

The trick to achieving your dreams

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When he was just five years old, Michael Turco knew what he wanted to do with his life “All I…
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:27

This must be the place

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This sucks.  One of the finest actors, comedians and pop culture icons of our lifetime, Robin Williams, gone, just like…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:12

This must be the place

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He was beloved by all who knew him. Richard Coker embodied the spirit of Appalachia. As a co-owner of the Cataloochee…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:09

So funky you can smell it

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Who the hell are those guys? It’s a question constantly asked about Porch 40, a Sylva-based funk/rock outfit barreling out…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:05

This must be the place

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For all the naysayers, rock-n-roll is alive and kicking — especially in the hands of Rich Robinson. Guitarist and founding…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:03

Boiling down the essence of humanity

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Heading west out of Bryson City, just before the highway narrows into a twisting two-lane road, a small, ramshackle hut…
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:33

This must be the place

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When the camera bulb flashed, it hit me — had it really been that long? Standing in the Belhurst Castle,…
In the last two weeks, Joe Rowland has soaked in the California sunshine, rafted the Grand Canyon, wandered the Rocky…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:56

This must be the place

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There’s no place like home. Amid my first few weeks living in Western North Carolina, there were times I got homesick.…
The 2nd annual United Community Bank Mountain Challenge featuring American tennis legends Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will be held…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:37

This must be the place

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I am the human sponge. As far back as I can remember, into the early days of my youth, I…
Hundreds of Elvis Presley fans converged on Cherokee last weekend to pay homage to the King. They arrived from a…
All is not well at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin. “It’s pretty bad,” said Sue Weathers. “We’re losing money, and…
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 16:17

This must be the place

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It’s the soundtrack of my life. Growing up in the Champlain Valley (Upstate New York/Vermont), the music of my native…
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

An Appalachian Fourth

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Nothing says summer more than the Fourth of July, and in Western North Carolina, we celebrate Independence Day with gusto.…
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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Screw it all. There have been days, many days, where I’ve found myself sitting in traffic, standing in line, waiting…
Marc Pruett has won a Grammy and played the Grand Ole Opry stage, but his biggest concern on this day…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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It’s a sound that immediately turns your head. Sitting at a table within the 5 Walnut Wine Bar in downtown…
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

New state tax hits entertainment venues

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When the clock struck midnight this past New Year’s Eve, a new North Carolina state tax took effect. “This isn’t…
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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Time sure does fly, eh? It hit me this week that my column recently crossed over the one-year anniversary threshold. How…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 14:02

This must be the place

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Waylon Jennings is alive. Figuratively. Not literally, folks. Strolling down Haywood Road in West Asheville one evening last summer, I…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:59

Tell it from the mountain

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It all started with a drum solo. “My mother was of the big band generation, and she’d watch all of…
With each throw, Scott Medlin is connecting to his ancestors. “The Scottish Highland Games need to be preserved because most…
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 15:17

This must be the place

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“Let’s go back to the 1930s,” said Judy Coker. Standing underneath a large manmade birch tent in the backwoods of…
At the front of the room, banjos and fiddles plow through an Appalachian repertoire. Fingers dance across strings, conjuring the…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 14:03

This must be the place

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It’s 8:36 a.m. on a Thursday and I’m in Detroit. Thee Irish Pub at the metro airport to be exact.…
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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He was completely shocked. Standing in front of an empty warehouse in Dillsboro, which will soon be the site of his…
From welcoming backwoods front porches to raucous downtown stages, the music of Western North Carolina weaves together the rich history,…
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 14:13

This must be the place

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Short shorts and a neon orange trucker hat. Strolling down Main Street in downtown Waynesville, I found myself adorned with…
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 14:10

Writers join Cullowhee Mountain ARTS summer series

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Now celebrating its third season, Cullowhee Mountain ARTS will be hosting creative writing workshops, taught by nationally recognized writers, as…
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 14:23

This must be the place

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“Hey, Garret, what’s up, man?” I looked up from my notebook and there standing in front of me was a familiar…
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 14:20

Soldiering on: WNC band releases debut

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What a difference a year makes. For the last 12 months, Haywood County group Soldier’s Heart has been roaming Western…
Running downhill with a tray of wine glasses, Janelle Trevino had a simple objective: she didn’t want to drop any.…
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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What does a washboard, a bucket and a beard have in common? They make up the melodic magic that is…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

Sticking to the competition

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Gregg Fuller can sum up barbeque. “It’s a southern tradition,” he confidently stated. Owner of No Name Sports Pub in…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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Mary Harper was quite possibly the first real friend I made when I moved to Western North Carolina. With my…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:17

This must be the place

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Monday is the new Saturday. Heading down Frazier Street in Waynesville to BearWaters Brewing Company, one can barely find a place…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:15

Through his eyes

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Pulling into his steep, gravel driveway, the first thing you notice about Gary Montanari are his numerous pets. “I hope…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:02

This must be the place

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So, what are you going to ask him? That was the question constantly asked to me when friends and curious…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:00

Dancing with one’s dream

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Staring into a 2,250-degree furnace, Tadashi Torii sees his passion come to life. “I’m really calm,” he said. “I try…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:29

This must be the place

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Kacey Musgraves makes me feel like a teenage boy. Shouts of joy escape my lungs when I find out she’s…