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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…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:26

'Shining up classic dishes

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The ocean is a long way from Rick Miller’s kitchen. The kitchen is a long way from where his journey…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:05

This must be the place

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I went out too fast. I always go out too fast.
A writer looking at a blank page is a like a painter staring at a fresh canvas, a sculptor facing…
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

Shooting for dreams

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In a crowded, frenzied gymnasium, Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland was just trying to not embarrass himself. “I haven’t touched…
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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The right place at the right time. We’re all aware of that notion, and most of us have experienced it at…
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00

Playing the sounds of your dreams

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He was a toddler with tenacity and talent. At three years old, Seth Taylor picked up his first guitar. Seeing…
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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But, it’s only mid-March? I’m well aware of that, dear readers. Yes, it is mid-March, but 2014 is hitting the…
Sitting at her loom, weaver Amy Tromiczak feels right at home. “It’s an amazing thing. You’re making cloth, and I…
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 21:05

This must be the place

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Pouring its first pints in October 2013, Innovation Brewing in Sylva was created by Nicole Dexter and Chip Owen. The…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:34

This must be the place

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It was his voice that caught my ear. Turning towards the stage at the Water’n Hole in Waynesville, I was…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:31

From the studio to the classroom

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The loud pounding echoed from the end of the empty corridor. Crossing the threshold of the last classroom on the…
Summer McMahan remembers the exact moment her life changed. “Mountain Heritage Day [at Western Carolina University], 14 years ago,” she…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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I ski in jeans. There, I said it. And I’ve been doing it for years — as far back as I…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:39

This must be the place

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My first time was in a navy blue 1991 Toyota Camry. My first time hearing The Beatles, that is. Like…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:37

Country boys can survive

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Zach Haney looks at obstacles as opportunities. “I wasn’t even supposed to walk, but here I am,” he said.  Guitarist…
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

Haywood revives film commission

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Becky Seymour can see the bright lights of Hollywood from Haywood County. “Right now we’re in the major infancy stage,…
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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What does the “K” stand for? “It stands for Kavanagh,” I told the lady behind the counter. “My mother’s maiden…
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:58

This must be the place

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The end is near. On Feb. 5, I’ll turn 29 years old — the last official birthday of my young…
There’s a buzz going on at the Mahogany House in Waynesville. Normally, one could attribute that to a woodturning tool,…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 15:06

This must be the place

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If Keith Richards had been born below the Mason-Dixon Line, his name might have been Mike Cooley.
Nearly 30 years after Bill Eleazer put the finishing touches on “Chasing Tadpoles,” a multi-piece bronze sculpture of three children…
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

Tossing fate into the air

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What started as a backyard game one afternoon has turned into a passionate career for Nathan Lowe. “I just got…
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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Hailing from the Green Mountains of Burlington, Vt., The DuPont Brothers have emerged as a breath of fresh air in…
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent If someone asked you to describe the world of competitive, non-electronic gaming, your first thought…
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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The train came to a halt. Looking out the foggy window, a cold, snowy landscape awaited me.  “The current temperature…
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

Taking to the open road of success

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The real deal is hitting the airwaves. Blasting out of the backwoods of Robbinsville, My Highway is a crossroads for…
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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Every Jan. 1, a clean slate arrives. It’s a chance to start over, to push into exciting pursuits where curiosity…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

A Santa for all occasions

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By Colby Dunn • Correspondent This time of year, there’s a Santa around every corner. There’s the jolly Santa flying around…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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Who in the hell is that? Standing on the porch at Camp Hope in Bethel, I found myself in amazement…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

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Supposedly just 8 percent of Americans who make a New Year’s resolution keep it. The obvious reason is human beings…
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:26

Mountain Momma

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Like many of you, I’ve been amassing Christmas presents for months now — stocking up at consignment sales, cruising craigslist…
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:20

This must be the place

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Next week will mark my second Christmas in Western North Carolina. And, like last year, I won’t be making it…
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:18

WNC Artists find new home at Mahogany House

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Bouncing around her gallery like a rubber ball, the energy of Teri Siewert is contagious. “The ambiance here is something…
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:12

This must be the place

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Named of the “12 Comics to Watch” for 2013 by LA Weekly, Atlanta-bred comedian Dave Stone has been taking over…
On a recent crisp early winter evening, hundreds of folks from around Western North Carolina and beyond converged onto the…
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:21

Mountain Momma

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Last weekend, I sat down with a calendar and began sifting through all the fabulous Christmas-related events happening this month.…
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:57

This must be the place

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The strings of tradition and progress echoed from the back alley. Upon further inspection (and a lone door cracked open),…
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:52

Holiday Roundup: Christmas comes to Appalachia

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As the temperatures drop in Western North Carolina, the fun only heats up. The holiday season here is filled with…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:47

Mountain Momma

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I was caught flat-footed last year when my oldest daughter began questioning the myriad Santa spottings of the Christmas season.…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:41

This must be the place

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Cruising up Utah Mountain Road outside Maggie Valley, one begins to get the feeling if they drove any further up…