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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…