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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…
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent This week, kids across America will learn the story of the first Thanksgiving. How the pilgrims,…
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Stepping to old-time rhythms in a Swain County gym

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By Jacob Flannick • SMN Correspondent After ending a series of lessons in which she learned the basic steps of clogging,…
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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Editor’s Note: After receiving a heartfelt letter in the mail recently from an inmate at a North Carolina correctional facility,…
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

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Dear Pottery Barn photographers, Please consider hiring a consultant who actually has kids before you shoot your next product magazine. Otherwise,…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Appalachia comes to life, through food and music

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Exiting your vehicle at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley, a cold, late fall wind hits you in the face like…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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My ears are still ringing. From Nov. 1-5, I went and saw nine bands. Yep, that’s nine acts in the…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

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I don’t buy the theory that texting has fueled an explosion in writing among kids. The claim is texting is…
“I can’t sing.”  “Nobody wants to hear my voice.”  “I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket.”  They’re recognizable refrains,…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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Pizza. French fry. Those were the initial instructions I was given the first time I went skiing. I must’ve been…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

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If you can eek out the time for a trip to Asheville, here’s a great excursion for the last lingering…
October, of course, is the month for haunting, when lawns become littered with skeletons and witches fly in through branches…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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I sat there, under old copper piping and newly formed spider webs, wondering where the hell my story was. It…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

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I’ll admit I’m not the fastest draw in the West when it comes to pop culture fads. I’ve yet to…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Pumpkin Fest returns to Franklin

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The 17th annual “Pumpkin Fest” will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and 9 a.m. to 4…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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All I wanted to do was play soccer. In the summer of 1997, I was 12 years old and ready…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

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We’re in the Halloween homestretch, but I’d wager at least half of you are still riding the costume rollercoaster, days…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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Help. That’s what was texted to me a couple weeks ago. It was my co-worker at the newspaper, stuck in…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Rising star redefines country music

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Kacey Musgraves makes me feel like a teenager. Shouts of joy escape my lungs when I find out she’s performing…
Thursday, 10 October 2013 18:02

Mountain Momma

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I always end up with too many pumpkins by Halloween, a trajectory I am headed down once again despite telling…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

Church Street at 30

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Richard Miller can’t believe the Church Street Art & Craft Show is 30 years old. “I don’t know how it…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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I needed to make an escape. Last Tuesday morning, my cell phone vibrated incessantly on the nightstand. It was 8…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:59

Mountain Momma

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As a kid, everything in my house stopped for the Olympics. From the opening to the closing ceremony, any semblance…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:54

This must be the place

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I like to get lost. Though my sense of direction is as strong as a dog’s sense of smell, I…
General Grant knew from a young age he was an artist. “I was gifted, it was a gift from The…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:07

Mountain Momma

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I had a bit of a wake-up call this week as I read over a fabulous collection of kid’s nature…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:49

This must be the place

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I know a lot about nothing. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with everything. How many…
Amy Ammons Garza has always looked out for her little sister, Doreyl Ammons Cain. “Make sure you mention when the…
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:43

This must be the place

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I was born half-fish. No, not the mermaid kind, but close. As a kid, I grew up on Lake Champlain,…
Even before the lights went down and the curtain went up, one thing was already clear: this wasn’t going to…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:10

Mountain Momma

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I credit my older sister with teaching me many of life’s important lessons. Like not wearing white heels after Labor…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:04

This must be the place

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He slinked by, turned and glanced at me. “Well, hey there, you must be Jack, eh?” I said to him.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:00

Must-see in Cullowhee

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From blockbuster Broadway musicals to the obscure art of throat singing to politically-charged documentaries on Iranian oppression, Western Carolina University…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:17

This must be the place

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It’s like losing your virginity and seeing the Apocalypse at the same time.
A fiery inferno blasts through the sheet metal like a hot knife through butter. The screeching sound of a grinder…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Brewing the next chapter

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During the last 20 years, the Western North Carolina craft beer scene has exploded.  While Asheville’s nearly 20 breweries earned…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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I had never heard anything like that before. Sitting on the porch of my grandfather’s camp on Lake Champlain, a…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

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If you’re lucky enough to stay home this Labor Day weekend, revel in the fact you live somewhere other people…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:37

Mountain momma

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My kids have been in training all summer for the Haywood County Fair. They haven’t been raising giant pumpkins nor…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:31

This must be the place

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The floor below me began to shake. For a moment, the idea of the structure collapsing seemed plausible. All around…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:28

Bringing history back to the open road

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A loud roar echoed from the back of the building. The deafening sound is terrifying, yet captivating, heightened by the…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:49

Mountain momma

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The scramble is on across WNC to pack in a few last drops of quality family time before school starts…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:33

This must be the place

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This might get loud. I tend to say that to anyone who finds themselves in the passenger’s seat of my…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:29

Skating the Smokies for a good cause

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Don’t mess with a mountain girl, especially one on roller skates. “We’re a tough bunch, and we stick together,” said…