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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…
About 30 people sat scattered around the 2,800-seat Mountainside Theater in Cherokee, watching the makings of something that has never…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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I was afraid of getting caught. As a teenager, I found myself sneaking into the back door of my grandfather’s…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Mountain momma

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Living within walking distance of the farmers market has lots of perks. For starters, it’s a great excuse when asked,…
It was the only thing he knew how to do. It was the only thing he wanted to do.  Marvin…
Legendary American tennis stars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will battle it out in a charity exhibition match in Cashiers…
It all started with an email.  Last July, I was at a crossroads. Being a freelance writer for a few years,…
Bringing together world culture and Southern Appalachia traditions, Folkmoot USA transcends any and all barriers. Whether it’s language, physical boundaries…
Known as the finest showcase of native traditions, the ninth annual Festival of Native Peoples will take place July 12-13…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:46

Finding inspiration in Appalachia

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Standing in an empty field, Martin Cook has a vision.  Founder of the renowned Western North Carolina gospel group The Inspirations,…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Lake Junaluska celebrates 100 years

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A hundred years of history and community will come together during the Centennial Homecoming Week at Lake Junaluska Conference and…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:52

A milkweed by any other name

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Every year as summer approaches and the days begin to heat up, I marvel at the beautiful orange explosion that…
This year’s PlottFest will give hound enthusiasts from the region, across the country and around the globe a chance to…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00

In search of the sound

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In Western North Carolina, it seems the two most important things are tradition and family – and nothing incorporates those…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Finding your roots in Appalachia

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Ronan MacGregor didn’t know where he came from. He knew he was of Scottish decent, but that was about it.…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 14:22

Mountain Momma

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I have faint but fond memories of picking strawberries as a kid: the twisty, dusty gravel roads leading to the…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Making the connection, one melody at a time

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You’ve sung it in the shower, in the car with the windows rolled down, at weddings, in karaoke bars, and…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

This Must Be the Place

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Well, hello there Western North Carolina. As the arts and entertainment writer at The Smoky Mountain News, I spend my…
For Norma Hendrix, it’s all about connecting the dots. “I love working in a community of artists,” she said. “I…
Aaron Lewis has always seemed to be on the outside. Founder and lead singer of hard rock group Staind, Lewis…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:40

Heart of the matter

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It’s the sound of the ancient mountains, the unique people and rich culture of Southern Appalachia. It’s the sound of Soldier’s Heart. Filled…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Making crafts of the past come alive

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In order to have a clear vision of the future, one must cherish the traditions of the past.  “Southern Appalachian…
If the litmus test of a community’s health is how strong its art scene is, then, by the looks of…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:19

Spring up at Greening Up

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The 16th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival takes place Saturday, April 27, on Main and Mill streets in historic…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:28

The luck of the draw

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All bets are on in Cherokee. The first major poker tournament held at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort has lured…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:39

Serving up a taste of Appalachia

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When Doug Weaver looks around Haywood County, he sees potential.  “We’re on the fence, right in the middle of where…
Showcasing the finest in Southern Appalachian and national writing talent, the Western Carolina University Spring Literary Festival comes into its…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

Taking matters into his own hands

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When he didn’t have the money to purchase a banjo, Joshua Grant took matters into his own hands. “I couldn’t…
It was a decade in the making, but its origins are hundreds of years old. Partnering with the Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:15

Magic in a bottle

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If you build it, they will come.  If you brew it, they will come and party. Celebrating the fourth release…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 16:00

Getting the 'word' out

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It’s a sunny, crisp afternoon in the high hills of Tuckasegee and Thomas Rain Crowe throws another log into the…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Age is but a number on your dance card

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Darkness enveloped the vehicle as soon as it exited Interstate 40. Cruising around sharp S-curves in the mountain community of…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:48

Jungle king swings into WCU

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A cold wind howls through the campus of Western Carolina University as the screams of a young woman echo from…
With her hands fluttering like a hummingbird, Dana Claire loops skeins of colored yarn around a large pegboard. Claire has…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Innovation through tradition

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Rhiannon Giddens is an old soul, but one that embraces modernity. Vocalist/fiddler of renowned Americana string band the Carolina Chocolate…
Times may change, but stereotypes tend to linger. Venturing into the off-color humor and often offensive images of Southern culture…