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Wednesday, 08 July 2015 14:39

This must be the place

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Standing on the edge of the cliff, I knew what I had to do. Fifty feet above Fort Loudoun Lake in…
By Wil Shelton • SMN intern Visitors of the Qualla Boundary now have the opportunity to experience Cherokee culture in a…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:43

This must be the place

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Y’all are doing it wrong. You know, that thing? Social media? What happened? How did the endless fun and unlimited…
Are your ears playing tricks on you? As you turn the radio dial to a country music station these days,…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:08

This must be the place

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I fixed my hair in the rearview mirror and exited the truck. Heading up the steps, I was already five…
Heading down N.C. 28, between Bryson City and Robbinsville, is a flat stretch of highway, unusual to the continuous curves…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:39

This must be the place

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There is a lot of truth to it. “Money can’t buy happiness,” the old adage goes. It’s a sentiment that…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:36

A world of art in your backyard

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Coming into its fourth year, Cullowhee Mountain ARTS has grown into a vast array of workshops, one that seamlessly brings…
He stood out like a sore thumb. Standing on the red carpet at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards in…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:48

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Part Two: The Wedding As I adjusted my tie in the hotel mirror, I noticed more grey hairs in my beard.
In art, as in life, what matters most is following your heart, never compromising your beliefs and holding steady to…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:23

This must be the place

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Part One: The Ride It had been eight years to the day. Putting the car into park, I emerged from the…
Cruising through downtown Franklin, one begins to wonder where exactly is the Lazy Hiker Brewing Company. You’ve been told it’s…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 20:03

This must be the place

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They are my brothers. Well, in terms of genetics, they technically aren’t. But, when it comes to heart and soul,…
Turning the corner at Church and Main streets in downtown Waynesville, I saw them out of the corner of my…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:19

This must be the place

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So, what’s it like out there? That was a recent question posed to me by an older friend, one who…
Taking a left off U.S. 64 onto Settawig Road in rural Clay County, the busy commercial thoroughfare transforms into lush…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:54

This must be the place

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I don’t get it. I woke up this morning (April 28) and listened to the news. I heard of the…
It’s a recent Saturday afternoon at Nantahala Brewing Company in downtown Bryson City. With bluebird skies overhead and the mountains…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 21:02

The act of words to paper

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For Wiley Cash, being a writer is not about milestones in his career that define his passion. Rather, it’s the…
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 21:08

This must be the place

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She knows me better than anybody. She’s a little rough around the edges. Her beauty has seen better days. She’s…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:09

This must be the place

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It is the single most essential thing in my life. Running. The action of putting on jogging shorts, a comfortable…
Caleb Burress sees a rebirth — in himself and his music. “2014 was an education for us on many levels…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 14:02

This must be the place

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They fascinate me the most — in a way that is captivating and haunting, ancient and mysterious. Women. The opposite…
Debbie Milner has a simple philosophy. “If I won’t eat it, I won’t sell it,” she said. Standing next to…
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 14:01

This must be the place

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It’s my favorite place to sit. In a diner, tucked away in a booth, with a notebook, pen and endless…
A writer looking at a blank page is a like a painter staring at a fresh canvas, a sculptor facing…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 14:49

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My friend died yesterday. Way up in New York State, 1,000 miles or so away from me, my friend passed…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 14:46

One day at a time

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Don’t hire C.J. Deering. “I don’t know why people hire me,” she laughed. “Maybe I’m just lucky, maybe they see…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:22

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As I took the first sip of my second cup of coffee, my shoulders began to relax.
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:19

All in the family

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Louis Perrone loves being part of an Italian family. “I come from a big family — always a reason to…
Nicole Dexter and Chip Owen haven’t been able to sleep well lately. “I think all I’ve been feeling the last…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:21

This must be the place

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Great people. Beautiful music. Endless outdoors. Delicious beer. Simply put, those are the exact reasons I moved to Western North…
Danielle Bishop only cries when she’s mad. “And was I mad,” she said. Sitting in a booth at the Papertown Grill…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 00:00

This must be the place

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One of the beauties of music is that it is the gift that keeps on giving. When a band releases…
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 20:45

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Just as I took my first sip of beer I was told to turn around. Outside the Tipping Point Brewing…
David Joy doesn’t look like your typical writer. Then again, Joy isn’t your typical writer. Stepping into Innovation Brewing in…
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:56

This must be the place

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I was a weird kid growing up. And, in many ways, I’m even weirder as an adult. Since day one,…
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:51

Colonial Theatre enters third act

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When he thinks of the Colonial Theatre, Zeb Smathers sees untapped potential. “There are so many things it can used…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:19

This must be the place

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Face-to-face communication is a lost art. Besides the actual act of writing, my favorite part of being a journalist is…
Just mere feet from a bustling South Main Street in Waynesville resides a cocoon of creativity.  With a steady stream…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:54

This must be the place

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What are you thinking about? Staring out the window, the question asked shook me out of a trance. My gaze…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Good for what ales you

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A rising tide lifts all ships. It’s not only a motto for life, but also for the ever-evolving cultural ambiance…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

This must be the place

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Wait, what?! Ah, crap. By the time you read this, I’ll have turned 30. It’s a number that seemed as…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:51

This must be the place

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It is the single greatest influence on my life. The people, music and culture that encompasses the Grateful Dead is…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:44

State of the Arts — Haywood

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As the crowd found their seats and got settled, all eyes were on Marty Sohovich. “I really believe 2014 was one of our…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

Fruits of their labor: Homebrewing in WNC

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Greg Geiger looked at it as a way to save money. “I started brewing when I was a sophomore in…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

This must be the place

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The temperature was 20 degrees below zero with a howling wind. As I listened to the online stream of my…
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00

When it all clicks — the art of the angle

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John MacLean will never forget his first photo shoot. “I was 19 years old and it was at a meat…