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Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:33

The fastest way down: Cataloochee Ski Area

What started as an unsure adventure turned into a passion-filled career for Jim Rowell.
When Myra Sawyer looks around the Sawyer Family Farmstead, she couldn’t image living anywhere else in the world.
Like New York is known for its basketball legends, and Texas is known for its football stars, Western North Carolina has become one the big names in a slightly less conspicuous sport: competitive fly fishing. Fly fishing was long dominated…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:26

Showcasing the history of the open road

A loud roar echoed from the back of the building. The deafening sound is terrifying, yet exhilarating, with the smell of burning oil and gasoline permeating through the air.
Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:24

Heart of the matter

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.
Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:19

Holding heritage in his hands

It was a summer job that literally molded itself into a future.
Dieter Kuhn was 4,500 miles from his hometown in Germany when he came across Sylva, a small community tucked away in the heart of Western North Carolina. “The Great Smoky Mountains are pretty unique, with a lot of similarities of…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:31

Getting your fill in Appalachia

Strolling through downtown Bryson City, one tends to cross paths with the scent of delicious food wafting from a nearby building. Upon further inspection, that building is The Filling Station, a popular deli. That scent is their renowned flagship item…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:28

Getting away from it all

David Lippy was sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic in Orlando when it hit him. “The city was so congested with vehicles,” he said “I had to go three miles to work from my house and it would take me a half…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:20

Opening up Appalachia for all

Amid the cherished traditions of Western North Carolina is the deep foundation of family and friends getting together to celebrate their heritage, whether it be through music, dance, food or craft. 
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

The WNC summer concert series

From welcoming, backwoods front porches to raucous downtown stages, the music of Western North Carolina weaves together the rich history, passion and camaraderie of Southern Appalachia and its inhabitants. At the heart of this deep love and appreciation for music…
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Higher aspirations

Why do we seek the high places? The easiest explanation for going to the mountains is for the scenery. Even so, there must be something ingrained in the human experience that draws us to lofty summits and places where we…
Bouncing around her gallery like a rubber ball, the energy of Teri Siewert is contagious. “The ambiance here is something you can’t buy or make, it’s either there or it’s not, and it’s definitely here,” she said. 
It was time for something different. “We’ve been looking at doing something like this for years,” said Sally Peterkin. “And when we found the right place, we knew it was time to do it.”
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Shelton House celebrates 35 years

The Shelton House, which is home to the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts, opens for its 35th season this summer. 
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

When you’re here, you’re family

It’s about making everyone feel welcome for Lynn Stanberry. “You get a warm feeling coming in here,” she smiled. “There are college kids, locals, people on vacation. It all kind of mixes and blends well together.”
Standing atop the 5,000-foot Cataloochee Ranch mountain retreat in Maggie Valley, the vastness and endless beauty of Western North Carolina stretches out before your eyes. Heading towards the main building, you reach for the doorknob and enter eagerly. Soon, your…
General Grant knew from a young age he was an artist. “I was gifted, it was a gift from The Creator,” he said. “He gave me multiple talents and I was not afraid to experiment with them. Through my experimentation,…
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Reeling in Appalachia

A seemingly dead-end situation became a life-changing moment for Alex Bell. “We came back to school from a tournament and they said our program had been cut,” he said.
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Rolling down the river

Shane Williams knows exactly when he’s reached the essence of a river. “For me, it’s all about the glide,” he said. “If you’ve ever been on a raft, boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboard, when you come across that current and…
What looked like a risk to some was a dream for Diane Cutler and Andy Zivinsky.
Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:31

Food for the soul

The feeling of a new customer walking through the door never gets old for Haley Milner.
Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:29

Magic in a bottle

If you build it, they will come. If you brew it, they will come and party.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:34

Swingin’ for the Smokies

Craig Hartle just might have the best job in Western North Carolina. The head golf professional for High Hampton Inn and Country Club in Cashiers, Hartle spends his days instructing any and all visitors ready to step foot on the…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:33

Head for the hills

When he was a young boy, Jason Hardin fell in love. It was a 1973 Harley-Davidson Sportster. Owned by his father, Hardin remembers watching his dad kick-start the bike in their basement.