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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…

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Waylon Jennings is alive. Figuratively. Not literally, folks. Strolling down Haywood Road in West Asheville one evening last summer, I…

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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…

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With each throw, Scott Medlin is connecting to his ancestors. “The Scottish Highland Games need to be preserved because most…

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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…

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At the front of the room, banjos and fiddles plow through an Appalachian repertoire. Fingers dance across strings, conjuring the…

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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.…

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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…

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From welcoming backwoods front porches to raucous downtown stages, the music of Western North Carolina weaves together the rich history,…

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Short shorts and a neon orange trucker hat. Strolling down Main Street in downtown Waynesville, I found myself adorned with…

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Now celebrating its third season, Cullowhee Mountain ARTS will be hosting creative writing workshops, taught by nationally recognized writers, as…

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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…

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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…

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Running downhill with a tray of wine glasses, Janelle Trevino had a simple objective: she didn’t want to drop any.…

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What does a washboard, a bucket and a beard have in common? They make up the melodic magic that is…

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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…

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Mary Harper was quite possibly the first real friend I made when I moved to Western North Carolina. With my…

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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…

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Pulling into his steep, gravel driveway, the first thing you notice about Gary Montanari are his numerous pets. “I hope…

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So, what are you going to ask him? That was the question constantly asked to me when friends and curious…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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A writer looking at a blank page is a like a painter staring at a fresh canvas, a sculptor facing…

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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…

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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…

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He was a toddler with tenacity and talent. At three years old, Seth Taylor picked up his first guitar. Seeing…

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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…

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Sitting at her loom, weaver Amy Tromiczak feels right at home. “It’s an amazing thing. You’re making cloth, and I…

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Pouring its first pints in October 2013, Innovation Brewing in Sylva was created by Nicole Dexter and Chip Owen. The…

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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…

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The loud pounding echoed from the end of the empty corridor. Crossing the threshold of the last classroom on the…

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Summer McMahan remembers the exact moment her life changed. “Mountain Heritage Day [at Western Carolina University], 14 years ago,” she…

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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…

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My first time was in a navy blue 1991 Toyota Camry. My first time hearing The Beatles, that is. Like…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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The end is near. On Feb. 5, I’ll turn 29 years old — the last official birthday of my young…

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There’s a buzz going on at the Mahogany House in Waynesville. Normally, one could attribute that to a woodturning tool,…

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If Keith Richards had been born below the Mason-Dixon Line, his name might have been Mike Cooley.

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Nearly 30 years after Bill Eleazer put the finishing touches on “Chasing Tadpoles,” a multi-piece bronze sculpture of three children…

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What started as a backyard game one afternoon has turned into a passionate career for Nathan Lowe. “I just got…

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Hailing from the Green Mountains of Burlington, Vt., The DuPont Brothers have emerged as a breath of fresh air in…

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By Colby Dunn • Correspondent If someone asked you to describe the world of competitive, non-electronic gaming, your first thought…

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The train came to a halt. Looking out the foggy window, a cold, snowy landscape awaited me.  “The current temperature…

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The real deal is hitting the airwaves. Blasting out of the backwoods of Robbinsville, My Highway is a crossroads for…

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Every Jan. 1, a clean slate arrives. It’s a chance to start over, to push into exciting pursuits where curiosity…

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