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By Colby Dunn • Correspondent This time of year, there’s a Santa around every corner. There’s the jolly Santa flying around…

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Who in the hell is that? Standing on the porch at Camp Hope in Bethel, I found myself in amazement…

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Supposedly just 8 percent of Americans who make a New Year’s resolution keep it. The obvious reason is human beings…

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Like many of you, I’ve been amassing Christmas presents for months now — stocking up at consignment sales, cruising craigslist…

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Next week will mark my second Christmas in Western North Carolina. And, like last year, I won’t be making it…

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Bouncing around her gallery like a rubber ball, the energy of Teri Siewert is contagious. “The ambiance here is something…

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Named of the “12 Comics to Watch” for 2013 by LA Weekly, Atlanta-bred comedian Dave Stone has been taking over…

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On a recent crisp early winter evening, hundreds of folks from around Western North Carolina and beyond converged onto the…

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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.…

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The strings of tradition and progress echoed from the back alley. Upon further inspection (and a lone door cracked open),…

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As the temperatures drop in Western North Carolina, the fun only heats up. The holiday season here is filled with…

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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.…

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Cruising up Utah Mountain Road outside Maggie Valley, one begins to get the feeling if they drove any further up…

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By Colby Dunn • Correspondent This week, kids across America will learn the story of the first Thanksgiving. How the pilgrims,…

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By Jacob Flannick • SMN Correspondent After ending a series of lessons in which she learned the basic steps of clogging,…

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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,…

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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,…

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Exiting your vehicle at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley, a cold, late fall wind hits you in the face like…

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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…

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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…

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“I can’t sing.”  “Nobody wants to hear my voice.”  “I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket.”  They’re recognizable refrains,…

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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…

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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…

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October, of course, is the month for haunting, when lawns become littered with skeletons and witches fly in through branches…

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I sat there, under old copper piping and newly formed spider webs, wondering where the hell my story was. It…

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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…

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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…

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All I wanted to do was play soccer. In the summer of 1997, I was 12 years old and ready…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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I always end up with too many pumpkins by Halloween, a trajectory I am headed down once again despite telling…

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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…

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I needed to make an escape. Last Tuesday morning, my cell phone vibrated incessantly on the nightstand. It was 8…

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As a kid, everything in my house stopped for the Olympics. From the opening to the closing ceremony, any semblance…

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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…

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General Grant knew from a young age he was an artist. “I was gifted, it was a gift from The…

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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…

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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…

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Amy Ammons Garza has always looked out for her little sister, Doreyl Ammons Cain. “Make sure you mention when the…

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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,…

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Even before the lights went down and the curtain went up, one thing was already clear: this wasn’t going to…

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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…

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He slinked by, turned and glanced at me. “Well, hey there, you must be Jack, eh?” I said to him.

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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…

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It’s like losing your virginity and seeing the Apocalypse at the same time.

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A fiery inferno blasts through the sheet metal like a hot knife through butter. The screeching sound of a grinder…

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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…

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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…

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