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The percentage of women who hold leadership roles in business, higher education and government grows with each passing year — sometimes dramatically, sometimes incrementally.

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | As February comes to an end, our search for our soul mate and loving relationships can and should forge ahead.

By Daley Hooten • Rumlbe Contributor | It’s Feb. 17, around 5 p.m., and the line starting from the entrance of the Orange Peel music venue in Asheville has already stretched to the end of the block. It’s cold, windy, and raining, but that doesnt stop the dedicated (and very fashionable) fans of singer songwriter Mitski

One of my “Pandemic Positives” has been reading more non-fiction books. Pre-Pandemic I’d describe my reading habits as “escapism”; I’d look for fiction, biographies and mysteries to distract me from a busy schedule of travel, speaking and writing.

It’s no secret that the cost of food items has increased at supermarkets across the country since the start of the Pandemic in March of 2020. 

By Dr. Dara DeLeon • Rumble Contributor |

Dear solitude and sanity,

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | Out of Exile

Artwork by artist and author Ann Miller Woodford are currently on display in “Ann Miller Woodford: The Artist as Storyteller” at the Mountain Heritage Center’s exhibit gallery in Hunter Library on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | Today’s article is brought to by the letter “V” and the number 14….

 I want to drink your blood! Say this again with a Bela Lugosi accent from the movie Draculaand you can really feel the vampire vibration. We all have experience with this guy or gal in our life. We call her the energy vampire because she sucks the life right out of us. We are literally exhausted after an exchange with her. You might be nodding your head and wondering what is this all about?

It’s important to understand that most beef cattle graze on grasses. Even when cattle are moved to feedlots, their rations, calculated by animal nutritionists, are a mix of grasses and grains. Grass fed beef are cattle that are fed or graze on grasses for the majority of their lives. Grasses can include legumes (like soy) or cereal grains (like corn, rye, oats, barley) in the vegetative state (pre-grain). 

Does Constitution disqualify him for office?

BY TOM FIEDLER, Asheville Watchdog

To former Army Gen. Joseph C. Abbott, a candidate seeking to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Capitol, his opponent was both unworthy to hold the office and disqualified by law. Never mind, Abbott said, that his opponent from western North Carolina had voter support and powerful political backing; the man had aided “an insurrection” and violated a sacred oath to “support the Constitution.”

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By Joyce Glass

Over thirty years ago, at 17-years old and a senior in high school, I went on what I thought would be my last first date,  then I married at age 20. Fast forward to October 2021, after moving to Waynesville, N.C. in May, finalizing a divorce in June, and settling into a new job as manager of Sassafras on Main, I wanted to date. I hoped to meet someone as I went about my daily life like in a Hallmark movie, and we would hit it off and date. Now, stop laughing. It could happen, but it didn't for me. Let’s face it. This doesn’t happen to many people these days.

The term “superfood” is a marketing term used to sell products. Each year a different pricey “superfood” seems to attract a lot of attention.

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | Will You Be My Valentine?

CULLOWHEE – A series of activities, exhibits and events are planned at Western Carolina University in recognition of February as Black History Month, including an inaugural scholarly discussion of diversity in Appalachia.

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On Monday, Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who serves in the U.S. House of Representatives for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district, filed suit in federal court against the members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections over what he deems an unconstitutional attempt to disqualify him for reelection.

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Due to overcrowding, Macon County Animal Services has implemented an Adoption Special. The adoption fee for dogs, 6 months and older, has been reduced to $20. This special will run through the month of February. This fee covers vaccination, spay/neutering, and microchipping if needed. 

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When Vicki Szabo, associate professor of history, finished her 2008 book on medieval whaling, she quipped in the acknowledgements she would remember all her Western Carolina University colleagues when it was made into a feature film.

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The Southwestern Commission is working with partners around the region to help alleviate some of the challenges associated with broadband connectivity and technology for local students.

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CULLOWHEE – David Dorondo, an associate professor of history at Western Carolina University, is watching the escalating tension between Ukraine and Russia with two perspectives. So are his students. 

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By PETER H. LEWIS, Asheville Watchdog

Staggered by COVID-19 infections, both among incoming patients and its own healthcare staff, Mission Hospital in Asheville is postponing all scheduled surgeries at the main hospital and will admit emergency and critically ill patients only after a case-by-case review, hospital administrators said Tuesday.

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Come support some amazing local businesses cooking up incredible dishes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5, during the Food Truck Rodeo at the Harrah’s Cherokee Conference Center (123 Harrahs Service Drive, Cherokee) with indoor seating options as well as take away.

Financial planning is easy when there's only one person to consider. But adding a partner to the mix can add some complexity to the mix. The good news is, financial planning for a couple can be more effective since there are often two individuals contributing and working toward shared goals. 

By Moe Long • Rumble Contributor | Like many millennials, I was sold the hope of a college degree and told that if I followed this path of education into a career, I'd be set. In fact, I was often told I’d be much better off than those who didn’t seek this path.  

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | Thank you, fellow Traveler, for giving me the opportunity to address the topic of intuition. Let me start by reminding you that you have been using your intuition your entire life. This is the gift we are all born with, and it serves as a connection to our spirit. Wanting to better understand how you can interact with your intuition is your spirit’s guidance that you are now ready to consciously use it in a bigger way to support your life. This is to be celebrated! Now let’s get down to the business of figuring out how “you” work and allowing that soft voice within to blare like a trumpet and move you in the direction of your best life!

It is undeniable that starting in March of 2020 the global Pandemic has caused disruptions in the supply chain. The early days of the Pandemic saw stockpiling of toilet paper and buying up flour for sourdough bread.

Waynesville Police Chief David Adams released details of an incident that occurred in the roadway this afternoon involving a female pedestrian. The incident occurred at approximately 12:37 p.m. near the intersection of Russ Avenue and Wells Fargo Bank.

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Forty-one jail administrators from across the state, including Lt. Chris Shell with the Haywood County Sheriff's Office, graduated on Jan. 14, from the Jail Administrators’ Institute of Leadership. This training was sponsored by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association. They received their diplomas at a ceremony at the Friday Conference Center of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – U.S. Attorney Dena J. King announced that a federal jury sitting in Asheville found Casey Lee Evans, 42, of Franklin, guilty of starting a fire that burned more than 70 acres of federal land.

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Corinna Wood is making another splash in the women’s natural health community with new offerings. On Jan. 31, Wood will open enrollment for her new online program called The Year’s Spiral—Heart & Soul Healing through the Seasons for women far and wide to study from home.

Angel Kaur, assistant professor of neuroscience at the University of North Carolina Asheville, understands that delivering scientific jargon can lead to dull stares and confusion from audiences. Dry presentations, lack of visuals, and complicated terminology can discourage a listener and cause misunderstandings.

Shamella Cromartie, associate dean of Hunter Library at Western Carolina University and a driving force for empowering scholarship on campus and in the community, is a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian award, the American Library Association recently announced.

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | I’ve been working with my intuition for quite some time. During the last two years, life has offered me the chance to honor what I’ve sensed rather than listening to the voices around me. 

Franny’s Farmacy is celebrating the Grand Opening of its newest CBD Dispensary in Asheville’s South Slope District  on Wednesday, Feb. 2, with an Asheville Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 4:20 p.m. Open to the public, all are invited to stop by to tour the new dispensary, corporate headquarters, and multi-use venue and future Canna-Cafe, and enjoy samples of CBD and hemp infused foods, teas, coffees, mocktails and more.

With so many food items in the supermarket it can get confusing. What should you pay attention to? Where should you look?

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | Words have power.  What makes them powerful is that they express our thoughts and connect us to others.  From an energetic stance, it is a form of manifestation.  Taking the energy from the etheric and bringing it down to the earth plane is creation at its purist.  When we speak, we are casting a spell of sort as we state our intention to the universe. This works for us when we are speaking about things we want to experience, and against us when we are saying things we never hope to live. 

Tickets are now on sale for Black Violin, presented by the Bardo Arts Center Performance Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30PM.  

Often people talk about nuts in a general way, as if they all taste the same, and we know that’s not true! What about nutrition? Which nuts are standouts in different categories? 

Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer and cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she studied Sociology. She has written for the New York Times and released three books in 2021. She is a committed advocate for the environment, racial equality, and gender justice. This is her latest poem, "New Day's Lyric." 

Eireann Marcus, a 9th grader at Tuscola. Eireann Marcus, a freshman at Tuscola High School in Haywood County, recently won an essay contest sponsored by the Thomas Wolfe Memorial. 

By Leigh-Ann Renz | Are you ready to take your yoga to the next level? Not content to simply explore the poses physically, but also deepen your time on the mat and explore the patterns beneath? Waynesville Yoga is offering 2 year-long options for those who are craving more: 

Lake Junaluska has opened its dam to draw down the lake, which will allow for the removal of silt from the lake’s floor as well as repairs, maintenance and litter cleanup. Plans call for the process to be completed and the lake refilled by Easter.

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Western Carolina University’s Martin Luther King Jr. weeklong celebration will be highlighted this year with speaker Charisse Burden-Stelly’s keynote address “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Tradition of Radical Blackness.”

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The Western Carolina University Speech and Hearing Clinic will be expanding its recently launched summer reading program to reach a larger number of children with language and learning impairments, thanks to a $13,000 grant from the N.C. Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation.

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Within 24 hours, Haywood County Sheriff’s Deputies seized over a pound of illegal drugs resulting in four arrests and multiple trafficking charges. 

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Asheville Gallery of Art’s February show, “Time for Renewal” will feature works by three new gallery members:  Kathy Goodson, Margie Kluska, and Johnnie Stanfield.  The show will run Feb. 1-28 during gallery hours, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  An event to meet the artists will be held at the gallery on First Friday, Feb. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 82 Patton Avenue.

Lori Randall Stradtman, author of "Online Reputation Management for Dummies," is also a practical mystic astrologer who's given over 10,000 readings. She's offered Rumble readers an astrological look at what 2022 has in store.

What foods are the best sources of iron? Animal, fish/seafood and poultry products are the best and offer the most bioavailable (easily absorbed) source of iron which is known as “heme” iron. Enriched grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and plants also contain iron, but it is “nonheme” iron which is not as easily absorbed without a source of vitamin C. 

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | 

In the last 10 days, Haywood County has mourned the loss of six more people to COVID-19. They ranged in age from their late 60s to their early 80s. As of the date of this release, Haywood County has now lost 164 people to COVID-19.

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