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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 15:51

This must be the place

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That song — you know that song — came over the stereo and I felt my shoulders relax.
Heading west on Highway 76, the last of the warm sunshine falls behind the silent Blue Ridge Mountains. With the…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:15

This must be the place

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There are singers, there are performers, and then there’s Laura Reed.  Wandering the numerous floors and stages of New Mountain…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:12

Healing the mountains, healing the people

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Byron Ballard is one misunderstood witch. “There is this whole cultural mythology that witches aren’t human. They’re seen as these…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:09

Brewing success, crafting a brand

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Thirty-eight is Noah McIntee’s favorite number these days. “For a lot of folks, we’re not the sleeper hit anymore,” he said.…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:07

This must be the place

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The alarm went off on my phone. Monday morning. 6:45 a.m.
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:34

This must be the place

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Throwing my father’s old Dodge Dakota into park, I stepped out of the truck and felt the crunch of snow…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:31

Keep On Getting Lost — Scott Low

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It is quite the conundrum, ain’t it? In an era where mainstream radio hits are shellacked in “sugar and spice…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 15:59

This must be the place

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I cracked the foamy Sam Adams Boston Lager and relaxed into my seat. Christmas Eve. Red-eye flight. Charlotte to Burlington, Vermont.…
With each impending New Year, we tend to take a look back and reflect on just what made the last…
Standing in the lobby of North Canton Elementary School last Friday morning, one could hear and witness the frenzied nature…
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 18:25

This must be the place

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She grabbed for my hand and held it up. “No ring, huh? You should meet my daughter sometime. Single. Beautiful.…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:35

This must be the place

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So, you’re from Canada? Not quite, but close. Growing up on the Canadian border, most folks there don’t really take notice…
It is the litmus test of a community. The arts. If you want to know how well a society functions,…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:02

This must be the place

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America, I’m tired. I’m tired of the violence, the bloodshed, the yelling, the anger, the hate, the misinformation, the way we…
Twenty-seven years is a long time for anything. “It amazing to me that it’s still going on,” Warren Haynes said.…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:21

This must be the place

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It’s awfully quiet in here. As the rest of the newspaper heads out the door for home (or somewhere they used…
It’s been a dream come true for Kelsie Baker. “This first year has really been a whirlwind of learning and…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:39

This must be the place

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What happened, America? Since when are we such a disheartened country? Sure, you might not want the Syrian refugees here. And…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:35

This must be the place

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Catch him if you can. For the better part of the last 25 years, Scott Weiland has been a moving target…
“David Holt’s State of Music — Live” will take to the stage from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22,…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:11

This must be the place

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It’s the most important job outside of the home. Teachers. Those folks in front of the classroom trying to make sense…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:08

Cruisin’ the road of creativity

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The 14th annual “Stecoah Arts & Crafts Drive About Tour” will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 27-28…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:35

This must be the place

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“Some may never live, but the crazy never die.” It’s a quote by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, a writer whose influence…
One gets hungry strolling downtown Sylva these days. For a town of around 2,600 residents, there sure are a lot of…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:50

Carolina Chills

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As the leaves change and the air becomes crisp, the mountains of Western North Carolina transform into a landscape of…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:39

This must be the place

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I got it. Growing up outside of Burlington, Vermont, I came out of the womb with a Phish album in-hand. Founded…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:47

This must be the place

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It’s my favorite time of the year. There is nothing like fall. To me, this season isn’t about pumpkin lattes, pumpkin…
About halfway between Bryson City and the Nantahala Outdoor Center, a small, unassuming building sits alongside the road. The structure…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:23

This must be the place

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It’s about chipping away. When you come into this world, you’re a block of unknown potential. Untouched and ready to be…
Heading north on State Road 135, just outside the small town of Nashville, Indiana, the stretch of pavement curves along…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:43

This must be the place

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He sat two seats up from me. In seventh grade advanced algebra class, Tom Pearo was your typical late-1990s kid. A…
It was another banner year for Western North Carolina bluegrass acts at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards in Raleigh…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:20

This must be the place

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So, you’re Canadian? Not quite, y’all. During my three years living here in Western North Carolina, I’ve lost count of…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:17

The Tale of Two Bands

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Variety is the spice of life. Within the realm of music, those spices can range from the hot heat of New…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:45

Molding a passion

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Standing in her Dillsboro studio, potter Zan Barnes can’t help but smile. “If you told me in high school that this…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:43

This must be the place

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The blazing Knoxville sun was quickly falling to the west, heading further down the road to Memphis and points beyond.…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:34

This must be the place

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I just wanted to break 18 minutes. Taking a seat in Ms. Trudeau’s second period social studies class, all I had…
Standing behind the counter of High Country Tire, Summer McMahan is a long way from the bright lights of New…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:39

This must be the place

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It’s funny, isn’t it? When you cross paths with folks you haven’t seen in years, and yet you are all still…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:31

Three’s Company: Sylva welcomes third craft brewery

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John Duncan won’t forget Aug. 19 anytime soon. “It was damn scary,” he chuckled. That day not only marked the…
It is the heartbeat of a town and its people. While some communities pride themselves on their Christmas, 4th of…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 13:57

This must be the place

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With the cornfields as high as an elephant’s eye, apples just ripe for the pickin’ and the last of the…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:53

This must be the place

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It was the line in the sand. During the summer of 2005, I left one existence and embraced another. In a…
Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display once again as the 45th annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival celebrates…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:43

This must be the place

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My eyes fluttered open and, for a moment, I didn’t know where I was. The room was familiar. The sheets…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:32

The Road to Rock — The Freeway Revival

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Manic, menacing and mesmerizing. That’s how rock-n-roll is supposed to make you feel. It’s meant to be a bit jarring,…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:17

This must be the place

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I rolled the windows down and stuck my head out. The air was crisp and salty, with a slight hint of…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:13

Onstage at WCU

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Galaxy of Stars offers a variety of entertainment  A tribute to a comedic icon, a holiday show featuring the “Redneck…
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