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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:25

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day

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Celebrating Southern Appalachian culture through concerts, living-history demonstrations, competitions and awards programs, Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day will be…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:23

This must be the place

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It pushed me back a couple of feet.
Can you find redemption within your own consequences? In The Risen, the latest work from famed Southern Appalachian writer Ron…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 15:37

This must be the place

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I awoke with a bit of a chill in the air.
Where to from here? It’s the lingering question within bluegrass and string circles nowadays. Amid the traditional pickers and grinners,…
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 20:41

This must be the place

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The instant the guitar chords echoed from the Mexican restaurant speakers, a slight grin emerged on my face. Immediately, the…
Who was Bayard Wootten? “She was a wonderful, strong North Carolina woman,” said Pam Meister. “She was a skilled photographer.…
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 21:11

This must be the place

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It’s a feeling rather than an attitude.
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 19:46

This must be the place

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It took me a couple seconds to realize where I was.
Turning onto 2nd Street from the hectic U.S. 19/74 highway, you find yourself cruising through downtown Andrews. It’s Saturday afternoon,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:21

You can go your own way

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From the ashes comes the rebirth.  In all my travels as a journalist, and as a music lover, one of…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:19

This must be the place

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What are you afraid of?
The presence of breathtaking topography, ancient native lore, and centuries of American history makes the Great Smoky Mountains a mystical,…
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 20:56

This must be the place

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As I enter my fifth year living and thriving here in Western North Carolina, I’m also sliding into a space…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:17

This must be the place

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I noticed it two rows behind me. Sitting at the cold, hard tables of my eighth-grade science class in the…
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:19

This must be the place

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You can’t ignore it. That little voice in the back of your head, always interrupting your daily train of thought,…
Taking a right off East Main Street, just before crossing the bridge into downtown Franklin, you pull onto Lakeside Drive…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 14:43

This must be the place

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It’s when you know you’re home. Those places and faces, those sights and lights that truly signal the arrival back…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 14:40

Between the fingers lies the soul

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They all do something with their hands. Meandering around Western North Carolina and greater Southern Appalachia, one thing becomes apparent…
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 15:07

This must be the place

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I turned around with 25,000 faces looking towards me.
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 15:04

Discovering the world within yourself

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It’s about what you see in mirror, and what you’re willing to acknowledge within the reflection staring right back at…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 02:12

This must be the place

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I could see it in their faces. It was something I felt before, and also had seen in pictures taken…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 02:09

The world through your fingertips

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It’s about speaking with your hands. For guitarist Joe Taylor, his lifelong passion and career as a musician is one…
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 19:41

This must be the place

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It’s a rabbit hole. When one dives into a band, performer or genre, you find yourself swimming in the depths…
Nadia Dean has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to telling a story. It’s a historical account of…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:45

This must be the place

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It’s all about what you’re willing to sacrifice.
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 20:47

This must be the place

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Yeah, it’s true. I had originally planned to be a teacher. When I was thinking about what I wanted to…
Within the realm of melodic creativity, one word emerges — collaboration. It’s the act of bringing resources together, whether it…
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 15:21

This must be the place

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So, do you?
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 15:19

Drawing the lines to your passion

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For Teresa Pennington, it’s a race against time.  “You have one hour to complete this drawing, where I’m usually taking…
The beauty of bluegrass lies in its transparency.  Whether you’re having a good or bad day, those emotions will filter…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:25

This must be the place

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You never forget where you came from.
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:05

This must be the place

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It is the eternal quest.
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:01

Brighten the corner where you are

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It is the word of Southern Appalachia. For over a half a century, writer Fred Chappell has captured the essence…
With the quiet evening sun fading behind the Great Smoky Mountains last Thursday evening, a single building glowed bright at…
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 20:39

This must be the place

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America has never been great. Let’s just get that out of the way. Sure, we’ve had plenty of high points,…
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 20:49

This must be the place

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It snuck up on me.
Tribute shows are an enigma of the musical world: two parts nostalgia, one part entertainment and a pinch of talent…
For 45 years, The Allman Brothers Band took rock-n-roll and stretched it into the unlimited possibilities of blues and jazz.…
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 20:07

This must be the place

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I stepped out of the airport and into the afternoon sunshine.
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 16:46

This must be the place

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That space between freedom and responsibility.
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 20:10

This must be the place

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They say clarity is found when it becomes your last option.
Stepping into the blacksmithing studio at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro last Saturday, the continuous sound of…
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 17:19

This must be the place

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I remember that guy.
Turning the steering wheel onto Johnson Street, one quickly leaves the unrelenting bustle of two-way traffic along N.C. 110. Immediately,…
In an effort to bring together the artistic hearts and minds from around Western North Carolina, the “LEAD:Arts” summit was…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:01

This must be the place

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Why should we care?
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:06

This must be the place

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“They headed down south and they’re still running today…” As The Steve Miller Band blasted through the hit song “Take…
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:04

WCU reaches out to special needs students

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It was a year-and-a-half ago that Western Carolina University’s director of athletic bands, David Starnes, was asked by United Sound…
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