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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 16:19

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$25.06. The total at the gas pump. Full tank. Waynesville to Tybee Island, Georgia. Around 350 miles. As an impending snowstorm…
It’s all about the song. That’s what the goal is for Joe Lasher Jr. At 19, the country singer has spent…
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 20:46

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Boo yah. That was my exact response (loudly) when I was informed last week I’d won a few awards from the…
It’s lunchtime in downtown Waynesville. Hungry bellies wander up the sidewalk in search of nourishment. It is the calm before…
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 14:59

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It is for all special occasions.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 14:51

Veteran reflects on World War II, life and poetry

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He got to me before I could get to him. Turning into the large parking lot of the Canton Ingles…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:59

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Editor’s Note: On Feb. 9, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire. Garret posted a photo…
Pulling off the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway onto the Cabin Flats Road, within an earshot of Waynesville, a cold wind…
It all started in a boat. “Dan [Elliot], Jon [Bowman] and I were fishing on Wolf Lake,” Doug Weaver said. “And…
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:30

This must be the place

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It ain’t so bad. Getting older. Tomorrow is my 31st birthday, and as I reflect on my first year of…
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.…
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