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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…
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