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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

New state tax hits entertainment venues

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When the clock struck midnight this past New Year’s Eve, a new North Carolina state tax took effect. “This isn’t…
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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Time sure does fly, eh? It hit me this week that my column recently crossed over the one-year anniversary threshold. How…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 14:02

This must be the place

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Waylon Jennings is alive. Figuratively. Not literally, folks. Strolling down Haywood Road in West Asheville one evening last summer, I…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:59

Tell it from the mountain

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It all started with a drum solo. “My mother was of the big band generation, and she’d watch all of…
With each throw, Scott Medlin is connecting to his ancestors. “The Scottish Highland Games need to be preserved because most…
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 15:17

This must be the place

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“Let’s go back to the 1930s,” said Judy Coker. Standing underneath a large manmade birch tent in the backwoods of…
At the front of the room, banjos and fiddles plow through an Appalachian repertoire. Fingers dance across strings, conjuring the…
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 14:03

This must be the place

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It’s 8:36 a.m. on a Thursday and I’m in Detroit. Thee Irish Pub at the metro airport to be exact.…
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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He was completely shocked. Standing in front of an empty warehouse in Dillsboro, which will soon be the site of his…
From welcoming backwoods front porches to raucous downtown stages, the music of Western North Carolina weaves together the rich history,…
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 14:13

This must be the place

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Short shorts and a neon orange trucker hat. Strolling down Main Street in downtown Waynesville, I found myself adorned with…
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 14:10

Writers join Cullowhee Mountain ARTS summer series

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Now celebrating its third season, Cullowhee Mountain ARTS will be hosting creative writing workshops, taught by nationally recognized writers, as…
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 14:23

This must be the place

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“Hey, Garret, what’s up, man?” I looked up from my notebook and there standing in front of me was a familiar…
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 14:20

Soldiering on: WNC band releases debut

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What a difference a year makes. For the last 12 months, Haywood County group Soldier’s Heart has been roaming Western…
Running downhill with a tray of wine glasses, Janelle Trevino had a simple objective: she didn’t want to drop any.…
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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What does a washboard, a bucket and a beard have in common? They make up the melodic magic that is…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

Sticking to the competition

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Gregg Fuller can sum up barbeque. “It’s a southern tradition,” he confidently stated. Owner of No Name Sports Pub in…
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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Mary Harper was quite possibly the first real friend I made when I moved to Western North Carolina. With my…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:17

This must be the place

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Monday is the new Saturday. Heading down Frazier Street in Waynesville to BearWaters Brewing Company, one can barely find a place…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:15

Through his eyes

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Pulling into his steep, gravel driveway, the first thing you notice about Gary Montanari are his numerous pets. “I hope…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:02

This must be the place

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So, what are you going to ask him? That was the question constantly asked to me when friends and curious…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:00

Dancing with one’s dream

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Staring into a 2,250-degree furnace, Tadashi Torii sees his passion come to life. “I’m really calm,” he said. “I try…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:29

This must be the place

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Kacey Musgraves makes me feel like a teenage boy. Shouts of joy escape my lungs when I find out she’s…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:26

'Shining up classic dishes

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The ocean is a long way from Rick Miller’s kitchen. The kitchen is a long way from where his journey…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:05

This must be the place

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I went out too fast. I always go out too fast.
A writer looking at a blank page is a like a painter staring at a fresh canvas, a sculptor facing…
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

Shooting for dreams

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In a crowded, frenzied gymnasium, Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland was just trying to not embarrass himself. “I haven’t touched…
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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The right place at the right time. We’re all aware of that notion, and most of us have experienced it at…
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00

Playing the sounds of your dreams

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He was a toddler with tenacity and talent. At three years old, Seth Taylor picked up his first guitar. Seeing…
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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But, it’s only mid-March? I’m well aware of that, dear readers. Yes, it is mid-March, but 2014 is hitting the…
Sitting at her loom, weaver Amy Tromiczak feels right at home. “It’s an amazing thing. You’re making cloth, and I…
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 21:05

This must be the place

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Pouring its first pints in October 2013, Innovation Brewing in Sylva was created by Nicole Dexter and Chip Owen. The…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:34

This must be the place

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It was his voice that caught my ear. Turning towards the stage at the Water’n Hole in Waynesville, I was…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:31

From the studio to the classroom

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The loud pounding echoed from the end of the empty corridor. Crossing the threshold of the last classroom on the…
Summer McMahan remembers the exact moment her life changed. “Mountain Heritage Day [at Western Carolina University], 14 years ago,” she…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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I ski in jeans. There, I said it. And I’ve been doing it for years — as far back as I…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:39

This must be the place

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My first time was in a navy blue 1991 Toyota Camry. My first time hearing The Beatles, that is. Like…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:37

Country boys can survive

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Zach Haney looks at obstacles as opportunities. “I wasn’t even supposed to walk, but here I am,” he said.  Guitarist…
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

Haywood revives film commission

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Becky Seymour can see the bright lights of Hollywood from Haywood County. “Right now we’re in the major infancy stage,…
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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What does the “K” stand for? “It stands for Kavanagh,” I told the lady behind the counter. “My mother’s maiden…
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:58

This must be the place

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The end is near. On Feb. 5, I’ll turn 29 years old — the last official birthday of my young…
There’s a buzz going on at the Mahogany House in Waynesville. Normally, one could attribute that to a woodturning tool,…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 15:06

This must be the place

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If Keith Richards had been born below the Mason-Dixon Line, his name might have been Mike Cooley.
Nearly 30 years after Bill Eleazer put the finishing touches on “Chasing Tadpoles,” a multi-piece bronze sculpture of three children…
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

Tossing fate into the air

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What started as a backyard game one afternoon has turned into a passionate career for Nathan Lowe. “I just got…
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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Hailing from the Green Mountains of Burlington, Vt., The DuPont Brothers have emerged as a breath of fresh air in…
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent If someone asked you to describe the world of competitive, non-electronic gaming, your first thought…
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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The train came to a halt. Looking out the foggy window, a cold, snowy landscape awaited me.  “The current temperature…
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

Taking to the open road of success

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The real deal is hitting the airwaves. Blasting out of the backwoods of Robbinsville, My Highway is a crossroads for…