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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…
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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Every Jan. 1, a clean slate arrives. It’s a chance to start over, to push into exciting pursuits where curiosity…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

A Santa for all occasions

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By Colby Dunn • Correspondent This time of year, there’s a Santa around every corner. There’s the jolly Santa flying around…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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Who in the hell is that? Standing on the porch at Camp Hope in Bethel, I found myself in amazement…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

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Supposedly just 8 percent of Americans who make a New Year’s resolution keep it. The obvious reason is human beings…
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:26

Mountain Momma

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Like many of you, I’ve been amassing Christmas presents for months now — stocking up at consignment sales, cruising craigslist…
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:20

This must be the place

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Next week will mark my second Christmas in Western North Carolina. And, like last year, I won’t be making it…
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:18

WNC Artists find new home at Mahogany House

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Bouncing around her gallery like a rubber ball, the energy of Teri Siewert is contagious. “The ambiance here is something…
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:12

This must be the place

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Named of the “12 Comics to Watch” for 2013 by LA Weekly, Atlanta-bred comedian Dave Stone has been taking over…
On a recent crisp early winter evening, hundreds of folks from around Western North Carolina and beyond converged onto the…
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:21

Mountain Momma

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Last weekend, I sat down with a calendar and began sifting through all the fabulous Christmas-related events happening this month.…
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:57

This must be the place

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The strings of tradition and progress echoed from the back alley. Upon further inspection (and a lone door cracked open),…
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:52

Holiday Roundup: Christmas comes to Appalachia

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As the temperatures drop in Western North Carolina, the fun only heats up. The holiday season here is filled with…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:47

Mountain Momma

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I was caught flat-footed last year when my oldest daughter began questioning the myriad Santa spottings of the Christmas season.…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:41

This must be the place

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Cruising up Utah Mountain Road outside Maggie Valley, one begins to get the feeling if they drove any further up…
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent This week, kids across America will learn the story of the first Thanksgiving. How the pilgrims,…
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Stepping to old-time rhythms in a Swain County gym

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By Jacob Flannick • SMN Correspondent After ending a series of lessons in which she learned the basic steps of clogging,…
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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Editor’s Note: After receiving a heartfelt letter in the mail recently from an inmate at a North Carolina correctional facility,…
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

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Dear Pottery Barn photographers, Please consider hiring a consultant who actually has kids before you shoot your next product magazine. Otherwise,…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Appalachia comes to life, through food and music

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Exiting your vehicle at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley, a cold, late fall wind hits you in the face like…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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My ears are still ringing. From Nov. 1-5, I went and saw nine bands. Yep, that’s nine acts in the…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

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I don’t buy the theory that texting has fueled an explosion in writing among kids. The claim is texting is…
“I can’t sing.”  “Nobody wants to hear my voice.”  “I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket.”  They’re recognizable refrains,…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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Pizza. French fry. Those were the initial instructions I was given the first time I went skiing. I must’ve been…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

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If you can eek out the time for a trip to Asheville, here’s a great excursion for the last lingering…
October, of course, is the month for haunting, when lawns become littered with skeletons and witches fly in through branches…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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I sat there, under old copper piping and newly formed spider webs, wondering where the hell my story was. It…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

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I’ll admit I’m not the fastest draw in the West when it comes to pop culture fads. I’ve yet to…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Pumpkin Fest returns to Franklin

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The 17th annual “Pumpkin Fest” will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and 9 a.m. to 4…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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All I wanted to do was play soccer. In the summer of 1997, I was 12 years old and ready…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

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We’re in the Halloween homestretch, but I’d wager at least half of you are still riding the costume rollercoaster, days…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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Help. That’s what was texted to me a couple weeks ago. It was my co-worker at the newspaper, stuck in…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Rising star redefines country music

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Kacey Musgraves makes me feel like a teenager. Shouts of joy escape my lungs when I find out she’s performing…
Thursday, 10 October 2013 18:02

Mountain Momma

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I always end up with too many pumpkins by Halloween, a trajectory I am headed down once again despite telling…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

Church Street at 30

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Richard Miller can’t believe the Church Street Art & Craft Show is 30 years old. “I don’t know how it…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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I needed to make an escape. Last Tuesday morning, my cell phone vibrated incessantly on the nightstand. It was 8…