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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…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:59

Mountain Momma

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As a kid, everything in my house stopped for the Olympics. From the opening to the closing ceremony, any semblance…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:54

This must be the place

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I like to get lost. Though my sense of direction is as strong as a dog’s sense of smell, I…
General Grant knew from a young age he was an artist. “I was gifted, it was a gift from The…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:07

Mountain Momma

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I had a bit of a wake-up call this week as I read over a fabulous collection of kid’s nature…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:49

This must be the place

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I know a lot about nothing. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with everything. How many…
Amy Ammons Garza has always looked out for her little sister, Doreyl Ammons Cain. “Make sure you mention when the…
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:43

This must be the place

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I was born half-fish. No, not the mermaid kind, but close. As a kid, I grew up on Lake Champlain,…
Even before the lights went down and the curtain went up, one thing was already clear: this wasn’t going to…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:10

Mountain Momma

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I credit my older sister with teaching me many of life’s important lessons. Like not wearing white heels after Labor…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:04

This must be the place

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He slinked by, turned and glanced at me. “Well, hey there, you must be Jack, eh?” I said to him.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:00

Must-see in Cullowhee

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From blockbuster Broadway musicals to the obscure art of throat singing to politically-charged documentaries on Iranian oppression, Western Carolina University…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:17

This must be the place

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It’s like losing your virginity and seeing the Apocalypse at the same time.
A fiery inferno blasts through the sheet metal like a hot knife through butter. The screeching sound of a grinder…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Brewing the next chapter

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During the last 20 years, the Western North Carolina craft beer scene has exploded.  While Asheville’s nearly 20 breweries earned…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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I had never heard anything like that before. Sitting on the porch of my grandfather’s camp on Lake Champlain, a…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

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If you’re lucky enough to stay home this Labor Day weekend, revel in the fact you live somewhere other people…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:37

Mountain momma

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My kids have been in training all summer for the Haywood County Fair. They haven’t been raising giant pumpkins nor…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:31

This must be the place

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The floor below me began to shake. For a moment, the idea of the structure collapsing seemed plausible. All around…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:28

Bringing history back to the open road

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A loud roar echoed from the back of the building. The deafening sound is terrifying, yet captivating, heightened by the…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:49

Mountain momma

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The scramble is on across WNC to pack in a few last drops of quality family time before school starts…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:33

This must be the place

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This might get loud. I tend to say that to anyone who finds themselves in the passenger’s seat of my…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:29

Skating the Smokies for a good cause

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Don’t mess with a mountain girl, especially one on roller skates. “We’re a tough bunch, and we stick together,” said…
About 30 people sat scattered around the 2,800-seat Mountainside Theater in Cherokee, watching the makings of something that has never…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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I was afraid of getting caught. As a teenager, I found myself sneaking into the back door of my grandfather’s…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Mountain momma

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Living within walking distance of the farmers market has lots of perks. For starters, it’s a great excuse when asked,…
It was the only thing he knew how to do. It was the only thing he wanted to do.  Marvin…
Legendary American tennis stars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will battle it out in a charity exhibition match in Cashiers…
It all started with an email.  Last July, I was at a crossroads. Being a freelance writer for a few years,…
Bringing together world culture and Southern Appalachia traditions, Folkmoot USA transcends any and all barriers. Whether it’s language, physical boundaries…
Known as the finest showcase of native traditions, the ninth annual Festival of Native Peoples will take place July 12-13…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:46

Finding inspiration in Appalachia

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Standing in an empty field, Martin Cook has a vision.  Founder of the renowned Western North Carolina gospel group The Inspirations,…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Lake Junaluska celebrates 100 years

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A hundred years of history and community will come together during the Centennial Homecoming Week at Lake Junaluska Conference and…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:52

A milkweed by any other name

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Every year as summer approaches and the days begin to heat up, I marvel at the beautiful orange explosion that…
This year’s PlottFest will give hound enthusiasts from the region, across the country and around the globe a chance to…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00

In search of the sound

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In Western North Carolina, it seems the two most important things are tradition and family – and nothing incorporates those…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Finding your roots in Appalachia

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Ronan MacGregor didn’t know where he came from. He knew he was of Scottish decent, but that was about it.…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 14:22

Mountain Momma

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I have faint but fond memories of picking strawberries as a kid: the twisty, dusty gravel roads leading to the…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Making the connection, one melody at a time

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You’ve sung it in the shower, in the car with the windows rolled down, at weddings, in karaoke bars, and…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

This Must Be the Place

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Well, hello there Western North Carolina. As the arts and entertainment writer at The Smoky Mountain News, I spend my…
For Norma Hendrix, it’s all about connecting the dots. “I love working in a community of artists,” she said. “I…