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Haywood County Rev. Lamont Foster still remembers the day he learned what it meant to be black. It was the…
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

If you build it, they will come (and play)

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Pulling into a row of unimposing metal garage-sized storage units on Frazier Street in Waynesville, the sound of buzzing is…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 00:00

The source of the sound

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It’s the greatest show in town, but the location is a secret. With the tall smokestacks of the Canton paper…
He went east to discover the final frontier. In 1937, Californian Joseph S. Hall was a 30-year-old graduate student. Hired…
If you have it, they will come. That’s the philosophy for the small facet of independent toy stores remaining in…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:00

Rediscovering your inner child

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Each day, James Bandy and Clifton Coleman hangout with soldiers, princesses, dinosaurs and aliens. Their domain is Blast From The…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:12

Christmas, craft beer & charity

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For Clark Williams, it’s all about giving back. Owner of Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville, Williams is celebrating not only…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Quality over quantity in Appalachia

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Downtown Franklin is all sunshine, but it’s the calm before the storm. Drifting through an array of stores and restaurants…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:33

Christmas parades roll into WNC

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Snowflakes sprinkle the high peaks, while a stiff breeze cascades into the valleys. Elaborate decorations are being put up in…
What sounded like a jet engine echoed out of the building tucked away on the hill. Peering into the large…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Art and aspiration in Appalachia

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At first glance toward her work, you think Sara Alexander is a great photographer. At second glance, you realize that’s…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

Come on, let's twist — again

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We’ve all done it. At a middle school dance, high school prom, college formal, wedding reception, anniversary celebration, New Year’s…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Spicing up Southern Appalachia

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Though the weather is getting colder and winter is emerging on the horizon, Doug Weaver is all smiles. It’s open…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:05

Children of the corn

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Sliding into the parking lot of the Cold Mountain Corn Maze, the smell of campfire and old, fallen leaves fills…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:57

Cherokee find tradition, respect through sport

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Amid the blinking lights and stuffed animal prizes at the Cherokee Indian Fair, a scream echoes from behind the trees.…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:31

Haywood theatre enters second act

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It may look like a grassy field to some, but to Steven Lloyd, it’s a window of opportunity. Lloyd, executive…
It’s noon on a Wednesday and Scott Peterson already has beer on the mind.
What could’ve been a lifelong haunting moment for most turned out to be an epiphany for Josh Merrell. “I farted…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

No shortage of critics as Kephart play comes home

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For a man who has just won the North Carolina Literature Award, writer Gary Carden is quite somber. At his…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:25

Open Air Indian Art Market celebrates 10 years

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Bringing together Cherokee artisans and tourists from every corner of the globe, the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual celebrated a…
Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display once again on the shores of beautiful Lake Junaluska as the…
When Doug Trantham was a kid, he wanted to impress his father. “I was 10-years-old when my dad made a…
The strings of tradition and progress echoed from the back alley. Upon further inspection (and a lone door cracked open),…
By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Two Western North Carolina preachers were chosen for an episode of the new Picked Off…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 00:00

The rich history of an award-winning wood carver

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By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern Wood carver Cliff Hannah is deeply rooted in Western North Carolina. The internationally renowned…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:33

WCU brass quintet takes music to Jamaican schoolchildren

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The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, quintet-in-residence at Western Carolina University, made a seven-day educational tour of Jamaica this summer to…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:04

Serbian performers return to Folkmoot

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The Serbian group Talija Art Co., crowd pleasers at the 2009 Folkmoot, will make a return appearance at this year’s…
By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville will bring the French Rivera to life with…
For the first time in its 62-year history, the Mountainside Theater in Cherokee has added a new play to its…
Artists from around the Southeast will set up their easels and ready their colors in an outdoor painting spree around…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:43

WNC lights it up for the Fourth

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From cornhole tournaments to a homemade raft race, from a fireworks train ride to kids-only parade, mountain communities are pulling…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:27

Drum, song and dance highlight Powwow

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  With strong personal, familial and spiritual traditions and a healthy dose of competition, the 37th annual Cherokee Powwow will…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:18

Sing-A-Long-A-Sound of Music

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By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern Singing, lonely goat herders, nuns, and Julie Andrews are just a few things Western…
Downtown Waynesville will transform into a Mecca for Appalachian heritage geeks and for people who want to learn more about…
By Paul Clark • Contributing Writer A village that attracts residents because of its spectacular beauty has attracted a film…
Noreen Gay doesn’t have a moment to spare these days. She’s busily finishing the final stitches of a quilt she…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:07

Listen to the music

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Whether it’s called pickin’, groovin’ or jammin’ — every summer, Western North Carolina blends its majestic mountain views with its heritage…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:53

We still deliver quality health care west of Asheville

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By Gwang S. Han • Guest Columnist Simply put, I question if there is a problem with the current system…
After years of sideline painting and photography as a pastime, a now retired Sue Weathers is finding an abundance of…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 18:37

A gathering of artists

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Two new art galleries are opening in Bryson City this May only about a street’s width away from each other.…
Most things in life start out small — acorns grow into oak trees, babies are reared into adulthood, small patches of…
Finnegans Wake took James Joyce 17 years to write, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel consumed four years of Michelangelo’s…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:26

Bringing improv to the traditional

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With tunes that rush quickly along and take unexpected twists and turns, Sylva-based The Dan River Drifters are anything but…
An artistic marriage of fine gardens and fine art is on display now at Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86,…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:30

The Bascom puts a twist on art, craft exhibits

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Hearing The Bascom being called a world-class facility might seem a stretch until you pay a firsthand visit to the…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:32

8th annual Mélange returns to Haywood

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Rather than spending months crossing Haywood County’s choice eateries off their list of places to go, culinary enthusiasts can get…
There is a refinement to Catherine Carter’s poetry, a sense that each poem is finished, polished and complete, worked exactly…
Gary Carden didn’t realize he had an audience. He was coaching Lara Chew through a rehearsal of “Mother Jones,” a…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:05

Reading James Joyce proves an odyssey for this group

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Reading Finnegans Wake on the best of days and in the easiest sections can challenge the most erudite of readers.…