My first time was in a navy blue 1991 Toyota Camry. My first time hearing The Beatles, that is. Like…
Zach Haney looks at obstacles as opportunities. “I wasn’t even supposed to walk, but here I am,” he said.  Guitarist…
Becky Seymour can see the bright lights of Hollywood from Haywood County. “Right now we’re in the major infancy stage,…
What does the “K” stand for? “It stands for Kavanagh,” I told the lady behind the counter. “My mother’s maiden…
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,…
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…
What started as a backyard game one afternoon has turned into a passionate career for Nathan Lowe. “I just got…
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…
The train came to a halt. Looking out the foggy window, a cold, snowy landscape awaited me.  “The current temperature…
The real deal is hitting the airwaves. Blasting out of the backwoods of Robbinsville, My Highway is a crossroads for…
Every Jan. 1, a clean slate arrives. It’s a chance to start over, to push into exciting pursuits where curiosity…
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent This time of year, there’s a Santa around every corner. There’s the jolly Santa flying around…
Who in the hell is that? Standing on the porch at Camp Hope in Bethel, I found myself in amazement…
Supposedly just 8 percent of Americans who make a New Year’s resolution keep it. The obvious reason is human beings…
Like many of you, I’ve been amassing Christmas presents for months now — stocking up at consignment sales, cruising craigslist…
Next week will mark my second Christmas in Western North Carolina. And, like last year, I won’t be making it…
Bouncing around her gallery like a rubber ball, the energy of Teri Siewert is contagious. “The ambiance here is something…
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…
Last weekend, I sat down with a calendar and began sifting through all the fabulous Christmas-related events happening this month.…
The strings of tradition and progress echoed from the back alley. Upon further inspection (and a lone door cracked open),…
As the temperatures drop in Western North Carolina, the fun only heats up. The holiday season here is filled with…
I was caught flat-footed last year when my oldest daughter began questioning the myriad Santa spottings of the Christmas season.…
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,…
By Jacob Flannick • SMN Correspondent After ending a series of lessons in which she learned the basic steps of clogging,…
Editor’s Note: After receiving a heartfelt letter in the mail recently from an inmate at a North Carolina correctional facility,…
Dear Pottery Barn photographers, Please consider hiring a consultant who actually has kids before you shoot your next product magazine. Otherwise,…
Exiting your vehicle at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley, a cold, late fall wind hits you in the face like…
My ears are still ringing. From Nov. 1-5, I went and saw nine bands. Yep, that’s nine acts in the…
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,…
Pizza. French fry. Those were the initial instructions I was given the first time I went skiing. I must’ve been…
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…
I sat there, under old copper piping and newly formed spider webs, wondering where the hell my story was. It…
I’ll admit I’m not the fastest draw in the West when it comes to pop culture fads. I’ve yet to…
The 17th annual “Pumpkin Fest” will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and 9 a.m. to 4…
All I wanted to do was play soccer. In the summer of 1997, I was 12 years old and ready…
We’re in the Halloween homestretch, but I’d wager at least half of you are still riding the costume rollercoaster, days…
Help. That’s what was texted to me a couple weeks ago. It was my co-worker at the newspaper, stuck in…
Kacey Musgraves makes me feel like a teenager. Shouts of joy escape my lungs when I find out she’s performing…
I always end up with too many pumpkins by Halloween, a trajectory I am headed down once again despite telling…
Richard Miller can’t believe the Church Street Art & Craft Show is 30 years old. “I don’t know how it…
I needed to make an escape. Last Tuesday morning, my cell phone vibrated incessantly on the nightstand. It was 8…
As a kid, everything in my house stopped for the Olympics. From the opening to the closing ceremony, any semblance…
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