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“David Holt’s State of Music — Live” will take to the stage from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22,…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:11

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It’s the most important job outside of the home. Teachers. Those folks in front of the classroom trying to make sense…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:08

Cruisin’ the road of creativity

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The 14th annual “Stecoah Arts & Crafts Drive About Tour” will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 27-28…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:35

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“Some may never live, but the crazy never die.” It’s a quote by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, a writer whose influence…
One gets hungry strolling downtown Sylva these days. For a town of around 2,600 residents, there sure are a lot of…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:50

Carolina Chills

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As the leaves change and the air becomes crisp, the mountains of Western North Carolina transform into a landscape of…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:39

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I got it. Growing up outside of Burlington, Vermont, I came out of the womb with a Phish album in-hand. Founded…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:47

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It’s my favorite time of the year. There is nothing like fall. To me, this season isn’t about pumpkin lattes, pumpkin…
About halfway between Bryson City and the Nantahala Outdoor Center, a small, unassuming building sits alongside the road. The structure…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:23

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It’s about chipping away. When you come into this world, you’re a block of unknown potential. Untouched and ready to be…
Heading north on State Road 135, just outside the small town of Nashville, Indiana, the stretch of pavement curves along…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:43

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He sat two seats up from me. In seventh grade advanced algebra class, Tom Pearo was your typical late-1990s kid. A…
It was another banner year for Western North Carolina bluegrass acts at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards in Raleigh…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:20

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So, you’re Canadian? Not quite, y’all. During my three years living here in Western North Carolina, I’ve lost count of…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:17

The Tale of Two Bands

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Variety is the spice of life. Within the realm of music, those spices can range from the hot heat of New…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:45

Molding a passion

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Standing in her Dillsboro studio, potter Zan Barnes can’t help but smile. “If you told me in high school that this…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:43

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The blazing Knoxville sun was quickly falling to the west, heading further down the road to Memphis and points beyond.…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:34

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I just wanted to break 18 minutes. Taking a seat in Ms. Trudeau’s second period social studies class, all I had…
Standing behind the counter of High Country Tire, Summer McMahan is a long way from the bright lights of New…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:39

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It’s funny, isn’t it? When you cross paths with folks you haven’t seen in years, and yet you are all still…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:31

Three’s Company: Sylva welcomes third craft brewery

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John Duncan won’t forget Aug. 19 anytime soon. “It was damn scary,” he chuckled. That day not only marked the…
It is the heartbeat of a town and its people. While some communities pride themselves on their Christmas, 4th of…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 13:57

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With the cornfields as high as an elephant’s eye, apples just ripe for the pickin’ and the last of the…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:53

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It was the line in the sand. During the summer of 2005, I left one existence and embraced another. In a…
Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display once again as the 45th annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival celebrates…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:43

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My eyes fluttered open and, for a moment, I didn’t know where I was. The room was familiar. The sheets…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:32

The Road to Rock — The Freeway Revival

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Manic, menacing and mesmerizing. That’s how rock-n-roll is supposed to make you feel. It’s meant to be a bit jarring,…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:17

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I rolled the windows down and stuck my head out. The air was crisp and salty, with a slight hint of…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:13

Onstage at WCU

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Galaxy of Stars offers a variety of entertainment  A tribute to a comedic icon, a holiday show featuring the “Redneck…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:02

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It’s the only place I feel at home. The open road. Once it gets into your system, you’ll spend the rest…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:59

All’s fair in beer and lore

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Is Stacy J. Cox disliked by Western North Carolina craft beer lovers? “I think so, but I don’t know why,”…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:17

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I stopped going. For the better part of the last decade, my life during the summer was music festivals. From…
Sitting at a table at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, Brittney Raby knows exactly what’s going to walk through…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:28

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Often times as a journalist, you just simply can’t get to everything.
Covered in paint speckles, Drew Duncan walked into O’Malley’s Pub & Grill on a recent Thursday evening. Finishing up work…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:22

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My dog died. Not to be Debbie Downer or anything, but that sentence has been ricocheting around my head all…
I was a little apprehensive. Strolling into The Strand at 38 Main this past Friday evening, the buzz around downtown…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 14:39

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Standing on the edge of the cliff, I knew what I had to do. Fifty feet above Fort Loudoun Lake in…
By Wil Shelton • SMN intern Visitors of the Qualla Boundary now have the opportunity to experience Cherokee culture in a…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:43

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Y’all are doing it wrong. You know, that thing? Social media? What happened? How did the endless fun and unlimited…
Are your ears playing tricks on you? As you turn the radio dial to a country music station these days,…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:08

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I fixed my hair in the rearview mirror and exited the truck. Heading up the steps, I was already five…
Heading down N.C. 28, between Bryson City and Robbinsville, is a flat stretch of highway, unusual to the continuous curves…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:39

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There is a lot of truth to it. “Money can’t buy happiness,” the old adage goes. It’s a sentiment that…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:36

A world of art in your backyard

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Coming into its fourth year, Cullowhee Mountain ARTS has grown into a vast array of workshops, one that seamlessly brings…
He stood out like a sore thumb. Standing on the red carpet at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards in…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:48

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Part Two: The Wedding As I adjusted my tie in the hotel mirror, I noticed more grey hairs in my beard.
In art, as in life, what matters most is following your heart, never compromising your beliefs and holding steady to…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:23

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Part One: The Ride It had been eight years to the day. Putting the car into park, I emerged from the…