Brotherhood through bluegrass: Balsam Range singer and Nashville songwriter release solo work
 

Brotherhood through bluegrass: Balsam Range singer and Nashville songwriter release solo work

Within the realm of melodic creativity, one word emerges — collaboration. It’s the act of bringing resources together, whether it…
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Drawing the lines to your passion
 

Drawing the lines to your passion

For Teresa Pennington, it’s a race against time.  “You have one hour to complete this drawing, where I’m usually taking…
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From the North Country to the back country
 

From the North Country to the back country

The beauty of bluegrass lies in its transparency.  Whether you’re having a good or bad day, those emotions will filter…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

You never forget where you came from.
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

It is the eternal quest.
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Brighten the corner where you are
 

Brighten the corner where you are

It is the word of Southern Appalachia. For over a half a century, writer Fred Chappell has captured the essence…
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Haywood’s best kept secret: Bosu’s Wine Shop opens new space
 

Haywood’s best kept secret: Bosu’s Wine Shop opens new space

With the quiet evening sun fading behind the Great Smoky Mountains last Thursday evening, a single building glowed bright at…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

America has never been great. Let’s just get that out of the way. Sure, we’ve had plenty of high points,…
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This must be the place

It snuck up on me.
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The Michael Jackson tribute: Show will rekindle the magic, legend of ‘80s pop icon
 

The Michael Jackson tribute: Show will rekindle the magic, legend of ‘80s pop icon

Tribute shows are an enigma of the musical world: two parts nostalgia, one part entertainment and a pinch of talent…
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Ramblin’ man: A conversation with Butch Trucks
 

Ramblin’ man: A conversation with Butch Trucks

For 45 years, The Allman Brothers Band took rock-n-roll and stretched it into the unlimited possibilities of blues and jazz.…
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This must be the place

I stepped out of the airport and into the afternoon sunshine.
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This must be the place

That space between freedom and responsibility.
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They say clarity is found when it becomes your last option.
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Hammering away at your dreams: Blacksmithing program expands Green Energy Park’s vision
 

Hammering away at your dreams: Blacksmithing program expands Green Energy Park’s vision

Stepping into the blacksmithing studio at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro last Saturday, the continuous sound of…
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This must be the place

I remember that guy.
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Mountain Born & Bred: Haywood journalist releases collection
 

Mountain Born & Bred: Haywood journalist releases collection

Turning the steering wheel onto Johnson Street, one quickly leaves the unrelenting bustle of two-way traffic along N.C. 110. Immediately,…
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State of the Arts: WCU holds art summit for WNC creative leaders
 

State of the Arts: WCU holds art summit for WNC creative leaders

In an effort to bring together the artistic hearts and minds from around Western North Carolina, the “LEAD:Arts” summit was…
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This must be the place

Why should we care?
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This must be the place

“They headed down south and they’re still running today…” As The Steve Miller Band blasted through the hit song “Take…
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WCU reaches out to special needs students
 

WCU reaches out to special needs students

It was a year-and-a-half ago that Western Carolina University’s director of athletic bands, David Starnes, was asked by United Sound…
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This must be the place

$25.06. The total at the gas pump. Full tank. Waynesville to Tybee Island, Georgia. Around 350 miles. As an impending snowstorm…
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Jack to Jesus: WNC country singer releases new album, sets sights on Nashville
 

Jack to Jesus: WNC country singer releases new album, sets sights on Nashville

It’s all about the song. That’s what the goal is for Joe Lasher Jr. At 19, the country singer has spent…
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This must be the place

Boo yah. That was my exact response (loudly) when I was informed last week I’d won a few awards from the…
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Where East meets West: Thai fusion restaurant enters next chapter in Waynesville
 

Where East meets West: Thai fusion restaurant enters next chapter in Waynesville

It’s lunchtime in downtown Waynesville. Hungry bellies wander up the sidewalk in search of nourishment. It is the calm before…
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This must be the place

It is for all special occasions.
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Veteran reflects on World War II, life and poetry
 

Veteran reflects on World War II, life and poetry

He got to me before I could get to him. Turning into the large parking lot of the Canton Ingles…
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This must be the place

Editor’s Note: On Feb. 9, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire. Garret posted a photo…
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Over the hills and far away: Balsam Mountain Inn ‘Songwriters in the Round’
 

Over the hills and far away: Balsam Mountain Inn ‘Songwriters in the Round’

Pulling off the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway onto the Cabin Flats Road, within an earshot of Waynesville, a cold wind…
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Where everybody knows your name: Tipping Point Brewing celebrates five years
 

Where everybody knows your name: Tipping Point Brewing celebrates five years

It all started in a boat. “Dan [Elliot], Jon [Bowman] and I were fishing on Wolf Lake,” Doug Weaver said. “And…
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This must be the place

It ain’t so bad. Getting older. Tomorrow is my 31st birthday, and as I reflect on my first year of…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

That song — you know that song — came over the stereo and I felt my shoulders relax.
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Go tell it on the mountain: Living room concert series sparks curiosity, camaraderie
 

Go tell it on the mountain: Living room concert series sparks curiosity, camaraderie

Heading west on Highway 76, the last of the warm sunshine falls behind the silent Blue Ridge Mountains. With the…
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This must be the place

There are singers, there are performers, and then there’s Laura Reed.  Wandering the numerous floors and stages of New Mountain…
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Healing the mountains, healing the people
 

Healing the mountains, healing the people

Byron Ballard is one misunderstood witch. “There is this whole cultural mythology that witches aren’t human. They’re seen as these…
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Brewing success, crafting a brand
 

Brewing success, crafting a brand

Thirty-eight is Noah McIntee’s favorite number these days. “For a lot of folks, we’re not the sleeper hit anymore,” he said.…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

The alarm went off on my phone. Monday morning. 6:45 a.m.
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Throwing my father’s old Dodge Dakota into park, I stepped out of the truck and felt the crunch of snow…
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Keep On Getting Lost — Scott Low
 

Keep On Getting Lost — Scott Low

It is quite the conundrum, ain’t it? In an era where mainstream radio hits are shellacked in “sugar and spice…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

I cracked the foamy Sam Adams Boston Lager and relaxed into my seat. Christmas Eve. Red-eye flight. Charlotte to Burlington, Vermont.…
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Beer, Bluegrass, and Bloodshed: The Best of Arts & Entertainment 2015
 

Beer, Bluegrass, and Bloodshed: The Best of Arts & Entertainment 2015

With each impending New Year, we tend to take a look back and reflect on just what made the last…
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Do you believe in magic? The lore of the ‘Smokey Mountain Santa’
 

Do you believe in magic? The lore of the ‘Smokey Mountain Santa’

Standing in the lobby of North Canton Elementary School last Friday morning, one could hear and witness the frenzied nature…
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This must be the place

She grabbed for my hand and held it up. “No ring, huh? You should meet my daughter sometime. Single. Beautiful.…
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This must be the place

So, you’re from Canada? Not quite, but close. Growing up on the Canadian border, most folks there don’t really take notice…
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The Art of Creativity: WNC arts councils find steady ground, look ahead to 2016
 

The Art of Creativity: WNC arts councils find steady ground, look ahead to 2016

It is the litmus test of a community. The arts. If you want to know how well a society functions,…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

America, I’m tired. I’m tired of the violence, the bloodshed, the yelling, the anger, the hate, the misinformation, the way we…
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The house that music built: Warren  Haynes’ ‘Christmas Jam’ rolls on
 

The house that music built: Warren Haynes’ ‘Christmas Jam’ rolls on

Twenty-seven years is a long time for anything. “It amazing to me that it’s still going on,” Warren Haynes said.…
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This must be the place

It’s awfully quiet in here. As the rest of the newspaper heads out the door for home (or somewhere they used…
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Tapping into the next level: Boojum Brewing celebrates one year, signs distribution deal
 

Tapping into the next level: Boojum Brewing celebrates one year, signs distribution deal

It’s been a dream come true for Kelsie Baker. “This first year has really been a whirlwind of learning and…
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