Writers join Cullowhee Mountain ARTS summer series
 

Writers join Cullowhee Mountain ARTS summer series

Now celebrating its third season, Cullowhee Mountain ARTS will be hosting creative writing workshops, taught by nationally recognized writers, as…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

“Hey, Garret, what’s up, man?” I looked up from my notebook and there standing in front of me was a familiar…
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Soldiering on: WNC band releases debut
 

Soldiering on: WNC band releases debut

What a difference a year makes. For the last 12 months, Haywood County group Soldier’s Heart has been roaming Western…
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Balancing Act: The Greater Waynesville Wine Race
 

Balancing Act: The Greater Waynesville Wine Race

Running downhill with a tray of wine glasses, Janelle Trevino had a simple objective: she didn’t want to drop any.…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

What does a washboard, a bucket and a beard have in common? They make up the melodic magic that is…
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Sticking to the competition
 

Sticking to the competition

Gregg Fuller can sum up barbeque. “It’s a southern tradition,” he confidently stated. Owner of No Name Sports Pub in…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Mary Harper was quite possibly the first real friend I made when I moved to Western North Carolina. With my…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Monday is the new Saturday. Heading down Frazier Street in Waynesville to BearWaters Brewing Company, one can barely find a place…
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Through his eyes
 

Through his eyes

Pulling into his steep, gravel driveway, the first thing you notice about Gary Montanari are his numerous pets. “I hope…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

So, what are you going to ask him? That was the question constantly asked to me when friends and curious…
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Dancing with one’s dream
 

Dancing with one’s dream

Staring into a 2,250-degree furnace, Tadashi Torii sees his passion come to life. “I’m really calm,” he said. “I try…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Kacey Musgraves makes me feel like a teenage boy. Shouts of joy escape my lungs when I find out she’s…
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'Shining up classic dishes
 

'Shining up classic dishes

The ocean is a long way from Rick Miller’s kitchen. The kitchen is a long way from where his journey…
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This must be the place

I went out too fast. I always go out too fast.
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In search of the perfect word: Literary festival returns to WCU
 

In search of the perfect word: Literary festival returns to WCU

A writer looking at a blank page is a like a painter staring at a fresh canvas, a sculptor facing…
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Shooting for dreams
 

Shooting for dreams

In a crowded, frenzied gymnasium, Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland was just trying to not embarrass himself. “I haven’t touched…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

The right place at the right time. We’re all aware of that notion, and most of us have experienced it at…
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Playing the sounds of your dreams
 

Playing the sounds of your dreams

He was a toddler with tenacity and talent. At three years old, Seth Taylor picked up his first guitar. Seeing…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

But, it’s only mid-March? I’m well aware of that, dear readers. Yes, it is mid-March, but 2014 is hitting the…
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Sewing traditions together: Weaver attracted by all facets of ancient art
 

Sewing traditions together: Weaver attracted by all facets of ancient art

Sitting at her loom, weaver Amy Tromiczak feels right at home. “It’s an amazing thing. You’re making cloth, and I…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Pouring its first pints in October 2013, Innovation Brewing in Sylva was created by Nicole Dexter and Chip Owen. The…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

It was his voice that caught my ear. Turning towards the stage at the Water’n Hole in Waynesville, I was…
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From the studio to the classroom
 

From the studio to the classroom

The loud pounding echoed from the end of the empty corridor. Crossing the threshold of the last classroom on the…
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Bridging faith, music and Appalachia — Mountain Faith
 

Bridging faith, music and Appalachia — Mountain Faith

Summer McMahan remembers the exact moment her life changed. “Mountain Heritage Day [at Western Carolina University], 14 years ago,” she…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

I ski in jeans. There, I said it. And I’ve been doing it for years — as far back as I…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

My first time was in a navy blue 1991 Toyota Camry. My first time hearing The Beatles, that is. Like…
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Country boys can survive
 

Country boys can survive

Zach Haney looks at obstacles as opportunities. “I wasn’t even supposed to walk, but here I am,” he said.  Guitarist…
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Haywood revives film commission
 

Haywood revives film commission

Becky Seymour can see the bright lights of Hollywood from Haywood County. “Right now we’re in the major infancy stage,…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

What does the “K” stand for? “It stands for Kavanagh,” I told the lady behind the counter. “My mother’s maiden…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

The end is near. On Feb. 5, I’ll turn 29 years old — the last official birthday of my young…
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Arts council opens arms to the creative and curious
 

Arts council opens arms to the creative and curious

There’s a buzz going on at the Mahogany House in Waynesville. Normally, one could attribute that to a woodturning tool,…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

If Keith Richards had been born below the Mason-Dixon Line, his name might have been Mike Cooley.
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Native art: Bill Eleazer bronze comes home to Waynesville 30 years later
 

Native art: Bill Eleazer bronze comes home to Waynesville 30 years later

Nearly 30 years after Bill Eleazer put the finishing touches on “Chasing Tadpoles,” a multi-piece bronze sculpture of three children…
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Tossing fate into the air
 

Tossing fate into the air

What started as a backyard game one afternoon has turned into a passionate career for Nathan Lowe. “I just got…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Hailing from the Green Mountains of Burlington, Vt., The DuPont Brothers have emerged as a breath of fresh air in…
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Welcome to the crib: Game of cribbage mixes competition, congeniality
 

Welcome to the crib: Game of cribbage mixes competition, congeniality

By Colby Dunn • Correspondent If someone asked you to describe the world of competitive, non-electronic gaming, your first thought…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

The train came to a halt. Looking out the foggy window, a cold, snowy landscape awaited me.  “The current temperature…
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Taking to the open road of success
 

Taking to the open road of success

The real deal is hitting the airwaves. Blasting out of the backwoods of Robbinsville, My Highway is a crossroads for…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Every Jan. 1, a clean slate arrives. It’s a chance to start over, to push into exciting pursuits where curiosity…
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A Santa for all occasions
 

A Santa for all occasions

By Colby Dunn • Correspondent This time of year, there’s a Santa around every corner. There’s the jolly Santa flying around…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Who in the hell is that? Standing on the porch at Camp Hope in Bethel, I found myself in amazement…
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Mountain Momma
 

Mountain Momma

Supposedly just 8 percent of Americans who make a New Year’s resolution keep it. The obvious reason is human beings…
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Mountain Momma
 

Mountain Momma

Like many of you, I’ve been amassing Christmas presents for months now — stocking up at consignment sales, cruising craigslist…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Next week will mark my second Christmas in Western North Carolina. And, like last year, I won’t be making it…
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WNC Artists find new home at Mahogany House
 

WNC Artists find new home at Mahogany House

Bouncing around her gallery like a rubber ball, the energy of Teri Siewert is contagious. “The ambiance here is something…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Named of the “12 Comics to Watch” for 2013 by LA Weekly, Atlanta-bred comedian Dave Stone has been taking over…
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Open house, 2014 schedule released at Franklin arts center
 

Open house, 2014 schedule released at Franklin arts center

On a recent crisp early winter evening, hundreds of folks from around Western North Carolina and beyond converged onto the…
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Mountain Momma
 

Mountain Momma

Last weekend, I sat down with a calendar and began sifting through all the fabulous Christmas-related events happening this month.…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

The strings of tradition and progress echoed from the back alley. Upon further inspection (and a lone door cracked open),…
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Holiday Roundup: Christmas comes to Appalachia
 

Holiday Roundup: Christmas comes to Appalachia

As the temperatures drop in Western North Carolina, the fun only heats up. The holiday season here is filled with…
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