Cooking on The Mountain

The drive to The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center in Highlands sets the stage for its seclusion from the outside world. 

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Kamala Harris visits Asheville

Last Thursday, Democratic vice presidential nominee and California Sen. Kamala Harris was forced to cancel a planned trip to Asheville after two staffers tested positive for COVID-19, but that didn’t stop her from returning Oct. 21 to speak at an event at UNC-Asheville. 

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Know the Signs

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Jackson County Department of Public Health wants to shine a light on the importance of this month.

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Speaking the truth is hard, but necessary

By Leigh-Ann Renz

You know those moments when you had something to say but kept your mouth shut? You let the truth get lodged in your throat and stopped yourself: in order to keep the peace, because you were legitimately afraid, or maybe you just felt too tired to “get into it.”

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Project Closet Door brings LGBTQ+ community together

Project Closet Door was started out of necessity. It is an organization focused on bringing the LGBTQ+ community closer together, raising awareness and understanding. That’s something that few people had previously found a space for in Western North Carolina. 

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5 Alternatives to Traditional Trick-or-Treating

Who would’ve thought a virus could threaten Halloween? Yet, here we are in 2020 with parents shaking their heads in disbelief at yet another new normal requiring adjustment. It’s hard to tell a child that Halloween has been canceled; that the candy-infused, scarily fun holiday they love will not happen as planned. With all that being said, there are some alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating. 

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Vegetable Beef Soup at the 828 Market

By Carrie Griffin

We opened 828 Market 15 months ago.  We’ve really enjoyed making soups for the market.  We’ve just eased back in to making them since shutting down the kitchen due to Covid and it’s bringing back memories of which soups guests liked and the stories they’d tell me about soup recipes they grew up with.  Seems like soup and memories go hand in hand.

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Reconnecting on the Road

A 10-day road trip covering thousands of miles was either going to save us or kill us.

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Pumpkin spice simple syrup

Last Tuesday was a cold and rainy early autumn day in the mountains. The kind that made you want to round out September wrapped in a blanket, reading a good book, listening to the rain fall. 

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