Everything but the kitchen sink: A conversation with Frank Solivan
He stood out like a sore thumb.
Standing on the red carpet at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards in Raleigh last fall, I found myself in the midst of the biggest names in the genre. To the right were The Gibson Brothers, Sam Bush and Claire Lynch, to the left Bela Fleck, Rhonda Vincent and The Del McCoury Band — a who’s who of string music.
Oasis Shriners celebration coming to Maggie Valley
The Oasis Shriners will be taking over Maggie Valley next weekend as they hold their Spring Ceremonial at the festival grounds.
Maggie Valley gears up for spring cleaning
Telling people what to do with their property is not an easy job, even when a town’s local economy may depend on it.
All in the family
Louis Perrone loves being part of an Italian family.
“I come from a big family — always a reason to celebrate, always a reason to eat,” he smiled.
Maggie calls on higher power to referee ridgetop cross proposal
A lofty vision to build a 220-foot cross on the mountaintop above Maggie Valley has been downwardly revised to 125 feet, but it could still run afoul of the state ridge law.
Maggie residents weigh in on town center plan
Maggie Valley is attempting — for the third time — to put together a plan to improve the town’s image, aesthetics and economy.
Bill introduced to de-annex subdivision in Maggie Valley
For the second year in a row, Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, has introduced a bill to de-annex property from Maggie Valley without consulting town officials.
Mountain thunder: Maggie musher takes up snowless dog sledding
Stepping into Kirk Wall’s custom-carpentered, immaculately decorated mountaintop home, I couldn’t help but wonder if I’d knocked on the wrong door. Hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, breakable horse figurines and pieces of pottery — not to mention, only trace amounts of dog hair — made it hard to believe that this place could be home to six large dogs.
But a sing-song howling had greeted me the moment Wall opened the door, and a glimpse into his first-floor bedroom revealed a row of six large dog crates bordering the wall opposite his bed. This had to be the right place.
State won’t help Maggie Valley ‘decipher’ its own ridge law
Maggie Valley is in limbo over a proposed mountaintop cross after learning last week the state won’t help sort out how high the cross could legally be under the North Carolina ridge law.
Rumors of giant cross on the ridgeline above Maggie prompts debate
Maggie Valley leaders could land in the middle of a controversy in coming months about whether the owner of Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park should be allowed to build a giant cross on the ridgeline above Maggie Valley.