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By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | Out of Exile

Artwork by artist and author Ann Miller Woodford are currently on display in “Ann Miller Woodford: The Artist as Storyteller” at the Mountain Heritage Center’s exhibit gallery in Hunter Library on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | Today’s article is brought to by the letter “V” and the number 14….

 I want to drink your blood! Say this again with a Bela Lugosi accent from the movie Draculaand you can really feel the vampire vibration. We all have experience with this guy or gal in our life. We call her the energy vampire because she sucks the life right out of us. We are literally exhausted after an exchange with her. You might be nodding your head and wondering what is this all about?

It’s important to understand that most beef cattle graze on grasses. Even when cattle are moved to feedlots, their rations, calculated by animal nutritionists, are a mix of grasses and grains. Grass fed beef are cattle that are fed or graze on grasses for the majority of their lives. Grasses can include legumes (like soy) or cereal grains (like corn, rye, oats, barley) in the vegetative state (pre-grain). 

Does Constitution disqualify him for office?

BY TOM FIEDLER, Asheville Watchdog

To former Army Gen. Joseph C. Abbott, a candidate seeking to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Capitol, his opponent was both unworthy to hold the office and disqualified by law. Never mind, Abbott said, that his opponent from western North Carolina had voter support and powerful political backing; the man had aided “an insurrection” and violated a sacred oath to “support the Constitution.”


By Joyce Glass

Over thirty years ago, at 17-years old and a senior in high school, I went on what I thought would be my last first date,  then I married at age 20. Fast forward to October 2021, after moving to Waynesville, N.C. in May, finalizing a divorce in June, and settling into a new job as manager of Sassafras on Main, I wanted to date. I hoped to meet someone as I went about my daily life like in a Hallmark movie, and we would hit it off and date. Now, stop laughing. It could happen, but it didn't for me. Let’s face it. This doesn’t happen to many people these days.

The term “superfood” is a marketing term used to sell products. Each year a different pricey “superfood” seems to attract a lot of attention.

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | Will You Be My Valentine?

CULLOWHEE – A series of activities, exhibits and events are planned at Western Carolina University in recognition of February as Black History Month, including an inaugural scholarly discussion of diversity in Appalachia.


On Monday, Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who serves in the U.S. House of Representatives for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district, filed suit in federal court against the members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections over what he deems an unconstitutional attempt to disqualify him for reelection.


Due to overcrowding, Macon County Animal Services has implemented an Adoption Special. The adoption fee for dogs, 6 months and older, has been reduced to $20. This special will run through the month of February. This fee covers vaccination, spay/neutering, and microchipping if needed. 


When Vicki Szabo, associate professor of history, finished her 2008 book on medieval whaling, she quipped in the acknowledgements she would remember all her Western Carolina University colleagues when it was made into a feature film.


The Southwestern Commission is working with partners around the region to help alleviate some of the challenges associated with broadband connectivity and technology for local students.


CULLOWHEE – David Dorondo, an associate professor of history at Western Carolina University, is watching the escalating tension between Ukraine and Russia with two perspectives. So are his students. 


By PETER H. LEWIS, Asheville Watchdog

Staggered by COVID-19 infections, both among incoming patients and its own healthcare staff, Mission Hospital in Asheville is postponing all scheduled surgeries at the main hospital and will admit emergency and critically ill patients only after a case-by-case review, hospital administrators said Tuesday.


Come support some amazing local businesses cooking up incredible dishes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5, during the Food Truck Rodeo at the Harrah’s Cherokee Conference Center (123 Harrahs Service Drive, Cherokee) with indoor seating options as well as take away.

Financial planning is easy when there's only one person to consider. But adding a partner to the mix can add some complexity to the mix. The good news is, financial planning for a couple can be more effective since there are often two individuals contributing and working toward shared goals. 

By Moe Long • Rumble Contributor | Like many millennials, I was sold the hope of a college degree and told that if I followed this path of education into a career, I'd be set. In fact, I was often told I’d be much better off than those who didn’t seek this path.  

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | Thank you, fellow Traveler, for giving me the opportunity to address the topic of intuition. Let me start by reminding you that you have been using your intuition your entire life. This is the gift we are all born with, and it serves as a connection to our spirit. Wanting to better understand how you can interact with your intuition is your spirit’s guidance that you are now ready to consciously use it in a bigger way to support your life. This is to be celebrated! Now let’s get down to the business of figuring out how “you” work and allowing that soft voice within to blare like a trumpet and move you in the direction of your best life!

It is undeniable that starting in March of 2020 the global Pandemic has caused disruptions in the supply chain. The early days of the Pandemic saw stockpiling of toilet paper and buying up flour for sourdough bread.

Waynesville Police Chief David Adams released details of an incident that occurred in the roadway this afternoon involving a female pedestrian. The incident occurred at approximately 12:37 p.m. near the intersection of Russ Avenue and Wells Fargo Bank.


Forty-one jail administrators from across the state, including Lt. Chris Shell with the Haywood County Sheriff's Office, graduated on Jan. 14, from the Jail Administrators’ Institute of Leadership. This training was sponsored by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association. They received their diplomas at a ceremony at the Friday Conference Center of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


ASHEVILLE, N.C. – U.S. Attorney Dena J. King announced that a federal jury sitting in Asheville found Casey Lee Evans, 42, of Franklin, guilty of starting a fire that burned more than 70 acres of federal land.


Corinna Wood is making another splash in the women’s natural health community with new offerings. On Jan. 31, Wood will open enrollment for her new online program called The Year’s Spiral—Heart & Soul Healing through the Seasons for women far and wide to study from home.

Angel Kaur, assistant professor of neuroscience at the University of North Carolina Asheville, understands that delivering scientific jargon can lead to dull stares and confusion from audiences. Dry presentations, lack of visuals, and complicated terminology can discourage a listener and cause misunderstandings.

Shamella Cromartie, associate dean of Hunter Library at Western Carolina University and a driving force for empowering scholarship on campus and in the community, is a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian award, the American Library Association recently announced.

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | I’ve been working with my intuition for quite some time. During the last two years, life has offered me the chance to honor what I’ve sensed rather than listening to the voices around me. 

Franny’s Farmacy is celebrating the Grand Opening of its newest CBD Dispensary in Asheville’s South Slope District  on Wednesday, Feb. 2, with an Asheville Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 4:20 p.m. Open to the public, all are invited to stop by to tour the new dispensary, corporate headquarters, and multi-use venue and future Canna-Cafe, and enjoy samples of CBD and hemp infused foods, teas, coffees, mocktails and more.

With so many food items in the supermarket it can get confusing. What should you pay attention to? Where should you look?

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | Words have power.  What makes them powerful is that they express our thoughts and connect us to others.  From an energetic stance, it is a form of manifestation.  Taking the energy from the etheric and bringing it down to the earth plane is creation at its purist.  When we speak, we are casting a spell of sort as we state our intention to the universe. This works for us when we are speaking about things we want to experience, and against us when we are saying things we never hope to live. 

Tickets are now on sale for Black Violin, presented by the Bardo Arts Center Performance Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30PM.  

Often people talk about nuts in a general way, as if they all taste the same, and we know that’s not true! What about nutrition? Which nuts are standouts in different categories? 

Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer and cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she studied Sociology. She has written for the New York Times and released three books in 2021. She is a committed advocate for the environment, racial equality, and gender justice. This is her latest poem, "New Day's Lyric." 

Eireann Marcus, a 9th grader at Tuscola. Eireann Marcus, a freshman at Tuscola High School in Haywood County, recently won an essay contest sponsored by the Thomas Wolfe Memorial. 

By Leigh-Ann Renz | Are you ready to take your yoga to the next level? Not content to simply explore the poses physically, but also deepen your time on the mat and explore the patterns beneath? Waynesville Yoga is offering 2 year-long options for those who are craving more: 

Lake Junaluska has opened its dam to draw down the lake, which will allow for the removal of silt from the lake’s floor as well as repairs, maintenance and litter cleanup. Plans call for the process to be completed and the lake refilled by Easter.


Western Carolina University’s Martin Luther King Jr. weeklong celebration will be highlighted this year with speaker Charisse Burden-Stelly’s keynote address “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Tradition of Radical Blackness.”


The Western Carolina University Speech and Hearing Clinic will be expanding its recently launched summer reading program to reach a larger number of children with language and learning impairments, thanks to a $13,000 grant from the N.C. Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation.


Within 24 hours, Haywood County Sheriff’s Deputies seized over a pound of illegal drugs resulting in four arrests and multiple trafficking charges. 


Asheville Gallery of Art’s February show, “Time for Renewal” will feature works by three new gallery members:  Kathy Goodson, Margie Kluska, and Johnnie Stanfield.  The show will run Feb. 1-28 during gallery hours, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  An event to meet the artists will be held at the gallery on First Friday, Feb. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 82 Patton Avenue.

Lori Randall Stradtman, author of "Online Reputation Management for Dummies," is also a practical mystic astrologer who's given over 10,000 readings. She's offered Rumble readers an astrological look at what 2022 has in store.

What foods are the best sources of iron? Animal, fish/seafood and poultry products are the best and offer the most bioavailable (easily absorbed) source of iron which is known as “heme” iron. Enriched grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and plants also contain iron, but it is “nonheme” iron which is not as easily absorbed without a source of vitamin C. 

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | 

In the last 10 days, Haywood County has mourned the loss of six more people to COVID-19. They ranged in age from their late 60s to their early 80s. As of the date of this release, Haywood County has now lost 164 people to COVID-19.


Haywood County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bill Notle said the county will be dealing with potential winter weather schedule changes in the coming weeks. There are also increased COVID cases, likely related to the Omicron variant. Please note the following updates:


If you think about a bag of fresh cranberries like a tart fruit it may be easier to think about how you can use them. 

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | The New Year is a reset for many of us. We KNOW that this is the year we will….(fill in the blank). Whether our goal is improving our health, our wealth, our relationships or our space, we might feel like we’re heading to the racetrack and facing the “long odds.” However, if you follow my advice, you can count on this year’s pick to be a sure thing!

Trimming a tree for the holidays? So are Grandfather Mountain’s resident elk. Each year, the resident animals at Grandfather Mountain receive a special holiday enrichment, courtesy of the area’s local Christmas tree farms.


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Or at least that’s what the Hallmark movies tell us... While the holiday season is traditionally known as a time of cheer and fun, you can’t argue that this time of year can be incredibly stressful and mentally taxing. Whether it be finances, family stress, the pandemic, or gathering preparations, the holiday season gifts us its fair share of stressors and anxiety. 

The USDA has introduced a new app to make money saving shopping easier. This new free tool can be downloaded to your phone or tablet or viewed on your computer and shows budget shopping tips in your area (based on your zip code) as well as budget-friendly recipes for top foods.

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