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Ragged Heroes

Raggedy Heroes

In the late summer of 1780, the fifth year of fighting between the Americans seeking independence and the British Empire, the American South seemed doomed to fall to British control.



The punishment

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

Daddy did not believe in hitting children. Reason, he claimed, was a better deterrent than force. Mama disagreed. She said a hard whack from an open hand on a bare bottom was the only thing a small child could understand. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

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With June here, let’s wander the shelves and pick over some travel books. Whether you are living in Western North Carolina or just visiting, here is a smorgasbord of guidebooks that should enrich your explorations. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Smokies natives have always been noted for their humor. Dozens of books and thousands of oft-told tales offer examples of this characteristic. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

“There are things that only pot likker can cure & times when what actually matters can be spooned on to a plate — the savories & the sweetest of things that simply taste like my North Carolina home.” — Sheila Smith McKay, Home in Mind more

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Beulah Sudderth’s (1922-2011) epitaph reads: “Following in her Savior’s footsteps, she lived a life of service for others.” As anyone who knew this remarkable woman would attest, that poignant inscription is completely accurate. more

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That spring the late afternoon thunderstorms had become such a regular occurrence that Eddie and I knew the minute those fast moving black clouds made the sun blink the first time that we needed to head for the house. more

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Queens Creek Lake

Greg Passmore

Queens Creek Lake is part of a lot of stories in my family. My great grandmother, Cora McMahan, sold land to the old Nantahala Power Company to build the dam for the lake. My father grew up there camping and fishing when he was a boy. more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads