Paul Clark

The unknown

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The air got noticeably colder as Debra Maddox walked into what she called the most haunted place in Asheville. “How odd,” she said, walking down the steps from Asheville, N.C.’s, Church Street to a gravel parking lot. more

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Features


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The August morning dawned clear and beautiful, as Ashley Jones and Justin Rolfe left the chalet they’d rented near Asheville, N.C., and headed for a coffee shop west of the city. Jones didn’t know what to expect. more

Jun 1, 2014 12:00 AM Features

On the move

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Philip Hamilton has been a line cook at the popular downtown Asheville restaurant Bouchon for nearly three years. “You’re scrambling to get all your stuff together. Half the battle is having everything in front of you.” more

Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM Features

Short Street Cakes

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What used to be known as “Worst Asheville” now attracts young people who are fixing up neglected Craftsman-style cottages and bungalows, having chosen smaller floorplans with personality and a yard in a walkable community over sprawling houses. more

Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM Features

Deane Giordano's work

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Hands and tongues are always busy at The Knitting Divas, a small shop in Weaverville, N.C., where owner Greta Hillin and her fellow knitters Jackie Keener, Cindi Herald, Ceil Sanow, Lorraine Chamber and Cheryl Walker, gather each Monday morning. more

Dec 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Center of attention

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The Barter is to American theater what AAA baseball is to the major leagues—one step away from the big time. Among theater professionals and aficionados, Barter is as heavy a hitter as the Goodman Theatre in Chicago or Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. more

Oct 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

General excellence

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Located where the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains pinch Virginia to its narrowest point, Meadowview once was an agricultural center. The railroad’s arrival in 1856 opened the remote part of the state to commerce. more

Oct 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Into the void

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“Mining provides the most jobs and the biggest money for Mitchell, Avery and Yancey counties,” said Mitchell County mining historian Robert. S. “Bo” Smith. “For those three counties, it’s the biggest industry here.” more

Jun 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features 4 Comments

Cherokee marker trees

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Hundreds of years before a network of highways and interstates crisscrossed the country, a system of trails connected the Cherokee to Indians throughout the nation. Marking those trails were oddities that hikers may still encounter today. more

Apr 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features 6 Comments

A diary in ink

Photo courtesy of Rob Hunt

Historically, societies have marked rites of passage with tattoos that forevermore indicate the bearer has ascended into a new world. Like plastic surgery, and scarification, tattoos are a way people show they are members of a particular culture. more

Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Around the world

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Quilting goes back at least to ancient Egypt and China. Among its first recorded appearances in European history, during the Crusades, was as a layer of clothing that soldiers wore under their heavy, uncomfortable armor. more

Dec 1, 2012 12:00 AM Features