Archives for December 2017

Seeing is believing: GSMR Polar Express

The story was written and produced in colaboration with Travon Ricketts In light of the holiday season, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad is bringing back their re-enactment of the Polar Express, the classic Warner Bros. Pictures movie that melted hearts across the world one hot chocolate at a time. The Polar Express themed train is […]

J.R. VanLienden: How a humble food truck owner and his small business could teach us a thing or two

Breaking into the food industry with a small business is a feat met with both emotional and monetary costs. We all know that it’s time consuming, rigorous and overwhelming. According to the US Small Business Association, only 20 percent of businesses will survive their first year while more than 50 percent succumb to defeat after […]

Locally grown Christmas trees bringing the holiday spirit to life

Co-written by Austin Page Barbara and George Stevens own and operate “The Stevens’ Christmas Trees”, a lot full of real Christmas trees located right on Hwy 107 in Sylva. This year’s lot is a continuation of 35 years of selling Christmas trees to the locals of Sylva and it’s surrounding areas. The reason that they […]

Passion for music leads to 23 years and counting of business ownership

With just one foot in the door or even just a peek in the window, one will find a place that exudes character and passion. The shop is filled with just about everything: records, CD’s, vape and hookah accessories, quirky gifts, t-shirts, stickers and so much more. The atmosphere of In Your Ear Music Emporium […]

The futures of WCU and WNC – the region it was founded to serve – will forever be inextricably linked

Op-Ed By DAVID O. BELCHER I had the privilege of presiding over Western Carolina University’s Dec. 16 commencement ceremonies and witnessing the great emotion and sense of accomplishment among the graduates. A point of pride at this December’s commencement was that nearly half of the fall graduating class hails from the 18 westernmost counties of […]

WCU baseball is ready to rock the new season

Hard-work and dedication is something you expect from any athlete in the sport that they play. Even when it is their off-season, you should expect the training to continue. Some may think it is too early to get out of bed at 6:30 a.m. and go outside when it’s 34 degrees on their day off. […]