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Man standing holding musical instrument with mountains in the background
Courtesy of Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

For more than a hundred years, folklorists and other scholars have been visiting the community of Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Perhaps the most prolific collector of the community’s music and stories was himself a native of Old Beech. In the 1960s, Jack Guy began selling mountain handcrafts and folk toys to tourists, helping local artists make a living through their heritage crafts.

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Photo by Erin Brethauer

Asheville Citizen Times Editor and Columnist Casey Blake returns to More To The Story in this podcast to discuss a number of recent stories covered by the newspaper's reporters, including a new Buncombe County policy regarding face coverings and COVID- 19, news about the availability of apartments in Asheville and the high cost of renting in the city, and info about Buncombe County 'students surveying students' on how they rated their transition to virtual learning. The conversation first aired on May 27, 2020.

From NC.Gov in Raleigh, NC: Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr.

Cold Mtn in the Fall
By Vicki Dameron

Staff Writer at The Smoky Mountain News Cory Vaillancourt shared details about his recent stories regarding Haywood County and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper's first phase of reopening the state and some of its businesses while dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Vaillancourt spoke with leaders and business owners in the towns of Canton, Maggie Valley, and Waynesville, NC. Check out this More to the Story conversation from May 13, 2020.

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NC.Gov

From Raleigh, NC - By Ford Porter:

  From Raleigh, NC - By Ford Porter:

Governor Roy Cooper announced on Monday, April 20, that North Carolina has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, to help families purchase food for children impacted by school closings due to COVID-19. 

Carolina Public Press

The award-winning investigative, in-depth, and independent news source in North Carolina based in Asheville, Carolina Public Press was featured on this segment of 'More To The Story' from April 15, 2020.  CPP Reporter Stephanie Carson filed several reports dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in the state - from the number of cases reported, to confirmed deaths, which counties are affected, and how farmers and short term leasing are dealing with the changes.

Governor Roy Cooper took action to the address the spread of COVID-19 by issuing stronger social distancing requirements and speeding up the process to get benefits to people out of work through Executive Order No. 131 - signed on April 9, 2020. 

From NC.gov:

Governor Roy Cooper has announced another step to help families by prohibiting utilities from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during this pandemic. The Executive Order applies to electric, gas, water and wastewater services. The Order went into effect on March 31, 2020. It will remain in effect for sixty days or until adjusted by a superseding Executive Order. An Executive Order rescinding the State of Emergency in North Carolina will rescind this Executive Order.

For Covid-19 updates, including stats on case counts in North Carolina, contact information for Health Departments in all NC Counties, information about child care, how to help, college, school and business information, unemployment information, managing health, providers, information about the virus, FAQs, and much more. Stay safe. Stay home.

Link to the State of North Carolina's Coronavirus Disease - Covid-19 Response in NC.

Coronavirus Exposes Rural Health Care Weaknesses

Apr 2, 2020
WRAL News

Reposted with permission from WRAL:

By Cullen Browder, WRAL anchor/reporter

RALEIGH, N.C. — There are more than 21,000 hospital beds in North Carolina. About a third are vacant. Space is much tighter for beds in intensive care, where only 22% of the state's 3,200 beds are currently empty. Although it is flu season, the vacancy rate is below the average because some hospitals have canceled elective procedures to free up space.

We're all looking for ways to help our friends who own businesses in WNC. Here's one way to make a difference and still stay in line with social distancing:

Go to this website: #AshevilleStrong

Pick a category and start shopping.

Collage of guitar parts and WNCW sign
Vicki Dameron

Greetings! It's that time again - Spring Fundraiser 2020 is right around the corner! We have some incredible thank you gifts lined up for our funder from some super talented artists and business owners residing in, and around, the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Jay Lichty is one of those folks, and one of the best guitar and ukulele luthiers in the country. We're lucky to call him a friend of the station. Lichty has graciously donated this guitar to WNCW in celebration of our 30th Anniversary. We'll be giving it away during our Spring Fundraiser, March 29 - April 4, 2020.

In this interview - a discussion about Haywood County Commissioners dealing with and eventually voting in the current statewide hot topic of Second Amendment Sanctuary Status and  gun rights.  Our guest from Smoky Mountain News, Staff Writer Cory Vaillancourt, shared information with WNCW about commissioner's decisions and the public's reaction, both those in opposition and support. Originally aired on Feb. 5, 2020

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