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The Tryon Fine Arts Center in western North Carolina has a unique program called the Pacolet Junior Appalachian Music Program. PacJAM provides an opportunity for area youth to experience community through the joy of participating in traditional music. During this Friday Feature which aired July 24, 2020 we learned about the Arts Center and the PacJAM Program from Marianne Carruth, Tryon Fine Arts Center Executive Director, and PacJAM Director Julie Moore.

Political Reporter Steve Harrison from WFAE, Public Radio in Charlotte, NC returns to 'More To The Story' to discuss several pressing issues. Topics include Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board Members' plans for reopening schools, the fight to bring down coronavirus cases in the city, and a curfew for bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

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From WNCW Senior News Producer Paul Foster: "The Friday July 17th edition of WNCW's Friday Feature Interview of the Week will include a great trip down memory lane. I'll have the pleasure of interviewing Maryedith Burrell, who was a cast member of the ABC TV late night,live comedy, series "Fridays" - a show that was on the air in the 80's. Does anyone remember it? Have you ever watched it... even in reruns? Friday's had a great cast that was much funnier than the one assembled on Saturday Night Live at the time.

This segment of More To The Story dealt with politics and the race that is receiving national attention - North Carolina's 11th Congressional District, the district that used to be represented by Mark Meadows.  Reporter Cory Vallincourt with Smoky Mountains News shared his insight on an election in November that will come down to the young newcomer - Madison Cawthorn vs. veteran politician, Democrat Moe Davis.  This conversation first aired on WNCW, July 8, 2020.

Transylvania Times Reporter Matt McGregor was guest on WNCW's More To The Story to discuss some of his latest stories - including how Hispanic community members are supporting one another during the pandemic in Transylvania County, NC. McGregor also shares what it's like being a reporter that's still working during a time of isolation. This conversation first aired on June 17, 2020.

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The Foothills Conservancy, based in Morganton, NC and its Executive Director Andrew Kota joined WNCW for this edition of The Friday Feature to share the non-profit group's story and how the Conservancy, as of 2020, protects more than 60,000-acres of mountain lands and forests habitats.  This interview first aired on WNCW on June 12, 2020.

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Originally aired June 10, 2020 - Steve Harrison with WFAE Public Radio, an NPR affiliate in Charlotte, NC, was guest of this segment of 'More To The Story.' Harrison recapped how some of the protests in downtown Charlotte, related to the death of George Floyd, had brought forth both peaceful and chaotic moments involving police.  The second part of the conversation centered on Charlotte losing out on hosting this year's Republican National Convention due to COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions in North Carolina. 

Tony Kiss covers brewing news these days for the Mountain Xpress, and has been writing and reporting stories about the Carolina Beer Scene since 1994. In this Friday Feature interview that first aired on June 6, 2020,  Tony talked about reopening establishments and making sure safety measures are in place for taprooms and wineries in Western North Carolina and how bars are still in waiting due to state restrictions.

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Joining WNCW on this edition of 'More to the Story' from June 3, 2020 was Greenville News Reporter Zoe Nicholson.  She talked about the paper's on-going coverage of protests and related events in Greenville, SC in rememberance of George Floyd. The conversation with Nicholson concluded with information on the Libertarian candidate for President of the United States, Greenville resident and Clemson University lecturer, Jo Jergensen.

The Organic Growers School of Western North Carolina is has a program called Farm Beginnings that helps people learn about the art of farming. Many skills are required to start and expand a successful farm business: passion, clear goals, production experience, financial and marketing know-how, and more. Farm Beginnings helps people build these skills through one year of farmer-led training, mentoring, and networking.