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Vicki Dameron

The Annual Mayfest Arts & Crafts Festival in Rutherfordton, a family event, was May 4th.  We invite you to listen back to WNCW's Friday Feature from May 3, 2019 that painted the picture of the event's history and current status. Rutherford Town Manager Doug Barrick and Rutherford Town Revitalization President Ashley Lowery were guests.

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Paul Foster

Tryon Little Theatre presents "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,"  where the lead character not only deals with being on the Autism Spectrum or Aspergers, but does so in real life.   WNCW sat down with that lead actor- Liam Daniels, only 17-years-old, and the play's Director- Chris Tinkler to find out the details of this play with the very interesting title.  Final performances take place May 2nd-5th.  Our interview aired originally April 26, 2019.

Explore Asheville

Columnist /Reporter John Boyle of the Asheville Citizen-Times was guest on this segment of More To The Story to cover some of his recent articles.  This included naming rights (licensing) of the current U.S. Cellular Center.  The building has been the long time home to big music concerts and other entertainers of all kind and was known many years as the Asheville Civic Center.  Will U.S.

From an on-air appearance, March 27, 2019, Mackenzie Wicker of the Daily Courier Newspaper, covering the news happenings of Rutherford County gives an update on Word of Faith Church. Fraud and unemployment benefits involving pastors of the church are a part of the update.

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Opinions Editor and Columnist with The Asheville Citizen-Times- Casey Blake recapped recent stories from the region - including Bill Murdock, who has now resigned as CEO of Eblen Charities, one of the largest non-profit groups based in Western NC, due to something from his past.  Blake also spoke about a legal matter involving Conservative Activist James O'Keefe.  This interview originally aired March 20, 2019 on More to the Story.

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Vicki Dameron

Rutherford County native and former Isothermal Community College Student- Ray Colon recently made a return to the area to visit family and dropped by the studios of WNCW.  It gave us the opportunity to interview a world traveler, who could specifically talk about life in China. Ray has been using his talents over the years to teach the English language and play and record music in the land of the rising sun. Hear his perspective about the people and culture of the Chinese on this editon of More to the Story from Jan.

You may have heard about the on-going developments between the United States and China on Automotive Manufacturing Tariffs.  Does this mean that the BMW Manufacturing Plant in Upstate South Carolina (Spartanburg/Greenville) will have the company's earnings trimmed?  And what about job layoffs, etc.?  Business Reporter with The Greenville News- Anna Mitchell recaps her stories on this topic during this More to the Story (originally aired Dec. 5, 2018).

Friday Feature: Native American Heritage Month

Dec 5, 2018
Vicki Dameron

November was National Native American Heritage Month, which made it a good time to spotlight The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  However, any time would be a good time to talk about the roots or beginning - to more recent days that depict these strong and brave Americans from Western NC to Oklahoma. An interview with Principal Chief Richard Sneed leads this Friday Feature (aired Nov. 30, 2018).

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Opinions Editor and Columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times Casey Blake was guest on this edition of 'More to the Story' to talk about several Asheville and Buncombe County items from the pages of her newspaper.  This included City leaders examining a sales tax increase to sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway having to be closed at times due to winter weather conditons making roadways unsafe.  This program originally aired Nov. 14, 2018.

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The Smoky Mountain News is presenting "Bluegrass Boogie" - just one of numerous events that will make up this year's Balsam Range - Art of Music Festival in Waynesville, the week after Thanksgiving.  Bluegrass Boogie includes live music by Ol' Dirty Bathtub and Darren Nicholson.  Reporter Garrett Woodward from the SM News is guest on this Friday Feature to provide all the details. Originally aired Nov. 9, 2018.

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More to the Story: Midterms in Western NC

Nov 6, 2018

State and Federal Government and Politics Reporter for the Asheville Citizen-Times, Mark Barrett was guest on this Morning Edition from Oct. 31, 2018 covering some of the key midterm political races facing Buncombe County voters, as well as house and senate positions around Western North Carolina.

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Located in Rutherford County, NC is KidSenses, a childs dream place to explore, create and certainly get educated.  KidSenses is an interactive museum for children.  Executive Director at Kidsenses- Willard Whitson joined WNCW during the Friday Feature Interview of the Week to take us inside the walls of Kidsenses and its part of the operation called The Factory, where big expansion is on the way.  The interview originally aired Oct. 5, 2018.

Dave Hennigan with the Greenville News took part in this More to the Story from October 3, 2018 when he discussed the paper's Storyteller's Project.  This interview provides an overview of the series and some of the storyteller's that have been featured so far.  The project is also presented nationwide through the Greenville News ownership group, USA Today. Events in Greenville are open to the public.

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