Paul Foster

It's being called a one of a kind festival for the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It's the first annual Chow Chow Festival taking place in Downtown Asheville, North Carolina - September 12th-15th.  Chow Chow is a 501c non-profit organization - a culinary experience featuring great food, panel discussions, and chef demonstrations.  One of the leading chefs and organizers of the event, Katie Button, is our guest on the Friday Feature Interview of the Week from Sept. 6, 2019.

A case that involved mistrust, fraud, expenditures, luxury benefits, and more by members of Buncombe County, NC that included top leaders, is reviewed up until the recent day of jail sentencing in U.S. District Court.  A series of interviews, going back over two years, with Asheville Citizen-Times Reporter- Jennifer Bowman provides all the scandalous details that involved former County Manager Wanda Greene, Assistant County Manager John Creighton, and others.   The interview first aired on September 4, 2019.

Beautiful View of Blue Ridge Mountains, trees and split rail fence
Vicki Dameron

Hear all about the Pisgah-Nantahala national forest draft management plan for the next 20 plus years, as this Friday Feature spotlights ECO Foresters in Western North Carolina with its Communications Director Lang Hornthal.  Lang also provides information on invasive species that try and take over the forests and what's known as The Sandy Mush Forest Restoration Project.  This interview aired August 30, 2019.

Friday Feature: North Carolina Day Trips by Theme

Aug 20, 2019

Thanks to Author Marla Hardee Milling, a fun adventures book has been put together called "North Carolina By Theme Day Trips."  Marla spoke to WNCW about her jam-packed list of fun and entertaining locations in the state. From the Mountains to the Ocean, Marla's visiting tips are useful for citizens of all ages.  The resident of Asheville appeared on The Friday Feature August 16, 2019.

Posted by Host and Producer of The Friday Feature Interview of the Week- Paul Foster, WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

More to the Story- Forced to Fight

Aug 20, 2019

Smoky Mountain News published the the article "Forced to Fight: Opioid Data Puts Local Addiction in Context."  The writer of the story, Reporter Cory Vaillancourt, was guest on this edtion of More to the Story from August 14, 2019.  Through information provided by the Washington Post, Cory shared data on locations across Western NC when it comes to the amount of opioid prescriptions being written in various locations.  The results might surprise you.

Two men smiling posing for camera
Mike Gavin

Isothermal Community College recently hosted the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents Summer Quarterly Meeting.  Over 50 college presidents from all over the state gathered on the ICC campus.  This included outgoing President of the NCACCP, this past year, Dr. David Shockley - president of Surry Community College.  Shockley is guest on this Friday Feature from August 9, 2019.

Posted by Host and Producer of The Friday Feature Interview- Paul Foster, WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

WNCW had the opportunity to again connect with WFAE Public Radio, Charlotte and Reporter Steve Harrison about the latest involving District 9, which has received national attention in the past for voter fraud and feelings about next year's Republican National Convention.  This includes the candidates set to face off in November in District 9 and fundraising on both sides of the ticket, Democrat and Republican.  The interview first aired August 7, 2019.

Friday Feature- Get Off The Grid Fest 2019

Aug 6, 2019

Bill Fleming with The Get Off the Grid Festival - Solar Expo and Sustainability Fair was guest on this Friday Feature Interview of the Week - Aug. 2, 2019.  The event will be held at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC, August 9-11. This bi-annual event focuses on renewable energy and educates citizens on what it means to live a self-sufficient life, while also focusing on each individual's health and wellness.  Music and dance are also a big part of the festivities.  For information on the entire music lineup, guests, groups and vendors, go to  getoffthegrid.com.

Mountain in western North Carolina with blue sky
Jay Leutze

This edition of More To The Story covered some of the latest news headlines from the pages of The Asheville Citizen Times.  Editor and Columnist Casey Blake was our guest of this interview from July 24, 2019.  Items discussed include:

Buncombe County to receive its first state park

An Asheville sinkhole receives a cult like following and

Charges in the setting of a fire to the former French Broad School building.

The Catawba Indian Nation hopes to build a casino in Kings Mountain, Cleveland County NC.  While there is support from local and state representatives for the Catawba's plan, there is also opposition from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, who have state representatives on their side as well. Cherokee is already home to the ever growing Harrah's Cherokee Casino. What makes this issue right or wrong?  Reporter Holly Kays of Smoky Mountain News explains on this More to the Story from July 17, 2019.

Friday Feature- Summer at The Earl Scruggs Center

Jul 19, 2019

His name, his music, his banjo-pickin' style are all legendary and a center in honor of his memory and accomplishments is located in Shelby, N.C. On this Friday Feature, WNCW presents 'The Earl Scruggs Center' during a conversation with Executive Director, Mary Beth Martin. Hear all the details and find out about what's called Pickin' on the Porch. This originally aired July 5, 2019.

Posted by Host and Producer of The Friday Feature Interview of the Week- Paul Foster, WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

Close up of child's hands playing with toys
RitaE

Discussed on this edition of More To The Story was the report in Asheville's Mountain Xpress on "Buncombe County Faces a Lack of Affordable Childcare."  Parents working outside the home have to depend on daycare for their children, which doesn't come easy, especially when it comes to the price tag for the average household.  Intern Writer Hannah Massen, with some assistance, handled the article that was discussed with WNCW by Mountain Xpress Managing Editor, Virginia Daffron.  This interview was on-air July 3, 2019.

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Each year, The Haywood Arts Council presents Junior Appalachian Musicians Camp or just call it JAM Camp.  Its a chance to introduce area youth to cultural mountain heritage music, the traditions and sound and their importance to our region.  This year's camp starts in this month of July.  Guest on this Friday Feature Interview of the Week from June 28, 2019 was Director of the Haywood Arts Council- Leigh Forrester.

Posted by Host and Producer of The Friday Feature- WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host, Paul Foster

Charlotte City Council recently approved its budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year.  Reporter Steve Harrison of WFAE Public Radio (Charlotte) shared what's in store for citizens by changes that are expected.  Steve talks about the city's general fund, transportation, affordable living, and City workers pay during this WNCW interview.  This interview first aired June 19, 2019.

Posted by Host and Producer of More to the Story, Paul Foster- WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

The Asheville Citizen Times recently published a story by Reporter/Journalist- Joel Burgess entitled 'A Decade After the Great Recession, Analysis Shows Asheville Spending Nearly Stagnant'.  Joel was the guest of this edition of More to the Story that first aired June 12, 2019. Ten years later - has Asheville transformed when looking at income and home costs?

Posted by Host and Producer of More to the Story- Paul Foster, WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

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