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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.

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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.

Friday Feature: The Carolina Climbers' Coalition

May 26, 2020
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Caroina Climbers Coalition

Carolina Climbers Coalition, or CCC, is a group dedicated to preserving, protecting, and expanding climbing access while conserving the climbing environment in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.  The members even started The C4 Crew during the COVID - 19 pandemic as a way to give individuals who were out of work,  jobs related to help CCC and the overall climbing community and its destinations.  CCC Executive Director- Mike Reardon was interviewed during this Friday Feature from May 15, 2020.

In this Friday Feature Interview of the Week we put the spotlight on PAL: Partners for Active Living, a group working with its partners in an attempt to remind citizens about the importance of their health, and to let people know about the many ways they can take advantage of outdoor adventures in Spartanburg, South Carolina. PAL Executive Director Laura Ringo shared the latest on the non-profit group, and also talked about COVID-19 and its effect on PAL. The interview originally aired May 1, 2020.

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Brian Gordon

Education and Health Reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, Brian Gordon, made a return to 'More to the Story' to talk about his recent article on Mission Hospital's parent company HCA Healthcare.  He also spoke about other stories involving Buncombe County's education leaders and their handling of on-going virtual school due to COVID-19 including information about ceremonies for high school graduates.  This conversation first aired on WNCW April 29, 2020. 

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Vicki Dameron

Political Reporter Steve Harrison with WFAE Public Radio in Charlotte, NC returned for a new segment of WNCW's 'More to the Story' on April 22, 2020.  The conversation revolved around protests in Raleigh, NC by the group "Reopen North Carolina." The protesters are disatisfied with measures put in place by NC Governor Roy Cooper due to closings related to COVID-19. Other topics discussed: Can Charlotte still pull off August's Republican National Convention; and Mecklenburg County Commissioners split on county's coronavirus measures.

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Faculty, staff and some students with the College of Engineering and Technology at Western Carolina University are using 3D printers at the college's Rapid Center to develop visors for face shields for use by healthcare workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Patrick Gardner, Director of the WCU Rapid Center, was interviewed in this Friday Feature piece. The interview first aired on April 17, 2020.

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.

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Journalist with Smoky Mountain News, Cory Vallincourt, was interviewed on the April 1st presentation of WNCW's 'More to the Story' to talk about how Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain County residents were coping with the changes caused by the coronavirus. The podcast includes information on how numerous organizations in the region are stepping up during these difficult times.

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Thanks to Michael Greene of Boone, NC - a virtual dinner concert series, online, was organized as a way to help raise money for local restaurants, servers, and musicians in the Boone area that have been unable to work due to the mandatory closures of businesses because of the Coronavirus.  This includes a Go Fund Me page set up to donate a little extra in the case someone can.  Maybe this virtual idea spreads all over as a way to say thank you to someone for serving and entertaining all of us in the past. You can find them on Facebook @BooneRelief

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