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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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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.

Posted by Host and Producer of More To The Story- Paul Foster, WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, Morning Show Host

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

Smoky Mountain News and Smoky Mountain Living Magazine  - Reporter/Journalist Garret Woodward returned to WNCW on this edition of More To The Story.  Garret recapped his travels to catch great music festivals and in some cases, conduct one-on-one artists interviews from the Carolinas to NY State.  He shares his travels and stories.  Garret also talked about the passing of the legendary Raymond Fairchild, who he called friend.  This interview was aired Oct. 23, 2019.

After Smoky Mountain News Holly Kays, Outdoors Editor and News Reporter, presented her story, "The Untold Story: Smokies Seeks to Showcase History of African-Americans in the Park" - we knew we had to have her on the program.  The National Park Service is helping to showcase this history. Holly covers the details during this edition of More to the Story from August 21, 2019.

Posted by Host and Producer of WNCW's More To The Story- Paul Foster, 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.

Beautiful blue mountains in North Carolina
Jesse Thurston

Smoky Mountain News Staff Writer- Cory Vallincourt poured his heart in to the story "Without Hesitation - The Life and Legacy of Riley Howell."  Howell, a native of Waynesville was one of the students killed by the actions of a gunman at the University of North Carolina Charlotte in late April.  Riley's immediate actions, without hesitation, saved others lives.  Vallincourt joined WNCW on More to the Story, May 15, 2019.

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

Three amigos hanging out in the hallowed halls of WNCW
Vicki Dameron

It's almost time for Merlefest 2019 to get underway and numerous other music festivals across Western North Carolina.  That's why this Friday Feature Interview of the Week features Garret Woodward, Arts and Music Editor for Smoky Mountain News, who will be traveling to various live music events and hopes to conduct some one-on-one artist interviews.  Garret also shares the thrill of now being a contributing writer for the legendary Rolling Stone Magazine.  This interview originally aired April 19, 2019

Image of two men smiling and posing for camera at radio station with cds in the background
Martin Anderson

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.

Posted by Host and Producer of The WNCW Friday Feature- Paul Foster