Waynesville NC

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.

The mandolinist for Balsam Range released a wonderful solo release this year called "Fret a Spell" (get it?), and he stops by for a visit with Jasmin Melton before Balsam Range plays the Cherry Bounce Festival in Forest City, NC  Friday night. Darren's own band, which draws from a variety of styles, plays Bearwaters Brewing in Canton, NC on Saturday, as well as the Folkmoot Center in Waynesville, NC on Sunday the 23rd.

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

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