True Ridge Serving the Blue Ridge

True Ridge Serving the Blue Ridge

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Lori Garcia-McCammon, Director of True Ridge, co-founded the organization in 2017 to help support the under-resourced Latinx community of Henderson County. The mission of True Ridge is guided by the three principal values of community, culture, and connection.

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Night and Day, Sun and Moon

Night and Day, Sun and Moon

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Elizabeth McAfee would prefer not to be known as “the rabbit lady” or “the cat lady,” even though her art has prominently featured those animals for many years. “Now I may be moving into ‘possum lady’ status,” jokes the artist, referring to her recent string of paintings that pay homage to America’s only marsupial.

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Wild Life

Wild Life

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In July 1966, a brutal murder in Henderson County would ooze to the surface of consciousness like rainwater saturating drywall. Terry Neal summarizes the gruesome crime thusly: “Three people were murdered in a small town in the mountains of Western North Carolina. But there was much, much, much more to the story than anyone would’ve realized.”

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The Right Call

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“I have a face for radio,” jokes Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake, whose distinctive, resonant voice is attracting an increasing number of listeners. Blake has been chief for 12 years, and on the air with “On Duty” since he launched his thoughtful podcasts in December 2018.

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The Tools That Take You Higher

The Tools That Take You Higher

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If your father races motorcycles, he can’t tell you not to be an artist. Michael Sherrill says his dad was “enough of a rebel that it gave me permission to not fit into certain middle-class constraints. He encouraged me to not give up on my dream of doing what I’m passionate about.”

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Running So Others Get Ahead

Running So Others Get Ahead

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Seventeen-year-old Connor Mailander suddenly found his high school and cross-country training facilities closed due to COVID-19. Undaunted, he committed himself to keep running, but for a cause much greater that his own athletic achievement.

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Seizing a New Day

Seizing a New Day

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Over its more than 80-year history, Brevard Music Center has seen plenty of historic performances by some of the biggest names in classical, jazz, and Americana. Summers around the lake at the center’s campus have usually been soundtracked by arias, symphonies, and string quartets, as the stage has played host to such legendary performers at Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, and Joshua Bell.

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The People Still Need a Poet

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The deep fryer is fertile ground for poetry. While tending to chicken thighs churning in hot vegetable oil, part-time deli worker, part-time dishwasher, and “people’s poet” Tony Robles writes. He writes about peach cobbler and green beans, about snapping turtles marooned on Greenville Highway. He writes about racism. But mostly, Robles writes about people.

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Raising Pals to be Protectors

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When it comes to raising animals humanely and naturally, Marisa Shaw, owner of Grünberg Shepherds in Saluda, has a lot of species covered. If she’s not busy tending to her Dexter cows, Khaki Campbell ducks, Icelandic horses, or her brood of chickens, she’s spending time with her German Shepherds.

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