The latest from throughout Western North Carolina

Former FBI agent Jean Gray recalls his roaring start in 1950s Madison County

Barry and Sandra Bearden’s sky-high Mountain Air retreat blends green construction with contemporary style

Pisgah Legal Service marks 40 years of advocacy and compassion

On New Freedom Blues, Town Mountain reformats bluegrass

Two mountain festivals draw top literary talents

From an evening trail ride to a fall fox hunt to the excitement of a world-class competition, take a scenic ride through Tryon Horse Country

Father-daughter luthiers Wayne and Jayne Henderson make exquisite handcrafted instruments that hit all the right notes

Burke County native Sam Ervin Jr. stuck to the Constitution through clashes with McCarthy, the Army, CIA, and Nixon

During a trek on Calloway Peak, a father of twins learns to loosen the reins

Graphic novelist Hope Larson weaves words and images to create new worlds

Author Charles Frazier on his local roots, Cold Mountain, and his latest work

Boone welcomes its first boutique hotel and rooftop bar

Busy the kids with five museums dedicated to expanding imaginations

Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge brings empowerment to the High Country

Through social media, we asked our readers to name their favorite family businesses, and you delivered with deep-rooted recommendations. Here are five that rose to the top.

The latest from throughout Western North Carolina

The mountains’ mineral history is a gift that keeps on giving

Find your new best friend at one of these area shelters

WNC’s one-of-a-kind animal rehab center helps troubled dogs find forever homes

Fur babies welcome at these area hotels

Take Rover for a romp at a WNC dog park

Meet five exceptional dogs that lead the pack in Western North Carolina. These pups sniff out drugs, race through agility courses, model dog fashion, and guard farms like pros.

When the National Security Agency set up a mountain espionage station, it was a hard secret to keep

Valle Crucis surfboard maker Bill Pressly catches a wave

Outrider USA crafts electric adventure vehicles in Fletcher

Just in time for Memorial Day, two histories breathe life into WNC’s iconic cemeteries

The quintessential mountain moonshine-running movie turns 60

New owners give Henry River Mill Village a fresh lease on life

The latest from throughout Western North Carolina

Appalachian women’s legacy finds fitting tribute at a new Dillsboro museum

After decades of neglect, WNC’s most iconic river flows toward a promising future

An Insider's Guide to Charleston's Lowcountry leisure

A trove of declassified documents unveils Carl Duckett’s unlikely journey from small-town roots to top CIA official

Leah Wong Ashburn shepherds Asheville’s craft beer pioneer into a new era

From famous roots, Casey Kristofferson crafts her own musical path

Buncombe open-data advocates celebrate a year of letting the sunshine in

Meet WNC’s new additions to the National Register of Historic Places

For Veterans Healing Farm, cultivating community is job one

Carl Peverall’s stone sculptures evoke both permanence and reinvention