The remarkable rise and fall of the Goat Gland King, Jackson County’s “Dr.” John Brinkley

25 new, novel, and fun ways to get in shape

Meet five Western North Carolinians who have lived to 100 and beyond

Ronni Lundy’s long and winding journey with Appalachian food and culture

Classes at Hendersonville’s St. Gerard House share culinary skills to individuals with autism

Commemorating the 450th anniversary of Juan Pardo’s exploration of the Carolinas

Highlands Food & Wine Festival goes big for its 10th anniversary

Catching loose livestock might be easier in the age of social media, but the thrill of the chase remains

Five years in, Angie Newsome’s vision for a WNC-wide investigative reporting nonprofit reaches sustainability

A new museum in Asheville opens doors of discovery

The city’s long-planned major makeover takes off

UNC Asheville opens the first of two major makerspaces

Five local inventors who are changing the world, one innovation at a time

While medicinal marijuana might be approved for the Cherokee, it won’t bring an all-access pass to puff

Even a century later, the Great Flood of 1916’s watery depths haunt Western North Carolina

How one musician found community through harmony

As tourism continues to rise, local college students size up the economic impact

After another record-setting year, the Asheville Regional Airport adds two new direct destinations

Meet the once-reluctant hotelier behind the Parkway’s Pisgah Inn

For Page Ives Lemel, running a 100-year-old girls’ camp has always been a family affair

The WNC Sports Hall of Fame and its organizers build a legacy, and a future, for mountain athletes

Gini Crowder-Marshall designs stylish settings for the world’s largest furniture markets

Tracing the origin of WNC’s preeminent marketing phrase, Land of the Sky

A new history of Asheville’s Jewish community

Seed libraries cultivate home gardeners and wholesome food

One tribal member expands efforts to teach the Cherokee’s traditional tongue

How a California girl became a Carolina gal

Last spring, we invited amateur and professional photographers alike to enter our inaugural Images of Western North Carolina Photo Contest, and with so much here to inspire a shutterbug’s focus, more than 600 submissions flooded in. Check out the finalists’ photos as well as the winners of the Amateur and Professional categories on these pages, then visit to view other honorable mentions and vote for your overall favorite by January 31. The Readers’ Choice winner will be announced in our March/April issue.

Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt, founder of Warren Wilson College’s writing program, is honored with a MacArthur Genius Award

Boone professor Ray Russell’s amateur interest in meteorology sparked the region’s top forecasting service

Martin Luther King Jr. visited WNC at two turning points that shaped the civil rights struggle

Sometimes, smaller is better.

Waynesville Soda Jerks brings natural local flavors to soft drinks

It’s gone to the birds at Duck Dance Farm, a waterfowl conservation venture in Burnsville

A color-coded nutrition program cultivates healthy preschoolers at the Verner Center and beyond

For decades, Boone was the capitol of North Carolina-made sauerkraut

A one-of-a-kind collection of aluminum Christmas trees returns to the Transylvania Heritage Museum

A new series of signs highlights the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s cultural cornerstones

Light shows, each with their own particular glow, illuminate the holidays

A Morganton couple aims to spread monuments to the country’s founding documents far and wide