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Carl Ernest Duckett, born in Swannanoa, North Carolina in 1923, served as the Central Intelligence Agency’s top science official. A collection of declassified documents unveiled Duckett’s role as a key player in high-tech espionage at the height of the Cold War, which he quietly helped win. Duckett oversaw secret programs including U-2 surveillance flights, the agency’s CORONA spy satellites, and its Glomar Explorer mission to raise a sunken Soviet nuclear submarine from the ocean’s depths.
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Leah Wong Ashburn is president of Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, a business that was started by her father, Oscar Wong, in 1994. Since 2011, Ashburn has dedicated herself to maintaining the uniqueness of the brewery, while incorporating her own values and marketing expertise. Under Ashburn’s leadership, the brewery is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability, and cultivates a hiring process that seeks out character over expertise.
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The City of Asheville is home to the world’s largest storehouse of data measuring the Earth’s weather and climate. In 2015, Asheville became the headquarters of the National Centers for Environmental Information and the steward of over twenty-five petabytes of data consolidated on servers at the Veach-Baley Federal Complex in the city’s center. A new conference called ClimateCon will solidify Asheville as a “Climate City” and key player in developing solutions to climate change.
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WNC Magazine (NoCar F261 .W64), Vol. 12 Issue 2, Mar/Apr 2018, p21-22, il, por, map Periodical Website
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Brothers Tim and Matt Nichols run one of the largest Japanese maple tree operations in the country, propagating and shipping more than one-thousand cultivars. Their business, Mr. Maple nursery, is located in East Flat Rock, Henderson County. In addition to the maples, the Nichols brothers grow nearly five-hundred other kinds of woody ornamental shrubs, including varieties of ginkgo trees and dawn redwoods.
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Hope Larson of Asheville writes and illustrates graphic novels for children and young adults. Larson is known for her original novels including a recent work entitled, All Summer Long, as well as her adaptations of iconic stories, such as Madeleine L’Engle’s, A Wrinkle in Time. Larson discusses growing up in Asheville, her progression in comics and illustration, and the use of graphic novels to get kids interested in reading.
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Author Charles Frazier, born in Asheville and raised in Cherokee County, has a deep family ancestry in the Appalachian region of North Carolina. Frazier’s first novel, Cold Mountain, was a depiction of Appalachia, its culture and people. His latest work, Varina, is a biography of Varina Davis, wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and delves into the culpability of the Civil War and the South’s legacy of slavery.
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The town of Dillsboro, located less than three miles from the Jackson County seat of Sylva, hosts a vast array of arts, crafts, eateries, and outdoor recreation opportunities. Among the must-see attractions are Dogwood Crafters, Toad in the Hole, Tree House Pottery, Dillsboro Chocolate Factory, Dillsboro River Company, Appalachian Women’s Museum, American Museum of the House Cat, Haywood Smokehouse, The Well House, and Jackson County Green Energy Park.
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The late Samuel J. Ervin, Jr. was the United States Senator whose investigation of the Watergate affair and related abuses led to President Richard Nixon’s political demise. As both the public record and declassified papers show, Ervin was willing to wade into some of the country’s most vexing questions of law and order. Born in Morganton, North Carolina in 1896, Ervin played a key role in the 1954 deliberations about Senator Joseph McCarthy, and laws regarding Americans’ rights to privacy and freedom from government meddling.
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There has long been a plentiful demand for native Western North Carolina gems and minerals. Alan Schabilion’s family business, Emerald Village in Little Switzerland, is a thriving tribute to the Spruce Pine Mining District, an area that has claimed more than seven-hundred mines that have yielded more than one-hundred different gems, minerals, and rocks. These minerals have been a crucial part of the region’s natural history, culture, and economy.
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This article highlights five exceptional dogs in Western North Carolina. These dogs are skilled in sniffing out drugs for the police department, racing through agility courses, modeling dog fashion, and guarding farms. Also highlighted are local dog parks, dog-friendly hotels, animal rescue and adoption centers.
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The 2018 World Equestrian Games will be held on September 11 through 23 in Tryon, North Carolina, and coincide with the first World Equine Expo. The games are the pinnacle of international English-style horseback riding competition and feature eight core disciplines of equestrian sports. The three-week-long event is anticipated to triple Polk County’s population and economy.
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Born and raised in Jackson County, North Carolina, “Dr.” John Brinkley became a wealthy man as a swindler. He spent most of his adult life performing questionable medical treatments, building a radio station to draw in customers, and running for office. Although he spent most of his life living in Kansas and Texas, Brinkley still visited Jackson County and owned property there.
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Avadim Tecnologies Inc. CEO, Steve Woody, discusses the establishment of his business, its past trials, and current growth. The company develops and sells a bacterial wash called Theroworx, which is used to prevent antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA. Now the company is poised to grow locally and sell its product around the world.
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The history of Fred Seely’s Biltmore Industries in Asheville is detailed. The business started in 1901 as Biltmore Estate Industries and earned a reputation for some of the finest handwoven fabric in the nation. The business is no longer in operation today but is part of a museum open to visitors in Asheville detailing the history of the business and the craft movement.
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Brevard has become an attractive destination for bikers of all kinds. With over 400 miles of world class mountain biking trails and favorable roads, biking is a big hobby and business in Brevard. The leaders of the local biking scene are profiled, describing what the area has to offer biking enthusiasts.