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Regional Report Western September 2011

Gambling has paid off in spades for western North Carolina, according to a study by UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School paid for by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.


Regional Report Western August 2011

Steve Miller, 56, was a young employee at Biltmore House when brothers George and Bill Cecil Sr. split the Asheville estate their grandfather George Vanderbilt built at the end of the 19th century.

Regional Report Western July11

Publicity is integral in making a movie a hit.


Regional Report Western April 2011

When federal regulators closed Bank of Asheville in January and brokered its sale to Troy-based First Bancorp, 18 months had passed since North Carolina’s last bank failure.


Regional Report Charlotte March 2011

It didn’t take long for the glow of Charlotte winning the 2012 Democratic National Convention to give way to sweat over exactly how the city would pull it off.

Regional Report Eastern March 2011

In January, 146 years after the fall of Fort Fisher — the earth-and-sand citadel the Confederacy had hoped would keep open its last, vital seaport at Wilmington — reenactors manned their cannon.


Regional Report Triad March 2011

As host to 21 Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball tournaments, the Greensboro Coliseum Complex has often resounded with the clash of titans.

The house edge

There. He points to a spot in the empty, green bottom along the Tuckasegee River. “It’s not much bigger than an exaggerated baseball mound anymore.”


Regional Report Triad September 2010

You might consider the North Carolina Zoo the Family Dollar of Tar Heel tourist attractions.

Regional Report Triangle August 2010

Even in good times, downtown theaters and sports arenas can run in the red their first few years, and the Durham Performing Arts Center had no warm economic wind at its back.


Regional Report Western May 2010

Pond Mountain rises 5,000 feet above sea level in Ashe County, and views from its peak take in parts of North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.


Regional Report Western April 2010

It wasn’t as bad as Peeks Creek, where in 2004 a landslide killed five people, but when mud gushed down the mountain below a Maggie Valley amusement park recently, the disaster potential was greater.


Regional Report Western March 2010

When it comes to recession, even casinos have trouble beating the odds.


Regional Report Western December 2009

It was bad enough that rain fell seven of nine weekends during western North Carolina’s late summer and leaf-watching seasons.


Regional Report Western November 2009

Bears didn’t boogie in the woods, but the yearlong 75th-anniversary celebration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hasn’t been a bust.


Regional Report Western October 2009

Anglers cast for rainbows and brownies, but the trout in western North Carolina waters are all green: Fishing for them has an economic impact of $174 million a year, including motel rentals, guide fees and tackle sales, a state Wildlife Resources Commission study estimates.


The sands of time

It’s usually sunrise, not midmorning, when the Silverado leaves Carolina Beach for waters around Frying Pan Shoals.


Regional Report Eastern July 2009

Toiling away on a state road-construction project, Beth Smyre and her team uncovered some long-buried paperwork that could make a winning lottery ticket look penny ante.


Regional Report Eastern June 2009

If you want to lure fishermen to your pier, it helps to sell beer and undercut competitors.


Regional Report Western June 2009

They call Ghost Town in the Sky’s rollercoaster the Cliff Hanger. That could describe this season for the Maggie Valley amusement park, which declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March.