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  1. Laila Burk, a rising sixth grade student, is spending some of her summer break reading the Harry Potter series of books. She reads daily. Photos by Barbara Hootman

    Brain Drain

    ost students lose math and reading skills at an alarming rate over summer break.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    The venomous copperhead that bit Bob Wardwell recently was a large snake, measuring close to three feet in length. Photo provided by Bob Wardwell

    It's snake bite season in the mountains

    From now until late October is copperhead time in the mountains. This snake bites more people than any other species. Bob Wardwell was a recent victim of a copperhead bite.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    Instructor Rachel Blattner demonstrates the movements for the group during Latin cardio aqua class at the Black Mountain Pool.

    Wet & Wild

    Through the early morning summer mist, a distinct Latin flair can be felt through the beat coming from the Black Mountain Pool.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and his band will perform at Park Rhythms this Thursday night. Photo Provided by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

    Family hip-hop night at Park Rhythms

    The musical artist boasting the most unique name and sound of the Park Rhythms concert season will perform July 24.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    The view from the outdoor stage at the Straightaway Café. Photo provided by Banta Whitner

    Summerfest at Straightaway Café set for this weekend

    A unique music festival returns to Black Mountain on Friday, July 25, - Sunday, July 27, when the Straightaway Café welcomes 10 local bands for its fourth annual Summerfest.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    Technical assistance from A to Z

    Now that the delicious, creamy cauliflower soup is made, it's time to clean up the kitchen.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    Shift into accepting approval

    Have you ever had an experience where everything you've done in your life - everything you've mastered - is needed at that very moment? It's a rush that cannot be explained in human terms.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    Brigman

    Obituaries

    Charles Morgan Brank passed away on July 17, 2014, at Chase Samaritan Assisted Living. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Helen Brank.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    Letters to the

    Dear Editor: It was a chilly, dank, and dewy Black Mountain midnight. I took several steps outside of my apartment with my sweet little pooch for one last pit stop before we say goodnight. My neighbor is exiting his driveway in his car and shouts to me:

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    The Black Mountain High School 1952 football team. Visit the Swannanoa Valley Museum to view a sports exhibit, which features Brad Johnson and Brad Daugherty and other hometown heroes. Photo Provided by the Swannanoa Valley Museum

    This Week

    The work of local photographer Joye Ardyn Durham will be on display in the upper gallery of the Black Mountain Center for the Arts from July 28 - September 12. An opening reception for the show '

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  2. Riders in Saturday's Cycle to Farm race will stop at six farms along the way. Photo by Larry Pierson

    OF BIKES AND FOOD

    Nearly 300 cyclists from 17 states are competing in this year's Cycle to Farm event July 19.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
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    Aldermen discuss Blue Ridge Road interchange

    Black Mountain Alderman Maggie Tuttle introduced lists from the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (FBRMPO) at Monday night's Black Mountain Board of Aldermen meeting that prioritize transportation projects throughout Western North Caro

    • Jul. 15, 2014
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    Joe Friddle (right) pastor of First Christian Church in Black Mountain and a member of his congregation, Joe Trigg, are riding the TransAmericaTrail-Ride America for Meals on Wheels to raise money for the non-profit organization. They leave Black Mountain to ride 4,500 miles to Orford, Or. Photo by Barbara Hootman

    Two local men ride for Meals on Wheels

    The Rev. Joe Friddle, pastor of First Christian Church in Black Mountain, and a member of his congregation, Joe Trigg, tried to think of a special way to celebrate turning 60 years old.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
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    (bottom left) Epic Cycles operates as the hub of mountain biking in the Swannanoa Valley.

    THE FAST TRACK

    For the last 14 years, Al Hightowers' Epic Cycles has been the center of the biking community in the Swannanoa Valley.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
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    The Broadcast set to rock Park Rhythms

    The Broadcast will bring their brand of hard-edged, soulful rock to Park Rhythms July 17.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
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    Schermerhorn

    A look at total destruction

    Several months ago, my mom received a new bank debit card in the mail. Her old one was just a few weeks from its expiration date. Being a conscientious person she grabbed her sharp scissors and cut her old card to bits.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
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    Shift into instant positiveness

    In a series of experiments about the effect of words, prayers, and music on the structure of water, a Japanese doctor of alternative medicine, Masaru Emoto, found that crystalized water molecules change when exposed to certain words.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
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    Farina

    Obituaries

    Pasquale Umberto 'Pat' Farina, 86, of Black Mountain, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents; his six brothers; and his three sisters.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
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    Letters to the editor

    Dear Editor: Montreat's town hall flap is symptomatic of systemic problems: governmental procedures that don't fit.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
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    It was in the early 1920's when lawyer Scroop Styles was asked by the county sheriff to help negotiate the surrender of two men making moonshine in Barnardsville. The moonshiners didn't have any money to pay their lawyer so the judge awarded the still to Styles. The still eventually came into the possession of Harriet Styles, a long-time Black Mountain resident and one of the founding members of the Swannanoa Valley Museum. She generously allowed her still to be displayed in a current exhibit at the Museum. Photo Provided by the Swannanoa Valley Museum

    This Week

    Black Mountain Montessori School, located at 130 Center Avenue, is accepting applications for enrollment for students age two and a half - sixth grade for the 2014-2015 school year.

    • Jul. 15, 2014

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