Allison Bennett Dyche

Celtic Comes Alive

While the wintry wind is blowing outside in Boone, Celtic tunes and beer will be flowing at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, as The Mountain Laurels and The Dandeggans join forces once again for a night of live music. The Mountain Laurels are a five-member all-female band composed of Appalachian State University faculty members: Rhonda Lorence on violin and viola; Connie Woolard on hammered dulcimer and percussion; Elaine Gray on guitar; Suzi Mills on vocals, bass and ac

Step by step

The future of tap dancing is coming to Boone, even if its leader has never even heard of the town. Tap dancing extraordinaire Savion Glover and his show, “STePz,” is coming to the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University at 8 p.m. Nov. 15. Glover said that although he’s unfamiliar with Boone, he’s definitely excited. “I’m looking forward to meeting the people and sharing my energy and entertainment with them,” he said.

Married and working...together

Lots of people are willing to marry and commit their lives to one another. But how many people are also willing to commit their working lives to each other? More than you might think. We got dozens of responses when we asked local couples to share their stories. On a national scale, statistics from the New York Life Insurance Company showed that in 1995, one-third of the fastest-growing private companies on the Inc. 500 list were run by husband-and-wife teams. In stories below, three couples t

The South's most chic hunting lodge

Want to go check out Ben Affleck's neighborhood? Exclusive Hampton Island Preserve in Liberty County is open to the public for the first time for tours of Reflections, the 2006 Southern Accents Showhouse, a four-bedroom, four-bath home that overlooks Harvest Lake. The 4,000-square-foot showhouse is divided into two parts: a main house, and a guest house above the garage. The showhouse, which also overlooks an organic farm, features a courtyard, porches aplenty and an octagonal boat house with a

McNeal found guilty of 2005 murder

PEMBROKE - A jury Friday found George Cecil McNeal guilty on all charges in the shooting death of an Ellabell man and the wounding of his son. The jury of four men and eight women deliberated for more than four hours before returning a verdict in the four-day trial. McNeal was accused in the Sept. 15, 2005, shooting death of Michael Taranovich Sr., 47, and the wounding of his son, Joseph Taranovich. The case against McNeal included one charge of murder, two counts of felony murder, an armed r

3 survive crash of light plane in Richmond Hill

RICHMOND HILL - The pilot and two passengers were seriously injured Wednesday when a single-engine airplane crashed just before noon in rural Richmond Hill. The plane, a Piper PA-28, was piloted by Terry Lee Scallan, believed to be in his 50s, of Lumber Bridge, N.C. Scallan's daughter, 39, and his granddaughter, 8, whose identities were not disclosed by authorities, were passengers. Bryan County Sheriff's Deputy John Futch said Wednesday night that all three are expected to survive. Scallan w

Nashville native brings expertise to Acme Costumes

Title: Makeup artist and wig master for Acme Costumes in Garden City How he got the job: Rufus Trigg moved to Savannah eight months ago when Nancy Cox, owner of Acme Costumes in Garden City, asked him to come work for her. He previously spent 14 years working for Performance Studios in Nashville, Tenn. "I turned 50 and I was like over it," Trigg said. "I was working too much. I had been (to Savannah) a year before, last year at their convention they had here. It was downtown. And I just fell i

'She just told everybody that when he went, she would go'

RICHMOND HILL - John Arte Davis and Geneva Darieng Davis shared a deep love during their 69 years of marriage. Even death didn't keep them apart for long. Both died on June 19 - within hours of one another. "She was his love, and he was hers," said their only daughter, Annette Davis Cribb. When Arte Davis died, Cribb had to tell her mother. "I went into (the bedroom), and I told mother, 'It's OK. Daddy's passed away, and he's waiting on you,' " Cribb said. "She didn't say anything for a lit

Bryan nixes school uniforms

The Bryan County Board of Education voted Thursday night against requiring mandatory school uniforms beginning with the 2007-2008 school year. During the public comment period, more than 20 people on hand addressed the board about the proposed policy. The complaints from parents ranged from a lack of information about the uniforms to stripping the students of individuality. Parent Jenny Miller stressed that the current dress code simply needs to be more strictly enforced. "The students that v

Diversifying your student media department

By Allison Bennett Dyche Assistant Director of Student Media, Savannah College of Art and Design Maybe your university doesn’t have anything resembling a journalism department. Or maybe you do, but those students are historically lazy and impossible to recruit and retain on staff for more than a year. You don’t have to wait around for your journalism/communications/writing majors to get to their senior year, realize they don’t have a portfolio and are staring down the barrel of an impending g