Pete Zamplas

Food for Thought: Donate $5 to Schools, Enter Drawing

People can support local schools with a mere $5 donation and have a shot at a $50 gift card.

‘M’ Turns ‘W’ Upside Down to Win CFB Crown

Witnessing in person my alma mater win a college football title game for the second time in 27 seasons is a thrilling start to the new year.

Junior Appalachian Musicians Benefit Concert Lights with Grammy Winner

Seventeen local youth played old-time music together, with five of their adult mentors, and with special guest Jim Lauderdale.

‘Umbrella Assassin,’ 9/11, Manhunt for Bomber

Two sitting presidents visited Henderson County, while a massive manhunt for a fugitive bomber in WNC was another news highlight in the past 35 years.

Memories of Celebrity and Local Entertainers

Hearing famous voices and provocative tidbits are a perk of covering entertainers.

Covering Many Sports Celebrities, Pro Teams

Handling an apparent mind game from the most famous athlete of all is among highlights in a 35.5-year career.

Shuler to Pickens, Manuel: 35 Years of Local Sports Coverage

Scaling down my local sports writing as I mostly retire in 2024 will be quite difficult, as I’ve enjoyed it so much for the past 35.5 years.

Citizens Express Planning Priorities

The City of Hendersonville released its findings of an extensive public survey about what people want to protect and change most about the city.

Shrine Bowlers Manuel, Guest, Adams Shine

The 87th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas last Saturday had five participants from western North Carolina, as the mountains continued its part in the prestigious all-star classic at the new (2019) Spartanburg High School.

Pat’s Dancers Electrify FRP Christmas Show

Pat’s School of Dance is in full gear in coming months by performing in a local Christmas show, at a college football bowl game, in regional competitions, then in a summer cruise.