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As the number of licensed child care centers in Buncombe County continues to dwindle, many parents are left struggling to find qualified caregivers for their pre-school-age children so that they can go to work. This gap puts a particular strain on women, says YWCA of Asheville’s Chief Progra…


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The Irish province of Ulster, now mostly part of The UK as Northern Ireland, supplied many thousands of Scots-Irish immigrants to the Appalachians. They and their descendants’ music, folkways, speech and fierce independence still shape mountain culture.

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