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The big bang of country music: The source of the Americana sound began in Southwest Virginia

- The Washington Times

Most people can name the major hot spots of American music: Nashville. Memphis. Austin. New York. Los Angeles. But just 400 miles from the nation’s capital, where extreme southwestern Virginia kisses the hem of neighboring Tennessee, the Celtic music of Irish and Scottish immigrants melded with the gospel and blues sounds of black Southerners migrating up from the Delta — resulting in a brand-new musical form that the world had heretofore never known.

The Sanderling Resort in Duck, North Carolina, offers an amazing way to experience the Outer Banks. (Photo by Murphy O'Brien)

Saying thanks: Sanderling offers ‘Heroes Welcome’ discount to vets

- The Washington Times

Sanderling Resort, the upscale Outer Banks resort located in Duck, North Carolina, is offering America’s heroes a special treatment as part of their annual “Heroes Welcome” fall promotion. As part of the thank-you to servicemen and -women, Sanderling will offer 20 percent discounts on lodging, dining and retail purchases to military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical workers with valid identification.

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Group offers tours of 'Field of Dreams' house

Associated Press

The owners of the "Field of Dreams" movie site near Dyersville say that for the first time they will allow tours of the house that overlooks the famous baseball field.

FILE - In this April 11, 2012, file photo, Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, from the "Wizard of Oz" are on display as part of a new exhibit, "American Stories," at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington. The Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $300,000 to help preserve the slippers that whisked Dorothy back to Kansas at the end of the movie. Officials said they reached their goal late Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, thanks to more than 5,300 supporters. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

If I only had $85K: Fundraiser for 'Oz' Scarecrow costume

- Associated Press

Now that the Smithsonian has reached its crowd-funding goal to preserve the ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz," the museum is asking for more money to conserve another relic from the beloved movie.

Enid man coins website specialized for business travelers

- Associated Press

Dean Henderson frequently traveled from city to city, spending 10 months of the year on the road. The good, the bad and the indifferent: He's experienced it all, from great restaurants to delayed flights.

Florence teen does work for new Smithsonian museum

- Associated Press

Books are often referred to as a voice from the past. One Florence teen has now become the actual voice for history at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.