Katie Saintsing

Saintsing is an associate editor at Our State magazine and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Life

Photo Essay: Caretakers of the Coast

Grassy marshes, fishing traditions, maritime forests: Some of our state’s greatest treasures thrive along our shores. In a region of constant change, a group of scientists, educators, and volunteers are preserving our coast for future generations.

Western

Photo Essay: Black Mountain

This Buncombe County community boasts a lively downtown rich in good food, cultural arts, and friendly faces. It’s a perfect destination for a day trip — but you may find yourself wanting to pull up a rocking chair and stay in this mountain town much longer.

Life

Photo Essay: Native North Carolina

Our eight state-recognized tribes each have their own stories and traditions, but they share an important bond, too: a love of this land that traces back to the first people who called it home.

Home & Garden

Photo Essay: Pumpkins, Pride of the Patch

In the month leading up to Halloween, golden-orange gourds are everywhere, popping up on porches and blanketing church lawns. As pies or as jack-o’-lanterns, pumpkins feed us, scare us, and light the way.

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