Louise Jarvis Flynn

Louise Jarvis Flynn is the features editor at Our State.


Above & Beyond

They are our inland lighthouses, the fire towers of western North Carolina. Long ago decommissioned as regular lookouts, these wobbly perches still have plenty of character and purpose. Just ask all the hikers.


The Wisdom of Trees

Forestry didn’t exist in America until two men — each with his own vision for how to protect our woodlands — arrived in western North Carolina and nurtured the profession into being.


City Portrait: Brevard

Pisgah National Forest is the ideal amphitheater for nature’s music. But come summer, the historic hamlet next door erupts in symphonies as gorgeous as waterfalls, and old-time jams as rousing as mountain trails.


Miss O Knows Best: Owens’ Restaurant

Owens’, the oldest family-owned restaurant on the coast, knows how to keep generations of Outer Banks families and tourists hungry for more. Hint: Change is overrated.


Two Cultures Come Together on Ocracoke Island

On Ocracoke Island, where old-timers claim kin from Blackbeard’s day, a new community is taking shape. The two cultures may not speak the same native language, but they understand that the best way to weather change is together.