Viau retires; Northcote is new at the lifestyles desk

Jun 12, 2013
Carol Viau

Carol Viau, lifestyle editor for The Mountaineer, will retire effective June 14. Viau has been with The Mountaineer since Dec. 2008, handling the “milestones” of life, including birth announcements, engagements, weddings, religion, community events and obituaries.

Viau decided to “dial it back” and retire, but will remain active in the community. She will contribute to The Mountaineer, writing, covering events and doing photography for the paper.

“I’ll have plenty to keep me busy,” she said. “In addition, to writing for The Mountaineer, I’ll have more time to devote to my other causes — serving as a member of the board of directors for Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation and a being a hospice volunteer. I don’t want to lose touch with the many friends I’ve had the good fortune to know in Haywood County.”

Carol and her husband, Guide columnist Paul Viau, have lived in Waynesville for five years, having made “the happy move to the mountains” in early 2008. Paul will continue his Guide and golf columns for The Mountaineer.

To reach Carol after her retirement, email

Taking the lifestyle desk is Megan Northcote, a 2012 graduate of Appalachian State University. Prior to joining The Mountaineer, Northcote was a free-lance reporter for High Country Press in Boone and an editorial intern with WNC Magazine in Asheville. A native of Greensboro, she said the mountains are near and dear to her heart.

“Anywhere in the mountains is home to me,” Northcote said.

Northcote can be reached at 452-0661, ext. 114 or by email at


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