Inside WNC: Graham County

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Inside WNC is a permanent feature from Carolina Public Press that profiles each of the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina. This is your guide, including direct links, to elected officials, key agencies and departments, plus information on the county’s wages, housing, education and more.

The Graham County Courthouse, in Robbinsville, N.C. Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press

Graham County

Graham County, N.C., map courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, via Wikipedia.

Geography and Population

Graham County is bordered by Swain and Macon counties to the east, Cherokee County to the south and Tennessee to the west.

Map courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau.

U.S. Census Bureau maps

Land area in square miles: 292.08
Persons per square mile (2010): 30.3

Population, 2012 estimate: 8,700
American Indian or Alaska Native: 6.9 percent
Asian: 0.3 percent
Black: 0.3 percent
Hispanic or Latino origin: 2.4 percent
White non-Hispanic: 88.7 percent
People reporting two or more races: 1.8 percent

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


U.S., State and Local Officials, Key Agencies

U.S. elected officials

U.S. Senate
Sen. Richard Burr (R)
Washington address: 217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3154
Fax: (202) 228-2981
Email contact form

Asheville address: Federal Building, 151 Patton Ave., Suite 204
Asheville, N.C. 28801
Phone: (828) 350-2437
Fax: (828) 350-2439

Information on Burr’s support, sponsored bills, etc. from GovTrack.us

Sen. Kay Hagan (D)
Washington address: 521 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6342
Fax: (202) 228-2563
Email contact form

Asheville address: 82 Patton Ave., Suite 635
Asheville, N.C. 28801
Phone:  (828) 257-6510
Fax: (828) 257-6514

Information on Hagan’s support, sponsored bills, etc. from GovTrack.us

U.S. House: 11th Congressional District
Rep. Mark Meadows (R)
Washington address: 1516 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6401
Email contact form

Hendersonville address: 200 N. Grove St.
Hendersonville, N.C. 28792
Phone: (828) 693-5660

Information on Meadows’ support, sponsored bills, etc. from GovTrack.us

N.C. Elected Officials

N.C. Senate District 50
Sen. Jim Davis (R)
Address: N.C. Senate
16 W. Jones St., Room 2111
Raleigh, N.C. 27601-2808
Phone: (919) 733-5875 and (828) 342-4483
Email: Jim.Davis@ncleg.net

N.C. House District 120
Rep. Roger West (R)
Address: N.C. House of Representatives
16 W. Jones St., Room 1229
Raleigh, N.C. 27601-1096
Phone: (919) 733-5859 and (828) 837-5246
Email: Roger.West@ncleg.net

County Officials and Agencies

Graham County Board of Commissioners
County Commissioners Chairman: Mike Edwards
Address: 12 N. Main St.
Robbinsville, N.C. 28771
Phone: (828) 479-7961
Email: kim.crisp@grahamcounty.org

County Manager: Greg Cable
Address: 12 N. Main St.
Robbinsville, N.C. 28771
Phone: (828) 479-7960
Email: greg.cable@grahamcounty.org

Sheriff: Mickey Anderson
Address: 45 S. Main St.
Robbinsville, N.C. 28871
Phone: (828) 479-3352
Email: anderson.mickey50@yahoo.com

Graham County Department of Social Services
Interim Director: Kay Fields
Address: 196 Knight St.
Robbinsville, N.C. 28771
Phone: (828) 479-7911
Email: n/a

Graham County Department of Public Health
Director: Alicia Parham
Address: 21 S. Main St.
Robbinsville, N.C. 28771
Phone: (828) 479-7900
Email: alicia.parham@graham.nc.gov

Member of the Southwestern North Carolina Planning and Economic Development Commission (Southwestern Commission), which covers the westernmost part of the state, specifically Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.


County Seat

Robbinsville
Population (2010): 620
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Mayor: Steve Hooper
Address: 4 Court St.
Robbinsville, N.C. 28771
Phone: (828) 479-3250
Email: townofrobbinsville@hotmail.com

Town Planner: Teresa Garland
Address: 4 Court St.
Robbinsville, N.C. 28771
Phone: (828) 735-3983
Email: visitrobbinsville@gmail.com

Town Government Office Address: 4 Court St., Robbinsville, N.C. 28771


Law Enforcement Agencies

Cherokee Police Department Sub Station
Address: 60 Indian School Road
Robbinsville, N.C. 28771
(828) 479-2818
Email: n/a

Graham County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff: Mickey Anderson
Address: 45 S. Main St.
Robbinsville, N.C. 28771
Phone: (828) 479-3352
Email: anderson.mickey50@yahoo.com


Voter Information

Graham County Board of Elections
Director: Teresa Garland
Address: 18 Court St.
Robbinsville, N.C. 28771
Phone: (828) 479-7969
Email: graham.boe@ncsbe.gov

Chair: Billy Ditmore
Address: n/a
Phone: n/a
Email: n/a


Court System

Judicial District 30A
Graham County Courthouse
Address: 12 Court St.
Robbinsville, N.C. 28771
Phone: (828) 479-7986

Clerk of Superior Court: Tammy H. Holloway
Phone: (828) 479-7986
Email: n/a

District Attorney Michael Bonfoey
Phone (Murphy office for Cherokee and Graham counties): (828) 837-7818
Email: n/a


The dam at Lake Santeetlah, located in Graham County and pictured on Aug. 18, 2012. Hank Shell/Carolina Public Press


Economy and Employment

Unemployment rate, December 2013: 12.2 percent
Unemployment rate, December 2012: 18.5 percent
Source: N.C. Department of Commerce – Labor and Economic Analysis Division

Top three industries, by employment (2011, most current):
Construction: 399
Health care and social assistance: 296
Retail trade: 237
Source: County Business Patterns, U.S. Census Bureau

Largest Employer (Third quarter of 2013, most current): Stanley Furniture Company Inc.
Source: N.C. Department of Commerce

Graham County Travel and Tourism
Address: 387 Rodney Orr Bypass
Robbinsville, N.C. 28771
Phone: (828) 479-3790 or (800) 470-3790
Email:  Tabitha.Myler@GrahamCounty.org


Wages, Housing, Poverty and Education

Per capita money income in past 12 months (2012 dollars) 2008-2012: $19,401
Persons living below poverty level 2008-2012: 17.3 percent
Median household income 2008-2012: $32,137
Median owner-occupied housing value: $124,600
High school graduates, age 25+ (2008-2012): 78.9 percent
Bachelor’s degree or higher, age 25+ (2008-2012): 12.9 percent
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Number of homeless (January 2013 point-in-time count, most current): 6
Source: North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

Child poverty rate in Graham County: 33.8 percent in 2012.
Screen-Shot-2014-03-04-at-7.43.19-AM-570x387Source: NC Child

Graham County Schools
Four-year cohort high school graduation rates, as of September 2013: 86.5
Source: N.C. Department of Public Instruction

Graham County Schools Board of Education
Address: 52 Moose Branch Road
Robbinsville, N.C. 28771
Phone: (828) 479-9820
Email: n/a

School Board Chair: Vicki Walsh
Address: 52 Moose Branch Road
Robbinsville, N.C. 28771
Phone: (828) 479-9820
Email: n/a

School Superintendent: Angela Knight
Address: 52 Moose Branch Road
Robbinsville, N.C. 28771
Phone: (828) 479-9820
Email: aknight@graham.k12.nc.us


Higher education*

Tri-County Community College Graham County Center
Address: 45 Moose Branch Road
Robbinsville, N.C. 28771
Phone: (828) 479-9256
Email: n/a
Enrollment: n/a


Top Healthcare Provider*

Graham County Department of Public Health
Director: Alicia Parham
Address: 21 S. Main St.
Robbinsville, N.C. 28771
Phone: (828) 479-7900
Email: alicia.parham@graham.nc.gov


Crime and Law Enforcement

Crime Rate Per 100,000 (2012): Data not available.
Violent Crime Rate: Data not available.
Property Crime Rate: Data not available.
Number of registered sex offenders: 19
Source: N.C. Department of Justice


Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is located in Graham County, outside of Robbinsville, N.C. Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press

 


*Listings are for entities headquartered in the county and do not include satellites, branches or other service information for others with operations in the county.

Contributors Kathleen O. Davis and Micah Wilkins supplied additional research to this report.

This page will be regularly updated. Contact us with updates or questions.

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Hank Shell

Hank Shell is a contributing reporter and photographer with Carolina Public Press. Contact him at shelljh@email.appstate.edu.

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