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Swain County, N.C., map courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, via Wikipedia
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April 24, 2014, No comments

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 for Swain County.

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Inside WNC: Rutherford County

April 23, 2014, No comments

This is your guide, including direct links, to Rutherfordton and Rutherford County's elected officials, key agencies and departments, plus information ...

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

Inside WNC: McDowell County

April 16, 2014, No comments

This is your guide, including direct links, to McDowell County's elected officials, key agencies and departments, and information on the county’s wa ...

The Sierra Club announced on Wednesday a local campaign to encourage Progress Energy to retire its coal-fired WNC power plant, located in Skyland. Matt Rose/Carolina Public Press

State water quality officials file suit for information on Progress Energy’s Asheville wastewater violations

March 27, 2013, No comments

The division’s state water quality inspectors say they have observed unauthorized seeps of liquids at the toe drains of coal ash ponds in Asheville. ...

  • The smoke stacks of the Progress Energy power plant in Skyland are as large up close as far away. The left stack is no longer in use, while the one on the right is responsible for burning the coal used to power all of Progress Energy's Western North Carolina customers. Katie Bailey/Carolina Public Press
    Power plant contamination ruling could come in December
    November 14, 2012, No comments

    A complaint with the N.C. Environmental Management Commission by a collection of environmental groups -- many with offices in Asheville -- asks state regulators to take more aggressive action to clean up groundwater contamination from aroun ...