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2015 economic tier designations WNC
January 13, 2015, Comments Off

Every year since 2007, the N.C. Department of Commerce reviews the overall economic conditions for all of North Carolina’s 100 counties. The department recently completed and released its new designations, which impact state funding resources available to some of the most-distressed counties in the state.

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Think it’s cold now? Consider Grandfather Mountain’s year in weather

January 9, 2015, Comments Off

After an immensely rainy year in 2013, Grandfather Mountain rainfall rebounded to below-normal precipitation levels in 2014, according to weather data ...

Unemployment rates for November 2014, the most-recent data available. Map courtesy of the N.C. Division of Employment Security

7 WNC counties post uptick in joblessness

January 9, 2015, Comments Off

In four others, unemployment in November stayed the same, according to the latest data from the N.C. Division of Employment Security.

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Meadows’ vote veers from GOP establishment, to what effect?

January 8, 2015, 2 Comments

More than two-dozen Republicans threatened to unseat House Speaker John Boehner from his congressional post Tuesday, and U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows played ...

  • A screen shot of the interactive Mountains-to-Sea State Trail map. Click here to view the map.
    Mountains-to-Sea trail master plan underway
    December 10, 2014, Comments Off

    The 1,000-mile trail corridor will ultimately link Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the coast.

  • October 2014 unemployment across Western North Carolina. Map via the N.C. Division of Employment Security
    For joblessness, WNC is a region of extremes
    December 10, 2014, Comments Off

    According to newly released data tracking October's unemployment rates across the state's 100 counties, Western North Carolina makes the headlines.