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July 17, 2014, No comments

Your guide from Carolina Public Press to information on road and highway repairs, transportation planning organizations, greenways and public transportation in Avery County (including Newland, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain and Crossnore).

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What are the transportation needs in your community? NCDOT setting new criteria, wants your input.

July 7, 2014, Comments Off

A series of public meetings and open comment periods are underway across Western North Carolina, sparked by new legislation requiring the N.C. Departm ...

May 2014 unemployment rates in Western North Carolina. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce

WNC unemployment inches up in May

July 3, 2014, Comments Off

A snapshot of May's unemployment shows joblessness increased across much -- but not all -- of Western North Carolina when compared to the previous mon ...

Sen. Ralph Hise, co-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services, explains part of the budget in a meeting last week. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

Raleigh Report: What the NC Senate budget proposal means for WNC

June 2, 2014, Comments Off

The state Senate proposal enumerates changes on everything from teacher pay to coal ash monitoring, and -- in WNC -- shows details on lawmaker's fundi ...

  • A quick look at unemployment rates in April across the North Carolina mountains. Map section courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    18 WNC counties post decreases in unemployment
    May 30, 2014, Comments Off

    Still, with the statewide unemployment rate for the month at 6 percent, most of the region had higher-than-average unemployment, according to new data released by state employment officials this week.

  • Alicia Funderburk/Carolina Public Press
    Racial disparities persist in WNC infant deaths
    May 29, 2014, Comments Off

    In NC, African-American babies are dying before their first birthday at about two-and-a-half times the rate of white babies. The numbers are only slightly better in Buncombe County, with African-American infants twice as likely to die befor ...

  • The News Exchange Avery County
    Avery County News Exchange to be held Wednesday
    May 25, 2014, Comments Off

    Join us in Linville on Wednesday, May 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m. for the second in The News Exchange series of Western North Carolina meetups being hosted by Carolina Public Press.

  • The peaks of Grandfather Mountain are visible behind the vivid
blooms of the pink-shell azalea, a rare plant species now flowering on the
Mountain. Kellen Short | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.
    Rare azalea in bloom on Grandfather Mountain
    May 12, 2014, Comments Off

    The stunning and rare pink-shell azalea is now in bloom on Grandfather Mountain, offering visitors unparalleled access to the shrub native to only a few Western North Carolina counties.