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Alene and Cris Arnold, of Nashville, Tenn., view a hemlock snag created when the Forest Service dynamited the dead hemlocks along the trail at Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, in Graham County. "We were just wondering if we should bring the kids," Alene Arnold says, as her family loved the cool, shady conditions on this trail in years past. Photo by Mike Belleme
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October 21, 2014, No comments

The meetings, which will be held throughout October and November in locations across Western North Carolina, will provide information about the proposed Forest Plan, including potential management areas and desired conditions.

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Documents reveal financial, professional ties of WNC state legislators and challengers

October 14, 2014, No comments

Statements of Economic Interest, which must be filed yearly, offer a wealth of data on personal stakes that could sway public policy decisions in Nort ...

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2014 SAT scores show improvement in NC; Asheville, Watauga students post highest scores in WNC

October 7, 2014, Comments Off

In SAT results information released Tuesday, North Carolina students increased their college entrance exam scores overall, compared to the previous tw ...

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NC Senate debate: Davis and Hipps

October 3, 2014, Comments Off

State spending on education took center stage Thursday during a debate at Western Carolina University between Democrat Jane Hipps and incumbent Republ ...

  • August unemployment rates in Western North Carolina. Image courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    WNC home to NC’s highest, lowest unemployment rates
    October 3, 2014, Comments Off

    When it comes to finding the state's arguably best and worst locations for finding a job, Western North Carolina was home to both in the month of August, according to new data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

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    NC infant mortality rate falls; WNC numbers released
    October 1, 2014, Comments Off

    The Public Health Division of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that North Carolina's Infant Mortality Rate for 2013 was 7.0 per 1,000 live births. The Infant Mortality Rate ties 2010 as the lowest ...

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    NC Senate candidates Davis, Hipps to debate on Thursday
    September 29, 2014, Comments Off

    The third and final in a series of political debates sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs will be held Thursday, Oct. 2.