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February 18, 2015, No comments

Nearly 4,000 black southerners were killed by mob violence in the decades following the Civil War, including 102 in North Carolina, a new report by the Equal Justice Initiative indicates. Here’s what we know about eight lynchings in the mountain region.

Cassius Cash, the new superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, speaks during an event in Boston, Ma. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Open houses set to introduce new Smokies superintendent

February 10, 2015, Comments Off

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials invite the public to four open house opportunities to meet and welcome new Superintendent Cassius Cash t ...

Performance grades by all North Carolina schools. Graphic via the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

UPDATE: Report Cards: 10 of WNC’s 235 public schools earn As

February 6, 2015, Comments Off

Carolina Public Press analyzed the grades for all of Western North Carolina's public schools (which include charter schools). How did your school and ...

Unusual shapes and forms are typical in old-growth forests. Trees shaped like this one, found in Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, in Graham County, often started life growing on a large, downed log, or "nurse log," which has since decayed. The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its dedication this year. Photo by Mike Belleme

50 years after the Wilderness Act, what’s the future of WNC’s wild places?

February 4, 2015, Comments Off

Western North Carolina communities are debating the role of wilderness as the U.S. Forest Service continues working on its remanagement plan of the Pi ...

  • The Middle Prong stream along the Ramsey Cascades Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo courtesy of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    3-year effort mapping Smokies streams now complete
    January 23, 2015, Comments Off

    Scientists have determined the Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains 2,900 miles of streams. Of those, 1,073 miles of streams are large enough to support fish.

  • 2015 economic tier designations WNC
    Economic tier designations change for 3 WNC counties
    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 resourc ...

  • 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.