All posts in Macon

  • Macon County, N.C., map courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, via Wikipedia.
    Inside WNC: Macon County
    April 14, 2014, Comments Off

    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 Macon County's elected officials, key agencies and departments, ...

  • Christmas Tree Getty Image
    A 20-year first: EPA proposing changes to pesticide use
    April 8, 2014, Comments Off

    While pesticides can help farmers raise lusher Christmas trees and juicier tomatoes, they can also be a threat to thousands of farmworkers in Western North Carolina who plant and harvest crops on farmland throughout the mountains. Those ris ...

  • Stock image: Food basket
    NC policymakers sowing effort to green state’s food deserts
    March 28, 2014, Comments Off

    Since getting down to work in January, the House Committee on Food Desert Zones has heard from grocers, producers and participants in dozens of programs around the state, including grassroots initiatives like neighborhood cooperatives, "far ...

  • Ramps. Image via the National Forests in North Carolina.
    Guidance offered on collecting ramps in NC national forests
    March 27, 2014, Comments Off

    For some visitors, spring in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests means collecting ramps. The National Forests in North Carolina offers guidance on where you may collect ramps in North Carolina's national forests.

  • January 2014 unemployment rates in Western North Carolina. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce.
    Asheville metro, WNC countywide joblessness increases
    March 25, 2014, Comments Off

    Unemployment across the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina increased in January -- just as it did in the Asheville metropolitan statistical area -- according to data recently released by the state employment office.