In this special report, we take an in-depth look at how ridge-top development in 24 mountain counties turned on a dime following the passage of the Mountain Ridge Protection Act of 1983, enacted 30 years ago this month. The law signaled a c ...
Of the 561 "labs" taken down last year — most of them very small operations — 62 were in the state's 18 westernmost counties.
Melissa Faetz, of South Macon Elementary, and Chris Weaver, of Evergreen Charter School, were recently named two of nine regional teachers of the year in North Carolina.
The N.C. Department of Commerce released data this week showing Western North Carolina's job environment can, at times, mirror the peaks and valleys of the mountains that help define our region.
The N.C. Department of Commerce announced the end of November that it has changed the economic rankings for 13 of North Carolina's 100 counties for 2014. The designations consider a range of factors -- from unemployment to income and popula ...
The second in an in-depth reporting series on the significance of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests in Western North Carolina and the impact of their management on the region.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources spokesman identifies the mountain area that could be studied for natural gas extraction, but says no funding for a study has been appropriated.
For the first time since 1994, the public now has the opportunity to influence how the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests will be managed for the next 15 years. But the effort isn't progressing without questions.