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January 29, 2015, No comments

In a ceremonial signal that the state House is formally organized for the session ahead, several Western North Carolina legislators receive influential committee appointments.

North Carolina Rep. Mitch Gillespie (R) of Marion represents McDowell and Burke counties. Photo courtesy of Gillespie via the N.C. General Assembly.

NC enviro agency changes leadership, moves Gillespie to first WNC outreach director

January 15, 2015, Comments Off

Mitch Gillespie, the former state legislator from McDowell County, is moved from his assistant secretary post into the department's first Western Nort ...

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 departmen ...

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.

  • Map courtesy of N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation
    Lake James named NC state park of the year
    January 5, 2015, Comments Off

    During the year, Lake James State Park opened a 15-mile network of mountain biking trails, began offering kayak and canoe rentals and staged multiple special events including an ultra-marathon and the popular Catawba Riverfest.

  • A screen shot of the interactive Mountains-to-Sea State Trail map. Click here to view the map.
    Mountains-to-Sea trail master plan underway
    December 10, 2014, Comments Off

    The 1,000-mile trail corridor will ultimately link Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the coast.

  • October 2014 unemployment across Western North Carolina. Map via the N.C. Division of Employment Security
    For joblessness, WNC is a region of extremes
    December 10, 2014, Comments Off

    According to newly released data tracking October's unemployment rates across the state's 100 counties, Western North Carolina makes the headlines.