Of the 561 "labs" taken down last year — most of them very small operations — 62 were in the state's 18 westernmost counties.
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 ...
What's the impact of the region's cultural heritage on WNC's economy? Last week, on its 10th anniversary, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area announced some preliminary results of a study asking that same question.
A look at how Western North Carolina and statewide agencies managing the subsidized child-care program dealt with the recent federal shutdown -- and what parents and officials across the region may face if it happens again.
Our investigation shows how a major measure of public safety can go unreported, and what the state might do to make sure it doesn't.
Western Highland Network officially ceases to operate, and Smoky Mountain Center continues with work to change its name and create a commission representing its new 23-county area. Also inside: A guide to how you can find help.
The United States House on Tuesday approved a Senate proposal to end the 16-day partial government shutdown in a 285-144 vote. Here's a look at how North Carolina's senators and representatives voted on the measure.