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December 18, 2014, No comments

2014 has been a big year for big news about Western North Carolina. Looking back, here are highlights of what Carolina Public Press’ investigative reporting unearthed during the past 12 months.

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, No comments

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

A view of Robbinsville, the home of Stanley Furniture, Graham County's largest employer, last April. Gwen Albers/Carolina Public Press

After Stanley’s demise, Charlotte company sets sights on Graham County

December 3, 2014, Comments Off

Seven months after Stanley Furniture announced it was closing and eliminating 400 jobs, Oak Valley Hardwoods has purchased the shuttered the Graham Co ...

Newsmakers forum Q&A

Newsmakers video: Public Q&A on the future of WNC’s national forests

November 19, 2014, Comments Off

Questions raised during the Newsmakers forum with some of Western North Carolina's top forest and wildlife managers and advocates included queries abo ...

  • September 2014 unemployment rates. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    September unemployment falls across WNC
    November 10, 2014, Comments Off

    Monthly data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce shows that September may have been a good month for job seekers across most - but not all - of the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina.

  • National Forest Revision Plan Meeting. Matt Rose/Carolina Public Press
    WNC’s National Forests: Is the public in? Or are we out?
    October 31, 2014, Comments Off

    Part Two in the Forest Lookouts series. Nearly every county in Western North Carolina is home to a portion of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. Spanning more than 1 million acres, the forests have innumerable economic, environmenta ...

  • Several hundred people filled the floor of Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University, nearly all of them opposing rules that would make fracking possible in North Carolina. Paul Clark/Carolina Public Press
    NC energy commission postpones fracking meetings
    October 30, 2014, Comments Off

    A total of 217,285 comments on the draft rules for oil and natural gas exploration have been counted by staff from the N.C. Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources, who serve the commission.

  • Sliding Rock, in Pisgah National Forest, is one of the region's most popular destinations. Photo via Wikipedia/Lincolnh
    Forest Lookouts: Deciding the future of WNC’s national forests
    October 22, 2014, Comments Off

    This story launches an in-depth reporting project from Carolina Public Press about the future of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests which are undergoing an extensive re-planning process that will ultimately oversee more than 1 millio ...