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Sliding Rock, in Pisgah National Forest, is one of the region's most popular destinations. Photo via Wikipedia/Lincolnh
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October 22, 2014, No comments

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 million acres in 18 mountain counties and have innumerable impacts on Western North Carolina’s residents, economies and environment.

Alene and Cris Arnold, of Nashville, Tenn., view a hemlock snag created when the Forest Service dynamited the dead hemlocks along the trail at Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, in Graham County. "We were just wondering if we should bring the kids," Alene Arnold says, as her family loved the cool, shady conditions on this trail in years past. Photo by Mike Belleme

Next round of Pisgah, Nantahala national forest planning meetings underway

October 21, 2014, No comments

The meetings, which will be held throughout October and November in locations across Western North Carolina, will provide information about the propos ...

Watauga County Board of Elections member Kathleen Campbell, standing at the podium, makes her case Tuesday at a N.C. State Board of Elections hearing in Raleigh last September. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

UPDATED: State appeals. Following court case, state elections board to set new ASU early voting site

October 14, 2014, No comments

The court decision is the latest development in Watauga County’s long-running dispute over voting rules in Watauga County, home to Appalachian State ...

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Documents reveal financial, professional ties of WNC state legislators and challengers

October 14, 2014, No comments

Statements of Economic Interest, which must be filed yearly, offer a wealth of data on personal stakes that could sway public policy decisions in Nort ...

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    Adcock to lead ASU Board of Trustees
    October 6, 2014, Comments Off

    Bradley T. Adcock, of Cary, has been elected to lead Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees as chairman. Alice Roess, of Blowing Rock, has been elected vice chair and M. Lee Barnes Jr., of Durham, has been elected secretary.

  • August unemployment rates in Western North Carolina. Image courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    WNC home to NC’s highest, lowest unemployment rates
    October 3, 2014, Comments Off

    When it comes to finding the state's arguably best and worst locations for finding a job, Western North Carolina was home to both in the month of August, according to new data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

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    NC infant mortality rate falls; WNC numbers released
    October 1, 2014, Comments Off

    The Public Health Division of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that North Carolina's Infant Mortality Rate for 2013 was 7.0 per 1,000 live births. The Infant Mortality Rate ties 2010 as the lowest ...