Archives for March 3, 2017

“Catamount School” raises new questions and curiosity

Western Carolina University and Jackson County public schools are teaming up to bring a new and ambitious program to the public school system. The new initiative, dubbed “Catamount School” by the North Carolina legislature, will start this August and is aimed at districts where schools are identified as low-performing. Catamount School will serve students as a […]

Police say student started WCU fire in dorm’s elevator

This story was originally published in The Sylva Herald. Police say a Western Carolina University student set the Feb. 13 fire in Walker Residence Hall that forced hundreds of students to evacuate. Byron Young, 18, a WCU freshman from Winston-Salem, faces a felony criminal charge of burn certain public buildings. If convicted, he could face 10 […]

Amid deportation rumors … Immigrants gripped by fear

This story was written by Quintin Ellison, originally published in The Sylva Herald. As federal policies on immigration harden, the local rumor mill churns ever faster. Federal agents and local law enforcement officers reportedly arrested a Hispanic man on immigration violations at Sylva’s Walmart Plaza. Local law enforcement say the story is untrue. Police officers did arrest […]