Archives for March 9, 2017

Illicit drug trade – which side are you on?

Modern TV shows like Breaking Bad and Narcos exemplify the dangers that are associated with the illicit drug trade. Although these shows romanticize the business, they still provide rich insight into the happenings of underground drug trade. Today, a debate surrounds the legalization of drugs. Commonly known as the “war on drugs,” one argument states […]

Trail race in Pinnacle Park growing in popularity

This story was written by Jason Farmer, originally published in The Sylva Herald. Despite crashing his mountain bike two weeks ago and injuring his knee, Chris Lee of Bryson City still intends to run the 7-mile race Assault on Black Rock Saturday, March 18. This seventh-annual trail race is held in Sylva’s rugged Pinnacle Park, with […]

Car crashes into propane tank, causes gas leak

This story was written by Quintin Ellison, originally published in The Sylva Herald. Emergency responders moved quickly Tuesday evening to evacuate residents after a car careened off Municipal Drive in Sylva and smashed into a 500-gallon propane tank behind The Community Table. A tank valve sheered off, allowing gas to leak. People living near the soup kitchen […]

UNC system has 11 new goals for WCU and other universities

This story was written by Quintin Ellison, originally published in The Sylva Herald. The UNC system’s strategic plan “aligns nicely” with Western Carolina University’s historic mission of serving first-generation mountain students, with a new statewide emphasis on enrolling more low-income and rural students while ensuring timely graduation, according to Chancellor David Belcher. By August, WCU and the […]

Former SMHS assistant principal to lead the new Catamount School

This story was originally published in The Sylva Herald. Bob Dinsdale, former assistant principal at Smoky Mountain High School, has been appointed to direct the Catamount School, the new “lab school” partnership between Western Carolina University and Jackson County Public Schools. Dinsdale, currently assistant principal at Asheville High School, will be the chief administrator for the Catamount […]

Forums set for Catamount School

This story was written by Austin McDowell, originally published in The Sylva Herald. Parents interested in enrolling their children in an innovative, new school through Western Carolina University can ask questions in an upcoming forum. The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, March 16, in the University Commons Catamount Room on WCU’s campus. A second […]