Angela Brenton memorial service this Thursday at WCU

Dr. Angela Laird Brenton, Western Carolina University’s late provost and vice chancellor, will be honored this Thursday, June 20, with a special memorial service celebrating her life. Brenton passed away on May 8 after a three-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Her community memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Grand Room […]

Cadaver dog training at WCU

The Western Carolina University Forensic Anthropology Program, in conjunction with the Division of Educational Outreach and the Human Identification Lab, hosted their latest cadaver dog training program workshop May 15 – 22. Participants experienced instructional lectures as well as in-field exercises giving them and their canine companions valuable practice in human decomposition odor tracking and […]

Marine and plant farming merge in aquaponics

Randy Reinke is a new graduate of Western Carolina University with a bachelor of science degree in natural resource conservation and management. He spent his senior year developing a fully functional aquaponic farming system in the WCU campus greenhouse. What is aquaponics? It is a hybrid of two different farming techniques. The cultivation of plant […]

Angela Laird Brenton: 1953 – 2013

Dr. Angela Laird Brenton, Western Carolina University’s provost and vice chancellor, died early Wednesday morning after a three-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Brenton began serving as provost at WCU in August 2012 after a 16-member campus committee appointed her in May. Brenton was born on Jan. 3, 1953, in Duncan, Oklahoma. Prior to her tenure […]

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dead at 49

Jeff Hanneman, a founding guitarist of the American thrash metal band Slayer, died Thursday morning of liver failure. He was 49. “Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home,” read a statement posted on the band’s website Thursday, May […]

Fire destroys mobile home in Sylva; no injuries

SYLVA, N.C. – A mobile home went up in flames late Tuesday evening, March 19, in the Mountain Creek Estates mobile home park, causing damage to surrounding units and prompting emergency personnel to evacuate residents. No one was injured in the blaze which destroyed one mobile home and damaged two others before firefighters brought it […]