Greening Up The Mountains one tradition at a time

Every 4th Saturday in April, thousands of people from across the southeast crowd the streets of downtown Sylva for a fun-filled day of music, food, arts and crafts and more. This Saturday, April 22, is just around the corner, so get ready! Since 1997, Sylva, North Carolina, has been home to the Greening Up The Mountains festival. […]

Self defense is RAD

April is sexual assault awareness and prevention month and for the WCU Police Department, safety is their number one priority. According to the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, a person is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds. There are more than 200,000 victims of sexual assault each year in the United States alone. Knowing this, more than […]

Helping hand for the Jackson County neighbors in need

Poverty in Western North Carolina is high and Jackson County resembles that picture, even though it’s not so obvious. According to the US Census Bureau, more than 20 percent, or around 8,000 people are poverty stricken. To combat the poverty, local community is helping and Jackson Neighbors in Need (JNIN), for the past nine years, has been […]

Southeast wildfires consume thoughts of WNC residents

Major drought and dry weather reaching across the southeast has made is easy for wildfires to start. According to the US Forest Service, 59 out of the 61 wildfires were located in the southeast during November. There are currently no active wildfires in Western North Carolina, according to the West Macon Volunteer Fire Department. The […]

‘Purple reigns’ on WCU homecoming parade

Homecoming traditions hold a big place in Western Carolina University’s history. Since the 1930’s, the university has celebrated homecoming through cookouts, bonfires, homecoming court and alumni awards. One of the biggest traditions, though, has been the annual homecoming parade. The parade started after the football program was reestablished in the 1930s. This year marks the 20th […]