Cooper calls for education reform, “common ground” in first State of the State address

North Carolina Gov. Roy A. Cooper (D-Nash) rebuked a general lack of legislative cooperation by Republican lawmakers during his first State of the State address, March 13. As the newly-elected governor, Cooper laid out his long-term vision for a smarter, more sustainable Tarheel state. In an attempt to promote bipartisan cooperation among the state’s General […]

Native nations rise in Washington, D.C.

This past week was a busy one for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. From March 7 to 10, Native tribes from all across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The first three days of the movement involved Native leaders and allies lobbying in national buildings around the nation’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]