WCU rallies in support for Chancellor Belcher

Battles are fought and conquered with the community around one strong enough to withstand any obstacle. In a time of need, Western Carolina University has become just that for Chancellor David O. Belcher. On April 21, 2016, Belcher sent out an email to the entire WCU campus informing that he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. […]

A History of the Road to Nowhere

While the Road to Nowhere earned its name for never completing construction, the six mile road has a complex history that draws visitors in from all over. During the 1930s and 1940s, land throughout Swain County was sold to the Federal Government in order to create Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. […]

Veterans tell WCU students about their “Unseen Scars”

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. An average of 20 veterans a day die from suicide and many veterans do not receive help. On Nov. 14, a group of local veterans and students talked about their “Unseen Scars” as part of the Veteran day remembrance. The event, held in the University Center Theatre, was […]

The Road to Nowhere

On the outskirts of Bryson City, there is a long winding road that continuously twists up the mountain, and just as the road seems to never end, there is a tunnel. A tunnel that leads to nowhere. Unofficially named “The Road to Nowhere,” by local residents, Lakeview Drive, a six-mile road,  offers visitors scenic hiking […]

In 11th, Meadows is ‘about as invulnerable as they come’

This story was written by Jim Buchanan, originally published in The Sylva Herald. “Meadows is about as invulnerable as they come,” according to Chris Cooper, a professor and department head of political science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University. If anything, Cooper, widely regarded as the go-to political expert for this region, might be understating the […]

Jerry Wolfe: WWII veteran and Cherokee’s “Beloved Man”

For approximately the last 20 years, Eastern Band Cherokee Indian elder Jerry Wolfe, 93, has been working as a volunteer at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian greeting tourists and other visitors at the ticket counter with a “Siyo” meaning “Hello.” In an effort to preserve his traditions, Wolfe openly shares his Cherokee heritage to […]