Candlelight vigil honoring the life of Jacob Ray

Western Carolina University students and community members commemorated the life of Jacob Ray, who died after being shot in the university area around midnight on Friday, Oct. 6. Ray died on Monday, Oct. 9 as a result of a gunshot wound to the back of the head. The crime that was reported near Tuck’s Tavern left […]

Food and dialog bring the community together

If you haven’t traveled to Turkey or any other Middle Eastern country, chances are you haven’t tried ashure and let me tell you – you missed something delicious. Ashure is a Turkish delight that has a texture of pudding filled with dried fruits and nuts and was made by Berna Karayaka, lecturer at the WCU Chemistry […]

Storyteller reflects on county moonshine history

This story was originally published in The Sylva Herald. Although you’re not likely to stumble across illicit moonshine stills in Jackson County today, 50 or 60 years ago, you stood a better chance. Jackson County once played a starring role in regional moonshine production. It served as a hub for making and bootlegging the illegal liquor, according […]

Adventure Race Raises Money for Military Families

This story was originally published in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Providing adventure for racers while raising money for a worthy cause, the Special Operations Adventure Race (SOAR) was hosted in Highlands, NC for its 16th year on Saturday, June 10. “The teamwork we witness is always phenomenal, as well as the sportsmanship. There is incredible camaraderie in […]

The basics of Fly Fishing

This story was co-written with Ashley Kairis Fly fishing is immensely popular in western North Carolina. According to The WNC Fly Fishing Trail, Jackson County alone has more than 4,000 miles of trout streams and is the home of the state record for the largest rainbow trout ever caught. Living in an area that has such a […]

Donations fuel Hillside Grind’s commitment to WCU students

Hillside Grind coffeehouse has served WCU students for almost two years. What sets it apart from the other coffeehouses in the Cullowhee area is not only its exceptional coffee according to students, but also the fact it is one of the only coffeehouses that’s donation-based and a non-profit organization. The coffeehouse is open Monday-Friday from […]