WCU prepares for Irma, Provost says it’s business as usual

Over the past few days, Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean, killing at least 18 people and leaving devastation in it’s wake. Now, as the hurricane heads towards South Florida, thousands of people are attempting to escape the storm. Yesterday, Irma was downgraded to a category 4 hurricane, but could still do serious damage to […]

The Great Cullowhee Solar Eclipse

Even when the moon blotted out the sun, the WCU community brought more than enough energy to make up for it. Students, faculty and community members gathered in masses to watch this once in a lifetime opportunity. On Monday, Aug. 21, the WCU campus witnessed a total solar eclipse, which won’t happen in western North […]

WCU to greet record freshman class

This story was written by Quintin Ellison, originally published in The Sylva Herald. You might want to go ahead and pump some fuel into the car and get your big-box store and grocery shopping done. Along with an expected flood of eclipse visitors into the area, about 2,000 Western Carolina University freshmen move into residential halls Friday, […]

Prepare for the Great Cullowhee Solar Eclipse

For those seeking shade from the sun this week in Cullowhee, the Moon is about to offer a little help. On Monday Aug. 21, the Earth, Moon and Sun will align in such a way that the Moon will completely block out the Sun’s disc in the sky in a diagonal path stretching from Salem, […]

WCU students chosen in MLB draft

A day of celebration came after WCU’s left-handed pitcher Bryan Sammons was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the eighth round and 226th overall of the Major League Baseball draft. “It was a dream come true,” he said. “I’ve wanted to be a professional baseball player my entire life and to get this opportunity is […]

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 […]