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, […]

Sylva rock band releases debut EP

Sylva southern rock n’ roll band, The Log Noggins, have spent many hours in the studio since November, and this month they emerged with an impressive set of songs to show for it. The band released their groove-packed four-track self-titled demo with a live show at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville on June 9. The […]

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 […]

WCU Trustees add members, discuss growth issues

This story was originally published in The Sylva Herald. Changes for WCU Board of Trustees The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees will have four new members beginning July 1. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors appointed Haden Boliek of Fayetteville and Robert Roberts of Asheville to four-year terms. They replace current trustee Phil Drake […]

Culture of being an Appalachian Trail hiker

“Hiker Trash” is a term many within the long-term hiking community take on with pride. According to The Trek, a website dedicated to the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, this phrase is used affectionately to refer to a hikers that have sunken down to a lower standard of living than the standard they lived at before embarking […]

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 […]