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 […]

WCU adds stoplight to front of campus

This story was co-written with Haley Smith. Western Carolina University is adding a second traffic light on campus. The North Carolina Department of Transportation is funding and installing the new light at the request of the university. It will be placed at the intersection of Centennial Drive and University Way, at the corner of Bardo Arts Center. Fred […]

“WNC could see conditions close to the blizzard of ’93,” says Greer Meterologist

If you have spent any time outdoors within the past week you’ll have noticed the strange change in temperature. Going from a high of 70 degrees last Thursday to extreme weather conditions this coming week has many Cullowhee residents scratching their heads. “The weather in WNC changes more than I change my underwear,” said Sabrina […]

“Catamount School” raises new questions and curiosity

Western Carolina University and Jackson County public schools are teaming up to bring a new and ambitious program to the public school system. The new initiative, dubbed “Catamount School” by the North Carolina legislature, will start this August and is aimed at districts where schools are identified as low-performing. Catamount School will serve students as a […]

NC Promise universities seek reimbursement increase

This story was written by Quintin Ellison, originally published in The Sylva Herald. David Belcher, the chancellor of Western Carolina University, says he’s confident the General Assembly will replace millions in expected lost revenue when NC Promise starts. Beginning in the fall of 2018, in-state students will pay $500 tuition per semester to attend either WCU, UNC […]