Author: Patrick Clemons

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Debate fact-check: Cawthorn vs. Davis

On the eve of the fourth debate between Cawthorn and Davis today, Sept. 30, see some of the facts they have been saying in the previous debates. On Wednesday, Sept. 9, the third round of debating commenced for the NC-11 Congressional seat featuring Republican Madison Cawthorn and Democrat Moe Davis. […]

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COVID-19 delays R-5600 N.C. DOT project

Originally published in The Sylva Herald on Sept. 24, 2020.  Like many other facets of life in 2020, COVID-19 is affecting various N.C. Department of Transportation projects, including R-5600. The project to reshape Sylva’s commercial corridor has been postponed from fiscal year 2022 to 2025. R-5600 is the DOT proposal […]

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Problems continuing at Cullowhee development

Originally published in The Sylva Herald on Sept. 17, 2020.  As the fourth week of classes began for Western Carolina University students, many Husk residents were blindsided Sept. 8 by early morning flooding of their apartments. The Husk is an apartment complex mostly for WCU students off Little Savannah Road […]

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Cawthorn, Davis clash on night two of ‘Best in the West’ debate

The Saturday, Sept. 5 NC-11 Congressional debate between Democrat Moe Davis and Republican Madison Cawthorn featured words like “liberal lawyer,” “no experience” and “liar.” The ‘Best in the West’ doubleheader was hosted at Western Carolina University and organized by Blue Ridge Public Radio, Mountain Xpress and Smoky Mountain News. Night two centered […]

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WCU expands COVID-19 quarantine housing to The Village

On Thursday, Sept. 3, Western Carolina University announced the expansion of its quarantine housing. In an email to village residents by the executive director of residential living, Bryant Barnett, there are more than 40 vacant rooms across four empty houses (700, 1790, 1900 and 2100) at The Village. The Village […]

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Elections 2020: NC-11 candidates for US Congress

As election day comes upon us, it’s crunch time for voters to decide who they want to represent them. Voters need to know who aligns more with their standards and look past the soundbites they hear from news outlets, social media and attack ads. Candidate profiles are extremely vital to […]

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WCU to enforce mask policy

Originally published in The Sylva Herald on Aug. 27, 2020.  BaShaun Smith, Western Carolina University’s associate vice chancellor and dean of students, has announced that students may face WCU Code of Student Conduct Violations if mask requirements are not followed during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Shared community standards remind us that […]

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WCU students up in arms over 2020-21 housing agreement

Originally published in The Sylva Herald on July 16, 2020.  Western Carolina University’s 2020-21 Housing Agreement has left students angered and concerned for the upcoming school year. “Residents acknowledge that, in the event of such temporary closures, restrictions, and/or adjustments to the housing services schedule, WCU shall not have the […]

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WCU trustees drop Hoey name in unanimous vote

Originally published in The Sylva Herald on July 2, 2020.  Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously approved changing the name from “Hoey” to “University” on a campus performance facility. Hoey Auditorium was named after Democratic politician Clyde R. Hoey. Hoey, served in both houses of the state […]