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Maggie Valley protests to reignite Aug. 1

The July 18 march in Maggie Valley had managed to catch some Saturday afternoon rain, though it was less of a portent and more of an annoyance, I would imagine.  I wouldn’t know, I was sitting at home, watching the protest on Facebook live via Smoky Mountain News. A camouflaged […]

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Factions War Over Sylva’s Confederate Statue

Editor’s note: JB is in favor of removing the statue but has attempted to present this article relatively free of bias. In the wake of the George Floyd protests, the 2017 call to remove the local confederate statue “Sylva Sam” from the steps of the old courthouse is reawakened and […]

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Cars from the big screen come to life in Whittier

Originally published in The Sylva Herald on May 28, 2020.  As a kid, Mark Zoran built model cars from his favorite movies and TV shows with his father, Daniel. Now he recreates them in full scale in his Whittier shop. Zoran and his wife, Angela, founders of Razorfly Studios, replicate […]

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SGA President-Elect Talks Transparency, Future Goals and More

On Friday, March 6, rising senior Dawson Spencer was announced as Western Carolina University’s Student Body President-Elect for the 2020-2021 academic year. Spencer earned a total of 649 votes while opponent Tristan Benson acquired 406 during the March 2 and 3 election. Spencer has always been involved with student government […]

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Before They Were Educators: Brett Kinser

Dr. Brett Kinser, Department Head of English at Western Carolina University, signs all his mass emails “The Grey Beard Loon” despite his beard being a goatee and on the darker end of the salt-and-pepper scale.  His academic accomplishments are varied and great, including upcoming works published by Oxford and California […]

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From Cullowhee to Culver City, staff member appears on “Jeopardy!”

On Friday, Nov. 1, Western Carolina University was represented to a national audience on ABC through the Emmy award-winning show “Jeopardy!” Jennifer Cooper, associate director for Western Carolina’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, filmed the episode on Aug. 27 along with contestants from Los Angeles and Canada. Cooper’s […]

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Before They Were Educators: Dr. Bruce Henderson

(Editor’s Note: The following is the third part of a series of articles looking at the lives of WCU faculty and staff before they were educators.)   Long before he was being called “Dr.”, he was known as Bruce, and before he was molding the minds of Catamounts as a […]

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The history of Jackson County’s old courthouse

On June 29, the cupola on top of the old Jackson County Courthouse was removed from its perch to undergo repairs for the second time since it was first built in 1913. Only a few years before its centennial, the courthouse, which is the most photographed building in Western North […]

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WCU alum uses dancing minor to become NFL cheerleader

With football season right around the corner, Panther fans are gearing up and anticipating a good season. Panther fan and Western Carolina University alumni, Tara Mull Ryan, isn’t just excited to watch the games, but is excited to start her fifth year as a Panther “TopCat” Cheerleader. Ryan, who currently […]

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A Look at Carl Sandburgs Home in Flat Rock

Flat Rock, North Carolina is the home of America’s poet, Carl Sandburg. An ideal spot for literary and nature fanatics, a trip to the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in North Carolina is a chance to sample the peaceful life led by Sandburg himself. Sandburg moved to Flat Rock […]