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Cullowhee, N.C.

Mountain Heritage Day

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Western Carolina University will hold its 44th annual Mountain Heritage Day, a community event on campus that showcases traditional Southern Appalachian culture through music, dance, skills and crafts, on Saturday, Sept. 29. more

Features

Mountain Biking

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Outdoors enthusiasts and diehard mountain bikers soon will be taking to a new trail accessible by foot, or bike, from the Western Carolina University campus in Cullowhee, N.C. more

Mountain Explorer

Sylva is Jackson County’s retail and professional center where day-to-day services meet unique history. The town’s development rose with the construction of the Western North Carolina Railroad in the 1880s. more

Departments

Kathryn Stripling Byer

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I came to the North Carolina mountains looking for my grandmother. She had been gone for years by the time I arrived, but I hoped to find some trace of her spirit here, a spirit that longed to return to her birthplace in the north Georgia. more

Good Reads

Cullowhee lily

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The memories and lore surrounding a white flower with six petals—once so common in the Cullowhee valley that it was called the Cullowhee lily—have inspired Western Carolina University alumni and community members to bring the flower back. more

Departments

Pip and Otto were the youngest of Gilead Tattnal’s 24 known offspring, but their older siblings couldn’t, or wouldn’t, take them in. Life at the orphanage is rough, but the boys have each other, until the morning Pip awakes to find Otto missing. more

Good Reads

White squirrel

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A rare sighting of a white squirrel at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. has workers there abuzz. The squirrel has been spotted a number of times, and is clearly not albino because it doesn’t have pink eyes. more

Mountain Explorer

Snow fell the night before in Jackson County, North Carolina, and was supposed to continue all day, but in Cullowhee, midday temperatures rose, melting white powder into muddy puddles and leaving nothing more than patches in the coolest shadows. more

Good Reads