What You Should Know About Winter Solstice

You may already feel like we’ve entered the winter months, but officially next Tuesday’s winter solstice marks the beginning of winter with the shortest day of the year. 

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6 Tips For Staying Healthy Over Winter

Whether you’re seeking winter sun in the north, or trying to stay warm in the south; it’s important to keep up your healthy eating habits and get your 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

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Outward Bound Recognizes WNC Youth Leaders

The inaugural WNC Communities’ Youth Leadership Award was presented to Ryleigh Stevens of the Caney Fork Community Development Council of Jackson County at the 72nd WNC Honors Awards Ceremony on Dec. 2.

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Toxic Mask Pollution - How You Can Help

“Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” – William Wordsworth, 1798

Editor’s note: Since this article was written by meteorologist and biologist Neva Duncan Tabb in April, disposable mask pollution has worsened horrifically, damaging the health of people and the wildlife on whom we depend for a viable life.  See the video “More than 25,000 Tons of COVID-19 PPE Is Polluting Oceans,” November 19, by clicking HERE

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Teachers Are the Backbone of Our Community

When I was little, I thought pockmarked skin was beautiful — a sought after trait that made someone especially handsome. 

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Inspiration from NC State Legend Jimmy V

I’m an NC State alumni. When I was on campus in Raleigh, you couldn’t go into any pizza joint, bar or retail store without seeing a picture or quote from the legendary Wolfpack Basketball coach Jimmy Valvano. 

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UNCA Renamed Building After Cherokee Beloved Woman

On the University of North Carolina Asheville campus, an established building now bears a new name. UNC Asheville’s campus community, along with members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, gathered to celebrate the presentation of Bird Hall, named for Ella BirdBeloved Woman of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and 2017 UNC Asheville honorary degree recipient.

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WNC Educator Wins Thomas Wolfe Literary Award

The Western North Carolina Historical Association recently announced Even As We Breathe: A Novel by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle as the 66th winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. The Award has been presented annually by the Western North Carolina Historical Association since 1955 for printed works that focus special attention on Western North Carolina.

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NC Teachers Need to March For Better Pay

By Tamika Walker Kelly | Since the beginning of this school year and through the final four months of state budget negotiations, we at the North Carolina Association of Educators advocated for meaningful salary increases, increased classroom funding and a fulfillment of the Leandro mandate. But above all, we fought for recognition of what’s happening in our public schools across the state.

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