Football player’s story inspires writing effort

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This story was originally published in The Sylva Herald and then reposted onto The Western Carolina Journalist

Sandra McMahan, the mother of two members of the Mountain Faith band and wife of another, has always had a passion for children.

After Mountain Faith garnered new found fame from America’s Got Talent, McMahan decided it would be a great opportunity to use the band’s popularity to encourage children across the community to get interested in creative writing.

More than money: financial planning students’ journey to national conference

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For Garrett Chmiola and Emily Ranson, WCU students, financial planning is more than a good job: it’s a way to help people in troubling times.

“I want to go into financial planning because I love people. I want to have my own clients for my own firm that I am able to get personal with and be able to develop a bond and trustworthiness from them.  To me that means a lot more than the money,” said Chmiola.

Asheville proves that recycling doesn’t have to be difficult

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img_1755Have you ever tried to figure out where to recycle your old cell phone only to give up and just throw it in the trash?

Greenworks in Asheville found a solution to make recycling hard items easier for their citizens and those from surrounding areas.

Hard 2 Recycle, which is now 11 years old, is a collection event held quarterly throughout Buncombe County with one main event in downtown Asheville.

WCU continues to grow as one of the leading NC universities in sustainability

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20161207_095018Story was co-written/ produced with Mat Ober and originally published on the Western Carolina Journalist.

What do hog farms, biofuels, recycling bins, and Energy Star certifications have in common? They’re all a part of the sustainability efforts on the WCU campus.

Environmental sustainability is the ability for resources to be sustained or supported. By becoming a sustainable campus, students and faculty at WCU are doing their best to not be harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources.

Sun, wind, leaves and fun mark Leaf Festival in Cashiers

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rachel-4-300x200The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association (GCAMA) held the eighth annual Cashiers Leaf Festival from Oct. 7 to 9.

The free festival is held every year on Columbus Day weekend, just as the leaves are starting to change. According to GCAMA, this year the event brought an estimated 8,000 people to the area.