About 12,000 people make their way to Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, in Graham County, each year. Here, a conversation with Lynn Shields, who led the effort to turn an abandoned 1926 schoolhouse into a cultural destination and who retired last month. “We believe that capitalizing on ‘place-based or asset-based economics’ will be the best way to change,” she said.
North Carolina college and university higher-ed endowments – which can fund things like research, scholarships and programming – are on the rise, some more than 20 percent since 2009.
Reader Gregory Peters offers this beautiful photo of a budding lilac entwined with webs. And, in honor of the changing season, we take a look at some surprising estimates of the latest spring freeze communities across Western North Carolina could expect, based on historical data.
Rutherford County is soon to be home to Facebook’s Rutherford Data Center. The site is still under construction and is looking for subcontractors.
Thomas Rain Crowe, of Tuckasegee, is a poet, translator, editor, publisher, anthologist and recording artist and author of 30 books of original and translated works. In this Q&A, he talks about his latest collection of poetry, “Crack Light,” mountain development and the environment.