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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.

The WCU Alumni Association, the Office of the Chancellor and WCU Facilities Management grounds crews are partnering to reestablish the Cullowhee lily in the community, starting with the WCU campus. Organizers of the initiative, which is still in early planning stages, are seeking additional partners and supporters, and plan to link the effort to the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, said Susan Belcher at a luncheon held Wednesday, March 28, as part of the celebration of her husband’s installation as WCU’s 11th chancellor.


Jackson County GOP Convention on Friday March 16 at the Jackson County Senior Center. Registered Jackson County voters, seated by precincts, first elected delegates to the District and State Conventions before hearing addresses from Wayne King, Vice Chair of the N.C. State GOP, who also introduced the keynote speaker, South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson.

Wilson, a retired U.S. Air Force Officer and presently the Chairman of the Congressional Armed Services Committee, received a standing ovation after his speech where he reviewed the accomplishments of the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. During the address he also warned about claims that the size of government workers is being reduced by over 100,000. “That sounds good doesn’t it” commented the Congressman, “until you learn that most of the reductions are in the military.” The Army is being reduced by 80,000 and the Navy, Marines and Air Force by another 30,000 or more.


Do you ever wonder how much rainfall you received from a recent thunderstorm? How about snowfall during a winter storm? If so, then a new volunteer weather observing program needs your help! The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network, or CoCoRaHS, is looking for new volunteers across North Carolina. The grassroots effort is part of a growing national network of homebased and amateur rain spotters with a goal of providing a high density precipitation network that will supplement existing observations.

CoCoRaHS came about as a result of a devastating flash flood that hit Fort Collins, Colorado, in July 1997. A local severe thunderstorm dumped over a foot of rain in several hours while other portions of the city had only modest rainfall. The ensuing flood caught many by surprise and caused $200 million in damages. CoCoRaHS was born in 1998 with the intent of doing a better job of mapping and reporting intense storms. As more volunteers participated, rain, hail, and snow maps were produced for every storm showing fascinating local patterns that were of great interest to scientists and the public.


The decision to grant Duke Energy a seven percent increase in power bills during tough economic times is wrong for North Carolina consumers and businesses, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday. Cooper filed today to appeal the Duke Energy rate hike approved earlier this year by the North Carolina Utilities Commission.

“The economic realities faced by North Carolina consumers must be put before company profits,” Cooper said. “Hundreds of people have contacted my office to let us know they can’t afford to pay much more for electricity in these tough times.”

The appeal focuses not on whether Duke Energy should be allowed to recover its investments, but on whether it should be allowed to raise customers’ rates in order to make a 10.5 percent shareholder profit in this challenging economic climate.


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