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500 gather at Western summit to tackle meth problem

Law enforcement officers from across North Carolina joined with state legislators, county and municipal officials, medical and social services professionals, and students and educators at Western Carolina University on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to examine strategies for curbing the rampant problem of methamphetamine.
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Students spend summer on Cherokee preservation projects

A group of Western Carolina University students spent much of the summer studying the diversity and preservation of Cherokee lands and heritage, a project that had them getting their hands dirty in an archaeological dig, conducting DNA studies of soil samples and examining microorganisms in elk droppings.
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Western students, faculty, staff discuss Katrina aftermath, relief

About 100 members of the Western Carolina University community came together Friday, Sept. 9, to brainstorm on ways to help hurricane-battered Gulf Coast residents in the aftermath of the cataclysmic storm, rail against the bureaucracy for its slow response to the disaster, and meet in person some refugees from the catastrophe.
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National whitewater organization moves headquarters to Western

American Whitewater, an organization that promotes paddle sports and river conservation, has relocated its national headquarters from Silver Spring, Md., to Western Carolina University, a move designed to boost whitewater activities as a growing element of Western North Carolina's recreation and tourism industry.