Western Carolina University has joined a regional collaborative that plans to use a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to boost an already thriving Western North Carolina outdoor recreation industry to an even higher level.
The lack of broadband internet access in rural areas of Western North Carolina and the quest to find long-term employees for outdoor recreation-related businesses were a couple of the challenging issues highlighted as WCU hosted its inaugural Outdoor Economy Conference.
Twenty-two of the top high school marching bands from the Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee will be competing at the 18th annual Tournament of Champions, which will be hosted by WCU's Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.
Base Camp Cullowhee, WCU’s outdoor programming organization, will hold its sixth annual Outdoor Gear Sale and Swap from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center.