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UNC Tomorrow Commission to host listening forums across state

The University of North Carolina Tomorrow Commission, a blue-ribbon group of business, education, government, and nonprofit leaders from across the state, will host 11 community listening forums across North Carolina during September and October to discuss how the multi-campus University can best meet the changing needs of the state and its people over the next 20 years.
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Sept. 11 program to focus on mountaintop removal

The fall “Living With the Land” folk life series will begin at Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Sept. 11, with a presentation by Dave Cooper, a Lexington, Ky., resident who travels across the nation educating communities about the effects of the mountaintop removal involved in coal extraction.
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Rob Neufeld to open lunchtime series Sept. 5

Local history writer and book critic Rob Neufeld will be the featured presenter as the 2007-08 edition of the Appalachian Cultural Lunchtime Series begins Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center.