In recognition of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30, The Smoky Mountain News is highlighting the organizations and volunteers in the region that help connect pets and people every day. Western North Carolina has a variety of nonprofits working toward rescuing animals, promoting spay and neuter programs, and being a voice for those who can’t speak.
Cherokee’s Tribal Council was all business this month as members plowed through a list of 15 names proposed for banishment. There wasn’t much discussion, but there was uniformity of intent as councilmembers raised their hands, 15 times in a row, for 15 unanimous votes to forbid those named from ever stepping foot on tribal lands again.
Sidewalk chalk was all anyone was talking about as campus woke up Thursday morning (April 21) at Western Carolina University. The chalk was everywhere, its biggest explosion around the fountain behind the A.K. Hinds University Center, colorful dust spelling out phrases running the gamut from “Build that wall” and “concealed carry saves” to “Hillary for prison,” and “blue lives matter.”