Lilly Knoepp

This week, Graham County removed all barriers into the county. In March, the county essentially closed its borders to visitors as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Local government officials cited the lack of a hospital in the county as a main reason to restrict movement.

Graham County Manager Becky Garland explained that the county had to establish more manned checkpoints and barriers than originally thought necessary. 

“It brought us to the point where we had to say, ‘Let’s stop and regroup here,'” says Garland. 

Lilly Knoepp

Update: Graham County along with Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital have opened up a Coronavirus Community Information line. Beginning Thursday, community members can call 828-835-4258  on Monday through Friday from 9 A.M. to noon and 1P.M. to 4 P.M. to speak with a representative. There is no cost and no insurance needed. This public service provides convenient access to local health care providers who will answer their questions. This is NOT a COVID-19 test screening line.  

Corporal punishment is still a legal practice in North Carolina schools. But today there are just two districts in the state where educators still inflict pain on students as a form of discipline.

Why Most WNC Towns Remain Silent About HB2

May 10, 2016

Last month, the Asheville City Council unanimously adopted a resolution opposing North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2, along with numerous other municipalities, both big and small. Yet, despite the ever-growing controversy surrounding the bill, some North Carolina towns just aren’t taking a position on the matter. In fact, it seems that House Bill 2 isn’t even on their radar. So, WCQS reached out to the mayors of some of these towns to find out why.