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“Both parties do this,” says Chris Cooper, director of the Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University. According to Cooper, there is nothing new about the current redistricting wars going on in Raleigh. Every ten years the party in power gets to redraw district lines in the state based on the population data from the most recent Census. The new maps are always controversial. The party in power is always accused of partisan gerrymandering.

What can be done about it? Not much.


Western Carolina University is one of several sites across the state that will host public hearings the N.C General Assembly is holding Monday, July 18, to accept public comment on the redistricting process for the N.C. House, N.C. Senate and U.S. Congressional districts.

The session will be held from 3 until 9 p.m. in Room 133-B of the Cordelia Camp Building on the WCU campus. Speaker registration will begin at 2 p.m.

Members of the public may comment on the current district plans, communities of interest, voting history or any other topic related to redistricting. Each speaker is limited to five minutes.


Map helps find local resources following office closures due to budget cuts

An interactive map connecting citizens to abuser treatment, domestic violence, displaced homemaker and sexual assault programs funded by the N.C. Council for Women (CFW) has been posted to its website.

The map was updated to reflect the reassignment of programs to different region offices following the June 30 shut down of CFW’s Northeast Region office, located in Greenville. Closure of a regional office was required by the budget passed by the N.C. General Assembly.


Southwestern Community College just signed honors partnership agreements with NC State University, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Currently, Southwestern already has honors partnership agreements with Appalachian State University and Western Carolina University.

“That brings the total to five universities that now accept honors credit from Southwestern,” according to Cheryl-Contino-Conner, chair of SCC’s honors program.



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