The Western North Carolina Historical Association 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented to Ann Miller Woodford for her work preserving and promoting the history of African American people in far Western North Carolina, at 6:30 p.m. May 18 via Zoom.

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The Western North Carolina Historical Association 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented to Ann Miller Woodford for her work preserving and promoting the history of African American people in far Western North Carolina, at 6:30 p.m. May 18 via Zoom.

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Editor’s note: Bette Jeanne Reagan, age 88, of Sylva passed away on Nov. 25, 2020. Her obituary reflected an accomplished life. A cousin, Claude Allison of Wilmington, felt there was more to the story worth sharing of the hurdles Bette Jeanne overcame and of their rich family history.

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The Western North Carolina Historical Association has announced “Eastern Cherokee Stories: A Living Oral Tradition and Its Cultural Continuance,” by Sandra Muse Isaacs, as the 65th winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award.

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Above is a photo provided by Jerry DeWeese that shows the East LaPorte area in March of 1941. Thorpe Dam was under construction, and the pipes that are seen in the left side of this photo became the penstock that is on the right side of N.C. 107 near Glenville traveling South. The pipes also…

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