FROM THE TOP: While geocachers are usually looking for small containers stashed in precise locations, this group of local geocachers scoured an area above the Beaucatcher Cut to remove trash from the area a few years ago. The photographer, geocacher Graeme McGufficke, notes that the area is no longer accessible by foot. Photo by Graeme McGufficke

Geocaching community finds its way to Waynesvill­e

Less than 20 years old, geocaching is a new sport that’s gained a lot of ground in its short existence. Western North Carolina is prime territory for geocachers, who use GPS devices to find and hide containers stashed in precise locations around the world. The Haywood County Fairgrounds will host one of the country’s premier geocaching events on Saturday, May 27.

Visitors arriving at the Governors Western Residence. Photo by Able Allen

First lady Kristin Cooper to host open house at NC Governor’s Western Residence

In 1964 the Asheville Chamber of Commerce donated a mansion at 45 Patton Mountain Road to the state so that it could become the Governor’s Western Residence. The hope was that Governor Terry Sanford and his successors would spend more time in the west and consequently pay more attention to the needs of the region. Use of […]