Davin Eldridge

Reporter

Davin Eldridge is a writer and regional reporter for WCQS, covering all aspects of Western North Carolina news. He joined the station in February of 2016. A proud son of the south, Davin grew up in Bradenton, Florida, where he attended the Ringling School of Art and Manatee School for the Arts at an early age. Born into a family of German and Scots-Irish immigrants, the importance of hard work and sacrifice was ingrained into Davin at an even earlier age. Eventually he moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina when he was twelve years old, and he has never looked back since. 

 

Davin began his career as a reporter at the Macon County News & Shopping Guide in 2008, where he covered everything from crime, to local and state government, to human interest features. While studying journalism the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill, he continued working as a freelance reporter for The Daily Tar Heel, The Highlands Newspaper, Asheville Citizen-Times, Mountain Xpress and The Chapel Hill News. In early 2016, Davin broke into radio when he began his work as regional reporter for WCQS—a media outlet of which he had long been a supporter. As such, he is committed to providing his audience with the very best news coverage possible, and presenting it with thorough, thought-provoking content achievable solely through hard work and a love for the craft.

 

When he isn’t working, Davin can often be found at home with his beloved Sheltie, Cosmo, and either angrily watching CNN, or happily reading a book. His interests include watching movies, writing the ‘great American novel’, world history, and eating spaghetti. His dislikes include IPA’s, waiting in lines, mathematics, and Brussel Sprouts. 

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franklinnc.org

So, what’s in a name? A lot, if you ask Franklin mayor Bob Scott, who recently began efforts to transition the municipal government’s identity from a Town Board of Aldermen to a Town Council. 

The Town of Franklin’s elected officials have donned the title of ‘aldermen’ for decades, but soon that may all change, if Mayor Bob Scott gets his way.

“’Aldermen’ is a pretty old, archaic term. When you talk about an ‘alderman’, and then you try to talk about an ‘alderwoman’, it gets pretty awkward.”

Raisetheagenc.org

The push to ‘Raise The Age’ of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18 has been a long-fought battle in North Carolina.  Support for that change is growing this year, on both sides of the aisle, but it has some in Western North Carolina wary. 

North Carolina’s current law, passed in 1919, says that anyone charged with any crime whatsoever, will be tried as an adult starting at age 16.  New York is the only other state with such a law.  Critics in the Tar Heel State call this obsolete and counterproductive. 

Davin Eldridge

Last year’s wave of wildfires is still fresh in the mind's of many mountain residents.  Whether that was a one-time event or the new normal is something environmental groups from Western North Carolina are trying to figure out.

It was a packed house at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, as well over a hundred residents  turned out for the “Before We Burn Again” panel discussion. 

Macon County Sheriff's Office

In the midst of a national opioid addiction crisis, doctors in North Carolina are prescribing more and more painkillers.  Western North Carolina is no exception, according to reports.   But a simple clerical error from one such report has helped motivate one mountain community to better tackle the crisis at home. 

  Duke and North Carolina started their push for the Final Four this weekend on ‘foreign soil.’  Because of the NCAA boycott of North Carolina due to House Bill Two, the Blue Devils and Tar Heels found themselves playing in Greenville, South Carolina – rather than the far more familiar Greensboro where the games were initially scheduled.  

Quintin Ellison

   Last fall, the conservative Charles Koch Foundation funded a controversial new center at Western Carolina University, to the tune of nearly $2 million.  Opponents are now releasing research they say sheds light on how Koch money influences public education.

The Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University was packed with students and faculty alike, for the screening of the new film “Starving the Beast”. The documentary explores how recent conservative policymaking is influencing public education.   

Lanny Knight

Legendary comedian Andy Kaufman once famously said “there’s no drama like wrestling”, and this is still true for millions of Americans today, especially in Western North Carolina. WCQS’s Davin Eldridge asks local fans and wrestlers ‘why’?

On any given night, in any given town throughout the Carolinas, droves of locals often gather for another night of professional wrestling.

Congress was in recess last week, meaning some but not all members were holding town hall meetings with constituents back home.  Members of Western North Carolina's congressional delegation were NOT holding such meetings however.  So residents of Clay and Cherokee Counties held their own.

It was standing room only at the Clay County courthouse in Hayesville, as more than a hundred locals turned out for a town hall meeting on the Affordable Care Act— known as “Obamacare” to many—and what is to become of it.

connect.dc.gov

The need for stronger internet service in the Western North Carolina mountains has one national advocacy group pushing local governments in the region to take lead.

Chris Mitchell is the director of community broadband internet initiatives at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance—a D.C.-based nonprofit that focuses on policy and advises local governments in matters of autonomy. He says rural municipalities are increasingly lacking in the realm of broadband internet connectivity.

knowrivalry.com

Super Bowl LI is this Sunday between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons.  Hundreds of millions will watch, but if they aren't already fans of either team, who might they root for?  A Western Carolina University professor thinks he knows.

Seven years ago, David Tyler started researching sports rivalries with some academic colleagues.  The assistant professor of sports management at Western Carolina University wanted to shed light on the perception of rivalries from the fans themselves.

Davin Eldridge

NPR will be in Asheville on Tuesday February 7th for the latest 'Going There' event.  Weekend All Things Considered host Michel Martin will lead a night of performances and discussion on the topic 'What Happens When Your Hometown Gets Hot?' at the Diana Wortham Theater.  Tickets for the event have sold out but there will be a live stream that night to watch.  You can also join the conversation on Twitter by following @NPRMichel and @WCQS using the hashtag #HotHometown.

Following nearly thirty years of serving in local government, Corbin plans to draw on his experience from that capacity while serving in Raleigh.
North Carolina General Assembly

-Rep. Kevin Corbin seeks more K-12 funding, 'Whistle-blower' protection for local cops-

With North Carolina lawmakers now back in Raleigh for this year’s long session, we’ve been talking with legislators out here in the west.

NCBroadband.org, 2016

Representatives cite adequate broadband as essential to economic development

As technology advances, Basic access to broadband internet is essential to everything from economic development to education. Yet access is lacking in many areas throughout Western North Carolina, and officials like state Representative Kevin Corbin want to better connect the region.

Pannavati.org

Thousands of women from across the U.S. are expected to march on Washington D.C. the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, and international Buddhist monk Venerable Pannavati Bhikkuni is among those women from Western North Carolina who will make the trek to D.C.

Bhikkuni runs the Bhuddist residential retreat Heartwood Refuge in Hendersonville.  The bus she's booked for the trip is already half-full, but  Bhikkuni expects a full house by this time next week.

University of North Carolina

Western Carolina University's Dr. David Shapiro is careful not to describe speech disorders as something people 'suffer' from.

Instead, for Dr. Shapiro, speech disorders are challenges to overcome--for himself, just as much as they are for the thousands of others he's helped throughout his career--a life's work which spans decades, has taken him all over the world and has earned him the prestigious O. Max Gardner award earlier this spring.

It starts at a psychological levels, and for Shapiro, it's personal.

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