Because of the federal shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services benefits by Sunday. Benefits would normally be available to families between the 3rd and 21st of February.

The outdoor industry is an economic powerhouse in Western North Carolina, which is why the Small Business Center at Southwestern Community College has developed a seminar series at no charge to help those in this competitive field.

Ross Cummings poured in 36 points last Thursday leading Mercer to its first Southern Conference men’s basketball victory of the season, 84-80 over Western Carolina.

Obituaries

Curtis Allison, age 74, of Webster peacefully moved into Heave…

Megan Noel Misner, 27, born April 19, 1991, passed away Jan. 3, 2019.

Carol “Jean” Coggins Tilley was born May 8, 1934, to the late …

Denver Ray Holder Jr., 57, of Canton passed away unexpectedly …

Letters to the Editor

On Jan. 2 I got my New Year’s haircut at a Sylva barber shop. In the shop were a Cherokee Indian, an African-American, an Asian Indian, two Caucasian barbers and me. Soon two more Caucasians arrived.

The Nov. 15 edition of The Sylva Herald published a letter by Ronnie Mau, son of Jackson County Commissioner Ron Mau, concerning a post on the Jackson County Democratic Party website that compared his father to Chairman Mao Zedong.

My name is Ronnie Mau, son of Ron Mau, a current member of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. Congratulations on the wins in Jackson County, especially to Brian McMahan, Boyce Deitz and Gayle Woody. The turnout of voters from both parties was an encouraging sign for political engagem…

Over the past month I’ve had the opportunity to attend several Sylva town board meetings. At each meeting there have been individuals in attendance that have spoken during the public comments section of the meeting. This time allows the board to hear from community members. These individuals…

The other night I dreamed that Fox News reported on two helicopters: one hovering over Washington, D.C.; the other over the U.S./Mexico border. A bearded, robed, long-haired Jew dropped thousands of leaflets from each chopper. As citizens, elected politicians and appointed officials picked t…

Court News

The following persons were arrested by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office between Dec. 17 and 30, and Jan. 7 and 13:

The following persons were arrested by the Sylva Police Department between Jan. 7 and 13:

Two sessions of Jackson County District Court were held last week at the Justice Center with Judge Kris Earwood presiding.