Phil and Connie Haire, left, present an Old Town brand kayak to Paul Wolf, director of Southwestern Community College’s Outdoor Leadership program, and Brett Woods, director of the SCC Foundation, on Aug. 13.

Obituaries

Karen M. “Cookie” Hermes, age 76, of Pensacola, Fla., went hom…

Sergeant First Class Ronald “Ronnie” Wayne Webb, 62, of Sylva,…

Earlene Cassie Beasley Peele, age 96, of Sanford, N.C., passed…

Bobby Lee Smathers, Sr., age 82, of Sylva passed away Wednesda…

Lille Plumer, 69, of Sylva, N.C., and Durham, N.C., passed awa…

Letters to the Editor

From Thomas Jefferson’s Bill for More Diffusion of Knowledge to Horace Mann advocating for free public education for all, saying that education would equalize the status of the common man, North Carolina has continued on a path to build a lighthouse educational system (pre-K through universi…

North Carolina now has five political parties represented on the ballot. They include the Republican Party, Constitution Party, Libertarian Party, Democratic Party and Green Party. Most of these organizations encourage people to join them. The Green Party seeks to join with others to foster …

The U.S. Congress needs to prioritize health and nutrition of families by passing protections for SNAP (food stamps) in the Senate’s bipartisan, common-sense Farm Bill.

Reading the article about the money raised in the commissioner’s race, I had to wonder, are there no well-off Democrats in Jackson County? Surely there are. Why are they not contributing?

This tale begins with an idea proposed by a recently elected Republican to the county commission. The idea of combining the board of directors for the Department of Public Health and Department of Social Services should, in this commissioner’s view, result in streamlined governance and money…

I’m proud to be part of a community that values military service members, and must say thank you for your support of the 210th MP Company of the N.C. Army National Guard. The 210th has been deployed overseas since the beginning of the year, and they will be coming home soon.

Court News

A session of Jackson County Civil Superior Court will begin Monday, Oct. 8. Potential jurors should report to Room 220 of the Jackson County Justice Center on that date.

The following persons were arrested by the Sylva Police Department between Sept. 10 and 16: