The Pic’ & Play Mountain Dulcimer Players of Sylva are resuming in-person jam sessions at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the St. John’s Episcopal Church fellowship hall in Sylva. The group welcomes beginners and experienced dulcimer players, including mountain (lap) dulcimer and hammered dulcimer…

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony for new restaurant Lucy in the Rye on March 25. Located at 612 W. Main St. in Sylva, Lucy in the Rye is open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesdays) from 7:45 a.m. until 3 p.m. They serve break…

The Hendersonville City Council recently recognized Sylva-Webster High School graduate Scott Chovan for his work as supervisor at the Hendersonville Wastewater Plant. He has served the Hendersonville lab for 36 years. He is the son of William and Martha Chovan of Cullowhee.

Sylva native Ruby Virginia Ward Morgan celebrates her 100th birthday on Feb. 21. She worked at Skyland Textile for 25 years. She and her husband, Basil Morgan, had four children, six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She is a member of Victory Baptist Church. 

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Wednesday, June 09, 2021

The Pic’ & Play Mountain Dulcimer Players of Sylva are resuming in-person jam sessions at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the St. John’s Episcopal Church fellowship hall in Sylva. The group welcomes beginners and experienced dulcimer players, including mountain (lap) dulcimer and hammered dulcimer…

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The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony for new restaurant Lucy in the Rye on March 25. Located at 612 W. Main St. in Sylva, Lucy in the Rye is open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesdays) from 7:45 a.m. until 3 p.m. They serve break…

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

The Hendersonville City Council recently recognized Sylva-Webster High School graduate Scott Chovan for his work as supervisor at the Hendersonville Wastewater Plant. He has served the Hendersonville lab for 36 years. He is the son of William and Martha Chovan of Cullowhee.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Sylva native Ruby Virginia Ward Morgan celebrates her 100th birthday on Feb. 21. She worked at Skyland Textile for 25 years. She and her husband, Basil Morgan, had four children, six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She is a member of Victory Baptist Church. 

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Two practicing artists from two different cultures – India and the United States – came together to collaborate on a temporal experience of visual language. Now, the distinct result of those efforts is on display in the exhibition hall of the Robinson Building at Western Carolina University.

When asked to name a major film that they like featuring a person with a disability, the subjects of the documentary film “Code of the Freaks” respond with “No, I can’t name any” and “Yeah, that’s a pretty short list.”

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center last week announced the 2020-21 N.C. Arts Council Artist Support Grant Recipients for Region 18.

The winner of this year’s annual Dogwood Crafters quilt raffle is Susie Anthony of Newton. She and her husband come to the mountains camping and trout fishing every year. Larry Walther made the quilt. He is a long-time member of Dogwood Crafters, a craft collective at 90 Webster St. in Dills…

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Florence Paul of Whittier was the first name drawn for a piece of jewelry at Hollifield Jewelers. Each December Hollifield’s holds a drawing every Friday night with the last one being held on Christmas Eve as part of their Customer Appreciation Program. Paul is pictured with her prize, a lad…

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Circles of Jackson County wishes to express our thankfulness for so many who have supported us for these seven years and made this program possible.

Western Carolina University’s Division of Educational Outreach will host an online concert celebrating the sounds of the holiday season with nationally known dulcimer performers Larry and Elaine Conger, Lorinda Jones and Irma Reeder.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Main Street Sylva’s newest chamber member Southern & Sunkissed is located at 633 W. Main St. The boutique has trending clothing and accessories, all for under $50. It also features a VersaSpa spray tan booth for $25. Hours are Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Call 369-7100…

Sylva lawyer Gary Kirby and his friends on Oct. 21 put a mask on a lion standing on the Mill Street sidewalk. They returned Oct. 25 to find the mask gone and the lion covered in moss and dirt. Kirby said he wonders if anti-maskers are to blame.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

There is no operating manual for running a nonprofit from one’s attic during a pandemic, but the executive director of Circles of Jackson County, Dawn Neatherly, and Client Services Coordinator Sierra Womack could certainly have written one. They have done an incredible job and because of th…

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Although Bardo Arts Center (BAC) is closed to the public during the WCU fall semester due to COVID-19 restrictions, audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of virtual events and experiences, with a lineup of streaming events beginning this month.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Although Bardo Arts Center on the Western Carolina University campus is closed to the public, audiences can enjoy a selection of virtual events and experiences with a lineup of streaming events beginning this month.

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City Lights Bookstore will celebrate the publication of Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle’s new novel, “Even as We Breathe” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. She will be outside addressing passersby with selections from her book.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has been awarded a $67,000 grant from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. The funds support the development of BRNHA’s Blue Ridge Craft Trails on the Qualla Boundary and in Jackson, Graham, Swain, Macon and Haywood counties.

The Jackson County Arts Council is accepting applications for Grassroots sub-grants. The council administers the Grassroots Arts Program Grant in accordance with current guidelines, policies and requirements outlined by the N.C. Arts Council. Funding for these sub-grants comes from the N.C. …

Thursday, August 13, 2020
Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, a 501c3 nonprofit arts and heritage organization, has presented the Ammons Sisters as storytellers for 30 years in the school systems and public settings of the South.

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Western Carolina University Athletics and Great Smoky Mountains Railroad have collaborated to create “The Catamount,” a renovated WCU themed rail car. The original rail car was named “The Michigan” and built in 1952 for the Penn Central line. In 2018, it was bought by GSMR for the Polar Expr…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra is marking its 50th anniversary this month. Founded in 1970 by James Dooley of Cullowhee, the ensemble rehearsed throughout that spring and gave its first performance May 25, 1970, in conjunction with the Western Carolina University Concert Choir. The orc…

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Western Carolina University’s annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival will be shifting from the big screen to small screen for the first time in its 11-year history.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

OK, I’m toying with the idea of moving back to Georgia and nailing my feet to the ground ... as the late humorist Lewis Grizzard once wrote. My reasons vary considerably from Grizzard’s but are nonetheless viable.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials invite the public to experience ‘SmokiEEEs @ Home’ during National Park Week. This new website at www.smokieees.org features videos and activities that highlight the three Es in SmokiEEEs: Explore, Entertain and Escape.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

John Pelham Thomas of Cullowhee will celebrate his 98th birthday Saturday. He was born April 18, 1922, in Bibb County, Alabama. He was married to Beulah Marie Hawks from Sept. 22, 1945, until her death in 2005. He has six children: Sarah Jane Thomas of Asheville, Susan Marie Reynaud of Cullo…

Western Carolina University students and faculty will present William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” online via Zoom. The livestream is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday on several social media platforms.