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…

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The 39th annual Candlelight Christmas event in Webster is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the historic Webster United Methodist Church. The event opens with Christmas music played on the 1881 Estey organ, and guitar played by David Magil. The Christmas story from the Bible will be read by…

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The Appalachian Women’s Museum hosts the inaugural Music on the Porch: A Celebration of Samantha Bumgarner from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. “Aunt” Samantha Bumgarner was a Dillsboro native and musical legend who taught herself to play the fiddle and 5-string banjo in an up-picking style. The ev…

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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…

Wednesday, December 18, 2019
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The 39th annual Candlelight Christmas event in Webster is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the historic Webster United Methodist Church. The event opens with Christmas music played on the 1881 Estey organ, and guitar played by David Magil. The Christmas story from the Bible will be read by…

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Local auditions for the 71st season of “Unto These Hills” are from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Cherokee Historical Association Main Box Office, 564 Tsali Blvd. Individuals are sought to fill out the 2020 company, and all ages and experience levels are welcome.

Kudos to the Jackson County Department on Aging for its annual Senior Christmas Boxes program, and to the local community for providing donations to fuel the program. JCDA is now in the process of delivering hundreds of boxes of needed items for seniors; volunteers have donated items for the…

Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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The Appalachian Women’s Museum hosts the inaugural Music on the Porch: A Celebration of Samantha Bumgarner from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. “Aunt” Samantha Bumgarner was a Dillsboro native and musical legend who taught herself to play the fiddle and 5-string banjo in an up-picking style. The ev…

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The 10th annual Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, a family friendly paddling competition on a calm section of the Tuckaseigee River near the Western Carolina University campus, will be held Saturday, Sept. 21.

This month’s Creating Community Workshop is about accordion book-making with Gayle Woody at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Atrium of the Jackson County Public Library. This style of book-making is easy to learn but hard to master. Accordion books are extremely effective for journaling, collage a…

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Staff with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will discuss the natural history of black bears at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library. Among the topics covered will be the new BearWise initiative, which provides ways to prevent conflic…

With Labor Day in the rear view mirror, Sylva merchants and the towns of Sylva and Dillsboro are gearing up for a fall calendar full of events.

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The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador team held a ribbon cutting/grand opening ceremony Friday for Balsam Falls Eatery. The eatery is located inside the already established Balsam Falls Brewing Co., 506 W. Main St. in Sylva. Balsam Falls Eatery specializes in fresh handmade Cali-…

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting/grand opening celebration at Nantahala Brewing Company-Sylva Outpost on Aug. 22. It’s at 5 Grindstaff Cove Road and is open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. until midnight on Fridays and Saturday…

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The 10th annual season of Concerts on the Creek comes to a close Friday, when the series welcomes The Maggie Valley Band, playing dark Appalachian music. The Maggie Valley Band has been influenced by a wide variety of artists, movements, cultures and ideas. Each member grew up listening to a…

On Aug. 24 the classmates of the Cullowhee High School Class of 1957 gathered in East LaPorte for their 62nd-year reunion. Front row, from left: Imogene Brown Broom, Jean Woods Morgan, Quincy Stewart Inman, Jean Bridges Hendrix, Christine Robison McDowell, Betty Norton Bishop, Linda Hughes C…

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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Explorer Mike Libecki, National Geographic’s 2013 “Adventurer of the Year,” is coming to the campus of Western Carolina University at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in the theater of Hinds University Center. He will deliver a presentation and take part in a panel discussion, with both centered ar…

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Black Mountain author Nancy Werking Poling will visit City Lights Bookstore at 3 p.m. Saturday. She will present her novel “While the Earth Still Speaks,” set in the mountains of North Carolina.

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Saturday’s free Concert on the Creek features Mama Danger, a contemporary acoustic string ensemble that plays all sorts of acoustic music. Based out of Asheville, band members are Gabriela Rose on banjo and guitar, and Nick Cameron on mandolin. They specialize in folk, bluegrass, newgrass an…

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The Jackson County Public Library will host a Creating Community Workshop on Broom Making with Mickey Sizemore at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Atrium. This program is free of charge.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Five generations of the Brooks family recently got together. Holding their great-great-grandchildren are Eula Green Brooks and the Rev. Frank Brooks of Dillsboro. In the middle is their son, Wayne Brooks of Franklin. In the back are his daughter, Karen Reed of Sylva (right) and her daughter,…

The Jackson County Family Resource Center, located in the old Webster School, will be hosting an event open to all Jackson County families today (Thursday) from 4-7 p.m. During the event, families will have access to local support networks and will be able to take home a backpack filled with…

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Department on Aging would like to thank Duke Energy and the North Carolina 4-H Electric Congress for their generous donation to our Senior Fan Program. This donation of more than $2,000 will help keep seniors cool this summer.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

On June 29 members from Jackson County’s law, fire, rescue, EMS and dispatchers joined together to have a night of laughs and fellowship. The event was put together by Mike Huffman, and many local businesses donated food, drinks and items so that the event could remain free for Jackson Count…

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The Cullowhee High School class of 1963 held its 56th-year reunion at East LaPorte Park on June 22. Front row, L-R: Billie Jones, David Jones, Elizabeth Franks, Bobbie Jo Adams, Mary Sue Stephens, Frankie Higdon and Peggy Fox. Back row, L-R: Jack Galloway, Billy Messer, Ray Houston, Inez Dil…

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Above, Richard Sneed, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Brooks Robinson, regional senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos and Casey Cooper, chief executive officer of Cherokee Indian Hospital gather at the Cherokee Indian Hospital Foundat…

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

SCC offers A welding workshop from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 9-10, in the Summit Building. Registration fee is $70. For more information or to register, contact David Rogers at 339-4218 or d_rogers@southwesterncc.edu.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The July 4 issue of the Sylva Herald will print and be delivered as usual on Wednesday, July 3, but for those receiving it in the mail it will be delayed at least one day due to the post office closing for the holiday. Herald offices will be closed on the Fourth of July.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

CLARIFICATION: In the June 13 issue of the Sylva Herald, in a story about the county budget, it was reported that commissioners did not fund a new curriculum coordinator position for the Jackson County Schools. They did fund the position. See page 2A for an updated story on the position.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Beta Club at Fairview School installed a free tiny library on the grounds of the school this year. The students planned, organized and worked with family and staff to get the library built and installed. Fairview Beta Club would like to invite community members to use the library by taki…

Applications will be accepted through Saturday for the first Sylva Art and Design Committee local art pop-up gallery. The event will be downstairs at Black Balsam Outdoors in downtown Sylva from 6-9 p.m. July 26.

Margie and Joe Stephans held a car wash fundraiser April 28 to raise money for Wake Forest Urology in Winston-Salem. Proceeds will help find a cure for interstitial cystitis. More than $200 was raised washing cars, and a local restaurant donated $100. One more fundraiser will be held this su…

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

CLARIFICATION: In the May 30 issue of The Sylva Herald, in a story about the county library budget request, it was reported the Jackson County Library had “several hundred thousand” visits last year, not including visits to the Albert-Carlton Cashiers Community Library. County Librarian Trac…

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED at Equinox Ranch to transform the building to meet the needs of the program for combat veterans. Volunteers of all experiences and skill levels are welcome. Contact Margo Capparelli at equinox.ranch@yahoo.com or 356-8307.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

THE SYLVA HERALD will be closed Monday for Memorial Day. The deadline for news and classified advertising will be noon Friday.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

THE FOLLOWING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES are available in Jackson County this month: Community Table – help serve meals or help with the food pantry and backpack program; Friends of the Library – sorting, pricing and register help. For more information, call John Chicoine at the Volunteer Cente…

Wednesday, May 01, 2019
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Jackson County residents received the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service at a recent Jackson County Department on Aging Board Meeting. Bill and Sylvia Goforth received the award for their service with Meals on Wheels; they always go the extra mile for people they serve on their route. In…

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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East LaPorte Masonic Lodge #358 and Dillsboro Masonic Lodge #459 wish to express our appreciation to the family and friends of Jackson County for the patronage at our Charity Yard Sale April 6 at the Stanberry Insurance parking lot.