The Western North Carolina Historical Association is now accepting nominations for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. The Award is a partnership between WNCHA and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Committee and has been presented by WNCHA since 1955. The award comes with a $2,500 cas…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Western North Carolina Historical Association is now accepting nominations for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. The Award is a partnership between WNCHA and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Committee and has been presented by WNCHA since 1955. The award comes with a $2,500 cas…

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Seventy years ago, the public was buzzing over Gov. Kerr Scott’s “Go Forward” campaign, and in particular over two referendums on the June ballot, one to increase funding for public schools, the other to increase funding for roads.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Memorial Day 2019 comes 100 years after the return of American soldiers from the battlefields of World War I, providing a fitting moment to focus on one Jackson County boy who did not return, William Elsie Dillard.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Reader Jan Woodard Boyer of Sylva brought an interesting piece of historical trivia to the Herald office recently. Shown is a newspaper photo of her brother, Lee Roy Woodard, known as “Poker,” as an infant, pictured with his mother, Murriel. The photo is believed to have come from a newspape…

Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Wednesday, May 01, 2019

The Jackson County Genealogical Society will learn about the cemeteries on the north shore of Fontana Lake that are now located inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park during its next program, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Jackson County Library’s Community Room.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The story of E.L. McKee’s contribution to Jackson County is inextricably linked to that of two other notables written about in recent weeks: his wife, Gertrude Dills McKee, North Carolina’s first woman state senator; and his frequent business associate, C.J. Harris.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

North Carolina’s 9th congressional district cozies up to a long stretch of the South Carolina border, running from the Charlotte area to near Fayetteville.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Wednesday, April 03, 2019

In April of 1944 The Herald gave a report from Sylva’s Jack C. Allison, who served on the submarine USS Halibut, regarding his adventures. As news from combat zones was heavily censored, Allison wasn’t able to provide many details, but due to actions that had been previously reported was abl…

The Jackson County Genealogical Society will hear from a group of Western Carolina University history students during its next program, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Jackson County Library’s Community Room.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Many folks are still likely working to get their biological clocks readjusted following the recent arrival of Daylight Saving Time, when we rolled our clocks forward and lost an hour of sleep.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

For years in these hills, the fallout from the damage wrought by the Civil War was felt. One aspect of that damage that is often overlooked is the toll it took on literacy.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Many of the boys from Jackson County who served in World War I were trained at Camp Sevier in Greenville, S.C. The camp was named in honor of John Sevier, a Revolutionary War hero who fought at Kings Mountain and later went on to become Tennessee’s first governor.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Wednesday, February 06, 2019