Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Samantha Tilley (senior), Mitchell Russotti (junior), Elizabeth Sealy (sophomore) and Josh Handy (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for March. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smok…

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Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Samantha Tilley (senior), Mitchell Russotti (junior), Elizabeth Sealy (sophomore) and Josh Handy (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for March. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smok…

Western Carolina University’s Police Department recently instituted a standing advisory committee to help officers better understand and serve the community.

I love this time of year when the weather is warming up and flowers start coming out. It gets me more motivated to get outside and be active. It also makes me want to do some spring cleaning.

On Feb. 23 Jackson County Public Schools accepted these employee recommendations:

Blue Ridge Parkway managers announced Monday an estimated 14,099,485 recreation visitors enjoyed the park in 2020. Despite impacts from road closures and the coronavirus pandemic, Parkway trails, overlooks and open spaces provided safe ways for visitors to recreate responsibly, get outside a…

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that a paving project began last week on Newfound Gap Road along an 8-mile section of the roadway from Chimneys Picnic Area to Newfound Gap. The project should be completed by Nov. 30, though work schedules are subject to revision as ne…

THE JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY will hold precinct meetings beginning Saturday. Meetings at Democratic Party headquarters in Sylva are: 10-11 a.m. for Sylva/Dillsboro, 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for Cullowhee and 1-2 p.m. for Webster. Caney Fork meets from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Caney For…

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital continue to expand pain services across Western North Carolina by welcoming Dr. Austin Albright, Dr. Priscilla Agbenyefia and Widad Alami, PA-C.

Like many other facets of life in 2020, COVID-19 is affecting various N.C. Department of Transportation projects, including R-5600. The project to reshape Sylva’s commercial corridor has been postponed from fiscal year 2022 to 2025.

Much of the concrete has been poured on the surface of the Haywood Road bridge over Scotts Creek in Dillsboro. The bridge might open as early as next month, according to NCDOT spokesman David Uchiyama.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray announced last Thursday that Fredrick Thomas Gettins Strohm, 41, of Jackson County, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release for embezzling more than $95,000 from an Indian tribal organization.

United Christian Ministries is holding the #FiveFruits challenge to ask folks to donate cans or single-serve packages of fruit, such as mandarin oranges, apple sauce, fruit cocktail and peaches. All donations go directly to Jackson County residents facing food insecurity. Donations may be dr…

Three of eight spaces at Sylva Commons on N.C. 107 in front of Walmart have tenants, with Starbucks the most recent sign to adorn a door. Jersey Mike’s Subs and Kobe Express had previously announced stores opening there.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Sylva First United Methodist Church 

Two years before a total solar eclipse left area residents breathless in 2017, Southwestern Community College started working with NASA in an effort to bring advanced Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education opportunities to Western North Carolina.

There’s nothing quite like the silence of a landscape after a snow. That’s what I was thinking one early morning as I gazed out upon a recent heavy dusting.

Thanks to a new articulation agreement with Western Carolina University, students enrolled in the Associate of Fine Arts degree at Southwestern Community College can now transfer credits to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design at WCU.

If you are a farmer in the far west counties of North Carolina who has been waiting for the right time financially to jump into a new adventure on your operation, then the WNC Ag Options Grant might be just what you need to help get you started.

Amid the pandemic and a recession, total enrollment at Western Carolina University has dipped only slightly for the 2021 spring semester, while the number of graduate students enrolled moderately increased over previous years.

Visitors to the Nantahala National Forest will have a convenient new way to pay day-use fees at different recreation areas. Visitors also have the option to purchase annual passes for most of these areas.

Matthew Toedt of Sylva earned the distinction of Faculty Honors for fall 2020 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have earned a 4.0 academic average for the semester.