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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Wendy Williams, a 2005 graduate from Southwestern Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technology program, is now facing the COVID-19 pandemic head-on as the director of Laboratory and Pathology Services for the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System in Boone.

Two state agencies – the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Insurance – are warning of scammers preying on the public’s fears of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hard times. We heard our older generation talk about “hard times,” but I do not think we really understood. Maybe we still don’t fully, but I think we understand a little more than we did.

On Feb. 14, the U.S. Forest Service released the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests proposed plan and draft Environmental Impact Statement for public review, initiating the 90-day comment period. Public involvement opportunities, including public meetings, are now being modified based on …

Kailiann Sadeski of Cullowhee made the President’s List at The College of Coastal Georgia. Students earned their place on the President’s List by their academic performance during the fall 2019 semester.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Wednesday afternoon Jackson County Department Deputy Director Melissa McKnight sent an updated Q&A about the coronavirus. It follows on the heels of a similar document sent Tuesday afternoon.

Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Rhonda Cox, chief population health officer at Vaya Health, to the N.C. Council on Developmental Disabilities.

U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Jonathan David Taylor last Thursday to 46 months in prison and three years of supervised release for the May assault of a tribal elder of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

National Park Service officials announced the southernmost 14 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, from Milepost 455 to 469, are closed in a continuing effort to support federal, state and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus, and in coordination with travel restrictions…

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the statewide wild turkey season April 11 through May 9, preceded by a youth-only turkey season from April 4 -10.

The Golden LEAF Foundation announces $15 million in funding to launch a rapid recovery loan program in response to economic losses related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The N.C. Department of Transportation publishes digital guides for each of the department’s 14 highway divisions. Jackson County is part of Division 14.

MULCH IS AVAILABLE from the Jackson County Solid Waste Department for $10 per loader bucket scoop (2.5 cubic yards). The mulch is double ground. The Transfer Station is located at 1172 Mineral Springs Drive, Sylva and the hours of operation are 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7…

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The natural world is full of impressive predators. Our gardens are the hunting grounds of aggressively efficient mantids, dragonflies and wasps, each with their own unique methods of securing a meal.

Smoky Mountain High School senior Anna Morgan has been awarded a certificate of merit by the National Merit Scholarship Program. She has advanced to “finalist” standing where she will be in the running for one of the 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be …

Throughout the duration of the COVID-19 threat, the State Board of Elections is planning for all employees to continue working – either in the office or remotely – to prepare for upcoming elections. 

Last month we discussed the coming of spring and the importance of scouting our pastures and hayfields for buttercup. Along with that, this month, we will discuss grass tetany and what producers need to know going into the spring.

Classical Conversations of Sylva hosted an Excellence in Education Day in February at Webster Baptist Church. Local homeschool families presented their work, demonstrated the lost tools of learning and the classical model of education in a Christ-centered community. Several local pastors and…

Catamount athletics fans will find two noticeable changes to the game-day experience at Western Carolina University when football season rolls around in September, including the sale of beer and wine in the stadium and changes to designated tailgating areas.

Federal Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement Monday in response to President Donald Trump’s address to the nation:

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is planning to sue the federal government for its decision to allow the Catawba Nation of South Carolina to take land into federal trust to operate an off-reservation casino, the tribe said in a release.

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new policy establishing criteria for naming university programs and facilities, including a more extensive background screening process of potential honorees or donors.

THE SYLVA ART + DESIGN COMMITTEE will present “Nature Through a Child’s Eye,’’ an eco-themed art show featuring the artwork of children and young adults inspired by or relating to nature and the environment, on April 4 from 2-5 p.m. in Viva Arts Studio, 456 W. Main St. in downtown Sylva. Pro…

Jackson Community School honored law enforcement on March 5 during the second annual appreciation luncheon. Jackson Community School Foods II class prepared and served the meal. “JCS implemented the annual appreciation luncheon to thank the officers of Jackson County,” Principal Angela Lunsf…

Western Carolina University second-year student Jordan Rasheed has been chosen by Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, as one of 290 students to be among its 2020-21 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Brianna Ashe (senior), Zeke Sink (freshman), Jessica Sellers (sophomore) and Caleb Turner (junior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for March. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain High School.…

Jackson County Public Schools will hold the annual Kick-Off to Kindergarten on from 1-6 p.m. Monday, March 23, at the Sylva Comfort Inn. Children who turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 are eligible to enroll for the 2020-21 school year.