Fifty-year old Scott and Walker Residence Halls on the Western Carolina University campus are currently under demolition. Work is expected to continue for the next two to three months. They will be replaced with three, potentially four, new facilities that will house about 300 students each.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Over three days, Oct. 2-4, students of all ages at the NASA “Space Apps Challenge” through  Southwestern Community College will work completely virtually in teams with mentors to come up with creative solutions for real world problems on Earth and in space. The theme for this year’s event – …

Fifty-year old Scott and Walker Residence Halls on the Western Carolina University campus are currently under demolition. Work is expected to continue for the next two to three months. They will be replaced with three, potentially four, new facilities that will house about 300 students each.

Harris Regional Hospital has announced the opening of Harris Vein Center in Sylva. The center provides vein services led by Dr. Eric Reitz and Kate Mosley, FNP-C ,and is now open and scheduling appointments.

Autumn leaves and the natural beauty of fall colors across Western North Carolina are seasonal sensations that draw thousands of visitors and locals alike – and prompts an annual prognostication by Western Carolina University biology professor Beverly Collins.

Western Carolina University has retained a bond rating of Aa3 and an outlook of “stable” in a recent review of WCU’s institutional finances by national bond rating agency Moody’s Investor Services.

With cooler weather, it is critical to think about putting your garden “to bed” for the winter. One ancient practice still incredibly useful to accomplish this is planting cover crops. Cover crops are planted when your normal garden or crop production is temporarily not occurring, such as th…

“Black Lives Matter,” foul language and anti-police slogans were among the messages written in sidewalk chalk along Sylva’s West Main Street following a Reconcile Sylva rally last Friday. “Many of these messages were social justice related, some were directed at the Confederate monument and …

THE JACKSON COUNTY VETERANS OFFICE will host its Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner as a drive-thru dinner in front of the Department on Aging Building from 3-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Call Sheila Setzer or Scott Mathews at 631-2231 to make a reservation to receive a meal. The dinner will…

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, Jackson County Board of Education virtual meeting. In-person access to the meeting will not be permitted for the public. A link to the livestream of the meeting will be available online at https://bit.ly/JCPSBoard082520. Public comments for the board meeting may b…

Gabriel and Gwendolyn Morris graduated in June from Novato High School of the Arts in Novato, California. The twins are teh children of David and Sherry Trumbo Morris and the grandchildren of Jack and Linda Jones Morris of Webster. Gwendolyn was awarded a full scholarship to study illustrati…

Each month of the school year, Smoky Mountain High School recognizes a staff member who has gone above and beyond their responsibilities to help make the school a better place. Any member of staff can be nominated by any other member of the staff for the SMHS Staff Shout Out Award.

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The Sylva Herald will post a variety of articles concerning the Nov. 2020 election in this space. 

WNC Agricultural Options is now accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses. With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions is distributing a total of $216,000 to Western North Carolina farmers in 2021. The application deadlin…

U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray issued an alert last week warning the public of potential scammers seeking to obtain personal information by claiming to be with the Justice Department.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have closed campsite 82 and a section of the Hazel Creek Trail after rangers discovered the remains of Patrick Madura, 43, of Elgin, Illinois, at the campsite.

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As the fourth week of classes began for Western Carolina University students, many Husk residents were blindsided Sept. 8 by early morning flooding of their apartments. The Husk is an apartment complex mostly for WCU students off Little Savannah Road in Cullowhee.

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Traffic will remain in its current pattern on U.S. 23/441 over Cowee Mountain the next year while construction crews perform a major operation to stop the top of the mountain from moving.

The Democratic Women of Jackson County announced that they are sponsoring an essay contest for school-age children and youth. The topic is “Everyone Eligible Should Vote.”

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems, EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems Food and Farm Apprenticeship Program, is seeking highly motivated individuals from a variety of different backgrounds to participate in a hands-on work and study apprenticeship program.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020