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Wednesday, May 05, 2021

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us have become accustomed to wearing masks, social distancing, virtual schooling and remote working. We have all made sacrifices to protect ourselves and one another, but there is another very important step you can take to help end this p…

The month of May celebrates bike to/at school programs including bike skills clinics at local schools, community bike rodeos and comprehensive trainings for physical education teachers in bicycle and pedestrian safety, using the Let’s Go NC! curriculum.

Harris Regional Hospital physicians, leaders and clinicians gathered recently to recognize Harris Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center, a recipient of the Center of Distinction award by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.

Dogwood Heath Trust has awarded $100,000 to The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to be distributed through its Janirve Sudden and Urgent Needs Grant program to support nonprofits in delivering the COVID-19 vaccine across Western North Carolina.

Last month, Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment announced its brand new Professional Outdoor Industry Certificate slated to kick off spring 2021 with two tracks, small business/entrepreneurship and leadership.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park staff are hosting several volunteer workdays in May and June on trails throughout the park. These opportunities are ideal for people who enjoy hiking and hands-on work in a beautiful setting. Volunteer service will take place alongside experienced park sta…

The Jackson County Public Library is now open for walk-in browsing without an appointment. Because of high demand and limited capacity, some special sections may still require a reservation, such as computer labs and study rooms. These reservations can be made in advance or on a walk-in/as a…

On Thursday, April 22, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting/grand opening ceremony for Ilda, 462 W. Main St. Ilda specializes in Italian-inspired cuisine, handmade pasta and craft cocktails. They are open from noon until 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. …

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Meal preparation, nutrition standards, food allergies and quality service are just a few of the items school nutrition professionals have on their plates. To honor their hard work and commitment, Jackson County Public Schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on Friday, May 7.

If an average person who lived during the renaissance were to be transported forward into our time, they would obviously find themselves in a world filled with unimaginable luxuries and wondrous sights.

The landscape of the K-12 teaching environment across the United States, and also North Carolina, lends itself to being predominantly comprised of white females. African-American male teachers are rare, research shows.

Circles of Jackson County is preparing to spread its wings and fly to Western Carolina University to work with students, but we need your help! We need volunteers. If you have a heart for young people this is your opportunity to make a real difference. 

I do not think there is anything better than sitting in the shade on a hot day biting into a nice juicy strawberry. That time is upon us again as strawberries are starting to come in season. Stop by your favorite produce stand or go to the closest farmer’s market to pick up some of the first…

The Nantahala Ranger District is looking to fill four seasonal and temporary positions for the 2021 summer season through the Youth Conservation Corps program.

National Park Service South Atlantic-Gulf Regional Director Stan Austin on April 16 announced the selection of Tracy Swartout as the new superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway, effective May 23.

MountainTrue Western Regional Director Callie Moore will lead a guided loop hike using the Panthertown Valley, Little Green and Mac’s Gap Trails from  9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8. This is a moderate 5.6-mile hike located near Glenville in the Panthertown Valley area of Nantahal…

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will be offering a four-week online Introduction to Conversational Cherokee language course from May 17 through June 11 with live Zoom meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m.

The Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee will host the annual Jackson County Bike Rodeo from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday. This is a free event for all Jackson County children.

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors appointed Jake Robinson to the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees, while also reappointing current board members Bob Roberts, Haden Boliek and Casey Cooper at its meeting last Thursday, April 22.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Over the next several weeks, residents in Jackson County will have the opportunity to help the Jackson County Department of Public Health and Harris Regional Hospital identify the most critical health needs throughout the county and region. The national research firm PRC of Omaha, Nebraska, …