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Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Western Carolina University is a recipient of a recurring grant from the N.C. Principal Fellows Program that will provide $4.1 million over the next six years, the University of North Carolina System recently announced.

The Department of Chemistry and Physics at Western Carolina University will host a viewing of the Perseid meteor shower from 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, through sunrise on Thursday, Aug. 12, at Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

At its July 22 meeting, the Sylva Town Board voted unanimously to purchase a plot of land near Keener Cemetery. The decision was made during closed session and later announced in open session.

A Mocksville woman died of injuries in a July 26 car wreck on the Blue Ridge Parkway, park officials said in a release.

A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation is drilling H-piles, square beams  driven into soil for deep foundations to support large buildings and bridges, along N.C. 107 in the Tuckasegee area.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital will provide a free Sports Medicine Luncheon at noon Tuesday in the Easton Board Room at Harris Regional Hospital. Lunch will be provided to those who attend.

Foxes are known to be sly, but that doesn’t necessary mean not seen. It’s breeding season and young foxes, called kits or pups, and their parents are spending more time outside of the den, making sightings more likely.

A public-private partnership in Jackson County that has helped public health authorities anticipate changing trends in COVID-19 infections is now contributing to a federal initiative to support similar ongoing infectious disease surveillance across the country.

The Great Smoky Mountains Association has announced that its 2022 wall calendar, featuring “stunning” photography of wildlife throughout the Smokies, is now available for purchase both in park stores and online. Each of the dozen vibrant images is accompanied by information about the picture…

Jackson County Commissioner Gayle Woody (left) and Jeremy Wilson, assistant to Principal Chief Ritchie Sneed of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, stand with a replica of a road sign dedicating a portion of U.S. 441 to Beloved Man Jerry Wolfe. At a ceremony on Tuesday the stretch of U.S. …

THE FIRST FRIDAY BOOK GROUP will meet Aug. 6, at 10 a.m. in Room 129 at the Jackson County Senior Center. The book to be discussed is “Even As We Breathe,” by local author Annette Clapsaddle.

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador team held a grand re-opening ribbon cutting ceremony for The Cut Cocktail Lounge on July 20. Located at 486 W. Main St. in Sylva, The Cut offers late night bites, handcrafted cocktails, select beers, wines and non-alcoholic drinks and more. O…

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently approved scholarships totaling $410,250 to 91 WNC students in 60 schools in 19 counties. More than 60 volunteers from the community worked to review applications and select recipients, some through Zoom meetings and online interviews.

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An undercover investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of Joshua Warren McDowell, 40, of Sylva, for drug offenses, according to a release from the department.