Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Dylan Bishop (freshman), Crystal Creason (sophomore), Carter Pastorius (junior) and Luis Palacios Poxtan (senior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for January. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Moun…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Dylan Bishop (freshman), Crystal Creason (sophomore), Carter Pastorius (junior) and Luis Palacios Poxtan (senior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for January. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Moun…

As March quickly approaches, the urge to be outdoors pruning, preparing and planting in and around our garden and landscape areas comes instinctively to most individuals as temperatures reach Hi-Low (F) averages between 59.2-31.9 degrees and precipitation around 3.19 inches.

North Carolinians can help conserve North Carolina’s wildlife with a voluntary contribution to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, found on line 30 of the North Carolina state income tax form.

The Jackson County Tourism Development Authority has announced some changes to the meeting schedules of various committees. All meetings are at 10 a.m. at the JCTDA Office at 116 Central St.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, the region’s largest employer, made a commitment to take its support of Southwestern Community College and its students to an entirely new level.

Smoky Mountain High School has received a scholarship to participate in the Asheville Regional North Carolina Science Olympiad tournament. The Asheville tournament is a regional science, technology, engineering and mathematics competition (STEM) taking place Feb. 22 at UNC-Asheville.

Middle and high school students in Jackson County Public Schools can now report suspicious or potentially harmful behavior using a new smartphone app.

THE SYLVA CHAPTER OF TROUT UNLIMITED will partner with the Department of Public Works to clean up Scotts Creek at 8 a.m. Saturday, meeting at the Tuckaseegee Fly Shop on West Main Street. 

Local residents join students in a Monday march at Western Carolina University to celebrate and commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. WCU holds events in the spirit of King through the week, focusing on concept of community. On Friday, WCU will host the National Coalition…

A Southwestern Community College student from Tuckasegee and two others were recently sworn in as the newest members of Southwestern Community College’s Board of Trustees.

Betsy Swift, an organizer of the Sister March, addresses the 80-100 people who came out to the event on Saturday. The gathering was in conjunction with the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Chilly temperatures and rain kept the crowd huddled under the Bridge Park pavilion, and a planned marc…

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Small Business Center at Southwestern Community College and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems are offering the free seminar “How to Make Money on the Farm” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Qualla Fire Station.

As of 2019, Swain County 4-H Livestock Club was in its second year. With 15 members, the Tangled Feet Stompers also has new youth members as well. With 4-H ages ranging from 5 to 19, there is constant need for clubs and groups to recruit new members or they will eventually dwindle and cease …

Soil testing is a quick and accurate method to determine the relative acidity of the soil (pH) and the level of several essential nutrients (phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, manganese, copper, and zinc) needed. The test results will aid in plant selection, soil prep…

The Small Business Center at Southwestern Community College will host a “Regional Business Plan Competition” to help individuals transform their ideas into fully realized businesses.

Tom and Gillian McMillan are volunteers with HERE in Jackson County Homeless Services Program. Throughout December, the couple picked up evening meals from the Community Table and delivered them to homeless individuals and families being sheltered from the cold. The McMillans are also helpin…

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

If you look at the sky outside right now, chances are you’ll see a cloud. On a normal day over half of the planet is covered in clouds. These masses of water vapor operate at a wide range of altitudes, and take on a variety of types depending on their location and height.

Dressed in a royal blue cap and gown, Cherokee resident Emma Hull walked across the stage on Dec. 5, at Southwestern Community College to finally have the moment she said she has been waiting on for so many years.