Outdoor recreation focus of ‘Town Hall’ meeting

Western Carolina University is partnering with the UNC School of Government and UNC-TV on a “Town Hall” event showcasing how regional partners are leveraging outdoor recreation to stimulate economic development. “Navigating the  Outdoor Economy in Southwestern N.C.” is 11 a.m. Wednesday, with a reception following at noon. It is in the Grand Room of WCU’s University Center.

As part of NCImpact, the content will air on UNC-TV,  North Carolina channel, and various online and social media outlets. Anita Brown-Graham will serve as moderator. Contact Toogie Hampton at thampton@sog.unc.edu or (919) 843-6518 for more information.


School system offering breakfast, lunch

Children under 18 years are eligible for free summer meals through Jackson County’s School Nutrition Program through July 31. The listed sites will be open on the following days:

• First Baptist Church of Sylva: Open Monday through Friday. Breakfast will be served 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This site will be closed July 4-5.

• Jackson County Library: Open Monday and Wednesday only with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This site will be closed July 4.

Students enrolled in summer camps at Cullowhee Valley School and Scotts Creek School are eligible for free breakfast and lunch. For information about hosting a site, contact Laura Cabe at 586-2311 ext. 1936.


Bridge replacement starts south of Sapphire

A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin next week replacing a 59-year-old, two-lane bridge on Upper White Water Road over Gum Bottom Creek in Sapphire.

Crews from Apple, Tuck and Associates closed the road and established a construction zone June 10 between Cash Road and Camp Buck Road. The company will have 120 days to reopen the road. 

The new bridge is designed to provide drivers with a structure containing enhanced safety features. The standards for new bridges allow heavier and wider vehicles to safely cross.

The remote location provides one primary detour route that will take motorists on White Water Road north to U.S. 64, then east on U.S. 64, and south on N.C. 281 to return to White Water Road.


Eastern Band candidates to debate 

The Cherokee One Feather will hold seven televised debates involving candidates for Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians’ principal chief, vice chief, Tribal Council and school board. They will start at 5 p.m. and are expected to last about two to three hours each evening. 

Dates are:

Tuesday, June 18: Big Cove Council and Birdtown Council candidates.

Thursday, June 20: Cherokee County/Snowbird, Paintttown Council candidates.

Tuesday, June 25: Wolfetown and Yellowhill Council candidates.

Thursday, June 27: Vice chief and principal chief candidates.

Tuesday, July 9: Board of Education seats.

These forums will be held in the Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center on Cherokee Central Schools’ campus. These events are open to the public and will be broadcast via tribal cable and streamed via www.ebci.com.

Candidates are given 12 questions for their consideration prior to the debate. Audience questions will be given to the moderator near the end of the debate. Once the debates have concluded, audience and media will be free to catch and talk to individual candidates.