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

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.

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.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

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.

Southwestern Community College is working with Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort to offer training and certification for blackjack dealers with evening classes starting Jan. 27.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Western Carolina University has been listed by The Princeton Review as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America for the ninth consecutive year.

The campus committee leading the national search for Western Carolina University’s next vice chancellor for advancement is working with Aspen Leadership Group. WCU has scheduled a series of meetings designed to provide input to committee members and ALG.

Smoky Mountain High School senior Joey Crowe and junior Damien Hebenstreit have accomplished something very few high school students in North Carolina have so far. They passed the exam for the Federal Aviation Administration Small Unmanned Aircraft (Part 107) pilot’s license. This license pe…

During this holiday season, it is a time to listen for children’s laughter and joy. Strangers on the street stop and watch a child’s awe of the season. The anticipation for celebration, friends, family and the sharing of our gifts – not material items, as much as the gifts and talents we bri…

Hundreds of 4th- through 8th-grade students gathered at Cullowhee Valley School on Saturday, Dec. 7, to compete in the western region’s FIRST Lego League robotics challenge. Jackson County Public Schools hosted the event for the first time, and it featured 28 teams from as far away as Charlotte.

Six Smoky Mountain High School seniors have earned platinum level, the highest-level certificate awarded, for the ACT WorkKeys assessment. From left are School Superintendent Kim Elliott, Tyler Watterson, Joey Crowe, Mallorie Mahoney, Niel Trelles, and Shawn Byfield. Not pictured is Jenaya R…

The Western Carolina University community Dec. 5 celebrated renovations to a curation facility for archaeological collections associated with the Cherokee, including objects from the Trail of Tears and the Unicoi Turnpike.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

While most Western Carolina University offices will be closed during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, WCU’s Advancement office will be open for special hours on two days to assist donors with year-end giving.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Cullowhee Valley School Seventh and Eighth Grade Chorus is one of 10 choral groups invited to sing at the Asheville Regional Airport during the holidays. The choirs will perform a variety of carols and festive music for passengers, visitors and employees.

Southwestern Community College’s new $21 million Health Sciences Building is starting to take shape on the west side of the campus as construction remains on schedule to finish by the summer of 2021.

Western Carolina University will hold a pair of commencement ceremonies Saturday, to honor its fall graduating class and a group of newly minted university alumni who were awarded degrees after this year’s summer school sessions.

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Neil Trelles (senior), Brant Farmer (junior), Erick Flores Maldonado (sophomore) and Sebastian Trelles (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for December. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mou…

As colors turn and leaves drop to the ground, fall marks a season of great change. Students in Southwestern Community College’s Radiography program are feeling that change, too, as they prepare to begin their clinical rotations at hospitals across the region.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

As the season approaches when many people will gather with family and friends to enjoy and give thanks for their abundance, there is an often-overlooked segment of the population who will instead spend the holidays simply trying to meet their basic human needs.

Students from Cullowhee Valley and Fairview elementary schools performed with the N.C. Elementary Honors Chorus in Winston-Salem at the N.C. Music Educators Conference in early November. The chorus was made up of 200 auditioned 4th, 5th and 6th graders throughout the state. 

Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center is offering a “Human Resources Summit” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, to teach business leaders efficient and effective practices for managing human resources. The one-day conference will be held in the Burrell Building.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Western Carolina University is inviting prospective students and their families and friends to visit the campus during Open House on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Audrey Hinton (freshman), Justin Criswell (junior), Paige Monteith (senior) and Dalton Buchanan (sophomore) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for November. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain …

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

While local schools are closed for Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will be offering a Kids Art Day from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in room 150 of the Bardo Arts Center.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Jackson County Board of Education recognized members of Black Mountain Baptist Church in Cullowhee for hosting a fundraiser for the schools. Pictured, from left, Lib Jicha, Cullowhee Valley Principal Kathryn Kantz, School Superintendent Kim Elliott, Emery Brooks, Kenneth Dills, Johnnie N…

The Sylva Central High School Class of 1953 held a reunion Oct. 12 at Bogart’s. Those attending included, from left: Bobby Blackwell, Bill Crawford, Eddie Buckner, Frank Stevens, Richard Ginn, Eddie Muriel Jones Gunter, Joyce Nicholson Evans, Darleene Cable Price, Tommy Ginn, Claude Ray Revi…

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Alexa Anderson (sophomore), Victoria Wlosok (junior), Brayden Bryson (freshman) and Luz Velazquez (senior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for October. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain Hi…

The search for the next president of the University of North Carolina System will include a pair of “listening sessions” on the campus of its westernmost institution that are designed to provide members of the public with opportunities to share ideas on the qualities they would like to see i…

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

About 70 people gathered Sept. 26 around Western Carolina University’s fountain with music and stories to honor Rainey Niles, 18, a student killed in a Sept. 18 car crash. Organizers handed out glowsticks, and candles were placed around the fountain. Mourners said Arabia loved to dance and t…

Western Carolina University is featured prominently – including a top 10 ranking – in regional and national categories of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges of 2020” guidebook, released Sept. 9.