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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
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Hayley Borino of Cashiers was among nearly 300 Piedmont University students who earned a GPA of 3.50-3.99 to qualify for the Dean’s List for the Fall 2022 semester.

Hayley Borino of Cashiers was among nearly 300 Piedmont University students who earned a GPA of 3.50-3.99 to qualify for the Dean’s List for the Fall 2022 semester.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6 Southwestern Community College’s Nurse Aide program held a pinning ceremony for nine graduates in the Burrell Conference Center.

To help address the mental health crisis facing the nation and region, four Southwestern Community College students recently completed their studies in Human Services Technology career pathway and are ready to enter the field as professionals. Graduates also have the opportunity to continue …

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Graduates of Southwestern Community College who want to take the next step in their education by earning a bachelor’s degree now have a direct pathway to do so at Mars Hill University.

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Macie Bryson (senior), Gracie Ensley (junior), Jaden Johnson (sophomore), and Mihin De Silva (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for December.

Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Ten Jackson County students attended Southwestern Community College’s induction into the National Technical Honor Society on Nov. 17. Pictured are, from left (front): Ashley Caldwell (of Waynesville), Jerilyn Crowe of Cherokee, Rachael Meyer of Whittier and Heather Waldroup of Whittier; (mid…

Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently awarded grants totaling $4,743 to Jackson County schools from the Learning Links grant program. The grants provide local teachers with funding for activities designed to make required coursework engaging and relevant for their students.

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Ella Ledford (junior), Dawson Gunter (freshman), Makalyn Shuler (sophomore) and Caleb Phillips (senior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for November. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky…

Jack Eaddy Jr., the Director of Athletic Bands at Western Carolina University, has been named a semifinalist for The Music Educator Award, recognizing current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and are committed to the broader cause…

Wednesday, November 02, 2022
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

The first quarter of school for the 2022-23 school year is complete and it has been a great success. Students are doing well, our student-athletes are thriving and our extracurricular activities are going strong. It feels good to have the schools operating “normally” for the first time since 2019.

On Oct. 11, 14 new members were inducted into Jackson County Early College’s chapter of The National Honor Society. Members are inducted upon their ability to uphold the high standards of Service, Scholarship, Leadership and Character. The newly inducted members are from left (back): Ruth Os…

Local and national dignitaries joined students and staff at Cullowhee Valley School on Oct. 10 to celebrate the opening of a new “Think Big Reading Room.”

Although the footlights have fallen dark on an influential Western Carolina University theatre professor and director, a final curtain call for Stephen Michael Ayers is in the works behind the scenes through the establishment of an endowed scholarship in his memory.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Cathy Sutton of Sylva was one of 24 North Carolina teachers selected as a finalist for the first N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching 2022 Career Technical Education Teacher of the Year Award, presented Oct. 6 at the Bardo Center on the Western Carolina University campus.

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, James Blakely (sophomore), Dani Allen (junior), Anna Buenting (freshman), and Antonio Lorenzo (senior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for October.

Smoky Mountain High School senior Mabry Bumgarner was named the Sylva Rotary Club Student of the Month.

A new pilot program at Western Carolina University called “Catamount Commitment” will provide new first-year students from North Carolina with varying levels of annual award money based on their high school GPA.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Smoky Mountain High School Principal Evelyn Graning is the 2022-23 Principal of the Year for Jackson County Public Schools.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The N.C. State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation recently gave Southwestern Community College $18,000 to financially assist students who enroll in Workforce Continuing Education programs.

It’s hard to believe that we are in the sixth week of school in Jackson County Public Schools after a very successful start. Students and staff have begun well and are thriving in classrooms. Outside of the classrooms, students are full throttle in band competitions, athletics and other extr…

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Western Carolina University posted strong increases in the number of new and transfer students in Cullowhee this fall despite an overall decrease in enrollment.

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Clark Doda (senior), Arlen Sebastian Rodriguez Hernandez (junior), Caydem Kibel (freshman), and Laylah Barker (sophomore) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for September. The award is presented to students who best exemplify …

David Nathaniel Conlin, a 2018 Smoky Mountain High School graduate, graduated Magna Cum Laude from UNC-Charlotte with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also completed Officer Candidacy School in Newport, Rhode Island, as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He is the son of Scott and Holly Conli…

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Several former Catamount football players from the late 1950s through the early 1970s recently kicked off an effort to establish a new endowed scholarship fund at Western Carolina University in memory of their late coach, Dan Robinson, who died in February at the age of 95.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The Carolina Smokies Realtors Foundation, Inc. has been awarding scholarships to deserving and talented students for over 25 years, and another round starts soon.

Wednesday, August 03, 2022