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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

With Gov. Roy Cooper’s signature last Friday on a legislative “mini-budget” providing the final $16.5 million appropriation to fund replacement of Western Carolina University’s decades-old steam plant, university officials say that late Chancellor David Belcher must be smiling down from above.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Jackson County NAACP is extending the deadline of the Diversity Scholarship to July 15. High school seniors in Jackson, Swain or Macon counties planning to seek a professional degree at a college or university can apply. Two or three scholarships will be given, and awards will range from…

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Some 15,000 surgical masks are now available for health care providers across 18 Western North Carolina counties thanks to efforts by a small group centered at Western Carolina University.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

It will be May in December for members of Western Carolina University’s spring graduating class of 2020 who were originally scheduled to participate in commencement ceremonies this month until the events were postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Based on conservation efforts, academic programs and sustainability initiatives – in addition to plenty of foliage – Western Carolina University has been named again as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Western Carolina University will be moving its on-campus orientation programs scheduled for May and June online instead of the typical in-person format as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to force changes in university operations.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Earlier this month the University of North Carolina Board of Governors announced Western Carolina University’s Jennifer Schiff as one of 17 faculty members to receive the 2020 Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Carolyn Callaghan, dean of professional, continuing and distance education at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, has been named executive director of educational outreach at Western Carolina University.

In-person events like job fairs may not be prudent or feasible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but many of the area’s essential employers are eagerly seeking workers to fill vital job roles.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Wendy Williams, a 2005 graduate from Southwestern Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technology program, is now facing the COVID-19 pandemic head-on as the director of Laboratory and Pathology Services for the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System in Boone.

Kailiann Sadeski of Cullowhee made the President’s List at The College of Coastal Georgia. Students earned their place on the President’s List by their academic performance during the fall 2019 semester.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Smoky Mountain High School senior Anna Morgan has been awarded a certificate of merit by the National Merit Scholarship Program. She has advanced to “finalist” standing where she will be in the running for one of the 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be …

Classical Conversations of Sylva hosted an Excellence in Education Day in February at Webster Baptist Church. Local homeschool families presented their work, demonstrated the lost tools of learning and the classical model of education in a Christ-centered community. Several local pastors and…

Western Carolina University second-year student Jordan Rasheed has been chosen by Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, as one of 290 students to be among its 2020-21 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Brianna Ashe (senior), Zeke Sink (freshman), Jessica Sellers (sophomore) and Caleb Turner (junior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for March. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain High School.…

Jackson County Public Schools will hold the annual Kick-Off to Kindergarten on from 1-6 p.m. Monday, March 23, at the Sylva Comfort Inn. Children who turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 are eligible to enroll for the 2020-21 school year.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Teaching is the best job in the world! For the sake of this column, I consider all employees who work with students in Jackson County Public Schools “teachers.” Teachers transform lives – from academic needs to social and emotional needs; teachers assist with all needs.

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will be offering youth and adult swim classes this month at Reid Gym on WCU’s campus.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Matthew Toedt of Sylva earned the distinction of Faculty Honors for Fall 2019 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 4.0 academic average for the semester.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Madison Bradley (freshman), Tuck Brown (sophomore), Jamie Queen (senior) and Daniel Melton (junior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for February. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain High Sch…

Jackson County Public Schools is joining school districts across the nation to celebrate National School Counseling Week. Held each year during the first week of February, the event recognizes an important but often overlooked group of educators who focus on success and achievement for every…