The Golden LEAF Foundation last week announced that 215 rural North Carolina students were selected to receive up to a $12,000 Golden LEAF Scholarship. Recipient Katie Allison, of Smoky Mountain High School, will attend Greensboro College.

Workers installed the Southwestern Community College logo on the curved front surface of the new Health Sciences Center last Wednesday. SCC has outgrown its Balsam Center, built in 1988 to house four healthcare training programs, spokesman Tyler Goode said. The new 55,411-square-foot buildin…

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently approved scholarships totaling $410,250 to 91 WNC students in 60 schools in 19 counties. More than 60 volunteers from the community worked to review applications and select recipients, some through Zoom meetings and online interviews.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Wednesday, July 07, 2021

As workers apply the last few coats of paint and other finishing touches this summer, Southwestern Community College officials are making sure everything is ready to open their new Health Sciences Center to students this fall.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Most academic ceremonies at Southwestern Community College pay tribute to what current students have already accomplished in their pursuit of higher education.

The Golden LEAF Foundation last week announced that 215 rural North Carolina students were selected to receive up to a $12,000 Golden LEAF Scholarship. Recipient Katie Allison, of Smoky Mountain High School, will attend Greensboro College.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Workers installed the Southwestern Community College logo on the curved front surface of the new Health Sciences Center last Wednesday. SCC has outgrown its Balsam Center, built in 1988 to house four healthcare training programs, spokesman Tyler Goode said. The new 55,411-square-foot buildin…

Luke Moody and Jewel Coker, graduates of Smoky Mountain High School, were named to The University of North Carolina at Charlotte spring semester Dean’s List. Moody and Coker are juniors majoring in Psychology. To qualify, full-time students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of at…

Wednesday, June 09, 2021
Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University has announced plans to host a permanent and contemporary exhibit of Cherokee culture and language, developed in collaboration with members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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Anyone who graduated from a North Carolina High School in the past six months is eligible to have some or all of their tuition and fees covered at Southwestern Community College over the next two years through Gov. Roy Cooper’s N.C. Longleaf Commitment Grant.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Longtime Jackson County educator Sue Bartlett was sworn in as a member of the Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees on March 23.

New Jackson County School Superintendent Dana Ayers was sworn in at the Tuesday night Board of Education meeting. Her husband, Phillip Ayers, held the Bible. Ayers takes the reins from Interim Superintendent Tony Tipton, hired last July. Ayers’ initial contract is for a four-year term beginn…

Nathan Wade of Cullowhee was named to the Abilene Christian University Spring 2021 Dean’s Honor Roll. Wade is a junior majoring in Information Systems. Wade was among nearly 1,200 students named to the Dean’s Honor Roll. To qualify, students must be registered for 12 or more credit hours and…

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Approximately 75 high school and middle school students from across North Carolina competed at Western Carolina University’s Department of World Languages 38th annual Language Contest on April 29.

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees appointed David Kinner as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences as part of its special-called meeting April 27. Kinner, who served as the interim dean, started in his new position May 1.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Meal preparation, nutrition standards, food allergies and quality service are just a few of the items school nutrition professionals have on their plates. To honor their hard work and commitment, Jackson County Public Schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on Friday, May 7.

The landscape of the K-12 teaching environment across the United States, and also North Carolina, lends itself to being predominantly comprised of white females. African-American male teachers are rare, research shows.

Circles of Jackson County is preparing to spread its wings and fly to Western Carolina University to work with students, but we need your help! We need volunteers. If you have a heart for young people this is your opportunity to make a real difference. 

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will be offering a four-week online Introduction to Conversational Cherokee language course from May 17 through June 11 with live Zoom meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Tishara Sneed (senior), Maia Wilde (junior), Mabry Bumgarner (sophomore) and Emma Wike (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for April. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain…

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual poster contest for students in third through sixth grade and speech contest for eighth grade in Jackson County.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Local high school seniors seeking help to attend college may apply for one of six scholarships available this year from the Jackson County Genealogy Society.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will offer a live two-day online Effective Organizational Change Management Certificate, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 26. 

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Samantha Tilley (senior), Mitchell Russotti (junior), Elizabeth Sealy (sophomore) and Josh Handy (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for March. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smok…

On Feb. 23 Jackson County Public Schools accepted these employee recommendations:

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Two years before a total solar eclipse left area residents breathless in 2017, Southwestern Community College started working with NASA in an effort to bring advanced Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education opportunities to Western North Carolina.

Thanks to a new articulation agreement with Western Carolina University, students enrolled in the Associate of Fine Arts degree at Southwestern Community College can now transfer credits to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design at WCU.

Amid the pandemic and a recession, total enrollment at Western Carolina University has dipped only slightly for the 2021 spring semester, while the number of graduate students enrolled moderately increased over previous years.

Matthew Toedt of Sylva earned the distinction of Faculty Honors for fall 2020 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have earned a 4.0 academic average for the semester.

One Dozen Who Care, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower, educate and encourage economic development for women, youth and elders in the far Western region of North Carolina, in order to bridge cultures and create community bonds.

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will be offering a five-week online beginning German language course March 8-April 10. 

Matthew Turpin, 27, of Sylva, received his Juris Doctor from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in May, 2020 and was sworn in to the N.C. Bar Association by Judge Brad Letts on Feb. 5. Turpin, left, interned with Letts while in law school. He is the son of Philip and Cin…