Jackson County School of Alternatives graduates following the graduation ceremony held June 5. Left to right, front row: Lia Mae Watkins, Kaitlyn Jones, Jada Sybounheuang, Alyssa Paiva and Cecilia Mendoza. Second row: Sarah Burgess, Katelynn Thomas (Honor Student), Skylah McKinney, Jana Hitc…

Casey Taylor (left) and Jonathan Painter, both of Sylva, were honored during a May 13 pinning ceremony for SCC’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Graduates are eligible to take their national certification examinations for practice as certified occupational therapy assistants. They ma…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Jackson County School of Alternatives graduates following the graduation ceremony held June 5. Left to right, front row: Lia Mae Watkins, Kaitlyn Jones, Jada Sybounheuang, Alyssa Paiva and Cecilia Mendoza. Second row: Sarah Burgess, Katelynn Thomas (Honor Student), Skylah McKinney, Jana Hitc…

Casey Taylor (left) and Jonathan Painter, both of Sylva, were honored during a May 13 pinning ceremony for SCC’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Graduates are eligible to take their national certification examinations for practice as certified occupational therapy assistants. They ma…

Head Start/Early Head Start is enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year. They serve children from birth to age 5 with free, superior child care and school readiness.

Western Carolina University is accepting nominations for the Mountain Heritage Awards, bestowed on an individual and an organization each year for contributions to or for playing a prominent role in research, preservation and curation of Southern Appalachian history, culture and folklore.

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Jim Costa, professor of biology at Western Carolina University and executive director of WCU’s Highlands Biological Station, has been named an Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Scholar at the New York Botanical Garden’s Humanities Institute.

Laura Lindsay of Webster graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing degree at the commencement service from Berea College in Kentucky.

Smoky Mountain High School sophomore Emily Yang earned a Silver Medal at the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program for her poem, “Common Cents.” She first earned a Gold Key in the regional contest. More than 340,000 works of art and writing were submitted for regional considerat…

The Smoky Mountain Home Builders Association recently recognized Tommy Farmer of the Jackson County School of Alternatives (the Hub) for excelling in his vocation trades classes. He was recommended for the honor by his instructor, Ben Hardin. The association said he went above and beyond the…

Conner McKnight of Cullowhee has been chosen as a recipient of the Western Carolina University Dulcimer U Program’s “Lil Plummer Memorial Youth Scholarship.” This is the first year the scholarship has been awarded. Volunteer instructors and founders of the Mountain Fretters Dulcimer Club Nan…

Jackson County Public Schools celebrated the annual “Excellence in Education Awards” May 20 in the auditorium at Smoky Mountain High School. The event is held each year to honor retiring employees and recognize the recipients of the Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year awards.

Project SEARCH is a national nonprofit that partners with businesses to create internships for young adults with disabilities. This year’s graduating interns from Southwestern Community College were Shannon Albert of Cherokee, Jesse Crowe of Cherokee, Jamie Grace of Highlands, Ryan Key of Fr…

On May 21, Jackson County Public Schools accepted these employee recommendations:

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Three Sylva graduates of Southwestern Community College’s respiratory therapy program were recognized during a May 8 pinning ceremony. From left, Callie Bolick, Susan Burrell and Kennedy Jones were among 14 students from across the region to get pinned.

Southwestern Community College’s Human Services Technology (HST) and Substance Abuse Treatment (SAT) graduates from Jackson County received their honorary pins at a ceremony on May 6. From left: Lori Clancy, SCC’s HST/SAT program coordinator; Dolores Taylor of Cherokee, Trevor Gates of Webst…

Western Carolina University’s forensic anthropology program will be offering a summer day camp course, Tales from the Dead: An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, for high school students. The course is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17-21 at WCU’s campus.

Sixty four Southwestern Community College students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society, Alpha Beta Gamma or both. Jackson County students accounted for 30 of them. NTHS inductees are nominated by faculty and rank among the top 20 percent of active students in their respec…

After grades from final exams are tallied and academic records finalized, Western Carolina University’s spring class, including recipients of both undergraduate and graduate degrees, is expected to total more than 1,650 graduates, which would be the largest class in university history and WC…

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A Trout in the Classroom project results last Friday in additional rainbow trout for Tuckaseigee River, via East LaPorte Park. Blue Ridge students and others raised the new stock in cooperation with the local Trout Unlimited chapter.

Recognition for four graduating students with perfect GPAs, presentation of an award to one of the University of North Carolina System’s premier teachers and the inspiring success stories of two other graduating students were among the highlights Friday and Saturday (May 10-11) as WCU held a…

Pre-K students at Smokey Mountain Elementary School are enjoying a new playground thanks to funding provided by the Carolina Panthers, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and local donors. The fundraising effort was initiated by Pre-K teacher Brynn Green.

Smokey Mountain Elementary School hosts a classic car show and bingo from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23. The fees for this fundraising event are $20 entrance fee for cars, $5 general admission for ages 16-plus, $3 admission for children and $5 per BBQ plate. General admission includes one bin…

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Thanks to more than 12,000 donors – nearly half of those first-time donors – the Western Carolina University family helped the late chancellor meet his pledge of raising millions of dollars in scholarship support to help WCU students pay for their education.

A professor in Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing is teaming up with an award-winning documentary filmmaker to produce a video series related to the opioid epidemic that will enhance classroom instruction for the university’s nurse practitioner students and assist primary care h…

Western Carolina University’s forensic anthropology program and the Division of Educational Outreach will be offering a comparative osteology (bone identification) course from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. June 3-5, at WCU.

The 2019 Smoky Mountain High School Senior Walk is an opportunity for seniors to walk back through their elementary school in their cap and gown and celebrate their accomplishments with their previous teachers as well as to be an inspiration to the elementary school students. Here, seniors r…

Graduating students who comprise what is believed to be Western Carolina University’s eighth straight record spring class will gather with their families and friends for commencement ceremonies Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11.

The nonprofit agency Mountain Projects, Inc. is accepting applications for the 2019-20 Head Start and Early Head Start school year. Call Pat Bennett at 586-2345 to schedule an appointment to apply, or call Tina Manning at 492-4090 for more information. The comprehensive school readiness prog…

With a flourish of trumpets, the clinking of glasses raised in a toast and the soothing tones of piano, flute and clarinet, Western Carolina University officially bestowed the name of late Chancellor David Belcher onto the academic unit that is home to its programs in the fine and performing arts.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, Jackson County School nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate.

Research projects by Western Carolina University students numbered fourth highest in the nation and first in the state among higher education institutions having entries accepted for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Smoky Mountain High School and Jackson County Early College students with FIRST Robotics Team 6932, SMART, recently completed their 2019 build and competition season, traveling to two district events in North Carolina.