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…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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

More than 360 graduates earned their associate degrees, diplomas and/or certificates from Southwestern Community College in the spring semester.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

In June, Southwestern Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program teamed up with Full Spectrum Farms to allow SCC students to work with the children during the farm’s kids camp. This doubles as a learning experience and also a day full of fun for both the students and kids.

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Five regional teams were chosen via a competitive selection process to join the 2022 Earth to Sky Academy.

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Jackson County graduates of Southwestern Community College’s Nursing program include, from left: (front) Candace Threadgill, Choua Yang, Gracelyn Patton and Justin Lariscy; (back): Brittany Gardner, Hailey Jenkins, Hannah Gentry, Stephanie Gorksi, Jasmine McConnell and Kaitlyn Egan.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

On May 5 Southwestern Community College’s Therapeutic Massage program held a pinning ceremony for seven graduates in the Burrell Conference Center. Jackson County graduates are, from left: Melissa Swanson of Whittier, LiHui Noll of Sylva, Matt Nelson of Sylva and Noah Gallinger of Sylva. Not…

On May 12 Southwestern Community College’s Respiratory Therapy program held a pinning ceremony for eight graduates, including three from Jackson County, in the Burrell Conference Center. Jackson County graduates of the Respiratory Therapy program are, from left, Kendra Hall of Cullowhee, Ama…

Joshua Wilkey of Sylva has received a doctor of education degree from the University of Alabama. UA awarded 5,907 degrees during its spring commencement ceremonies May 6-8.

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Southwestern Community College officials last month signed a partnership agreement with WGU North Carolina, an affiliate of the nonprofit, fully online Western Governors University.

Sylva residents Mallorie Mahoney, left, and Raven Forbes recently graduated from Southwestern Community College’s Radiography program.

Andersen Estes, granddaughter of Shirley Moses of Sylva and the late Doug Moses and daughter of Dr. Ron and Angela Moses Estes of Knoxville, Tenn., graduated from Quillen College of Medicine (East Tennessee State) in May.

Scotts Creek eighth-grader Xyla Seagle (left) was presented the inaugural Karla Allred Pride-Intensity-Toughness Award.

Ellison Bryson of Sylva recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the College of Charleston. Bryson was among more than 1,450 students who received degrees.

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

The graduation ceremony for the Smoky Mountain High School Class of 2022 is set for 7 p.m. today (Thursday) in Carr Hooper Stadium. The rain date is 7 p.m. Friday.

EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems announced last week that Western Carolina University and EmPOWERING Mountain Food Systems will host the upcoming Grower-Buyer Event on Tuesday, June 28.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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Western Carolina University Board of Trustees awarded former trustee, N.C. Board of Governor, and retired banker Ed Broadwell Jr., with its highest honorary degree, doctorate of humane letters, as part of its commencement ceremonies May 7.

Miguel Perez of Cullowhee is the recipient of the 2022 Henry & Jo Durham Sigma Chi Transfer Scholarship.

The Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding Camp WILD (Wilderness, Investigating, Learning, Discovery) for students who will be entering ninth grade this fall in public, private, charter or home schools. The camp is offered to children who enjoy being outdoors, hiking, s…

Southern New Hampshire announced Misty Smith and Kayla Dehart, both from Sylva, were named to the Winter 2022 President’s List: 

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At their regular business session on April 20, the Jackson County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Holly Whisnant as the new principal for Cullowhee Valley School.

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Western Carolina University will hold commencement exercises at the Ramsey Center on Friday evening, May 6, and Saturday morning and afternoon, May 7.