We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Wednesday, May 04, 2022
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

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.

  • Updated

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

Jackson County residents honored at Southwestern Community College’s Academic Awards ceremony April 7 included, from left: (first row) Judith Lowery, Milagros Marquez-Montes, Kimberly Krafft, Ellie Padgett, Mackenzie Franklin, Rachel Surrusco, Christan Blount , Lori Leamon and Carrie Shuler’…

Walking across the same stage on which they’ll one day receive their college degrees, seventh-graders from Jackson, Macon and Swain counties were inducted into the New Century Scholars program March 29 in Myers Auditorium at Southwestern Community College.

Jackson County Early College students Michael Forsythe (left) and Olivia Lunnen (center) have qualified to attend the National Level of the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad at Furman University, an all-day exam testing chemistry knowledge and lab skills. With them is Superintendent Dana Ayer…

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Efforts are underway to create an endowed scholarship to honor the life and legacy of Dan Robinson, a World War II veteran, former head football coach at Western Carolina University, Jackson County  Manager, North Carolina State Senator, Wildlife Commissioner and advocate for Western North  …

Thanks to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission grant, Western Carolina University’s College of Engineering and Technology will offer six scholarships for students studying in electrical power, mechanical and electrical disciplines. The NRC is the federal agency that regulates commercial nuclear p…

Wednesday, April 06, 2022
Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Before buckling down to serious business each month, the Jackson County Board of Education recognizes school personnel and students who have achieved milestones and received awards.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Happy March and end of the third quarter in JCPS! This week marks the midpoint of the second semester and we are heading into the final quarter of the school year. Our students are excelling in academics, athletics and extracurriculars, and I couldn’t be more proud.

Twenty-five school leaders, including Holly Whisnant of Fairview Elementary School, have been selected for the inaugural cohort of the Assistant Principal Accelerator Leadership Program. The newly established program is a statewide leadership initiative funded by N.C. Department of Public In…

North Carolina Wesleyan College, located in Rocky Mount, recently signed an agreement that will help qualified graduates of Southwestern Community College transfer to NCWC. The agreement aims to provide seamless transfer for students who enroll at NCWC following completion of their two-year …

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Camden Myers (senior), Alexa Mares Aguayo (junior), Carly Hester (junior), and Aniyah Clyburn (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for February.

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Karly Harris (senior), Madeline Stevenson (junior), Ivelyse Rodriguez (sophomore) and Morgana McCollough (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for March.

Western Carolina University will host a telescope clinic on campus, followed by a free, open to the public telescope viewing using in-house telescopes at 7 p.m. Friday on the fifth-floor terrace of the Apodaca Science Building.

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

On Valentine’s Day, representatives of First Citizens Bank presented a gift of $30,000 to the Southwestern Community College Foundation on behalf of the Robert P. Holding Foundation, Inc.

At the conclusion of the fall semester, 128 Southwestern Community College students earned their associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Western Carolina University is inviting runners of all ages and skill levels to register for the annual Catamount Climb Half Marathon and 5K on Saturday, April 9. The event raises money for student development and scholarships.

Four Jackson County high school students appeared in the 2022 J. Elwood Roberts/Mars Hill University Choral Festival on the campus of Mars Hill University on Saturday, Feb. 19.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

We are several weeks into the second semester and there’s an energy I cannot explain. I believe it to be partly from the glimpses of spring we have had and partly for the continued excitement of a fairly normal routine.

A program to foster the development of future technology entrepreneurs, housed in the School of Engineering and Technology at Western Carolina University, has gained support through an almost $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Western Carolina University is again listed among the best providers of online degree programs in the 10th annual ranking by U.S. News & World Report, released Jan. 25.

Kaili Swanson of Whittier was named to the University of South Carolina-Aiken President’s List for fall 2021. To earn this distinction, Swanson had to be enrolled as a full-time student and maintain a 4.0 GPA. Swanson’s major is nursing.

Circles of Jackson County is so pleased to be partnering with Western Carolina University and to be hosting two WCU students as interns to our program. We want to take this opportunity to welcome these two delightful young people to Circles of Jackson. They are Charlie Buiter and Sausha Lotharp. 

Wednesday, February 02, 2022

Smokey Mountain Elementary seventh-grade students, from left, Madison Blankenship, Emmalynn Bumgarner, Emma Miller and Andre Gilley finished third out of 65 teams in the ESTEAM Pitch Competition for middle and high school students. The students pitched the fictional company “Nine Lives” offe…

Blue Ridge School Education Foundation and Jackson County Public Schools leaders pose with a big check representing the Foundation’s grant of $115,240.91 for the schools to establish a second Pre-K program and expand enrollment to begin with 3-year-olds.

Amid the pandemic and its ongoing impact on finances of students and their families, total enrollment at Western Carolina University has dipped slightly by 2.7 percent for the 2022 spring semester, while the number of new graduate students and distance students enrolled increased.

The School of Nursing at Western Carolina University has received a $2.2 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to provide financial and academic support for nursing students from low-income, first generation and minority backgrounds to enhance classroom …

Eleven Jackson County Public Schools educators who earned or renewed their National Board Certification were honored at the Jan. 25 Board of Education meeting. “National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits…

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Kayla Dehart of Sylva has been named to Southern New Hampshire University’s Fall 2021 President’s List. Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 and above are named to the President’s List. 

As a local student attending Western Carolina University in the early 1950s, Doris Monteith Sharpton frequently found herself thumbing a ride from her home in southern Jackson County to make it to her classes in Cullowhee – sometimes doing so with her young son along for the ride.

Early childhood education in Jackson County Public Schools will soon take a big step forward thanks to a $115,240 grant from the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation. The funding will cover the startup costs for an additional preschool classroom at Blue Ridge School.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Zander Bryant (senior), Narally Yanez (junior), Ryan Cooper (sophomore) and Ramiro Velazquez Cambron (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for January. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit o…