Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Natalie Parris (senior), Lela Crowe (junior), Megan Lillard (freshman) and Brianna Bryson (sophomore), were selected as Mustangs of the Month for January. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky M…

Travis Ashe (left), area manager for Pepsi-Cola of Whittier, presents a donation to Don Tomas, Southwestern Community College president, on Dec. 14. Behind them is Brett Woods, director of the SCC Foundation. Every year, Pepsi employees forego their annual holiday party and instead give $1,0…

Clockwise from left, Smoky Mountain High School students Jaden Brush (senior), Owen Yanik (junior), Hayes Stewart (freshman) and Christian Ramirez (sophomore) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for December. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mounta…

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Travis Ashe (left), area manager for Pepsi-Cola of Whittier, presents a donation to Don Tomas, Southwestern Community College president, on Dec. 14. Behind them is Brett Woods, director of the SCC Foundation. Every year, Pepsi employees forego their annual holiday party and instead give $1,0…

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will offer an online workshop titled “Facilitation: An Essential Leadership Skill,” from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, with live, interactive instruction.

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently awarded $2,955 to Jackson County Schools from the Learning Links grant program.

Although the pandemic kept Southwestern Community College from holding an in-person ceremony this fall, SCC officials welcomed 88 – including 36 from Jackson County – new members into the college’s chapter of the National Technical Honor Society with an induction video.

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees endorsed a schedule of fees and rates for the 2021-22 academic year that would increase a mandatory student health services fee by 11.5 percent, or $36 per year.

Clockwise from left, Smoky Mountain High School students Jaden Brush (senior), Owen Yanik (junior), Hayes Stewart (freshman) and Christian Ramirez (sophomore) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for December. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mounta…

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

The Faculty Senate and the Staff Senate of Western Carolina University have approved a joint resolution endorsing guiding principles for the university’s process in making budgetary decisions entering a year of fiscal uncertainty because of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

On Nov. 17 Jackson County Public Schools accepted these employee recommendations:

Western Carolina University students will be allowed to request grades of satisfactory or unsatisfactory for 2020 fall semester classes following a split-vote approval of a resolution of the Faculty Senate on Nov. 18.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The teachers and staff of Victory Christian School announce the following students made the A and A/B honor roll for the first quarter of 2020-21 school year.

Western Carolina University received $583,074 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education for an afterschool program to improve the academic skills of students at Cullowhee Valley School who speak English as another language.

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Peyton Fisher (freshman), Parker Smith (junior) and Roxanna Gomez (senior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for November. Also recognized, but not pictured, was Elijah Farmer (sophomore). The award is presented to students who best exempl…

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Western Carolina University Chancellor Kelli Brown has announced the appointment of Richard Starnes as the next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, effective immediately.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will be offering an online High Impact Leadership Certificate from Monday-Friday, Nov. 9-13, with live instruction, activities and interaction.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will be offering a live two-day online Effective Organizational Change Management Certificate, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Monday, Oct. 26. 

Many high school juniors and seniors are unable to participate in the time-honored tradition of visiting colleges this fall in their search for the best fit to continue their education. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in most colleges and universities having to limit campus visits.

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Madison Bradley (sophomore), Joey Tolama (senior), Tripp Grube (junior), and Ada Gass (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for October. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of SMHS. Students who exhibit …

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Western Carolina University has announced plans for the 2021 spring semester that include delaying the start of classes by two weeks, eliminating the traditional weeklong spring break and providing an abbreviated midterm break.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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Southwestern Community College’s Career Services is offering two virtual job fairs this fall through Google Meet.

For the ninth time out of the past 10 years – and this fall by a small margin – Western Carolina University has experienced an increase in total enrollment, with a new record of 12,243 students enrolled for the 2020 fall semester and an all-time high retention rate.

Thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory, the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise at Western Carolina University is conducting an analysis of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.

The Smoky Mountain High School Student Support Center has a new website where students and parents can access grade-specific information and resources for remote learning, contact school counselors and more. The site address, http://bit.ly/SMHSSC, has been sent to all students via their scho…

N.C. State University last week announced the selection of a multicounty region in North Carolina for participation in CREATE BRIDGES, a program designed to build up rural economies.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Over three days, Oct. 2-4, students of all ages at the NASA “Space Apps Challenge” through  Southwestern Community College will work completely virtually in teams with mentors to come up with creative solutions for real world problems on Earth and in space. The theme for this year’s event – …

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Gabriel and Gwendolyn Morris graduated in June from Novato High School of the Arts in Novato, California. The twins are teh children of David and Sherry Trumbo Morris and the grandchildren of Jack and Linda Jones Morris of Webster. Gwendolyn was awarded a full scholarship to study illustrati…

Each month of the school year, Smoky Mountain High School recognizes a staff member who has gone above and beyond their responsibilities to help make the school a better place. Any member of staff can be nominated by any other member of the staff for the SMHS Staff Shout Out Award.

The Democratic Women of Jackson County announced that they are sponsoring an essay contest for school-age children and youth. The topic is “Everyone Eligible Should Vote.”

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

The Jackson County NAACP has announced the recipients of the 2020 Diversity Scholarship, established to support high school seniors of Jackson, Swain and Macon counties.

The Jackson County Board of Education unanimously approved the following personnel actions at their Aug. 25 meeting:

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees elected a slate of officers for 2020-21, made appointments to several committees and approved changes to bylaws permitting more frequent electronic meetings as needed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following a recent regulatory overhaul of federal Title IX civil rights legislation by the U.S. Department of Education, Western Carolina University has revamped its Title IX-related policies and procedures. The university adopted Policy 129 “Title IX Sexual Harassment” on Aug. 4.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Tucked away in a small room in Western Carolina University’s Stillwell Building is the university’s herbarium, which consists of roughly 36,500 plant specimens, mostly from the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Ashley Michelle Alvarez, Angelica Ambrocio-Garcia, Joshua Lee Ammons, James Mason Baumgarner, Madeline Renea Bedient, Tristan Samuel Biddix, Luke Emmanual Breedlove, Logan Bryson (December graduate), Bransen Daniel Carlisle, Savannah Summer Cohea, Cesar Aaron Colex-Longinos, Yurem Asael Coro…