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Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Special events such as birthdays and holidays can be cause for regular celebrations at school. However, while these events are certainly worth celebrating, there are ways to do so that encourage healthy eating habits and do not put students at risk by encouraging an excessive consumption of sugar.

Southwestern Community College is offering a workshop to provide local nonprofits with the tools they need to support their services and achieve long-term success.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

K.J. Ammons, a rising senior at Jackson County Early College, was selected as a senator for American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C. area, July 19-26. Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism.

William B. “Bill” Dillard saw the need, gained the necessary political support and donated money, resources and material for constructing the first building at Southwestern Community College 55 years ago.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Leaders of Western Carolina University and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College met Monday, July 8, to sign a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions of higher education. The agreement guarantees admission to WCU for all A-B Tech graduates who satisfy specific requ…

Sylva’s Lydia See is a recipient of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s inaugural All For NC Fellowship. Foundation trustees awarded four Fellowships of $75,000 each to four young change makers, all between the ages of 21 and 35. See is an artist and educator who will launch the “Engaging Col…

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

At its June 25 meeting, the Jackson County Board of Education approved its meeting calendar for the upcoming fiscal year.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library received over $49,000 as part of $2 million in 2019-20 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants for local North Carolina libraries.

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.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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.