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…

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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.

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 19, 2020
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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…

Ashton Wesley Adams, Enoc Alvarado Hernandez, Fernando Esau Alvarez-Blanco, Timothy Colton Barron, Ryan Christian Bailey, Carolyn Marie Betty, Asher Burke Brooks, Joseph Austin Brooks, Erick Bradley Brooks, Tayana Leekiah Calhoun, Heath Chance Castorina, Tristan Miracle Clauson, Dalton Chase…

Keanu Jonas Ammons, Kayla Elizabeth Broom, Alyssa Marie Collins, Valerie Faith Dillard, Gillian Kathryn Gerard, Christian Valdin Green, Kendra LaShea Hall, Breanna Nichole Ison, Danielle Antoinette Johnson, Isaac Kitchen, Monica Faith Knight, Ethan Witney Kompathoum, Caleb Nathaniel Mathis, …

Manuel Abarca Elias, Scott William Alligood Jr., Barbara Marconi Almeida, David Austin Ammons, Sarah Elizabeth Anderson, Miguel Angel Antonio-Perez, Robert James Arndt, Brianna Rene Ashe, Callie Elizabeth Ashe, Wyatt Nowell Beasley, Mackenzi Nicole Bell, Tamara Kay Bennett, Kayla Ann Bingham…

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The Jackson County Board of Education announced the hiring of Tony Tipton as interim superintendent at their monthly meeting July 28. A 35-year veteran of public education, Tipton will assume the role currently held by Kim Elliott, who will retire Sept. 1.

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Smoky Mountain High School senior Anna Morgan has been awarded a certificate of merit by the National Merit Scholarship Program. She has advanced to “finalist” standing where she will be in the running for one of the 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be …

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Classical Conversations of Sylva hosted an Excellence in Education Day in February at Webster Baptist Church. Local homeschool families presented their work, demonstrated the lost tools of learning and the classical model of education in a Christ-centered community. Several local pastors and…

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Brianna Ashe (senior), Zeke Sink (freshman), Jessica Sellers (sophomore) and Caleb Turner (junior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for March. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain High School.…

Jackson County Public Schools will hold the annual Kick-Off to Kindergarten on from 1-6 p.m. Monday, March 23, at the Sylva Comfort Inn. Children who turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 are eligible to enroll for the 2020-21 school year.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Teaching is the best job in the world! For the sake of this column, I consider all employees who work with students in Jackson County Public Schools “teachers.” Teachers transform lives – from academic needs to social and emotional needs; teachers assist with all needs.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Madison Bradley (freshman), Tuck Brown (sophomore), Jamie Queen (senior) and Daniel Melton (junior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for February. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain High Sch…

Jackson County Public Schools is joining school districts across the nation to celebrate National School Counseling Week. Held each year during the first week of February, the event recognizes an important but often overlooked group of educators who focus on success and achievement for every…

Smoky Mountain High School Assistant Principal Jimmy Cleaveland has announced his retirement. He was one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the history of Western North Carolina, including 10 seasons as Smoky Mountain’s men’s basketball coach.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Dylan Bishop (freshman), Crystal Creason (sophomore), Carter Pastorius (junior) and Luis Palacios Poxtan (senior) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for January. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Moun…

Smoky Mountain High School has received a scholarship to participate in the Asheville Regional North Carolina Science Olympiad tournament. The Asheville tournament is a regional science, technology, engineering and mathematics competition (STEM) taking place Feb. 22 at UNC-Asheville.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Smoky Mountain High School senior Joey Crowe and junior Damien Hebenstreit have accomplished something very few high school students in North Carolina have so far. They passed the exam for the Federal Aviation Administration Small Unmanned Aircraft (Part 107) pilot’s license. This license pe…

During this holiday season, it is a time to listen for children’s laughter and joy. Strangers on the street stop and watch a child’s awe of the season. The anticipation for celebration, friends, family and the sharing of our gifts – not material items, as much as the gifts and talents we bri…

Hundreds of 4th- through 8th-grade students gathered at Cullowhee Valley School on Saturday, Dec. 7, to compete in the western region’s FIRST Lego League robotics challenge. Jackson County Public Schools hosted the event for the first time, and it featured 28 teams from as far away as Charlotte.

Six Smoky Mountain High School seniors have earned platinum level, the highest-level certificate awarded, for the ACT WorkKeys assessment. From left are School Superintendent Kim Elliott, Tyler Watterson, Joey Crowe, Mallorie Mahoney, Niel Trelles, and Shawn Byfield. Not pictured is Jenaya R…

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The Cullowhee Valley School Seventh and Eighth Grade Chorus is one of 10 choral groups invited to sing at the Asheville Regional Airport during the holidays. The choirs will perform a variety of carols and festive music for passengers, visitors and employees.

Smoky Mountain High School students, from left, Neil Trelles (senior), Brant Farmer (junior), Erick Flores Maldonado (sophomore) and Sebastian Trelles (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for December. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mou…

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

As the season approaches when many people will gather with family and friends to enjoy and give thanks for their abundance, there is an often-overlooked segment of the population who will instead spend the holidays simply trying to meet their basic human needs.