New Jackson County School Superintendent Dana Ayers was sworn in at the Tuesday night Board of Education meeting. Her husband, Phillip Ayers, held the Bible. Ayers takes the reins from Interim Superintendent Tony Tipton, hired last July. Ayers’ initial contract is for a four-year term beginn…

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Most academic ceremonies at Southwestern Community College pay tribute to what current students have already accomplished in their pursuit of higher education.

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New Jackson County School Superintendent Dana Ayers was sworn in at the Tuesday night Board of Education meeting. Her husband, Phillip Ayers, held the Bible. Ayers takes the reins from Interim Superintendent Tony Tipton, hired last July. Ayers’ initial contract is for a four-year term beginn…

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Approximately 75 high school and middle school students from across North Carolina competed at Western Carolina University’s Department of World Languages 38th annual Language Contest on April 29.

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Meal preparation, nutrition standards, food allergies and quality service are just a few of the items school nutrition professionals have on their plates. To honor their hard work and commitment, Jackson County Public Schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on Friday, May 7.

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Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Tishara Sneed (senior), Maia Wilde (junior), Mabry Bumgarner (sophomore) and Emma Wike (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for April. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain…

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual poster contest for students in third through sixth grade and speech contest for eighth grade in Jackson County.

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Samantha Tilley (senior), Mitchell Russotti (junior), Elizabeth Sealy (sophomore) and Josh Handy (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for March. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smok…

On Feb. 23 Jackson County Public Schools accepted these employee recommendations:

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

One Dozen Who Care, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower, educate and encourage economic development for women, youth and elders in the far Western region of North Carolina, in order to bridge cultures and create community bonds.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Hataya Maney (senior), Rani Patel (junior), Olivia Rice (sophomore) and Phoenix Szittai (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for February 2021. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky…

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Smoky Mountain High School sophomore Autumn Hinton has earned a Silver Key at the WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards for her painting, “Departure.” Hinton is a student in Autumn Hall’s Honors Visual Arts course.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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…

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

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

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

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, November 25, 2020

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

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.

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, October 14, 2020

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, September 30, 2020

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…

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.

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:

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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, …