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Southwestern Community College lifts lockdown caused by report of armed individual  Asheville Citizen-Times

Southwestern Community College has lifted a lockdown that was implemented when students reported seeing someone with a gun near campus cafe.

SCC, SM and Fairview see lockdown issued | Top Stories  The Sylva Herald

An N.C. Highway Patrol trooper gets in his car Monday after blocking one of the entrances to Southwestern Community College because of reports of a gun on ...

MAMMA MIA! opens Friday at Smoky Mountain | Top Stories  The Sylva Herald

Smoky Mountain High School Musical Theatre Department presents MAMMA MIA! Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and ...

Teacher resigns following alleged sexual activity with student  Smoky Mountain News

A math teacher at Jackson County Early College has surrendered his teaching license following an investigation into alleged sexual activity with a student at the ...

Former Smoky Mountain assistant coach accused of offering playbook, signals to opponents  WLOS

A former Smoky Mountain High assistant football coach has resigned from his job as a teacher's assistant after being accused of offering the playbook and hand ...

School not dismissed, but Smoky Mountain High School students relocated again after threat  WLOS

School authorities say that a bomb threat was discovered Tuesday morning around 10:35 a.m., written on a girls' restroom wall at Smoky Mountain High School.

Jackson teacher investigated for sexual activity with student  The Sylva Herald

A Jackson County Early College teacher is being investigated for reported sexual activity with a student.

Smoky Mountain High evacuated after bomb threat found on note  Asheville Citizen-Times

Superintendent Kim Elliott said that a student found the threat shortly after noon and that all 1100 students were evacuated within six minutes.

School not dismissed, but authorities report bomb threat at Sylva school  WLOS

Authorities in Jackson County have cleared all buildings at Fairview School in Sylva following a bomb threat. All students are returning to the school. Parent ...

Catamount School embarks on its first year  Smoky Mountain News

It's hard to find a place inside Western Carolina University's Catamount School that isn't buzzing with activity. Opened this August to serve Jackson County kids ...

Armed man at N.C. high school football game arrested  USA TODAY High School Sports

An armed and dangerous individual who authorities say attended a high school football game was apprehended.

Jackson County Public Schools announces personnel moves | K-12 School News  The Sylva Herald

April Bryson has been appointed to the post of Smoky Mountain High School assistant principal, taking over for new Principal Evie Graning.

Report: Ex-N.C. coach offered playbook, signals to foes  USA TODAY High School Sports

A remarkable story has emerged out of North Carolina, where a now-former football coach reportedly offered the team's playbook and signals to opponents.

SMHS Musical Theatre to stage 'Mamma Mia' | A&E  The Sylva Herald

The acclaimed musical “Mamma Mia!” by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus will light up the Smoky Mountain High School Performing Arts stage May 17-19.

Tuscola refused secrets from rogue ex-Smoky Mountain coach  The Mountaineer

The Tuscola High School football coaching staff followed appropriate protocol after a rogue former Smoky Mountain High School assistant attempted to dish out ...

Brindley named Smoky Mountain head coach | Sports  The Mountaineer

Pisgah grad earns his first head-coaching gig with one of Bears' Mountain Six rivals.

Looking Back | History  The Sylva Herald

This week in local history: 70 years ago - Jan. 13, 1949. • Sheriff Griffin Middleton and Deputy Frank Allen reported the seizure of three moonshine stills, bringing ...

Opinion split on middle school  Smoky Mountain News

Fairview Elementary School is the most centrally located of northern Jackson County's four elementary schools, but it would also be the most expensive to turn ...

Back From Cuba, Welcoming Ceremony Planned for Mountain National Guard Unit  WLOS

One mountain National Guard unit is back home after a nearly year-long deployment to Cuba. The community will have the chance soon to officially welcome ...

Fort Mill turns to former college player to take over girls’ basketball program  Rock Hill Herald

Fort Mill has hired Heather Klipa, 31, to be its next head girls' basketball coach. Klipa comes to Fort Mill from Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva, N.C. where ...

Homecoming King Court | News  The Sylva Herald

The Smoky Mountain High School Homecoming King Senior Court winner will be crowned Friday during the school pep rally.

Local high school group lands free flight  WLOS

A group from Smoky Mountain High School, in Sylva, is flying to Orlando, Florida, for free.The students are headed to take part in an international health ...

Marching Mustangs end perfect season with first-place showing  The Sylva Herald

The Marching Mustangs ended their marching competition season undefeated in their class.

WNC high school football: 2018 All-WNC Team  Asheville Citizen-Times

The Citizen Times has released its All-WNC football teams for the 2018 season.

Another bomb threat found on bathroom wall in Jackson County school  WLOS

A bomb threat found written on a bathroom wall at the middle school building in Fairview has once again disrupted classes.Jackson County School officials ...

Sylva sign greets visitors | News  The Sylva Herald

The new greeting sign on Grindstaff Cove Road below the Jackson County Justice Center is complete. The sign replaces an older one that was at the current ...

Nice assist: 2 Greensboro College football players help catch fugitive  Greensboro News & Record

Quarterback Nate Coffey and defensive lineman Josh Jones helped sheriff's deputies catch a wanted man outside a high school football game.

Panthers to help Smoky get turf field  Asheville Citizen-Times

SYLVA – The Carolina Panthers are 6-0 for the first time in franchise history and throwing out some good tidings to local high schools along the way.

The construction plan  The Sylva Herald

A four-lane conventional design along N.C. 107 from N.C. 116 to U.S. 23 Business, with 12-foot travel lanes divided by a 17.5-foot grass median.

Jackson sheriff faces challenge for second term  Smoky Mountain News

When former Sheriff Jimmy Ashe decided not to run for re-election in 2014, a field of six Democrats and three Republicans signed up for the race to re...

VIDEO: Is Brett Hall's 7v7 catch from N.C. already the best football grab of the year?  USA TODAY High School Sports

Smoky Mountain WR Brett Hall Moss'd a defensive back then went around the world with the ball to hold on to a wild TD catch.

New school opening in Sylva  Smoky Mountain News

Plans are crystallizing for a new middle school in Jackson County, but it's a race against the clock for Western Carolina University and Jackson County Public ...

Catamount School PTA holding Fall Carnival fundraiser in Sylva  Western Carolina University News

The PTA of the Catamount School, a laboratory school for children in the sixth through eighth grades, will be hosting a Fall Carnival on Friday, Oct. 19, at Bridge ...

Coyotes are in Jackson County, not going away  The Sylva Herald

Coyotes are in all 100 North Carolina counties, and to date, there haven't been any reports of them holding umbrellas as rocks fall on their heads or strapping ...

High School Mathematics Contest | News  The Sylva Herald

Team members pictured are, (L-R), Nathaniel Jones, Thomas Yang, Anna Morgan, Macy Long, Eliza Macaulay, Evelyn Rowan, Shivani Patel, Skyler Singleton, ...

SMHS earns awards in WCU Language Contest | Higher Education News  The Sylva Herald

Twenty Smoky Mountain High School students participated in the 36th annual Language Contest held at Western Carolina University this year, earning awards ...

New 'lab school' planned in Jackson County  Asheville Citizen-Times

SYLVA - Western Carolina University is working with Jackson County schools to open a new school for middle school students on the campus of Smoky ...

Loud and clear: Local radio rejuvenated  Smoky Mountain News

The warm glow of a 1970s-era Panasonic portable radio (top) may have dimmed for most, but the future of terrestrial radio still appears bright. Cory Vaillancourt ...

High school homecoming court | Top Stories  The Sylva Herald

Members of Smoky Mountain High School's homecoming court include, from left, (front row) Meredith Stack, Lauren Pendergast, Kaitlyn Wood, Helen Miller, ...

More information on local place names, learned at the Herald  The Sylva Herald

Learning a couple of weeks ago that some Western Carolina University history students are looking into Jackson County's historic community names prompted ...

Navy Concert Band comes to WCU on Feb. 21  Mountain Xpress

The Western Carolina University Bardo Arts Center Performance Hall is pleased to present the U.S. Navy Band in Concert on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. This ...

Congratulations 2016 graduates! | School News  The Sylva Herald

Smoky Mountain High School and the Jackson County School of Alternatives had graduation ceremonies set for this week.

#Civil Rights: NC School System to Watch Students Online  Public News Service

SYLVA, N.C. - Who should be monitoring students' online activity? Traditionally, the answer is parents, but one North Carolina school system is employing a ...

Justus served: CVCC freshman saves the Day  Hickory Daily Record

HICKORY — Fearing his friends' lives were in danger, Justus Day didn't hesitate to take action.

Cullowhee teen, 18, charged with killing mother  Asheville Citizen-Times

CULLOWHEE – Jackson County Sheriff's Office investigators have charged a teenager with murder in the death of his mother Wednesday. According to court ...

SMHS students to stage lavish production of 'Sister Act'  The Sylva Herald

The Smoky Mountain High School Musical Theatre class will perform this weekend Alan Menken and Glenn Slater's Broadway hit “Sister Act.”

Jackson County schools reach state LEGO championships | K-12 School News  The Sylva Herald

Among the top 58 Lego/Robotic teams from across the state of North Carolina, five schools call Jackson County home.

NC 107: Public weighs in on road plan | Top Stories  The Sylva Herald

The state's construction plans for the N.C. 107 commercial corridor and a portion of U.S. 23 Business were the topics of two meetings spanning four hours on ...

SMHS production of 'Mary Poppins' musical starts Friday  The Sylva Herald

Smoky Mountain High School students will perform the musical “Mary Poppins” from May 12-14 at the school's Fine Arts Auditorium.

Smoky's Clark to cheer for Tusculum  Asheville Citizen-Times

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Jackson deputy fired  Smoky Mountain News

The investigation is ongoing following a Halloween party at Dillard Excavating in Sylva that allegedly involved underage drinking and allegedly resulted in the ...

Hess, SMHS grad, serving as assistant U.S. attorney  The Sylva Herald

Former Jackson County resident and Smoky Mountain High School graduate Chris Hess is now serving as an assistant United States attorney for the Western ...

UNC system forging ahead with K-8 lab-school project on two campuses  News & Observer

UNC's legislatively-mandated lab-school experiment should yield the opening later this summer of two schools, one in Sylva and the other in Greenville, system ...

SHMS students donate coats to UCM | News  The Sylva Herald

Smoky Mountain High School Student Council members collected coats and sweatshirts in January to donate to United Christian Ministries. Pictured with ...

Mountain Faith lauded by hometown crowd  Bluegrass Today

Despite missing the final round of competition on the 2015 season of America's Got Talent, die-hard fans of Mountain Faith turned out last Thursday evening in ...

On App State's senior day, Zeb Speir readies to move on from a school he's known his entire life  Winston-Salem Journal

For Appalachian State seniors, today is the beginning of a bookend.

Showdown in Jackson  Smoky Mountain News

No one really knows how the Jackson County commissioner races are going to pan out. Incumbent Republican Commissioner Charles Elders has no idea.

Heather Klipa resigns as SM women's coach | Smoky Mountain  The Sylva Herald

After two seasons at the helm, Heather Klipa has resigned as Smoky Mountain's women's basketball coach.

WCU wrestling with new plan to lure local athletes  The Sylva Herald

Leaders at Western Carolina University say reviving its men's wrestling program could be the key to recruiting more local student athletes.

Mini Donut Place, Wonderworks open | Top Stories  The Sylva Herald

Mini donuts are created when a circle of dough falls into hot oil. The machine flips the dough so that both sides are cooked before it is ready for its toppings.

Ford part of Sylva ACC All-Star game  Asheville Citizen-Times

Organizers of the April 10 ACC Barnstorming Tour stop in Sylva have announced that University of North Carolina basketball legend Phil Ford will coach the ...

Two SMHS show choirs to compete at Festival Disney  The Sylva Herald

Smoky Mountain High School's Show Choir 1 and Show Choir 2 classes left Sylva at 5 a.m. Wednesday (April 9) on their way to perform with hundreds of other ...

Following the arrow: Bowed Up Outdoors expands offerings, serves growing archery community  Waynesville Smoky Mountain News

Walk into Bowed Up Outdoors, and the first thing you'll notice is the friendly banter moving back and forth between customers seated at the stools in...

Four indicted in relation to Sylva party, including ex-deputy  Asheville Citizen-Times

SYLVA – A Jackson County grand jury has returned indictments against four Sylva residents, including a former sheriff's deputy, in connection with a Halloween ...

NC home-schooled children get free pass on vaccination requirements  Carolina Public Press

This story originally appeared here and is published by Carolina Public Press with the permission of The Sylva Herald. By Quintin Ellison, The Sylva Herald

Dolphus Brown enshrined in HOF  The Daily Herald

The Jackson County Athletic Hall of Fame inducted three new members during Sunday's 27th annual banquet at Southwestern Community College's Burrell ...

Tuckasegee native has major role in T. rex study  The Sylva Herald

Two dinosaurs 458 miles apart have battled it out, and when the dust settled, Sue lost to Scotty for the crown of oldest and biggest T. rex fossil ever found.

WNC teachers cross borders for better pay  Asheville Citizen-Times

Some school officials worry about losing quality teachers to neighboring states.

Bewsey earns doctorate in clinical psychology | Higher Education News  The Sylva Herald

Kyle Bewsey, a 2000 graduate of Smoky Mountain High School, received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Texas during its spring ...

Shannon Oliver and Patrick Hamrick | Weddings  The Sylva Herald

Shannon Nicole Oliver and Patrick Michael Hamrick, both of Gastonia, were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Sleepy Hollow Inn and Event ...

Local, federal agencies join forces to combat drug sales in WCU area  The Sylva Herald

A murder and several home invasion robberies sparked law enforcement to undertake a probe that led to nine arrests involving drug sales and distribution ...

Jean Simmons | Obituaries  The Sylva Herald

Jean Simmons, age 89, of Sylva passed away on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in Asheville, N.C., after a very brief illness.

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