March 25, 2017

March for Health Comes to Sylva NC

On April Fool’s Day, April first, a nonpartisan group of local citizens will join marchers around the US for a very serious cause: healthcare access. Organizer Nilofer Couture is planning a satellite march in Sylva that will coordinate with marches set for Washington D.C., New York City, Seattle and oth...
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Swain DSS Worker Sentenced in Toddler Death Case

A former Swain County DSS supervisor has pleaded guilty in a case relating to the death of a Cherokee toddler six years ago. Aubrey Littlejohn died while in the foster home of her great-aunt, Ladybird Powell. Powell  is currently in prison for involuntary manslaughter and child abuse relating to the chi...
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Bryson City Man Convicted in Child Rape

David Joe Shuler, 52, of Bryson City was convicted today by a jury in Swain County Superior Court of being an accessory before the fact to statutory rape. Shuler facilitated the crime by pretending to be the father of one of the minor victim’s girlfriends who had come to pick the victim up for an...
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Safe Kids Jackson County hosted a Child Passenger Safety Technician Training on March 13-16, 2017 at the Emergency Operations Center in Sylva, NC.  Many organizations and agencies sent representatives to participate in the training including the Health Department, Department of Social Services, Emergenc...
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Parkway visitation tops 15 million for 2016

The Blue Ridge Parkway welcomed 15.18 million visitors in 2016, a slight increase from the 15.05 million who visited in 2015. However, some metrics showed an increase over 2015 use. Tent camping was up by 14 percent in Parkway campgrounds, compared to 4.8 percent in the National Park Service as a whole,...
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