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November 11, 2018

Open enrollment for federal health insurance

Open Enrollment for the 2019 Federal Health Insurance Exchange begins Thursday, Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15 for coverage to start Jan. 1, 2019. Eligibility for Advanced Premium Tax Credit Subsidies or APTCS is determined through the enrollment process at www.healthcare.gov. The state’s largest insur...
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The Jackson County Tourism Development Authority (JCTDA), whose mission it is to promote and market the county, is conducting its first comprehensive research project. Work on this project will begin this November with a survey that will be sent to visitors, residents and part-time residents to fill out...
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Antibiotics save lives and are important tools for treating a number of common bacterial infections.  Nonetheless, at least 30% of the antibiotics used in outpatient settings in the United States are prescribed when they aren’t needed.  Unnecessary use of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance, o...
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Stuff the Bus Challenge in Jackson County

Jackson County Public Schools will be holding a “Stuff the Bus” challenge on November 16th and 17th at the Ingles in Sylva to help the less fortunate in the community and attending Jackson Schools. Items that are donated will be used to start a “Comfort Closet” or “Free Store” in each of the nine Jackso...
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Trails Reopen after devastating wildfires

For the first time since wildfires ravaged the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in fall 2016, the Bull Head and Sugarland Mountain trails are open. The trails reopened on Friday, Oct. 26, offering hiking routes that extend from the park’s lowest elevations to its highest peaks. “The trail crews accom...
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Sylva Man Charged With Kidnapping & Assault

A Jackson County man was charged Friday night with breaking into an Asheville apartment and assaulting and kidnapping two people. Scenca Devon Benning, 40, allegedly broke into the apartment at gunpoint to take money and drugs. Warrants also allege Benning struck a woman in the apartment with the barrel...
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NC Land Conservancies Unify to Fight Climate Change

Climate change is top of mind after extreme weather events such as Hurricanes Florence and Michael, and North Carolina’s land trusts have a significant role to play. The latest climate science – from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – underscores the importance of n...
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School Bus Crash on 74; No Injuries Reported

Robbinsville High School varsity volleyball team was involved in a bus crash Tuesday morning on its way to a playoff game against West Montgomery. The accident occurred in the Balsam area of Jackson County on U.S. 74. There were no injuries reported. The coach was driving the bus. Troopers are on scene...
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