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September 29, 2020

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School Covid Shut Down

School Covid Shut Down

Franklin High School has suspended all in-person learning after several administrators, support staff and teachers were forced to quarantine. We’re told that there has been a positive COVID-19 test involving someone in the district, so contact tracing was done to figure out who all that person was in co...
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No Charges Involving Attacked Sylva Town Meeting

No Charges Involving Attacked Sylva Town Meeting

The DA’s office says there will be no criminal charges filed regarding the Town of Sylva Zoom meeting interruption that took place on July 23rd. According to Sylva Police Chief Chris Hatton, there has been an investigation, and there is just no way to figure out who was responsible for the barrage of ra...
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State Board Offers Guidance for Students Voting by Mail

State Board Offers Guidance for Students Voting by Mail

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, students at colleges and universities who choose to vote by mail should request that their ballot be sent to an address where they know they will receive it. “We want to ensure all eligible voters have the information they need to successfully cast their ballot in this import...
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Flood Repair Closing N.C. 106 Overnight

Flood Repair Closing N.C. 106 Overnight

A section of N.C. 106 west of Highlands will undergo repairs requiring an overnight closure from 7 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 30, until 9 a.m. on Monday.  N.C. Department of Transportation crews will replace a culvert near Crystal Drive where flood water overflowed and damaged the structure. High water on...
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WCU updates COVID-19 dashboard

WCU updates COVID-19 dashboard

Western Carolina University has updated its recently launched online COVID-19 dashboard to include additional information about testing, positivity rates, isolation and quarantine and to provide a more in-depth look at how the pandemic is affecting the campus community. The changes, effective Monday, Au...
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Deadline Extended for COVID-19 Farmer Assistance

Deadline Extended for COVID-19 Farmer Assistance

The application period for a federal program offering assistance to local farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic has been extended through September 11.  That date is less than a month away, however, and farmers are encouraged to apply soon if they have not already submitted an application. C...
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Public Input Needed on Statewide Trail Network Plan

Public Input Needed on Statewide Trail Network Plan

As people across North Carolina are using greenways and trails in record numbers, their input is needed to develop the Great Trails State Plan.  The Great Trails State Plan is a state Department of Transportation-led effort to identify existing trails and define what actions need to take place to c...
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Henke and Shields sworn in for new terms as SCC trustees

Henke and Shields sworn in for new terms as SCC trustees

As of July 1, Ken Henke and Gary Shields began serving new terms on the Board of Trustees for Southwestern Community College. The former Western North Carolina public educators will continue their board service at SCC through June 30, 2024, in their renewed terms. Henke, a former principal and school bo...
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