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September 29, 2020

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SCC Reports First COVID-19 Case

SCC Reports First COVID-19 Case

SYLVA – Southwestern Community College officials confirmed on June 20 that a student has reported testing positive for COVID-19. It’s the first case involving a student or employee at the college. The student was last at the Jackson Campus on Monday, June 15. SCC officials are working with local health...
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Challenge Aims to Get NC Kids Outside Every Day

Challenge Aims to Get NC Kids Outside Every Day

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – With schools out and many camps canceled this summer due to COVID-19, families are looking for ways to get their kids outdoors. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation has launched an “Outside Every Day Challenge” – from now until mid-July, it’s calling on...
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Mountain Heritage Day Will Not Take Place This Year

Mountain Heritage Day Will Not Take Place This Year

CULLOWHEE – Mountain Heritage Day, the annual community and campus celebration of Southern Appalachian culture presented by Western Carolina University since 1974, will not happen this year. Organizers said the decision to not hold the 2020 festival was a reluctant one, made with a forecast by pub...
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I-40 Project Advances to Paving in Pigeon River Gorge

I-40 Project Advances to Paving in Pigeon River Gorge

SYLVA – More than half of the construction is complete on a major project to rehabilitate the westernmost 15 miles of Interstate 40 in North Carolina. A new phase of work begins this week when crews from Harrison Construction begin milling out old asphalt and placing a new surface from the Tennessee sta...
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Superintendent Announces Retirement

Superintendent Announces Retirement

After 33 plus years of service, Dr. Kimberly Elliot Superintendent of Jackson County Public Schools announced she will be retiring effective September 1, 2020.  She added she has truly enjoyed being a part of Jackson County Public Schools for the past 7 years and it has been the highlight of her career....
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Swain County High School Sports

Swain County High School Sports

This week the NCHSAA in conjunction with the Governor’s office released their plan for allowing athletes to resume workouts, albeit on a severely limited basis.  Swain Athletic Director Neil Blankenship met with head coaches on Monday to begin formulating Swain County Schools plan, which was appro...
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Cove Creek Road to Cataloochee Reopens

Cove Creek Road to Cataloochee Reopens

JONATHAN CREEK – A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation has opened Cove Creek Road in Haywood County to traffic after completing major phases of a project to stabilize a hillside.  A flagging operation will remain in place until the project is complete on the main access road to the Cata...
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