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    Cherokee Police Commission Discusses Concerns

    Communications and school safety topped talks at the Cherokee Police Commission’s November meeting [Nov 10]. The majority of the open…
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    Name of Sylva Woman Killed In Tractor Accident Released

    The name of a Sylva woman killed in an accident involving a farm tractor nearly 2 weeks ago has been…
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    Tuckasegee Man Charged In Shooting

    A dispute about a pig that escalated into attempted murder led to a Tuckasegee man being ordered last Thursday to…
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    Bridge Park Set For Makeover

    Bridge Park is set for a makeover, its first improvements since construction in 2008. The Bridge Park Improvement Plan is…
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    EBCI’s Medical Marijuana Harvest Begins

    You reap what you sow and the EBCI’s first medical marijuana harvest will also create jobs in the community. The…
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    JCSO Arrests Suspect in 2020 Homicide

    The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man in connection to a 2020 deadly shooting. Grant Alexander Higgs, 42, of…
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    39th Annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries

    The charming town of Dillsboro will be all aglow with sparkling lights for the 39th annual Festival of Lights and…
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    Economic Development Working To Launch Sylva Art Walk

    With the help of the Jackson County Municipal Grant, Sylva may soon be able to implement a Sylva Art Walk.…

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      Cherokee Police Commission Discusses Concerns

      Communications and school safety topped talks at the Cherokee Police Commission’s November meeting [Nov 10]. The majority of the open session saw the Commission host a conversation with EBCI Public Safety officials about the radio communications at the casino and in some areas on the reservation, following a recent hazardous material incident in which the fire department could not communicate on the sixth floor. Officials explained that the situation has to do with how and where the building was constructed and the new North Carolina building code prohibiting anything above 7,500 feet to be installed without the proper technology built into the structure. The Commission welcomed Dr. Beverley Payne, Cherokee Central Schools assistant superintendent, and Brett Robertson, security network administrator to discuss updating safety protocols at the school. Both said that they are working with the Cherokee Indian Police Department to take steps in shooting protocol and ensuring the updated policies for the school’s student resource officers (SROs). The next meeting of the Police Commission is set for Dec. 14.

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      Name of Sylva Woman Killed In Tractor Accident Released

      The name of a Sylva woman killed in an accident involving a farm tractor nearly 2 weeks ago has been made public. Sylva police said the victim identified as, Alberta Woods was riding on the tractor with an attached trailer when it overturned on steep terrain Nov. 11 in the area of 246 Elm St.. The 62 year old, who was one of two passengers on the tractor-trailer, was taken to Harris Regional Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Sylva Police Chief Chris Hatton said, officers identified the operator of the tractor as Ivan Nicholas Knight, 40. Jennifer Lynn Knight, 41, who was riding on the vehicle as well, was also hurt in the wreck. No criminal charges have been filed, and the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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      Tuckasegee Man Charged In Shooting

      A dispute about a pig that escalated into attempted murder led to a Tuckasegee man being ordered last Thursday to serve at least 23 years in prison, District Attorney Ashley Welch said. A Jackson County Superior Court jury returned a verdict of guilty on four charges against Kenneth McCall, 68. The shooting occurred near the entrance to Pinhook Valley Campground on Charleys Creek Road, where prosecutors argured Kenneth McCall shot William McCall, 39, during a fight between the two about free-ranging pigs the elder McCall said was rooting up and damaging the family owned Pinhook Valley Campground. Judge Brad Letts sentenced Kenneth McCall to serve a minimum of 23 years up to a maximum of 30 years in prison.

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      Bridge Park Set For Makeover

      Bridge Park is set for a makeover, its first improvements since construction in 2008. The Bridge Park Improvement Plan is waiting for a new line of funding, after updated cost estimations came in high above what was calculated in 2019, Sylva Public Works Director Jake Scott said. Earlier estimates were in the $450,000 range, and Scott said, the pricetag has now risen to about $750,000. A timeline for when construction will begin is up in the air right now, he said.

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      EBCI’s Medical Marijuana Harvest Begins

      You reap what you sow and the EBCI’s first medical marijuana harvest will also create jobs in the community. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians expects to open the largest medical cannabis retail store in the U.S. next year, eventually employing 400 to 500 workers, adding to the tribal’s already 7,000+ workforce, one of the largest in the state. The tribal council last year approved medical marijuana, making their territory the first place in North Carolina where medical cannabis is legal. The tribe will have a more certain opening date for its dispensary around Jan. 1, which is also when work will begin to transform the old tribal bingo building into the store, according to a release.

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      JCSO Arrests Suspect in 2020 Homicide

      The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man in connection to a 2020 deadly shooting. Grant Alexander Higgs, 42, of Cashiers, is being charged in the July 1, 2020 shooting death of Brittney Nicole Leftridge, 31 who was found dead at a Racquet Club Drive home near Cashiers where the two had lived together. Higgs was arrested while living in Nashville, Tennessee. He remains jailed on charges of first-degree murder.

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      39th Annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries

      The charming town of Dillsboro will be all aglow with sparkling lights for the 39th annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries as the town celebrates the splendor of Christmas. On the weekend of December 2-3 and 9-10, from 5-9 p.m., thousands of white lights will adorn the historic buildings, with the flickering flames of luminaries lining the streets. Each evening, shops and restaurants stay open late providing free snacks and refreshments as musicians and singers perform around town. The event also offers free horse-and-buggy rides and Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet kids in front of Town Hall.

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