Sports Dead Period Will End On June 1 (May 27)

The Sylva Herald, by Carey Phillips The N.C. High School Athletic Association has announced that the dead period for workouts that is in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic will end June 1. However, NCHSAA officials made clear that does not mean workouts will begin on...

COVID-19 Cases Show Another Rise In Jackson – May 27

The Sylva Herald, By Dave Russell Two more cases of COVID-19 in full-time residents of Jackson County have been reported. As of Tuesday, the Jackson County Department of Public Health reported 27 cases of full-time residents, two cases in part-time residents and 1,292...

Crime Drops As COVID -19 Cases Increase – May 27

The Sylva Herald, by Beth Lawrence A number of cities and counties statewide have reported drops in crime since the state was put under a stay-at-home order. Jackson County has reduced reports of some crimes while others have not changed. The Jackson County Sheriff’s...

Trump and “Nasty”, by Penny Smith – May 19

Our current President appears to have a decided affection for adjectives: “Sleepy” Joe, “Mini” Mike, “Lyin’” Ted, “Fat” Jerry. There’s even a Wikipedia site dedicated to them (check out “List of Nicknames used by Donald Trump”). However, his range of adjectives is...

Cal Cunningham Rising, by Penny Smith – May 19

I don’t know if you’re noticing it, too, but the Cal Cunningham name is showing up more and more in the news. That’s true for both print and social media. What’s even more interesting is that it’s true for both state and national news. Cunningham, in case you’ve been...

What To Do If You Have No Health Insurance For Testing

I don’t have health insurance. What should I do? Call your nearest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). If you feel you may have COVID-19, be sure to disclose that when you call to obtain an appointment. FQHCs are community-based health care providers that...

COVID-19 Testing Sights in Jackson County

Testing Who can get tested? Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should consider getting tested. NCDHHS issued updated guidance on who should be tested for COVID-19. The new guidance recommends that clinicians test any...

What I’m Reading, by Penny Smith – May 14

Amanda Marcotte, Troll Nation: How the Right Became Trump-Worshipping Monsters. New York, 2018. Hot Books is an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, a newish and ambitious independent firm located in New York. Its goal is to provide a forum for short, in-your-face...

Need Help Buying Food? Use These Resources

North Carolina Health & Human Services, May 8, 2020 Newsletter If you already receive help buying food through Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), NCDHHS has received permission to enhance benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more. As of this week, North...

WCU to Hold Postponed Graduation in December – May 8

Smoky Mountain News, Written by Admin It will be May in December for members of Western Carolina University’s spring graduating class of 2020 who were originally scheduled to participate in commencement ceremonies this month until the events were postponed by the...

Parkway Announces Reopening Plans – May 8

Smoky Mountain News, Written by Holly Kayes The Blue Ridge Parkway will soon begin opening up sections of the historic motor road that are currently closed due to coronavirus concerns. Beginning Saturday, May 9, the southernmost 14 miles — mileposts 454 to 469 — will...