Cases Spiking Across Jackson. (July 8)

The Sylva Herald, by Dave Russell Jackson County COVID-19 cases rose by 36.5 percent over the last week, bringing the county’s total to 157 since two cases were reported April 12. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Jackson County Department of Public Health reported 157 cases...

Hands on Jackson is Postponed by COVID

The Sylva Herald Hands on Jackson, when scores of volunteers fan out through the community to help neighbors in need, has been postponed until spring due to COVID-19. In effort to ensure the safety of the volunteers who help with this event and those who are served,...

COVID Cancels Wildlife Days. (July 8)

The Sylva Herald, Letter to the Editor We’re sad to announce our 17th annual Mountain Wildlife Days scheduled for July 17-18 has become another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. We deeply regret having to cancel this year’s event, but realize it just couldn’t be done...

COVID Cases Continue to Curve Up in Jackson. (July 8)

Smokey Mountain News, written by Jessie Stone [This is a partial of the article written]  ….Jackson County identified a new cluster on July 7 at a local medical provider’s office — Current Dermatology. The state defines a cluster as five cases or more identified...

What Can Be Done?, by Diane Jettinghoff (July 5)

I recently read “The Miserable People” by John Pavlovitz.  He gave me a good insight into the people who support Trump, but it also concerned me because Pavlovitz exposed the aggression & anger of his followers. Then I heard Trump speak on Friday night, July 3rd. ...

Spare the Rod, by Penny Smith (July 1)

I’ve been mulling over what it is in the American psyche that makes us so angry and so prone to turn that anger into violence. One of my touchstones for understanding the United States is Mark Twain’s The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn. Pap, Huck’s father, is too often...

Phase II Guidelines Laid Out by State. (July 1)

The Sylva Herald Last Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced the state would remain in Phase II of his re-opening plan. His office later released these guidelines for halting the spread of COVID-19. Guidance for citizens People must wear face coverings when in public...

WCU Season Opener is Now Set for Sept. 3. (July 1)

The Sylva Herald, By Carey Phillips While the COVID-19 pandemic has put in doubt whether sports, including college football, will be played this fall, Western Carolina’s scheduled season-opener has been moved up two days. The Catamounts are now slated to play at...

Concerts on the Creek Faces New Delay. (July 1)

The Sylva Herald, By Kelly Morgan Concerts on the Creek are typically held every Friday night from 7-9 p.m. at the Bridge Park in Sylva, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. However, the concerts have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 24...

COVID-19 Cases Reach Triple Digits in Jackson. (July 1)

The Sylva Herald, By Dave Russell Jackson County COVID-19 cases rose by 44 percent over the over the last week, bringing the county’s total to 115 since two cases were reported April 12. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Jackson County Department of Public Health reported 115...