Drive-Thru Testing Site To Open At JCDPH (June 24)

The Sylva Herald Testing and tracing are core public health measures and key components of North Carolina’s strategy to responsibly ease restrictions, while continuing to slow the spread of COVID-19. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jackson County...

SCC Reports First Covid-19 Case. (June 21)

Smoky Mountain News, written by Admin 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...

Parkway Reopens Facilities (June 17)

Smoky Mountain News, Written by Admin Several previously closed facilities along the Blue Ridge Parkway reopened June 13. In Western North Carolina, these include: Mt. Pisgah Picnic Area, Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, Linville Falls Visitor Center and restrooms at...

Large events curtailed for fall 2020 at WCU (June 18)

Smoky Mountain News, written by Admin Several events typically on the fall semester calendar at Western Carolina University are canceled for 2020 as part of significant changes to campus activities necessitated by state and health care professional guidance in...

Protests in Sylva, by Zac Wyatt (June 21)

The People of Sylva had their voices heard on Saturday, June 13th. Hundreds of citizens gathered in downtown Sylva to show their support for more regulation to prevent the abuse of power by law enforcement. They also called for more transparency of police departments....

A Tale Of Two Rallies, by Penny Smith. (June 21)

Charles Dickens’ novel title, A Tale of Two Cities, is one of the most borrowed phrases of all time. Yet, on June 20, 2020, I kept coming back to it. On that date the Poor People’s Campaign substituted a virtual three-hour affair for the in-person event they had...