SoCon moves fall league sports to spring. (Aug. 19)

The Sylva Herald, written by Carey Phillips The Southern Conference joined most others across the nation last Thursday when the Council of Presidents announced the league will not have fall conference competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference hopes to...

NCHSAA asks schools to delay schedule plans. (Aug. 19)

The Sylva Herald, written by Carey Phillips Two days after releasing a revised sports calendar for the 2020-21 school year (see story on page 1A), the N.C. High School Athletic Association issued a moratorium on schools scheduling athletic events. The NCHSAA hopes to...

A cautious reopening for Jackson schools. (Aug. 19)

The Sylva Herald Jackson County students returned to school Monday in a year unlike any other. Classes opened with a limited number of students, who are divided into groups A and group B. Each group comes two days per week (A group comes on Monday and Tuesday and B...

Increase in COVID cases here slowing. (Aug 19)

The Sylva Herald, written by Dave Russell Jackson County COVID-19 cases rose by just 3 percent over the last week. That’s down from almost 40 percent a month ago. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Jackson County Department of Public Health reported 479 cases of full-time...

WCU Ready For These Unprecedented Times. (August 12)

Smoky Mountain News,  (Opinion by By Kelli R. Brown, chancellor of Western Carolina University • Guest Columnist) These are uncertain and challenging times. Our communities, our state and our nation are grappling with an unprecedented set of issues that affect each...

COVID Cases, Deaths Still On Rise In Jackson. (Aug. 12)

The Sylva Herald, By Carey Phillips and Dave Russell While the rate of infection is dropping locally, Jackson County has reported three more deaths in the past week from COVID-19. That brings the total to seven since the pandemic started in March. The Jackson County...

Complete United Way COVID-19 impact survey

Smoky Mountain News, by Admin United Way of North Carolina launches a statewide survey today to assess how COVID-19 has impacted community members across the state. All North Carolina families are invited to complete the United Way of North Carolina COVID-19 survey...

SM soccer player tests positive for COVID-19

The Sylva Herald, By Carey Phillips Part of Smoky Mountain’s men’s soccer workouts were shut down last week after a player tested positive for COVID-19. Athletic Director Adam Phillips said one pod of 10 players was shut down for two weeks. N.C. High School Athletic...

Community Table scrambles to serve amid COVID-19

The Sylva Herald, By Kelly Morgan Jackson County’s long-standing food bank and soup kitchen, the Community Table, has faced unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. In an email brief last week, the organization described the adjustments it has made to cope with the...

COVID-19 cases here sail past the 370 mark. (July 29)

The Sylva Herald, By Dave Russell Jackson County COVID-19 cases rose by 22.1 percent over the last week. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Jackson County Department of Public Health reported 376 cases of full-time residents and 8,203 tests reported to the agency. The county...