Halloween different in the era of COVID-19. (Oct. 21)

The Sylva Herald, by Patric Clemons With Halloween just around the corner, parents might be concerned about their children’s safety during these unprecedented times. Some local organizations are putting on trick-or-treat in a safe, socially distanced environment for...

County schools now feeling impact of COVID. (Oct. 21)

The Sylva Herald, by Dave Russell COVID-19 has severely impacted the custodial staff at Smoky Mountain High School. Of an eight-person staff, Assistant Superintendent Jake Buchanan reports one positive case and five custodians isolating due to exposure to the victim....

WNC COVID Counts. (October 16)

Confirmed Cases at Western NC New Positive Cases – October 16 (# of new positive cases made known to the University as confirmed through university testing, surveillance testing, and self-reporting over past 24 hours or 72 hours for weekend case counts reported...

Sylva cancels Christmas parade (October 8)

Smoky Mountain News, written by Holly Kayes The Sylva Town Board has voted unanimously this evening to cancel this year’s Christmas Parade, citing coronavirus concerns. “Having our traditional Christmas parade is not something that’s good for public health,” said...

Sylva will grant $20,000 to local nonprofits. (Sept. 30)

Smoky Mountain News, written by Holly Kays A new grant program approved by a unanimous vote from the Sylva Board of Commissioners Sept. 24 will allocate $20,000 to help nonprofit organizations better serve Sylva residents during the pandemic. “We tried to keep it very...

Top Ten Reasons Not to Vote for Donald Trump. (Vintage)

A small blast from the past: In 2016 we printed a handout at headquarters done by Issues Round table about why no should vote for Trump. Look how well they anticipated his behavior:  [and, how many more can we add now!  DJ] THE TOP TEN REASONS NOT TO VOTE FOR DONALD...

Dates to Keep in Mind for Voting

Dates to Keep in Mind We all know if we come out, we win – the more people who get to the polls, the more likely it is that we win races. So here are some dates to keep in mind: End of regular registration October 9 Beginning of Early Voting October 15-31 Election Day...

Volunteer for Get Out the Vote.

Get Out the Vote with Cindy Cindy Burke is in charge of our Get Out the Vote (GOTV) campaign and if you haven’t seen her doing one of several hundred chores in and around party headquarters the past couple of weeks, you simply have not been paying attention. She could...

That Wasn’t a Debate, by Penny Smith. (Oct. 4)

That Wasn’t A Debate What I saw on Tuesday was not a debate. It was political theatre, verging on political pornography. It was an affront to the values, institutions and traditions of this country. Donald Trump manifested in so many ways that he is the wrong...

Are You Concerned? Vote Biden (Sept,23)

Are you concerned? Vote for Biden To the Editor of the Sylva Herald: Are you concerned about bringing the pandemic to an end? About restoring lost jobs and businesses? About being evicted? About economic survival? Are you concerned about the future of our public...