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...

COVID-19: County Cases Continue To Increase

Smoky Mountain News, By Jessi Stone Jackson County has seen a steady growth in active COVID-19 cases in the last week as an outbreak was reported at a local skilled nursing facility on July 17 and a cluster was announced at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino on July 20. Five...

Commissioners Mull COVID-19 Meeting Changes. (July 23)

The Sylva Herald, By Beth Lawrence  The Jackson County Board of Commissioners is considering new rules for conducting meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The topic was introduced to the board by county Manager Don Adams at the July 14 work session. Adams and...

COVID-19 Cases Jump, Businesses Feel Impact. (July 23)

Julie Creason, Scott Fisher, Kimberly Tinklepaugh and Gretta Phillips of the Jackson County Department of Public Health operate the COVID-19 testing station Tuesday at the health department. The clinic is offered each Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., weather...

Two COVID-Related Deaths Reported in Jackson

The Sylva Herald, Written by Admin., July 15 The Jackson County Department of Public Health has confirmed that two recent deaths in Jackson County residents are related to COVID-19. The first individual was between the ages of 25-49 years of age and had underlying...