Need Help Buying Food? Use These Resources

North Carolina Health & Human Services, May 8, 2020 Newsletter If you already receive help buying food through Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), NCDHHS has received permission to enhance benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more. As of this week, North...

WCU to Hold Postponed Graduation in December – May 8

Smoky Mountain News, Written by Admin It will be May in December for members of Western Carolina University’s spring graduating class of 2020 who were originally scheduled to participate in commencement ceremonies this month until the events were postponed by the...

Parkway Announces Reopening Plans – May 8

Smoky Mountain News, Written by Holly Kayes The Blue Ridge Parkway will soon begin opening up sections of the historic motor road that are currently closed due to coronavirus concerns. Beginning Saturday, May 9, the southernmost 14 miles — mileposts 454 to 469 — will...

WCU Commencement Events Remain On Hold

The Sylva Herald Due to COVID-19 impacts, Western Carolina University has delayed a decision on when to reschedule spring commencement ceremonies originally set for May 8 and 9. University officials had announced on March 20 the postponement of May commencement...

Sylva is Bracing for a Dent in Finances – April 22

By Dave Russell, The Sylva Herald Sylva’s budget is not immune to the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the world. The resulting closure of all but essential businesses is putting a deep dent in the town’s financial future. “It’s going to reduce sales tax, it’s going...

Appalachian Trail Groups Request Trail Closure

Admin., Smoky Mountain News The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has requested that the federal government officially close the 2,193-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 31 official A.T. Maintaining Clubs, 29 — including the...

WCU Commencement Events Remain On Hold – April 8

The Sylva Herald Due to COVID-19 impacts, Western Carolina University has delayed a decision on when to reschedule spring commencement ceremonies originally set for May 8 and 9. University officials had announced on March 20 the postponement of May commencement...

Churches Get Creative For Easter Services – April 8

By Beth Lawrence, The Sylva Herald Local churches are doing their best to continue to feed the souls of their congregations during the COVID-19 pandemic and still observe Easter in a manner befitting the holiday. Ochre Hill Baptist Church will hold a special drive-in...