Storyteller reflects on county moonshine history

This story was originally published in The Sylva Herald. Although you’re not likely to stumble across illicit moonshine stills in Jackson County today, 50 or 60 years ago, you stood a better chance. Jackson County once played a starring role in regional moonshine production. It served as a hub for making and bootlegging the illegal liquor, according […]

Students pile up scholarships – and debt

This story was originally published in The Sylva Herald. So far during the 2016-2017 academic year, Western Carolina University students have received almost $11 million in scholarships, but they – or their parents – borrowed almost $68 million in educational loans. Additionally, student loan borrowers in the class of 2016 will graduate with an average $37,172 in […]

WCU Trustees add members, discuss growth issues

This story was originally published in The Sylva Herald. Changes for WCU Board of Trustees The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees will have four new members beginning July 1. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors appointed Haden Boliek of Fayetteville and Robert Roberts of Asheville to four-year terms. They replace current trustee Phil Drake […]

Could traffic eclipse solar event?

This story was written by Haley Smith, originally published in The Sylva Herald. Jackson County Emergency Management wants additional information from transportation officials on possible traffic congestion for Aug. 21 – the day of the total solar eclipse. County officials met Monday to review an initial N.C. Department of Transportation study. It compared current traffic volumes with […]

Local Meals on Wheels to roll on … budget cut or no budget cut

This story was written by Haley Smith, originally published in The Sylva Herald. It’s still too early to know exactly what might happen, but President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts could limit funding for Jackson County Meals on Wheels. Jackson County Department on Aging Director Eddie Wells said the details remain in flux. “If it were a […]

Bill would allow guns at both WCU and SCC

This story was written by Haley Smith, originally published in The Sylva Herald. If approved, new legislation would give people with concealed-carry permits the legal OK to bring handguns with them when visiting or taking classes at Western Carolina University and Southwestern Community College. The prospect isn’t sitting well with the 17 police chiefs in the UNC […]