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 […]

Jackson Police educates students on alcohol awareness

“The Batmobile” was parked at the Forsyth parking lot on April 14 and Jackson County police officers were talking to students about drunk driving. “We want to raise the awareness of the consequences of alcohol violators, so hopefully we see less people coming through our checkpoints, getting in accidents, and getting stopped,” said Lieutenant John […]

A lesson for a safe spring break

“Have you ever driven a car drunk?” “Have you ever been the passenger in a car with someone who was driving drunk?” “Have you ever killed your three best friends in a car wreck?” These were some of the beginning questions that Mark Sterner asked the 450 students who were in attendance to hear him […]

Wrestling with faith

Billy Ketchersid almost lost his livelihood, his family, and his life to alcohol and drugs. He was on the fast track to a dead end lifestyle until his faith in God, combined with his love of professional wrestling, saved his life. William Wayne Ketchersid, 40, abused drugs from the age of 12 to the age […]

Amendment One passes, Jackson County no longer dry

A majority of North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages Tuesday, May 8, while Jackson County opted to legalize the countywide sale of alcohol. The amendment to North Carolina’s state constitution reads “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in […]

Cherokee votes on alcohol referendum

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians vote today, April 12, on whether the reservation should remain dry. Smoky Mountain News reports mixed opinions among the residence. “In the days leading up to the monumental vote, those polled on the street in Cherokee offered up the full range of views — along with those for and against […]