Macon Superintendent Announces State School Report Card Data

At the last meeting of the Macon County Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin presented a brief overview of the Macon County school district’s performance on the recently released state school report cards. North Carolina introduced school performance grades in 2013 with the first report card released in 2014. To evaluate schools’ performance, the state compares schools’ growth expectations […]

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WCU Football Ranked Again this Week

After battling fifth-ranked Wofford into overtime last weekend in Spartanburg, Western Carolina football advanced in both of the national polls released on Monday afternoon. The Catamounts moved up one spot in both of the national polls this week, climbing to 21st in the FCS media poll while debuting at No. 25 in the latest FCS Coaches Poll. Also in the […]

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JCPS Honors Excellence in Leadership

On Monday Jackson County Schools honored two of its outstanding leaders at the annual “Excellence in Leadership” awards ceremony. Rebecca Ensley, principal at Jackson County Early College, was recognized as the Jackson County Public Schools 2017-18 Principal of the Year. Smoky Mountain High School teacher Mary Henson received the distinguished Steve Jones Servant Leadership Award.           […]

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New Details in Cullowhee Fatal Shooting

New Details have emerged in the fatal shooting that occurred in Cullowhee last Friday night. Search warrants reveal that Western Carolina University police believe that shooting victim Jacob Ray knew fellow student Aja Makalo, one of two charged with his attempted murder. The warrants also indicate that police think that Jacob Ray was involved in drug activity. According to District […]

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Southwestern Commission Broadband Survey

The Southwestern Commission, in conjunction with MountainWest Partnership, is asking local citizens and businesses to participate in a broadband assessment for the region. Click Here to Access Survey This survey will verify availability of services in the counties of Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain and identify actual speeds available, and collect information on demand for services from […]

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9th Annual Colorfest in Dillsboro Winners

Beautiful weather helped bring out a steady stream of attendees to the 9th Annual ColorFest in Dillsboro this past Saturday, October 7, 2017. Some of the visitors said it was the best festival of the year! Within the awakening colors of fall, the sounds of music and dance wafted throughout the streets, complimenting the aroma of handmade tacos and pizza […]

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Motorcycle Wreck in the GSMNP Claims the Life of New York Man

A fatal motorcycle accident this past weekend in the Great Smoky Mountains national park claimed the life of a New York man. On Saturday, October 7 at 10:20 a.m. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers and Gatlinburg Fire Department responded to a report of a single motorcycle accident on Little River Road approximately 2.2 miles west of the intersection with […]

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Open House Planned at New Harris ER

The community is invited to get its first look at the new emergency department at Harris Regional Hospital at an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, October 30th. The new facility is nearing completion and will begin serving patients in mid-November. The open house will have tours, a ribbon-cutting, and light refreshments. Construction on the project began […]

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Friday Night Shooting at WCU Critically Injures Student

Two people have now been arrested in the shooting of a Western Carolina student on campus last Friday Night that seriously injured Jacob Alexander Ray of Hendersonville who remains in critical condition at Mission Hospital in Asheville. The Western Carolina University Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation arrested Saturday of Aja Makalo and Zavion Southerland both of Charlotte […]

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Online Bill Pay Available for Town of Franklin Residents

The Town of Franklin recently announced the town’s automated bill paying system for utilities is now underway for residents and businesses. The new bill paying system recently implemented by the town offer residents and the business community a new convenient and secure way to pay water and sewer bills online. Residents and businesses are encouraged to utilize the new online […]

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