Macon BOE Recognizes Nantahala All-Stars

At this week’s meeting of the Macon County Board of Education held at Nantahala School, Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin recognized two Nantahala Students for their athletic and academic success. Seniors Hope Ward and Brayden West were the recipients of $500 scholarships sponsored by the West vs. Midwest 1A All-Star Basketball Game. The Nantahala students also played in the showcase game […]

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FHS Athletic Director Resigns

The Macon County Board of Education has approved the resignation of Franklin High School Athletic Director, Jay Brooks. Brooks’ resignation was approved as a part of the personnel report at the Monday evening meeting of the Macon County Board of Education. Brooks will be staying on as Assistant Football Coach and Track Head Coach, which was also approved by the […]

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WCU to Announce New Men’s Basketball Coach Tuesday

Western Carolina Director of Athletics Randy Eaton has called a Tuesday, March 27 press conference to announce the hiring of the school’s next head men’s basketball coach. The press conference is scheduled for 1:00 pm in the Peele, Westmoreland Shure, Hartshorn Hospitality Room on the first floor of the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center. The event to include remarks […]

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Traffic Stop Leads to Nearly 200 lbs of Marijuana Being Seized

From the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: “The Cherokee Indian Police Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Drug Enforcement Administration Asheville Post of Duty arrested Bryan Watts from Pasco, Washington for trafficking in marijuana. Watts was found to be in possession of approximately 197 pounds of marijuana after a traffic stop was conducted shortly after coming on the Boundary of the […]

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Mission Health Signs Letter of Intent to Discuss Joining Tennessee Healthcare Company

From Mission Health: “Mission Health’s Board of Directors today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to enter into exclusive discussions to join HCA Healthcare, a Nashville, Tennessee-based company founded 50 years ago by two physicians. The Board’s unanimous decision to execute the LOI with HCA Healthcare reflects its long-term vision and commitment to preserve and expand […]

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Improvements Underway on “Gateway to Franklin”

From the construction of the new town bridge to the purchase and transformation of old businesses into greenspace, many improvements are underway in the area of town known as the “Gateway to Franklin.” One venture taking shape in the area is the Nikwasi-Cherokee and Heritage Corridor, a project which organizers hope will shine a new light on Franklin’s riverside treasures. […]

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Joint Operation Leads to Several Arrests, Solicitation Charges

From the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: “Over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend, local, tribal, state and federal law enforcement agencies conducted an operation that was focused on the exploitation of children and the predators involved. This operation netted four arrest of adult’s in which three of them had the intention of having sex with a minor. The subjects arrested […]

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Delays for 3-22

Highlands School: One Hour Delay Nantahala School: 2 Hour Delay Jackson County Schools, Smoky Mountain District: 2 Hour Delay, NO BUSES ON ICY ROADS Jackson County Schools, Blue Ridge District: 2 1/2 Hour Delay Cherokee Reservation School: 2 Hour Delay, NO BUSES ON ICY ROADS Swain County Schools: 2 Hour Delay, NO BUSES ON ICY ROADS

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Closings and Delays for 3-21

Jackson County Schools: CLOSED, Annual Leave Day. April 23rd will now be a regular school day for students Swain County Schools: CLOSED, Optional Teacher Workday Nantahala School: 2 Hour Delay Cherokee Central Schools: CLOSED Victory Christian School: Classes are CANCELLED

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