Wildlife Federation Urging Lawmakers to Support Public Lands

More than 35 hunting, fishing and outdoor groups sent a letter to members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation last week calling on them to defend public lands in the state and the rest of the country. The demand from organizations representing more than 100-thousand stakeholders comes as efforts continue to privatize some national parks. Tim Gestwicki, with the North Carolina […]

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Dillsboro Board of Aldermen Public Hearing Tonight

Tonight June 12 the Dillsboro Board of Aldermen will hold a Public Hearing at 5:15 p.m. to entertain public comment on the proposed 2017/2018 fiscal year budget. The meeting will be held at Dillsboro Town Hall, on Front Street, Dillsboro. Copies of the proposed budget are available at that location.

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Forest Service Plans Open House to Inform Public on Issues

From the US Forest Service: “The U.S. Forest Service will hold open houses across the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests from late June to early August to provide the public with opportunities to talk with Forest Service staff about local issues, district projects, and the Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Plan revision. “Public attendance at meetings like these helps us to […]

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SCC Looking for Input on 5 year Plan

For more than 50 years, Southwestern Community College has worked with community residents and area leaders to meet the educational and economic development needs of Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary. In that collaborative spirit, SCC is seeking public input on its five-year comprehensive strategic plan. Residents of SCC’s service area are invited to fill out a brief […]

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Land Conservancies Work to Create New Trails

Thousands will take advantage of the state’s multiple hiking opportunities this week. One of the newest trails to try out is the Brushy Face Trail, the result of a land donation to the Highland Cashiers Land Trust. The trail connects the Brushy Face Preserve with the Satulah Mountain Preserve. Gary Wein, executive director of the land trust says trail construction […]

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Franklin Chamber Preps for Ribbon Cutting

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to host their own ribbon cutting event. The chamber has been very busy moving into their new location in the old Simple Elegance building on Hyatt Road in Franklin. Cindy Cavender, Special Events and Marketing Director for the chamber says that the new building will be much more accessible to visitors, “The […]

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Cliffside Fishing Day a Major Success

As a part of the 2017 National Fishing and Boating Week, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission sponsored its annual fishing derby this past Saturday at Cliffside Lake Recreation Area. This year’s derby was a tremendous success with over 80 participants attending the free event. Youth ages 15 years old and younger were able to catch up to seven fish […]

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Smoky Mountain Commencement Set for Thursday Evening

Thursday Evening, the Smoky Mountain High School Class of 2017 will walk across the stage and get their diplomas. With Franklin, Swain, and Cherokee all having graduated, it is now SMHS’ turn to have their commencement ceremonies. The ceremony will be taking place at the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University, from 6:30 to 8 pm.

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Community Information Sharing Event on Broadband Internet Scheduled for Monday

Discussion on bringing more broadband internet options to Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties continues to be a major topic for area residents and government officials. On Monday afternoon, a “community information sharing event” will be taking place in the Macon County Library meeting room, where the potential expansion of broadband service will be discussed. Vendors, government officials and others will […]

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Anti-Overdose Drug Saves 2 in Jackson County Over the Weekend

From the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: “Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office administered Naloxone twice over the weekend on individuals who were overdosing on opiates or opioids. Sergeant Kenneth Wooding responded Friday June 3, 2017 to the Huddle House parking lot in Dillsboro to a suspected overdose.  Sergeant Woodring, along with other deputies found the overdosed individual in a […]

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