Archived News

Veterans Day events

Jackson County honors veterans

Southwestern Community College will honor veterans of all wars for their patriotism and willingness to serve during a Veterans Day observance at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, in the Balsam Center Auditorium on the Jackson Campus.

This year, special tribute will be paid to veterans within the SCC family — students, faculty and staff. In preparation for this tribute, a photo of the veteran while in service, as well as a recent photo are requested. Along with the two photos, include veteran’s name, rank and years served. Send photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. or bring them by the admissions office in the Balsam Center.

Items for care packages will be collected all day on Nov. 11 in the Balsam Lobby. To have one of the care packages sent to someone currently deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan, contact Dominique Benson at 828.339.4217 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Cullowhee Valley School hosting veterans

All local veterans and their spouses are invited to join the teachers, students, and staff of Cullowhee Valley School in activities on Wednesday morning, Nov. 10, honoring those who have bravely served our country.

At 8:15 a.m.,  Robin Coggins and her staff will begin serving breakfast to veterans and other guests in the school cafeteria. A Veterans Day program will follow in the school gym, starting about 9 am.


Church has dinner, program for vets

Local veterans are invited to a dinner and program on Wednesday, Nov. 10, as guests of the East Sylva Baptist Church, which is located at 61 Faith Avenue in Sylva’s Dillardtown area.  

The caterer,  Bogart’s  of Sylva, will begin serving at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary, and will feature instrumental and vocal patriotic music.   American Legion Post 104 Chaplain Burrus Jones will serve as master of ceremonies, and the Rev. Charles Dean will be the speaker. All veterans plus one guest each are invited to attend.  Those planning to attend should 586.2853.

Smokey Mountain News Logo
Go to top
Payment Information


At our inception 20 years ago, we chose to be different. Unlike other news organizations, we made the decision to provide in-depth, regional reporting free to anyone who wanted access to it. We don’t plan to change that model. Support from our readers will help us maintain and strengthen the editorial independence that is crucial to our mission to help make Western North Carolina a better place to call home. If you are able, please support The Smoky Mountain News.

The Smoky Mountain News is a wholly private corporation. Reader contributions support the journalistic mission of SMN to remain independent. Your support of SMN does not constitute a charitable donation. If you have a question about contributing to SMN, please contact us.