Tribe wants to name former chief as new Jackson County namesake

The 18th chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was a lot of things — a World War II veteran, a dedicated father and stepfather, a leader in tribal politics — and if county commissioners OK a proposal from Tribal Council, “namesake of Jackson County” could soon be added to Walter S. Jackson’s list of accomplishments. 

Outcome uncertain for Jackson’s District 4 race

Election Day results showed Democrat Mark Jones edging Republican Mark Letson by a slim nine-vote margin in the race for the District 4 seat on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, but Jones’ victory is far from assured.

Parents ask Jackson school board to retire Rebel mascot

Two women presented a petition to the Jackson County School Board during an Oct. 27 meeting asking the board to consider retiring the Rebel mascot at Cullowhee Valley School. 

COVID-19 cluster found at Jackson child care center

The Jackson County Department of Public Health has identified a COVID-19 cluster at a child care center.

Staff, technology brings breast care to new level at Harris

Breast cancer is something that weighs heavy on every woman’s mind. What is my risk? Does it run in my family? Do I carry the gene? When should I get a mammogram? Where do I have to go to get the best care?

Sylva to host Tubman statue

A plan to host a sculpture of Harriet Tubman at Bridge Park next year met enthusiastic approval from the Sylva Board of Commissioners Oct. 22. 

COVID-19 cluster found in Jackson

The Jackson County Department of Public Health has identified a COVID-19 cluster associated with a social gathering. 

Jackson businesses find their place in the post-pandemic world

Lured by the promise of drivable, socially distanced adventure, visitors from across the region have flocked to Jackson County in record numbers this year.

Jackson approves $4 million for animal shelter project

Jackson County commissioners voted 4-1 Oct. 20 to approve a $4.33 million contract to build a new animal rescue center as well as walking trails and other improvements at the Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. 

Rural allure, strong hospitality sector set Jackson County up for success amid pandemic

Things were looking bleak for the tourism industry — for all industries, really — as coronavirus shutdowns and stay-at-home orders fell into place this spring, but six months into the pandemic, the outlook for Jackson County’s biggest business is downright rosy. 

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