Overnight storms bring flooding to WNC

Heavy rains and high winds associated with strong storms last Sunday night led to plenty of headaches Monday morning, as downed limbs cut power and closed roads while swollen streams slipped their banks, flooding businesses and residences across Western North Carolina.

Jackson residents test positive for coronavirus

Two full-time Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, the Jackson County Department of Public Health learned today.

Jackson requires new arrivals to quarantine

Jackson County is now requiring anybody entering from another state or country to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, along with all household members.

A COVID-19 Q&A with Jackson County

For those who live or work in Jackson County, these answers to common questions provided by the county's public information officer might clear some of the muddier waters. 

Jackson bans gatherings of 10 or more, orders business closures

An emergency declaration issued in Jackson County today will ban gatherings of 10 or more people and mandate the closure of a long list of business types and lodging facilities, effective Wednesday, March 25.

COVID-19: State of Jackson County

Coronavirus is causing changes, cancellations and postponements across the region. Find out what’s happening in your county.

Jackson to move toward indoor pool referendum

The numbers are in for what an indoor pool might cost to build and maintain in Jackson County, and commissioners are set to vote April 7 on a resolution to move forward with a related referendum question on the November ballot. If the resolution is approved, the next step would be a public hearing, which will likely be held June 2. 

Jackson jail death spurs lawsuit

The family of a Sylva woman who died by suicide in the Jackson County Detention Center last year has filed suit in federal district court against members of the sheriff’s department who handled her incarceration. Filed by Rice’s son Matthew Dillard, who is the administrator of Rice’s estate, the suit seeks a series of judgments that would easily exceed $3 million if granted in full. He claims that the defendants’ “negligent” acts and “malicious, willful and wanton disregard” for Rice’s rights led to her death.

Bogardus to advance in Jackson contest

Susan Bogardus has won the Democratic primary in the race to represent Jackson County’s District 3 on the Board of Commissioners. Pulling 42.02 percent of the vote, she beat out opponents Cody Lewis and Brad Stillwell — who received 34.76 and 23.21 percent, respectively — for the chance to face Republican Tom Stribling in November. 

Erosion issues persist at Millennial Apartments

The Millennial Apartments project overseen by Zimmer Development Corporation has racked up seven notices of violations of state standards since breaking ground on the project last summer in Cullowhee.

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