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Jackson County names Finance Director as interim county manager

By Kristin Fox

After a closed session of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners during their November regular meeting, county officials voted unanimously to approve Darlene Fox, current Director of the Jackson County Finance Department, as interim county manager effective January 1, 2023.

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Sylva votes to move forward with Bridge Park Green Infrastructure Project

By Kristin Fox

At the November meeting of the Town of Sylva Board of Commissioners, county officials voted unanimously to take the necessary steps to move forward with work on the Bridge Park green Infrastructure project. The project, which has been in the works for a long time, will correct what has been determined to be an impaired waterway by slowing, treating, and cooling stormwater prior to entering the creek.

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Macon commissioners get creative to complete Highlands School renovations

The Macon County Board of Commissioners have had little to no luck soliciting bids from companies willing to complete renovations and repairs to Highlands School, further delaying the project. The one and only bid the county received for the project came in much higher than anticipated, leading commissioners to reject the bid and send the project back out for consideration. However, the county’s second attempt didn’t garner any different results, sending county leaders back to the drawing board.

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Collett Ridge Fire sits at 75 acres, 0% contained due to rugged terrian

Size: 75 acres
Containment: 0%
Start Date: 10/23/2023
Point of Origin: Collette Ridge (4 miles south of Andrews, NC)
Total Personnel: 54
Resources: one 20-person hand crew, 5 Engines, 2 helicopters, 1 air attack platform, and overhead personnel
Unified Command: U.S. Forest Service and North Carolina Forest Service
Structures Threatened: 0
Structures Lost: 0
First Responder Injuries: 0

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Jackson County becomes one of first counties in state to approve capital funding for charter school under new law

By Kristin Fox

At Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, county officials gave their stamp of approval on the request by Summit Charter School for a $2.5 million dollar loan for the expansion of the school located in Cashiers, North Carolina. The purpose of the short-term loan request is to bridge cash flow needs during construction as we raise funds and collect pledges toward the total fundraising goal of $6.5 million to fully fund Summit’s facility expansion. The unanimous vote to approve a letter of intent is the first step in the establishment of the loan to Summit.

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WNC child care provider abruptly shuts down seven centers

More than 300 families in WNC were given limited notice today that by the end of the month, they will no longer have childcare.

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Jackson County seeking input for future of Pinnacle Park

By Kristin Fox

The Town of Sylva, the Pinnacle Park Foundation, and Jackson County have begun the process of developing a master plan for the future of Pinnacle Park, a popular 1,529-acre forest located on the Plott Balsam Mountain Range located in the Nantahala National Forest in Western North Carolina.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Healing: The Story of Angel Medical Center

The 100th anniversary of Angel Medical Center signifies a century of healing, progress, and commitment to the health and well-being of the people it serves. Today, the community celebrated the milestone while honoring the legacy of the Angel brothers and all those who have contributed to making Angel Medical Center a beacon of hope and health for the community, both now and for generations to come.

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Macon deputies honored with North Carolina State Lodge FOP award

By Kristin Fox

Two Macon County Sheriff Deputies were recently honored for a “job very well done.” Last month, MCSO Deputies Timothy “Brandon” Carter and Matthew “David” Long were recognized and awarded Life Saving awards at the North Carolina State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police (NCFOP) state lodge fall board of directors meeting in Greensboro. 

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MountainTrue partners with DHHS to provide grants to qualified homeowners in WNC

Homeowners who need septic repairs but can’t afford to pay for them may now qualify for a new grant program that will pay all their repair costs. Local environmental group MountainTrue is partnering with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to provide septic repair grants to qualifying homeowners in Cherokee County. To learn more about the septic repair program and Mountaintrue, visit mountaintrue.org/septic.

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