This year's general election features two county commissioners races. District 4 has Democrat Mark Jones, top left, facing Republican Mark Letson. The District 3 race pits Democrat Susan Bogardus, bottom left, against Republican Tom Stribling.

Local needs, local leaders

With two of Jackson County's commissioners set to leave their seats after the November general election, there are two districts up for grabs this year - District 4, currently represented by Mickey Luker (R), and District 3, currently represented by…

Saving the ocean, one straw at a time


Madelyn Newsom is a kid on a mission - she wants to save the world. 
“If I can get rid of one plastic straw, I’ll feel like I’m making a difference,” she said. 

Playoffs set for high school sports


The N.C. High School Athletic Association released a playoff calendar for all sports and explained more about how the playoffs will work with the 2020-21 modified sports calendar.

Delay of game


Uncertainty now clouds the future of the 2020-21 fall sports season when the NCHSAA announced it would delay the start of fall sports until at least Sept. 1.

Lady Bobcats head to the playoffs


The Blue Ridge Lady Bobcats earned a spot in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A tournament with a 71-67 win over Hiwassee Dam in the Little Smoky Mountain Conference Tournament on Feb.