Swain County, NC

Bryson City, NCSmoky Mountain Times

Sallie Woods Rogers

Sallie Woods Rogers, age 103 years old, of Bryson City NC, entered eternal rest on Thursday, June 17th 2021. The family received friends on Wednesday, June 23rd at 11:00 at Crisp Funeral Home. A celebration of life service followed in the chapel at 1:00. Burial succeeded at Holly Springs Cemetery, 77 Holly Springs Church Road.
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Crime & SafetySmoky Mountain News

Parkway motorcycle crash results in fatality

A June 5 motorcycle crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Laurel Springs left a 65-year-old North Carolina man dead. William Clegg Scroggs III, of Moravian Falls, was traveling north on mile 278.7 of the Parkway at about 2 p.m. that day when he left the roadway on the outside of a curve. Scroggs was ejected and sustained serious injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Watauga Medical Center and later airlifted to Winston-Salem.
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Swain will send three to compete for state wrestling

While Swain wrestling will not be in a position to compete for a team state championship, three Maroon Devils performed well enough individually to earn berths in Saturday’s state bracket. Adam Cotterman’s fourth place finish in the 132-pound weight class, Gabe Lillard’s third place showing in the 170-class, and Conner Driver’s fourth-place heavyweight finish earned them qualifications.
Swain County, NCSmoky Mountain Times

Beloved Middle School teacher gone before his time

The unexpected death of a relatively young teacher at Swain County Middle School sent a wave of sadness through the Swain County Schools community this past week. Jason Gary Webb, 42, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 9. He lived in the Coopers Creek Community. Webb was a familiar face to...
Marble, NCCherokee Scout

Jason Jones

Jason Scott Jones, 49, of Marble, passed away Monday, June 7, 2021. He was born Sept. 29, 1971, in Swain County to Carlene Hardin Jones and the late Dick Jones. Jason had worked for West Contracting as a heavy equipment operator. He loved to build furniture out of laurel, and loved fishing and nature.
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Bryson City, NCSmoky Mountain News

Summer reading program celebrates animal life

The 2021 Summer Learning Program at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will celebrate all things related to books and animals this season, with a fish-centric event slated for 2 p.m. Thursday, June 17. Shelby Cook from Swain Soil & Water Conservation District will present “Fashion a Fish,” discussing how...
Swain County, NCSmoky Mountain Times

SCHS Class of 2021: It’ll buff

Swain County High School honored the Class of 2021 graduates with an outdoor ceremony at the Swain County Memorial Stadium Saturday morning, June 5. It was an event marked by wide smiles—and noteworthy that the smiles weren’t hidden behind face masks like that had been for much of the year.
Swain County, NCSmoky Mountain Times

Ethel Simonds Breedlove

Ethel Simonds Breedlove, 87, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at her residence in the Needmore Community of Swain County. She was the daughter of the late Rev. James and Nola Simonds. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband Norman Breedlove. She was a...
Jackson County, NCSylva Herald

Career fair is coming to Bridge Park

Employers and job seekers are set to meet at Bridge Park from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, as the Jackson and Swain County NCWorks Career Centers hosts a career festival. Eighteen employers are slated to participate, including Beasley Flooring, B.H. Graning Landscapes, Carolina Mountain Vacations, Vero Health...
Swain County, NCSmoky Mountain Times

Class of 2021 SCHS graduates

Swain County High School recognized its 111 graduates of the Class of 2021 in a commencement ceremony held Saturday, June 5 at the Swain County Memorial Stadium. The ceremony included remarks from Valedictorian Madison Dixon, Salutatorian Summer Davis. Special speaker was Dr. Bronson Messer, who was also presented with an honorary SCHS diploma.
Crime & SafetyFOX Carolina

Swain Co. deputies investigate after body found in fatal house fire

BRYSON CITY, NC (FOX Carolina) - Swain County deputies are investigating after a body was found in a fatal house fire early Tuesday morning. According to deputies, upon arrival to a house fire in the Franklin Grove area, deputies found a fully involved fire scene. Once fire crews extinguished the fire and did a sweep of the residence, a body was found.
Asheville, NCSmoky Mountain Times

21-year sentence for fentanyl distribution causing death

ASHEVILLE – Shannon White, 44, of Bryson City, was sentenced to 21 years in prison in federal court May 27 for distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death, announced William T. Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. In addition to the prison term imposed, Chief U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger ordered White to serve three years probation under court supervision after she is released from prison.
Henderson County, NCWLOS.com

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WLOS — The Swain County Sheriff's Office responds to a deadly house fire. Officials say a body was found in a home in the Franklin Grove area after firefighters extinguished the flames. The SBI was contacted to investigate the cause of the fire. The remains will be sent for an autopsy at Baptist Hospital this Friday.
GovernmentSmoky Mountain News

Swain sets public hearing for proposed budget

Swain County will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. June 10 to give residents an opportunity to comment on the 2021-22 proposed county budget. After a number of budget workshops, County Manager Kevin King presented commissioners with the spending plan during a May 27 meeting. The total proposed budget of $19,488,575 includes increased pay for county employees, new county positions, establishing an animal control department and other capital project priorities. The property tax rate will remain at 36 cents per $100 of assessed value.
Swain County, NCtheonefeather.com

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Toys for Tots coordinator seeking building use donation

I am the Toys For Tots (TFT) coordinator for Macon, Jackson, Swain counties in North Carolina and Rabun, Ga. We have been blessed over the last 15 years to have a building that fit our needs. Last year, we had to move out of the old Franklin Walmart and have not been able to find a building to use. Since 1996, Smoky Mountain TFT has helped over 20,000 children, with gifts at Christmas, in western North Carolina and north Georgia. To continue helping less fortunate children, we need to secure a building with at least 1,200 square feet to collect, sort and distribute toys to over 2,000 children a year. Anyone who can donate the use of a building, would be able to get a tax write off for the amount the building would rent for. I am asking for your help in this matter, anything you could do to help would be appreciated. Please share with everyone and by any means available to you. I know that a place is out there that would meet our needs.
Swain County, NCSmoky Mountain Times

Ronnie Hutchins

Ronnie Hutchins, 72, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Friday, May 21, 2021 at Haywood Nursing and Rehab. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Clinton Roosevelt and Faye Shook Hutchins. He was a member of Arlington Baptist Church and the...