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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host Sylva resident Curtis Blanton for an evening of storytelling and tall tales on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.

Blanton is a Sylva native, born between Addie and Ochre Hill. A 1954 graduate of Sylva-Webster High School, he became a teacher and assistant principal at the school. He left the field of education and joined the Atomic Energy Commission in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Always a careful listener to the tales told by friends as well as the old-timers of his parents’ and grandparents’ generation, Blanton teamed up with his boyhood friend, Jim Sellers of Sylva, to create a book of the stories they remembered from the old days. “Tales from the Porch” was published in 2006 and features illustrations by Sellers, with Blanton as author. Two other books followed: “Fireside Tales” is another collection of stories, and “My Mountains, My Home,” is a novel.


Members of the Chamber staff, board of directors, and ambassadors recently joined Hank Shuler for a ribbon cutting at her newly completed clay studio in the Oak Grove community.

Having retired from Southwestern Community College two years ago, Hank and her husband Bruce have spent a good bit of their newly acquired freedom in designing and building the studio. “It’s been great fun working with Bruce again. Our individual careers took us in different directions so much of the time,” explained Hank.


Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, MANNA Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, have just wrapped up the inaugural “Make the World a Better Place” community service project. This event took place through the month of October at local Goodwill retail stores and donation centers.

More than 300 troops consisting of 2,825 Girl Scouts from central and western North Carolina donated 7,702 bags of goods to Goodwill and 10,100 pounds of food to various food banks.


A candlelight vigil honoring U. S. military veterans was held Friday night, Dec. 30, at the Jackson County Courthouse steps.

The non-partisan event, attended by more than 50 people, commemorated the end of the Iraq War and acknowledged the sacrifices made by so many.

Veterans attending represented the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.

Veterans pictured on the front row (L-R) are Mike Clayton, Roy Burnette, Bob Ray, Karl Nicholas, Phil Haire and Jim Nicholl; second row is Maurice Moody.

Not pictured is veteran Ben Bridgers who also attended the event.

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