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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 00:00

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Book money needed for Haywood pre-K

Haywood County Schools Foundation needs help buying children’s books for its two new pre-K classrooms. 

“Both classrooms are in desperate need of books,” said Doris Hammett, a Haywood pediatrician. “We have written for grants to provide funding for the books, none of which have been funded at this point.”

The foundation is looking for $3,800 to buy a complete pre-K classroom library. Send checks payable to Haywood County Schools Foundation to 1230 N. Main Street, Waynesville N.C. 28786 or contact Jenny Wood, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.456.2441 ext. 2117.

Quality of life summit at WCU

A one-day summit discussion regional quality of life issues will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Western Carolina University under the theme “Enhancing the Quality of Life in Western North Carolina.”

In its second year, LEAD:WNC calls on representatives from sectors including government, health care, tourism and everything in between to lend their voice.

Speakers will include Jeff Seraphine, president of the Eastern Group of Lifepoint Health; Harry R. Phillips, chief medical officer for Duke Lifepoint; and Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. A variety of panels pulling in experts from many different fields will also be held. 

$109 registration. 828.227.3014 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Donate to the turkey drive

It’s turkey drive time again for the Maggie Valley Area Lodging Association, whose goal is to put a Thanksgiving dinner on the table for as many disadvantaged families in Haywood County as possible. 

Through a partnership with the Waynesville Ingles, a full meal can be purchased for $25 and then goes to a family identified by Haywood County’s Department of Health and Human Services. 

Send checks for $25 or more made out to MVALA Turkey Drive to P.O. Box 1175, Maggie Valley, N.C. 28751 or pay online at

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