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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

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Learn Microsoft Publisher II 

The Jackson County Public Library will host a free 90-minute class on Microsoft Publisher II at 5:45 p.m. Monday, April 28 in Sylva.

Participants will practice customizing a template provided by Microsoft Publisher to create a unique design. Students should bring images on a disc or flash drive to personalize their work. At the end of the class, they will learn how to save their completed work for home printing or the unfinished work so that it can be completed later on a computer with Microsoft Office installed. 

Microsoft Publisher I or a basic knowledge of Microsoft Publisher is a prerequisite for this class. To be successful in this class, participants should already possess basic keyboarding and mouse skills. 

The class will be held in the library’s computer lab. Class size is limited to 16 people. 



MedWest Haywood celebrates anniversary of The Homestead

MedWest Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care is hosting its second anniversary celebration of the Homestead from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27. The open house will include music, photos and video, tours of the facility and a chance to meet staff and volunteers. 

The Homestead is located at 127 Sunset Ridge in Clyde. Although not necessary, those interested in attending may RSVP by calling 828-452-8883.


WCU chancellor to meet with Macon County residents 

Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher will meet with residents of Macon County on Wednesday, April 30, as part of a series of events designed to keep the university connected with alumni, friends and elected officials.

The visits, which include stops across North Carolina and the Southeast, are a follow-up to the 2011 Get Acquainted Tour, which took Belcher and his wife, Susan, to some 15 municipalities over four months during his first year as chancellor.

“When we visited communities across the region and state in 2011, one thing we heard over and over again was that the ‘Get Acquainted Tour’ should not be a one-time thing,” said Marty Ramsey, director of alumni affairs at WCU. “Friends and alumni asked us to return to their communities and update them about what is going on at the university, and that is what we are doing.”

The April 30 visit will include a reception for alumni and friends from Macon County and surrounding areas. The event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room Steak House, which is sponsoring the reception.

For more information or to RSVP, call 877.440.9990 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Lighten Up 4 Life kickoff is April 24

The seventh kickoff for Lighten Up 4 Life for Macon County — sponsored by Angel Medical Center — will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the hospital dining room in Franklin. The LU4L program is a free weight loss challenge that is entirely web based.  

The program is based on four-person teams who compete with others to lose the largest percentage of weight against the other teams. At the conclusion of the challenge, the top three teams who have lost the highest percentage of weight receive prizes. The first-place team members all receive Kindle Fires.

 Free door prizes and giveaways will be part of the 30-minute kickoff. 828.349.6639.


Plott Creek bridge to be replaced

The bridge over Plott Creek in Haywood County is being replaced. The N.C. Department of Transportation embarked this month on the $251,425 project. 

The project includes grading, paving, drainage, installing signage and replacing the existing structure with a new bridge. The project coordinator is R.E. Burns and Sons Co., Inc.  

A detour will be in place throughout the duration of construction; the detour will run from Green Valley Road to Plott Creek Road, and then to U.S. 74, with motorists following Hyatt Creek Road back to Green Valley Road.

The existing bridge on Green Valley Road was built in 1960 and is considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. Although the bridge is safe, it was built to design standards no longer in use and requires costly maintenance to remain functional.


Cashiers Historical Society takes stock of the past year, looks forward

The Cashiers Historical Society will look back on a year of preserving Cashiers Valley and highlight what lies ahead at its general membership meeting at 5 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the old Cashiers Community Center.

Last year CHS published its Historic Sites Survey Phase I, implemented and distributed a historic sites map to guide visitors through town, took in record numbers at the 16th annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse, reinstituted Heritage Apple Day and began restoration of Crooked Corners, the newest addition to the Zachary-Tolbert campus.

Aside from highlighting the organization’s activities, Rick Stargel will lead a presentation on the newly formed Sapphire historical organization as well as the renovation of the Old Fairfield Inn “Wishing Well” and its possible historical provenance. Also, CHS will announce the winners of the 2014 Community Volunteer and Board Volunteer of the year.

Light refreshments will be served. The meeting is open to the public. 828.743.7710 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

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