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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

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Jackson NAACP takes stance on monuments

The Jackson County NAACP has taken a position regarding the existence of monuments that glorify the cause of the Confederacy, white supremacy and the soldiers who fought in the Civil War.

“While we accept these monuments as a partial representation of the history of that era, they embody only one point of view. To tell the whole story, monuments to other historical experiences of that period and today must be created,” the NAACP stated in a press release. “All those who fought deserve our respect for the sacrifices they made, whether they volunteered or were drafted, regardless of which side they joined during the Civil War.”

The NAACP stated that historical monuments in public places, other than in museums, should not include symbols of racial hatred such as Confederate flags, as they represent white supremacy, slavery, racial oppression, and secession from the United States.


Confirmed Pertussis case at Pisgah High

A Pisgah High School student has been diagnosed with Pertussis (whooping cough).

There is no evidence that indicates other schools are involved. Students identified as having close contact to this student were notified by phone by Haywood County Health and Human Services.

Hundreds of cases of pertussis are reported each year in North Carolina. Pertussis is an infection that affects the airways and is easily spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. It causes a severe cough that can last for weeks or months, sometimes leading to coughing fits or vomiting.

The school system had a similar experience with whooping cough in 2010. For precautionary and informational purposes, Health and Human Services officials asked school officials to disseminate information on the Pertussis vaccine and how to prevent the infection.

For more information, call the Haywood Health & Human Services Public Health Division at 828.356.2235 or 828.356.2253; or the school nurse at 828.646.3440.


Haywood woman splits $223,832 jackpot

Janna Jenkins of Canton had luck on her side when she won half of a $223,832 Cash 5 jackpot.

Jenkins bought the $1 Quick Pick ticket at George’s Mini Market on Old County Home Road in Asheville. She beat odds of one in 749,398 to win Friday’s jackpot. She claimed her prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. Her half of the jackpot is $111,916. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $77,783.

James Darlington of Mint Hill claimed the other half of the Cash 5 jackpot.


Maggie Valley sets holiday hours

Maggie Valley Town Hall will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, for Thanksgiving.

During Christmas the trash trucks will be running on Tuesday, Dec. 26, and recycling will be picked up Wednesday, Dec. 27. Have your trash and recycling out by 7 a.m.


Recycle vegetable waste at Green Energy Park

The Green Energy Park in Dillsboro will accept any closed containers of used vegetable oil, such as fryer oil from those Thanksgiving turkeys. Oil donations can be dropped off at the GEP any time Monday through Saturday.

The GEP filters the used oil, then uses it as clean, renewable fuel to fire pottery kilns. Staff is also working on using veggie oil in glassblowing and blacksmithing shops as well.

Pouring used oil down your drain can ruin your septic system. And dumping it on the ground can lead to serious health problems if eaten by pets or other animals.



HCA Charity Ball benefits Pathways Center

Thanks to the ticket sales for the 11th Annual Haywood Christian Academy Charity Ball, and contributions of students and community members, Haywood Pathways Center is now closer to meeting its goal of building a unit for homeless women and children.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, students along with distinguished guests such as Pathways Board Member and Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher, Pathways Vice-Chair Jimmy Haynes, Pathways Director Mandy Haithcox, District Court Judge Donna Forga, Regional Vice-President of Marketing with Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Leeann Bridges, and many others, came together to make the ball a great success — 100 percent of ticket sales went to the Student Council chosen charity, and that, along with some student art pieces that were auctioned off, raised a total of $1,500 for the center.

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