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Waynesville in the running for ‘Best Mountain Town’
Waynesville is one of 10 contenders for Outside Magazine’s 2016 Best Towns series and now needs votes to become the winner in the Best Mountain Town category.
Waynesville is in the running along with Silver City, New Mexico, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jackson, Wyoming, Sedona, Arizona and others. Several rounds of voting will be held through May until it’s narrowed down to the top 16 towns. Chattanooga, Tennessee, was voted the best town to live in last year.
To vote, visit www.outsideonline.com/ 2062011/best-towns-2016-contenders.
Record class expected at WCU commencement
Western Carolina University will hold a trio of commencement ceremonies May 6-7 to recognize the academic achievements of what is expected to be the university’s fifth straight record spring graduating class.
Commencement for WCU’s Graduate School will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, and commencement for the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Allied Professions, and Fine and Performing Arts will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, which will be followed the same day by a 2 p.m. ceremony for the College of Business, College of Health and Human Sciences, and Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology. All the ceremonies will take place at Ramsey Regional Activity Center.
All three ceremonies will be streamed live at www.wcu.edu/commencement-stream.aspx. More driving and parking information, including a link to a map of traffic patterns, is available at graduation.wcu.edu.
Franklin forum to discuss morality
“In this every changing world, can morality be defined?” will be the topic for the next Franklin Open Forum, which will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 2, at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, located Downtown at 58 Stewart Street, Franklin. Franklin Open Forum is a moderated discussion group. Those interested in an open exchange of ideas (dialog not debate) are invited to attend.
Haywood Chamber to host golf tournament
The Haywood Chamber of Commerce will host the Tailgating on the Greens golf tournament on Thursday, May 5, at the Maggie Valley Club and Resort.
The revamped annual golf tournament will include contests and raffles, gourmet food served right on the greens, beverage cart, quality swag and unique prizes.
Both men and women are welcome. Singles and teams invited. Four-person teams. Captain’s Choice: $600/team or $150/person. Shotgun start at 10 a.m. Registration is limited to 100 golfers.
Nominations sought for leadership program
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Coulter Regional Leadership Program, a six-month program for adults interested in growing as regional leaders in Western North Carolina.
Nominees must reside in the counties of Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain or the Qualla boundary. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. May 2 and the form can be found at https://goo.gl/lasghY.
The program is funded by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation and administered by Western Carolina University.
Haywood deputy chosen to carry ‘Flame of Hope’
Deputy Daniel Blagg of the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as North Carolina’s only law enforcement official to the Final Leg team that will run the “Flame of Hope” throughout Austria in March 2017 prior to the start of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.
Blagg, a six-year veteran with Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, has served as the agency’s Torch Run coordinator for the past four years. He was honored with the 2016 NC Law Enforcement Torch Run Guardian of the Flame award for his ingenuity, motivation, commitment and dedication to the Torch Run. The annual “Cops on Top” fundraiser has become the state’s highest grossing “Cops on Top” fundraiser under Blagg’s leadership and direction. He is also a member of the Special Emergency Response Team, Honor Guard and participates in several other community outreach programs.
Mountain Mediation Services offers training
Mountain Mediation Services is offering its Community Mediation Training on May 24-26 at the First Baptist Church of Sylva, 669 W. Main St. in downtown Sylva.
In this 21-hour training, participants learn the mediation process and are equipped with the tools needed to effectively deal with conflict and develop productive resolution. Practical skills are learned that will help resolve conflicts at work, in the neighborhood or with family members.
The number of participants is limited and space must be reserved by Wednesday, May 18. The tuition fee of $195 covers instruction plus manuals, handouts and refreshments.