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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00

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Report: shutdown hurt park spending

A new report shows the 16-day government shutdown contributed to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park having a decreased economic impact in the region for 2013 when compared to 2012.

The Park Service report shows that 9,354,695 people visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013 and they spent $734,086,600 in communities near the park. That spending supported 10,734 jobs in the local area.

The 2013 economic benefit figures are slightly lower than the 2012 results, which reported that visitors spent $741 million.

To download the report visit


Jackson GOP groupsplan meetings

North Jackson County Republicans will meet at 6 p.m. on July 28 at Ryans in Sylva, while south Jackson GOP members will meet at 6 p.m. at the Laurel Terrace in Cashiers.

Speakers for the Cashiers meeting are N.C. Senator Jim Davis and District Attorney Candidate Ashley Welch. All Republicans, voters and others are invited to attend. For more information, call Ralph Slaughter at 828 743-6491, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to


ACA workshop set for Jackson library

The Jackson County Public Library is hosting an Affordable Care Act workshop at 6 p.m. on July 29. 

The workshop will discuss health care coverage and how people can avoid penalties.

For more information call 828.586.2016.


Sylva hospice seeks volunteers

WestCare LifePath Palliative Care & Hospice is seeking volunteers for the LifePath team to assist in supporting patients under palliative care or hospice treatment, and is offering volunteer training sessions beginning in August. 

Areas of volunteer opportunity include supporting patients and families in their place of residence, providing administrative support in the LifePath office, assisting with hospice projects, contacting bereaved families to help provide grief support, and providing spiritual care. LifePath volunteers are free to choose how much time they will commit and are given the opportunity to schedule visits with patients at their convenience. 

The next volunteer training sessions will be held  from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the LifePath office at 26 WestCare Drive, Suite 301, Sylva.

Lauren Stafford at 828.631.1702.


‘Summer Reading Adventures’ offered 

“Summer Reading Adventures” for rising first- and second-graders, will be offered Monday, July 28, through Friday, Aug. 1, by Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

The program is designed to help children maintain the literacy level they have developed during the school year. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day in Room 141 of WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building.

Students will participate in reading aloud, shared writing experiences, a writer’s workshop and small guided reading groups. They also will learn and practice strategies needed to be effective readers and writers.

The cost of the program is $139 per child. Lunch and snacks will be provided. For more information or to register, visit or call 828.227.7397.

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