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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

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Hearing to take input on Cullowhee planning standards 

Community members with an opinion on the Cullowhee zoning standards will have their last chance to sound off during a public hearing beginning 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 

For the past two years, the Cullowhee Community Planning Advisory Committee has worked to draft a set of standards guiding community development in Cullowhee, a non-incorporated community that’s been growing rapidly. The committee approved its final version of the standards and zoning map after hearing public input at multiple community meetings and passed the document along to commissioners. The standards have been endorsed by the Jackson County Planning Board, and the Jackson County Commissioners will take a final vote after considering comments delivered at the public hearing. 

Jackson County Planning, 828.631.2255 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Library presents dementia workshop 

A workshop entitled “Dementia: Get the Facts” will be presented by Dr. Lisa Verges from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Waynesville Library Auditorium, 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville.

Sponsored by Memory Care of Asheville, The Haywood County Public Library, The First Presbyterian Church of Waynesville and the Senior Resource Center. or 828.356.2507.


Registration open for Jackson County T-ball

Sandlot Baseball (instruction-based T-ball) registration is open at the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department April 20 through May 1. 

The cost is $25. Registration is limited to the first 15 participants to register in each time slot. Participants must be 5 years old as of May 1, and cannot turn 7 before May 1.



Sylva celebrates Earth Day birthday

The second Earth Day/Birthday will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, at Bridge Park off Mill Street in Sylva.

Reading volunteers are encouraged to bring a favorite earth-friendly selection and join in the fun. Readings must be under four minutes in length, earth partisan and family-friendly.

There will be free birthday cake to commemorate Earth Day as well as free drawings for a children’s book and a collection of Aldo Leopold writings. “If you don’t want to read,” notes Smith, “bring a lawn chair and listen.”

828.586.6556 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Macon Health continues aging series

“Just For the Health of It,” a free healthy aging series hosted by Macon County Public Health, will be held at 4 p.m.Thursday, April 16, at Macon County Public Health, 1830 Lakeside Drive, in Franklin.

Physical Therapist Randy Phillips talks about maintaining strength, flexibility and balance. Free thera-bands & pedometers for the first 50 participants.

Free C-Reactive Protein Tests, which measure inflammation in the body, and other Biometric screenings are available at 5 p.m. for first 50 participants. Join Dr. Ed Morris at 6 p.m. as he explains the body’s response to chronic inflammation and the relationship to disease development.



Libraries celebrate National Library Week 

A week-long celebration of America’s libraries will be observed April 12-18 with the theme, “Unlimited possibilities @ your library.”

Stop by your local library or to see how far libraries have come since 1958, when the first National Library Week was celebrated. 


Athletes prepare for annual Senior Games

The 32nd annual Haywood County Senior Games will be held April 21 to May 21.

Registration is open through April 10, at the Haywood County Recreation & Parks office located at 63 Elmwood Way, Suite B in Waynesville. Participants get the opportunity to compete in a variety of athletic events like shuffleboard, cornhole, pickleball, horseshoes, bowling and track and field events. 

Registration is $10. The fee includes a T-shirt, breakfast at the Opening Ceremony and AARP Ice Cream Social on April 29.  

828.452.6789 or


Summer day camp available in Cullowhee 

A summer day camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1 to Aug. 7 at Cullowhee United Methodist Church for children ages 6-11 and preschool students ages 2-5.

The cost of the elementary program will be $650 for the summer, $95 per week or $25 per day. The cost of the preschool program is $800 for the summer, $95 per week or $25 per day.

Register by calling 828.293.9215 or visit


SCC offers post-retirement life seminar

A workshop will be held starting April 9 at Southwestern Community College in Webster to help retirees develop a plan for the new chapter in their lives.

Entitled “Shifting Gears To Your Life & Work After Retirement,” the seminar will provide tips for post-retirement life. Deborah Aiton, who spent 40 years as a registered nurse, will be the instructor.

The class meets from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays through April 23. Cost is $65. 

Register at

828.339.4497 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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