News in briefWritten by Admin
Water restrictions continue in WNC
Municipalities and water districts in the region are still asking water customers to conserve water as drought conditions continue.
Waynesville water customers are under a voluntary conservation notice while Junaluska Sanitary District has asked its customers to reduce their normal water use by 5 percent.
Canton and Clyde have implemented Stage 2 of their water conservation procedures, which means customers are expected to use 25 percent less water due to the drought conditions. Maggie Valley Sanitary District customers are still being asked to reduce usage by 10 percent.
Water customers in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties are all under a voluntary conservation notice.
Fraud alert in Franklin
The town of Franklin is warning residents of a fraudulent “Business Reply Mailer” that seems to be going to some residents in Franklin, supposedly from the American Water Resources.
It’s asking people to return the stub with payment in order to enroll in a water line protection program for a monthly fee of $5.49. The mailer makes it look like they are acting in collaboration with the town, but the town is not endorsing the solicitation. Residents should review their homeowner’s policy to verify what coverage they might have for broken water/sewer lines on their property, and to act accordingly.
WOW donates $4,000 for winter heating assistance
Women of Waynesville, a nonprofit organization that supports the needs of women and children in Haywood County, recently donated $4,000 toward Mountain Projects’ Share the Warmth campaign.
Share the Warmth is an annual fundraising effort that provides heating cost assistance to people with no options and who are in critical situations trying to stay warm — single parents who have limited income, the elderly, sick and disabled. “WOW members work hard all year to fundraise and go after grants so we can make a big impact in our community — especially around the holidays,” said WOW President Jessi Stone. “We spend a lot of time deliberating on where our money will be best utilized and we feel confident in Mountain Projects’ ability to reach our most vulnerable residents through their Share the Warmth campaign.”
With the help of Champion Credit Union’s matching funds, Mountain Projects will receive $8,000 to keep women and children warm this winter.
For more information about WOW, visit www.womenofwaynesville.org or call 828.550.9978.
Haywood Chamber hosts Issues & Eggs
The Haywood Chamber of Commerce will host its December Issues & Eggs program from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Laurel Ridge Country Club.
Christopher Chung, director of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, will be the guest speaker. Attendance is open to Chamber members and the community at large. Pre-registration is required. Admission costs $15 for members of the Haywood Chamber of Commerce and $17 for non-members.
Visit www.HaywoodChamber.com or call 828.456.3021 to register.
Roller Girls to hold food drive in Sylva
Smoky Mountain Roller Girls in Bryson City will be working to end hunger in Jackson County by collecting non-perishable food items at the Sylva Christmas Parade on Saturday Dec. 3.
All food items will be donated to the Community Table of Jackson County for the food pantry program. Smoky Mountain Roller Girls have a tradition of donating proceeds from their ticket sales to local charities since their debut sold out bout in 2012 most recently giving money to Swain High School Marching Band and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.