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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 13:35

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Gospel Messengers to perform in Sylva

First United Methodist Church of Sylva will hold an Open Door Meal & Sing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in the church’s Christian Life Center. 

The community is invited to enjoy a meal, which will be prepared by church members, musical entertainment, and fellowship.

The Gospel Messengers, a group who ministers with traditional and Southern Gospel Music, will provide the spiritual, inspirational entertainment. A brief devotional will precede the meal.

The Open Door and Sing event is held on the fifth Wednesday in those months, which have one. All are welcome and invited to attend.



Food preservation class offered in Swain

Food Preservation 101 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 4, at the Swain County Extension Center, 60 Almond Road Bryson City.

Water bath and pressure canning methods will be covered as well as dehydration and freezing this summers bounty. There is no cost but registration is required as space is limited. 

Call 828.488.3848 to register.


Clothes to Kids of Haywood County receives $3,000

The Fund for Haywood County, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, recently presented a check for $3,000 to Clothes to Kids of Haywood County to support the purchase of shoes for children in low-income households through the All God’s Children Need Shoes project.   

Lois Beery Fulmer with Clothes to Kids, said, “This grant goes a long way in helping us improve the self-esteem of students by allowing them to fit in at school, just through a pair of shoes.” 

Providing shoes is just one part of the Clothes to Kids mission of providing complete wardrobes for low-income families at no cost to them. Working directly with the Haywood County School system, this nonprofit uses 100 percent of its grants, donated clothes and money to provide three complete wardrobes twice a year, in spring and fall.


Community Table to receive matches for donations

Thanks to a generous anonymous supporter of The Community Table in Sylva, all donations made to the organization through May 1 will be matched up to $5,000. 

The Community Table is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing nutritious meals to our neighbors in need in a welcoming environment since 1999 through our food pantry and dinner service programs.

When making a donation, note in the memo or designation line that your gift is in response to the “Challenge.” Donors will also be entered into a quilt raffle. Donations may be sent to The Community Table at P.O. Box 62, Dillsboro, N.C. 28725 or made via the “Donate Now” button at


Community Kitchen receives $20,000 grant

The Fund for Haywood County, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, recently presented a check for $20,000 to The Community Kitchen to support building two classrooms.    

This grant was part of The Community Foundation’s People in Need grant cycle and was funded by The Fund for Haywood County and an anonymous fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.  

These classrooms will be used to teach computer classes and other basic skills like interviewing for a job or learning how to sew. Organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Drugs in Our Midst and others that need a closed space for meetings may find a safe home at the Community Kitchen. 

The Community Kitchen currently distributes food to those in need in Haywood County and the classrooms will be a beneficial addition to the services provided. 


Macon 4-H competes in horse bowl

Member of the Macon Hoofprints 4-H Club recently competed at the district and then state Horse Bowl Competition.  

The team placed second in the district and seventh in the state. Natalie Owens placed in the top 10 for 4-H youth horsemen in North Carolina. Horse Bowl is a team competition where youth match their knowledge about horse anatomy, breeds, equipment and nutrition against other horsemen. The 2017 Horse Bowl team included Isaiah Simpson, Morgan Simpson, Morgyn Brannon, Natalie Owens and Olivia Hedden.


Thickety Community Park receives Fund for Haywood County grant

The Fund for Haywood County, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, recently presented a check for $9,500 to Thickety Community Park for renovation of a building to become a community center.    

This grant was part of The Community Foundation’s People in Need grant cycle and was funded by The Fund for Haywood County, the J. Aaron and Adora H. Prevost Endowment Fund and an anonymous fund of CFWNC.

“This building has been part of the community for over 50 years. It has long needed renovations to make it useable for the residents of our community,” said Michael Hannah, chairman of Thickety Community Board. 


Hospice House receives $50,000 grant

Hospice House Foundation of WNC has received a $50,000 grant from the Richard J. Reynolds, III and Marie M. Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem to support the construction of a hospice inpatient facility in Franklin. 

SECU Hospice House, with six patient suites, will serve hospice patients from the six far western counties of Macon, Jackson, Swain, Graham, Clay, and Cherokee, the Qualla Boundary, and Northeast Georgia. HHFWNC anticipates serving roughly 200 hospice patients per year. 

828.524.6375 or


Haywood tops Special Olympics fundraiser list 

Haywood County Sheriff’s Office has earned a spot in the top 10 on the list of 50 law enforcement agencies in the state that raised the most money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run in North Carolina last year.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest public awareness vehicle for the Special Olympics. The outstanding fundraising result in the county was largely due to the success of the event “Cops on Top,” where law enforcement officers and firefighters camped out on the roof of Belk in Waynesville last June for a full weekend. Participants in the event were able to pull in more than $30,000 from sponsors and citizens of Haywood County.


Cats available for seniors

Feline Urgent Rescue of Western North Carolina is presently housing several beautiful senior cats in need of adoption.  

These lovable cats are 7 years old or older and have many good years of love left, making them ideal pets for senior citizens. 

“We think our senior cats will be ideal for a home with senior citizens because they will bring companionship and joy without the training necessary for a kitten,” said Sydney Klocke, President of FUR.

Older cats are litter box trained and happy to be inside. Before they are adopted, all cats from FUR are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots, leukemia tested and microchipped. The adoption fee is $35. In the event that something happens that the owner is unable to care for the adopted cat, FUR will take it back.

844.888.2287 (CATS) or visit

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