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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 13:35

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Junaluska to host nurses retreat

“The Rekindling Your Nightingale Flame: A Healing Retreat for Nurses,” will take place Friday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, Feb. 19, at Lake Junaluska.  

Padma Dyvine, Trish Rux and Lillian Woods will host the retreat at The Providence Lodge and Gallery on the grounds of the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Rekindling Your Nightingale Retreats assist nurses to re-ignite their pride and passion for nursing through dedicated time for contemplation, growth and support related not only to the workplace, but the individual's identity as a nurse as well.

Register at For more information, contact Trish Rux at 828.734.0882. or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


WCU offering nonprofit credentialing program

Western Carolina University has joined the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance as a campus partner and soon will be offering one of the leading nonprofit management and leadership credentials, the Certified Nonprofit Professional.

Starting later this month, Western Carolina is launching a CNP program designed for emerging nonprofit leaders. The program, which blends face-to-face and online elements, is designed to help fast-track or launch careers in the nonprofit sector. 

To earn the CNP credential, learners must complete eight courses (five weeks in length). Each course includes a one-day, on-site workshop, with the remaining four weeks offered online.

An open house to learn more about the program will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Suite 102 of WCU’s instructional site at Biltmore Park in Asheville.

To register for this course and learn more about the program, visit, call 828.227.3070 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Haywood doctors donate to REACH 

Haywood Regional Medical Center physicians decided to extend a helping hand this holiday season by donating $2,000 to a local nonprofit in hopes of helping women in Haywood County who have experienced domestic violence. 

Physicians typically receive a small holiday gift from administration, but decided to “opt” it to REACH of Haywood County instead. 

Since 1982, REACH has served victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through advocacy, community outreach and prevention education to empower individuals to live a self-sufficient life free of violence. 


Mountain Projects hires Head Start director

Mountain Projects, Inc. has named Joy M. Wallace as its new director of Mountain Projects Head Start/Early Start.  

Wallace began her new position Dec. 7 and replaced Holly Crawford, who has directed the program since 1999. Before joining Mountain Projects, Wallace was assistant principal at Rockwell Elementary School in Rowan-Salisbury Schools, and prior to that, was assistant principal/curriculum coordinator at North Albemarle Elementary School in Stanly County.  


Haywood Regional donates to fire relief

Haywood Regional Medical Center Chef Derek Sword and Shane Danner, pastor of Cullowhee Valley Baptist and purchasing agent of Haywood Regional, donated kitchen supplies to a Gatlinburg church and members who lost homes and property during the wildfires last December. Items donated included coffee mugs, a microwave and food serving platters. 


Lake Junaluska hires program director 

Lake Junaluska recently hired Mitzi Johnson to serve as director of programming.

In this position, Johnson will oversee the Summer Worship Series, Choir Music Weekend, youth events and other programs and events at Lake Junaluska.

Johnson is an ordained elder in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. She most recently served as the pastor of spiritual formation at University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill. She is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and UNC-Chapel Hill.


Local grant helps Folkmoot

A Natural and Cultural Resources grant awarded to Folkmoot International Festival North Carolina’s International Folk Festival has helped the nonprofit improve the decades-old festival, create a year-round plan for programming that included a detailed strategy for efficient and sustained use of the Folkmoot Friendship Center and develop a succession plan for one of its most loyal, beloved and effective supporters, 86-year-old Rolf Kaufman.  

The Fund for Haywood County partnered with The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to award the grant. Folkmoot Executive Director Angeline Schwab said the grant gave Folkmoot an opportunity to renew and grow the organization. Beginning in 2015, new programming included the first-ever Halloween “Spookmoot” haunted house and December “Falala Sing-Along” events for youth and families. In 2016, Folkmoot added a large quilt show, cultural leadership training and an historical lecture held in conjunction with the town of Waynesville. Funding also supported several international dinner programs that highlighted the food, people and culture of Serbia, the Middle East, Eritrea and Appalachian cultures.


HCC staff surpasses giving campaign

Haywood Community College faculty and staff recently surpassed the goal set by the college’s Foundation for the Employee Giving Campaign. 

More than $8,000 was raised in a three-week period. Funds from this campaign will go to the HCC Excels Fund, which supports faculty and staff professional development, equipment purchases and new program development. 

For information regarding giving opportunities, contact Pam Hardin at the HCC Foundation at 828.627.4544 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Father Daughter Dance in Sylva

The 10th annual Father Daughter Dance will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Christian Life Center at First United Methodist Church in Sylva. 

Daughters of all ages are invited to enjoy an evening of great music, desserts and punch. Every couple will receive a complimentary photo to remember this special event. Each daughter will receive a corsage and a party favor.

The fee for advanced registration is $30 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter. The price at the door is $35 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter. 

Visit or call 828.586.1640.


Applicants sought for Haywood County library board

The Haywood County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill one position on the Haywood County Public Library Board of Trustees. 

The position will be for a six-year term. Download an application at or picked up from the County Manager’s Office, Haywood County Courthouse, Third Floor, 215 North Main Street, Waynesville, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Completed applications may be returned to the County Manager’s Office or attached to an email to Candace Way, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Friday, March 3, 2017. For more information, contact the county manager’s office at 828.452.6625.



• A free acupuncture clinic for Haywood County veterans will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Waynesville Wellness Center, 1384 Sulphur Springs Rd. First come, first served. 

• The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled, “Choosing Your Legal Structure,” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in room 3021 at the HCC Regional High Technology Center. Register at or call 828.627.4512.

• Pocket Saver, a consignment store in Hazelwood, is helping Mountain Projects with fundraising by allowing the nonprofit to place a special digital donation device in their store located at 1507 South Main St., Waynesville. 

• Bi-Lo of Franklin’s Relay for Life Team is raffling a 40-inch big screen TV to benefit the American Cancer Society. The TV will be given away at Relay for Life in Franklin on May 19. To purchase, call 828.399.9560.

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