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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

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Enter Sarge’s annual Pet Photo Contest

Sarge’s is now accepting photos for its 9th Annual Pet Photo Contest. 

Deadline for all entries is Friday, Feb. 27. Categories are Dog, Cat, Puppy, Kitten, Photographers under the age of 12, Sarge Rescue, Other Pet (pet other than a dog or cat) and Super Shooters (photographers who have previously won first place in any category). There will be a special prize for photo judged Best In Show.

“The photo contest is such fun to work on,” said Brenn Rohman, co-chairperson. “We love seeing the new entries arrive and the creative captions the photographers choose.”

Entry forms are available at; Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery, 102 North Main Street in Waynesville; Sarge’s Adoption Center, 256 Industrial Park Drive in Waynesville; Mountain Dreams Realty in Market Square, 3457 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. They can also be found at Country Lane Animal Hospital in Clyde, Canton Animal Hospital, and in Waynesville, at Balsam Animal Hospital, Maple Tree Animal Hospital, Junaluska Animal Hospital and The Animal Hospital of Waynesville.

Photos, entry forms and a $10 fee per photo should be mailed to Sarge’s Adoption headquarters at P.O Box 854; Waynesville, N.C., 28786 or delivered to the Adoption Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday. For directions call 828.246.9050. More than one photo can be submitted but a completed entry form and $10 fee must accompany each photo.


NAMI educates families dealing with mental Illness

Where do family members turn when they are faced with the problems and heartaches that come from dealing with a mental illness in a loved one on a daily basis? 

The NAMI Family-to-Family program, a much acclaimed, free 12-session program for relatives and friends of  individuals challenged by mental illness, will be offered in Franklin from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting Feb. 24.

Sponsored by NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, this course provides up-to-date information about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, panic disorder, anxiety and other mental illnesses. 

Class size is limited and pre-registration required. Contact Ann at 828.369.7385 or Linda at 828.369.9838.


Film addresses stigma of recovery, treatment

A community conversation on recovery in Western North Carolina will begin with a free screening of the film “The Anonymous People” at 1 p.m. Jan. 22 at the HART Theater in Waynesville. A discussion about recovery will follow the movie.

“The Anonymous People” documents stories of Americans in recovery in an attempt to reduce stigma and show that addiction is preventable and treatable and encourage people to talk about their experiences. 

The film and discussion are sponsored by Smoky Mountain LME/MCO and the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse. 

For information call 828.586.5501, ext. 1157 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


I-40 tunnel work will close lanes some nights

The N.C. Department of Transportations will spend $6.9 million to repair three tunnels on Interstate 40 from the Tennessee state line to Exit 15 (Fines Creek Road) in Haywood County, work that will require some night-time lane closures. 

Two of the tunnels, numbers 15 and 104, are located on I-40 eastbound. The third tunnel included in the contract, number 17, is located on I-40 westbound. 

Daytime traffic, however, should not be impacted. The contractor cannot close or narrow a lane of I-40 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Work on the project can start as early as mid-March 2015, with completion scheduled for mid-July 2017.


HCC to hold 50th anniversary community and student event

Haywood Community College will hold a 50th Anniversary Community and Student Kickoff event from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, in the campus library. 

Come see a historical video and display. There will be lite refreshments and a chance to meet Clyde the Bobcat, HCC’s mascot. Sign up for a voucher to the Sunrise Café good for credit toward a food purchase. Students can register for a drawing of a Windows Tablet with keyfolio keyboard and wireless mouse. There will be free 50th anniversary decals to all guests.



WOW celebrates another year

The year 2014 proved to be an incredible year for the Women of Waynesville. It was a year of growing pains and change and new adventures and great successes. “This was the year that WOW went from raising $11,000 since our origination to raising $30,000 as an organization,” said Nikki White, president of the women’s group. “And now it’s time to open up our doors again to the women in our community by inviting you all to our Anniversary Celebration party,” which will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29.

The Women of Waynesville community service organization will celebrate its third anniversary at the Herren House in Waynesville.

“This is the time to come and check us out, learn more about us and how we work, what our mission is and to help us set up a path for our 2015 year,” White said.

WOW did two large fundraising events in 2014. The first was a cornhole tournament for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haywood County and the other was the first-ever Battle of the Charities event, an 80’s air band competition that brought six local businesses together to support their choice of a local charity. 

“This one event by itself generated close to $11,000 and has been our largest, most challenging fundraiser we have ever done,” said White.

Heavy hors’d oeuvres, wine and non alcoholic beverages will also be served.,, or call 828.545.6879. 

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