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Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

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Harris hosts wellness education event

Harris Regional Hospital will host a wellness education event centered around healthy eating and living a fit lifestyle from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, in the main lobby at Harris Regional Hospital. 

This event is part of a year-long series of wellness events held in partnership with Jackson County Department of Public Health the first Tuesday of each month. 

The hour-long event features a panel of experts clinically trained in nutrition and the benefits of regular exercise, including internal medicine physician Dr. Randall Provost, who will give a presentation entitled “Exercise is Medicine”. 

Refreshments and door prizes will be available during the event. No reservations are necessary.



DOT plans turnaround on US. 64/N.C. 28

The state Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to add a truck turnaround and information station on U.S. 64/N.C. 28, near U.S. 23/U.S. 441/U.S. 64 in Franklin. 

Currently, large trucks are not allowed to use this section of U.S. 64/N.C. 28 in Macon County. Some trucks, however, continue to use this route, despite warning signs. The existing road is a narrow, two-lane road with sharp curves and a steep grade, making it an unsafe route for truck drivers. 

This project will provide a place where truck drivers can obtain alternate route information, as well as access a location for them to turn their vehicles around safely. 

Work can begin in February 2015. All work except for reforestation should be finished by August 2015. Watson Contracting of Franklin was awarded the $559,935 contract for the project. 


Senior fitness class held in Waynesville 

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department now offers a fitness class designed specifically for seniors. 

The class will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon at the Waynesville Recreation Center. It will begin Jan. 5 and end March 27.

Overall improved health is the objective for each individual. Participants will learn about BMI, fat percentages and resting, working and recovery heart rates. 

Free to members or general admission to the Waynesville Recreation Center for non-members. 

828.452.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Job workshop planned at Canton Library

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is holding a free job search workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Canton Branch Library.

The two-hour workshop will be conducted by Goodwill’s Career Connections Center and will offer attendees basic training on how and where to begin their job search. Instruction will include how to access online skills assessment tools in order to prepare for applying for any position; methods of identifying legitimate job leads and listings to avoid websites designed to attract job seekers with the sole purpose of gathering data; navigating various company employment websites; and means of effectively networking to discover job leads. 

Door prizes and refreshments will be served. Free, but registration is required as class space is limited. 828.648.2924.


Sarge’s wrapping gifts at Mast

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation has been invited back for the annual gift-wrapping project at Mast General Store on Main St. in Waynesville. There will be Sarge’s volunteers wrapping gifts for donations during store hours through Dec. 24 in the Mast lobby. Mast Store shoppers can bring their purchases to the gift wrapping table and the volunteers will box and wrap the holiday gifts for a donation to Sarge’s. One hundred percent of the donations go towards taking care of the homeless dogs and cats in Sarge’s care. 

“If you would like to help with this worthwhile project, we need donations of holiday wrapping paper, tissue paper, bows, ribbons and scotch tape,” said Sarge’s project coordinator Tish O’Connor.

Those donating wrapping supplies are asked to bring the items to Sarge’s Adoption Center, 256 Industrial Park Dr. Waynesville, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Or, supply donations may be taken to Waynesville Mast Store.

“We are grateful to Melanee Lester and Mast General Store for giving up a portion of the store’s lobby during the busy holiday season for Sarge’s to set up the gift wrap station,” O’Connor said.

The mission of Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation is to save Haywood County animals from euthanasia. To adopt, donate or volunteer, call Sarge’s at 828.246.9050, “like” Sarge’s Facebook page or visit

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