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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

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• RE/MAX Mountain Realty has opened a third office in Haywood County on Main Street in downtown Waynesville. Inside the new RE/MAX location is Perks of the Mountains Coffee Shop. 

• A free seminar called “Business Owner’s Guide to Social Media: Starting from Scratch to Online Success” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at the Regional High Tech Center. It is offered through the Small Business Center at Haywood Community College and Ethos Wealth Group. 828.627.4512 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Smoky Mtn Vapors, offering vapor cigarettes, e-cigarettes, atomizers and more, has opened at 595 W. Palmer Street in Franklin. Free taste samples and personalized nicotine levels offered.

• Mission Hospital was recognized for the third consecutive year as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals, according to a recently published survey conducted in conjunction with the American Hospital Association.

• The Motor Company Grill, under new ownership, recently celebrated its reopening in Franklin. The restaurant will continue to feature 1950s and 1960s-diner style food. 828.524.0099.

• Canyon Spa opened its doors earlier this month on the grounds of Lonesome Valley in Cashiers and will offer a full array of natural body and facial treatments, therapies and products, all promoting wellness and relaxation. 

• Five Western Carolina University interior design students recently helped with interior finishings for Smoky Mountain Obstetrics & Gynecology new office in Sylva. The students worked with the practice’s president, Dr. Janine Keever, on the $2.7 million, 10,000-square-foot medical facility that opened in late April.

• Swain County Schools has partnered with local businesses ConMet, Pepsi and the Nantahala Outdoor Center to provide cash incentives, ranging from $50 to $100, plus rafting and zipline packages with NOC, for Swain High School juniors who met or exceeded their expected score on the ACT.

• Sylva has been selected as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, a magazine geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. The city is profiled in the July/August issue.

• Dr. Gregory Brown has joined Western Carolina Pulmonary and Sleep Consultants, with offices in Sylva, Bryson City and Franklin. 

• Western Carolina University’s online bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice has received a No. 1 national ranking in affordability from the distance education information website

• The Angel Medical Center Thrift Store has closed due to financial hardships. This store has been one of the main fundraising means for the AMC Auxiliary, which supports a variety of programs and projects at the hospital.

• Beverly Wells, a master reflexologist and a diplomat of holistic iridology, is now offering services in the Waynesville/Maggie Valley area. 386.847.3771.

• Robert Kohlberg, founding dean of Western Carolina University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts is stepping down and will return to the faculty in the School of Music. Darrell Parker, dean of WCU’s College of Business, has agreed to also serve as acting dean of the Fine and Performing Arts college.

• RE/MAX Elite Realty in Franklin has announced three new owners. Ron Winecoff is now joined by three additional co-owners: Teresa Murray, Becky Ramey and June Tassillo.

• Gahagan, Black, & Associates, PLLC, has relocated their certified public accounting firm office from Waynesville to downtown Clyde.

• Dr. Lawson Hunley, an osteopathic physician with a special focus on the “whole person” approach of health care, has joined the team of primary care physicians at Angel Medical Center in Franklin. 828.349.6804.

• Psychologist David Thompson, who works with clients at the Arc of Haywood County’s Woodlawn Group Home, was selected by the N.C. Provider Association as the Clinical Professional of the year for his dedication to improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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