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High school students and residents will have a chance to talk with college representatives from over 55 southeastern universities, colleges and trade schools at the 2011 College Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, in the Haywood Community College Auditorium.

Prospective students and college transfer students get valuable information and talk first-hand with college personnel which could aid them in making the right choice of which college or university to attend.

All juniors and seniors in Haywood County, including private and home school students are invited. High school teachers and counselors are also encouraged to attend. For more information call 828.565.4095.


A one-day seminar on how to abolish capital punishment will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center. The seminar will focus on “The Church & the Death Penalty: Winning New Victories in the Old South.”

There is no cost to attend the seminar, which is being co-sponsored by People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, interfaith organization, and the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society.

The training will provide an interactive process on how to become strategically engaged with the movement for abolition.

To register, go to For more information, call 202.488.5657.


The Bogey Fore Volunteer Center Golf Tournament will get started at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Maggie Valley Club, to benefit the Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center.

The fee is $175 for a two-man team with captain’s choice. Up for grands is $5000 for a hole-in-one on one par 3 and there will be door prizes as well as lunch.

Holes can be sponsored for $100.

For more information, call 828.356.2833.


Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale was elected Second Vice President of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners on during the association’s annual conference.

Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons performed the inauguration ceremony for Commissioner Beale and the other elected county commissioners who will serve as NCACC officers in 2011-12.

As NCACC Second Vice President, Beale will work closely to guide the NCACC Board of Directors on legislative and administrative issues affecting counties throughout the year.

Beale is in his second term as member of the Macon County Board of Commissioners. As chair of the NCACC Health and Human Services Steering Committee, he served as a member of the NCACC Board of Directors.

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