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Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:00

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Facebook privacy class offered in Jackson

A class on Facebook privacy settings will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Jackson County Department on Aging in Sylva. 

This information session will explain where to find the settings on your computer to make your Facebook account more private and secure. Learn how to control who sees what, how to keep others from using your personal information and how to block unwanted content. You must be 50 years old or older to attend this class. 

The class is free, but space is limited, so sign-up is required. 

828.586.2016 or 828.586.5494.


Volunteers needed at Maggie visitor center 

Energetic volunteers are needed at the newly opened Visitor Center at 1110 Soco Road in Maggie Valley.  

With the busy summer season and increased visitor traffic, the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is taking on knowledgeable and personable volunteers to work four-hour shifts. The Visitor Center will be open seven days a week during the peak season so shifts will most likely include weekday, weekend and holiday hours. 

Volunteers should be extremely knowledgeable of Haywood County and Western North Carolina in general. Stop by the visitor center to complete an application. 828.944.0761.


Submit photos for Maggie Valley contest

The town of Maggie Valley is accepting photographs through July 22 for its first ever community photography competition. 

One photo will be chosen by the board of aldermen to be framed in a large canvas in the renovated boardroom at town hall. Individuals can submit up to two photographs by 5 p.m. July 22 to Town Planner Andrew Bowen at 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.. 

To fill out a submission form, visit


Haywood Senior Center receives $5,000 grant 

The Evergreen Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Senior Resource Center of Haywood County for its Project Lifesaver Program, which is operated in collaboration with the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office.  

Project Lifesaver is a public safety program designed to protect and locate at-risk individuals who go missing. Volunteers at the Senior Resource Center distribute bracelets, explain the program and provide a bracelet and tester to each participant.  The program allows for reduction of search and rescue time to an average of 30 minutes or less and can make a difference between life and death.



Library offers money-saving workshop

A free 90-minute Saving Money Using Technology Workshop will be offered at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 

Participants will discuss how to save money when purchasing a smart phone or a cell phone plan. The workshop will include how to get and use free apps for your smart phone and computer. The major topic will be the internet and the many ways you can use it to save money.

The class is free but is limited to the first 16 people who register. 



Library offers free digital editing class

A free class on editing digital photos online will be offered at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva. 

The class will introduce participants to a free online image editing website called Pixlr. Participants will learn to resize and crop, apply special effects, create a collage and to save the images back to the computer. Attendees may bring their own images to work with on a flash drive, but this is not necessary. 

Library Technology Volunteer Jim Geary will teach the class with library staff member Laura Chapman. Class size is limited to the first 16 people who sign up. 



Hospital offers free vein program

A free tired leg/varicose vein educational program will be held at 4 and 5 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Vein Center at Haywood Regional Medical Center on the second floor.

Dr. Al Mina, MD, FACS and Dr. Joshua Rudd, DO, will lead the program. Interested community members are asked to register for this session by calling 828.452.8346.  


Macon Health to host ladies night

The next Ladies Night Out Program will be held at 4 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, in the cafeteria of Angel Medical Center in Franklin. 

This month’s program will feature Kristin Elmore with REACH of Macon County speaking on cyber safety. Donations will also be collected for the Read 2 Me Program. Monetary donations and children’s books will be accepted. 

Ladies Night Out is a partnership between Macon County Public Health and Angel Medical Center to provide free monthly programs on a variety of health topics for women with an emphasis on the importance of regular health screenings.

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