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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

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Haywood NAACP to discuss immigration

The history of immigration will be discussed at the next Haywood County NAACP meeting, which will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Jones Temple A.M.E. Zion fellowship hall, 35 Thomas Park Drive, Waynesville.

Dr. Ben Francis-Fallon will present his research on the history of immigration in the United States and the ethnic groups that came here. Francis-Fallon works in the History Department at Western Carolina University, and got his doctorate from Georgetown University. Ethnic politics and immigration are his areas of study.

After the presentation, NAACP will have a short business meeting. All people of good will are welcome to attend.


Haywood Dems to hold precinct meetings 

The Haywood County Democratic Party is holding annual precinct organizational meetings at various locations throughout the county between Feb. 25-March 2.  

The meetings are free and open to any registered Democrat residing in the precinct. The primary order of business for the 2017 meetings is the election of precinct officers and delegates to the county convention scheduled on Saturday, April 1.

A complete listing of meeting times and locations can be found on the new Party website: www.haywooddemocrats.org

For additional assistance, contact the Haywood County Democratic Party Headquarters at 828.452.9607 or 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..


Haywood Regional recruiting with job fairs 

Haywood Regional Medical Center will be recruiting talent along with other employers at upcoming regional job fairs.

Fairs will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 2 at Southwestern Community College and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22 at Lenoir Rhyne University in Asheville. 

Haywood Regional is looking to hire registered nurses, an RN care team coordinator, food services positions, coder/abstractor, LPN, environmental services tech, pre-arrival representative, surgical tech and a part-time ultrasound technologist.

myhaywoodregional.com/careers or call 828.452.8290.


Free tax help in Sylva

Volunteers will be available to assist people with federal and state income tax preparation and filing from Feb. 3 until April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday and Monday at the Jackson County Senior Center in Sylva and by appointment from 3 to 6:45 p.m. every Tuesday at the Jackson County Public Library.

Taxpayers are requested to bring picture identification, their own and their dependents’ Social Security cards or a statement from the government that includes their Social Security numbers, copies of their 2015 tax return, and any W-2s, 1099s, 1098s, interest and dividend statements for 2016 and other documents necessary to complete their returns.

For more information, contact the senior center at 828.586.4944 or the library at 828.586.2016.


Art commission seeks Plott hound artists

The Waynesville Public Art Commission is sending out a call for artists for a new piece dedicated to the Plott hound. 

The Plott hound originated in Hazelwood (an area of incorporated Waynesville) and is the state dog of North Carolina. All information related to the specifics of the project, the location for the finished product and an overview of the Plott hound characteristics are included in an information packet that can be provided by contacting Amie Owens, assistant town manager 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..


Jackson Democrats to hold precinct meetings

All precincts of the Jackson County Democratic Party will hold their annual meetings over the next two weeks. 

A combined meeting for all precincts except for Cashiers, Glenville, River and Canada will be held at noon on Feb. 25 at the Jackson County Family Resource Center in Webster. After lunch the individual precincts will hold breakout sessions.

Cashiers and Glenville precincts will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Cashiers Recreation Center. 

River and Canada precincts will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the VFW building on Highway 107 near Tuckasegee. 

All local Democrats are encouraged to attend these important annual meetings and participate in precinct-level organization, including planning and the election of officers and convention delegates.

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