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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

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SCC fair to connect volunteers with greater community 

Southwestern Community College will help volunteers explore options in the community during a Volunteer Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 24 in the Burrell Conference Center on SCC’s Sylva campus.

Organized by the SCC Cares committee, the Volunteer Fair is an opportunity for nonprofits to recruit service-minded individuals seeking a way to give back in Jackson, Macon, Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary.

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Sign up for civilian police academy

The 2015 class of the Waynesville Civilian Police Academy is set to begin on March 12, and there is still time to sign up. 

The Civilian Police Academy gives citizens the opportunity to become more familiar with a wide range of police department activities. Attendees are also given the option of participating in a field trip to the firing range.

The Academy meets for eight weeks from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings at the Waynesville Police Department. The Academy is free and open to all county residents who are at least 21 years of age. Applications are available during normal business hours and due March 2. 

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County progress reported at Lake J

Vicki Hyatt, editor of The Mountaineer, will describe Haywood County's half-century of progress, present developments and future prospects at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Lake Junaluska’s Gaines Auditorium in the Visitor Center.

Hyatt will specifically address local progress in the areas of education, healthcare, and social services. Beginning with the founding of Haywood Community College, Pisgah and Tuscola High Schools and Mountain Projects 50 years ago, she will trace in broad strokes how decisions made decades ago have impacted the county today.

She will also highlight instances of community support and cooperative problem-solving in opening the new shelter and kitchen, including the way team members have perceived obstacles that had not previously surfaced. 

The public is invited to provide input.


Litter reduction meeting open to all

A meeting with Mike Causey, state coordinator for DOT’s Office of Beautification, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Room A227 at the Jackson County Justice and Administration Building in Sylva. 

County officials and concerned citizens are invited. Causey will describe anti-litter programs that are available across the state.

Visit for links to anti-litter programs.

Roadside and creek pickups have been extensive this winter. For the entire year 2014, WATR volunteers and partner groups picked up two tons of trash.  



Enter Sarge’s annual Pet Photo Contest

Sarge’s is now accepting photos for its 9th Annual Pet Photo Contest. 

Deadline for all entries is Friday, Feb. 27. Categories are Dog, Cat, Puppy, Kitten, Photographers under the age of 12, Sarge Rescue, Other Pet (pet other than a dog or cat) and Super Shooters (photographers who have previously won first place in any category). There will be a special prize for photo judged Best In Show.

“The photo contest is such fun to work on,” said Brenn Rohman, co-chairperson. “We love seeing the new entries arrive and the creative captions the photographers choose.”

Entry forms are available at; Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery, 102 North Main Street in Waynesville; Sarge’s Adoption Center, 256 Industrial Park Drive in Waynesville; Mountain Dreams Realty in Market Square, 3457 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. They can also be found at Country Lane Animal Hospital in Clyde, Canton Animal Hospital, and in Waynesville, at Balsam Animal Hospital, Maple Tree Animal Hospital, Junaluska Animal Hospital and The Animal Hospital of Waynesville.

Photos, entry forms and a $10 fee per photo should be mailed to Sarge’s Adoption headquarters at P.O Box 854; Waynesville, N.C., 28786 or delivered to the Adoption Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday. For directions call 828.246.9050. More than one photo can be submitted but a completed entry form and $10 fee must accompany each photo.


NAMI educates families dealing with mental Illness

Where do family members turn when they are faced with the problems and heartaches that come from dealing with a mental illness in a loved one on a daily basis? 

The NAMI Family-to-Family program, a much acclaimed, free 12-session program for relatives and friends of  individuals challenged by mental illness, will be offered in Franklin from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting Feb. 24.

Sponsored by NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, this course provides up-to-date information about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, panic disorder, anxiety and other mental illnesses. 

Class size is limited and pre-registration required. Contact Ann at 828.369.7385 or Linda at 828.369.9838.


I-40 tunnel work will close lanes some nights

The N.C. Department of Transportations will spend $6.9 million to repair three tunnels on Interstate 40 from the Tennessee state line to Exit 15 (Fines Creek Road) in Haywood County, work that will require some night-time lane closures. 

Two of the tunnels, numbers 15 and 104, are located on I-40 eastbound. The third tunnel included in the contract, number 17, is located on I-40 westbound. 

Daytime traffic, however, should not be impacted. The contractor cannot close or narrow a lane of I-40 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Work on the project can start as early as mid-March 2015, with completion scheduled for mid-July 2017.

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