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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 00:00

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Habitat to offer money management class

On Track Financial Education & Counseling will present a free three part series of money management classes at 5:30 p.m. starting Sept. 6 at the Waynesville Recreation Center, Room B. 

Additional classes in the series will be held Oct. 6 and Nov. 1. Attend any or all of the classes. The series, co-sponsored by Haywood Habitat for Humanity and Haywood County Board of Realtors, focuses on creating a realistic budget, managing bills, paying down debt, creating a savings plan, and more. 

The classes are free and open to the public. Class size is limited and a reservation is required.  Register by calling 828.452.7960. All attendees receive class materials, light meal, and are entered in a gift card drawing.


Nutrition expert to talk about dieting

Local dietician Ru Caulkins will uncover the science and facts on some of the biggest nutrition trends and give expert advice on how each should be approached during a free program from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the Waynesville Library. 

She will also cover meal planning and offer a time for question and answer.   

Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. Sign up not required. 


Free acupuncture for veterans

A free acupuncture clinic for Haywood County veterans will be offered at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 7, 14 and 28 at Waynesville Wellness, 1384 Sulphur Springs Rd., in Waynesville. 

First come first served. Visit or call 828.356.5577.


Canton man arrested for trafficking opiates

A Canton man was arrested after the Unified Narcotics Investigative Team (U.N.I.T) of Haywood County conducted several undercover purchases of prescription opiate pain pills in a trafficking amount (4 to 14 grams).

Thomas Dewey Parham, 74, of Canton, was arrested by Canton Police Friday, Aug. 19, after a confidential informant working with the U.N.I.T purchased pills from Parham between February and May of this year.

The U.N.I.T is currently comprised of drug investigators from the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, Waynesville Police Department, Maggie Valley Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations.


HCC to hold salary seminar for businesses

A free seminar entitled, “A Small Business’ Guide to The Final Rule regarding Salary Levels for Exempt Employees,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Haywood Community College Regional High Technology Center Auditorium.

With a broad new class of workers becoming eligible for overtime, many small businesses are scrambling to incorporate new regulations into their current business operations. Attorney Jonathan Yarbrough will provide a detailed overview of the changes made to the Salary Requirements for Exempt Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act, how these changes will impact your business and suggested methods of implementation. 

Visit or call 828.627.4512.


Council of State Forum comes to Sylva

The Democratic candidates for Council of State will be in Sylva at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at a forum in the Burrell Building Conference Room at Southwestern Community College in Webster. 

They will introduce themselves, advocate for their candidacy, and meet and greet members of the audience. The Council of State includes those members of the Executive Branch directly elected by the people: the Attorney General; Secretary of State; Commissioners of Agriculture, Insurance and Labor; Superintendent of Education; Auditor; Treasurer, and Lt. Governor. 

The event begins at 3 p.m. with music and a meet and greet. When the program is over, voters will have a chance to mingle not only with candidates for state offices, but local candidates as well. 

The Jackson and Haywood County Democratic Parties are sponsoring the program.

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