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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 00:00

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K-9 certifications to be held in Haywood

The United States Police Canine (K-9) Field Trial Certifications will be held Aug. 8-12 in Haywood County.

Local Law Enforcement K-9 units are hosting this countywide K-9 event, which will bring 50 to 80 police handlers and their dogs, most staying in Maggie Valley. 

They will be coving narcotic detection, explosive detection, tracking, agility course, suspect search, article search and apprehension. The apprehension session will be on Tuesday, Aug. 9, and Wednesday, Aug. 10, and is open to the public. The event will be held at the Tuscola High School ball field.

Help support local K-9 units with fundraising efforts through donations. A raffle will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Items from local businesses are needed. 

Call Officer Matthew Boger with the Maggie Valley Police at 828.736.3317.


Calling all Ammons relatives

The eighth Ammons Family Reunion will be held Saturday, July 16, at the Holly Springs Community Building in Franklin.  

Ammons family relatives are invited to come out and visit with kinfolks. Registration is from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Barbecue and chicken wraps will be served by Martha’s Kitchen of Franklin ($8 adults/$5 children). A new “Discovering the Ammons Family History” booklet is available this year, one free to each family attending the reunion. 

Speakers will each talk about the Ammons family roots and involvement of three Ammons brothers in the Revolutionary War, one of whom most of the Ammons in Western North Carolina are direct descendants. Bring pictures, records and stories and learn more about your family heritage.

The Holly Springs Community Building is located at 2720 Cat Creek Road, Franklin. Call Amy Ammons Garza at 828.631.4587.


Fundraiser planned for Tammy Carmona

A fundraiser for Tammy Carmona, a Haywood County resident currently undergoing treatment for Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at Frog Level Brewery, 56 Commerce Street, Waynesville.

Proceeds will go toward living expenses during treatment while she cannot work.

Come prepared for fun with music and entertainment by DJ Captain Moose, karaoke, dancing, food, a silent auction, fabulous door prizes and more to celebrate life with Tammy Carmona. A donation of $10 at the door includes admission and food. 

Donations can be made at any branch of TD Bank, to the following account: Router: 052401026, Account: 4329609593, and at 



Haywood Sheriff implements S.A.L.T. program

The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office is unveiling a new initiative, Seniors And Law enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.), to better meet the needs of our senior population.

Beginning July 14, a series of free safety-based programs designed with senior residents and visitors in mind, will be hosted every second Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Waynesville Public Library. S.A.L.T. programs will run the gamut from learning about personal and home safety, to protecting oneself from internet scams and swindles, to recognizing and dealing with medical emergencies.

For more information about S.A.L.T., visit the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office website at, or contact Deputy Kevin Brooks at 828.356.2882.

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