News in briefWritten by Admin
Community to march against drugs
The fourth annual Prayer Walk hosted by Drugs in Our Midst, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.
The walk will begin on the corner of South Main and Academy Streets in Waynesville near First Baptist Church. Prayer stops will be at downtown churches, the Haywood County Historic Courthouse and the Open Door Ministry in Frog Level. Walk ends at First United Methodist Church on Haywood Street. Wear your church shirt or bring your church banner. Bus transportation is available for those unable to walk the route.
Call Jean Parris at 828.648.1358.
Legal aid offered at Jackson library
Legal Aid of North Carolina is partnering with the Jackson County Public Library to hold a free back-to-school legal clinic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the library in Sylva.
The clinic will be broadcast live via videoconferencing software to clinic locations throughout North Carolina. Legal Aid’s education attorneys designed the clinic to teach public school students and their parents, guardians and community partners about state and federal education law, and to empower them to advocate effectively for students’ rights in the school system.
The clinic is free and open to all members of the public, but advance registration is required because seating is limited at most locations.
World wars round table group to meet at WCU
Operation Barbarossa, Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II, will be the topic of discussion as the Carolina Round Table on the World Wars meets at Western Carolina University on Thursday, Sept. 22.
Richard L. DiNardo, professor for national security affairs at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia, will give a presentation titled “Operation Barbarossa at 75: Some Observations.” His talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Cardinal Room of A.K. Hinds University Center.
The event is free and open to everyone.
Applicants sought for recreation board
The Haywood County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants for two positions on the Haywood County Recreation Advisory Board.
One vacancy is for District 1, which includes the townships of White Oak, Cataloochee, Crabtree, Fines Creek and Iron Duff. The other vacancy is for District 4, which includes Clyde. Applicants must live in the district to be eligible. Each term will last for three years.
Application forms may be downloaded from the Online Services section of the county website, www.haywoodnc.net or picked up from the County Manager’s Office, Haywood County Courthouse, Third Floor, 215 North Main Street, Waynesville, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Maggie calls for water conservation
Maggie Valley Sanitary District has asked its customers to conserve water until further notice because of a potential water supply shortage. The sanitary district sent out a letter asking its customers to cut down on their consumption although no penalties will be applied for noncompliance.
In an attempt to reduce usage by 5 percent, the sanitary district asks residents to repair leaky faucets and toilet valves, only wash full loads of laundry and dishes, cut down on their shower time, refrain from washing automobiles and using a water hose to clean off sidewalks and driveways.
I-40 improvements coming to mountains
Recent construction improved safety between Asheville and Tennessee on Interstate 40.
The N.C. Department of Transportation is beginning a two-year project to improve the surface and bridges on a seven-mile stretch of I-40 between Exit 20 and Exit 27. Exit 20 is the exit for U.S. 276, and exit 27 leads to U.S. 74 and marks the beginning of the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway.
Crews will be working at night with one lane closed in each direction from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. when all lanes will be re-opened for daytime traffic. Starting on Friday, Sept. 30, Harrison Construction Company of Knoxville will set up lane closures during the day with an option to work nights as well. There will be no permanent lane closures in 2016.
Crews will begin with pavement work throughout the remainder of 2016 or until asphalt plants close down for the winter. They will be milling out asphalt, then paving it back in both directions, adding an inch and a half over all lanes and the shoulder. Upgrades to the bridges and their sub-structures are expected to begin in the spring of 2017.