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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 00:00

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Dynamite incident shuts down U.S. 107

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was contacted Nov. 20 by the Jackson County Emergency Management Office after owners of the property at 944 Highway 107S, Sylva, located some old dynamite stored in a basement below the unoccupied business.  

The dynamite had already been relocated outside the building and placed in the grass about 25 feet off of U.S. 107. The North Carolina Department of Transportation was contacted to set up a lane closure for the right hand lane headed south on the highway. Explosive technicians from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations were requested and arrived on scene.  

A determination was made to mitigate the dynamite with a controlled explosion but transporting the aged dynamite any further would put people at risk. A robot was used to relocate the dynamite to the grassy median on U.S. 107 and a controlled charge was used to destroy the dynamite. During this time, both south and northbound lanes were closed on U.S. 107 for about 45 minutes. 


Mini grants available to local governments, nonprofits

The Southwestern Commission is seeking proposals for funding from local governments and nonprofits in its seven county service area (Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain). 

The Appalachian Regional Commission’s funded “Opt-In Implementation Fund” is providing mini-grants up to $10,000 to implement economic development strategies from the “Opt-In Regional Vision.” Proposals must also address ARC goals and North Carolina strategies for implementing these goals. 

For detailed grant guidelines, visit Applications are due by Jan. 6, 2016. For questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 


Applications due for Maggie tourism funding

Project funding applications are now being accepted by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority for the 28751 (Maggie Valley) zip code area.  

This funding is for tourism projects that take place before June 30, 2016. For potential new applicants who have not applied for TDA funding previously, there will be a mandatory workshop at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Maggie Valley Town Hall. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Applications should be sent or delivered to the Haywood County TDA office at 44 North Main Street, Waynesville.  

The applications can be found online at



Support for seasonal depression in Swain

A two-part educational series titled “Holiday Challenges – Dealing with Depression and Anxiety” will be offered from noon to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at Senior Life Solutions at Swain Community Hospital in Bryson City. 

The sessions will be led by licensed clinical social worker John Stoeckel. The two events will complement each other and can be attended individually or in succession.

Everyone is welcome to attend the free events and may register by calling 828.488-4044.


Macon Health offers diabetes prevention

Macon County Health Department is offering a Diabetes Prevention Program to help people stay healthy. 

A trained lifestyle coach is available to assist those with pre-diabetes learn how to lose weight, become more physically active and reduce stress. This program is offered at a low cost and for those who qualify, there are scholarships available. Enroll at Macon County Public Health. Classes start in January 2016. 



Students to exhibit environmental art

Students at five Haywood County Schools will exhibit their new “environmental art” sculptures using recyclable litter as their material.  

The art classes of Pisgah High, Tuscola High and Bethel, Canton and Waynesville Middle Schools will hold a grand opening for the exhibit at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 in the Waynesville Town Hall lobby located at 9 South Main Street.

Everyone is invited to view this highly novel artwork of the students. Refreshments will be provided.

Titled “Recycle Your Art Out,” this artistic display of environmental stewardship is sponsored by the Commission For a Clean County (CCC), Haywood County’s land-based environmental group. The CCC presented the “Litter Troll” program to the kindergarten and first grades for the last three years. 


Free Thanksgiving dinner offered in Franklin

A free community Thanksgiving dinner will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, at the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, 26 Church Street.

Meals are available at no charge for dining in and for take-out.  Limited home delivery of take-out and transportation for dining in are also available. The meal is made possible by the generosity of many people and organizations and the dedication and effort of dozens of volunteers from throughout the community.

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