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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 00:00

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Harris, Swain hospitals offer free physicals

Free sports physicals are being offered to students by Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital this spring and summer. The physicals are for high school students and rising seventh and eighth graders. 

The schedule is as follows: 

• Wednesday, May 20: 3 to 6 p.m. at Swain County High School.

• Tuesday, June 2: 1 to 5 p.m. at Blue Ridge School gym

• Monday, June 8: 5 to 8 p.m. at Harris Regional Hospital West Entrance  

Appointments are not necessary and athletes will receive paperwork from their coach or school athletic director, which will be required upon arrival. Parents do not need to attend with their child if the required paperwork is completed and signed.



Memory loss classes offered in Haywood

“Caregiver College,” a series of six, two-hour lectures for caregivers of people with memory disorders will run from May 26 through June 30 at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville.

Sessions, which will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday, are designed to improve caregiver understanding of different aspects of dementia care.

The instructor will be Lisa Verges, MD, a MemoryCare staff physician and Waynesville resident. The cost is $85 and free to caregivers of those actively enrolled in MemoryCare. Scholarship opportunities are available.


To register contact MemoryCare at 828.771.2219 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Canton plans a cleanup day

The town of Canton will hold a cleanup and beautification day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 29, in historic downtown Canton. 

Tasks are available for all skill levels on a variety of projects. For more information about how to volunteer, call 648.2363.


NAACP to honor humanitarians

The Jackson County Branch of the NAACP is seeking nominations for the 2015 Humanitarian Award, which will be given in September 2015. 

The award will recognize the work of a person or group in Jackson, Swain or Macon counties who are devoted to the welfare of humanity. 

Nominations are due by Aug. 31 and the award ceremony is Sept. 27. 

828.777-4683 or 828.369.2801.

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