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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 00:00

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Caregiver education class offered at senior center

A caregiver education class related to caring for and communicating with individuals with dementia will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way in Waynesville.

This class will cover: “Depression in the Elderly.” This class identifies symptoms of depression, different types, common treatments and risk factors for suicide. 

Leslie Lawson, LRT/CTRS, QMHP is a licensed recreational therapist, and qualified mental health professional, will teach the class. She has been part of the geriatric and adult mental health specialty team of Smoky Mountain LME/MCO for almost eight years. 

No cost. Stop by or call 828.356.2800 to register.


New Haywood County rest area now open

A new rest area is now open in Haywood County near Balsam to serve the southbound lane of U.S. 23/74.

The new facility has dual restrooms, a family restroom, a vending area and parking for cars, long-distance vehicles and trucks. It also offers picnic tables, a water feature and landscaping that utilizes native stone.

The existing northbound-lane facility, located less than one mile south of the new rest area, opened in 1989. This site will close for renovation in February and is scheduled to reopen in June. The N.C. Department of Transportation contracted with Buchanan and Sons Inc., from Whittier, on the $6.15 million project to complete both rest areas.


WCU series to focus on Syrian refugee crisis 

Western Carolina University faculty will address the Syrian refugee crisis on Wednesday, Feb. 10, as part of the university’s Global Spotlight series.

The presentation is set for 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of A. K. Hinds University Center. Topics to be covered include refugees under international and domestic law, social justice and economic implications, and Germany’s response to the crisis. Professors in political science, history, criminal justice and economics are scheduled to speak. 


Registration open for Civilian Police Academy

The 2016 class of the Waynesville Civilian Police Academy is set to begin classes on Tuesday, March 15 at the Waynesville Police offices on South Main Street.  

The Civilian Police Academy gives citizens the opportunity to become more familiar with a wide range of police activities. The Academy meets for eight consecutive weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Waynesville Police Department through May 3. The Academy is free and open to all Haywood County residents who are at least 21 years of age.

Applications are available during business hours in the main lobby of the police department on South Main Street and should be returned no later than March 4. Applicants will have a background check completed on them.

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Food safety class offered in Haywood 

North Carolina food service managers seeking “Certified Food Safety Manager” certification in order to meet the N.C. Food Code requirement component of the food establishment’s inspection can register for the upcoming N.C. Safe Plates class.  

The two-day class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23 at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Haywood County Center, 589 Raccoon Rd. in Waynesville.

The exam will be administered from 3-5 p.m. on the second day of class. The fee for the course is $125 and the registration deadline is Feb. 12. 

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Financial aid event to be held in Macon 

Southwestern Community College will host a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 20 at the Macon Campus, located at 44 Siler Farm Road in Franklin.

“When our students fill out FAFSA, they are automatically considered for federal and state grants, Federal Work Study and Federal Student Loans,” said Tyler Cook, financial aid counselor at SCC. 

Families who would like help completing the FAFSA can register for the event at A student’s and one parent’s Federal Student Aid identification can be obtained in advance from or 828.339.4438.


WCU to host new teacher ‘boot camp’

Western Carolina University will host a “boot camp” for first- to third-year teachers from Western North Carolina from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in Room 102 of the Killian Building.

The Feb. 13 event at WCU is intended for participants from school districts in Alamance, Buncombe, Cleveland, Haywood, Jackson and Rowan counties. Participants will learn from coaches, peers and students. Teachers will learn how to get their students to share what they know, how to create enticing instruction for their students, and how to showcase evidence of good teaching for their principals. 

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Macon LWV to host commissioner forum

The Macon County League of Women Voters will sponsor a forum for primary candidates for N.C. House District 120 and Macon County Board of Commissioners at noon Thursday, Feb. 18, at Tartan Hall of the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin.

Kevin Corbin and Elliott Southworth will face each other in the Republican primary for House District 120. Randy Hogsed is the unopposed Democratic candidate.

Republicans Karl Gillespie and Ron Haven are competing for the Republican candidacy for the District 2 Macon County Board of Commissioners seat. Charlie Leatherman is the unopposed Democratic candidate.

Republicans Greg Boyer, Emmanuel Carrion, and Paul Higdon are competing for the District 3 Board of Commissioners seat. Bobby Kuppers is the Democratic candidate.

Questions will be accepted from the audience, time permitting. 

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