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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

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Indivisible Swain to meet June 28 

Indivisible Swain County NC is a non-partisan dedicated group of concerned citizens in Swain County committed to applying peaceful, persistent pressure on government officials for the common good. The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. June 28, at the Marianna Black Library, 33 Fryemont Street, Bryson City.  

Topics being discussed include environmental and health care issues. All are welcome to attend and let us know what your concerns are. 



Fire campaign saves four lives in Haywood 

American Red Cross partnered last fall with many Haywood County emergency agencies, all Haywood County fire departments, and various churches in an ongoing effort to reduce death and injury from home fires. 

More than 200 hours of planning went into the one-day event in which representatives from these agencies went door-to-door to check and install smoke alarms and help families create home fire escape plans. That day, more than 350 homes were made safer by installing 1,080 smoke alarms and helping families create escape plans. This spring, the effort resulted in four lives being saved.

On April 17, at about 9:15 p.m., a Canton resident was alerted to a fire in her laundry area by a smoke alarm. The resident quickly evacuated herself and three other household members from the home. Four new smoke alarms were installed, a home fire safety checklist was reviewed and a fire escape plan was created during an in-home visit that was completed on Nov. 5, in collaboration with the Center Pigeon Fire Department and volunteers from Crestview Baptist Church. 

“In emergency management, our goal is to save lives, not by responding to calls but through public education and preparedness,” said Zack Koonce, Haywood County assistant emergency management coordinator. “When an Incident like this occurs, it is a reminder of how important community outreach projects like this county wide smoke detector campaign are. If it had not been for great collaboration and team work of all agencies in Haywood County, we would not have been able to have held such successful campaign.”

To date, the campaign has saved at least 235 lives and installed more than more than 840,000 smoke alarms across the United States. Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. The alarms should be tested every month and the batteries replaced at least once a year.


Haywood County family members sentenced 

On Wednesday, June 7, Mark Goodson, his wife Janet Goodson and (Mark’s) brother William Richard Goodson Junior all pleaded guilty in Haywood County Superior Court to their involvement in a series of breaking and enterings, which were brought to light in May 2016.

The breaking and entering spanned a near three-year time period, affecting 16 businesses and homes in Maggie Valley and Waynesville. 

Working together, the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and Waynesville Police Department were able to recover and return large quantities of stolen property including weapons, tools and various other home goods. Collectively, more than $100,000 in stolen property was recovered.

The Goodsons were placed into the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections as Mark and William Goodson were sentenced to a minimum of 84 months and a maximum of 173 months in prison. Janet Goodson was sentenced to 18 months of probation time. 


Proposals sought for broadband survey

The Southwestern Commission is seeking the professional services of a qualified consultant to conduct a Community Broadband Assessment for the seven western counties of North Carolina. For the detailed RFP, visit the Southwestern Commission website at Proposals are due by 5 p.m. July 6. For more information, contact Russ Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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