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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:00

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Wear purple on Oct. 19

The Haywood County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault/Elder Abuse Task Force is urging all residents to wear something purple on Thursday, Oct. 19, to show support for healthy relationships.

October is national Domestic Violence Awareness month and the Task Force organizes different initiatives each year to highlight this important issue. For the week leading up to Wear Purple Day, many trees in the Downtown Waynesville area and Canton will have purple ribbons and bows attached.


Complete broadband survey

The Southwestern Commission, in conjunction with MountainWest Partnership, is asking local residents and businesses to participate in a broadband assessment for the region. This survey will verify availability of services in the western counties, identify actual speeds available, and collect information on demand for services from respondents. While some counties have conducted individual broadband surveys already, this regional effort gives all counties the chance to participate.

Data from the county-specific demand surveys (such as Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain) will still be considered in the overall broadband planning.

Access the survey at


Conversational French course offered

A course in “Conversational French” will be offered over a five-week period by Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment.

Classes will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 23 through Nov. 20, in Room 139 of WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building.

Students will focus on learning basic communication, vocabulary and cultural aspects to use for everyday life in France and French-speaking places. The course is suitable for individuals who are interested in French language and culture or perhaps food and wine vocabulary, said Felicia Malissen, an instructor in WCU’s Department of World Languages who will lead the course.

The cost is $79. For more general information about the course, contact Malissen 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.. To register, visit:


Volunteers urgently needed at FUR

Feline Urgent Rescue of WNC is actively seeking volunteers to assist at the Sanctuary and/or become foster homes for the many cats and kittens abandoned in Haywood County.

“FUR currently has 95 cats with about 10 in foster care that will be coming to the sanctuary in the very near future,” said Sydney Klocke, president of the Board of Directors. “Plus our waiting list is very long. Not only are there senior cats on the waiting list, there are also untold numbers of mama cats with kittens.”

Volunteering for FUR would not have to be a full time job.  Some volunteers come to the sanctuary once or twice a week for a morning or an afternoon shift.

Call 844.888.CATS or email 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..


Urgent repairs coming to U.S. 64

The N.C. Department of Transportation recently awarded a pipe replacement project under emergency circumstances.

Two old pipes under U.S. 64, about one mile west of the intersection with N.C. 107 in Jackson County, need to be replaced because they have ruptured and the eastbound lane has been compromised.

U.S. 64 will be closed and a temporary detour will be established during the repairs. The highway is currently down to one lane with a temporary stoplight in place to control traffic.

The 10-mile detour — taking an average of 20 minutes — directs westbound drivers to take N.C. 107 North to North Norton Road and then to Norton Road and U.S 64. The opposite applies to eastbound drivers. The work should be completed within 72 hours and the road will be reopened on a gravel surface. An additional 24 hours will be granted to repave the road.


Pies in the face to raise funds

Coalition for a Safe & Drug Free Swain County will be holding a Pie in the Face fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Darnell Farms in Bryson City.

A few community members who have volunteered to be pied in the face for money are Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, Clampitt, Jennifer Dills with Everett Street Diner, Assistant Chief Brian Jenkins, Bryson City Police officer Rocky Sampson, Paul Osborne and Mark Ragland with Tsali Cycles and more.


SCC to offer personal credit seminar

Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center will be offering a credit seminar from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, at SCC’s Jackson Campus.

The seminar, entitled, “Building Good Personal Credit,” will focus on the many factors that make up credit scoring and how to overcome negative credit issues that impact your credit rating. Learn about the unseen costs that bad credit causes and how to minimize the risk of identity theft and more.

To register, visit

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