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Non-GOP conservatives invited to convention
The Haywood County Republican Party will hold its annual convention and precinct meetings on March 15 at the Canton Armory.
Local candidates, state candidates, and U.S. Senate candidates have been invited to speak during the 9:45-10:45 a.m. time slot. Rep. Mark Meadows of the 11th District will be the keynote speaker.
Many voters who are not registered Republicans have asked to hear the conservative candidates speak. To satisfy this request, this year all conservative voters are invited to attend the speeches preceding the Convention.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
www.haywoodncgop.org and 828.506.0939.
REACH volunteer training day is March 8
REACH of Haywood will offer a day of training from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 8 for those interested in assisting with the agency Helpline.
REACH is Haywood County’s domestic violence/sexual assault/elder abuse prevention and intervention agency.
The training will take place at REACH’s new office location at 627 N. Main Street in Waynesville. Lunch will be provided. 828.456.7898 to pre-register and ask to speak with Buffy.
SCC’s 20th-annual Job Fair is March 20
Over the years, Patty Kirkley has helped find jobs for many Southwestern Community College students, graduates and community members.
The career counselor annually oversees activities like mock interviews and soft-skills training, all of which are designed to equip job applicants with the skills they need to land the employment opportunities they desire.
No single event, though, is as significant in helping job candidates connect with prospective employers as the one that’ll take place March 20 at SCC’s Jackson Campus: the 20th-annual Job Fair. Employers can register in advance by going to this link on SCC’s website: www.southwesterncc.edu /job-fair-registration-form.
Employers can begin setting up at 8 a.m., and the event runs from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
In case of inclement weather, a snow date of March 27 has been set.
“The most rewarding part is when I walk into local businesses and see our graduates thriving in a job that our team at SCC helped prepare them for years ago,” said Kirkley, who’s been at SCC for more than six years. “For so many of them, it started with an event like our Job Fair. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet employers in a particular field, and it’s a great chance for the employers to see the excellent talent pool we have here at Southwestern.”
More than 50 employers from throughout and beyond SCC’s service area of Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary annually attend the Job Fair. Last year, more than 270 students, alumni and members of the community turned out for the event.
The event is open to all SCC students, alumni and everyone in the community. Job seekers do not need to register to attend.
Learn about state voting law challenge
A program on changes to voting laws in North Carolina and legal challenges to those changes will be held at noon March 13 in Franklin bt the League of Women Voters of Macon County.
The League of Women Voters of North Carolina has signed on to a federal lawsuit challenging the changes. Chris Brook, legal director of state ACLU, will discuss the major changes to voting in North Carolina signed off on by the legislature and the status of the legal challenge.
Held in Tartan Hall of the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin.
Sequoyah Fund offers business course
The Sequoyah Fund’s spring entrepreneurship course will run Feb. 24 through March 10 at the Ginger Lynn Welch Building in Cherokee.
This five-week class will meet to discuss the basics of starting a business. It is a requirement for new business owners seeking a Sequoyah Fund loan. Anyone who wants to start or purchase a business may attend.
$60 per person.
Learn how the Waynesville police department works
The 2014 Class of the Waynesville Civilian Police Academy is set to begin classes at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Waynesville Police Department.
The Civilian Police Academy gives citizens the opportunity to become more familiar with a wide range of police department activities including, but not limited to, police operations, uniform patrol, traffic services, investigations, K-9 units, DWI detection, school resource officers/DARE, drug abuse, crime scene processing, special response teams, and domestic violence. Attendees are also given the option of participating in a field trip to the firing range.
The Academy meets for eight weeks on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 13 through May 1. Applications are available at the department and due by March 4.
Pre-K registration in Haywood
Haywood County Schools is now registering students for the district’s pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program.
Interested parents should call Jennifer Welch at 828.456.2400 and ask for the child’s name to be placed on the callback roster for the 2014–15 school year. This first step lets the school system know that the family is interested in Pre-K.
Haywood County Schools has 72 Pre-K slots at four elementary schools available for the 2014-2015 school year. Having a child’s name on the callback roster does not guarantee placement in the program. Rather, it places the child on a list of students to be screened.
Parents will be called to register children for a specific screening time and date. Registration packets will be available at the central office located at 1230 North Main Street in Waynesville beginning March 17.
Children must be 4 years old on or before Aug. 31 to qualify for enrollment.
NCDOT awards contract to improve Haywood roads
The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $4.8 million contract to Watson Contracting Inc. of Franklin to install guardrails in place of concrete barriers along five miles of U.S. 74 in Haywood County. Work is scheduled for completion by Sept. 15.
The NCDOT also awarded a contract to widen and improve Howell Mill Road from U.S. 276 to U.S. 23 Business in Waynesville. The $11.7 million contract was awarded to Mountain Creek Contractors of Catawba. Work is scheduled for completion by Oct. 15.
These projects were part of 22 contracts worth $76.5 million awarded by NCDOT on the latest list of projects for roads and bridges across the state.